Friday, October 31, 2003

Hopefully Fiedler '94 can hold on

John Clayton of ESPN isn't so sure.

Weekend Sports

For those of you headed to Boston this weekend, a reminder that the Dartmouth-Harvard game at Harvard Stadium kicks off at 12:30. The game is being televised by the YES Network as well.

For those staying on campus, the #2 ranked women's hockey team hosts #4 Providence tonight in the season opener. And the men's season opens tomorrow against Holy Cross. The puck drops at 7 both nights at Thompson Arena.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Trouble in paradise?

Here is an amusing post from the new blog Lady-Likely, the mouthpiece of an all-female DFP splinter cell. Methinks this site will be worth monitoring.

Re: Homecoming Heartbreak

WFRD is 99Rock.

The AM station is WDCR...

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Homecoming Heartbreak

From: Jennifer A. Kosty
Reply-To: BlueCanaryInTheOutletByTheLightSwitch
Subject: Homecoming Heartbreak (and Hookups)
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

heartbreak, hookups, and horror stories!

Was your homecoming weekend bad, good (perhaps too good?) - do you remember?

In the aftermath of homecoming, we're back with answers to all your questions about sexual snafus and relationship rampages - as always, Sheila Hicks, guest sexpert Elizabeth Hirsh, and company will be answering all your questions about love, sex, and relationships tonight on IN YOUR PANTS, WFRD AM 1340, now (10 pm) till 12 AM

So tune in, and don't miss out on a moment of the fun!

Got a question yourself?
Blitz jak or sjh, or call 646-1750 with your live calls and questions.

Conservative Discourse

Berkeley Professor George Lakoff is claiming to know the secret of conservatives' recent electoral success. The reason, he opines, is simple:
By dictating the terms of national debate, conservatives have put progressives firmly on the defensive.
In other words, Lakoff claims that conservatives have used language to wheedle and nudge the American people into supporting them, their policies, and their candidates.

But this strikes me as facially absurd. After all, which side is more enamored of semantics -- the Left or the Right? Which side created ludicrous neologisms in the pursuit of political correctness? Which side actually chastizes (baselessly, I might add) the other for supposed insensitivity to the power that words can have? The Left produces "African-American," "life-partner," and "differently-abled"... They institute speech codes on college campuses everywhere. If anyone seeks to set the terms of debate (and sometimes, I might add, through less than honest means), it's liberals.

This argument is also a handy way for "enlightened progressives" to dismiss the success of ideas they abhor. It's not on their merits, you see; it's all attributable to the Right-wing's masterful use of linguistic trickery.

That being said, Lakoff doesn't strike me as entirely half-baked (heh, that's a good one). His observations seem somewhat insightful -- this is not a crackpot job like that report a few months ago on the psychological makeup of conservatives. For instance, he says this:
Language always comes with what is called "framing." Every word is defined relative to a conceptual framework. If you have something like "revolt," that implies a population that is being ruled unfairly, or assumes it is being ruled unfairly, and that they are throwing off their rulers, which would be considered a good thing. That's a frame.

If you then add the word "voter" in front of "revolt," you get a metaphorical meaning saying that the voters are the oppressed people, the governor is the oppressive ruler, that they have ousted him and this is a good thing and all things are good now. All of that comes up when you see a headline like "voter revolt" � something that most people read and never notice. But these things can be affected by reporters and very often, by the campaign people themselves.
A provocative thought -- precisely the sort of thing that can be taken too far, but interesting. Now I wonder what he would find if he were to turn his lens to -- say -- The New York Times?

(Thanks to Todd for passing this along.)

Monday, October 27, 2003

A Century of Seuss

PR Newswire:
Letters, letters, everywhere, written in longhand.
A stamp, a stamp is needed, for mail to cross the land.
Which one - just one? - should we use, then?
Next year you will see.
Theodor Seuss Geisel! It's the stamp for you and me!
Joining Steele at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden for the unveiling ceremony were Audrey Geisel, Theodor Geisel's wife; Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.); Joseph Carvalho, president and executive director, Springfield Library and Museum; and Michael Albano, mayor of Springfield. Entertaining the enthusiastic crowd of Dr. Seuss fans and stamp collectors were the "Seuss Singers," a 40-member youth vocalist group.

Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden?

Sunday, October 26, 2003


On our precious campus in this precious town to this precious man...

A widely circulating e-mail:

Jim, the C&A's delivery guy, was robbed between AD and Heorot tonight at around 5:30 after a delivery. The robber stuck a gun in his face and demanded his money. Jim saw him hanging around outside Heorot when he drove in and was hidden somewhere in the shadows near AD afterwards. There is a possibility that he had been hanging around this area for sometime. If you saw someone milling about who looked like they did not belong then inform the Hanover Police about it. He also ran off after the robbery towards East Wheelock. The description is as follows: 5' 9'' with a shaved head. That is about all Jim could remember and he was obviously shaken during and after the encounter so his description might not be perfect.

Please forward to your lists . . . somebody out there saw something . . . lets catch this guy.

Dartmouth's Libraries in the news

In today's Valley News, Alex Hanson slams Dartmouth on its library management.

