Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Lyons is out


And Ty Willingham's out at my law school, Notre Dame.

I better get my resume ready for all these openings before Ben Flickinger and Elliot Olshansky, my fellow four-eyed, smart-school sports fans do so.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Harvard admits they suck


Not quite as good as CalTech's Rose Bowl pranks, but impressive nonetheless.

Good job Elis.

Teevens '78 out at Stanford football


Wishful thinking, but time for a return to Dartmouth??

Edit: More fodder that at least a change is in the mix. The Valley News reports a sit-down with Head Coach John Lyons and Athletic Director Josie Harper today. Here

Sunday, November 28, 2004

George Will On Campus Diversity

Prompted by a series of recent studies, columnist George Will discusses intellectual diversity in academia in today's Washington Post. His conclusion:
Many campuses are intellectual versions of one-party nations — except such nations usually have the merit, such as it is, of candor about their ideological monopolies. In contrast, American campuses have more insistently proclaimed their commitment to diversity as they have become more intellectually monochrome. They do indeed cultivate diversity — in race, skin color, ethnicity, sexual preference. In everything but thought.
Read the whole thing.

Hockey Ties

The Indian men skated to a 0-0 tie last night against Maine's Black Bears, the first-ever game without a goal played at Thompson Arena. Dartmouth goalie Dan Yacey '05 had 22 saves on the night, while Maine's Jimmy Howard stopped 33 shots. A last-second shot from Darcy Marr '06 could have won the game for Dartmouth in the extra period, but Howard made the save.

The team's next game is on December 10th, at home against UMass-Lowell.

Friday, November 26, 2004

How Far We've Fallen

This quick test was administered to British 11-year-olds in 1898. Some samples:
3. Name the conditions upon which the climate of a country depends, and explain the reason of any one of them.

4. Name the British possessions in America with the chief town in each. Which is the most important?
1. Write in columns the [Latin] nominative singular, genitive plural, gender, and meaning of:? operibus, principe, imperatori, genere, apro, nivem, vires, frondi, muri.
4. What important results followed ? the raising of the siege of Orleans, the Gunpowder plot, the Scottish rebellion of 1639, the surrender at Yorktown, the battles of Bannockburn, Bosworth, Ethandune, La Hogue, Plassey, and Vittoria?
I suspect even the most adroit and knowledgable Dartmouth student today would struggle with many of these questions, even were the subject matter less British-oriented.

Would that such things were still considered standard knowledge for youth.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Myn's Project Looking for Help

From: Men's.Project@Dartmouth.EDU (Men's Project)
Subject: looking for help with Vagina Monologues
Date: 22 Nov 2004 17:18:04 -0500
Bulletin Topic: Men's Project
Expires: 8 Dec 2004 17:11:43 -0500

Dartmouth College's Center for Women & Gender presents
The Vagina Monologues 2005
Performances Tuesday 15 Feb at 7pm
and Wednesday 16 Feb at 5pm

The Sex Festival will take place Monday 14 Feb 5-8pm
in Collis Common Ground

The monologues will be performed by women from across campus, and there are plenty of opportunities for anyone to support and assist the production (director, publicity/marketing, set design, and other production team members, as well as ticket sales and assistance with the Sex Festival).

Please contact Jennifer John regarding the Vagina Monologues. Auditions will be held early next term.

Please contact Wade Meyer regarding the Sex Festival.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Monologues:
The production has been held annually at Dartmouth for the past few years and has been very succesful each year. It is run in conjunction with the week-long V-Day campaign each year and the 2 performances are preceded by the Sex Festival. The production includes a series of pre-scripted monologues exploring a range of issues pertaining to violence against women and female sexuality. The performers must be women, but men can certainly help in all other aspects of the production. Each year, we include a number of testimonials in addition to the pre-scripted monologues (the testimonials can be written and performed by women or men). All proceeds will go to W.I.S.E.

