Friday, July 30, 2004

Kiewit break-in

According to an email from Larry Levine in Computing Services, several of the College's computers were compromised on Wednesday. He speculated that some personal information had been copied, including some faculty pension data, though he noted that "there is no evidence that the intruder copied information containing names, social security numbers, and birth dates." Levine advised faculty, staff and students to watch their credit reports for unusual activity and said he had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

TDR - "Provocative rather than persuasive..."

So claims "Scoop" Duncan Currie, editorial assistant, on Weekly Standard Online:

"The most self-defeating thing philosophical conservatives can do in such an environment is retreat into a form of identity politics, i.e., play the persecuted campus minority and be deliberately provocative rather than persuasive. With undergraduates much less radically inclined than they once were, such Dartmouth Review-type rabble-rousing could easily ghettoize conservative students. For example: Harvard's conservative journal, the Salient, has become notorious in recent years for publishing fairly strident articles on homosexuality. On a campus where "organization kids" predominate, there's no quicker way for a right-wing publication to make itself peripheral to student life."

Currie is a 2004 graduate of Harvard. The full text of the article can be found here.

I don't know about everyone else, but I'd much rather be in The Dartmouth Review's "ghetto" (a well-appointed Main Street Office with lofty vaulted ceilings) than that of the Harvard College Republicans.

Ivy League athletic recruting

Exposed in this new book by a Middlebury alum who wanted to play soccer at Dartmouth, where his father was a prof.

Record giving

In terms of money, not participation rate

Dartmouth College celebrated its most successful fund-raising year ever with $118.1 million in charitable gifts in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2004...

Reviewers save the world

Well, one at least. Of course I refer to the continuing antics of Specialist G. Rollo Begley, with whom I spoke briefly on Sunday. While Fort Benning is dreadfully hot, he seems to be in quite good spirits--save the loss of his hair, of course.

Apparently, his unit is not exactly the brightest, and they seem to get in a lot of trouble, thus necessitating more pushups and other physical pain. But things are looking up. They recently did an obstacle course just like the ones from the movies with the tires, the ropes, crawling under barbwire, etc.

In the next couple days, Rollo will learn hand-to-hand combat. Then he will be going on a 36-hour forced march where he will learn about setting up patrols, shooting positions, etc. And next week, he�ll don a gas mask and enter the gas tent. I don�t know when weapons training begins, but I�m sure we�ll here all about it.

If you�d like to mail him, his address is posted somewhere on this page a few days ago.

Ah, The Daily Dartmouth

Interesting article on Parent's Weekend.  Particularly odd, at least to me, is how the author managed (with one exception at the end) to only interview female students.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Reviewer runs for office

Review writer Katie Racicot '06 is seeking to represent the Hanover-Lyme district in the New Hampshire state legislature as a Republican, the Daily Dartmouth reports today. Also seeking the Republican nomination is Jesse Roisin '05, the former College Republicans president. The district has not elected a Republican candidate to the state legislature since 1982.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Fun with Yahoo

Go to, and enter "sub-par school newspaper" or even just "sub-par newspaper." The top result, sadly, may not surprise you.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Faculty for Kerry

While not shocking, it appears that 92% of Ivy League faculty who donated to a presidential candidate donated to Kerry. Interestingly, Dartmouth had the highest rate (97%) of giving to Kerry.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

A long overdue Robert Haines update

From early last month in the New Hampshire Gazette:

"How Not to Run for President"

A Senate confirmee

A rarity within itself it would seem, but a Dartmouth man to boot has been confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island.

Specialist Begley update

My sources tell me that Private G. Rollo Begley has, after only two or three weeks in boot camp, been promoted from Private, First Class to Specialist, Fourth Class.  His letters, two of which I've had the opportunity to read while here at the Begley's, offer little detail, but Rollo is certainly up at 4 AM everyday, is completely bald, and owns no articles of clothing without "Army" emblazoned somewhere.  They are supposed to do four hours of exercise per day, but it ends up being much more because the whole unit suffers when someone errs in class, drill, ceremony, etc.  He "hurts everywhere."  Eight of sixty-three in his unit have dropped out and await their dishonorable discharge, and two have collapsed from heat exhaustion, with only one hospitalized.  "Don't worry though--I'm drinking plenty of water," he writes.

Those who wish to contact Specialist Begley, his address is as follows:

BEGLEY, George R.
A co. 1/38th INF.
Ft. Benning, GA 31905

On the back of the envelope, write a large "203."  ("Otherwise the drill sergeant has to turn the envelope over--so it's right-side up--and that's a waste of the drill sergeant's time, so I have to do pushups.)