Sound familiar? It should.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

New Issue Up

Our third issue of the term is now online. Contents include an interview with a condemnation of the delivery policy by FIRE's Harvey Silverglate, why freshmen should rush the field, and more.

Re: Gene Robinson

What a crock that article was. If Gene Robinson were to visit Berlin, NH, he wouldn't get a reception like that. But do you think that would get a story in the Globe? No way.

And I see, Talcott, you gave the Globe a chance to give a dig at the Catholic Church. Bonus!

Now, tell me honestly: did no one express any dissent from the round of lionizing he seems to have received on campus? No one?

Well slap my face and call me Susan

Well twist my words and call me Talbott

I had dinner with Bishop-Elect The Rev. Gene Robinson last night.

In the Boston Globe, by Anne Saunders of the Associated Press

Re: Why was this surprising?

That quote is appalling. Someone ought to hit Schweitzer over the head with a dictionary.

Or at least help her read it...

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Why was this surprising?

Today's Daily Dartmouth reports: "Bush's ratings, while dipping, still remain high, with a recent Gallup poll indicating that his approval ratings stand at 56 percent." On campus, 22 percent of respondents view him favorably.
In the big stumper of the day they state: "Faculty and administrators tend to take even more negative views than do students. While 65 percent of students have an unfavorable view on Bush, only three of the 87 faculty members and administrators that responded hold a favorable impression of Bush."

They took the 'balanced institution' stance in today's issue, with English prof. Ivy Schweitzer quoted as saying: "the senior faculty tends to be more conservative in general, and as a group, than the younger faculty, and so fewer wield power. In that sense it is hard to say if conservatives are really a minority at Dartmouth", she said. "I think we have a very open forum for faculty to speak, from all sides of the political spectrum....Is the general atmosphere here 'liberal'? Yes, because we are a liberal arts institution, and liberal arts education is supposed to produce 'liberal' attitudes that encourage forward thinking ideas about inclusion, equality and innovation."

Evidently all three of those that responded to the survey in the affirmative on GW must be 'senior faculty', and the split of 3 to 84 definitely illustrates that it is hard to say what political leaning (in general) this illustrates. Hmm, now on to
your well balanced dinner...

Note: Explore p.2 of the special "Left or Right" section of today's D for a "photo spread" on Michael Ellis.

Re: Our fellow alum...

Christian, I believe "A" signifies an arts and sciences graduate degree (such as MALS).

Tuesday, October 21, 2003


This is just absurd.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Possible Concert for early 2004

Jessica Simpson possibly coming to the Ivy League schools for concerts next winter/spring? Not that I'm a huge fan, but eye candy's still better than the mostly over-the-hill/mediocre pop acts the programming board usually brings to campus.

An age-old tradition

You can tell that primary season is heating up when you start seeing Linda Fowler quoted more and more.

Annual Wheelock, VT, story

It's the AP this time:
There appears to be little to connect the rural town in one of Vermont's poorest counties with the university 70 miles south in Hanover, N.H.

But Dartmouth owes its existence to Wheelock. In gratitude, Dartmouth continues to honor a 175-year-old commitment made when it was a struggling college desperate to feed its students and pay its bills.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Re: Kill Bill

Hmm, that's not all dreck. I take Kendo - Japanese fencing. So it wasn't a katana, but a shinai, a bamboo version of the samurai sword. And I was on my way to practice, so I had the shinai strapped to my Japanese motorcycle. I appreciated the symbolism, though it was born out of the exigencies of the moment.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

I guess somebody liked Kill Bill...

I just witnessed the not-uncommon spectacle of Jesse Roisin rocketing past on his "motorcycle." I could be mistaken, but I think he had a kitana strapped to his bike.

Can anybody confirm or deny my suspicion that Roisin has gone completely round the bend?

Friday, October 17, 2003


Good satire, but the school could 'hurst kids for way less.

>Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 08:27:08 -0400
>From: Mascot Search

Our poll of last night is complete and the results are in: the Moose has been voted an unsatisfactory mascot by 56% of Dartmouth students. Therefore, the members of SA, as the elected leaders of the student body, have chosen a new mascot. From now on, our sports teams will be known as


Our focus group decided that the keg is an ideal mascot, symbolizing community and sustainable use of resources, both ideals of the Dartmouth way of life. Kegs do not personify any race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation. And kegs reference Dartmouth's formidable social history while at the same time celebrating its intellectual tradition. The Dartmouth Keg is a keg of whatever you want it to be.

We expect this mascot will be well-received. Attached is a free Dartmouth Kegs desktop for your computer, and you can expect to see our new costumed mascot, Keggy, at next week's Homecoming game.


Thursday, October 16, 2003

"our rallying cry"?

>Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 21:45:31 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Mascot Search
>Reply-To: Mascot Search
>Precedence: bulk
>To: Alexander D Talcott

Hey, Alexander!

