Tuesday, April 30, 2002

The Student Assembly Election: Among my beliefs of a "glass is half full" variety, the saddest is undoubtedly the continuing conviction that the Student Assembly can someday become an effective instrument for empowering students against the administration. It has long been clear that no other organization, save an increasingly divided and ineffective Greek leadership structure, offers any hope of doing so. And with the adoption of the Student Life Initiative and the turn to a research university model over the past five years, the necessity of such an instrument has been repeatedly demonstrated. Yet the Assembly, year in and year out, refuses to take the actions that could make it meaningful. Every year, my belief in the Assembly's potential has been challenged, as the students of Dartmouth who recognize the failure of the Assembly choose to spend the five minutes required to vote doing something else, while the minority who seem unaware of the problem turn out en masse.

This year presents another opportunity for change. Unlike some past occaisons, this presidential election offers a legitimate choice between credible reform and the status quo. My views on what changes the Assembly requires are unaltered since I wrote this article a year ago. Sadly, the Assembly hasn't changed since then either. Warning: The rest of this post is written under the assumption that readers care about the current election and my (profoundly enlightened) view of it.

A year of a Mike Perry '03 or Tara Maller '03 presidency will, I am sorry to say, see no more effective reform than the one now past. Having worked with both of them for several years on the Assembly, I know them both to be superbly competent, but neither accepts that the Assembly should be fundamentally different than it is now, despite its manifest inadequacy to make a real difference at the College. Of the three reform candidates, Eric Bussey '01, while deserving credit for pushing for change, presents an alternative which would in fact be worse. Universal Assembly membership, based on student referendums, would make the organization even more meaningless than it is now, even if such a scheme could actually be implemented in any functional way, which I doubt.

Which leaves Karim Mohsen '03 and Janos Marton '04. Both have made powerful cases for the need for change, and both have focused on important areas where the Assembly must improve. Mohsen's push for an all-elected Assembly is perhaps the most important single change that can be made. Marton's relentless criticism of the bloated, committee-driven structure of the Assembly goes to the heart of why it fails to achieve more than the most marginal of gains for students. Judging by the uninspiring statements (at least as reported by the D) of the Vice-Presidential candidates, it is a pity Marton and Mohsen didn't run as a ticket. They'd probably have been elected on the alliteration alone.

That said, only one of the two can now be selected, and two things lead me to believe a vote for Marton is the wiser vote to cast: the first ideological, the second practical. On the ideological side, Marton is the only candidate to make support for the Greek system a fixture of his candidacy. My support for the system, and the reasons behind it, are on record in the Review and the D should anyone still be undecided on this issue. Given the vast majority support for the system's continuation, and the degree of adminstrative hostility to it, a Greek apologist is far more qualified for the position of Student Body President. As to the practical, Marton is 5% behind Perry in the D poll, while Mohsen is 22% behind. Even given the poll's unreliability, the latter is an impossible gap to close. Under the circumstances, the best option would be for Mohsen to withdraw and work with Marton over the coming year to make a real difference on the Assembly. Either way, all students who hope to actually have an influence on the future of the College should cast their vote for Janos Marton.
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Tuesday Happenings:

"What matters to me and why" noon, Tucker--Professor and writer Ernest Hebert speaks.

"Artificial Intelligence" noon, Thornton Hall lounge--This week's philosophy lunch.

"Kudos: Recognition and Motivation" 5:30 P.M., 212 Collis--A "Pillars" meeting. Topic: "Has your group had a great year, a great term? What better way to say thank you than a celebration for the membership! Not only will the group thank you, but it will keep the group going."

"Lunchtime Gallery Talk" 12:30 P.M., Hood--Mark Reed, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of counseling, and Laura Rubinstein, "health educator," discuss why people use psychedelic drugs.

"Academic Gala" 5:00 P.M., Commonground--The senior studio art majors exhibit, and several senior present their theses for the College president and community. Topics include: "A realistic novel about a young woman's summer traveling alone through Scotland;" "the local geopolitics of WalMart development in northern Vermont;" "a theory on immigrant women's shame;" and the always-entertaining "mechanical properties of articular cartilage as a biomaterial."

"Dartmouth Sororities: A Look from Within" 7 P.M., Top of the Hop--Short speeches about sororities, on topics such as "body image and eating disorders to rape and abuse to being a minority woman and sisterhood at Dartmouth."

"Men's Dinner" 7 P.M., 218 Collis--Les Lawrence, Lebanon High School football coach, speaks about coaching boys.

"Omara Portuondo" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--The "Buena Vista Social Club" player performs ($5 Dartmouth students, $30 gen. admission).

"Questioning and Curious" 8:15 P.M., Sanborn Poetry Room--"safe, confidential student discussion about sexual orientation, gender identity, midterms, life, spring." Safe?
The Op-Ed so nice, they posted it twice: Nilly's first letter to the editor in a while.

Monday, April 29, 2002

Thinking About The Unthinkable: Washington D.C.'s Brookings Institution has released a cost/benefit study on terrorist prevention that urges the Bush administration to focus on preventing the most costly attacks - those committed with weapons of mass destruction. Called "Protecting the American Homeland" the report credits Bush with setting the right initial priorities and encourages increased spending on terrorist prevention. It won't be easy or cheap, but, unfortunately, we have to do all we can to prepare...and prevent.
Being Republican at Dartmouth: College Republicans meeting on this topic tonight at 9, in 212 Collis.

Some CRs adverts concocted by yrs trly.
Monday Happenings: (Another strange chapter in the GreenPrint saga--from the "Computing - Outages" bulletin: "The GreenPrint machines and the public print window in the Berry basement are closed until we clean up and assess any water damage to GreenPrint.")

"Free Tibet" noon, Dickey Center--Lunch with Ani Choying Drolma of the Nuns' Welfare Foundation of Nepal.

"New-Release Party" noon, Fairchild--Pick up a copy of the latest Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science. Sure to be happening.

"The House of the Vettii in Pompeii" 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--Barbara Kellum speaks.

"World Week in Review" 6 P.M., 206 Baker--Current events discussion, quiz to follow.

"Dinner at Amarna" 6:30 P.M., Amarna--Dine with Christopher Jocks, assistant professor of Native American studies and religion.

"Chanting Performance" 7 P.M., Rollins--Ani Choying Drolma of the Nuns' Welfare Foundation of Nepal.

"The Commitments" (film) 7:30, Collis lounge--Sponsored by the Irish Society.

"Guster on-sale" Collis information desk--Purchase tickets to their concert on Friday, May 17 ($15 Dartmouth students, $20 gen. admission).

Sunday, April 28, 2002

Fascists, or just lazy?: GreenPrint, no matter how poorly conceived (explained here), seems so much more compelling now that they've stopped sorting documents at the print output window. Is this the beginning of the official end of public printing or did someone's cigarette break just run a few hours over?
Our Man in the Field: With a bit of help from Ryan Gorsche, I've finally posted The Kalb Chronicles, the collected recent writings of TDR's Appalachia correspondent. Read and enjoy.
Sunday Happenings: (Forget Mac IE; Mozilla's finally better)

"3 on 3 Bball tournament" 2 - 5 P.M., Alumni Gym basketball courts--Including a DJ, refreshments, and raffles.

"A Soulful Review" 4 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--Michaella Frederick '04, mezzo-soprano and Micah Dortch '05, baritone, perform.

"Splendor in the Grass" 6:45, Spaulding Auditorium--"A take on Romeo and Juliet, this film stars Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood as star-crossed teen lovers kept apart by their parents." Directed by Elia Kazan ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"King of the Hill" 9:05 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Left on his own in St. Louis, 12-year old Jesse talks his way into school and befriends prostitutes in order to survive." Directed by Steven Soderbergh ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Right: The Boston Globe has this bit on Robert Reich '68, labor secretary under Clinton and Mass governor candidate:
Reich, the former US labor secretary, has been telling interviewers recently that he moved back to Massachusetts in 1997 with no intention of running for office, and that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked his interest in the governor's race. But that account ignores a bit of his personal history. The Globe reported as early as 1999 that he was meeting with associates to discuss a run for governor in 2002. "I am on the fringes, sniffing around," Reich told the Globe three years ago.

(via Kausfiles)
Saturday Happenings: (KPIX-TV: Squirrels invade Stanford University)

"First-year family cookout" noon, Collis porch--Sponsored by the Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Afro-American Society, the Department of Sociology, COSO, the advisor to LGBT Students, and the Women's Resource Center. Does anyone affiliated with any of these groups know how to work a grill? Find out.

"Lunch with Paris Combo" 1:30 P.M., Francophone House (16 North Park Street)

"Hip-Hop Classes" 3:30 P.M., fencing room (Alumni Gym)--Let Sheba show you how to dance to hip-hop. Next week: the waltz ($10).

"Lantana" (film) 7 and 9:30 P.M., Loew--"The lantana bush is the central symbol in this beguiling thriller that uses the crime-story genre to study four married couples" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Paris Combo" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"This retro-cabaret quintet celebrates the diversity of contemporary Paris with chanteuse stylings of original songs that blend jazz, Latin, gypsy, swing and North African rhythms" ($5 Dartmouth students, $20 gen. admission).

"Decibelles and MIT Logs" 9 P.M., Brace Commons--Given the glut around here, need we import a capella?

"Casual Thursday" 9 P.M., Wheeler Lounge--The improv comedy group performs.

"Common Creep" 11:30 P.M., Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Friday, April 26, 2002

Lamas and More: Those were indeed some of the best days of the Review. Stanley was a masterful interviewer. Even when he couldn't get anyone to respond.

