Sunday, August 31, 2003
1- Two-thirds of Democrats still can't name one of the candidates in the field for President.
2- Somehow, 40% of Democrats are satisfied with the field, which means that at least 7% of Democrats are happy about the field despite not knowing who any of these people are.
3- Half of all Democrats wanted more choices despite the fact that most of them likely do not know who their choices are. Are they all pining for Hillary or something?
4- Howard Dean isn't doing nearly as well overall as polls in the early states suggest, though at least he's not John Kerry, who's stuck back there with Al Sharpton.
5- So far, Howard Dean has failed as a populist candidate because he hasn't gotten more people interested in the primaries.
My big question is how 53% of Democrats have decided who they support in the primaries when twenty percent less of them can actually name one of the candidates. Does the caller just read off a bunch of names after the respondent has already answsered the question about being able to name a candidate, and then the respondent decides based on who has the prettiest name?
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
I guess being a conservative really is a disease. So says a British psych study which "has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". ...
The first sentence of the article:
A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".
One wonders if Garg even read the article?
Some might remember that this was big news, oh, a month or so ago, which is a long time on this Internet-thing, right?
I Figured it Out: I always wondered whether Dartloggers really were reading as widely as their posts of obscure mentions of Dartmouth in the media might suggest. In fact, their posts correspond almost exactly with a Google News search on "Dartmouth College." Oh well.
1) Actually, we have a newswire.
2) And we do read a lot. I've found that conservatives are more likely to read the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and then some than liberals are to read anything besides the Times. At least at Dartmouth...a place where even offering facts and statistics can be racist or just not PC (e.g. opinion poll results on the U.S.'s disapproval of reparations).
Monday, August 25, 2003
I assume they're talking about Collis, which was always known for its baked goods, and had food prepared on the spot almost exclusively (stir-frys, smoothies, and omelets). Though one can niggle over whether or not it was healthy, it almost certainly was healthier than other locations. The salad bar was, as far as I know, stocked by the Dartmouth Organic Farm as much as possible. There was almost always a vegetarian entree at the far left end of the counter and a vegetartan soup.
Have you ever tried the vegetarian entree? Ick.
Dartmouth senior Casey Cramer is the lone tight end among the 16 players on the Payton Award Watch while Harvard senior linebacker Dante Balestracci is the only Ivy Leaguer on the Buchanan Award Watch.
The Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the top player in I-AA football while the Buck Buchanan Award goes to the top defensive player in I-AA. The honors will be presented at the 17th annual I-AA College Football Awards on Dec. 18 in Chattanooga, Tenn., on the eve of the 2003 I-AA National Championship. The Eddie Robinson Award, honoring I-AA's top coach, and the Sports Network Cup, bestowed upon the nation's best I-AA mid-major program, will also be presented at that ceremony.
Cramer, a first-team All-American last year, caught 72 passes for 1,107 yards in 2002. Both of those numbers were -- by far -- the most by a tight end in Division I-A and I-AA.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Jonathan Eisenmen thinks that she means Collis and adds that some of the salad bar selections come from the Organic Farm. Any confirmation? What about the other stuff grown that's not salad bar fare (e.g., tubers, onions)?
It's definitely humorous that no one can agree on which is the healthy place to eat on campus. Perhaps this is because there is no consistantly healthy, fresh, etc. dining choice?
Update: Yes, we know that Homeplate and the Pavillion do offer vegetarian options. That's not the same, however, as being "vegetarian-oriented." Jasmine rice, my dinner one evening when I ate at the Pavillion, doesn't really make a meal. And, as much as I like pasta, I don't think that offering it nightly with that thick sickly-sweet marinara in Homeplate counts either.
To be fair, Homeplate did offer some not-bad vegetarian entrees (e.g., lentil stews), but this was certainly not the norm. And it was definitely not a "healthful, vegetarian-oriented student restaurant that is popular with students, faculty and visitors who crave its delicious, made-from-scratch dishes and baked goods."