Last week, the Student Assembly conducted what it hoped would be its final student survey for the Dartmouth mascot. Yet, the poll results still did not seem to give SA a mandate to establish any campus symbol. While the moose captured 35.4% of the vote, 24.9% of people surveyed said that they were not satisfied with any of the mascot suggestions (14.0% wanted a Dr. Seuss character, 11.2% wanted the Yeti, 9.1% wanted the Salty Dog, and 4.5% wanted the Foresters).

In this final poll, it is important to note that some people seem unclear about the mascot search. No matter what the outcome, our official team nickname WILL remain the Big Green (not the moose). Our intention has never been to replace our nickname or our rallying cry.

This mascot project started with you, the student body. Now you have to decide whether you want the moose or whether Dartmouth should remain without a mascot. In this last phase of student polling, we would like to hear where you now stand. Whether or not we adopt a mascot, we will remain the Dartmouth Big Green (our official nickname).


To participate in the final vote, go to:



The D on 'leaf-peepers':

"For foliage it starts the end of September. What's funny is it's heavier after the leaves drop. It's heavier after Columbus Day -- when there's no foliage left," said Anne Traut, desk receptionist at the Hanover Inn.

What is the Atlantic Monthly doing?

Since when are they in the business of ranking colleges?

P.S. We're #15

Peter Robinson '79

A regular contributor to the National Review's blog, Mr. Robinson is featured in today's D.

The Review truly is Dartmouth's journalism major.

The year after Robinson graduated, a group of his friends started The Dartmouth Review, the College's conservatively-slanted newspaper. Robinson contributed to The Review in its early years from England while he was studying at Oxford on a Reynolds scholarship.

Since Reagan's presidency, Robinson has worked for Fox Television, received his MBA from Stanford University and has had his work published in publications like the New York Times, The Red Herring and Forbes.

In 1993, Robinson joined Stanford's Hoover Institute and has been editor of the Hoover Digest since its beginnings in 1996. He is also the host of the public policy show "Uncommon Knowledge" on PBS.

Robinson is also the author of "It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP" and "Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA."

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Harvey Silverglate's Speech

By the way, did anyone go see Harvey Silverglate's speech? Thoughts, impressions? I'm curious. Please post, or email me: emmett.hogan at

Re: Making Off with George W.

If it does disappear again, I guess we will just not put it back up.

Why would she say this? Now the vandals know that if they steal it one more time, they've won. Tsk, tsk.

Making off with George W.


The powers that be

Hierarchy and distortion at The D...

>Date: 15 Oct 2003 11:23:41 EDT
>From: Amy M. Do
>Reply-To: CaliforniaPrincess
>Subject: Re: letter to editor, The D
>To: Alexander D. Talcott

Dear Alex,
I'm sorry about your quote in The D. I had no power over what was extracted and used from your original quote, because my editor, Charles Gardner, added your quote to my article. I merely forwarded your quote to him. Of course, I'll contact Charles and I'll try my best to make sure that your Letter to the Editor is indeed published in The D. Again, I'm really sorry for any inconvenience.

Amy Do, '07

So deep

>Date: 15 Oct 2003 13:16:47 EDT
>From: Tucker Dean
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

DEEP COMMUNITY: Diversity That Unites Us

What: A 3-day workshop for Dartmouth students & staff (Lodging, meals & transportation included)
When: 3pm, Friday, Oct. 31 to 3pm, Sunday, Nov 2
Where: Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, Monadnock Region of New Hampshire


This intensive three-day workshop invites members of the Dartmouth community to address what it takes to build a diverse, committed, and dynamic human community. We will look at community-building on a personal, institutional, and social level and will also address the problems, pitfalls, and difficulties involved. Community seems to be something we both yearn for and find elusive. Here we can open the Pandora's Box and transform the mystery into a set of practical tools, decisions, understanding, and shared commitments, which work when used.

Social oppression, fear, insecurities, isolation, misinformation, stereotypes impact all of us, whether we are socialized into the victim role or hold positions of privilege and power. Through honest sharing and active listening, participants will have an opportunity to bring their whole selves to the table and build a vision of community for Dartmouth and beyond. Come prepared to make a safe environment for all voices to be heard, to share openly and honestly toward forging human community.


Some Key Themes Include:
- Dismantling the dynamics of social oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) in us and around us
- Developing leadership and power models that are inclusive and progressive
- Underlying principles of human growth and liberation
- Authenticity vs. Conformity
- The role of social identities in progressive community: Becoming allies for each other's struggles
- Identifying and dismantling internalized oppression
- Selfhood vs. multiple social identities
- Difference vs. divisiveness
- Transforming sex, sexuality, and gender from being a socially conditioned tool of oppression


We invite and encourage every interested student to apply (see application below). We have extended the application due date to Friday, October 17th at 4pm, although preference will be given to those who meet the original Wednesday 4pm deadline. For more information, blitz 'Deep Community.'


About the workshop leader:
Charlie Kreiner is the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity Education in America (IDEA). For over 30 years he has been an independent educator, activist, consultant and counselor on human liberation and social oppression issues through out the U.S. and the world. He is a former Dean of Students and Faculty Fellow at Wesleyan University and also brings to the table his life as a former professional dancer, outdoorsman, swimmer, and artist. After the weekend workshop, at a date to be announced, Mr. Kreiner will give a presentation at Dartmouth on "New Visions For Campus Life and Leadership."



