Friday, May 31, 2002

Friday Agenda

(Best of luck with exams; here are some great diversions for when studying becomes unbearable)

Download Groove Blender for Mac or PC to create funk, rap, or electronic beats on your computer. CD-quality, and better than much of what you'll find at the record store, anyway.

Do it!: Contemporary artists give you exacting directions on how to make art. Artists include Matthew Barney (Bjork beau of "Cremaster" "fame"), Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, and Yoko Ono.

Scott Meacham's DArch: a history of architecture at Dartmouth.

and

Sissyfight 2000: The ultimate addictive waste of time, conceived by the sadly defunct Word.

Forget the Alamo

Jim Bowie's rolling in his grave...I bet John Wayne's angry too...
Texas Public Schools invaded by commies...no longer teaching that Mexico lost...
Fox News
That fellow's speaking the plain truth, "If you teach young people who have allegiances not only to the United States but to Mexico that Texas is stolen, you could be planting the seeds of a separatist movement 30 years from now or sooner," only I got your separatist movement right here, pal...Republic of Texas--Provisional Government

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Thursday Happenings

There really aren't any, considering that it's reading period. So, here are some diversions anyway:

David Horowitz has a new book out in August, announced this week: How to Beat the Democrats: And Other Subversive Ideas (sounds like all of his subtitles). "If the Democrats thought we'd forget who demoralized our military, eviscerated the CIA, and let America become a playground for terrorists, they're in for a rude awakening." Pre-order from Spence here. If you haven't yet read it, TDR's profile of Thomas Spence '83, the publisher, is here.

The new issue of the Review (i.e., "Larry's latest") is up as of yesterday. It includes articles on the upcoming Bike Week in nearby Laconia, this year's recipients of honorary degrees, the hilarious Kill Duck Before Serving book of NY Times corrections, and A.J.'s Restaurant. Read it here. Also, post any comments on our new website here.

And, regarding Laconia, things are really heating up. The Hell's Angels are not happy.

Finally, a review of Eminem's latest album vs. a banana sandwich. Guess which wins.

Sick of studying? Try any of these: Fark, Obscure Store, MetaFilter, memepool, TV Go Home, and the always-entertaining Afrocentric News Network.

Bridge Over the James River

Kalb battles virii and amorous hikers on the Trail. Read the latest from our Man in the Field.

The Indian Will Never Die

"The California Assembly has voted down a bill that would have banned Indian-themed sports mascots in the state's public schools, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The bill, sponsored by left-wing Democrat Jackie Goldberg, failed on a 35-29 vote in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, with more than 12 Democrats abstaining." -WSJ

My hero

The Earl of Kimberley just passed away at age 78. His obit makes a good read. As he freely admitted himself, "no normal person would try to drive a car up the steps of the Grand Hotel in Brighton."

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Wednesday Happenings

(last day of classes for graduating seniors!)

"Greek Barbeque" 5 - 7 P.M., Gold Coast lawn--The Greek Week barbeque, rescheduled. Featuing the music of Lucky Southern.

"Student Animation Festival" 7 & 8:30 P.M., Loew Auditorium--70 short animated films by students.

"Jung" (film) 7 P.M., 13 Carpenter--A showing of the documentary film.

"Aires" 11:30 P.M., Kappa Delta Epsilon--The a capella group performs.

"Cords" 11:45 P.M., Alpha Xi--The a capella group performs.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Poison Ivy Part II

Dartmouth administrators seem not to have learned their lesson from the total failure of the Poison Ivy dance club, a ridiculously costly student dance space under Collis that has yet to host a well attended event. No, college administrators this time around are suggesting turning the North Fairbanks space into another dance club, among several other proposed uses, according to The Daily Dartmouth. "We'd have to upgrade restrooms and do a certain amount of renovation," the article quotes College Provost Barry Scherr as saying, then continues to note that this "would include making building accessible to people with disabilities." No insult intended at all towards disabled people, but does this not seem just a bit illogical?

Monday, May 27, 2002

Our Illustrious Alumni

The AP reports on the unveiling of a statue in Springfield, Mass., honoring Dartmouth alumnus Dr. Seuss.

Memorial Day Happenings

Well, there are none, per se. NR Online has some great pieces for Memorial Day:

George W. Bush at Normandy

A Memorial Day tale

"We remember those who have died so that we may live"

What makes men enlist, fight, and die?

I'm surprised there aren't any Greens protesting against the "military-prison-industrial complex" on the Green today.

Sunday, May 26, 2002

It's about time

The new Dartmouth Review website is finally up and running. Check it out here.

Yes, it looks surprisingly like the old Review site, doesn't it? Well, yes, on the surface. There's a lot new under the hood, however, and we'll be rolling out feature updates and adding archived content over the next few weeks (sweatshop typists accessing this site from the Third World should contact us here to discuss our generous hourly wages)

Sunday Agenda

(both highly opinionated and uninformed)

"Chamberworks" 4 P.M., Rollins Chapel--"The Apollo Trio performs Mozart's Trio in B Flat, K.502; Schumann's Trio in F Major, Op. 80; and Ravel's Trio."

"Just Tryin' to Live" 6 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--A recital by senior Joel David.

"Clothing Drive" 7 P.M., Tindle Lounge--Get rid of bad clothing for a good cause.

"When the Music Mattered" 8 P.M., Commonground--Barry Drake discusses the music of the Sixties.

"Dog Day Players" 9 P.M., Bentley Theater--The impvor comedy group's last performance of the year. Adam Ballard accompanies on the piano ($1 admission).

Idiocy Loves Company

Radical Leftists are apparently not the only Americans enlightened enough to believe that Israel is an oppressive, evil empire. According to The New Republic's Idiocy Watch, another pundit has recently weighed in on Israel's crimes: David Duke, white supremacist, anti-Semite and former Klu Klux Klan member. It's nice to see that crazy people on both ends of the political spectrum have been able to come together to vehemently criticize the Israelis while ignoring any and all of the Palestinans' wrongdoings.

Postscript: I'm not saying that Israel has been blameless. Though, again according to TNR, many Israelis have tried to be.

Princeton's Top Ten

Princeton's humor and campus life newspaper, the Nassau Weekly, recently published a story on the top ten most attractive women at Princeton, causing some controversy and a complaint from the campus women's organization (also published in the Nassau).
Along with photos, the story includes Playboy-style interviews (sample question: "What is the most romantic spot at Princeton?"). Best of all, many of the women have comical names like Vail Bloom and the Bond Movie-esque Coco Stiff. Here's what the New Yorker had to say about it.

Saturday, May 25, 2002

Saturday Agenda

(it's near the end of the term--so there's not much boozing--but the DSO concert at 8 looks promising)

"Concord Sonata" 2 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--Giuseppe Scotese performs the piece by Charles Ives.

"Pan Asian Student Awards Dinner" 6:30 P.M., Commonground--The second minority-specific awards ceremony of the year. Do these groups really have no shame?

"Monster's Ball" (film) 7 & 9:30 P.M., Loew Auditorium--The 2001 film with Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry.

"Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Conductor Anthony Princiotti leads the student orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Op. 35, featuring Dartmouth College student Julie Hong, Class of '02, as violin soloist; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47" ($3 Dartmouth students, $16 gen. admission).

"Dartmouth Dance Ensemble" 8 P.M., Moore Theater--Spring concert, including Ultima Ambulatio to the music of Philip Glass ($3 Dartmouth students, $10 gen. admission).

Friday, May 24, 2002

Friday Agenda

(slim pickings--if you know of anything we should be doing tonight, email us)

"From Locomotives to Nanotechnology" 3:30 P.M., 100 Cummings--History and technology: "an Example of Science and Education Development in Reunified Germany."

"Tracy Piano Competition" 7 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall

"En el nombre de Dios" 8 P.M., Rollins Chapel--A play about the travails faced by a Jewish family practicing their faith in colonial Mexico during the Inquistion.

Thursday, May 23, 2002

Great lead

For those of you off campus who haven't received Dean Nelson's email, there's been a fire at the Alpha Delta fraternity, which has been closed by inspectors. The D's writeup is adequate, but its lead is particularly worth noting (emphasis added):
Fire inspectors closed Alpha Delta fraternity last night as a safety precaution after an early-morning fire broke out in the furnace area of the house basement.
Those prescient fire inspectors! What will technology bring us next?

Thursday Agenda

(a highly subjective listing of what's cool on campus intended for those unable to make such judgments)

"Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World" 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--Muslim states tend to oppress women; PC-types and academics have been loathe to admit it, but that's changing. Jan Goodwin, author of Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World (at Amazon) speaks on the effect of Islamic extremism on women. As Kirkus describes it, "Goodwin focuses on the vast majority of Muslim women, who--willingly or not--are lowering the veil over their faces and lives." Needless to say, this should be a welcome change from all the Muslim apologists who've been so vocal of late.
Though much of her analysis of economic relations is simple, Goodwin's 1998 piece on Afghan women living under the Taliban's rule is a good read.

"Yom Yom," (film) 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--Oddly enough, a French comedy about life in Israel. The Hop's write-up is comically useless (e.g., "Moshe must finally confront some realities about himself and his future."), but this may be worth seeing ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Reflections on Current Developments in India" 7:30 P.M., 217 Dartmouth--Urvashi Butalia, author of Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India speaks.

"Eleanor Frost Play Festival" 8 P.M., Warner Theater (Hop)--Three student-written plays are performed. Hillary Miller '02, writer of "Bizarre Kitchen Scenes," probably thought we wouldn't list this because of our personal thoughts about her well-known awfulness in all respects of which we're aware and the tedium that most of her Ekwilist endeavours ensuingly engender in us; she would be right, but for that Liam Kuhn '02--an altogether much more agreeable personage-- has an entry as well ("Absolving Buckner"). Also, "Fool's Gold" by Meghan Fitzgerald '02 ($1.50 Dartmouth students, $3 general admission).

