Nick Gansner


Safety is important in winter

Winter weather offers a host of opportunities for outdoor fun, but cold temperatures combined with alcohol can make even walking across the Green dangerous. Students who drink alcohol in the winter put themselves at greater risk of injury, according to Lynn McDonald, program manager of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Injury Prevention Center. Alcohol causes two problems, McDonald said: it decreases judgment and self control and worsens coordination and balance. When combined with poor weather conditions, decreased control and coordination is especially dangerous, she said. "Alcohol has a big impact on one's ability to judge distance and make good decisions," McDonald said. These decreased abilities can affect students who want to "have fun and be safe while skiing, skating, and playing hockey," she said. Alcohol also becomes dangerous when it leads outdoor enthusiasts to have a "false sense of bravado," McDonald said. People who are "normally cautious in their winter sports choices tend to think they can do more than they regularly would," she said. Alcohol can lead to people skiing faster than usual, skiing more difficult terrain or possibly skiing in off-limit areas, McDonald said. But one of the greatest dangers associated with drinking during winter months occurs when drinkers do not wear clothes appropriate for the weather. Alcohol causes blood vessels to widen, allowing more blood to flow through them, McDonald said.

Students help plan changes to government dept.

The Government Department's steering committee provides students with a unique opportunity to interact with professors and administrators and to control changes made within the department. Chaired by Sabrina Serrantino '95, the steering committee is reviewing candidates for three new faculty positions, working to improve the department's advising system and analyzing the causes for the recent decline in the number of female government majors. The committee allows "[government] students to articulate their concerns" to professors, Serrantino said.

Thefts cause videos to move to Reserve

Audio tapes for the English Department's Shakespeare 1 class have been moved this term from Sanborn English Library to the Baker Library Reserve Desk because students during the summer abused Sanborn's informal check-out system. In the past, students could sign out the audio tapes on an informal basis from Sanborn for an unlimited time.

Greeks host 'Make a Difference Day'

On Saturday, Oct. 22, members of Dartmouth's Greek system, along with people across the country, will have an opportunity to give back to the local community through the fourth annual "Make a Difference Day." Organized through the Coed Fraternity Sorority Council by Angela Lee '95 along with Assistant Dean of Residential Life Deb Reinders, this is the first year the College is involved in "Make a Difference Day" -- a national celebration of community service sponsored by USA Today and the Points of Life Foundation. Greek houses and the entire student body will be encouraged to participate in a variety of community service activities.

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