Monday, January 31, 2005

Careers for the 'Common Good'

Vox of Dartmouth profiles their new "Careers for the Common Good" initiative, designed to "empower and support students in their pursuit of values-driven work opportunities."

The article features Sally Newman '05 of the Dartmouth College Greens, who "aspires to work in the world of socially responsible banking: 'a job where I can support myself,' she said, 'and really put my morals to work.'"

Career Services may not be able to help any Dartmouth students win Rhodes scholarships, but what are those in comparison to the world of socially responsible banking?

Volume 25, Issue 7: The Latest TDR

The new issue of The Dartmouth Review is now available online.

In this issue:

· The Review is given confidential materials related to the 1999 Student Life Initiative, providing insight into how the fateful decision came about.

· Two documents from the damning SLI collection: one on how to execute the SLI and another detailing ludicrous proposals to reform the Greeks.

· Kale Bongers examines the Furstenberg football controversy and the future of the Dartmouth football program.

· A review of Dartmouth College Football: Green Fields of Autumn, a history of football at the College.

· Our intrepid political editor makes a trip to Washington for the inauguration, and lives to tell the tale.

· And much more.

Pro/Anti-Saddam Prof Slams Iraqi Elections

Professor Sinan Antoon, an Iraqi who teaches Arabic language and literature at Dartmouth, has declared the recent Iraqi elections unfair and illegitimate.

He told the Valley News that life under Saddam Hussein in the 1980s was comfortable, with access to socialist-style health care and education. He blames coalition forces for impoverishing Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War, and he blames the United States for the loss of "all the basics of modern life" after the 2003 invasion. Nonetheless, Antoon said he "hated Saddam" and "wanted him to go"—but he opposed removing Saddam because nobody asked if the Iraqis wanted to be liberated.

"On the surface we're all for fair elections, but if you look into the nitty-gritty it just doesn't make sense," he told the Valley News. He added that "you cannot have legitimate elections under occupation even if Mother Teresa is occupying you. It just doesn't work."

Todd Zywicki '88 Announces Trustee Bid

Todd Zywicki '88 today announced his bid to be a write-in candidate for the Board of Trustees.

A law professor at George Mason University, Zywicki served for two years as Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the United States Federal Trade Commission, and he regularly contributes commentary to various publications and news programs. Zywicki, a member of Zeta Psi fraternity and a fan of Indian football, graduated cum laude with high honors before attending law school at Virginia and earning a masters in economics from Clemson.

His goals as a Trustee are refreshing:
Rededicate Dartmouth to its mission of undergraduate education: Dartmouth should rededicate itself to this mission and resist efforts to transform Dartmouth into a research university at the expense of its traditional undergraduate focus. As readers of the Conspiracy are aware, I am especially interested in working to protect free speech at Dartmouth.

Rededicate Dartmouth to the recruitment and development of well-rounded students: Dartmouth traditionally has been a leader in focusing on the development of well-rounded students. I believe that Ivy League sports competition is part of that mission (for a contrary view, see Dartmouth Dean Karl Furstenberg's comments in "Dean Knocked Football Culture" from the Valley News).

Align Dartmouth's financial priorities with its core mission of excellence in undergraduate education: Dartmouth's lack of focus on its core mission has led to confused financial priorities. In recent years, spending on the administrative bureacracy has risen twice as fast as spending on academic programs. The confusion over financial priorities was evidenced by an editorial last week the official student newspaper, The Dartmouth published an editorial, that criticized the growth in class sizes and the inability of students to even get into certain necessary classes.

Improve College governance through greater openness and transparency:I will seek to improve College governance through greater openness and transparency, and will work to insure that all stakeholders are fully informed about what is going on at the College and will have a voice in the governance of the College. I will not just "rubber stamp" the proposals of anybody.
Copies of his letter to alumni and a petition—due February 17th—can be found on his election website.

Dartmouth's last write-in Trustee candidate, T.J. Rodgers '70, won handily last year. Can lightning strike twice?

An unexpected result of the Pipes lecture?

The Pipes lecture may be a turning point in the College's history, at least one would hope.

In today's D, non-Reviewers calling for civil discourse, more political balance/neutrality, and voicing concern about Safety & Security's noticeable presence at what should be just one of many provocative or at least non-left-wing lectures.

I hope these two op-eds are signs that even those on the Left are starting to realize and vocalize their desire for a more realistic American world view (i.e. what most or many Americans think on a given issue).