Janos on Dorm Delivery

In an Op-Ed in today's Daily Dartmouth, SA president elect Janos Marton has made a polite, yet convincing argument against banning dorm delivery of publications. Using such phrases as "for Redman to claim that publications violate the trust of fellow students by delivering copies of a magazine or newspaper to their doors shows that he does not understand the nature of debate at Dartmouth," Janos exposes the administration's convoluted thinking. This sort of polite, but pointed criticism has not been seen from the outgoing SA president, Molly Stutzman. Janos has shown that our votes were not totally in vain. Hopefully, this is the first of many such articles critiquing misguided policy.

That�ll teach �em

Don�t miss the AP article of the dude at New Orleans airport who whipped out a shotgun and started shooting people when they made fun of his turban.

Students Grade Dartmouth Departments

In a move to further empower students, the Student Assembly released their "letter grades" for academic departments on Tuesday. The SA report grades departments using three criteria: major-to-faculty ratio (20%), class size (30%), and a student survey (50%). The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature received the highest grade. The Biology department received the lowest grade.
The logic of the results is quite flawed. By considering major-to-faculty ratio (the lowest ratios score the highest), the results penalize the most popular departments. The report admits this, but does nothing to rectify it. Just because the biology department, for instance, has a large number of majors does not mean it is inferior to less sizable and popular departments.
The weight on class size is also somewhat disturbing�again this benefits the smaller departments. An introductory Latin course may have, at most, twenty students while an intro biology course may have over 100 students. This does not mean that the bio course is worse than the Latin course, just that more students are interested in the material.
As for the student survey, it seems to amount to a mere popularity contest. Any student who is dissatisfied with his choice of major will undoubtedly give his department a poor rating. This again benefits the smaller departments. A student who majors in economics is far more likely to be disappointed with his major than a classics major. Students become econ majors so that they can graduate and become I-bankers for a Wall Street firm; classics majors (read Greek and Latin students) wish to read Plato in the original. Obviously, there will be a difference.
The central problem comes with the empirical method of analyzing departments. Why give them letter grades. What does it mean when the AMELL department gets an 'A' and the Bio department gets a 'C?' Not much. A comparative study of all the departments at Dartmouth is useless and, moreover, meaningless.
The SA's Undergraduate Teaching Initiative prompted this study. Unfortunately, it is just a popularity contest and more feel-good politics for the undergrads.

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Hanover Ranks Number One College Town

Information company ePodunk last month released its rankings for the top college towns in America. Rankings were divided into four categories: Big Cities, Medium-size Cities, Small Cities, and Towns. Topping each category were Boston, Columbia, SC, Charlottesville, VA, and Hanover, respectively. Princeton, NJ was the runner-up to Hanover.
The rankings were based on fifteen variables: population changes, per-capita income, entertainment offerings, and restaurants, among them.

Political Debate

The College Libertarians, Greens, Democrats, and Republicans held their second inter-party debate this afternoon. The topic was "Resolved: National security interests outweigh civil rights infringements due to the domestic war on terror." In reality, nothing was resolved. Attendees were treated to stolid defenses of the status quo by the Democratic and Republican representatives, and heard some rather spirited but fuzzy rhetoric from the Green and Libertarian folks. The audience was attentive, asking a wide range of questions. In the future, more research should be down by all parties involved, and all debaters should not repeat their same tired platform over and over again.

Wednesday Agenda

("Metropolitan" is probably your best bet for tonight)

"Guitar Studio Recital" 12:30 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--Several student guitarists perform.

"Latino/a Senior and Community Recognition Dinner" 6 P.M., Brace Commons--The first of several year-end race-based award ceremonies. Were I Latino, I'd be embarassed to have anything to do with this.

"Metropolitan" 7 & 10 P.M., Collis Commonground--A dramatic rendering of Whit Stillman's witty screenplay. Worth seing for the repartee alone.

"Mission STS-109" 7 P.M., Leede Arena--The crew of the recent space shuttle mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope presents its experiences. The crew's work was some of the most difficult and complex performed in space of late and has greatly improved the quality of the images beamed down from the satellite's main camera.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Dartmouth on eBay

Prices as of posting:
"Dartmouth Dry" whiskey sour label: $4.95
Dartmouth pewter bell: $10.50
Wah-hoo-wah Dartmouth-Harvard game postcard: $24.95
Ridiculously overpriced Carnival posters for easy-to-trick alumni: $65
Dartmouth College course catalog, 1822, in Latin, no less: $5

Working Out

At the SA's meeting tonight, the Committee on Student Life will present recommendations to improve students' access to athletic facilities. In summary (full version here), the report calls for the college to:
1. Increase the hours of Kresge Fitness Center and the gym facilities associated with it.
2. Open Tuck's new Whittemore gym to undergraduates.
3. Improve access to Kresge by the side doors situated nearby that are usually (and inexplicably) locked.
4. Reduce court and membership fees for student use of Dartmouth's Boss Tennis Center.
Despite a few choice lines of silliness (e.g., "Tennis has historically been seen as a sport for the wealthy. By charging students for use of the courts, Dartmouth contributes to this stereotype."), the Committee's recommendations are on the mark. Dartmouth's facilities are generally adequate for the use of non-varsity students, but the College manages them in such a way as to complicate that use. The athletic department seems to regard non-varsity use as a chore and promotes it reluctantly, if the money and resources put into it are any indication.

Efforts to improve student access to the Kresge Fitness Center are feasible and would certainly be cost effective considering the number of students served. The opening of Whittemore, however, is unlikely; Tuck students would surely protest, and no one could begrudge them that. If the College actually buys any of its Student Life Initiative rhetoric of three years ago (beyond bulldozing Webster Ave.), the decision to implement the Committee's proposals (excepting Whittemore) should be near automatic.

The ball's in the College's court now; let's see how it returns. (sorry)

Rollo

Rollo, too bad Michael Chema dropped out of the 1st race, I actually met him down here back in January, seemed quite bright. McGovern for Congress! Didn't he, like Sean Mahoney, sell his video store to Blockbuster for millions?
Prediction: Bob Smith wins the general by 1/5 point...just you wait

"Art" in the Reserves

I heard over the weekend that there is disturbing performance art in the Reserves. Has anyone seen it? Might be worth checking out, especially as some of you might find the scantily clad performers quite entertaining...

For Your Enlightenment:

Excellent analysis of the NH Senate and House races from Roll Call.
Also, if anyone understood Abbye Meyer�s op-ed today, please blitz me.

Sevi Gets It right

The Daily D runs an article today commenting on student awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beyond asking the inane question as to whether "[student] efforts will lead to action or simply more discussion" (unless activists are enlisting in the Israeli army or one of the PA's security forces, the former seems unlikely), the article posits that "Dartmouth students appear to be following a national trend of political activism that might end years of seeming insouciance."

I thought language like that was supposed to stay on the editorial page.

To the point, however, the premise of this article highlights an all-too-common misconception of Dartmouth's social dynamic. "Seeming insouciance" isn't quite right.
(read more...)

Tuesday Agenda

(way more selective than the 'Wazzupdate' ever was)

"Duty & Loyalty" noon - 2 P.M., Thornton lounge--Discussion of philosophy over lunch.

"History, Justice, and Reparations: The Case of Canadians and Japanese-Canadians" 4 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--Judge Maryka Omatsu speaks.

"The Prophet and the Astronomer: A Scientific Journey to the End of Time" 4:30 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--Prof. Marcelo Gleiser of the physics department speaks on the topic of his new book, identically titled.

"Culture Bowl" 6 - 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--Faculty, students, and administrators compete in this quiz game put on by the Hood Museum. But is it art?

"The Amistad Affair: The Shaping of American Diplomacy" 6 P.M., South Mass Lounge--Senior Bill Meyer presents his thesis of this title.

"Coalition Building Among Women at Dartmouth" 7 P.M., Casque & Gauntlet--Recruiting for the Women's Resource Center. I knew that turnouts at WRC planning events were thin but didn't realize they were this desperate.

"Senior 'Tails" 8 - 10 P.M., Hanover Inn Terrace (rain location: Top of the Hop)--Cocktails for seniors only. First drink free, cash bar follows.

Monday, May 20, 2002

More on WC Requirement

Here is the actual text as adopted by vote of the faculty:
Resolved that the current World Cultures requirement be revised from one course each in European, North American, and Non-Western culture areas to one course in each of three categories to be described in the ORC as follows:

Proposed new text:

a) Western Cultures (W). The cultures of the classical Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman Mediterranean, and of Europe and its settlements. The disciplines of the Arts and Sciences as they are studied at Dartmouth developed in these cultures, as did the institution of the liberal arts college itself. For this reason, Dartmouth students are required to take at least one course with a focus on the cultures of the West.

b) Non-Western Cultures (NW). Non-Western cultures, including those with a history of colonialism. The world in which Dartmouth graduates will function demands an understanding of its non-Western majority. Knowledge of non-Western peoples, cultures, and histories is thus an increasing practical necessity as well as a form of intellectual enrichment. Courses that satisfy this requirement have as their primary focus understanding the diverse cultures of the non-Western world.

c) Culture and Identity (CI). All students are required to take a course studying how cultures shape and express identities. Courses satisfying this requirement examine how identity categories develop in cultures and as a result of interactions between cultures. Forms of identity to be studied may include but are not limited to those defined by race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and ethnicity. Courses in this category may study the relations of culture and identity with reference to cultural productions from any part of the world.

This revised World Culture Requirement shall be implemented on a schedule to be determined by the Committee on Instruction, but is intended to become effective no later than the class of 2008.

In assigning distributive categories to courses currently listed in the ORC, the COI will make the assignment W to courses currently listed as EU and NA unless it receives a request to the contrary. In the absence of a request for reassignment, courses currently listed as NW will retain that designation.