According to "Food and Man at Yale" (news article, Aug. 16), David Davidson, who runs the dining services at Yale for Aramark, a food service provider, thinks that Yale's new sustainable food project could be the beginnning of a change in how colleges look at food.
Yale is behind the times. Dartmouth College, my alma mater, has long had an organic farm that students and professors tend. It also has developed related courses.
Dartmouth also has a healthful, vegetarian-oriented student restaurant that is popular with students, faculty and visitors who crave its delicious, made-from-scratch dishes and baked goods. Dozens of colleges nationwide have similar programs.
This last paragraph is the most troublesome. Homeplate, to which I assume the writer is referring, is often unhealthy (particularly w/r/t saturated fats), not-at-all vegetarian oriented (I wish it had been), and rarely serves much that's delicious. Sure, there were rare exceptions, but most of the time Homeplate was just a like alternative to the dining hall fare next door. That is, more of the same.
Does anyone know anything about how food from the Organic Farm is used? Does DDS get it or what? I know that it is not sold to local markets, for fear of undercutting "real" farmers. I can only think of the irregular sales held on the sidewalk in front of Collis.
Clark's military background could position him as a strong candidate on defense, the area where current Democratic contenders may be most vulnerable, Dartmouth government professor Linda Fowler said.
"[Democrats] have got a problem," she said. "The public seem to be willing to trade in George Bush, if they could be reassured that the Democrats would do a good job on keeping the country secure. And the problem, of course, is that none of [the candidates] except [Massachusetts Sen. John] Kerry and [Florida Sen.] Bob Graham has much standing on those kinds of issues. And then along comes Wesley Clark, and he has immediate credibility."
But Fowler and other analysts also said Clark would face a difficult road in early-primary states like New Hampshire and in the Iowa caucuses, where name recognition and media momentum often decide the winners.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
Its general description begins:
"Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is one of the foremost universities in the world."
Ouch. It continues:
"A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth has a long history of dedication to the highest educational ideals. The College community comprises a breadth of cultures, traditions, and ideas. The diversity of backgrounds, talents, and accomplishments among our students, faculty, and staff enrich our community and create a campus that is alive with ongoing debate and exploration."
The SLI is at play here in two different ways. First, it is unpopular within itself. Second, it contributes to a larger issue of what Dartmouth is or may be. I've been discussing Dartmouth as a brand since my freshman year, though not as a brand solely as a relative measure of prestige. Dartmouth simply need not be all things to all people. The SLI and campus expansion are signs of a school confused about its identity. When students apply to Bob Jones University, they know what they're getting. When they apply to Indiana University, they know what they're getting. When they apply to Dartmouth, they are applying to Darvard University or Cal-Hanover or something. I remember being told by an administrator, "You're going to Dartmouth at a very important time. What you do will shape this place. It is a great opportunity and responsibility." Or something to that effect. If not Ye Olde Dartmouth, I just want a little stability.
Another issue that may be at play in the recent alumni giving drop or will at least be a challenge in the near future may be the commitment to (ethnic) diversity. Last year an active alumnus at a top prep school who is involved in the school's fundraising told me that ethnic minorities at the school were not pulling their weight in terms of alumni giving. Affirmative action acceptees, or since many argue you can't pinpoint such acceptees on the individual level--ethnic minorities, strictly by the numbers, give less money and less often.
1. Princeton - 61%
2. Harvard - 49%
3. Notre Dame - 48%
4. Dartmouth - 47%
5. Duke - 46%
6. Yale - 44%
Also, I think this data follows a couple of years behind the actual giving, so I would accept similar drops in the future.
Friday, August 22, 2003
Well, we do get choice shout-outs in films "She's All That" (Freddie Prinze!), "Wag the Dog," "A River Runs Through It" and "Can't Hardly Wait" (Jennifer Love-Hewitt!).