Animal Farm Meets College Hiring

The College is hiring new staff for its communications department. The job description is normal—works well with people, minimum three years experience, etc.—but just below it is a rather curious "equal-opportunity employer" disclaimer (emphasis added):
One of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New England, Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
This does seem to say that "all resumes are welcome, but some are more welcome than others."

Those who are sufficiently diverse may send their resumes to Dana Yamashita of Dartmouth Public Affairs.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Most Important News of the Day

The lead article in today's Daily Dartmouth describes in upbeat terms how the College purchased two large mats for the Collis Center floor. What's unique about these particular mats, apparently, is that they are decorated with labrynths—not to be confused with mazes, we are told. Why Upperclass Dean Lisa Thum decided to spend money on these items while the College recently cut back its library staff for budgetary reasons remains a mystery. Dean Thum says she hopes the mats will combat stress, though she doesn't say how.

A discussion about diversity in admissions with Dean Carl Furstenberg is relegated to second-story status.

Student attendance at hockey

Talking with some people still on campus, the student sections at hockey games have been a complete joke this year. And having seen some video from the Cornell game this past weekend, I must concur. A ranked Ivy League foe comes to town and the student section was 3/4ths empty for the entire first period. Sounds like there's a lot of fairweather fans who only show up when they get to throw stuff on the ice (ie the Princeton game) or who decide to wander in an hour after the puck drops.

I realize most students are going home this weekend for Thanksgiving, but if you're on campus, goto the game on Saturday vs. #8 Maine. And don't show up an hour late, get there at 7 PM or even 6:45 so you can see the pre-game introductions. Thompson Arena is going to be sold-out for this game, and it's going to look extremely bad if the entire place is packed to the rafters except for empty the student sections.

Rant over, but it greatly disappoints me as a very recent alumnus to see the student attendance regressing rather than improving. Especially when students get in for free.

Monday, November 22, 2004

More football

One play which sums up the season:

Tied 10-10 with 6 minutes to go in the fourth, Dartmouth blocked a Princeton field goal attempt. However, Princeton picked up the loose ball, and after a lateral, ran it in for the decisive touchdown.

This football team deserved better than a 1-9 record. They probably should've been a 3-7 or 4-6 team. One season like that would be a fluke, but this program has been stale for 7-8 years. At that point it comes down to attitude, and eventually you have to look at the coaches. Fair or not, look for a coaching change this offseason. Changing basketball and football coaches in successive years is tough, but the school has proven it can and will support its sporting teams that put forth a watchable effort (see hockey, baseball, lacrosse).

This is a once proud program that still holds more Ivy League Titles (17) than anyone else (Penn and Yale are next with 13 apiece). Hopefully we won't have to go through 20 straight losing seasons like hockey did before they finally start winning again.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Football Loses, Ends 1-9

Dartmouth's 17-10 loss to Princeton's Tigers this afternoon left the team with a single win on the season, against Brown last weekend. The Indians went 5-5 last season.

As if to highlight the last-place Indians' fate, punter Grant Wagner 'TH broke the team's record for punts in a single season today by booting his 78th kick. Wayne Schlobohm '00 set the previous record of 74 punts in 1998.

Men's Hockey Prevails in OT

In besting Cornell tonight by a score of 2-1, the men's hockey team won its first overtime victory in two years and showed it could bounce back from yesterday's loss. Forward Eric Przepiorka '06 scored with just two minutes left to play, snapping a tie that had endured since the second period. As yesterday, the Indians outshot their opponents, this time by a 31-24 margin.

Another Disappointing Loss

It seems to be the tale of the young season for the men's hockey team. Last night, despite thoroughly dominating the Colgate Raiders, the Indians fell short once again, falling 2-1.

Though Dartmouth outshot Colgate almost two to one, including many high-quality scoring opportunities, some defensive miscues cost the Indians another should've-been win.