1. Respond to the following questions (no more than 200 words each please):

a. What from the above description sparked your interest in this workshop? What will you bring to it personally?

b. What areas of your life do you most want to change and grow?

2. List the organizations and activities that you are involved with on campus.

We have extended the application due date to Friday, October 17th at 4pm, although preference will be given to those who meet the original Wednesday 4pm deadline. You may return the completed application by blitz to 'Deep Community' or, if a hard copy, to the Tucker Foundation lobby.

Thank you. Looking forward to hearing from you.


I swear to God this happened

During Sen. John Edwards' Townhall at the Top of the Hop in the Hopkins Center last night, he was asked a question about his stance on abortion. Edwards said he's pro-choice and that in fact he's one of the few Senators even in his own party to vote against the ban on partial-birth abortions because the act didn't include an exception clause for health-of-the mother. Right after he said this a baby, either in the audience or a floor below (hard to pinpoint the location), started crying. People reacted awkwardly; some laughed, some gasped, some just froze. Edwards kind of grinned, recognizing the irony and how bad it made his position seem even to supporters for a moment.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Monday, October 13, 2003

The Beautiful and Damned...

all over the nation!

Our best and worst professors lists remain popular.

Let's get some representation at, which I learned of courtesy of the Collegiate Network's blog

Muslims in the West on Terrorism and Al-Qaeda

>Date: 13 Oct 2003 17:17:07 EDT
>From: Al-Nur
>Subject: Terrorism and Al-Qaeda: What Muslims in the West Think About Them
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Terrorism and Al-Qaeda: What Muslims in the West Think About Them

A talk by Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Professor of philosophy and Islamic studies at the Universities of Fribourg and Geneva, Switzerland. (see below for bio)

5 pm, Monday October 13th, 2003
105 Dartmouth Hall
Sponsored by: Al-Nur Muslim Student Association
Co-Sponsored by the Tucker Foundation and the Dickey Center for International Understanding

Dinner at 6:30 in Morrison Commons - Mai Thai!

Dr. Ramadan was recently named one of Time's 100 most important spiritual innovators for the 21st century. He is a professor of philosophy and Islamic studies at the Universities of Fribourg and Geneva, Switzerland.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including To Be a European Muslim. His forthcoming book, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (Oxford University Press) has received rave reviews from the TIME magazine, The Philadelphia Enquirer, John Esposito, among others.

Dr. Ramadan did his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars. Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on social justice and dialogue between civilizations.

Calling all aspiring gravediggers

>Date: 13 Oct 2003 16:16:56 EDT
>From: Fernando G. Ausin
>Subject: Lunch with Professor Laurence Davies
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Interested in knowing more about Joseph Conrad's life? About African or Celtic Literature? Or do you simply want to know how to become a wine merchant or a GRAVE-DIGGER???

Professor Davies will tell you how!

Come to the Tucker Foundation tomorrow to speak with Professor Laurence Davies from the English Department to find out what sort of things Matter To Him And Why and answer the questions that are important to you. Enjoy a FREE LUNCH!!!

DATE: Tuesday, October 14th
PLACE: Tucker Foundation Lounge
TIME: 12-1PM

Re: Nilly

Beck wrote a good article on BuzzFlood. They also have a website.

Someone identifying himself as "TheWho" on Kabir's computer ( left this message for me today as a response to my post last night-

"Calm down, Kalb. Whines galore."

Again no valid e-mail, and the computer had been renamed Now if Kabir did this without James' knowledge, it is another case of Kabir's cowardice. I do not know why he would do this to someone working with him on BuzzFlood. I know James, from our time working together on the Review, to be a good, honest, and Christian young man.

If it was James, I would like to ask him a question: what would Jesus do?

I would argue that Jesus would use His own name when commenting. After all, did he not keep preaching though He knew He would die for it? Is He not the one with the quotes in red letters? All you face, James, is at worst mockery. Why do you not follow in Jesus' path?

Really, what bothers me most about this is not people embarassing Dartmouth College, though I might crack wise about some of the sillier things they do, and generally wish BuzzFlood would be disbanded. It is more their refusal to stand behind their opinions. Look at Buzzflood's about section. It identifies the positions on their executive committee, but does not say who holds these offices. More and more, members of BuzzFlood seem to be ashamed of their organization somehow.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Re: IP Logging

As Kelso of That 70's Show would put it:


ps: what exactly is BuzzFlood? and why are people dignifying it by talking about it?

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Re: Guess it's a slow news day

Hmm. Hasn't appeared on BuzzFlood yet. Maybe that is because the article talks about how she decided to go to a small school, and the Harvard rejects at BuzzFlood can't understand someone picking a school because of anything but its US News ranking.

One thing BuzzFlood does list, however, is the Programming Board's next event- Bad@$$ Bingo. Because the Kick @$$ Party just wasn't enough of an embarassment.

I can see it now. A bunch of '08s saying, "I chose Dartmouth over Harvard and Yale because of all the Bingo Bad@$$es here."