Annual Meeting of the Faculty

This afternoon, the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences voted by an overwhelming majority to revise the World Culture Requirement. Under the previous requirements, all Dartmouth students must take a course in each of three cultural category: European, North American and Non-Western. The revised requirements entail combining the European and North American category into one all-encompassing category of Western Cultures. The Non-Western requirement is merely modified, now known as Non-Western Cultures. This despite a motion by Ifi Amadiume proposing that this category be called "Counter-Western Culture." The third revision was to add a requirement for a course in a new category, "Culture and Identity."

One professor questioned whether there were courses which fulfilled the new category. A Women's Studies professor immediately listed several potential courses. However, it is the job of the individual professor to decide in which category his course will fit. The guidelines are intentionally vague in order to facilitate this.

Several professors were adamant in their opposition to the modified categories. One called them "too politicized and too retrograde." Bruce Nelson criticized the proposal as arbitrarily categorizing all culture into two categories.

Other highlights of this meeting included Jamshed Bharucha's first and last Annual Report. He listed several accomplishments, including a mentoring program for minority faculty, the hiring of four grant specialists to coach professors with the daunting task of applying for research grants. He also announced the creation of a research center for Native American Studies.

The gathered faculty also heard from Dean of Admissions, Karl Furstenberg. He reported on his perennial success in gathering the strongest class in Dartmouth's history, with a "very high" yield rate of 53% and almost one third composed of "students of color." He also defended Dartmouth's early decision policy, citing its low rate of 35%, compared with Harvard's 60%.

Responding to a post a long way back

I think the Alums who went to this Alumni meeting should comment on it on DartLog if one of them gets a chance.

Monday Agenda

(a highly subjective listing of what's happening on campus)

"World Cultures" 3 P.M., Alumni Hall--The faculty votes on adding a new distributive, "Culture and Identity."

"Digital Media" 6 - 9 P.M., Top of the Hop--Opening of the latest student art exhibit, concentrating this time on digital composition.

"The Baroque Players" 7 P.M., Church of Christ (the tall one)--Works by Scarlatti, Telemann, Purcell and Monteverdi.

"Dog Day Players" 9 P.M., Mass. Basement--The student improv group performs.

Sunday, May 19, 2002

Sunday Agenda

(if you're up to leaving your room after Green Key)

"Black Hawk Down" 6:45 & 9:45 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--Ridley Scott's 2001 thriller based on reporting by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Mark Bowden. Read the articles behind the book for free here ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra Concert/Recital" 8 P.M., Alumni Hall (in the Hop)--No info available. Anyone know what the program will be? Email us.

Avoiding the "Virginia Blues"

The latest from John Kalb is up.

Saturday, May 18, 2002

Excuse the tardiness, but...

Clark brought up an interesting point about a week ago with his reference to baseball bats and the door locks. Should a random act of violence affect a door locking mechanism, what would happen? Would the door unlock? Surely not, as that would mean all one needs to enter a dorm is a pointy rock, allowing any militant Palestinian unfettered access to the precious Dartmouth Dormitory System.
But surely the doors wouldn�t seal themselves shut? Can you imagine returning home slightly intoxicated at 4 in the morning on a January Sunday to find you can�t get into your dorm? How many of us would give up and simply pass out in the snow?

On an unrelated note, did anyone else catch the letter from Ralph Allen Cohen �67 in Wednesday�s D? Apparently Professor/Mr. (he didn�t specify) Cohen taught freshman English at Duke and gave over a quarter of his students such high grades that even the students didn�t think they deserved the grades. Cohen�s concern, however, was not the state of grade inflation at elite American universities, quite the contrary: He was concerned that the students� grades were too low.

Saturday Agenda

(Why was it snowing?)

"Our Lady of the Assassins" ("La Virgen de los Sicarios") 7 & 9:15 P.M., Loew Auditorium--"Occasionally venturing into dreamlike surrealism, the movie mostly hits you with a heavy dose of cinema verite. The movie is about the city of Medellin in the same way that Midnight Cowboy is about New York. The characters aren't dealing with the problem of staying human in a huge metropolis, but staying human in the midst of instability that verges on anarchy" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission)

"Handel Society" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"Conductor Melinda O'Neal leads the college-community choir in Schubert's Mass in D Flat Major, D. 950" ($3 Dartmouth students, $18 gen. admission).

"It's just a party" 10 P.M., Phi Tau.

"Green Room Reunites" 11 P.M., Bones Gate--Self explanatory.

"Early Eighties" 11 P.M., Sigma Nu--The regular party returns.

"Rockapellas" 8 P.M., Epsilon Kappa Theta--The female a capella group performs.

Friday, May 17, 2002

Thongs for 7-year olds

Abercrombie & Fitch push fashion trends again. If the "Two Wongs Make it White" T-shirt was enough to spawn scattered protests on college campuses, this should really cause a stir.

Right?

But it probably won't. And that itself says quite a bit about the more politically-correct factions on campuses.

Context

A posting from the "Afro-American Society" public blitz bulletin. I didn't see this posted anywhere else...
Date: 15 May 2002 11:59:48 -0400
From: Afro-American Society
Subject: DROP COURSE DEADLINE
Bulletin Topic: Afro-American Society
Expires: 20 May 2002 11:59:34 -0400

The deadline for dropping a course is May 15th at 4pm.

You will need to do the following in order to drop a course.

1. Meet with a First Year Dean. If you live in the East Wheelock
Cluster, please call Judy MacNeil @ 6-3376 to set up a time to meet
with Dean Steve Cornish. All other First Year students will call
6-2681 to meet with Dean Zimmerman, Davis or Remy. You need a dean's
signature in order to drop a class.

2. You need to get the Professor's signature of the course you wish to
drop. It's best to do this before meeting with a dean as it can save
you a lot of last minute running around.

3 Bring the completed drop card with all the required signatures to the
Registrar's office by 4pm on the 15th.

Drop cards can be picked up in the Registrar's office or the First-Year
Office.

If you have any questions, please call the First-Year Office @6-2681.

Friday Agenda

(A highly subject listing of those events unlikely to induce a migraine)

"The Aliens: Being a Foreign Student" 5:30 P.M., Commonground--Presentation of a student-created documentary. Semi-formal.

"Israel and the Palestinians: The New Apartheid?" 4 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Chris Hedges, former Middle East bureau chief for the NY Times, speaks. Migrain-inducing? Probably.

"Granian" 4 P.M., Sigma Nu--The band plays.

"Egil's Saga" 8 P.M., Moore Theater--Senior Kris Thorgeirsson presents his fellowship project, presents the works of the Viking poet Egil Skallagrimmson. Text of a translation here.

"Lisaband" 10:45 P.M., Alpha Xi--Music and snacks.

"Rock Kandy" 11 P.M., Psi Upsilon--The Eighties tribute band Ballz to the Wallz plays.

"DJ and Kegs" 11 P.M., Chi Gamma Epsilon--The usual.

"cK Sin" 11 P.M., Kappa Kappa Kappa--Dancing, Cider Jack.

"Party" 11 P.M., Gamma Delta Chi--Costumes optional.

"Open Dance Party" 11:30 P.M., Sigma Phi Epsilon--DJ Battle spins.

"Disco Inferno" midnight, The Tabard--The regular bump-'n-grind party returns ($1).

Thursday, May 16, 2002

What's Your Sign?

At colleges throughout the nation, enrollment in American Sign Language (ASL) courses is increasing, notes the Associated Press. These colleges offer ASL as a foreign language, which appears to be a draw for students. Why are students flocking to these courses? "I just thought it was a beautiful language, " Kelly King, an ASL at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. However, this novel tongue is not universally embraced by colleges. Douglas Baynton, an ASL professor at the University of Iowa notes, "I think one of the reasons that people will be skeptical is because they're so used to thinking of languages as being spoken. The idea that you can have a language on your hands is just very foreign."

As of yet, Dartmouth does not have an ASL program. If some students feel that this situation needs to be remedied, Dartmouth could have an issue on its hands.

And more on dorm-locking...

Astute reader Jesse McCann writes,
Something not noted in the dartlog: While EBAs will surely suffer with the doorlocks, will the new supposed DDS dorm-delivery service be under the same restrictions?

Probably not.
McCann refers to the DDS delivery service that may begin this spring (more info here; there appears to be no mention of it on DDS's website). All indications are that DDS will be able to deliver, as the new policy only affects "non-College-contracted businesses," such as local eateries and, yes, student publications.

Redman rationalizes the ban on other deliveries by claiming that he merely seeks to prevent a double standard among vendors. "If we say yes to door-to-door delivery to one business, we have to say yes to all," he told the Daily D. As McCann implies, though, the College would create a larger, more competitively significant divide by allowing DDS to deliver to dorm rooms as direct competitors like EBA's and Ramunto's are shut out.

There may be a larger, sinister intent here: the College is now in a position to pick and choose winners among campus vendors, like laundry and cleaning services, and earn "contracting fees," effectively kickbacks, in the process. Meanwhile, students, the ultimate customers for all of this, will enjoy fewer choices and greater inconveniences. Brilliant.

Green Key TDR Now Online

Larry's latest is up online. The issue's contents include the history of Green Key, Matt Tokson on public discourse at Dartmouth, Nimrod Barkan on Israel, the end of "Minimum Standards" for Greeks, a talk with Fr. George Rutler '65, turkey hunting's pre-season, and Terry Southern's Candy.

Download the PDF here (about 700 kB) or visit the Review's website.

California to Ban Indian Mascots?

A bill before the Legislature would ban public schools from using mascots that reference Indians (excluding schools on reservations), reports CNN. The state would also set up a $1 million fund to aid schools in transitioning to new mascots (safe suggestion: "The Turnips"). About 100 schools would be forced to change their team names and mascots were the bill passed.