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

A Faculty Member Takes Note

In a letter to the Daily D, economics professor Meir Cohn points out that two College-sponsored Israeli speakers have come from a small (500 strong) leftist fringe organization that opposes mandatory military service to fight terrorists. He then, wisely, wonders "why Dartmouth resources are being squandered in promoting the personal political activism of some of its faculty members."

OPAL: Now Without Teeth

Holly Sateia, Dartmouth's Dean of Student Life, notes in a letter to the editor in the Daily Dartmouth that "the Office of Pluralism and Leadership has no authority or responsibility for imposing any sanctions on students." What, then, does OPAL do with its six employees?

Which One Is The Lead?

In this article in the Daily Dartmouth, Megan Spillane '06 interviews one historian who thinks the Iraq war will decide the election. This is a hot-button issue, and many would doubtless be interested in a new take on the election.

The article nevertheless starts with perhaps the least interesting paragraph of all, describing the professor's background: "Montgomery fellow and renowned presidential historian Robert Dallek, who will lecture Tuesday in Filene Auditorium, shed light on the current administration and the 2004 presidential election in a recent interview with The Dartmouth." Apparently, that the Daily D conducted an interview "recently" comprises the meat of the story.

The most interesting portion of the article, and quite arguably the most newsworthy, is Mr. Dallek's take on the key issue of the campaign, dumped unceremoniously in the second paragraph: "Voters' judgments of the continuing violence in Iraq and of the Bush administration's 'inaccurate or false assumptions,' will determine the outcome, according to Dallek. 'The Iraq war will be the determinative influence,' he said."

This violates a credo of news writing, which dictates that feature articles should start with something interesting to draw readers in. Instead, this feature attempts to start like a news piece, and unsuccessfully so. This is like starting an article on Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech with, "Richard Nixon, elected into office in 1968 and again in 1972, when he won by a landslide, spoke to a national television audience last night."

The article presents only Professor Dallek's point of view. Ms. Spillane neglected to point out other possible election issues, like the economy, and she cited no voter polls on the same topic. No spokesmen from either the Young Democrats or the College Republicans was given a voice. That the Democrats seem to be gambling on the economy being the big election-year issue was equally overlooked. Along the same lines, Ms. Spillane left out any mention of the events in Iraq; recent improvements like the handover of power have improved President Bush's standing, while continued violence hurts poll numbers. The lack of analysis makes it more of a press release than a journalistic endeavor.

Based on this piece, one would naturally conclude that the election was the President's to lose. This is most obvious when one notices that Ms. Spillane left out a glaringly key detail: John Kerry, the popular Democratic challenger to President Bush, is not named once.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Quinnipiac to join ECAC has reported that Quinnipiac will become the ECAC's 12th member in the 05-06 season, replacing the University of Vermont, who is heading for Hockey East after one more season in the ECAC.
Holy Cross was the other finalist, though it appears that their lack of comittment to their women's team tilted the decision toward Quinnipiac.
Niagara, Sacred Heart, and Mercyhurst were also considered, though ultimately ruled out.
For Dartmouth, this likely means that their travel partner would become Harvard, like most other sports. Brown would likely partner with Quinnipiac, and the others would remain the same: Yale-Princeton, RPI-Union, Colgate-Cornell, and St. Lawrence-Clarkson.

Dartmouth Students To Run For State Representative

Press Release: Dartmouth Students To Run For State Representative

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Jesse Roisin

Katherine Racicot

Hanover, NH -- Two Dartmouth students, Jesse Roisin and Katherine Racicot, both long-time Republicans and New Hampshire residents, are running for two of District Nine's four seats in the State House. They are joined by veteran Republican and general contractor Tom Toner of Lyme.

Roisin, 21, is a rising senior at Dartmouth, and studies History and French Literature. He is involved in Dartmouth College Republicans, and is currently its President Emeritus. Inspired by the spirited campaign of Bob Gienko, a Dartmouth student who ran for the same seat in the 2000 election, Roisin hopes to motivate young people, especially college students, in the political process. "As both a student and a local, I will draw on my connections to the student body as well as my ties to the area," Roisin said. "I intend to listen to the concerns and wishes of the folks in this district, and incorporate them in our campaign platform."

Racicot, 20, will graduate in 2006, and is studying History and pre-med. Currently Vice-President of Dartmouth College Republicans, she also is a staff member of the Dartmouth Review, an independent conservative student paper. Racicot is running to show support for the Republican party and to give Hanover voters a more conservative option. "Democracy can't exist in a one party system," she said. "Hanover is a very liberal area, and I'd like to give people a more moderate candidate to vote for."