Other than that I'd like to disassociate myself from any and all wildly offensive remarks Barrett has made, is making, or will make, now that he's ended the Clark-Wilson monotony.
4:01: Oh, and if someone could tell Andre Rison it's ok to rebuild his house now, that'd be great. Don't go chasing waterfalls...
4, Friday: I've decided to end the monotony of this clark--wilson discussion page. And also vent my frustration at nilly for being an insidious spy on behalf of the people's republic of tibet...some dalai lama convention delayed my travels yesterday, I honked and they tried to hug me...If anyone remembers the time we tricked some dalai lama, not the head lama but a sub-lama into interview with Brad Stanley, (I think?), well, those were the good ole days...goonga galoonga.
Friday Happenings: "How to humanize a yeast cell" 3:30 P.M., 100 Cummings--Tillman Gerngross of Thayer speaks.

"Psychedelic Language" 4:30, Loew--"Scott Santoro, Graphic Designer, Worksight, New York City, will discuss the poster designs of [Hood exhibit] 'High Society' as a product of the social climate and in relation to the commercial attitude of the time."

"Are there Second Class Citizens in America?" 6 P.M., 1930 Room, Rockefeller--A discussion basically asking of America what France has been asking of itself this week, including the toughie: "Do race and gender matter in America?"

"Kandahar" 7:30 P.M., Spaulding--Self-discovery and adventure in pre-late Afghanistan. The film has a website ($5 Dartmouth students, $7 gen. admission).

"Ensemble Ongaku-Zammai" 8 P.M., Rollins--"This Japanese quintet of instrumentalists will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich and Ravel." Followed by a post-performance discussion at 11 P.M. ($5 Dartmouth students, $20 gen. admission).

"Nonalcoholic programming event" 8 P.M., Sigma Delta

"Band and Beer" 11 P.M., Gamma Delta Chi

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Disappointed: Alex, I did not read the editorial in the D today, but as a Midwesterner, I must say how disappointed I am to see that blatant placeism is allowed in the D's pages. They just don't understand how hard it is to be from another place on the map, how hard it is to deal with East Coast bias, how one does not feel welcome. I feel stigmatized...and it hurts. I think a new dean should be hired to help these students break through the institutionalized placeism at the College. It just goes to show that these things can even happen at an Ivy League college. Additionally, affinity housing should be established so that these students don't have to deal with those other students who hate them so.
Battle of the Stereotypes: In the D today, Michael Chan '04 and Hannah Kwon '02 decry the stereopying of Asian-Americans in a new set of t-shirts put out by Abercrombie and Fitch. In their discussion of persistent anti-Asian sentiment, they state that "in 1991, Jonathan Pryce went "yellowface" in Miss Saigon, and that wasn't even in the Midwest." Read that again. Yup, it "wasn't even in the Midwest." Stereotyping in America, even without those ignorant, inbred, Midwestern rednecks in their trailer parks doing it.

And people say irony is dead.
DIPAC Barkam event a success:

The Dartmouth Israel Public Affairs Committee event last night featuring Mr. Nimrod Barkan speaking on the current Israel/Palestinian crisis was a success. Michael Sevi �02, VP of DIPAC, organized the event with the express purpose of �addressing hard questions through intelligent dialogue.� The forty or so students and community members who took part in the night�s constructive dialogue would likely agree that the event fulfilled its purpose. This event stood in stark contrast to the brash and often crude protestors and the speech-silencing S and S officers of the recent Collis protest. As Mr. Sevi explained of the Barkan event, �this is the only way this can be explored in a meaningful contect.�

In the first segment of the event, Mr. Barkan thoroughly outlined the events that have led Israel and the Palestinians to their current situation, explaining how Arafat�s unwillingness to give up terrorism-one of the �key pillars� Arafat agreed to under the Oslo peace plan-was the reason for the current stalemate. Mr. Barkan feels that the current conflict is a �war for state power,� and that �as long as the Palestinians believe they can use terror� there will be a stalemate.

As to current events, Mr. Barak explained how Israel was left with �no alternative� after the Passover Massacre and the recent spate of homicide bombers, but to deal with the terrorists directly themselves. He also explained how Israel was skeptical of UN fact finding mission to Jenin, due to the UN�s poor history in the past of being objective in the slightest when it comes to Israel. There seems to be much ado about nothing in this case as Jenin photos indicate, only a few houses were actually totally destroyed. Answering a number of mostly well thought out questions from the audience, Mr. Barkan explained how he felt Europe suffers from �an appeasement mentality� and that pressure from their Arab populations makes it �easier for them to be anti-Israel.� Ending on a note of hopefulness, Mr. Barak looks forward to a time when new Palestinian leadership will be willing to go back to the negotiation table.

Thursday Happenings: (delayed by IE-Mac)

"Looking Back, Moving Forward" noon, Commonground--Student activist meeting. Topic: "Why are we such nice and kind people acting on behalf of others?"

"Poetry and Prose" 4 P.M., Wren Room--Poet David Wojahn, director of the University of Indiana's creative writing program, reads. A sample.

"The Healing God: The Evolution of Cult and Medicine at the Sanctuary of Asklepios" 4 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Vasillis Lambrinoudakis speaks.

"Michelangelo: The Aristocrat as Artist" 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--William Wallace speaks.

"Theorizing Resistance in Early Modern Europe" 4 P.M., 217 Dartmouth--Stanford's Roland Green speaks.

"The Asian-American Multi-Racial Experience" 6 P.M., Casque and Gauntlet--Student discussion on people who identify themselves with many hyphens.

"PoliTalk" 6:30 P.M., 209 Rockefeller--That evil LePen, Earth Day, Al Gore, that evil Bush, and Jenin: a bit one-sided, non?

"Meet the Candidates" 7 P.M., Tindle Lounge--Candidates for the various class councils and the SA give speeches. If a tree falls in the forest and nobody...

"Earth" (film) 7 P.M., Loew--"The story of an 8-year-old Parsee girl with a Hindu nanny and Muslim playmates is a vehicle for a chilling exploration of how ordinary people are sucked into religious and sectarian hatred" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Pre-med discussion" 7 P.M., Shabazz Lounge--Meet "several black medical students."

"Brian Jacobs Live" 8 P.M., Spaulding--In the most advertised event of the year, senior Brian Jacobs presents his senior thesis and new CD.

"MixedMedia" 9 P.M., Top of the Hop--"An AREA exhibit foregrounding the intersection of the Visual Arts and Writing." Featuring a cash bar, turntables, and performance art.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Pong, anyone?: Fox: "College Drinking Study is Intoxicating Scam"--a debunking of the numbers from Ralph Hingon's alarmist study, by JunkScience's (and Cato's) Steven Milloy.
Israel: Nimrod Barkan, Senior Policy Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, speaks tonight at 7 P.M., in 105 Dartmouth. Barkan is a former Minister of Public Affairs and has spent 20 years in the ministry. The topic of his speech will be "The War on Terrorism: The Israeli Front."
Two Lives: In a utterly inane Op-Ed in today's Daily D, Andrew Hanauer relates the story of Robert Hudspeth, a convicted murderer turned suicide. After gaining our sympathy for this burglar and killer, Hanauer links Hudspeth's demise to the tightening of parole rules in Texas. Basically, Hudspeth, a convicted murderer turned model prisoner, is denied commutation of his life sentence after twenty years. Despairing, he escapes from prison, and hangs himself. Hanauer then attempts to link former Texas Governor George W. Bush to this, as he was partially responsible to the change in parole policy. However, the most disturbing aspect of this drivel is Hanauer's conclusion. "When the political ambitions of one man interfere with the human rights of another, then there is a huge problem." Since when is it a convicted murderer's "right" to be paroled? He should be happy that he wasn't executed! Let's keep this in perspective.
Mangia!: The Manchester Union-Leader reviews Hanover's Murphy's on the Green. The menu is, as the review notes, eclectic but, I think, to the point of hazy promiscuity. From the meals I've eaten there, nothing seems mastered, and little rises above the quality of prepared gourmet foods--take-out from the Co-op, say. In sum, Murphy's is expensive, approaching $10 for a burger, the food is mediocre, the bar service is slow (and is quick to cut off revelous patrons), and the atmosphere isn't exactly 'Everybody knows your name," but, instead, surly with a smile. Can you get a good meal there? Yes, sometimes. Will it be a culinary experience? Of course not. And is it worth the price? Doubtful.

For similar food, lower prices, and friendlier service, Molly's, right down Main Street, is a good choice. The menu may not be so exotic, but--be honest--in terms of taste, is an emu-burger really so different?

Of course, the ultimate dining in Hanover is to be had at Cafe Buon Gustaio, and, yes, "good eats" is apropos. Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, Cafe BG is marginally expensive (though, hardly more than Murphy's unless you hit the extensive wine list) but worth every penny. Particularly recommended are the house-made mozarella (served with basil and amazingly always-fresh tomatos), the white asparagus in truffle oil, and the ravioli in a wild mushroom and cream sauce. Recommendations, though, are hard to make, as the menu's constantly in flux.