1. Princeton University
1. Harvard University
3. Yale University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5. California Institute of Technology
5. Duke University
5. Stanford University
5. University of Pennsylvania
9. Dartmouth College
9. Washington University in St. Louis
These are, you may remember, top 20 lists compiled by students:
Dartmouth - #3
Harvard - NR
Princeton - NR
Yale - NR
Dartmouth - #6
Harvard - NR
Princeton - NR
Yale - NR
Harvard - #13
Dartmouth - #17
Princeton - NR
Yale - NR
Dartmouth - #9
Harvard - NR
Princeton - NR
Yale - NR
Quality of Life
Dartmouth - #4
Harvard - #9
Princeton - NR
Yale - NR
The moral of the story? Dartmouth provides the number 1 quality of life of in the country, combined with a top 10 academic experience. Combining these two measures yields what is very likely the best overall undegraduate experience to be had.
I freely admit that Harvard, etc. are currently better schools if one only factors in academics (SAT scores and the like). Incresing D's National Merit haul, for instance, is a worthy concrete goal. But for people who realize that college is a place to live, not just to learn, Dartmouth is the unparalled choice.
I'd love to see this fact disseminated more widely (i.e. higher prestige). I'd love to see Dartmouth #1 in U.S. News. However, neither should occur at the expense of our wonderful quality of life.
Moreover, much worse than its aims (which I don't so much mind), the way BlabberForce has communicated its message is 1) silly (worrying about three/four universities with more prestige when thousands have less) and a slap in the face to everyone (read: all D students) who've recognized the value of the Dartmouth experience.
And I say all this as a former prestige whore who once had his little high school heart set on attending HYP.
A choice chunk:
"Sure, we don't have an office of overseas apparel like our good friends in Cambridge or New Haven. The last movie about Dartmouth may have very well been that black and white one about Winter Carnival, not one with Reese Witherspoon or Joshua Jackson. But do you really want that? Do we even need that? Or would you rather have Dartmouth be the school that has its student's (sic) speak for the institution without any need for self-promotion, by account of their own merits and achievements."
Thursday, August 21, 2003
When I applied, Dartmouth's alumni giving rate was 60%. Apparently it had been 70% a few years before. And it's been about the same since '01 or so, which means that alumni giving dropped by a fifth during an economic boom. Not a good sign, and I can't see the rate going up anytime soon, not with everyone having a bad taste in their mouth from the swim team and such.
Basically, from what I understand, alumni giving used to be Princeton and Dartmouth about even, with the rest of the Ivies way behind. Since then, it's gone to being Princeton then Dartmouth then everyone else, and now it's very nearly Princeton and then everyone else.
Thank you James Wright.
Maybe if they re-name it the Alumni Fund instead of the College Fund, people will give again.
I'm actually surprised that Princeton's rate hasn't gone down, given all the scandals with the Woodrow Wilson School's endowment and the like. Showing such massive disrespect for those who give gifts usually causes those who give gifts to cease and desist.
According to U.S. News last year, Dartmouth is now #2 in the Ivies behind Princeton (and also #2 overall), at around 50%. However, according to Christian Weeks' piece a couple weeks back, the '03 giving rate was 25%, compared to Princeton's 60+%. I predicted sinking number when the new rankings come out.
1. This has nothing to do with Dartmouth College. Just like Liberia's Charles Taylor isn't the Converse guy, either.
2. Dartmouth had the highest alumni contribution rate among the Ivies before the SLI. I'm not sure about now, but I do know that it's dropped. How's that for a strategic vision?
3. If there is a "language of disparity," it's probably owned by those on high who devised that strategic vision.
4. Will the man who's prosecuting Kobe Bryant "[evoke] unimaginable pride among women and minority alumni"?
Embarrassment will probably cause these links to break. Smell the mediocrity while you can.
Update: Thanks to MRC for letting us know that, as we expected, the files were all removed. Fortunately, we keep backups of everything and have updated our links.
Also, thanks to DM for sparking this particular snarkiness.
Update: And if you weren't convinced that this Kabir fellow is an odd duck, take a look at this and, for a nervous laugh, this.
I would have been wrong.
Can I sue if they drive down the value of my diploma?
Clearly, the admissions office is guilty of negligence.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
For the past month, we've been working on a new name to help take the force to the next level in spreading Dartmouth's story to ever wider audiences. Hundreds of bad suggestions later, here we are. Our mission is the same, our name is new and improved. We're going to be launching the website soon as well (www.buzzflood.com), so things are looking good.