As has often been the case, most American Indians seem to be against the change. David Yeagley, a Comanche and adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma, wonders about the future of Indian mascots. "There are 11 states with Indian names, and endless streets, rivers, towns and counties that have Indian names," he told CNN. "Are they going to remove that, too? Where does this ethnic cleansing end?"

Letter to the D

To the editor,

It is interesting that every weblog mentioned in Jon Schroeder's "All the News That's Fit to Blog" was accompanied by its location on the Internet but for the weblog that is run by "Dartmouth's underspoken conservatives." The address of that site, which, perhaps not coincidentally, is often critical of such omissions in the Dartmouth, is dartlog.net.

Best,

Andrew Grossman
Dartlog.net

Thursday Agenda

(A highly subjective look at what's on campus today)

"The First Year" 7 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--The actor and "community leader" Andrew Shue '89 returns to campus to introduce and discuss this PBS documentary (he is the director's brother-in-law). Sponsored by the education department--who else?

"Guelwaar" (film) 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--Ousmane Sembene's 1992 dark comedy tracking the fallout after a well-known Christian is buried in a Muslim cemetary. French with subtitles ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"A Socratic Interpretation of Plato's Theaetetus" 7:30 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--David Sedley, professor of classics at Cambridge, speaks. If you can tear yourself away from Andrew Shue, this one should be interesting.

"Egil's Saga" 8 P.M., Moore Theater--Senior Kris Thorgeirsson presents his fellowship project, presents the works of the Viking poet Egil Skallagrimmson. Text of a translation here.

Mr. Rogers

In typical Daily D columnist fashion, Mr. Antony's piece today is incoherent, but it does raise an interesting question (which is rare enough for The Daily D), namely, why is it that Dartmouth manages to locate second-rate speakers with such frequency? True, my class managed to have Madeliene Albright, but her address was fairly weak and uninspiring. Were all the other important leaders and intellectuals booked already? Were they too scared to come to Hanover because of the Dartmouth Review?

Football fever

With spring practices over, I've been reading a bunch of college football previews. Buddy Teevens '79, prominently featured in Ben Harts "Poisoned Ivy," is Stanford's new head coach.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

DartLog Stickers

Our first batch of 3 X 6 inch stickers has come in. Pick them up at our merchandise table on Main Street over Green Key or request a few for free. Here's the design: simple and to the point (the actual stickers' text is in dark green and not black).

On Door Locks

I think Redman's statements only confirm the fear that many had when dorm locks were first proposed, namely that their purpose was not simply "safety" but also to further regulate students. I guess the only solution will have to be taking baseball bats to the door locks.

Last One, I Promise

Is it just me, or is it a little silly to judge Social Norms, a program whose whole idea is to make heavy drinkers think they're out of step with their peers, on how many students admit to being heavy drinkers?

Door Locks

Having not read Dean Redman's e-mail (Andrew, your link doesn't work), I'm not entirely clear on how he connects student publications and commercial deliveries. I must say though, its an interesting new definition of commercial that encompasses publications that are distributed free to all students. The commerce aspect would seem to take place entirely outside of the dorms. This article seems to be saying that Redman's basis for this decision is an equality argument, that allowing the Review in the dorms but not EBA's is somehow unjust. How student-run, free distribution journals are equivalent to restaurant deliveries is beyond me, but that's besides the point.

The real issue is how this relates to safety. The only reason to limit food deliveries is to keep people from entering the dorms who wouldn't normally be able to. That group doesn't include students, who already have access. A strong case can be made that letting students deliver food would lead student employees of local establishments to lend their ID's to non-student employees for delivery purposes, justifying a ban on all deliveries. But this has no applicability to publications which are operated entirely by students. Banning Free Press deliveries won't have the slightest impact on the possibility of an assault at Dartmouth, which is the entire rationale for door locks in the first place.

Of course, that rationale was absurd to begin with. For reasons I wrote about last spring, locking dorms doesn't increase safety. At best, it creates the illusion of safety for those who want it, for just as long as their isn't another incident in the dorms. At that point even the illusion will be gone. In return for this immense benefit, Dartmouth is about to cut off a large portion of the intellectual ferment among students by limiting access to student publications and drastically reduce students knowledge of what goes on in the world (no more New York Times delivery remember). For students, there's the added perk of having their movements constantly recorded. Dean Redman says this will never be looked at except in a criminal investigation, which I know will comfort the seventeen students who've never noticed the administrations habit of playing fast and loose with their promises. Especially with that new requirement to register any gathering of more than 8 students.

This is not a promising trend boys and girls...

Alumni Meeting

This Saturday at 1:30 in 105 Dartmouth Hall there will be an important meeting of the Association of Alumni, the organization whose membership is all alumni of the College. At issue will be a number of proposals, put forward by the Dartmouth Alumni for Open Governance and another independent reformer, that aim to increase the transparency and democracy of the Association's operations. I wrote here recently about the reasons why DAOG's mission is important, and this meeting represents a first, crucial step towards its goals.

The reform proposals call, among other things, for alumni to be allowed to vote on Association proposals by mail or e-mail. Currently, only the 300 or so alumni with the time, money or College sponsorship to attend the meeting in Hanover are making decisions for tens of thousands without them. This is not a situation that is conducive to significant alumni involvement. The proposals also call for the Association leadership to present a yearly budget to the membership, which they do not currently do, and to limit the number of terms officers may serve. They would further require a greater role for the membership in the calling of special meetings and the creation of committees, and for the annual meeting to be held concurrently with Alumni reunions after Commencement, as suggested by the Association's Constitution to increase attendance. Finally, they would insist on a full and immediate report to all alumni regarding plans, currently under consideration, to dissolve the Association entirely, and restrict action on any such plan except after a vote of all alumni, whether in person, by mail, or electronically.

I find it hard to imagine objections to most, if not all, of these proposals, outside of a desire for continued control among the small group of alumni who wield power under the current system. This is a simple matter of providing all alumni with both a reasonable opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process and the information they need to do so wisely. Yet given the traditionally miniscule turnout at alumni meetings, a tiny group of alums opposed to doing so are in a position to defeat the reforms. That is why it is essential that concerned alumni attend this meeting now and ensure that the overwhelming majority do not remain disenfranchised any longer.

The Losers of Dorm Locking

Dean Redman (email) has announced that, when dorm locking goes into effect this coming summer or fall term, all commercial deliveries to students' dorm rooms will be curtailed. In this category he includes student publications, such as the Review, the Free Press, and the Contemporary. He has said, though, that students will, unofficially, be allowed to deliver publications to rooms in their own dorms and, perhaps, even clusters (a grouping of two, three, or four dorms).

Who benefits from such a policy? Well, the College's administration, clearly does, being subject to less potent criticism, but also does the administration's chief information service, the Daily D. With its distribution racks all over campus, the D is the only publication that will see its reach unaffected by this policy (and will benefit, comparatively, as other publications find it harder to reach on-campus readers). It will also, like the administration, benefit from less criticism. In short, this policy will give the College license to pursue the publishers of any publication with which it disagrees while allowing the distribution of others.

And, conversely, who is harmed? If Redman does allow informal (within one's dorm) distribution, then the biggest losers will be students who hold minority viewpoints. The College is effectively saying that for a publication, flyer, or leaflet to reach the entire campus, it must have the support of a certain number of students (however many dorms or clusters there are). Whether an opinion is actively unpopular or simply as yet unknown, its proponents will not be able to reach students as easily or as effectively as those who espouse ideas with broader support. This is directly counter to the liberalism that the College professes to hold.

Of course, the biggest losers will be students themselves, whose intellectual lives will be that much less rich for not having been exposed dissenting points of view.

The College can make a clear distinction between student publications and commercial enterprises and commercial enterprises who hire students to make deliveries. It might simply examine publishers' for-profit or non-profit status. That Dean Redman chooses not to make this simple determination exposes yet again his disregard for student dissention and speech rights.

On Awe, a Summary and Critique

Senior Christopher Moore presented his thesis and senior fellowship on the philosophy of awe yesterday. The audience, fifty strong, "exceeded my expectations," said Moore, "which is part of awe."

More than simply defining awe, Moore strove to put the sensation in a cognitive framework, asking what questions could frame it--questions beyond "How's the awe going?" "What can be awesome to people?," Moore asked, and answers widely ranged, from instances of "natural awe," say at a plain or mountain, to intellectual awe, at a theory or new paradigm. But awe can also be more mundane; a "chair historian" may, for example, gain "deep perspective" from one of the lecture hall's wobbly seats.

Moore went on to describe the sensation in some detail, from facial expressions and other physiological effects (quickened heart rate, sweaty palms) to psychological reactions and emotional response ("ambivalently pleasurable").
Moore remarked, and rightly so, that despite these similarities of experience, awe is difficult to pin down, for the very reason of its existence: subjects in awe are unlikely to record and measure it with necessary rigor and laboratory experiments are impossible. "It's hard," Moore noted, "to stick mountains in a laboratory."

Awe is "all the things you need a toothpaste to accomplish, plus whitening," said Moore, gesturing at a projection of a tube of Colgate Total Plus Whitening toothpaste. Moore elaborated by describing his first sighting of the immensity of the Grand Canyon. He was told to that it would be "bigger than you expect," but found the canyon to be "even bigger than that...beyond language, beyond words." When one experiences awe, said Moore, one "comes to the realization of certain truths." It is unfortunate that Moore didn't draw this line of thinking out.

In addition to mining his own experience, Moore looked to literature, particularly memoir, for insights into the experience of awe. He quoted Thoreau at length (no great surprise for those who know Moore) describing his reaction to the view from a mountaintop and then DeLillo, from his novel White Noise describing a threatening, toxic cloud.