The Indians return to action tonight, hoping to regain some traction with a win against #9 Cornell.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


The New York Times writes that liberals outnumber conservatives in the academic world. They even cite studies:
One of the studies, a national survey of more than 1,000 academics, shows that Democratic professors outnumber Republicans by at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That ratio is more than twice as lopsided as it was three decades ago, and it seems quite likely to keep increasing, because the younger faculty members are more consistently Democratic than the ones nearing retirement, said Daniel Klein, an associate professor of economics at Santa Clara University and a co-author of the study.
As James Taranto would ask, "what would we do without studies?"

Update: That is indeed what Taranto wrote.

Derrida Is Dead -- Long Live Derrida!

Confusion abounds -- appropriately.

Linsalata: Behind the Mallet

The Daily Dartmouth sat down with Reviewer and Croquet League President Daniel Linsalata '07 to discuss "why croquet is an unmatched exercise in athleticism and mental fortitude." The article is accompanied by a photograph demonstrating Mr. Linsalata's distinctive style of dress.

College Set to Expand Campus

Dartmouth is continuing its northward expansion with the pending construction of a 342-bed dormitory cluster north of Maynard Street and an as-yet-unapproved dormitory to house 162 students on Tuck Mall. While administrators often speak of these dormitories as "the end of the housing crunch," the new rooms, when completed in 2006, may simply alleviate overcrowding in existing dormitories.

Some Greek members worriedly speculate that the construction could spell the end of the fraternity system, which houses approximately 500 students. Were the off-campus Greek facilities not needed to provide rooms to all students, they fear, the College could act with greater impunity to prohibit student residence in their own houses.

Administrators promise that the dormitories will not resemble the sterile "creative loner" housing in the East Wheelock cluster. Dean of Residential Life Marty Redman told the Student Assembly that residents could get "down and dirty" in special recreation rooms. Who knows? Those party rooms might be as fun as Fuel.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Groupthink in Academia? Nah

The Chronicle of Higher Education features an article in its latest issue that examines the very real leftward slant of university faculty. The author, Emory professor Mark Bauerliein, explains that liberals have created a fantasy world for themselves in which academic thought is liberal thought.
The problem is that the simple trappings of deliberation make academics think that they've reached an opinion through reasoned debate —�instead of, in part, through an irrational social dynamic.

He proposes that liberal academics—who are by far the majority—should seek to introduce true discussion by using materials they don't necessarily agree with. Bauerliein actually proposes something radical for academia: that "thickets of leftists critique" actually foster very little in the way of debate.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Jessiman Done for Season (Updated 11/11)

Update 11/11: Jessiman will undergo season-ending surgery on his ankle on Friday, according to the NY Post. Huge loss for a hockey team that is already struggling just 4 games into the season, and now the question becomes does Jessiman come back for his senior year.

The news isn't good for Hugh Jessiman and the men's hockey team, according to the New York Post.

"X-rays taken at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N. H, have revealed ligament damage substantial enough to warrant further examination and evaluation today by Rangers medical trainer Jim Ramsay at the Blueshirts' training facility in Tarrytown.

'The ligaments on the inside of the foot are either strained or torn, I don't that's been determined,' Jessiman told The Post by phone last night. 'I'm hoping for the best, I'm hoping for some positive news, but it doesn't look like I'm going to be back on the ice any time soon.'"

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Men's Hockey off to shaky start

Well, 2 weeks into the season and the ultra-high expectations have come crashing down to Earth. Based on paper and talent Dartmouth should be 4-0 in the young season. Instead they're 2-2 after suffering another shocking loss, this time to Princeton, the unanimous pick to finish last in the conference (though in fairness to the Tigers, Yale has been far and away the worst team in the country so far.)