(Some boorish few contend that Hanover's best can be found in the Hanover Inn. I respond thus: Dartmouth Dining Services. Sure, the ingrediants are better and the dishes more ambitious, but the overall result is little improved over the fare to be had elsewhere on campus. Breakfast in the Daniel Webster room, however, is a treat--slabs of french toast swimming in syrup, a silver pot of steaming breakfast tea, and the Wall Street Journal all had in that huge, quiet, and airy room make starting the day so much easier. Regarding Zins, the Hanover Inn's casual, wine-centric restaurant, that place's food is an insult to the community: vegetables steamed to mush, pastas burnt and crunchy, and sauces that would make Ragu think twice. The wine list isn't bad--order a flight of cabernets, perhaps--but, for God's sake, don't eat there!)

Finally, when they're not eating or aren't concerned about what they might be ingesting, Hanoverians journey to 5 Olde Nuggett Alley, the mileu of which can be described simply: dungeon. That said, everything's cheap, the staff and patrons (including a smattering of locals) are ingratiating (especially Gordon, the bartender), and the food is...well, the less said about that, the better. For late nights in town, though, there really is no alternative.
Wenesday Happenings: George Lewis 12:30 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--The composer performs as part of the Festival of New Musics. Players include the composer Christian Wolff and Don Glasgo.

"Edge Dinner" 6:30 P.M., Edgerton House (14 School St.)--Prof. Marcelo Gleiser, author of several books on physics, religion, and philosophy, discusses the origin of the universe.

"Behind Closed Eyes" (film) 6:45 & 8:50 P.M., Loew--"How four children of war learn to build a future, despite their past" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Identity Workshop" 7 P.M., Amarna--"...construct a creative online "image" of your identity referencing racial and gender stereotypes, and participate in a provoking discussion about the effects of dominant culture". Damn that dominant culture!

"An American Indian Constructionalist Family Therapy Model" 7 P.M., Filene Auditorium--Dr. Rockey Robbins speaks on this topic.

"Seekers of Spiritual Truth" 8 P.M., Tucker--Find God while enjoying refreshments and snacks.

"ECO Meeting" 9 P.M., Robinson lobby--Didn't ECO meet on Monday? Did that not work out?

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Tuesday Happenings: "Strategic Supremacy" noon, Hanover Inn--Tuck professor Richard D'Aveni will discuss his new book, Strategic Supremacy - How Industry Leaders Create Growth, Wealth, and Power Through Spheres of Influence, over lunch. Attendees will receive copies of D'Aveni's book.

"What matters to me and why" noon, Tucker--Professor Jim Kuypers of the speech department, this week. Lunch served.

"Appearance and Reality" noon, Thornton Hall Lounge--Another philosophy lunch, catering by Panda House. Ponder perceptions, reality, and the compostion of your lo mein.

"Pillars - Activism and Social Change" 5:30 P.M., 212 Collis--Learn how to be a nuisance. Dinner served.

"Festival of New Musics" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--George Lewis performs ($3 Dartmouth students, $8 gen. admission).

"More Than a Few Good Men" 9 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--"Jackson Katz, a renowned speaker and anti-violence specialist, will address men's role in ending violence against women."

Monday, April 22, 2002

Attack of the Clones?: As the Senate debates a ban on both reproductive and "research" cloning, The New Republic's Charles Krauthammer addresses the relevant moral issues. A fascinating if occasionally shaky argument, and an interesting example of modern moral/political struggle in the absence of religious guidance. A glimpse at the future of scientific and political debate.
Elsewhere: BusinessWeek: The Education of Jeff Immelt, Dartmouth '78.

The NY Times profiles John Short '71, chief executive of the Leslie Fay company.

Jonathan Lu '02 complains to The Globe and Mail that Americans joke at the loss of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

AP: Symposium at Dartmouth to discuss bone cancer.

The progessive rag American Prospect reviews David Brock's Blinded by the Right. Best line: Conservative foundations "set out to build an infrastructure on the right--from scabrous college journals like The Dartmouth Review to cushy think tanks, journals of opinion, issue lobbies, and grass-roots operations."

Followup: "Carnivore snooping system muzzled" by Dartmouth graduate researchers.

Globe: Police honor trooper who found Tulloch's car.

If you didn't know: The Dartmouth Murders is out, having been written before the two killers both pled guilty.
Monday Happenings:"Earth Day" 11:30 A.M., Collis Porch--Events include a barbeque (no beef, I should hope), quilt making, a "trash display," a "bottle mail-back," and "EcoPledge signing." Go wild.

"Too Many Notes: Computers, Complexity and Culture" 2 P.M., Hartman Auditorium--Composer George Lewis, New Musics Festival resident, speaks.

"Student Art Exhibit / EW Coffee House" 5:30 P.M., Brace Commons--Including the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, the Barbary Coast Jazz band, "Gumboot," spoken word poetry, "Salsa Improv," and "experimental theater." Unfocused? Perhaps a bit.

"Emergency Pan Asian Council Meeting" 6 P.M., 101 Collis--A largish clothing retailer markets T-shirts that play with Asian stereotypes humorously, repudiating the type in their humor. Leftist groups, unaware of any other recourse, become incensed and threaten to boycott the retailer. The retailer, in turn, pulls the shirts. Tonight's emergency meeting topic: "A & F Bias Incident: What can we learn from this and how can we prevent it from occuring again?" Thugs, all.

"How to Die Well: Medical Ethics and End-of-Life Care" 6 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--Dr. James Bernat and Dr. C. Everett Koop speak. At least it's not Peter Singer.

"Dinner with Ensemble Ongaku Zammai" 6:30 P.M., Amarna--The group is a "five-member ensemble hailing from Japan uses a variety of instruments to play freely transcribed Romantic orchestral pieces" and will perform in Rollins Chapel on Friday.

"Inter-party Debate" 7 P.M., Rockefeller Center--The Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens have it out. In the past when this has been done, there's been a Socialist as well. Has that party here finally evaporated? Or, are they just running under a different, more colorful name?

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Happenings: Event listings will return on Sunday night, with events for Monday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, April 19, 2002

Cultural Expressions: This evening in Collis Commonground, prospective members of the class of 2006 were feted with Mexican, Chinese and South African Dance, as well as the such standbys as the Cords, Rockapellas, and Sheba dance troupe. However, there were highlights. The Occcum Pond Singers, "an intertribal drum group" consisting of six Native American males, one with very red hair and very white skin, sitting around a drum and beating it, while chanting "powwow" songs, mostly in a monotone. The best part of the show was when the MCs called up people from the audience, by name. These included Dean Furstenberg and other event organizers. Attendees were privileged to see Furstenberg gyrating around the dance floor, in time with the lively music. A sight not to missed. One is left to wonder what cultural impressions prospectives got from "Cultural Expressions."
Bandow on the Middle East: Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and sydicated columnist, spoke yesterday at Dartmouth to a small group of students and members of the community. The Dartmouth Review and the Campus Libertarians sponsored the event.

A self-proclaimed policy wonk, Bandow gave his insights on how the U.S. could best handle the crisis in the Middle East. According to Bandow, the United States would be best served by disengaging its military from foriegn lands and by adopting a uniform foreign policy.

Saudi Arabia, Bandow said, is a "monstrous" nation which has funded, directly or indirectly, terrorism. Also, Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime�women, aside from those in the royal family, have few, if any, real rights. The U.S., then, would be best served by disengaging its troops from the country and severing friendly ties. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. should be strictly business�the U.S. purchases the Saudis' oil.

Bandow pointed out the hypocritical stance the U.S. often takes in its foreign policy. The U.S. is very critical of Saddam Hussein for his treatment of the Kurds. At the same time, however, the U.S. has maintained a friendship with Turkey while the Turks have also been waging a war against the Kurds in their borders.

Bandow was often critical of the current administration. He expressed concern for the President's eagerness to attack Iraq. While acknowledging Hussein as a horrific villain, Bandow did not see Hussein as an immediate threat to our national security in terms of weapons of mass destruction. Also, if the U.S. did depose Hussein, who would take his place, Bandow asked. His answer: There would be not safe bet that the new leader would be any better than Hussein. Bandow also stressed that many of the Middle Eastern countries could be considered threats to the U.S. as fomenters of terrorist action�is it worthwhile to depose Hussein, when the Mullahs in Iran are just as bad?

While assuring the audience that he was in no way an isolationist, Bandow stressed that the U.S. should, first and foremost, protect the lives of its citizens in its borders. By providing military support to the world, we are sacrificing our security and also failing in our mission to make the world a safer place.
More Troubling: Alex, it's all true. I watched pro-Israeli protestor Daniel Bilar, a graduate student, being warned against heckling by an S&S officer, who explained that should he continue, he would be removed. Bilar is visible in the D's photo: he is the one waving an Israeli flag. His idea was simply to correct, vocally, factual inaccuracies made by speakers at the event and remain silent, otherwise. Unfortunately, he was stopped after only two or three brief outbursts; "Unfortunately" because there were many more statements that could have used his correction.

Also troubling is that the event's organizers, despite claiming to be non-partisan in their approach, declined to notify DIPAC or Hillel and ask for their participation. Additionally, the organizers turned down a request from DIPAC to include a debate as part of the event. Finally, one event organizer went so far as to contact S&S in an attempt to prevent DIPAC's dissenting response (I have been told, though I cannot confirm it, that this organizer was the one quoted in the D about DIPAC's "illegal" protest). This effort was not fruitless, of course, as seen by Mr. Bilar's silencing.

Maybe this is something in which FIRE should be involved...
Troubling: The absurdities of Ms. Warren's legal analysis aside, I was a little concerned to read in the article about an S&S officer "hushing" a student who briefly heckled one of the rally speakers. I'm not much of a fan of that type of behavior, though judging from the quoted portions of the speeches, I can see how it would have been hard to resist. But either way, what the hell does S&S thinks it's doing silencing students at a public rally?