Moore concluded by tackling the most difficult question he had posed, on the composition of awe. The sensation is comprised of varying parts of wonder and fear, he proposed, and can be thus explained by turning to evolution. Awe of wide-open spaces, for example, is a protective reaction to being indefensible, as one would be on a plain. Awe of mountains reflects their danger similarly, as enemy strongholds or natural hazards in their own right. The fear that Moore ascribes to intellectual awe can be explained as "fear of losing face"--in a sense, evolutionary jealousy. And, finally, the awe of danger can be linked to the thrill of being "shot at and missed" and the presumptive "contagiousness of excellence" (i.e., of those left standing).

Moore has shown himself, with respect to awe, to be a very skilled empiricist but a weaker theorist (at least, as could be divined from his talk; final judgment will have to be withheld until I read his work) by saddling the phenomena with necessary fear. This decision has forced Moore to endure all manner of intellectual contortion, up to his evolutionary analysis, which, were it carried to a logical end, would have had early man paralyzed on the analyst's couch with neurosis, hardly a viable survival strategy. This explanation is just post-hoc rationalization. Moreover, though simple fear can be justified in such terms, wonder cannot. The appreciation of a pleasant vista carries no evolutionary advantage. What reason is there, then, for fear�sufficient on its own�to bind with wonder?

The solution to Moore's mistake is simple: awe need not include fear as part of its experience. Consider, for example, the delightful awe taken from a fiction that affirms one of the reader's long-held prejudices, perhaps against something so mundane as a school of art or painter. Knowing that another share's one's hidden, perhaps even masked, opinion and that this respected other does so thoughtfully and logically does inspire a mundane awe of connection from which fear is absent.

Of course, some awe may be colored by fear, but this is a co-occurrence, driven by more base instincts that may well be evolutionary in origin. Strong awe itself can cause fear, but it is a fear of the unknown or the unconceivable or the ineffable, not an essential property of the awe but a reaction to it.

So, then, what is awe? Is it just wonder, or what? I think that Moore was headed in the right direction when he discussed the role of truth in the experience of awe. He erred by not recognizing it as crucial. Awe may be a simple subset of wonder, not necessarily characterized by fear but instead by revelation. Awe is the natural result of the forcing of truth. A mountain, for example, forces a person to confront his relative smallness, powerlessness, and youth. The mountain is bigger, stronger, and more permanent. For natural enormity to strike us, it must inspire these thoughts. An unending plain affects the individual similarly, forcing his binocular vision to converge far beyond the length at which it normally does. The individual is drawn, then, to consider the nearness of his mundane life versus the farness of possibility. The effect, of course, is humbling but also inspiring.

Awe invokes a reordering of thought, a realignment of cognition, and it is this that makes intellectual awe and mundane awe possible. Einstein's famous equation, for those who grasped it�s implications, invoked a radical shift in perceptions that had been, experientially, hitherto static. Matter and energy became one thing, as did time and space. Speed lost its precision, as perception of space and time would later, goaded by Heisenberg. Fear may accompany the awe of such jarring revelations; indeed, wonder at possibilities of the unknown may, on some level, demand it.

Other awe, though, is fearless through and through. Moore's example of a connoisseur coming upon a new representative of his passion is a good one. The expert is not driven to awe by what he already knows but by what is new to him. A chair expert may find on a particular model a subtle design feature, all but lost to the casual user, that changes his conception of the being of chairs--the way they're designed or used, the way a particular designer or manufacturer operates, or some other notion. This change can be a delight or a misery (perhaps forcing the retooling of old private theories) but need only be feared by chronic neurotics.

Awe, then, may be wonder and nothing more, albeit a specific kind of wonder, one that requires cognition appropriate for the situation. In other words, one need be an expert to experience awe, even awe that we often consider universal, like natural awe. On the ledge of the Grand Canyon, we're all experts.

So, then, why awe? Awe may be a social impulse, brought about by our need to organize ourselves into and join groups. The chair enthusiast, for example, reaffirms his being as a chair enthusiast by realigning his private theories of chair design, his internal schemas. Similarly, before a precipice, all men are equally human, equally vulnerable to the drop�s lethality. By recognizing our connection to nature, then, we recognize more strongly our connection to each other.

Maybe Durkheim had it backwards. Maybe it was the acknowledgement of higher beings that brought with it euphoria rather than the other way around; after all, can any idea be more awesome than that of a great creator who is able to direct chance?

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Wednesday Agenda: (A highly-opinionated listing of things that are worth attending, heckling, or diligently avoiding)

"Book and Author Luncheon with Trustee David Shribman" noon, Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn--The Dartmouth Trustee discusses his Miraculously Builded in Our Hearts: A Dartmouth Reader. The Table of Contents is delightful.

"Baroque" 12:30 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--"Soprano Kirstina Rasmussen and pianist David Chaves perform music from the Baroque and Romantic periods and the 20th century."

"The Existence of a Soul" 7 P.M., Alpha Theta--The coed house hosts a dinner discussion with philosophy prof. Jack Hanson.

"The Changeless Faith of God: Searching for truth from a Baha'i perspective" 8:30 P.M., Tucker Foundation--Baha'i is probably the least known of the major world religions. The 150-year old faith has six to ten million estimated practitioners. A quick introduction to Baha'i is enlightening.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

On Buffet, et al: Young Jedi Tokson, I applaud you for at least reading Warrren B. His underwriting biz took a monster hit after September 11th, so pardon his fire and brimstone predictions--he doesn't like the idea of such a nuclear act, but his investor-centered mindset forces him to throw that out there to munch on. Nevertheless, he's correct. We have no proof, or scoring capabilities of this, but it WILL occur.

As for Messr. Clark's proposed new slogan, I propose a revision, to: "The Dartmouth Review, providing testicles to the business of learning since 1980."
Event: (more regular event listings to return tomorrow)
Chris Moore presents:
Tomorrow afternoon (Tues, 4pm, Rocky 1), we will have a nice discussion about "awe."

Suggest that other interested parties attend.

Questions you can ask in the Q&A session:

-What two familiar emotions does awe comprise?
-I'd like to know what it mean to have ambivalent feelings. Actually, never mind.
-What is the dark underbelly of awe?
-Is it funny to ask C. Moore, "Has your day been pretty awesome?"
-What's the most awesome thing possible?
-Can one be in awe of oneself, especially if one deserves it?
-Why can we be wrong about what emotion we're feeling?
-Is the "Airport" wireless network awesome?

NB: I regret that, due to our venue, we will be unable to guarantee intense emotional affect consequent to this lecture. With your permission, we will provide you instead with mild intellectual "curiosity" and the attitude of salience, called "interest." There might be "laughter" in the third section of the talk.

Selected bibliography if you wish to prepare for the lecture:

Burke (1757), "Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful"
DeLillo (1985), "White Noise"
Dillard (1975), "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"
Heschel (1950), "God in Search of Man"
Kant (1793), "Critique of Judgment"
Onion, The (1999), "Our Dumb Century"
Otto (1895), "The Idea of the Holy"
Parsons (1969), "Philosophy of Wonder," PAPR 30(1)
Sluckin (1979), "Fear in Animals and Man"
Weiskel (1978), "Romantic Sublime"
Wilson (1980), "Biophilia"

Monday, May 13, 2002

New Slogan: In his defense of himself in today's D Professor Caterine writes,"I was forewarned as an educator of another student paper that allegedly presented obstacles to the business of learning here." Glad to see the College is still keeping an open mind about things. But this does provide a new slogan: "The Dartmouth Review, providing obstacles to the business of learning since 1980."
Housing Crunch: According to the Daily D, approximately 400 members of the class of 2005 are on the housing waitlist for the 2002-2003 academic year. This is significantly larger than the 220 man waitlist last year. However, this correspondent was verbally informed by the Office of Residential Life that the waitlist was much shorter, more like 150-200. Also, the ORL has set aside 1,200 beds for the class of 2006. It would seem that the incoming class will not be much smaller than the class of 2005, which was a record-breaking 1,137. It is evident that on-campus housing is as crowded as ever.

Sunday, May 12, 2002

(s)elected: Dartmouth's web site features a news item reading "Two elected to Dartmouth's Board of Trustees". Hmm, I don't remember voting for anyone. The article explains that one Trustee was "elected" by the 16 current Trustees, while the other was "nominated" by alumni (without campaigning or policy platforms, with only a small percentage of alumni voting) and then "elected" by the Trustees. Ah, democracy at work.
Say It Ain't So: I'm one of the many who nominated Prof. Caterine for the teaching award. I took Religion 24: Latin American and Latino/a Religions this past winter. Didn't get to choose or influence my grade in any way. You'd all be glad to know that we really didn't even get in to Latin American stuff until we first read a dense history of Christianity by David Chidester---Caterine is one of the few who doesn't bash the West or presuppose that his students know anything about the West...he took the time to lead study the ingredients of Latin religions before moving on to complex mezistaje analyses. Also, he openly dissed postmodernism. A teacher in the truest sense of the word--encouraged reading outside of the syllabus and was always up for a trip to Dirt Cowboy.

Saturday, May 11, 2002

Tenure, cont...: It should come as no surprise that popular, teaching instructors/professors are not retained by the College. Afterall, in the words of our immortal leader, Dartmouth is a research university in all but name. Check out out the faculty handbook for details on how the tenure racket works. Colleges and universities use short-term, non tenure-track appointments to fill temporary gaps, and also to avoid having to make a committment to review a candidate for tenure down the road.

Friday, May 10, 2002

What Does Buffet Know Anyway?: Renowned investment guru Warren Buffet has recently predicted, at his company's annual meeting, that the U.S. would be the victim of a nuclear attack sometime in the near future. Such an attack, he said, is "virtually a certainty" during the next 50 years.

Though I tend to share this kind of pessimistic view towards terrorism, I have to disagree with Buffet here. I would say that a nuclear terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the next 50 years is merely a strong possibility. I'm serious.