Here and here

'Top Secret' Disclosures

Student Assembly's brand-new e-mail terminals have arrived and are sitting in the new S.A. offices until Julia Hildreth, the S.A. President, and James Larimore, the Dean of the College, prepare their gala unveiling. Apparently, this information--stunningly--is supposed to be top secret. More detail I won't go into now, but the whole situation is fantastically petty.

Wright: No Speech Codes at Dartmouth

Astonishingly, in the latest Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, President James Wright asserted that Dartmouth students enjoy full freedom of speech:
We have no speech codes at Dartmouth, absolutely none. Anyone who spends any time here knows that there is free speech on this campus. This was a major theme of my convocation address this fall.
This statement, oddly enough, lies immediately below his justification of the derecognition of Zeta Psi fraternity, which published a newsletter the administration didn't like:
The fraternity newsletter was actually a series of newsletters that targeted and named individual students. The fraternity violated its own standards of conduct and engaged in intense personal harassment.
He blames Zete for derecognizing itself, apparently.

In his letter announcing Zete's 2001 derecognition, Dean of the College James Larimore wrote that speech should be restricted. He said he disagreed
with those who "argue that anything that an organization can characterize as expressive conduct must be tolerated even though it violates the rules and standards of our community." Larimore rejects this idea as "corrosive of the very idea of a residential college".
This seems to contrast with President Wright's vision of "free speech on campus."

TDR interviewed Harvey Silverglate of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education about speech codes a year and a half ago.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

SA's 'Diversity Business Review'

The Student Assembly has sent an email survey to students asking them if they have ever been subjected to discrimination by Hanover businesses:
Date: 30 Jan 2005 23:49:08 EST
From: Student Assembly
Subject: Diversity Business Review

Student Assembly is compiling a diversity business review in consideration of possible discriminatory practices taking place at local Hanover businesses.

Have you ever felt discriminated against at a local Hanover business? Yes No

(optional) If so, would you please share your experience?
What, pray tell, is a "diversity business review"?

It's a Slow News Day

Students are doubtless gleeful to learn that the Daily Dartmouth will add "Pinces and Phillips" to its regular lineup of cartoons. The comic, penned by Tomi Jun '08, won a poll of readers and will join "Garfield," "Doonesbury" and "Roomies."

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Calling all readers

Your help is needed to get Dartmouth senior hockey captain Lee Stempniak into the group of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, the MVP award for college hockey. You can vote once a day after you complete a quick and painless registration form here. Again, please do this every day, and put Lee Stempniak as your number one nomination. He's currently at number 25. We need to get him higher.

Saturday Sports

Men's hockey achieved its first three-game winning streak in 2 seasons by knocking off RPI 4-2 and gaining its first weekend sweep of the season.

Next weekend is huge. No one on the current team has ever beaten Harvard, and both Harvard and Brown are "Teams Under Consideration" for PWR purposes. With 8 games remaining in the regular season, Dartmouth trails Harvard by 3 points for the all-important 4th place spot and first round bye in the ECAC tournament. If the team wants any shot at an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament, they probably need to go at least 6-2 down the stretch and at least 3-1-1 against the 5 remaining TUC's (Harvard x2, Brown x2, and St. Lawrence).

Elsewhere, men's basketball lost at Columbia 64-45 and will travel to Cornell tomorrow. No score in yet from women's basketball.

The View from 1776

Tom Brewton maintains an interesting blog dedicated to defending traditional values, especially those set out at our nation's founding. In an email to The Dartmouth Review, Mr. Brewton said that he seeks to "pass along to students ammunition against the forces of secular socialism."

Note especially his interesting discussion of liberalism as socialism and his recent post on Indian mascots.

Professor Kohn's 'Courage at Dartmouth'

Todd Zywicki '88, writing at the Volokh Conspiracy about on Professor Meir Kohn's introduction to Daniel Pipes: "every sentence and paragraph is powerful."

Daily D Ignores Terror Story

Ilya Feoktistov '06 tells us that the Daily D refused to report on the story of the terror threat against Daniel Pipes at Dartmouth. Apparently, the editors decided that such a story could be effectively covered in an opinion piece. Feoktistov wrote yesterday's op-ed on the subject in that "news" paper.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Friday Sports

Men's hockey continues their recent offensive surge, solving Union netminder Kris Mayotte for the first time in a while by potting 5 goals in a 5-1 rout in front of 3875 spectators. The top line of Nick Johnson, Mike Ouellette, and Lee Stempniak combined for 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) as the team continues its recent hot streak, having gone 6-2-1 in its last nine games after starting the season a disappointing 4-6-1. The icers will search for their first 4-point weekend of the year tomorrow against RPI, a team they demolished 9-1 three weeks ago in Troy, NY.