The whole incident was described rather vaguely by the D. I know, I know, I'm shocked too. However, I'm sure some of my fellow posters were involved in the criminal conspiracy that produced the heckler, so if they could report on what happened it would be helpful to those of us outside the Hanover area.
Unintentional Self-Parody: A quote given to the D by Shilyh Warren '98, the organizer of yesterday's pro-Palestinian rally:

"The [Dartmouth Israel Public Affairs Committee] illegally planned an event at the same time and place as the official rally."

Illegally? All of a sudden these people thinking that every action Israel takes is "illegal" doesn't seem so strange.
Technology: "Dartmouth Student Invents a Carnivore Leash." Lead Wired News story from yesterday.

Slashdot Discussion

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Proposed Alcohol Policy Revisions: At a meeting held Tuesday evening, the "Ad Hoc Working Group on Alcohol Policy" released its list of recommendations. Robert Binswanger pointed out that one of the impeti for the committee was that "Dartmouth students are good at game-playing. You had to play the game and beat the system to get in here, and it seems to be the same with the alcohol policy. Dartmouth is not a cafe but an academic institute." Another point which the committee emphasized was that nit-picking rules are bad, and generalizations are good. The student members of the committee did most of the talking; Binswanger, when he did speak, was very guarded in his words.

Most of what committee said was very general, however, when they started talking specifics, the concerns started. The proposed policy includes registration of all events with 10 or more people, alcoholic or not, to be registered with S & S. The present Tier system is to be abolished. All alcohol must be served by designated servers, students or otherwise, who have been trained in "risk management," how to recognize those who are drunk, and not provide them with drinks. However, the committee emphasized that they did not want to make "sweeping changes" to the present policy, merely to make it more understandable. The other concrete proposal was removing the one-time nature of the "Good Samaritan" policy, allowing it for multiple uses, but at the same time, implementing some form of parental notification. Another other, not so concrete, aspect was their emphasis on organizational responsibility, actually requiring organizations to see to the safety of participants of their events.

Here are the official committee proposals.

Thursday Happenings: "Rally for the Human Rights of Exploded Israelis" noon, Collis--See below.

"Sexual Assault Community Hour" noon, Commonground--As the WRC is actively promoting a "Rally for the Human Rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories," one wonders that this event isn't some sort of shill to attract supporters.

"Poetry and Prose Reading" 4 P.M., Wren Room--Jeffrey Lent reads.

"Civil Liberties in Developing Countries: The Impact of the War on Terrorism" 4:30 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--Owais Aslam Ali, Chairman of Pakistan Press International and Harvard affiliate, speaks.

"Finding Our Way Out of the Mid-East Imbroglio" 6 P.M., 108 Reed--RECOMMENDED--Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute speaks on the U.S.'s role in the Middle East. Bandow is coauthor of the excellent Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Developing World. Dinner served.

"Invading Iraq and the Axis of Evil" 6 P.M.--Dinner with Professor Allan Stam of the government department. RSVP for location info to "World Affairs Council."

"Constructing the Virgin Martyr" 7 P.M., Mid-Fayer Basement--Subtitled "Sex, Gender, and Religion in the Early Latin Lives of Saints Agnes, Cecilia, Agatha, and Lucy." Senior Dana Polanichka presents her thesis.

"No Man's Land" (film) 7 P.M., Loew--"In this black comedy about the Bosnian conflict, a Bosnian and a Serb are stranded between enemy lines" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen.admission).

"Charity, Justice and Social Action: Confronting Hunger in America" 7:30 P.M., Commonground--Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, argues that voluntarism and private charity crowd government welfare dollars out of the market--the horror!

"Club of Dartmouth Entrepreneurs" 8 P.M., 218 Collis--Executive summaries and Mobius Audio's business plan. Free pizza.

"GreenPrint Info Session" 10 P.M., Mid-Fayer Basement--Let ECO coax you to use the new environmentally-friendly but otherwise inconvenient printing system. Ben & Jerry's ice cream to be served, not that any inducement to attend is necessary, of course.

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Exploding Israelis: An event in which readers may be interested (Thursday, noon to 1:30, in front of Collis):

in response to the "Rally for the Human Rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories," the Dartmouth CRs, the Review, and other interested students will be holding something along the lines of a "Rally for the Human Rights of Exploded Israelis." It's crude, yes, but it does get the point across.

So, if you believe in the Bush doctrine (no matter how tepid Colin Powell is about enforcing it) and you believe that the U.S. should stand with countries that support its key values of democracy, human rights, and the free market before it stands with countries or groups that explicitly reject those values and you believe that Israel has a right and obligation to defend its people from terrorist attack and you believe that terrorism is neither glamorous nor romantic and that people who wear Che Guevara silkscreened t-shirts are, at best, silly and ignorant, then you should join us for us much time as you can spare between noon and 1:30 on Thursday at the front of Collis.

-----------------Forward this to email anyone you know who might be interested.-----------------------

We're not organized, we don't have a list of speakers (how we're going to counter Mohamad Bydon and Hillary Miller I'll never know), and we're just doing the best that we can at the last minute. But we're right. So come out for a half-hour or an hour and help us fight back against shoddy moral relativism, misinformation, and the naivety and plain stupidity of those would connect homicide bombings with a "Rally for Peace." I will bring posterboard and markers for those who wish to create signs; other worthwhile props are U.S. flags, Israeli flags, Arafat effigies, etc.

And, if you made it this far: P.J. O'Rourke (being serious) about why the press (and others) are biased pro-Palestinian.

Thank you.
Wednesday Happenings: "Sexual Assault and Communities of Color" 6:30 P.M., Cutter-Shabazz.

"Who made your shoes???" 6:30 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--"An up to date and honest picture of Nike's sweatshop practices." Join the Greens for senseless bashing of a company that actually has one of the best human rights records in the developing world and has proven willing to work with (and even fund) the groups that harass it the most. Expect the spirit of Michael Moore: grand pronouncements, factual inaccuracies, deliberate misleading, and, when all else fails, bash the rich/successful.

"Vaughan Recital Series" 12:30 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center--"Dartmouth College students Theodore Siegel, Class of '02, Kyle Polite, Class of '05, and Danielle Derocher and Lauren Hendrickson, both Class of '04, perform works by Eccles, Saint-Saens and others for double-reed instruments."

"Storytelling" (film) 6:45 & 8:45 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Divided into Fiction and Non-Fiction, Solondz's new film is an autocritique on topics varying from censorship and suburban toxicity to the hypocrisy and dishonesty of filmmaking" ($5 Dartmouth Students, $6 gen. admission).

"War and Ethnic Cleansing in the Balkans" 4 P.M., 3 Rockefeller--Robert Hayden speaks.

"Dartmouth Contemporary" 8 P.M., 101 Collis--The formerly exclusively-bookish publication plans its next issue.

"GSA Meeting" 9 P.M., 204 Robinson--Plan an upcoming "the upcoming gay-greek discussion." 'Nuff said.

At the Nugget: The Rookie, Ice Age, E.T., LOTR, and Kissing Jessica Stein.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Misinformation: In a column in today's D, Tanisha Keshava '05 recycles the same bogus statistics on sexual assault that have been repeated ad nauseum since they were actually put forth in 1988. These numbers, particularly the ever popular "one woman in four will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in college," were debunked almost a decade ago now, yet they continue to thrive at Dartmouth.

This isn't intended as a criticism of Ms. Keshava. She is obviously quite sincere in her belief in these numbers, and is trying to focus some attention on an issue that is of the utmost importance. What seems obvious, given that she is a SAPA who recently attended the Sexual Abuse Awareness Month events, is that these numbers are coming from either her training or the events themselves. In either case, the College's administration is endorsing a set of highly inflammatory statistics that no longer stand up under even the faintest hint of academic scrutiny. By absurdly inflating the scope of a problem whose actual extent is more than serious enough to begin with, it encourages reasonable people to dismiss the credibility of the cause of sexual abuse awareness. It also makes it quite clear that Dartmouth can be more concerned with a particular agenda than the accuracy of its statements.
Elsewhere: Dartmouth prof. of economics William Fischel: You get what you pay for in the housing market, including differences in school quality.

Former Dartmouth prof. Arthur Hertzberg in the LA Times: "What's coming out of Washington is sheer hypocrisy... You cannot be spending lives and treasure uprooting Al Qaeda and preparing to kill Saddam Hussein and then say to Israel, 'You've got to stay still.'"

The Mellon Foundation has given a grant to the Dartmouth College Library and the Council on Library and Information Resources to develop a "Scholarly Communication Institute." Three annual institutes will be held at Dartmouth, bringing together "pioneers and innovators in scholarly communication" to advance the cutting edge in their disciplines.

AP: "Maya Angelou speaks at Dartmouth" "Angelou apologized to Dartmouth College students on behalf of her generation for 'handing you a world so full of hate.'"

Globe: "Dartmouth killings left prosecutor with a void."

Bob Smith brings home the bacon for Dartmouth, says the Globe. Too bad Judd Greg's not running for reelection.

AP: "Studies find surgical experience matters in the operating room." More on DMS's Dr. John D. Birkmeyer's research.

Globe: Are there too many MBA school rankings?. Tuck cite.