That's funny; we never heard that BlabberForce was having a contest to determine its new, official name. I'm sure Joe could have provided a few amusing suggestions. In any event, "BuzzFlood" will surely have an easier time embarrassing Dartmouth than did its previous incarnation.
By the way, "hundreds of bad suggestions"? From whom, pray tell? Kabir and Jim Wright?
It appears they had this game first.
But: As John wrote in his yet-unpublished letter to the Daily Dartmouth, Kabir and Brent may have a reasonable excuse.
If they do not, John points out quite rightly: "That's odd: a group that wants to raise Dartmouth's prestige is also guilty of copyright infringement and plagiarism. This is the model we want to follow?"
If they have permission, I'd like to hear all about it. I'll even print Kabir's and Brent's reply right here. They can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Brent, Kabir: We're waiting.
(Grossman adds: yes, we know it's not copyright infringement. Potentially, it could be a trademark dilution issue, though...)
(Gorsche adds: A whole new ballgame with dilution. Either way, it's certainly plagiarism, assuming Babson's Blabber boys haven't given permission...we'll see)
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Monday, August 18, 2003
"For only the second time this summer, beef strips will flow like water as unimitatable campus dining option Homeplate opens for a one-night-only showing tomorrow."
I couldn't help but be reminded of the fine work of Kabir Sehgal, the staff columnist who first pushed the idea of "Branding" Dartmouth. Here are some gems from his collected works.
From a bit on late-night comedy:
"Two minutes later, I was laughing louder than the voice of an auctioneer."
"Let's just say his idea of funny is not in keeping with the rest of America as his Nielsen television ratings have slipped lower than the price of a Christmas tree on Dec. 26."
"...funnier than Ex-Lax in a diarrhea ward."
And these, I think, speak for themselves:
"'Bzzz!' The Monday morning alarm clock buzzer is an annoying reminder. It is the clock's way of saying "The weekend is over."
"America lost its moral way years ago. It bounced on the aimless avenue of ambiguity like a dazed child springing on her trampoline. "
"The media has swooped in on LeBron like vultures going after appetizing prey, or -- in Dartmouth terms -- like an ardent coterie of '06 girls going after the Dartmouth Cords."
"Sniff, sniff. Something stinks. America's skies are more polluted than Chi Gam's basement."
Kabir Sehgal - that guy is a bit of terrific.
1) The College went to the NH House of Representatives for approval to amend its charter to increase the number of trustees. Approved. No clear details on how many more and how they will be allocated.
2) In the Main Street space once occupied by Mojo's restaurant, there are plans for a "Canoe Club." A Connecticut-based developer foresees a restaurant/bar with a folk music scene. It may be open and ready as early as September.
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Saturday, August 16, 2003
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 15:42:14 EDT
Subject: Re: the Club
You can be one of the first NYC alums to try The Dartmouth Green*, a cool fresh drink that is quickly becoming an upscale favorite on the Hanover scene. You are invited to celebrate the
College and The Dartmouth Green at the Dartmouth Club of New York City (in residence at the Yale Club). So lets give it a shot on Thursday night, August 14, from 6 till 9:30 pm!
* Midori (melon liqueur), Malibu (coconut rum), Absolut (80 proof vodka), Triple Sec, any light beer
Thursday, August 14, 2003
And I didn't even have a phone in my room last year.
Ms. Stutzman, who spent 20 hours over a three-month period transferring more than 200 folders from her student account to her alumni account, said her messages had created a chronicle of life at Dartmouth. "It catalogs your college experience," she said. "You can look back at a blitz conversation you had with a friend about whatever, and it's something you might forget ever happened. But you have it saved."
This brings to mind a fun story about Josh Green et al., the SLI, and the Dartmouth Review: after the Review published the story linked above, Green and his co-conspirators spent the next several terms storing important emails on floppy disks that they carried with them, so concerned were they that The Dartmouth Review would continue digging tidbits from their Blitzmail accounts.