Maybe some alum will donate millions of dollars because he is so inspired by BuzzFlood and the Programming Board's creativity.

This is certainly a GREAT way to market Dartmouth College.

Update: If Buzzflood isn't an official Dartmouth group, why do they have a blitz account?

Response and Advice: Next, a response to this comment on my blog from someone idenifying himself as "riz" saying-

Damn, boy. Don't you go to college. Don't have anything better to do with your time than write blogs?

To answer his question: I graduated, and blogging doesn't take up that much time.

Unfortunately the e-mail address "riz" left did not work, so I could not respond at first, but then I noticed in my IP logger that the hit came from, so now I can offer the following advice to Kabir.

If you're too cowardly to put your real name on a comments form, at least be slick enough to send in your comments from one of the public computers in Berry.

This is exactly why Grossman doesn't allow comments on this blog.

Re: Guess it's a slow news day

Well, we shall no longer be in suspense about whether Buzz Flood has picked up on something. Their new site now has fewer blank pages.

Guess it's a slow news day

The headline says it all.

Why is this on the Boston Globe website? Why is the AP writing a story like this? And will Buzzflood pick this one up?

Didn't even let me sleep on it, Flickinger

And the game-winning RBI came on a triple by Penn alum Doug Glanville.

It was a great game and an Ivy affair.

Remlinger '88 gets 1st career postseason save as Cubs win 5-4 in 11.

The Chicago Cubs inched closer to their first World Series berth since 1945 by defeating the Florida Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings Friday night. The Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 NLCS.

The Cubs blew leads of 2-0 and 4-3, but scored the game winning run when Penn grad Doug Glanville tripled home Kenny Lofton on a hit and run that worked to perfection.

Dartmouth alumnus Mike Remlinger '88 came on to close out the bottom of the 11th and secure the win for the Cubbies. It was Remlinger's first career save in the postseason.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Whaddya know?

I'm misquoted in today's D

>Date: 10 Oct 2003 10:49:51 EDT
>From: Alexander D. Talcott
>Reply-To: alex.talcott
>Subject: letter to editor
>To: The Dartmouth

I was quoted in the October 10 issue of The D as saying: "I thought the Indian was in poor taste primarily because it portrayed a human being," and "It's sad that we can't deal with our past with the Indian mascot honestly."

By blitz, these were my full sentences, which were spliced without use of ellipses by the article's author: "And the most ludicrous part of this new mascot process was that the Woodsman was a choice; I thought the Indian was in poor taste primarily because it portrayed a human being. It's sad that we can't deal with our past with the Indian mascot honestly; we are told by administrators and professors that it was never our official mascot even though it appeared on the front-page design of The D and on athletic team uniforms."

I see the Forrester was the exact name of what I referred to as the Woodsman. But my point in mentioning that I thought the Indian was in poor taste because of its depiction of a human being was that likewise the Forrester is a human. Similarly, my comment on my disappointment that we cannot seem to deal with the history of the Indian mascot honestly clearly referred to its past appearance on the front-page design of The D and on uniforms.

I hope full quotes appear in proper context in the future, and that even abbreviated quotes can be represented with proper punctuation.

Sincerely yours,
Alexander Talcott '04

Thursday, October 09, 2003


Beck at the New Criterion blog on our current Montgomery Fellow, David Shipler '64 of the New York Times

I wonder what our split is

According to the Daily Cal at Berkeley, in 2002 the school admitted 378 students with SAT scores below 1000 and denied more than 600 students with scores over 1500.

I'm impressed Berkeley's daily rag ran these humbling figures.

Marton on the Moose

Student Body President Janos Marton '04 tells me:

"I've never pushed the Moose personally....I think its a little wack that in some circles it's "SA" that stands behind the Moose. The Moose was won every single poll done since '96 (that's as far back as I looked). Surprising? Yeah definitely, but i guess alot of kids at Dartmouth like the Moose. I've requested a list of sports captains to blitz about what teams think about the Moose. If none of the teams like it, it makes little sense to have them wear the logo. That's where we're at now."

Older and wiser...

The Dartmouth "Older and Wiser" program began tonight...07's drawn by the promise of desserts which never seemed to materialize flocked in in droves. (well, there was a bit of a line). This program used survey responses that when entered into a magical computer system generated an '04 match. After Ryan Bennett opened the program with a short impromptu speech that informed the '07s that they could be meeting the "best man" in their wedding for the very first time, the "matching" ensued. After an awkward ten minutes of small talk the crowd dispersed, with the promise of a future rendezvous on their lips.

Oh yeah

>Date: 09 Oct 2003 21:50:54 EDT
>From: Alexander D. Talcott
>Reply-To: alex.talcott
>Subject: Re: Our New Mascot!
>To: Amy M. Do

Another thought:

The singular and plural forms of "moose" are one and the same; it should make for some awkward sounding sports article references.

