Mark Shahinian


Bacon is Good

So here's my dilemma: as a student at what will soon be one of the world's great research universities, which of man's two purposes do I try to fulfill?

DRA to apply for affinity housing later

Political Queers, the political arm of the Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance, has decided not to re-apply for affinity housing until Winter term. Political Queers requested affinity housing for the DRA during Spring term.

Former DMS dean dies at 81

Former Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School Dr. Gilbert H. Mudge died on Monday at his home in Lyme, of complications from Parkinson's Disease.

Language programs in decline

Administrators and faculty are scrambling to figure out why enrollment numbers have plummeted for Dartmouth's Language Study Abroad programs and how to bring them back up. Enrollment in LSA programs fell to 252 students last year, from a peak in the 1982-83 academic year of 435 students, according to Assistant Dean of the Faculty and Exchange Coordinator Peter Armstrong. Among the reasons administrators offered to explain the decline in enrollment are stricter acceptance requirements, poor promotion to freshmen, and a nationwide decline in student interest in certain languages. Professor of French and Italian John Rassias said one of the greatest problems with the current system is that there is nothing that fully communicates to freshmen the benefits and opportunities associated with studying abroad. "I am really upset by the fact that incoming students are not getting enough information," Rassias said.

Students discuss dating at Dartmouth

About 40 students gathered at Alpha Delta fraternity last night to discuss the difficulties of dating at Dartmouth and the obstacles of alcohol, Blitzmail and a small campus. The discussion began with participants gathering in small groups to list what traits they sought in friendships and relationships. At the end of the discussion, participants focused on obstacles to dating at Dartmouth. While most agreed it is difficult to have a real relationship at Dartmouth, there were many different theories to explain the problem. One female student said that this might be the fault of the students themselves. "People talk too much," she said.

College buys student art for residence halls

Using money donated by the Class of 1960, the Office of Residential Life recently purchased works of art from 18 graduating studio art majors to hang in the College's residence halls. Each year the College spends up to $5,000 to purchase, frame and hang student art, studio art professor Gerald Auten said. This year's selected works will be on display in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts until June 12. Auten, who directs the Student Art Exhibition Program, said the purchases fill a void in the arts initiatives at the College. The program "is incredibly generous in a period when support for the arts is incredibly thin," he said. Auten said Dean of Residential Life Mary Turco selected the works. Turco said the art acquisition program was founded seven years ago with the double mission of professionalizing student-artists and beautifying the College's residence space. Turco said the seniors may benifit from having sold a piece of art, because they can include it on their resumes. Maribel Bastian '96, whose photographs were purchased through the program, said, "Having anybody purchase a piece of your art makes you think about it differently." "We would like to place the works in residential halls where other students can see them and be inspired by that work," Turco said. The College also purchased works by graduates Sung Choi, Christopher George, Shannon Giles, Chung-Wen Hsieh, James Huh, Wenonah Madison, Phoebe Manchester, Molly McDonough, Jennifer Paluso, Alexander Panov, Jessica Power, Chris Schachte, Devyani Shama, Kate Shortridge, Danielle Tripp, Natalia Veniard and Dana Smith.


Caffeine draws late-night Foodstop crowd

When Food Court has closed and Everything But Anchovies has stopped delivering, Foodstop is the only place in town where students can acquire that much-needed, just-before-sunrise snack or beverage. Terry Rose, the night clerk at this convenience store on the South end of Main Street, commented that almost all the nighttime customers are students and likened her job to being the town bartender. "We keep the little kids in donuts and the athletes in Gatorade," she observed. Rose feeds and sells caffeine to students from 10 p.m.