Khalil Ayvar


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The More Things Change..

(Editor's Note: This piece is a work of speculative fiction about what Dartmouth may b like ten years from now.) BLINK BLINK.



Two College professors secure Guggenheims

For the fifth time in College history, not one but two Dartmouth faculty -- economics Professor Douglas Irwin and history Professor Bruce Nelson -- have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation. The foundation awards fellowships on the basis of notable achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.


Dartmouth struggles to find an official mascot

Just like last Homecoming, the football stadium will be lacking one of its "biggest" fans -- the moose. The moose hasn't really been a part of Dartmouth games, football or otherwise, since the Fall of 2000. The original appearance of the moose was the result of the efforts of a small group of student athletes who felt that the College needed a mascot at sporting events, in 1996. The group recruited the Student Assembly president and conducted a web survey, which concluded with the moose as the clear winner.



New Palaeopitus members plan year

One of Dartmouth's oldest student service organizations, Palaeopitus, is ready to start furthering their goals for this year, with their newest members. Palaeopitus is a select society of 15-20 active seniors whose main purpose, according to their charter, is to "encourage working harmony among the various campus organizations, facilitate communication between undergraduates and the College Administration, and to promote Dartmouth's welfare and to protect her name." The society also serves to advise the Dean of the College and the President on student life issues. Members are chosen at the end of their junior year by the outgoing senior class before them, and are usually drawn from the ranks of active leaders in a variety of campus organizations. The seniors chosen for Palaeopitus At Large membership this year are Mark S.



Profs receive Guggenheim grants

Two Dartmouth professors have been awarded the highly prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, which they will use to continue their projects in computer science and Holocaust history. Bruce Randall Donald, Professor of Computer Science, will use the fellowship to study computational biology and the molecular machinery of life, which he said he hopes will aid medical research. Marianne Hirsch, who teaches in both the French and Italian and comparative literature departments, was awarded the Guggenheim to complete her Czernowitz Album, a collaborative book following four Jewish families through their experiences before, during and after the Holocaust. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards fellowships on the basis of notable professional achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.


College celebrates 29th Pow-wow

As the drums sang their last songs and the dancers carried the flags out of the dance circle, Dartmouth's 29th Annual Pow-wow concluded yesterday in Thompson Arena. Due to a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday -- which ended up pouring down in the late afternoon -- and chilly, gusty weather predicted for Sunday morning, the Pow-wow was held indoors at Thompson Arena both days. Pow-wow Chair Cody Harjo '04 said the indoor arrangements were meant to be "more comfortable for the dancers and audience." Arvina Martin '02 said the turnout was "less than last year, because it was way the heck out here [in Thompson]." Relatively few of the spectators were Dartmouth students. Last year's pow-wow took place one day in Thompson and one day on the Green, the latter attracting many more students because of its more central and conspicuous location. Dancers and vendors from all around the Northeast, Canada and further west all gathered in the hockey arena, sharing their culture with an audience of local and out-of-state spectators. The Grand Entry at noon each day brought the flags of three nations into the dance circle, each borne by veterans of their respective countries: the American flag, the Canadian flag and the Eagle Staff representing the Native American nation, and the first flags that flew long before Columbus. Throughout the dancing, intertribal songs were interspersed with honor songs and competition songs, as well as other social songs.


Native Americans to host annual Pow-Wow this weekend

When feathers, drums and a dance arbor appear on the Green tomorrow, Dartmouth will know it is ready to welcome one of its unique spring traditions -- the Pow-wow. Since 1972, the Native American Program has hosted an annual Native Americans at Dartmouth Pow-wow, which has grown to be the second largest such event in the Northeast. Alumni, students, native dancers, vendors and drums from near and far will come for the two-day event to celebrate Native American tradition. The History The first Dartmouth Pow-wows were held near Storr's Pond, or in Alumni Hall in cases of inclement weather, and were visited by relatively few spectators, most of whom maintained an apprehensive distance from the festivities. Since then, the size and popularity of the event has increased tremendously, outgrowing its original location and the BEMA. The event eventually won the right to celebrate on the Green in 1997 after a successful student battle and petition to the administration. In its current location, the Pow-wow has become even more visible and hence popular than ever before, with some considering it as much of a Dartmouth tradition as the Homecoming bonfire and Winter Carnival snow sculptures on the Green. In past years, there have been Hawaiian, Alaskan, Aztec and Mayan dancers in addition to the more traditional Pow-wow tribal styles. "The Pow-wow gives us a sense of purpose and community," said Cody Harjo '04, Pow-wow chair. She said people have come to "expect [the Dartmouth Pow-wow] as a College tradition, like Green Key." Harjo and some other Native American students said that the Pow-wow is "open and welcoming to everybody," and that it is intended to be a "social gathering ... for everyone to enjoy." Arvina Martin '02 described the Pow-wow as an opportunity to "dance, eat, sing, have fun." This Year's Details Running continuously from the Grand Entry at noon on both tomorrow and Sunday to the closing ceremonies at 6:00 p.m., the Pow-wow will take place on the Green. Thompson Arena will be the rain location. Four or five native drums, of both northern and southern singing styles, are expected to sing for the dancers, in addition to the host drum, the Yellow Jacket Singers of Durango, Co. There will be competition dances in a number of categories, including men's grass dancing, men's and women's traditional dancing, women's jingle dress dancing and men's and women's fancy dancing, in addition to junior categories for children. Intertribal songs are open for all dancers and spectators to participate in, and students are welcome, regardless of their level of experience. There will be many vendors set up around the dance arena, selling a variety of crafts and materials, as well as frybread, a traditional Native American treat.


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