I respond

>Date: 09 Oct 2003 21:42:44 EDT
>From: Alexander D. Talcott
>Reply-To: alex.talcott
>Subject: Re: Our New Mascot!
>To: Amy M. Do

--- You wrote:
I'm actually writing the article for tomorrow's paper and I'd like to know if anyone has any serious opinions about the Moose and if anyone would be willing to give me some quotes to use for my article.
--- end of quote ---

The Moose might have been a fine, unifying symbol if adopted a quarter century ago. And the most ludicrous part of this new mascot process was that the Woodsman was a choice; I thought the Indian was in poor taste primarily because it portrayed a human being. It's sad that we can't deal with our past with the Indian mascot honestly; we are told by administrators and professors that it was never our official mascot even though it appeared on the front-page of design of The D and on athletic team uniforms.

Good luck w/ your article,

It's the moose

>Date: 09 Oct 2003 21:35:58 EDT
>From: Amy M. Do
>Reply-To: CaliforniaPrincess
>Subject: Our New Mascot!

Hi everyone,
The results for our mascot election are in: the Moose garnered the highest percentage of votes! Check The Dartmouth tomorrow for more details. =) I'm actually writing the article for tomorrow's paper and I'd like to know if anyone has any serious opinions about the Moose and if anyone would be willing to give me some quotes to use for my article.

Are you satisfied with the Moose as our mascot? Why or why not? Does anyone think that we're better off without a mascot?

Please blitz me back with your thoughts tonight if you want to be quoted in The D tomorrow.

Amy Do


Just read Stefan Beck's article on Buzzflood or Blabberforce or whatever and I think it misses an important point. This idea isn't coming out of nowhere, it's an inevitable result of Dartmouth's strategy of shifting to a research university model. With the College moving away from its traditional role as a unique liberal arts college alternative to the Big Three and towards emulating them, it's only natural that many people, whether students, faculty, or administrators, will seek some way to compete effectively.

Of course, whatever the justifications, I find it hard to sympathize with a group that thinks it's going to insert Dartmouth into the same sentence as Harvard, Yale and Princeton by pointing out that Kobe Bryant's prosecutor went to Dartmouth. But the blame for this embarassment shouldn't be heaped on misguided students when the real cause is the ill-considered policies of the administration.

Catching up...

Since its been a while since I've been active, please indulge me as I address an old post regarding Blackboard.

Jesse raises concerns about the linkages between Blackboard and the SIS, which is Banner. In order to generate the class-lists you like, Blackboard taps into Banner. This also means that profs can limit access to their Blackboard site to those registered for the class. If something is available on Banner, and it might be useful to a prof, then it isnt hard to set that connection up. Since for a large class knowing a face might be useful, I don't see the problem.

A more interesting feature is the fact that administrators can track "hits" on the items posted. This summer I randomly selected some of the readings we used to test this feature and it was fun to see who did the work a day or two ahead, and who was downloading for the first time in class.

Disclosure: I was a TA for Anthro 16, Secrecy & Lying this past summer. Between that and some other work, I've had a crash course on Banner, Blackboard and other such fun things.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The moment you've all been waiting for...

The latest issue, about a week or so old, is online at There's a lot of new content. Enjoy.

Kerry in town on Monday

>Date: 08 Oct 2003 16:34:56 EDT
>From: Jill P. Savage
>Subject: Sen. Kerry @ DHMC
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Election NewsFlash
Presidential Candidate John Kerry Unveils Research Policy

Senator John Kerry speaks at DHMC on his health policy agenda next monday. Students are welcome to this by-reservation only event! RSVP by blitz to Jeremy Eggleton soon to get a seat.

Monday October 13
11 AM, Auditoria E & F, DHMC

Re: Wow...

"The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today. Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green line and for the continued oppression of another people."

Glabe: guess who signed this. That's right: Tova Rosen.

Israel is fighting to oppress another people. That's all this fighting is about.

Also, war results in large scale unemployment. That's how Rosen got her Ph. D. in economics (or whatever).

Please help me

understand why Dartmouth is moving the fence.

They say the have the support of the Student Assembly. Big surprise: they're as much of a rubber stamp as a North Korean parliament.

Guess what? STUDENTS WANT TO WALK THERE. No, really. See all that dead grass? That's what that means! Really, I swear. We're not walking there just to piss you off. We really do want a short cut over to the Hop. If you want us to only walk on the paths, do you know what you'd do? You'd make a path there! Really! It's possible.

Update: Turns out they are making the short cut.

In other news, I feel stupid.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003


>From: Student.Activities@Dartmouth.EDU (Student Activities)
>Subject: Queering the Jewish Middle Ages
>Date: 4 Oct 2003 18:20:43 -0400
>Bulletin Topic: Activities for Students
>Expires: 16 Oct 2003 18:20:17 -0400

The Jewish Studies Program

Invites you to a lecture
Department of Hebrew Literature
Tel Aviv University, Israel



Wednesday, October 15, 2003

4:00 p.m.

Rockefeller Three.

This event is funded by a gift from Leon Black '73.

It's allllll ours

The Valley News reports:

"The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision that found that one of the Upper Valley's largest real estate firms erred in failing to tell a prospective home buyer that Dartmouth College held a right of first refusal on a Hanover property."
New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg

The AP article, courtesy of FOXNews, linked to in the last post incorrectly says Gregg is a Rhode Island senator.