The good news for Dartmouth is also the bad news. They definitely have had more talent than any of their early opponents and the underclassmen are carrying the team thus far. Players like Stempniak and Przepiorka are too good to remain this quiet on the scoresheet for an extended period of time. But it also appears that this team is built to win games 4-1, 5-3, or 7-4. Which means in any game that stays 1-0 or 2-1 late into the game, they could be in trouble. They also have to start playing smarter, especially in the defensive zone. It's only four games in and they've already made roughly a season's worth of absolutely horrible turnovers that have lead to goals or near-misses for the opposition.

Also, if anyone sees or hears anything further regarding Hugh Jessiman's ankle injury in Saturday's Princeton game in the local papers or otherwise, please let me know either here or via e-mail. All I know is what was said on the radio, which was that he went straight to the hospital before the game even ended. If he's going to be out for an extended period of time, that's a huge blow to the team.

Also, kudos to the people webcasting all of the men's home games. The quality is much higher than I was anticipating. It isn't TV quality, but for a free service it's pretty damn good.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Mister Restall Update

Dow Jones is changing the format of its fifty-eight year old Far Eastern Economic Review from weekly to monthly, and former TDR Editor-in-Chief Hugo Restall will edit the reborn publication. An Austrian immagrant, Eric Halpern, founded it in 1946, with a mission "to analyze and interpret financial, commercial and industrial developments; collect economic news; and to present views and opinions with the intent to improve existing conditions." Mr. Restall intends to continue down this course, claiming, "In important ways, this newest incarnation of the Review closely resembles the original publication launched in 1946."

Thursday, November 04, 2004

They just can't accept it.

Our Ivy League brethren in Massachusetts can't fathom how Bush won. What, then, is a disenchanted voter to do? Apparently, hold a protest and claim that Bush "stole" the election.

Hanover Democrats Come To Grips

Campus Democrats are apparently struggling to understand how so much of the country doesn't resemble Hanover, a liberal outpost in Grafton County. Echoing James Carville's sentiment that President Bush's supporters "are the dumbest people in America," Michael Martin '06 told the Daily D that he was surprised Hanover was not a national bellweather.

Distressed liberals held a cadlelight vigil last night on the Green.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Mister Beck Update

TDR's very own indie-rock connoisseur cum respectable journalist, Stefan Beck, appears on A&L Daily today. They link to his review of Stanley Crouch's The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity, originally published in the The New Criterion.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Homecoming Sports Review

First a preview of the upcoming weekend: The Dartmouth-Princeton hockey game is this weekend. While no official warning has been issued thus far, a reminder that last season the team did not want people to throw tennis balls anymore (even though 50 or so did, and 3 supreme idiots did so a second time, forcing Dartmouth to settle for the tie rather than possibly getting the win - and they lost the Ivy Title by a single point) and I would assume the same applies this year. As a suggestion, if you absolutely must throw a tennis ball, do so after the last whistle rather than the first goal. The worst that can happen to the team at that point is a symbolic penalty at the 20:00 mark.

Next, it was an absolute disappointing weekend on the gridiron and the ice. The football team outplayed Harvard, especially in the 2nd half, but the porous kicking game, a questionable play call, and some downright bad timekeeping conspired to give the Crimson the 13-12 win. Dartmouth failed to convert after a touchdown for the 4th and 5th times this season. The decision to go for 2 and the win was a good one given the poor kicking game, but the play call on the conversion attempt was extremely poor. And the timekeeper was absolutely awful, allowing 5-6 extra seconds to run off the clock with roughly a minute to go, and then allowing the clock to expire when the ball appeared to be spiked with 1-2 seconds left. The on field officiating wasn't much better, with several blatent penalties going uncalled and the referee never putting time back on the clock standing out especially.

On the ice, the Dartmouth men held a 43-11 advantage in shots on goal, a 98-17 advantage in shot attempts, and still lost 2-1 to a weak Quinnipiac squad in an extremely boring game to watch. They bounced back the next night to take a comfortable 4-1 victory over UConn. The crowd both nights was disappointing. Only 3600+ for the season opener and just over 3000 for UConn. Last year the team averaged 4000+ fans per game.