"Investors are waking up and realizing that Wall Street research is merely a marketing tool used for selling stocks," says Tuck prof. Kent Womack to BusinessWeek.
An Uncivil Award: Dartmouth professor of religion Ifi Amadiume's book Male Daughters, Female Husbands, has been selected as one of the best 100 books by African authors in the 20th century, says this Dartmouth press release. "I am delighted and honored to receive this award," said Amadiume. "I feel particularly pleased with this wide expression of happiness and solidarity across borders, cultures and gender."

The awards for "Africa's 100 Best Books" were given out by the Zimbabwe International Book Fare, which, though it describes itself as an NGO, has, necessarily, ties with Zimbabwe's government. The ZIBF's board, for example, includes a governor, the director of Zimbabwe's National Gallery (an appointed position), and several academics from state-run schools. The ZIBF's independence is to be questioned, as is that, unfortunately, of any successful enterprise in the country.

Given the recent elections in Zimbabwe and the state of civil rights in that country, Amadiume's statement above is troubling for what it omits. Acceptance of an award from a para-statal entity like the ZIBF is tantamount to endorsing its government, many officials of which will be on hand at the ceremony in August, no doubt. Given the Pan-Africanism evident in Amadiume's writing (moreover, she was editor of "Pan-African Liberation Platform"), perhaps her tacit support of the Mugabe dictatorship is unsurprising, but that still doesn't make this a thing the College ought to be publicizing.
Tuesday Happenings: "What Matters to Me and Why" noon, Tucker--Lunch with sociology professor Misagh Parsa.

"Aporia Philosophical Discussion: The Good Person" noon, Thornton Lounge--"What is a good person?" and "What makes them come about?" "Thrilling discussion catered by Panda House, complete with vegetarian option."

"ECO Meeting" 1 P.M., 212 Collis--Do you find facts inconvenient? Does recycling make you feel good even if it doesn't always help the environment? Do you skip laundry to reduce phosphorous effluents? If so then, unfortunately, this meeting's for you.

"Picture Books, Gender, and Leadership Styles" 5:30 P.M., 218 Collis--"Does gender impact your leadership style? Are certain leadership traits more masculine and feminine? How does this all relate to you? We'll explore this through the use of children's literature and conversation." Children's literature?

"Savitri" 7 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India performs with a discussion to follow ($5 Dartmouth students, $20 gen. admission).

"Men's Dinner and Discussion" 7 P.M., 218 Collis--Scott Stokoe, Organic Farm Manager, is the man of the week.

"New alcohol policy" 7:30 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--The Student Assembly Committee on Alcohol Policy announces its recommendations for Dartmouth's new alcohol policy. Open bar (correction: no open bar).

"Deep Banana Blackout" tickets on-sale now, Collis Info Desk--Concert will be Saturday, April 20, 10 P.M. (free for Dartmouth students, $5 gen. admission).

"Innovative Leadership in a Global Society" RSVP through wednesday--Saturday, May 4, conference at the Alden Inn held by the Rockefeller Center. Email "Society Conference" to RSVP.

At the Nugget: The Rookie, Ice Age, E.T., LOTR, and Kissing Jessica Stein.

Monday, April 15, 2002

West Update: Princeton-bound Cornel West called Harvard President Larry Summers, ''the Ariel Sharon of American higher education'' today on NPR. Well, as long as we're all keeping things in proportion. More importantly, does this make West the Yasser Arafat of American higher education? Both do have pretty goofy looking beards, after all...
Monday Happenings: "Betrayal of Trust" 4 P.M., 3 Rockefeller--No, the Trustees aren't speaking. Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, discusses "the collapse of global public health," conveniently the subtitle of her most recent book.

"World Week in Review" 6:30 P.M., 206 Baker--It's not TW3 ("That was the week that was"), but close enough. Dinner served.

"Nrityagram Dance Ensemble" 7 P.M., Amarna--Dine with the Indian dance ensemble that will perform in Spaulding on Tuesday. "Nrityagram:" try saying that five times fast; or once, even.

"The Language and History of Indian Dance" 5:30 P.M., Hopkins Center Faculty Lounge--Register at the Hop box office or call 646-2422.

"Fungal biofilm-development, architecture and drug resistance" 4 P.M., 658W Borwell.

"'Without'--Reflection on Working Visual Culture" 4 P.M., 201C Carpenter--The University of London professor and author Irit Rogoff speaks.

"Beyond The Last Village" 7:30 P.M., Filene Auditorium--Speaker Alan Rabinowitz is the Director of Science and Exploration of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Part of the environmental awareness lecture series (awareness? This posting is about as much publicity as this thing's gotten).

At the Nugget: The Rookie, Ice Age, E.T., LOTR, and Kissing Jessica Stein.
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Sunday, April 14, 2002

Sunday Happenings: "Help Plan a demonstration against war" 5 P.M., Women's Resource Center--"It's time for all those who believe in and still cherish democracy, freedom and equality to demand accountability from government officials and Stop the War, at Home and Abroad!" Volunteers are needed to teach protestors grammar and basic fact-checking skills.

"BBQ at Amarna" 2-5 P.M., Amarna--"burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, etc... the weather is supposed to be beautiful, so we'll have the volleyball net set up, along with other games."

"Vaughan Recital Series" 4 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall, Hopkins Center--"Steve Marchena and John Mason, guitar duo, perform solos, duets and trios by Franz Schubert, Fernando Sor, Leo Brouwer, John Duarte and others."

"DFS double feature" 8:35 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"A Real Young Girl" and "". Both explore the vulgar sexuality of exaggerated youth. "Une Vraie Jeune Fille" was banned in France in 1976 for its explicit content.

Sign up for the "Core Experience Retreat"--"During this retreat, we aim to develop skills in understanding our own needs and how to take care of them. We aim to discuss and even discover our passions and learn tools to help us realize them." No men. Blitz "Djahane Salehabadi."

Saturday, April 13, 2002

On the News: Crowd counts are notoriously unreliable. Remember the flap over the Million Man and Million Woman Marches? It's repeated daily, like this:

In today's edition, the NY Times claims that "Thousands in New York Rally for Palestinians"--in fact, that's the title of the story. It notes "a few thousand protestors" in the text itself.

The AP, however, reports "more than 500" protestors and notes "hundreds of chanting pro-Palestinian demonstrators" in a second mention.

The Post puts the crowd at "About 1,000".

The Daily News contains no mention of the protest at all (being fair, it did not run a full article on an earlier pro-Israel protest).

LI Newsday agrees with the Post: "About 1,000".

USA Today: yeah, right.

So, who's off by an order of magnitude, the Times or everyone else?

Finally, the Washington Post runs a full story (with versions picked up by several wires, as well) titled "Thousands expected for pro-Israeli rally Monday [in D.C.]" and predicts "tens of thousands" of participants (hedging their bets with a weak 'are expected'). The Times makes no mention of this that I could find. It was, however, picked up by the Manchester Union-Leader. Go figure.

Truly finally: Cornell West resigns from Harvard. How long will Princeton placate a professor who refuses to publish (do rap albums count?) or teach?
Saturday Happenings: (also see yesterday's post for Saturday morning events)

"The Business of Strangers" 7 & 9 P.M., Loew--"Debut director Patrick Stettner's dark thriller about a successful businesswoman (Stockard Channing) and her young assistant (Julie Stiles) who toy with a slow-witted businessman (Fred Weller) while stuck at an airport hotel" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Milque and Cookies" 8 P.M., Phi Tau--If you haven't gotten a t-shirt yet... Bring 12-sided dice.

"The Lost Trailers" 11 P.M., Psi Upsilon--Visit the band's website.

"Discoteca" 11 P.M., Sigma Delta--Featuring a new subwoofer.

"Johnny Lawrence" 8 P.M., Sigma Alpha Epsilon--The SAE brother puts on an acoustic show.

Tucker Events (see yesterday's post for pre-10 AM events)

"Music, Multi Culturalist & Human Survival" 10:15 A.M., 105 Dartmouth--Hafiz Shabazz, Director,World Music Percussion Ensemble and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music.

"Religion at Dartmouth Post 9/11 Panel" 10:15 A.M., 28 Silsby--Includes panelists from various religious groups.

"Panel of Tucker Deans" 10:15 A.M., Filene Auditorium--Seven of them, actually.

"Spoken Word Poetry Workshop" 11:20 A.M., 105 Dartmouth

"Making the World a Little Better" 11:20 A.M., 1 Rockefeller--At first I thought this was a bit vague, but a subtitle notes a focus on "Community Service."

"Ethics In the Workplace Panel" 11:20 A.M., 3 Rockefeller--Facilitator is Ronald M. Green, chair of the religion department and director of the ethics program.

"Affordable Housing In the Upper Valley Panel: Matching Needs to Resources" 11:20 A.M., B03 Moore

"Student Voices: Agents of Change" 11:20, 28 Silsby--Four students show that by speaking up about what matters to them, they can be given reign over a panel discussion of their very own.

"Lunch" 12:30 P.M., Commonground

"Multiculturalism & Pedagogy: Other Peoples' Lives" 2:30 P.M., 113 Silsby

"The Roots of a 'Liberal Arts' Education & Its Meaning for our Time" 2:30 P.M., 1 Rockefeller

"Faith Based Ideas And Initiatives: Does Anybody Really Care... And If So, Why?" 2:30 P.M., 2 Rockefeller

"Making the Right Choices" 2:30 P.M., 3 Rockefeller--No subtitle: this really is vague.

"Art and Culture for the Greater Good: From Concept to Implementation" 2:30 P.M., 213 Silsby

"Cultural Extravaganza" 2:30, Alumni Hall--"Hosted by Dartmouth students for children of the Upper Valley and anyone else who wants to celebrate diversity."