Elsewhere, women's hoops defeated Columbia 58-48 to move to 2-0 in the Ivy League, and will take on Cornell tomorrow night in Hanover. The men's team plays Columbia tomorrow and Cornell on Sunday.

The #2 women's hockey team has the weekend off before it faces Harvard and Brown next weekend at Thompson Arena.

Professor Kohn on Free Expression

Professor Kohn of the Economics Department introduced Daniel Pipes yesterday with an eloquent speech that exposed political correctness as an ideological tool and stifler of free expression. I've posted an excerpt; the only thing I've omitted are the last few paragraphs thanking the sponsors of the event and describing the format.

Good afternoon. My name is Meir Kohn and I am a professor in the Economics Department.

Today, I have the honor to welcome Daniel Pipes to Dartmouth.

Before I tell you a little of his background, I would like to say a few words about the greater significance of Dr Pipes's visit here.

Because this is indeed a significant event-- a triumph over the intellectually deadening effects of political correctness.

The great economist Adam Smith, writing over two centuries ago, described the university as follows:

"a sanctuary in which exploded systems and obsolete prejudices find shelter and protection after they have been hunted out of every other corner of the world"

Sadly, little has changed. In our generation, the "exploded system" is marxism. And our universities are indeed its last sanctuary. Neo-marxist notions set the parameters of "political correctness" on campus-- the evils of capitalism and colonialism and the sins of America and Israel.

Dr. Pipes, like his father before him, has made a career of confronting and refuting this leftist groupthink.

Indeed, this seems to have become the Pipes family business.

Dr Pipes is a Harvard Ph. D. in Islamic political history. He began his career as an academic, teaching at Chicago, Harvard, and the U.S. Naval War College.

Very early on-- some 20 years before 9/11-- Dr Pipes realized the threat that radical Islam-- Islamism, Islamo-Facsism-- posed both to the Muslim world and to the United States. He left academia, which found his views unpalatable, first to head a think tank and then to found one of his own-- the Middle East Forum.

By the way, it is striking how large a part of the best work on both foreign and domestic policy is being done today, not in universities, but in think tanks.

Dr. Pipes has devoted himself, in his own work and through his support of the work of others, to furthering our understanding of the nature of Islamism and to advocating policies calculated to bring about its defeat.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Pipes' work has earned him many enemies among the Islamists and among their fellow travelers on the left.

They have spread the libel that he is a racist and anti-Muslim: neither is remotely true.

Again, not surprisingly, Dr. Pipes' work has won him admiration and support among moderate Muslims and among those who take the Islamist threat seriously.

Before I turn the podium over to Dr Pipes, a few words of thanks to those who have made his visit to Dartmouth possible.

Let me emphasize what a singular achievement this is. I have tried for years to get Dartmouth to extend Dr. Pipes an invitation. But I was always told that it would be "too controversial".

George Will, commenting today on the Larry Summers affair, wrote the following:

"Forgive Larry Summers. He did not know where he was. He thought he was speaking in a place that encourages unfettered intellectual explorations. He was not. He was on a university campus."

It is ironic that it has taken a Hassidic rabbi to break the deadly grip of political correctness at Dartmouth.

UPDATE: Welcome readers of Volokh Conspiracy and Instapundit! Dartlog is the campus blog for The Dartmouth Review, America's oldest student-run conservative newspaper and Dartmouth's only independent publication. We also maintain another blog, The Inner Office, which comments on national politics. Back issues of the Review are also available online.

Terror at Dartmouth?

Ilya Feoktistov '06 writes in today's Daily Dartmouth about a terrorist threat against Daniel Pipes' visit yesterday:
Posted on a notorious English language Jihadi message board that offers links to Al-Qaeda literature, speeches and beheading videos was our press release advertising Dr. Pipes's speech and its location. It was put there on Jan. 24 and the man who posted it, "Brother Mujahid," had written the following: "This is about a fourty [sic] minute drive from where I live and about a ten minute drive from where I work. The thoughts going through my head right now..." Other members of the message board urged him to embrace violence. A man called "abuyusuf" wrote, "do it akhi." Another man called "muaskar tadreeb" demanded, "don't hesitate...

