Linzi Sheldon


Lecturers examine class inequalities in military

In a lecture challenging upper-class concepts of good citizenship, military wife Kathy Roth-Douquet and Marine Corps father Frank Schaeffer urged an audience in Rockefeller Center on Friday afternoon to think about the class inequalities in military service. According to their book AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country, less than one-third of one percent of Ivy League graduates enroll in the military each year. Roth-Douquet and Schaeffer emphasized the loss of a sense of national duty among the upper class, which they defined as a highly-educated group of people who have a myriad of lifestyle choices. "Increasingly, the military feels alienated by its upper classes.

Thapar delves into fluidity of historical interpretation

Montgomery Fellow and ancient India historian Romila Thapar scrutinized India's colonial past and the politicization of religion in a lecture on Tuesday in Filene Auditorium. "As a colonial society, we have to confront colonial explanations of our past," Thapar said.

Fukuyama criticizes Bush policies in Filene

Internationally renowned foreign policy scholar Francis Fukuyama lectured on America's presence in Iraq and criticized key facets of President George Bush's current policy such as unilateralism, preventative war and Middle East democratization on Thursday night to a large audience in Filene Auditorium. As the first speaker in the Dickey Center for International Understanding's Great Issues series on conflict prevention, Fukuyama, who broke ranks with the Bush administration as late as 2004, commented wryly, "If you want to prevent conflicts, you should probably not start unnecessary wars." While the neo-conservative in Fukuyama still emphasized the moral purpose that hard power could sometimes serve, he stated that the development of democracy overseas could not remain America's foremost goal in the region. "There were false expectations as to the nature of democracy itself," he said. According to Fukuyama, these expectations may have been influenced by the swift collapse of communism in 1989 in Eastern Europe. He speculated that political veterans of the Warsaw Pact collapse, such as Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, and Paul Wolfowitz may have expected the same immediate change to occur in Iraq. According to Fukuyama, those in favor of the war saw democracy as a kind of default that newly-freed states would revert to. There were American misconceptions that "once the wicked witch was dead," he said, "the munchkins would rise up and start singing joyously about their liberation." While a clear component of American foreign policy has been instituting democracies abroad, its previous policies of ambitious social engineering could not be applied to current international conditions, especially in the Middle East, he said. "The first lesson is, the United States does not bring democracy," he said.

Eating disorders can exist on seemingly healthy campus

Editor's Note: This if the first of a two-part series examining eating disorders at Dartmouth. The first part discusses the problem as it pertains to the College and the second part will evaluate how students and administrators are working to alleviate the problem. As Dartmouth students trade fleeces for shorts, the rising temperatures can also reignite anxieties in image-conscious students and exacerbate their eating and weight-related issues.

College ranks ninth for six years running

Despite Dartmouth's increasingly competitive applicants and expanding campus, U.S. News and World Report remains firm -- for the sixth year in a row, Dartmouth ranked ninth in its "America's Best Colleges" guide. In a rankings list that varies very little from last year's, Dartmouth is tied for ninth with Columbia University. Harvard and Princeton Universities remain tied for first, with Yale University ranked third, the University of Pennsylvania ranked fourth, Duke and Stanford Universities tied for fifth and the California Institute of Technology tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at seventh.

Alum develops local foods effort

Although some Dartmouth graduates hope for financial success after graduation, few fear living in poverty an Ivy League degree.

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