"Collegiate Gospel Fest" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium

More information available here.

Send updates, event notices, etc. to dartlog@dartreview.com.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Friday Happenings: "Spring Gala" 6 P.M., Hood Museum--Party to celebrate the museum's "High Society" exhibition of psychelia.

"Social Justice Coffehouse" 9:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M., Commonground--"an exciting and dynamic aspect of the Tucker Foundation's 50th anniversary celebration." Right. Student performers will spend ten minutes apiece onstage and be compensated $100 for their trouble. It may not be social justice, but it sure beats a living wage.

"Kiss & Tell" 9:30 P.M., Poison Ivy (that empty room in the basement of Collis)--All three episodes of this student produced (?) program will be shown. Refreshments.

"SiNgLeD OUt!!" 7 P.M., Brace Commons--Should probably be avoided for the capitalization alone. "You could win a Super Fantabulously Amazing Date!!!!!" Good grief.

"The Existential Pleasures of Engineering" 3:30 P.M., Cummings--Samuel Florman from Kreisler Borg Florman Construction of Scarsdale, NY, speaks.

"Men's Tennis v. Princeton" 3 P.M., Topliff Courts

Tucker Anniversary Events:

"Keynote speaker" 4 P.M., Spaulding (for those with tickets), Moore, and 105 Dartmouth--Maya Angelou speaks about...well, they didn't say what she was going to speak about, but it's Maya Angelou...

"[Jewish] Services" 5:30 P.M., Roth--Regular Friday night services. Not sure what these have to do with Tucker, but they're in the brochure.

"Social Justice Coffeehouse"10 P.M., Commonground--(see above).

Saturday Tucker Events: (as we may sleep late tomorrow)

"The State of the Tucker Foundation" 7:30 A.M., Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn--Dean Lord speaks. Continental breakfast. "All welcome" (unless they limit the event to Tuck students and alumni, like they did to Friday's "Leadership Luncheon").

"Balancing Professional Life & Community Engagement" 9 A.M., 3 Rockefeller--Ann McLane Kuster '78, Attorney, Rath, Young & Pignatell.

"Diversity & Leadership Education" 9 A.M., 2 Rockefeller--Garvey Clarke '57, President, LEAD Program in Business.

"The Evolution of 4charity.com" 9 A.M., B03 Moore--Tracey Pettengill '93, Cofounder and CEO, 4charity.

"Faith, Values & Work" 9 A.M., 1 Rockefeller--Richard Kiphart '63, Head of Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Member of the Executive Committee, William Blair & Co.

"Integrative Medicine: Looking to the Future" 213 Silsby--Maureen Bunce, M.D. '83.

"Grant Proposal Writing Workshop" 113 Silsby--Kevin Peterson '82, Senior Program Officer, Upper Valley Community Foundation and Joanne Smogor, Director, SCA Northeast Region.

More information can be had here.

Thursday, April 11, 2002

Another ground-breaking study: Our friends at the Dartmouth Medical School have discovered that experienced hospitals do a better job on complicated surgeries than their less experienced counterparts. Read more about this ground-breaking study here.
War on Drugs: Lindsay Earls '05 has made national headlines recently, challenging of her high school's drug policy. Earls was tested against her will because she participated in the school choir and the marching band. The Supreme Court heard her case a few weeks ago.
CNN jumped on her case, but now so has GNN, the Guerrilla (spelling mistake theirs, not mine) News Network. Check out their story here.
Ben Stein Update: The current issue of the American Spectator features its monthly installment of "Ben Stein's Diary." Stein writes about his recent trip to the Upper Valley, specifically his visit with his son in Vermont. (No, he does not mention Novack Cafe.)
For those of you who remain in shock over Stein's visit to campus, visit the library to read the article. "Ben Stein's Diary" is not online.

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Thursday Happenings: "Sigma Nu Senior Symposium" 5:30 P.M., Sigma Nu--"Chris Bowen '02 will be talking about his research comparing the economies of China, Taiwan, Mexico, South Korea, and India for the years 1960-1999."

Stanley Plumly, 4 P.M., Wren Room--Part of the "Poetry & Prose 2001/2002 Reading Series." Find a Plumly biography and several examples of his poetry here.

"Senior 'Tails" 8 P.M., Top of the Hop--Seniors only, first drink free, bring legal identification.

"Mock Hearing on Sexual Abuse" 7 P.M., Commonground--From the event flyer: "Find out how the Dartmouth Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office hears sexual abuse cases and decide for yourself." Decide what? Whether they hear cases well?

"The Harp Consort" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Andrew Lawrence-King leads the acclaimed early music group in Juan Gutierrez Padilla's Missa Mexicana with dancers and a chamber choir" ($5 Dartmouth students, $22 reserved seating). Join Lawrence-King for an "informal discussion" at 7 P.M. in the Hopkins Center Faculty Lounge.

"Out of the Past" 8 P.M., a ounge in the Choates cluster--Another film in the "GSA Movie Series." The IMDb lists six movies with this title; you figure it out: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

"Drug Testing, School Policy, and the Law: Board of Education V. Earls." 7:30, 2 Rockefeller--Panel discussion featuring Graham Boyd of the ACLU, Richard Willard of the Washington Legal Foundation, and Lindsay Earls '05.
Wednesday Happenings: "Child Pornography" 8 P.M., Alpha Theta--A discussion on the "ethics/morality" of such, hosted by Prof. Sinott-Armstrong.

"Christianity and Islam in the World Today" 6:30 P.M., Edgerton House--Anthropology Prof. Dale Eickelman "Discusses the impact of religion on societies, in the Middle East ...and USA." Eickelman is one of Dartmouth's best and a great speaker.

"If These Walls Could Talk 2" 8 P.M., Mass Row Lounge--part of the "GSA Movie Series." 2000 HBO movie.

"Murmur of the Heart" 6:45 & 9:15 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Diagnosed with a heart murmur and sent to a spa to recuperate, 14-year-old Laurent begins a less than innocent relationship with his mother." Part of the DFS series "Growing Pains." Comedy directed by Louis Malle ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Elsewhere: More from DHMC researcher John Baron: "Baby aspirin lowers risk of colon cancer."

From CBS Evening News last night: Dartmouth Medical School researchers report the best direct evidence yet that aspirin may help prevent colon cancer. In test patients, aspirin suppressed the growth of the intestinal polyps that become colon cancer.

Women's golf finishes fifth at Invitational.

CS Monitor: Tuck graduates search for employment.

AP: Rich pay majority of U.S. income taxes.
About Hollingworth: The D left quite a bit out of its coverage of Bev Hollingworth's visit to campus yesterday. College Republican and occasional candidate Bob Gienko clears things up:
On Monday, State Sen Bev Hollingsworth commendably showed interest in college students by speaking here. Unfortunately, that is the only positive to be found in her visit. NH remains a great state precisely because people like her are held at bay.

Being a typical left-wing liberal Democrat, Hollingsworth mislead her audience on education funding. She said that NH was "dead last" in state funding of education. This use to be true several years ago as most funding was local. Since several lawsuits, the state is now providing 60% of all education funding! This is by far the highest in New England. I wonder if Hollingsworth mentioned that over the last 20 years education funding per pupil has DOUBLED in NH, while test scores have remained absolutely flat.

It seems to me that something in addition to money drives quality of education. But, being a Democrat, what is Hollingsworth's main goal? RAISING TAXES! She was recently quoted by the Eagle Tribune as saying, "It drives me CRAZY that some people don't support an income tax." Now, we wouldn't want to make her crazy, but she is again forgetting that NH has the 8th highest per capita income in the country and a thriving high tech economy because of our low taxes.

Vermont, Maine and Mass have all languished while NH has flourished. What is the difference? Republicans have set up a pro-growth, low tax system here while Democrats akin to Hollingsworth have raised taxes and stifled freedom in the others!

In closing, if you like more taxes, if you want someone else controlling your life, if you want to create a new Massachusetts, then Hollingsworth is for you. If you would rather continue to see NH thrive then tell her to go home.
Moreon GreenPrint : The Daily D reports that Mike Hogan, director of computing services, "hopes to adopt a more secure method of identification similar to the Kerberos authentication system." Yet he also assures that the College "does not plan to implement any charges" for printing. Had reporter Nathaniel Ward been thinking about it, this topic might have borne more questioning.

In the GreenPrint system, as it's now implemented, users may assign to jobs any username and password combination they wish. For example, I could identify the "owner" of my print jobs as "andrewgrossman," "grossman," or "billybobthornton." More secure authentication would fix jobs to a known user, probably by using Dartmouth's authoritative name directory, the DND, which is used for BlitzMail and other applications that require positively identify users, such as browsing student records. As GreenPrint jobs are not printed until requested, students need not be contacted about wasted paper and the like. Really, the only reason to fix jobs to their actual owners would be for billing purposes (or to otherwise limit the amount that students may print). Whether Kiewit expects to implement these as soon as authentication is in place is unclear, but billing becomes possible only with authentication. Authentication brings no other benefits; users should be suspect.
Another unlocked door... According to a Safety and Security Bulletin, early this morning, a male entered the unlocked room of a female student, removed his shoes, and crawled into bed. I contacted S & S, and they refused to comment whether the bed was occupied by the said female. In any event, the said female yelled, and the male left the room, walking unsteadily.
Why can't students learn to lock their rooms? Read Andrew Grossman's analysis of a similar recent event here. Also, read Alex Wilson's article on this subject.
Below is the full text of the S & S report.
On 4/9/02 at approximately 4:28AM, Safety and Security received information that a male entered a female students room (in New Hampshire Hall) which was unlocked; he took off his shoes and crawled into bed. The woman yelled and he left walking in an unsteady manner. Hanover Police and Safety and Security responded immediately and canvassed the area with no success.