Feoktistov informed the police, who in turn contacted the FBI. This certainly helps explain the heavy security at yesterday's event.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

A must-watch for all alumni, students and friends of Dartmouth

Here is the link for the recent webcast discussion of the role of football and athletics at Dartmouth.

Hosted by the president of the Alumni Council, moderated by College Football Hall of Famer Murry Bowden '71, and including President Wright, Athletic Director Josie Harper, and new (and old) Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens '79.

Very, very interesting and "historic" in President Wright's words.

The idea for the webcast, which runs approximately ninety minutes, came from none other than last year's Commencement speaker and former football player Jeffrey Immelt '78, CEO of General Electric. He also recommended that Bowden moderate the panel. As you'll see in the webcast, Bowden pulls no punches and does a fine job.

President Wright is also to be commended for his candid participation. He is very knowledgeable about Dartmouth athletics and for those of you who have had the opportunity to discuss Ivy League sports with him, he is a true fan. He makes an interesting argument that the College Fund should not be treated by alumni as an annual referendum on the College. The College admitted us and did not reconsider us term by term. Our relationship with the College ought to be one of unconditional love, a sentiment Kristin and I expressed in our epilogue to last year's Aegis yearbook.

Harper was also impressive. She is an active advocate for a winning program. Teevens mentioned that he had not considered seriously returning to coach at Dartmouth until Harper visited Stanford when Dartmouth men's basketball team was on the road for a game. Teevens reaches out to alumni to help with recruiting, by contacting the office with prospects and then leaving the rest up to them, in accordance with NCAA regulations. He suggests mixing up Dartmouth's schedule after our commitments to playing the same 10 teams each season expires (which runs through at least 2011...Dartmouth plays the other seven Ivy League schools as well as UNH, Holy Cross and Colgate).

I think the webcast was a wonderfully positive effort to communicate with alumni.
Among the signers of this petition calling for the resignation of Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg are Zach Walz '98 (former NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals), Mark Johnson '90 (former MLB player for the Mets and Pirates), and James Blackwell '91 (recently considered for the men's basketball head coaching vacancy filled by Terry Dunn).

Memorial Service for Porter '06

The College is holding a memorial service for Christina Porter '06, who suffered a brain trauma during a skiing accident last winter and passed away two weeks ago. The service is tomorrow at 4pm in Rollins Chapel; a reception follows in the McCulloch Lounge.

No Pipes Protest of Note

Though early signs suggested that Dartmouth's avid protesters might come out en masse to demonstrate against Daniel Pipes, there were merely four representatives from the Al Nur muslim student group expressing token opposition. Standing outside the auditorium, they quietly handed out copies of today's op-ed in the Daily D, even though our own Nick Desai '08 debunked the defamatory piece earlier in the day.

Safety and Security and Hanover Police officers stood at the doors during the event, handing out pamphlets discouraging obnoxious protest and even stopping students from entering with backpacks.

Pipes in the D

In today's Daily Dartmouth, there's a news article and opinion piece about Daniel Pipes. The article was a little too brief, and the opinion piece opposes his politics, so here are some clarifications/defenses, often in his own words.

The "brown-skinned" quote can be found in context here. Actually, context does little to diminish the quotation's inflammatory nature. As it was presented, I'd call the rhetoric a little heavy-handed, but Pipes later added a footnote about that sentence, which explains that he intended these apparently xenophobic phrases to reflect the views of European leadership at that time (1990). He offers quotations from Chirac, among others, as examples.

The other oft-cited quotation is about the "potential killers." According to David Frum, what Pipes actually said was
Individual Islamists may appear law-abiding and reasonable, but they are part of a totalitarian movement, and as such, all must be considered potential killers.
Muslims, in Pipes' view, are not necessarily Islamists. He defines Islamism as an ideology and Islam as a faith. He elaborates extensively here.

How many Muslims, then, are Islamists? He says that 10-15% of the Muslim population have sympathies with the "militant Muslim agenda." How did he come up with this number? He says:
It is a soft number, based on polling, my personal experiences, talking, studying.
Not exactly scientific. There's a strike.

