Nathaniel Ward


Conscription isn't the answer

To the Editor: In his Feb. 8 column on the war on terror ("Undemocratic War for Democracy"), Max Bryer '08 argues that the Bush administration should have "call[ed] on average Americans to bear the costs" of the war.

Campus construction nears completion

The College recently finished one of its largest-ever construction projects in the multimillion-dollar Berry Library and the adjacent Carson Hall. But blueprints for more construction have yet to be fully carried out, with much of the future developments slated for the north side of campus. Older buildings like Bradley and Gerry -- known as the "shower towers" because of their tile facing -- will be torn down, clearing the way for a new landscaping effort north of Berry, according to Associate Director of Facilities Planning Jack Wilson. Plans to begin construction this year on a new main dining hall north of Maynard Street were curtailed by budget cuts in the fall of 2002.

Music industry sues file pirates

Students who share copyrighted music over the Internet and across College networks might face serious legal trouble if they continue to swap files. While in the past the Recording Industry Association of America has sued companies -- like the now-defunct Napster -- that provided the software and infrastructure for file sharing, it said on June 25 that it would look to take legal action against individuals who share music. And there may well be some teeth to the industry's threat.

SA, College discuss printing fees

Despite the objections of some Student Assembly members, the College may start charging students who print as little as a few hundred pages per term to GreenPrint machines in the fall, Computing Services told Assembly members last night. According to Computing Services figures, over 30 percent of students printed more than 1,000 pages during Winter term, while 56 percent printed less than 250.

College to revamp part of downtown

The College on Tuesday submitted permit requests to the Town of Hanover for its proposed redevelopment of the so-called "South Block" that could reshape the southern edge of downtown. The College-owned parcel -- bounded by South Main Street on the west, Currier Street on the east, East South Street on the north and Dorrance Place on the south -- is presently home to several businesses and a mix of student and family housing. Ultimately, the block will be molded into a series of buildings with small park-like areas between them.

Elms succumb to chronic disease

The College on Friday removed two diseased American elm trees -- one on the Green near the flag poles and one on Tuck Mall in front of Streeter Hall -- and trimmed one in front of Baker Library to contain the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. By removing the infected trees promptly, Facilities, Operations and Management hopes to prevent cross-contamination of nearby healthy trees by the highly contagious disease, grounds supervisor Bob Thebodo said yesterday. Similarly, infection of disease-free portions of trees can be prevented by removing the affected portions. But not all cases of Dutch Elm Disease can be stopped this way, Thebodo said, since root grafting -- where the roots of neighboring trees grow into each other, spreading the infection -- is hard to control. As the situation warrants it, removed trees will be replaced with disease-resistant elms.

Howard Dean's son detained in burglary

Howard Dean's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may have hit a snag last Friday, when he announced that his son had been detained by police in connection with a burglary at a Vermont country club. Paul Dean, 17, and three friends from his high school hockey team were reportedly discovered early Friday morning at the Burlington Country Club by a police officer on routine patrol. "Children do stupid things and this is one of them," Dean said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. Dean said his understanding was that "Paul's role was to drive the car," while his classmates burglarized the country club. An officer on patrol saw Paul and questioned him, Dean said, and the incident unraveled from there.

War, budget mark Spring term

Though frequent changes in the weather might have had more impact on students' day-to-day lives, the conflict in Iraq and the College's continued budget woes were the real issues that dominated the campus Spring term. The biggest event of the term began midway through Spring break when the United States and its allies launched an invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein's regime March 19. Though the invasion encountered a few obstacles, including Turkey's refusal to allow use of its airspace or territory for military purposes, it proceeded quickly with minimal casualties for coalition forces. Student protest against the war was not quelled by the start of hostilities.