The intruder is identified as: a white male, between 5'6" and 5'8", with a short straight crew cut style hair cut. He is described as somewhat scrawny, wearing blue jeans and a baseball type tee shirt with dark sleeves, a collar, and white on the body of the shirt. He was also wearing running shoes, which he left in the room.

Anyone with information on this complaint is asked to contact:
Department of Safety and Security

Hanover Police
Tuesday Events: "The Wedding Banquet" 8 P.M., Rip-Wood-Smith lounge--Ang Lee's 1993 comedy. Worth seeing despite being associated with the "GSA Movie Series."

"Men's Dinner" 7 P.M., 218 Collis--Join Framji Minwalla, assistant professor of "theatre," and the Men's Kouch Klub for dinner and conversation. Topic: "Are you what you wear? The Intersections of Sex, Masculinity, and the Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly catalog." Recommended attire: Helmut Lang.

"Bang on a Can All-Stars" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium

"Pillars" 5:30 P.M., Collis 212--Let the Collis staff show you how to set up sound and lights for your programming event. Dinner served. RSVP to "pillar".

"Amarna Open House" 9 P.M., 23 E. Wheelock St.--Free ice cream at the Coed house.

"ECO Themestorm" 7 P.M., Collis Basement--Help the Environmental Conservation Organization think up ideas to force students to waste their time on environmentally useless tasks. RSVP to "Eco".
Take back the night: Last night, students and faculty members who participated in a march and candlelight vigil against sexual violence listened to Katie Olivero '01 likened sexual assault to terrorism. According to an article in the Daily D, Olivero stated, "Sex is used as a tool of violence. It is a strategy of war." Really. Also, philosophy professor Susan Brison read from her recent book, "Aftermath." She stated that she thinks the Zantop murders were sexually motivated, because they are rooted in our cultural perceptions of masculinity and violence. "We are raising our boys to be violent and not to be empathetic," she said. Later, participants huddled in the middle of the Green, holding candles. Some Review staffers joined the group briefly, leaving after a male participant read a poem in which he admitted that he was not a woman.
Another study on college drinking... In a study released today, the Task Force on College Drinking, part of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, found that "the consequences of college drinking are larger and more destructive than commonly realized." The study claims that 1,400 college students die each year in alcohol-related incidents. It also counted as college students those aged 18-24, meaning a majority of legal-aged drinkers were counted as students. The study did not discuss if these statistics have been increasing or decreasing in recent years. It reviewed several possible solutions, labeling as "promising" Friday classes and exams, Saturday morning classes, and consistently enforced discipline for alcohol policy infractions. We've heard this before.

Monday, April 08, 2002

Ivy Council Meets, Plans Next Meeting: In the D today is an article on this past weekend's Ivy League Council meeting. The Ivy council is composed of student delegations from each of the Ivies except Harvard, which refuses to attend for reasons that, in this and past articles, have been poorly described though are likely justified. This time, council members discussed "course reviews and teacher evaluations, in addition to alcohol policy, campus police and general questions of social life," basically a smattering of the issues that effect students at all colleges, Ivy or not. There was a change this year, however: meeting notes were recorded and will, sometime soon we're promised, be turned into a book. Commenting on this, a Dartmouth delegate, Stella Treas told the D, "One of the criticisms of Ivy Council was that we didn't have a product. Now, for the first time, we have records, not only discussions."

It's not clear to me what the purpose of the Council was to begin with, but how could it have been doing much of anything without simple meeting minutes being distributed to members? Consider Dartmouth delegate Julia Hildreth's remark on the meeting's outcome: "We had some great discussions, and everybody seemed to take a little out of them." Well, that's states it pretty clearly: they aren't doing much of anything. "Campus leaders" from the Ivies (sans Harvard) gather, gripe about their respective schools, and, from now on, publish meeting minutes about the whole thing (finally, "a product"!).

Ivy Council president Josh Marcuse described the weekend as "one of the best conferences we've ever had." Even coming off this great success, the council shouldn't hold its ground. I suggest that Council members visit the 5 Olde bar most any night to observe similar meetings underway; maybe they'll pick up some ideas about new products worthy of consideration, like the bar tab.
Poor Word Choice: Jourden Abel in an editorial in today's D, "At my high school you couldn't throw a rock without hitting a Jew..." Given the Palestinians' propensity for rock-throwing, I think there may be several better ways to have expressed this.
Monday Happenings: "Take Back the Night" 4:30 P.M., 101 Collis--Sign making (suggestions: "S.C.U.M.", "Girl Power", and "Give me back my night"). 6:30 P.M., Hopkins Center--March against the men who presumably control other nights of the year.

"A Cappolcalypse: The Second Coming" Collis info desk--Tickets go on sale for April 14 event featuring the Tufts Beelzebubs & Jackson Jills ($3 Dartmouth students).

"Regulation of lymphopoiesis in the post-natal thymus" 4 P.M., 658W Borwell--Howard T. Petrie speaks on that topic.

"Tsahal (part one)" (film) 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--Documentary on Israel's defence forces, the Tsavah Haganah L'Israel. Part two to be shown on Tuesday. Director Claude Lanzmann focuses on the individual men of the army, in a sense building up rather than painting broad and clumsy historical strokes, and, particularly, on the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

"Politics, Opinions and Public Health" 7:30 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General, speaks. From Satcher's government bio: "Dr. Satcher wanted to be known as the Surgeon General who listened to the American people and who responded with effective programs."

Sunday, April 07, 2002

Elsewhere: Ronald Green, director of Dartmouth's Ethics Institute, comments on reports of an 8-week old cloned human fetus in China Daily.

AP: " Prosecutor Still Puzzled By Killers [Tulloch and Parker]".
Sunday Happenings: "A long walk home: A Story of a Rape Survivor" 6:30 P.M., Commonground--"a unique partnership of art therapy, social documentary and community activism."

"Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico on the Drug War" noon, Filene Auditorium--Governor Johnson discusses drug legalization.

"Vaughan Recital Series" 4 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall at the Hopkins Center--William Ghezzi performs "Guitar Music of the Americas."

"American Graffiti" 6:45 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--George Lucas's 1973 film ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" 8:45 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"So what Jefferson was saying was 'Hey! You know, we left this England place because it was bogus. So if we don't get some cool rules ourselves, pronto, we'll just be bogus too.' Yeah?" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission)

Saturday, April 06, 2002

Bharucha Leaves for Tufts: Dartmouth's dean of faculty (since 2001) and professor of psychology and brain sciences Jamshed Bharucha has accepted an appointment as provost at Tufts, according to this Union-Leader article.
Saturday Happenings: "Amelie" (film) 7 and 9:30 P.M., Loew Auditorium--RECOMMENDED ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"The State of Hip Hop" 1 P.M., 28 Silsby--Ethnomusicologist Dr. Joe Schloss delivers a lecture titled "Not a Mystery or a Memory: Sample-based Hip Hop and Its World." At 3 P.M. is scheduled a panel discussion, "From Beat Street to Wall Street: Surveying the Contemporary Hip Hop Landscape." And, of course, at 10 P.M., is a party at Shabazz for all those interested.

"The Far Side of the Moon" 8 P.M., Moore Theater--Canadian writer-director Robert Lepage (bio on the Well-Known Canadians Page) and actor Yves Jacques team up for this one man show about a trip to the moon ($5 Dartmouth students, $28 reserved).

"The Year that Trembled" (film) 7:30 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium ($5 Dartmouth students, $7 gen. admission).

"Jill Sobule in Concert" 10 P.M., Commonground--Event notice promises that she will play her songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Supermodel" (free for Dartmouth students, $5 others ).

Friday, April 05, 2002

Response to the response to the response: I don�t want to continue this ad infinitum, but it's a useful discussion, and I feel compelled to make a few points. Bydon repeats what he did in his column�namely, he starts by saying that terrorism is unjustifiable, and then proceeds to justify it by reference to Israel�s supposed oppression. I do not wish to revisit the issue as to whether the suicide bombers represent legitimate �resistance to occupation,� as Bydon calls it. They don�t. But his point about Israeli terrorism, while absurd, has won too much popular assent recently. The fact is, when Palestinian bombers go to Israeli restaurants to murder civilians, that is terrorism. When Israeli authorities target and arrest terrorists, and civilians are caught in the crossfire, that is tragic, but it is not terrorism. There is a reason why we have the term �collateral damage.� The United States also unintentionally killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan, but it did so in the course of a war on terror in which the US targeted criminals, not innocent civilians. Unfortunately, civilians sometimes get killed in war. But that is quite a different thing from targeting civilians directly�having no other purpose than to murder innocents. The Israeli army�s rules of engagement put soldiers at much additional risk in an effort to avoid civilian deaths, as do the Americans�. Bydon�s lauded �resistance� makes no similar distinction. And yet there is clearly a moral difference between a country acting in self-defense against terror networks and guerilla fighters setting off bombs in pizza shops.