Of course, this possibility may decline with a comprehensive program of securing loose Soviet nukes and a dismantling of Saddam Hussein's soon-to-have-nukes regime. Sadly, for now, this most important of all issues is one of the least discussed. (Arguments against myself and Mr. Buffet's views are, of course, encouraged).
Coincidence�Can't Be: A few weeks ago, students expressed their shock that Darryl Caterine, a professor in the Religion Department, would not even be considered for tenure. Caterine was hired for a three year period, although the Religion Department did grant him a one year extension. Caterine will leave the College at the end of the spring term.
"Why not give him tenure?" students across campus cried. After all, Caterine was recognized by Student Assembly, winning a "Profiles in Excellence" teaching award.
Today, however, the Daily D reports that Caterine is one of two profs who allows students to grade themselves. Students actually choose their own grades at the end of the term. Read about it here.
Too bad Caterine couldn't give himself tenure.
Apologies: No event listings today.

Thursday, May 09, 2002

Alumni Elect Trustee: Jose Fernandez '77 was made Alumni Trustee; Leon Black '73 was named Charter Trustee. The election results are not without controversy, however. Fernandez overcame two other candidates�Mark Harty and Chansoo Joung�in an election that was mired in bureaucracy. Alumni did not vote on Black�the Board of Trustees votes on Charter Trustees.
I suggest Harty and Joung challenge the results�namely, because the election was extended for a month without input from the alumni body. Was Fernandez in the lead after the initial March 31 deadline? Harty and Joung should find out.
Thursday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M."

"Salsa" noon, Collis sidewalk--Students perform a salsa they've choreographed. Free ice cream.

"Brown Bag Lunch" noon, 101 Collis--Do lunch with Young and Rubicam partner Laurie Matthews, who will speak at 3.

"Can creativity be computerized?" noon, Thornton Lounge--Dine with prof. Margaret Boden of the University of Sussex, who will speak at 4.

"Stereotypes and the impact of advertising" 3 P.M., Hayward Lounge, Hanover Inn-Young and Rubicam partner Laurie Matthews speaks.

"What's Life Got to Do With It" 4 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--2002 Gramlich Lecture by the University of Sussex prof. Margaret Boden.

"Durer and Sculpture" 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--RECOMMENDED--Jeffrey Chipps Smith speaks.

"Confronting Social Excludion: Black Women in Latin America" 4 P.M., Wren Room--Visiting LALaCS prof. Helen Safa speaks.

"Represent the National: The Informal Commercial Importer (ICI) and the Beauty Queen" 4 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--Gina Ulysse of Wesleyan speaks on this topic, whatever it is.

"True Crime" 4 P.M., 1 Rockefeller--Mark Seltzer of UCLA lectures.

"Islam and Culture" 4 P.M., Tindle Lounge--Part of "Islamic Awareness Week." Dr. Hafiz Shabazz speaks.

"U.S. - European Relations After September 11" 4:30 P.M., 3 Rockefeller--A lecture.

"Sarah vaughan:The Divine One and her influences on jazz" 6:30 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--Kristin Romberg presents her honors music thesis.

"Community Dinner" 7 P.M., Roth Center--Dine with WRC "Visionary-in-Residence" and former VP candidate Winona LaDuke.

"Underground" (film) 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--Yugoslavian history; winner of the 1995 Cannes Grand Prize ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"The Marriage of Bette and Boo" 8 P.M., Bentley Theater--Jeff Withers '02 directs the Christopher Durang play ($1 admission).

Send event listings, tips, compliments, comments, questions, rants, invectives, missives, memorandums, leaks, insinuations here.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Colonialism: Former Review editor Dinesh D'Souza has an interesing article on colonialism in the latest Chronicle of Higher Education. It basically lays out some of the themes he covered in his talks in Hanover last spring. If you missed those (or if you went to them), his article is definately worth the read.
Kalb Chronicles: A new installment is up from our man-in-the-field. Read it here.
Wednesday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (nearly derailed by a German)

"Blood Drive" 11 A.M. - 4:30 P.M., Alumni Hall--"Help ensure that New England hospital inventories will be adequate."

"NYC Downtown Ensemble" 12:30 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--Performing selections by "experimental music composer-performer" David Mahler.

"Consuming Violence" 4 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Kay Warren of Harvard University speaks.

"Interpreting the Racist Unconscious in Late Victorian Fiction" 4 P.M., 3 Rockefeller--English prof. Patricia McKee discusses Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

"Why Did You Do That?" 4:30 P.M., 28 Silsby--Part of "Islamic Awareness Week." Converts to Islam share their stories.

"The Problem of Pain" 5:30 P.M., 101 Collis--"A lecture on human nature and suffering," put on by the Campus Crusade for Christ.

"Passing the Torch" 6 P.M., 28 Silsby--Part of "May Week" (referring to May Day?). "An exploration of the sources and consequences of a failing education system" particularly concerning "the level of education attained by children of color."

"The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" 7 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--The first film in the Rings trilogy ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"ECO meeting" 9 P.M., Robinson lobby--The environmental group discusses ideas for its upcoming "DDS week." Campus diners: prepare to be harassed.

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Gimp-hard: Harry, the man's name is spelled Gephardt. Honestly. Although his police detail (which diligently protect his house and mine) refuse to oblige my requests to carpool with him to work, or to introduce me to his lovely daughter, let us still pay some sort of menial homage...and pray we never ever ever take his advice on foreign policy matters. He knows corn, let's leave it at that.
Sex Toys Lecture in Tindle: Yesterady in Tindle Lounge at 7pm, Health Resources and the Women's Resource Center had their spring episode of the Let's Talk about Sex Series. The topic was entitled "SEX TOYS." Megara Bell of "Grand Opening Sex Shop" in Boston, a certified sex educator, came and spoke to a fairly filled room of both males and females. She first spoke about safe sex-- various types of condoms, the female condom, contraceptives...and then proceeded to discuss the various vibrators and sex toys on the market and those carried in her shop. At the beginning of the Lecture Giavanna Munafo mentioned that she had received both negative and positive feedback about this coming lecture.
Tuesday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (on-time thanks to the construction workers)

"What matters to me and why" noon, Tucker--Lunch with professor Konrad VonMoltke of the environmental studies department.

"Coffee with Diana Taylor" noon, Rosey's Cafe--Join the Chair of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of Arts. According to event sponsors, "She is incredibly well-known and respected in her many fields."

"Middle East Discussion" 4 P.M., Top of the Hop--"Did the Barak talk leave you unsatisfied?," event organizers ask. Another balanced discussion, to be sure.

"Lost in the Field of Vision: Reflections on Witnessing 9/11" 4 P.M., Filene Auditorium--Diana Taylor speaks.

"Islam, World Peace and September 11th" 4:30 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Part of "Islamic Awareness Week." Dr. Jamal A. Badawi speaks about "the Islamic concepts of Peace, Jihad, Islamic Warfare and conduct on the battlefield, and Justice, especially in relation to other communities."

"Wireless Devices Panel" 4:45 P.M., Rosenwald Classroom, Byrne Hall--Panelists from Lobby7, Palm, Digitas, thinkingBytes and Motorola.

"Crisis in the Mother Land" 5 P.M., 28 Silsby--Topic/speaker unknown. Nice work.

"Room Draw I" 6:30 P.M., Leede Arena--Priority Numbers 1501-2300.

"September 11 and the Future of American Power" 7 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--Josef Joffe speaks.

"Crossing the Divide" 7 P.M., Casque and Gauntlet--The Women of Color Collective's weekly meeting. This week: "A conversation about race & women's groups on campus." Isn't that what they're supposed to do every week?

"The concept of 'macho'" 7 P.M., 218 Collis--Alex Hernandez-Siegel, Assistant Dean of Student Life and advisor to Latino/a students, speaks on "a common cultural conception related to Latino masculinity."

"Dartmouth College Glee Club" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--RECOMMENDED--The Club performs selections by "Faure, Mozart, Schubert and Castelnuovo-Tedesco." Louis Burkot conducts ($3 Dartmouth students, $8 gen. admission).

"Room Draw II" 8:30 P.M., Leede Arena--Priority Numbers 2301-2700.

"Taiz - candlelight meditative prayer" 10 P.M., Rollins Chapel--An ecumenical Christian service.
Gephart: (from our man in the trenches Harry Camp)
In the cramped faculty lounge of the Top of the Hop, House Minority Leader Richard Gephart spoke at 4 pm yesterday afternoon. The crowd of about seventy-five seemed to be the more politically active element of campus. Many students did not even know about the event, and a last minute change of venue from Rocky 3 probably further affected the crowd. Gephart joked at the beginning that with the beautiful weather and media coverage by C-Span, he was surprised that he had any audience at all. Both Democrat and Republican, audience and speaker charged the event with insightful questions and open, informative discussion of issues.
His speech focused on issues in the Middle East, where he has recently traveled. Gephart characterized American involvement as a necessity for collective peace and prosperity in "this little bitty community we call the planet Earth." He suggested that only by solving other countries' problems will America's welfare result. Gephart praised his colleagues' work on what he called an "incremental" approach to campaign finance reform. All in all, a very soft tone pervaded the talk. He carefully prefaced his words regarding President Bush's foreign policy with the words "constructive criticism" when referring to his disagreement with the decision to pull out of Kyoto Accords. Congressman Gephard concluded with an appeal to college-age students to devote some years of their lives to public service.
Who woulda thunk it?: Harvard's Undergraduate Council tries to make ROTC cadets' lives a bit easier.
The WSJE feature on Pim: Here's the piece Hummel was talking about.

Monday, May 06, 2002

Sex Toys: I posted the WRC's notice of their Sex Toys talk tonight on campusnonsense.com. Leave a comment.
Won't you be my neighbor?: Fred "Mister" Rogers was spotted by several students yesterday exiting Dartmouth's Hopkins Center. For those who don't know, Rogers will be this year's commencement speaker.
Monday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (or so)

"Richard Gephardt" 4 P.M. Location Unannounced--The House minority leader speaks. Hey, Dems: great job publicising this thing...