Senator Gregg's Wife Kidnapped

There's a shocking story today: New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg's wife was kidnapped at gunpoint from their Virginia home. She's been freed, and she's unharmed; the abductors apparently wanted money.

There's a Dartmouth connection, too. Senator Gregg's daughter was a student at Dartmouth -- I believe she was a member of the class of 2000. She worked with me on the Bush campaign.

UPDATE Jesse Roisin emails to note that Senator Gregg also has a son, currently an '06, at Dartmouth. Thanks Jesse.

Launching Liberal Arts in Kuwait

The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding has announced that in conjunction with Dartmouth they will be launching Kuwait's first private liberal arts university. How kind and benevolent...

Theater reviews

Reviews of a Ben Affleck/Matt Damon spoof by recent grads Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers


Monday, October 06, 2003

Conservatives, come out

David Brooks courtesy of Sarah Longwell:

�The most common advice conservative students get is to keep their views in the closet.�

This is implied or felt more often than it is ever actually explicitly said.

Even in the 1980s, it was this sense that led to the early tactics of TDR.

Dinesh D'Souza often writes and speaks about the need for campus conservatives to use nontraditional routes to get their message out.

Squid research holds secrets of human brain

So says Dartmouth biology professor George Langford...

Disgracing John Stockton's alma mater

Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) administration officials censored flyers advertising a Young America�s Foundation organized lecture because the word �hate� was used on the flyer. The flyer in question featured the topic of guest speaker Dan Flynn�s speech, �Why the Left Hates America,� which is also the title of his book.

Full story here

The verb "hate" is discriminatory according to university officials. This may seem ludicrous, but this is not entirely unique. "Scalp" is equally taboo at Dartmouth. But "hate" is just so much more common a word; Google returns ten times more results (16.4 million to 1.64 million).

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Re: Harvey Silverglate at Dartmouth

Yes, go see Harvey's talk. He's incredible, simply incredible. This should be mandatory -- especially for Reviewers.

Harvey Silverglate on campus

Go see Emmett's former boss on Tuesday.

>Date: 04 Oct 2003 13:16:25 EDT
>From: Daniel Webster Legal Society
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

The FIRST DWLS event of the term!! RSVP as soon as possible! Limited Seating!

The Daniel Webster Legal Society and the Dartmouth Civil Liberties Union present:

"Free Speech on College Campuses: Before and After September 11"

A dinner and discussion with Harvey Silverglate, co-founder of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), lawyer, civil rights activist, and author.

When: Tuesday October 7th, 2003, 6:30pm

Where: 1930's Room, Rocky

Please RSVP as soon as possible to attend this dinner. We have only 15 seats available!


Harvey A. Silverglate, a partner in the Boston law firm of Silverglate & Good, has specialized in grand jury investigations and the defense of criminal prosecutions for some 25 years, with emphasis on white collar cases in recent years. He writes a criminal justice and civil liberties column ("Freedom Watch") for The Boston Phoenix, a Boston weekly, as well as The National Law Journal and has written regular articles for Criminal Law Advocacy Reporter (Matthew Bender & Co.). He has an interest in the clash between effective criminal defense strategies and the limitations imposed by recent innovations in the law governing obstruction of justice, interference with witnesses, legal ethics, and other doctrines purporting to limit what a lawyer may and may not do for and with a client, which was the subject of a course he taught at the Harvard Law School during a Sabbatical in the spring of 1987. Mr. Silverglate is also the co-author, along with Alan Charles Kors, of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses (Free Press, October 1998). In 1998 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Harvey Silverglate one of its "Lawyers of the Year."

Mr. Silverglate co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) - see:

A.B., cum laude (history), Princeton University, 1964.
LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1967.

Areas of specialization:
Criminal defense, civil liberties, academic freedom, and legal ethics.

Selected Publications:
The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses (with Alan Charles Kors), The Free Press, October 1998. Book Web site at

Saturday, October 04, 2003

I admit...

I admit that I don't read Smarter Dartmouth. Sorry, Larry. Tried to read it the first time I heard of it, and my outdated browser freaked out. I made yesterday's post in good faith. In a broader sense, I would venture to say (without any data) that a greater number of people read DartLog than Smarter Dartmouth, if only due to its breadth and depth, both in subject matter and diversity of posters. Larry, maybe you can post the big fish on Dartlog too? That way people who only read blogs a half hour a day can catch them too.

Honor Code Violation?

Roison, I'm glad you read The Smarter Dartmouth, but at least give me some credit. Your post is a flagrant rip-off of my entry that was posted many hours earlier. Unacceptable.

From Sources:
"Cite sources from which you paraphrase or summarize facts or ideas."

There you are. I can think of no evidence more damning than that. I think you should stop posting on Dartlog.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Not quite...

An article in today's Daily Dartmouth gave a confusing impression of New Hampshire law as it pertains to public intoxication.
Director of Safety and Security Harry Kinne suggested that part of the reason for Dartmouth's comparatively high alcohol violation figures might be differing state liquor laws.