Why wasn't he a Reviewer??

Eric Winn Jr. '04 in the D on "studies" programs

Anyone who picked up the free books of speeches by John Sloan Dickey and John Kemeny during Senior Week would note that the latter had some great sentiments on Dartmouth not being all things to all people.

Dean Woon

Not available? Or didn't make himself available to comment on the Al-Nur issue?

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Librarian Candidates to Visit College

An email forwarded by Provost Barry Scherr discusses the upcoming search for a new Librarian.

"We are now finalizing the schedules for the on-campus interviews for the four finalists for the Dean of the Libraries and Librarian of the College Search and are interested in your feedback as a member of the Dartmouth community.

"During the days listed below, a candidate will come to Dartmouth to explore the campus and our libraries. Each candidate will also make a presentation to faculty and students, to which you are especially invited to come, listen, and help the Search Committee with your opinions on the finalist. Receptions will be held each Friday afternoon to give you the opportunity to meet and talk with the candidate over hors d'oeuvres as well. We hope to have as much involvement of the Dartmouth community in this process as possible and are eager for your participation.

"Here are the schedules:

"July 29-30: Jeff Horrell, Harvard

"Friday, July 30: 9-10am, Presentation, 28 Silsby
"3:30-4:30pm, Reception, Treasure Room, Baker Library

"Aug 5-7: Frank D'Andraia, U of Montana

"Friday, Aug 6th: 9-10am, Presentation, 28 Silsby
"3:30-4:30pm, Reception, Treasure Room, Baker Library

"Aug 12-14: Harriette Hemmasi, Indiana U

"Friday, Aug 13th: 9-10am, Presentation, 28 Silsby
"3:30-4:30pm, Reception, Treasure Room, Baker Library

"Aug 19-21: Joyce Ogburn, U of Washington

"Friday, Aug 20th: 9-10am, Presentation, 28 Silsby
"3:30-4:30pm, Reception, Treasure Room, Baker Library


"We look forward to seeing you at these events and to hearing from you about the candidates for this key position at Dartmouth.

"Thank you,
"Cayelan Carey '06
"Student Representative, Library Search Committee"

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Kristin Luckenbill '01

First Dartmouth soccer Olympian- male or female- ever. She's also the first Ivy League woman soccer player to make an Olympic team.

Way to go, Kristin.

Story here

Monday, July 12, 2004

The Philippines Surrenders to Terrorists

How shameful.

The Daily D: Publishing Less Frequently?

In recent years, the Daily Dartmouth published twice a week and thrice a week, alternately, during Summer term. This was the publication schedule as recently as last summer, though online evidence traces it only back only to 2002. Now, though, the paper publishes only twice a week, only Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nelson '97 entertains, goes for the gold


Friday, July 09, 2004

U.S. Olympic Trials

Schedule of Dartmouth and other Ivy League athletes competing here

Ryan Conger '05 is a I-AA football preseason All-American


Thursday, July 08, 2004


Today's D:
"Dartmouth economics professor David Blanchflower, along with Warwick University's Andrew Oswald, recently found that more frequent sex can improve one's happiness as much as a $50,000 raise."

Nov 14, 2003:
"Dartmouth economics professor David Blanchflower was denied a legal divorce from his wife on the grounds that she committed adultery by the state's highest court last week. Because she had sex with another woman, her actions could not constitute adultery, the Court said."

The Opposite Effect

In The D today:

If the necessary funds are secured, plans are in place to eliminate the English 5 exemption in order to ensure that all first-year students are provided with a greater amount of writing training.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

And there are countless other tales of other English 5 professors who prod students to break convention basically unlearn the art -- or basic skill -- of coherent writing.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Did The Daily D Violate Tax Laws?

On January 26th, the Daily Dartmouth endorsed John Edwards for President of the United States. This, however, may run afoul of federal laws governing 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations; according to its website, "The [Daily] Dartmouth is owned and published by The Dartmouth, Inc., a student-run nonprofit corporation."

The United States Code is fairly explicit in this regard: a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization "does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office." According to a memorandum from the Internal Revenue Service entitled "Charities May Not Engage in Political Campaign Activities," this code prohibits organizations maintaining the 501(c)3 designation from endorsing candidates for political office; violators are subject to stiff fines.

If someone with more knowledge of tax law can weigh in, I would be grateful.