Then, the "internment" charge. While he's decidedly for profiling Muslims and he supports Michelle Malkin, who defended Japanese internment, he claims here:
I am encouraged by the results of the Cornell survey because it means that many Americans understand the need to focus on the segment of the population that is engaged in Islamist activities; I do not specifically endorse its notion of Muslims having to register their whereabouts.

... I raised the subject of the Japanese internment because it "still matters" in its influence on the U.S. public debate, and not because I advocate the internment of anyone today.

He also defends himself here at length against attacks by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Finally, he's been called a McCarthyist because of Stanley Kurtz disagrees.

So go hear him speak, God damn it.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

What ever happened to...

Rockyblog? Did it move? Did they kill it? Why?

College Endowment Rankings

The 2004 NACUBO endowment rankings for US colleges and universities have come out (warning--large pdf file). Dartmouth weighs in at #21 with a healthy $2.45 billion.

For comparison, Harvard has the largest endowment in the country (by far) with $22.14 billion, followed by Yale with $12.75 billion. Dartmouth's total ranks seventh in the Ancient Eight (only Brown, with $1.65 billion, is lower). Nevertheless, in per-student totals, I suspect the College fares much better, surely passing Penn, Columbia, and Cornell. We're probably in the mid-teens in per-student endowment.

Women's Hockey Ranked 2nd

The Indian women's skaters are ranked second in the nation. The men remain in the rankings with the 18th spot.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Want to Be a Narcissistic Dartmouth PR Tool?

The Buzzflood, the unfortunate brainchild of Kabir Sehgal '05, is seeking new members to bemoan Dartmouth's inadequacy and promote its members. The group, widly unpopular with many alumni and students, nearly self-destructed a year ago when Sehgal invented a tale about Buzzflood-sponsored Democratic presidential debates.
Date: 25 Jan 2005 23:14:23 EST
From: BuzzFlood
Subject: Want to be an Insider?
To: (Recipient list suppressed)


Looking for a way to get more involved in the Dartmouth community? The Buzzflood is looking for writers, posters, and tech staff to help spread a positive message about Dartmouth, it's faculty, alumni, and students.

The Buzzflood is a service with over 2,600 subscribers that emphasizes a positive message about the Dartmouth community. The Buzzflood offers links to Dartmouth community members in the news and features on the accomplishments of Dartmouth faculty, students, and alumni.

"The Circuit" also provides Dartmouth community members with a look at upcoming Greek events, HOP programming, and other social events. It's a great way to get a sneak peek at the Dartmouth social scene.

We have lots of exciting projects planned for this term and now is a great time to get involved. We need committed individuals to help us with our plans so if you are interested on getting on board this train, just blitz "Buzzflood" for more information. Thanks!

- The Buzzflood Team

Young Dems Oppose Pipes Visit

The Young Democrats are getting all worked up about Daniel Pipes' visit to campus this Thursday. Sally Newman '05 sent around the following email this evening to stir up consciousness, awareness, indignance and the like:

Date: 25 Jan 2005 00:43:37 EST
From: Sally C. Newman
Reply-To: paradewithoutpermit
Subject: Re: Upcoming event!

Dear Young Dems,

Just thought you should have some background on the speaker that was just emailed about. This is serious stuff.

"All Muslims, unfortunately, are suspect," he wrote in a recent book, though he added that only "10 to 15 percent" of Muslims are militant. If Muslims have jobs in the military, law enforcement or diplomacy, Pipes states in another column, "they need to be watched for connections to terrorism." He also finds Muslim immigration problematic: "All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most."

Two years ago Pipes launched Campus Watch, an organization whose stated purpose is to expose the analytical failures and political bias of the field of Middle Eastern studies. The group's first act was to post McCarthy-style "dossiers" on the Internet singling out eight professors critical of American and Israeli policies. When more than a hundred scholars contacted Campus Watch to request that they be added to the list in a gesture of solidarity, Pipes obliged, labeling them "apologists for suicide bombings and militant Islam."

Thursday's lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be held in 105 Dartmouth Hall at 4:15pm.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Indian Rights Advocate to Receive Tucker Award

The Tucker Foundation is hosting a luncheon this Friday to honor Trudell Guerue '74, a civil rights lawyer and minority advocate. In the 1980s, Guerue did important work to ensure Indian tribal governments enforced basic civil rights.

Guerue's lawfirm, the Minneapolis-based Legal Rights Center, has a rather interesting perspective on the law: "it is an instrument of the dominant society's oppression of the different and the less powerful."