"For instance, in the state of Connecticut, there is no law against public intoxication. In New Hampshire, there is," Kinne said.

In reality, up until last year, it was impossible for the courts to prosecute anyone, even those under 21, for public intoxication. However, this past January, a new law came into effect, which made illegal so-called "constructive possession" of alcohol on the part of those under 21. Hence, only those under 21 may be prosecuted for public intoxication. Breathe easy, seniors.

Chateau Dartmouth 2003

>Date: 03 Oct 2003 10:55:16 EDT
>From: 04-Class-Council
>Reply-To: 04cc
>Subject: Making Wine
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Ever thought: Hey - I wonder how those grapes get made into that fabulous Chianti I had for dinner last night. or - What is the chemistry involved in turning a sugar into an alcohol? or - I'd really just like to stomp on something...

then have WE the project for YOU!

Class Council is considering a project of wine making, bonding as a class over kiddie pools of grapes - but a lot more goes into the process than just crushing the grapes. There is chemistry and storing and of course testing the wine...
We're looking for a group of dedicated individuals who are interested in taking this project to its full extent. Professor Gribble of the Chemistry department and Scott Stokoe of the Organic Farm have expressed interest in this project.

If you are interested in working on a committee, or just have comments (aye or nay) on the project, please blitz '04cc'.

Publication Delivery

In my latest editorial (not online yet), I asked everyone--students and alumni--to write a brief e-mail to Redman, Larimore, and Wright objecting to the delivery policy that prohibits publications from going door to door. I hope Dartlog readers will write, and if you do, please cc or bcc me, because I'm trying to keep a rough tally. I recently spoke with both Wright and Larimore, so if done soon it might have more impact.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Mascot Vote

I hear that it's neck and neck between the Moose and No Mascot. If you haven't already, I urge you to vote here for No Mascot.

Not starting, not playing, not on team, and graduating early

Big Ten transfer QB Scott Wille '04 quits the football team

Article in the Valley News

When the Dartmouth football team opened the season against Colgate two weeks ago, senior Scott Wille made his first start at quarterback in five years.

Against New Hampshire last week, the transfer from Wisconsin made his last.

Believing the decision to play sophomore Charlie Rittgers for the entire fourth quarter of the UNH game and a subsequent refusal to give him a full-fledged vote of confidence was steering the 0-2 Big Green into dangerous waters, Wille told coach John Lyons Tuesday that he was quitting the program.

�I just felt that it wasn't in the best interest of the team to split them apart with a quarterback controversy,� said Wille. �I didn't come here to be a distraction for the football program. Obviously, I came here to be the starting quarterback.

Religion of peace...

In The Dartmouth's article about the panel on American foreign policy yesterday, two '07 women who attended the event were interviewed for the requisite 'those who disagree with the event' position key to all D articles. Sarah Chaudry and Ambika Singh both "saw the panel as furthering stereotypes of Islam as militant and anti-women."

"'I don't like how they made Islam synonymous with terrorism,' said Chaudry. 'I was discouraged by how misinformed the panel was on the Middle East, specifically on the subject of women's rights,' added Singh."

Great point gals! Obviously, the world's Islamic nations treat their women with the utmost of respect and would never dare infringe upon basic human rights. Islam is not a religion whose tenets are perverted and used to oppress women or justify acts of terrorism. I wonder what will happen next week in Mr. Roger's Neighborhood of Make-Believe.


Well, it's not like Dartmouth just got the Indian back, but it is still great that the Washington Redskins are getting to keep their trademark status.

Maybe it's a sign of a changing tide.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Against Ronnie...

On Tuesday an apparent arson fire destroyed some artifacts at the Ronald Reagan Museum, located at his alma mater, Eureka College. Fortunately the sprinkler system kicked in, helping to quell the flames and save a part of the collection.

No we didn't, Kalb!

Involvement noted early on

And his resignationhere

We missed the list


The Young America's Foundation releases its list of "Dirty Dozen" radical college courses.

Paying for faculty privileges at Columbia

No longer

Today in The Smarter Dartmouth

Dane Schlossberg �07 on Craig Benson at Tuck: �New Hampshire governor Craig Benson admits that he always felt a little weird as a child.�


Technology in the classroom is increasingly popular among professors, and the recently introduced Blackboard system is no exception. Conveniences abound. Course blitz lists are automatically generated, handouts can be merely posted, leaving the printing up to the students and their feeble Greenprint quotas. Students can sign up for labs, check assignments, and even their grades using this system. But a feature of which most students are unaware is much less visible. The image database of the Dartmouth Card Office is synchronized with Blackboard, providing professors with the names and ID photos of each student enrolled in a specific course.

Such stunning technological morphing is intriguing to say the least, and raises questions as to potential raisons d'�tres for this. Is it to prevent cheating of sorts? Is roll call made easier by already matching a name with a face? Are students prone to taking exams for under-prepared friends? If so, this is a blow against the time tested Honor Principle. On a basic level, the use of this function smells of distrust and proctoring, not to mention a certain sniffle of big brother.