I'm sure sjm, akw, or Clark could elaborate on this...
"The audience also appeared to have strong liberal leanings -- when a former faculty member introducing Kelly asked rhetorically, 'Is anyone here a Republican?' no hands went up."
"Noting that the war cost the United States government approximately $1 billion a day, she said, 'If even a fraction of that money had been invested in education, communication, social services -- perhaps Iraqi society could have moved toward more democratic government, maybe they could have eventually overthrown Hussein.'"
Great idea. Give a murderous dictator one billion dollars a day. And finally:
"Later, Kelly suggested that, since the American taxpayers typically foot the bill for major military campaigns, planning one's finances to withhold funds from the federal government can serve as one viable form of revolt. 'I haven't paid federal income tax since 1980,' she said, also noting that her contact lenses are the most expensive things she owns."
There's also a piece on campus segregation.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
I posted a Boston Globe article about it yesterday.
Also yesterday, in related (?) UNH news, Dartmouth Student Body President Janos Marton -- working on Kerry's presidential campaign -- told me that that the NH Democratic primary debates are likely to be held at UNH. Both the Republican and Democratic debates were held at Dartmouth in 2000. Maybe this story will scare the candidates away from Durham. I think I speak on behalf of The Dartmouth Review, DartLog and The Inner Office when I say that we would lllllllove to have 'em.
Petr Janata, a research assistant professor at Dartmouth who studies music and the brain, said the effect can be heightened when sound is linked to motion. "The brain and the body get involved. When we put specific dance to the music � like with the `Macarena' or `The Hustle' � the whole body remembers the tune."
From now on, email TDR at these addresses:
editor (at) dartreview.com (editorial concerns)
president (at) dartreview.com (business concerns)
dartlog (at) dartreview.com (online stuff, weblog responses, etc.)
No, we're not rude.
A DMS prof is quoted:
"Television plays a huge role in instructing children how they should act," says Steven C. Atkins, associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School. Atkins contends that much of the behavior portrayed on TV is rude.
Monday, August 11, 2003
occur on campus, we are providing a periodic incident log, beginning with
weekly postings. We are also hoping to create a better understanding and
communication with the community."
You all remember the remarkable literary endeavor that was the S&S Incident Log.
Well the bulletin has not been updated since the period covering 2/14 - 2/28/03.
Highlights from the most (though not-so) recent one:
While attending the hockey game at Thompson Arena an employee was struck in the
head with a hockey puck. The employee was transported to DHMC by ambulance for
A fire alarm activation came in for the Collis Center. The activation was due
to the bitter cold.
A student reported a case of unwanted attention.
An employee reported a theft of a digital scale from Remsen.
The Department of Safety and Security received a complaint from a student who
did not want to leave Feldberg, as there was an animal outside the door of
Feldberg Library. Safety and Security Officers responded and lead the dog away
from the door. The Officers noticed that the dog appeared to be injured. A
veterinarian was called, and the dog was transported by the Hanover Police to
the vet for treatment.
An employee reported a suspicious person at Parkhurst Hall. A Safety and
Security Officer responded and found the male, who was non-affiliated, and had
other issues in the past at the College. The male was taken into custody by the
Hanover Police, and issued a trespass letter by Safety and Security.
The Department of Safety and Security received information in reference to an
alumni. Protocol was followed.
A student reported a case of simple assault.
An employee reported a suspicious letter/package. Protocol was followed.
Information was passed onto the Department of Safety and Security.
A successful businessman from Texas, he contributed to one of the great Dartmouth achievements in its history -- the undefeated 1970 football team.
Dartmouth is 4th in the league in the preseason media poll
Here's the 2003 Ivy League Football E-guide
Saturday, August 09, 2003
Friday, August 08, 2003
>From: Dartmouth Organic Farm
>Subject: SHEEP EMERGENCY! HELP NOW!
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)
The sheep have escaped from the farm.
They're on the run north on route 10. We have one but the other
two have taken off and we can't keep up. Police have been
called, etc. but we need all the help we can get.