'The Changing Face of Race'

The College's Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, which employs 20 workers, is showing a "satirical fiction" documentary about racism this February.

Date: 21 Jan 2005 16:09:54 EST
From: Giavanna Munafo
Subject: EveryOther
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

PLEASE POST and SEND TO LISTS! thank you very much

Wednesday, February 16
7pm, Cutter-Shabazz Lounge

"EveryOther": The Changing Face of Race

Shot in Washington, DC, New York and New Jersey, ths short docu-drama examines the new racial classifications on the U.S. census through the concerns and deliberation of mixed-race people. Incorporating a stylistic blend of satirical fiction and cinema verit�, the personal meets the political in this identity war story.

Discussion following the video led by professors Reiko Ohnuma (Religion) and Francine A'Ness (Spanish & Portuguese).

Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity

Mosso '06 Figures Out Conservatives

In today's Daily D, Tim Mosso '06 complains that voters identify Republicans as the party of "moral values." Mosso is not indignant, however, that voters prefer Republicans to fight the War on Terror.

"Americans place 'moral values' very low on their list of priorities in choosing a leader," he writes. And right he is: in the recent election, the War on Terror and Iraq were the priority for 34 percent of voters, while economic issues followed with 33 percent. Moral values constituted the priority for only 22 percent of Americans.

Mosso also ejaculates that "only conservatives can channel these spirits" of moral rectitude. The Dartmouth Review holds its séances every Monday at 6pm.

If the season ended today...

Dartmouth's hockey team would likely make the NCAA tournament for the first time since Coach Gaudet was in net for the school. By going 3-1 in its last four games, all against ranked opponents, Dartmouth has climbed firmly onto the tournament bubble despite being just 1-game over .500. They are 14th or 15th in the latest Pairwise Rankings, depending on the weight given to quality wins (which, in Dartmouth's case, would be the 9-8 win over UNH). 14th would be good enough for the last at-large berth barring any upsets in the conference tournaments.

There are 10 games to go in the regular season, and none of them are against the top three teams in the current standings. Winning the ECAC's is likely out of the question after losing to Cornell and putting the Big Red in the driver's seat, but a 4th place finish and a 1st round bye in the conference playoffs for the 3rd season in a row should be within reach if the team can finally defeat Harvard for the first time since they handed the Crimson a 7-0 drubbing back in the 00-01 season.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Get the Digs on Blackburn '86

An interview with Katie Blackburn. She's VP of the Cincinnati Bengals, and her favorite concession food is "nachos."

Freshmen Bloggers

It should come as no surprise that freshmen are more attuned to Internet technologies like blogs than are older students. Chris Jones '08, Laura Reyes '08, Richard Denton '08 and Ian Tapu '08 all have recently started blogging.

Questions for the Football Webcast

Bill Wellstead '63 poses a series of questions he hopes are answered in next Wednesday's internet press conference on football's future at Dartmouth.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Ouellette on Fox Sports

After posting seven points in two breakout games versus UNH and UVM, Indian hockey center Mike Ouellette sits down with Fox Sports for an interview.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Yale Coach Decries Furstenberg Letter

Yale's football coach, Jack Siedlecki, told the Yale Daily News that Dean Furstenberg's letter, far from attacking only the football team, suggests an indictment of athletics in general. He urges potential applicants to use caution before applying to Dartmouth:
"As a parent, it would certainly make me question sending my son or daughter to Dartmouth to be a student athlete," Siedlecki said. "This is one man's opinion, but he happens to be the ultimate decision-maker on admission at Dartmouth. He claims it has not affected his decisions on admitting athletes."

Ivy papers have generally given this issue very thorough coverage, including even commentary from Dartmouth alumni.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

CRs to Speak About Inauguration

The Dartmouth College Republicans will be commenting on tomorrow's inaugural festivities as part of ABC News Now's coverage. ABC News Now is the ABC network's flailing startup competitor to CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

'Lube Tasting...and a Mountain of Cookies'

The College is hosting yet another Sex Festival in honor of St. Valentine's martyrdom. Wade Meyer, an employee of the College's Center for Women and Gender, is asking leaders of campus organizations to staff booths at the fair. The Review's leadership was not asked to participate, however.