Bydon is wrong on two other points. First, about Israeli settlements. Bydon objects that Israel is only willing to dismantle some of the Israeli towns on the West Bank; he says they are all illegal. But he forgets that Security Council Resolution 242 mentions withdrawal from �territories� not from �the territories��a distinction that was intended precisely because the resolution also acknowledges Israel�s right to exist within "secure and recognized boundaries" and therefore does not require the removal of all Israeli settlements. As to the Fourth Geneva Convention, Bydon should know the U.S. and Israeli position, which is that the convention does not apply to the West Bank and Gaza because these are territories won in a defensive war from countries (Jordan and Egypt) who had illegally occupied them by force in 1948. Which is not to say that the U.S.-Israeli position is in fact correct, only that the question is in dispute. What�s more, many of the so-called Jewish settlements, such as in Hebron, existed even under Ottoman rule; and many were established under British mandatory rule in Palestine. To be sure, when the Jordanians occupied the West Bank in 1948, many of the area�s Jewish inhabitants were displaced�but Bydon surely doesn�t think it illegal for people to return to their ancestral homes. In any case, agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority explicitly do not prohibit the settlements and reserve the issue for final status negotiations. I do not think Bydon wants to cancel these agreements.

This is, of course, beside the main point, which concerns terrorism. Bydon is also wrong to say, �Only those in the West Bank and Gaza are behaving this way.� The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to take one example, is based in Damascus, Syria, and wages terror war against Israel�and recently assassinated Israel�s minister of tourism. And similar groups operate out of Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere. You certainly can�t say, after upper class Saudis plunged airliners into the World Trade Center, that the Palestinians in the West Bank are the �only� group willing to carry out suicide attacks. The problem is not Israeli occupation (or, for that matter, a lack of jobs), which in any event has not existed for most Palestinians since 1993; the problem is ideological zealotry. Arafat agreed to end incitement to violence with the Oslo Accords in 1993, but he continues to encourage and sponsor suicide bombings of Israelis.

My mention of other occupations in the region, such as Syria's, was not intended to somehow justify Israel�s; in fact, I wrote that Israel is unique because it is the only power that has actually withdrawn from occupied areas, and the only one that actually negotiates with its enemies. The point is that if, as Bydon suggests, Palestinian refugees �are mistreated by Israel and the Arabs alike,� why don�t they direct terrorism and suicide attacks against the Arabs? Why only Israel? Maybe it has something to do with all those official Palestinian Authority maps, which depict the whole of Israel--labeled "Palestine."
More on Bydon: I hadn't planned to get involved in the debate over this column, but a some of the points Mohamad Bydon makes in his response demand a response.

1) The actions of other States in the Middle East do not excuse any unjust actions by Israel. What they do show, however, is the total bankruptcy of Bydon's attempt to criticize Israel on the basis of the number of UN resolutions against it. If it is indisputable, as I hope it is even to Bydon, that the Assad regime's mass slaughter of its own dissidents and assassination of political opponents at home and abroad, not to mention its financing and training of international terrorists, is worse than Israel's actions, then a UN General Assembly which has never condemned Syria while repeatedly condemning Israel has forfeited any credibility on the topic.

2) Comparing the response to Israel in the Occupied Territories, and Iraq in Kuwait, is simply ridiculous. If a history lesson of this magnitude is really required, Iraq invaded Kuwait with no justification or provocation. It promptly declared Kuwait an integral part of Iraq. Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza in a defensive war against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The embryonic Palestinian nation supported this assault against Israel proper whole-heartedly. Having won, Israel did not annex the territories, but rahter left open a deal to trade back all of them not required for security purposes in exchange for peace. If these two events, Iraq in 1990 and Israel in 1967, look the same to Bydon, then that in itself is a good reason to discount his argument.

3) While the legality of the Israeli settlement policy under the Fourth Geneva Convention can be argued about, it is not nearly as clear cut as Bydon tries to make it. Read it for yourself. The relevant section is Article 33.

4) Bydon misses a far more crucial distinction between Israeli Arabs and Palestinians when it comes to suicide bombing: the former haven't experienced 8 years of state propaganda demonizing the Jewish people, praising the martyrdom of anyone who kills them and looking forward to the day Israel is destroyed. Prior to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority and its taking control of 98% of the Palestinian population, the number of suicide bombers from the occupied territories could be counted on the fingers of one hand. How does the occupation explain those first 27 bomber-free years, years which included the massive uprising of the first Intifada?
Bydon Responds: Mohamad Bydon responds to Steven Menashi's criticism of his column (send comments here for posting):

In his response to my column, Steve Menashi states "The wanton killing of civilians is unjustifiable for Europeans and Africans and Arabs alike." I could not agree more. I would simply add that this general rule should apply to Jews as well, who themselves used horrific bouts of terrorism in establishing the state of Israel (as I noted in my column). The rule should also apply to Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who declared his policy vis a vis the Palestinian people on March 5, 2002: "It won't be possible to reach an agreement with them before the Palestinians are hit hard. Now they have to be hit. If they aren't badly beaten, there won't be any negotiations. Only after they are beaten will we be able to conduct talks. Our goal is to increase the losses on the other side. Then we can have peace." Evidently, Sharon seems to advocate a policy of killing as many Palestinians as possible. It should come as no surprise that of the 1300 Palestinians killed in the past 18 months at least four hundred (according to the Associated Press, March 30) have been innocent civilians. It should also come as no surprise that this is the same Ariel Sharon who invaded Lebanon in 1982 even though the PLO had been carefully abiding to a cease-fire across the Israel-Lebanon border for up to nine months. In the first two months of that invasion, Israeli troops killed 17,500 Lebanese civilians (yes, civilians) and later proceeded to allow armed Phalangist militias to enter the Palestinian refugee camps of Beirut.

Now, there are many examples of horrible things that have happened across the world. Hitler killed 12 million Jews and non-Jews in the Holocaust. Turkey and Iraq have slaughtered Kurds regularly over the past fifty years. Syria killed 20,000 people in a vicious attack on Islamic fundamentalists in the city of Hama in 1982. But none of these acts should justify other horrible actions. Just because Saddam Hussein feels free to slaughter rebellious groups in his nation, does not mean that all other nations in the Middle East are justified in behaving this way. Israel, after all, is the only democracy in the Middle East (we are constantly being reminded of this). So why are its supporters constantly comparing Israel's actions to those of fascist regimes in the Arab world while at the same time telling us that Israel is a visionary state? I decry Syria's occupation of Lebanon and I thank Mr. Menashi for pointing that out. Lebanon is my home country and I was pleased to see several months back that there is a growing opposition movement to the Syrian presence. But the fact that Syria occupies my country should not mean that all other nations are justified in behaving as occupiers.

Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait in 1990. Two months later, we went to war with him and demanded that Saddam withdraw completely. Had Saddam proposed to give Kuwaitis back 90% of their land (as Ehud Barak did at Camp David), would we have congratulated him and demanded that Kuwait (a nation defeated in war) immediately except Saddam's "generous" proposal? The problem with Ehud Barak's proposal is that it would have retained almost all of the settlements (80% to be exact) along with the security roads and checkpoints that surround them. Thus, the future "state" of Palestine would have split into four cantons and literally dozens of pockets populated by Palestinians but surrounded by Israeli soldiers and checkpoints. The Palestinian state would have had no territorial continuity in the West Bank or Gaza, no rights to water, no control of borders, and no rights to its own airspace. Some of these provisions are necessary to guarantee Israel's security but others are not. Barak's proposal would have above all retained a permanent Israeli military presence on the West Bank and Gaza. Thus it would not have been an end to the occupation, but rather a legitimization of a continued occupation. In December, after the breakdown of Camp David, both Barak and Arafat accepted Bill Clinton's peace plan and began negotiating at Taba. Those negotiations brought us closer than ever to a real peace deal. For the first time, Palestinians made their own proposal, one which included strict limits to the right of return of Palestinian refugees. And Israeli Prime Minsiter Barak agreed to remove all of the settlements and checkpoints in the heart of the occupied territories and provide the Palestinians with real territorial continuity in the West Bank. Those negotiations were called off by Ariel Sharon, who declared that he would not negotiate under fire. I can understand Sharon's stance. But I also feel that if Palestinians have to negotiate under occupation, then Israel has to negotiate under resistance to occupation.

Allow me also to clarify my statements from my previous column. I never suggested that the Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza was "illegal." Occupation is perfectly legal and indeed it has occurred in several other places and to many other people. I stated that Israel's settlement policy is illegal according to international law, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention. Additionally, there are several laws (seventeen according to the United Nations) in Israel that discriminate against the Israeli Arabs, the 1.2 million Palestinians living in Israel proper. While the Israeli Arabs do enjoy many rights, they remain third class citizens by all accounts. But it is important to note that no act of terrorism has been committed by this group of Palestinians. Why not? After all, they are Muslim Palestinians living in the middle of the Jewish state. Why have they not conducted terrorism? Two reasons. First, they are not living under occupation: they have the right to vote and participate in the electoral process. Second, they have jobs. Palestinians are currently scattered across ninety countries (many of them living in horrible conditions). Only those in the West Bank and Gaza are behaving this way. Maybe, just maybe, Israel--the state that has ruled over every aspect of Palestinian life for the past 37 years--has something to do with the fact that Palestinians there no longer care to live.

Finally, the United Nations is a body that includes many countries. When votes denouncing Israel's treatment of Palestinians come up, it is not simply the Muslim countries that vote for them, but the entire third world and increasingly the European nations. Outside the United States, the Palestinian narrative of dispossession is understood. If Zionism was justified in creating a haven state for Jews, then Palestinians are justified in creating their own state for the millions of refugees who are mistreated by Israel and the Arabs alike.