"Rabbis, Romans, and Jesus in the Galillee: Recent Discoveries at Sepphoris" 4 P.M., 1 Rockefeller--Eric Meyers, Professor of Religion at Duke University, speaks.

"Religion and Ethnicity in Africa's Wars" 4 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--Steven Ellis of Leiden University speaks.

"I Am an American. I am a Muslim" 5 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Part of "Islamic Awareness Week." Student panel discussion.

"Monday Night Dinner" 6:30 P.M., Amarna--Dine with prof. Christopher Sneddon, assistant professor of geography and environmental studies.

"Room Draw I" 6:30 P.M., Leede Arena--Priority Numbers 801-1000.

"Let's Talk About Sex Series" 7 P.M., Tindle Lounge--"Come find out more about Sex Toys from 'sexpert' Megara Bell of Grand Opening Sex Shop in Boston." No live demonstrations, hopefully.

"Scout's Honor" 7 P.M., Filene Auditorium (Moore)--"The award-winning documentary about
anti-gay discrimination in the Boy Scouts," introduced by Dave Rice, "the former California
scoutmaster whose story is depicted in the film."

"Paul Galbraith" 7 P.M., Rollins--"Works by Bach and Debussy are on the program for the internationally acclaimed guitarist, known for interpreting the classics on his eight-string guitar." Discussion to follow ($5 Dartmouth students, $22 gen. admission).

"Multifaith Panel Discussion" 7 P.M., 28 Silsby--"Six Dartmouth students from various faith backgrounds will be answering questions and talking about their faiths and spiritual perspectives."

"Room Draw II" 8:30 P.M., Leede Arena--Priority Numbers 1001-1500.
Grrrrrreat: I'm all for maximizing readership of my Review articles but I'm always perturbed to find a link to one of my articles at the Web site of a Cal-Berkeley student group.

Sunday, May 05, 2002

Sunday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M."

"Guitar Masterclass" noon, Faulkner Recital Hall--"Acclaimed eight-string guitarist Paul Galbraith conducts a masterclass open to all interested musicians."

"Islam: Empire of Faith" (film) noon - 4 P.M., Loew Auditorium

"Courtney Hall '02, mezzo-soprano" 4 P.M., Faulkner Recital Hall--She performs "selections from Mozart's opera La Nozze di Figaro, pieces of the song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben by Schumann, English and American art songs by Copland, Quilter and Carpenter, 17th and 18th century Italian art songs by Torelli, Scarlatti and Pergolesi, and musical theater songs by Cole Porter."

"Korean Culture Night" 5 & 7 P.M., Commonground--Traditional Korean dinner to be served ($5 Dartmouth students).

"Captains Courageous" (film) 6:45 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium

"Paul Galbraith" 7 P.M., Rollins--"Works by Bach and Debussy are on the program for the internationally acclaimed guitarist, known for interpreting the classics on his eight-string guitar" ($5 Dartmouth students, $22 gen. admission).

"Is the death penalty just?" 7 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--A former death row prisoner, the director of "Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty," Professor Steven Cornish (who believes America's use of the death penalty is a global anachronism), and an appeals attorney from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund debate the matter. Any guess what they come up with?

"David Copperfield" (film) 8:55 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium

Saturday, May 04, 2002

Saturday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (rushed edition)

"5K AIDS Awareness Run" noon, Hanover Green--Prizes for top runners ($5 registration fee).

"Greek Olympics" 1 - 4 P.M., Webster Ave.--Part of "Greek Week." Featuring a barbeque and several attractions.

"May Day Festival" 1 - 8 P.M., Organic Farm (Vans leave from behind Robinson at 1, 3, and 5 P.M.)--Work in the fields until 5, pot-luck dinner to follow. "May Pole Dancing, Lawn Game Olympics, and the infamous White Mountain Oyster Bluegrass Band."

"Dog Show" 2 P.M., Tabard lawn--Greek pooches compete for honors.

"Bait & Bullet feed" 5 - 9 P.M., 19 E. Wheelock--Featuring "mooseburgers, whole chickens, Harry's Coweta County Cornbread carefully crafted from a secret family recipe...and luck permitting a little New Hampshire wild turkey" (free for DOC members, $3 otherwise).

"Trembling Before G-d" 7 & 9:30 P.M., Loew Auditorium--"A groundbreaking documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality and religious fundamentalism," featuring "intimately told stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews."

"Spring Sing" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--"College a cappella groups perform, joined by guest singing groups from other colleges" ($3 Dartmouth students, $8 gen. admission).

"8 Hours of Leisure" 10 P.M. - 6 A.M., Panarchy--"DJs spinning music for the people."

Friday, May 03, 2002

Alumni: I have some things add to Andrew's blitz on the Dartmouth Alumni for Open Governance. The purpose of the organization is quite simple. It aims to reinvolve Dartmouth alumni in charting the course of the College. In the past, as described in detail on the DAOG website, such an arrangement was the norm, much to the benefit of all concerned. By involving the College's graduates in its governance to a degree largely unknown in other such institutions, Dartmouth managed to build a base of alumni support that remains, even in its much degraded condition, the envy of the nation's colleges and universities.

In recent years, however, the College has gradually reduced the role of the alumni, and centered what power remains in a small, cooperative group of alumni "leaders" that is increasingly self-pertetuating, if not directly chosen by the College administration itself. As the involvement of the wider body of alumni in the governance of the College has diminished, so too has their support for it. Nor is it an accident that this decline in alumni authority has coincided with a de facto cessation of consultation with the alumni over the future of Dartmouth, even as radical reforms have been contemplated and initiated.

Whether they believe, as I do, that administration and Board of Trustees' path towards a research university model is a terrible error, and whether they agree with me that the attempt to eliminate Greek organizations in favor of an ill-defined new "student life" structure is an improper and foolish attempt at social engineering, any alumni of the College should be deeply disturbed that these decisions have effectively been removed from our hands. The alumni are the conscience of the College, as well as its financial backers. Faculty and administrators come and go, and are inevitably succeptible to the latest fads in higher education. The alumni are always there, and have an institutional memory that is invaluable and irreplicable. To exclude us from the governance of the College is to lose a large part of what has allowed a small school in the backwoods of New Hampshire to compete effectively with massive institutions in Boston or New York.

The Dartmouth Alumni for Open Governance are dedicated to reversing this trend. It is a laudable goal for anyone who believes in the continuing connection of alumni to Dartmouth. I urge all alumni to go to the DAOG website and join. There is no monetary or time commitment involved unless you so choose, but you will be kept informed of important developments relating to these issues. I also urge any who can to attend the meeting of the Association of Alumni on Saturday May 18 (Green Key Weekend), where several important resolutions will be debated. Anyone interested in DAOG, or alumni affairs generally, should feel free to contact me: ajwi@alum.dartmouth.org
Clinton: House Maj. Whip Tom DeLay spokesperson Jonathan Grella on Clinton's sit-down with NBC execs: "I thought they already had a show called 'The Bachelor.'" he wanted to call it "'Bill Clinton is Making Even Less Sense Than Alan Keyes'...It's a far better concept than a show entitled 'Everybody Love Gerald Ford.'"

Let us all thank Hillary for refusing to allow her hubby one-up her...
A complicated history: Dartmouth Alumni for Open Governance (DAOG) today opens its website that explains the historic role of the alumni body in choosing the College's Trustees and details that ways recent administrations have undermined this process. Interested alumni can sign up to join the DAOG at the website (the link is at the bottom of the home page).

Any DAOG members want to add anything? Wilson?
Friday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (with apologies to KMS)

"Display of the AIDS Quilt" noon through 9 P.M., Commonground--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Fetching fun for AIDS activists and quilters alike.

"Red Ribbon Campaign" noon though 2 P.M. and 5 P.M. through 7 P.M., Collis and Thayer--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Wear a red ribbon to show that you're against AIDS, apartheid, and the beating of defenseless children.

"Dartmouth Talks about AIDS" 2 P.M., Commonground--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Listen to "HIV educators and HIV positive speakers." Are you aware already?

"The Copernican Revolution Reconsidered" 2 P.M. 104 Wilder--Prof. Emeritus Owen Gingerich speaks.

"Why things break" 3:30 P.M., 100 Cummings--Ali Argon from MIT speaks.

"Strain-induced Quantization in Si/SiGe Vertical Quantum Dots" 3:30, 202 Wilder--Dr. Jun Liu of Brown University speaks.

"A Geneology of Jewish degeneration: Weininger, Lombroso and Nordau" 4 P.M., 2 Rockefeller--Marilyn Reizbaum, chair of the English department at Bowdoin College, speaks. Learn about these three "'sex and race doctors' of the turn of the 20th century" and their theories of eugenics.

"Free (Anonymous) HIV Testing Clinic" 4 - 7 P.M., 203 and 204 Robinson--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Call 448-8887 for an appointment.

"Psychedelic Posters and Comix: Victor Moscoso & The Yellow Submarine" 4:30, Loew Auditorium--"Victor Moscoso, psychedelic poster artist who created posters for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Doors, will present slides of his work. David Ehrlich, Visiting Professor of Film and Television Studies and a colleague of the animators who worked on The Yellow Submarine, will then speak about animation of the same time period."

"Islam in America Today" 5 P.M., 105 Dartmouth--Part of "Islamic Awareness Week." Dr. Aminah B. McCloud speaks, with opening remarks by Tucker dean Stuart Lord.

"Cinco de Mayo" 5:30 P.M., McCulloch Hall--Authentic Mexican food, "Ballet Folklorico de Dartmouth," and a discussion with visiting religion prof. Darryl Caterine.

"20 Years of Theta at Dartmouth" 7 P.M., Brace Commons--Featuring food, drink, and "alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta and Epsilon Kappa Theta." The Dartmouth Subtleties will perform.