Here is his email:

Date: 19 Jan 2005 13:09:45 EST
From: Wade A. Meyer
Subject: invitation to Sex Festival 2005
To: (Recipient list suppressed)


Lube tasting, chocolate dipped strawberries, consensual sex board game, "kiss me here, please" sticker game, and a mountain of cookies.

Are you interested?

I'm inviting you as an advisor or leader of a student organization to participate in the Center for Women & Gender's annual Sex Festival from 5-8pm on 14 Feb.

In addition to being the only place to buy tickets for the Vagina Monologues (16 & 17 Feb), the Sex Festival brings in around 1000 students in a celebration of healthy sexuality and sexual health.

I am seeking individuals and organizations to help out with the Festival. I need some people to work on ticket sales and the prize booth, and I'm looking for roving reporters and a couple of latex fairies.

Even more importantly, I'm looking for people to sponsor booths of games or other interactive ways to promote healthy sexuality, sexual health, or reflection & conversation about these topics--NOT pamphlets or infosheet reading! Some examples of last year's booths: abstinence ("how deep do you dip?" chocolate dipped strawberries), lube-tasting, consensual sex board game, sex jeopardy, RAD demos, oral love stories, sex toys table, and more.

This year, I'm also hoping to have a "Red Tent" area to encourage people to pamper themselves (see The Red Tent by Anita Diament for the origins of the idea).

If any of these ideas inspire you, or if you need help coming up with ideas, please let me know and we can figure something out. I look forward to hearing from you.

interim Outreach Coordinator / Men's Project Coordinator
Center for Women & Gender
Dartmouth College

Monday, January 17, 2005

First there was smoke-free...

and then, logically, substance free dorms. And now, one on which Dartmouth might be wise to take note, dorms for recovering alcoholics.

Public Forum on War on Fun

The College's Social Event Management Procedures Review Committee, charged with hearing student input on the effectiveness of the alcohol control policy, will hold an open forum at Phi Delta Alpha fraternity tomorrow evening at 7pm. The SEMPRC web site will accept proposed changes until January 24th.

Sad News

Upperclass Dean Teoby Gomez reports that Christina Porter '06 has died. She suffered a major head trauma last February during an accident at the Dartmouth Skiway.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Benign Bureaucrat or Zealous S&S?

Steve Menashi '01 contrasts the respective approaches taken by the administrations of Harvard and Dartmouth toward "fun."

Friday, January 14, 2005

The Depths of Diversity

The Diversity Deep Community Steering Committee is planning yet another workshop this February. To promote the program, the DDCSC included in an email an unattributed quote saying, "I used to think diversity training was unnecessary and useless."

The description of program from the email follows; applications are due tomorrow.

DEEP COMMUNITY: Diversity That Unites Us
What: A 3-day workshop for Dartmouth students & staff (Lodging, meals & transportation included)
When: 3pm, Friday, Feb. 4 to 3pm, Sunday, Feb. 6
Where: Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, Monadnock Region of New Hampshire
Application Due TOMORROW, Saturday, Janurary 15 at 4pm
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). Applications will be due TOMORROW, Saturday, January 15th at 4pm. For more information about this workshop, 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 an artist, swimmer, outdoorsman, and former professional dancer.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Future of Football

This might be of interest to some Reviewers:
Karen Calby '81, President
of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council,
invites you to join

An interactive web discussion with:
President James Wright
Director of Athletics Josie Harper
Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens '79
Murry Bowden '71

Wednesday, January 26
8:00-9:30 p.m. EST

All alumni, parents, and friends of Dartmouth are encouraged to take this opportunity to participate in an interactive webcast discussion about the role of athletics at Dartmouth and new developments in the football program, moderated by Dartmouth alumnus Murry Bowden '71, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Hear the viewpoints of President Wright, Athletic Director Josie Harper and Buddy Teevens '79, who has just returned to Dartmouth as the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach.

Karen Calby '81, President of the Dartmouth Alumni Council, will introduce the program. The panelists will make brief opening remarks, followed by a discussion moderated by Murry Bowden. The program will include questions for the panelists from online participants.

To enable us to plan the technical specifications, please send an e-mail message with your intent to participate to by 5:00 p.m. EST Friday, January 21. You will be sent instructions for logging on to the program.

"Bitchy Girl" Power

Phi Tau coed fraternity is hosting an event tonight which it bills as the "Bitchy Girls Thursday Night Tavern." Girls who attend are expected to wear short skirts and "too much makeup."