PLEASE if you can, come out to the farm. Someone will be there
to tell you what to do. If no one is there, head north on route
People who are volunteering at the golf tournament....Please
decide amongst yourselves on one person to go to the golf
tournament this afternoon....the rest, PLEASE come out to the
"...Dartmouth never had an official mascot. While the Indian symbol was ubiquitous for many years before it was dropped in 1974, it was never formally adopted by the college."
Well, prominent display in the student newspaper and on team uniforms certainly is "ubiquitous."
"The latest effort to identify a college mascot began to take shape during the spring when the Dartmouth Student Assembly polled the campus to gauge interest in the idea. More than 600 e-mail messages and 150 mascot suggestions later, the Student Assembly decided the project was a go.
Earlier this week an email message -- a blitz in Dartmouth-speak -- was sent to the entire student body asking for a vote on the 13 finalists as chosen by a student focus group. Balloting closes on Aug. 17, and it is expected the majority of students away for the summer will be online before then with a chance to have their voices heard."
The rag probably should've elaborated on the student focus group and the true results of the initial e-mail poll.
2) Music Club to Get Mojo's Working? --no link available
"Hanover -- There's been a rising chorus in the Upper Valley calling for more music venues, especially in this well-heeled college town."
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Personally, I was happy to be randomly paired with a fine young man from Wisconsin who slept below a Bob Marley poster. I had all my Bush for President paraphernalia all over my half of the one-room double in the Choates, and it was probably better for us both as a learning experience.
To change the default logo image
1. Delete or rename the WPIcon.gif file located in the following folder:
local_drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\Template\Images
Note The HTTP path to this folder is http://server_name/layouts/images/
2. Copy the new Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) file that you want to use into this folder, and then rename the new GIF file to WPIcon.gif
Nilly, you'd better watch out; when things get this straightforward, they're not going to need anyone to write documentation.
Isn't it a little bit misleading, though, to put a web-page logo there, given that it's not a program file, not a Microsoft file, not a webserver extension, and has nothing to do (probably) with the number 60? To be fair, it is indeed an image.
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
I'd also add that the Indian was the second most popular choice in the original survey. I guess it's unsurprising that they wouldn't even include. God forbid the unwashed masses actually get to decide...
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 14:41:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: Summer Assembly
Reply-To: Summer Assembly
Subject: Vote for your Mascot
Dartmouth has never had an official mascot.
Last spring, Student Assembly polled the campus to find out if
there was an interest in finding an official mascot to represent
Dartmouth College. Your response was an overwhelming yes!
You answered us in over 600 blitzes and with over 150 mascot
suggestions. These were trimmed down to a list of 13, based on
the popularity of the concept and its potential to be a unifying
mascot for the Dartmouth community.
Below are the thirteen suggestions that made the final cut.
Please vote for one of the suggestions by sending your preference
to Student Assembly by Sunday, August 17.
*******Please vote for ONLY ONE on the options below*******
-Big Green Giants
-Dr. Seuss Name
(Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, or another creative name)
-Evergreens/Lone Pine Tree
-Yeti (Mythological mountain creature)
Date: 05 Aug 2003 23:28:18 EDT
From: Janos D. Marton
Reply-To: Students For Kerry
Subject: you must be joking
To: Kabir G. Sehgal
the D has tendencies to misquote or quote out of context, so i
assume you'll recant soon enough
"Enlisting the help of the administration is vital to the
success of the project, [Kahir] Sehgal said, adding that students
criticizing the administrative vision is counterproductive."
these are with us or against us times, man, and the people need
to know which side youre on
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
As if VH1's "I Love the '80s" weren't enough, now I am fully jealous. What a decade, what an icon.
Monday, August 04, 2003
"Enlisting the help of the administration is vital to the success of the project, [Kahir] Sehgal said, adding that students criticizing the administrative vision is counterproductive."
The last bit pretty much sums up the Blabberforce.
Something like a nightclub, however, which town residents speculate will fill the space formerly occupied by Mojo's, would add an aspect to Hanover that is currently lacking, Fried said. But a potential problem, though, is the hit-or-miss nature of evening-oriented businesses.