"Matthew Shepard Story" (made-for-TV movie) 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--Followed by discussion with the film's co-writer, Jake Krueger '97 (free).

"The Birds and the B's" 8 P.M., Spaulding Auditorium--The Dartmouth Wind Symphony, led by Max Culpepper, performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Berceuse from Stravinsky's The Firebird, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, and other selections ($3 Dartmouth students, $8 gen. admission).

"Casino Night" 8 P.M. to midnight, Commonground--"Your favorite Dartmouth professors, administration, faculty, staff, and student leaders will be dealing up some mean casino games." Prizes, etc.

"'Tails" 10 P.M., Alpha Theta--

"Common Creep" 11 P.M., Psi Upsilon--The band plays.

"Human Nature" 11 P.M., Amarna--Prize for the best costume.

Thursday, May 02, 2002

Be Nice: Ehud Barak is the former president of one of America's closest allies, and we were certainly lucky to have him speak at Dartmouth since he is surely in great demand as a speaker nowadays. So I was a bit surprised at the hostility some students showed towards him during the question and answer session following his speech. Aly Rahim's question about expanding settlements in the West Bank was a good one (Barak answered it convincingly), but why did Rahim feel the need to ask it in such a angry tone? Leyla Kamalick's question was perhaps even more hostile (she basically called Israel's democratic government a racist sham).

Even Linda Fowler, who introduced Barak, gave more of an apology for hosting an Israeli politician than an introduction of a famous foreign leader. She kept mentioning that Barak was a controversial speaker whose appearance should trigger debate and discussion. She talked in a disapproving tone about the expansion of West Bank settlements during Barak's administration. She generally gave me the impression that she didn't like Barak very much.

I'm all for critiques, but Fowler was giving an introduction, not writing an editorial about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also reminded me of Fowler's introductions of the participants of the slavery reparations debate. She introduced pro-reparations prof Charles Ogletree at length and in glowing terms, while she briefly forgot the name of anti-reparations prof Glenn Loury and made only a cursory mention of his academic achievements. She also characterized the moderate liberal Porter as a conservative, prompting him to correct her during the debate.

Even if students and administrators disagree with Mr. Barak's views on Israel's policies, he deserves a certain amount of respect and courtesy for taking the time to make an speech here at Dartmouth. If Dartmouth gets a reputation as a hostile environment for all who deviate from the far-left's views, then we may lose even the few prominent speakers we are lucky to have each year. Ask tough questions. But don't attack world leaders. Some of us want them to keep comng here.
You Heard it Here First: Janos Marton is the new president of the Student Assembly. Julia Hildreth is the Vice President. Some sort of SA revolution has, perhaps, begun.
Marton ran on a reform, pro-Greek, pro-accountability ticket, earning him the ire of Assembly traditionalists. I first surmised that Marton was not the usual SA candidate when both The Dartmouth Review and the Free Press endorsed him. When those staunch defenders of the status quo at the D endorsed his SA-favored opponent, I knew he was the candidate for me.
Clearly, he was the right candidate for many of us. There is a sense that students are at last fed up with the Student Assembly's total unwillingness to fight for any sort of student voice at Dartmouth. Dissatisfaction with the SA has gained momentum like a moving train, and, as our new SA president will tell you, it's hard to stop a moving train. Ok, slogans are not his strong suit. Nevertheless, Dartlog wishes Janos Marton good luck in fixing our broken Student Assembly.
Support Israel: Support Israeli soldiers with pizza and Pepsi (via WSJ's Best of the Web).
"Black Beauty": From the "Afro-American Society" Blitz bulletin:
******Afro-American Society*******
General Body Meeting
Thursday May 2, 2002
6:30 pm
Agenda:
Committee Updates
BADA Weekend, Tuck BBQ
North Country Weekend
Alcohol Screening
Topic of Discussion brough to us by Ebony Man/Ebony Woman and facilitated by Cherisse Keller
******Black Beauty*******
Do we as black people create our own standards of beauty, or are we still brainwashed by european standards? If so, when will we stop?

Homecoming queens, glamorized celebrities, video hos... what happens to the black women who don't fit the faces of these women? What are the faces of these women?

Diahann Caroll or Cicely Tyson? why not both?

What, pray tell, is a "video ho"?
On the other hand: Maybe he could follow the model of another politician turned talk show host-Jerry Springer. Can you imagine Bill's reflections at the end of an episode featuring cheating spouses? That monologue, surely containing things like "Hillary and I have struggled with these same issues and I feel the pain that these couples are going through," would have to be sent immediately to the Museum of Broadcasting.
Well, they are both fat: According the LA Times Bill Clinton wants his own talk show and would like to become "the next Oprah Winfrey." Finally, a job he is qualified to do. After all, he has eight years experience at faking emotional responses to people's sob stories. This is the logical conclusion of his substance-less presidency. However, in TV terms this may be the worst talk show since the Magic Johnson Hour.
Sickening: The sight of Arafat's temper tantrum at his press conference and the adjoining videos of his police corps celebrating with guns in the air yesterday should leave little doubt about what kind of leader he would be if ever given real power. These resembled the actions of your average despotic thug. Hopefully, his freedom will only be temporary.
Thursday Happenings: "Everything at Dartmouth after 11 A.M." (like you'll be up any earlier)

"SA Elections" until 5 P.M., vote here--Read Alex Wilson's smart endorsement of Janos Marton '04 for president here.

"Display of the AIDS Quilt" noon through 9 P.M., Commonground--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Fetching fun for AIDS activists and quilters alike.

"Red Ribbon Campaign" noon though 2 P.M. and 5 P.M. through 7 P.M., Collis and Thayer--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Wear a red ribbon to show that you're against AIDS, apartheid, and the beating of defenseless children.

"Community Hour" noon, Commonground--Part of "AIDS Awareness Week." Discussion of "students' off-term experiences fighting the battle against AIDS" (with swords).

"Anti-war Art: the artist as witness and activist" 12:30 P.M., Hood--Amanda Potter '02, the fifth student to curate an exhibit from the Hood's collections, speaks.

"Greek Community Dog Show" 1 - 4 P.M., Tabard lawn--The girls of EKT strut their stuff (kidding!).

"Storytelling, Metamorphosis, and Reliable Narrators in Ovid's Metamorphoses" 4 P.M., 13 Carpenter--Michael Simpson, of the University of Texas at Dallas, speaks.

"The Idea of a University" 6 P.M., Moore Psychology Auditorium--RECOMMENDED--Fr. Dr. George Rutler '65, always entertaining, witty, erudite, and accessable, speaks.

"A Time of Drunken Horses" (or "Zamani baray� masti asbha") 7 P.M., Loew Auditorium--"A family of orphans struggles to survive and protect their sickly brother by smuggling goods across the dangerous Iran/Iraq border." Reviewer: "This is one of the most powerful and deeply affecting films I have seen. Using non-professional actors from the region, Ghobadi is able to lay bare the devastating hardships of life in Kurdistan on the Iran-Iraq border" ($5 Dartmouth students, $6 gen. admission).

"Alumni Class Leadership" 8 P.M., Top of the Hop--Members of the class of 2002 are invited to meet their class leadership and the Alumni Relations staff. Free drinks until 8:30.

Send event listings here and complaints here.

Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Barak Wrap-Up: "We should deal with terrorists the same way our forefathers dealt with pirates on the high seas," said former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a speech today at Dartmouth, by way of explaining his support for the Bush Doctrine against terrorism.

Barak began with general observations about the war on terrorism, which he believes will go on for some time. September 11th marked a turning point, according to Barak, after which "nothing about terror can ever be taken for granted or regarded as unthinkable." The West faces a choice, then, to "destroy world terror or be destroyed by it." For the sake of liberty and sustained economic growth, said Barak, we must fight and not allow terrorism to become a viable political tool. To this end, he forwards Jeffersonian "eternal vigilence," such as worldwide collaboration on immigration and money laundering policies. The Western world, he believes, has a lot to learn from Israel in resisting the specific threats of terrorism.

To combat such threats, Barak championed greater government surveillance of suspected terrorists, while cautioning that this must be balanced with liberties. In the end, though, some restrictions may be "the cheaper price to pay," he said, drawing on his own experiences with the casualties of terrorism in Israel.

Barak spoke at length on the current Middle East situation, maintaining that Israel "is under a violent terror campaign" guided by Yasser Arafat. He noted the Clinton peace plan, which Arafat rejected outright, as evidence of Arafat's desire for "a Palestinian state instead of Israel," rather than in addition to Israel. He waits eagerly, he said, for "more responsible leadership to emerge" among the Palestinians.

Israel, he said, must undertake three simultaneous strategies to win its struggle on terms that it, the world, and the Palestinian people accept. First, it must maintain "an active struggle against terror..not against the Palestinian people," an objective which he believes is largely being met. Second, Israel should "make it clear that the door is open for resumption of negotiations. And, finally, Israel must maintain that these negotiations be on similar terms to those undertaken before the latest uprising, to make it clear that terrorism is not a fruitful means of diplomacy. Also, he suggested that Israel undertake greater efforts to secure its borders, constructing a "security fence" like that at Gaza.

Barak concluded by justifying the war on terror, of which Israel's struggles are a part, as part of a larger effort to "achieve the great world imperative of social justice." Only when security and stability are assured, he said, will prosperity be possible.

Barak spent the day speaking with groups of Dartmouth students, whom he described as "highly assertive" and often "adversarial," and in classes. The four audience members (three of them students) who asked questions of Barak following his speech were hostile in tone.

A protest against Barak's visit was held in front of the Hopkins Center and featured a large banner reading "Ending Violence = Ending Occupation." This reporter was physically grabbed by protest organizer Hillary Miller '02, who challenged him to get a restraining order against her before claiming she was simply "try to engage in a dialogue." She suggested that The Dartmouth Review "run a photo spread" of her in an upcoming issue.