The full invitation:

Date: 13 Jan 2005 17:47:37 EST
From: Christiana E. Toomey
Subject: TAU: bitchy girls tavern!
To: phi-tau-announce@Mac

Sick and tired of having other people tell you how mean you are, when it's not your fault that you're just better than everybody else?

Do your friends not appreciate your commentary about their brand-new Ugg boots being "so last year?"

If so (or even if not), come have fun with us tonight at our study break:
Bitchy Girls Thursday Night Tavern

What to wear:
-short skirts (you're not showing off your body; it's just so hard to deal with being more beautiful than the average guy/girl)
-tank tops/camisoles/other "right-to-bare-arms" attire (even though it's going below freezing!)*
-too much makeup
-anything that shows everybody how much better you are (shirts that say "the princess of quite a lot" "diva" "angel" etc.)
-your attitude!!!!

We'll be serving
-sugar-free soda
-WOW! chips... er, I mean Dorito's (if you dare!)**
Ground rules:
These rules shall be enforced.

Only at
Phi Tau
31 N. Main St.
10-11 pm TONIGHT!!!!
The Brick BARN with the PHI and TAU on the front ***

*if you do choose the slightly fewer clothing options we strongly suggest you wear layers over them, as we don't really want you to get sick.
also: we swear, this attire is gender-neutral.

**apparently they don't even SELL WOW! chips anymore, because they were made with a synthetic fat that gave people... problems.

** you need to NOT go in the "front door."
Continue up Main Street (like you're walking to Dick's House) until you see the handicapped ramp leading to the back door of the house... yep, that's for you.

See you here! ;)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dartmouth comeback for the ages

Dartmouth trailed New Hampshire by scores of 7-3 and 8-5, but scored four unanswered goals in the third period, capped by a goal by Nick Johnson '08 with just 87 seconds left to play in the game, to earn a thrilling 9-8 victory over its in-state rival. Mike Devine '08 came on in relief of both Dan Yacey '05 and Sean Samuel '07 to earn his first collegiate victory. Jarrett Sampson '06 had a hat trick and an assist to earn RiverStone player of the game honors, and Dartmouth won the Riverstone Cup from UNH for the first time in the trophy's four year existence.

New Issue Online

The latest issue of the Review, the annual book review issue, is available on the Dartmouth Review website.

Of note is Executive Editor Daniel Balserak's graphical book review of Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers. (Be warned: the images are large and may be very slow on dialup connections.)

College Chaplain Shows True Colors

In the spirit of community and healing wounds, College Chaplain Richard Crocker has written a letter to the Daily Dartmouth damning the Bush administration and declaring that the president and his supporters are "wrong." In three paragraphs, he calls the administration "mistaken," "inept," "disastrous" and "incapable," and he says its policies are "fiascos" and "mistakes" that have "undermined the moral authority of our nation." He goes on to call cabinet officials "enthroned" and says they will continue to make "mistaken decisions" even as they go on "leading this nation down the wrong path."

Rev. Crocker further complains that he will be unable to celebrate the inaugural, since only a "bare majority of the American people" supported the president—the difference was only three million votes, after all.

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Value of Research

No doubt this Dartmouth professor's research will be of great value to the academy.

Classic Quote: " book reviews are not based on literary theory." Really?

More Greens

For some reason, the College is hiring a Sustainability Coordinator, whose job will presumably consist of writing lots of reports and actually accomplishing little. The Environmental Conservation Organization is offering lasagna to those people who care enough to meet the candidates for the job.

Free, Useful Literature

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has posted on its website a free 192-page book on campus free speech. It contains an extensive section on the speech rights of students at private colleges. Several other guides to student expression either are available or will be available soon.

Review mentioned in Thomas Sowell column


Dartmouth College has been carrying on a running battle with the conservative student newspaper, the Dartmouth Review, from the moment it was founded many years ago. On some campuses, conservative student newspapers are destroyed by leftist students or even burned publicly, with little or no effort by the college administration to maintain freedom of speech.

Dartmouth Greens Still Going

A recruiting e-mail from the Dartmouth Greens proved that, despite rumors to the contrary, the organization still exists. The message did not prove the group's relevance, however.

Date: 10 Jan 2005 01:30:19 EST
From: Dartmouth College Greens
Reply-To: greens
Subject: Greens Kickoff TONIGHT
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

The GREENS are a progressive activist group on campus.

If YOU support peace, social justice, environmental, or other issues and want to DO MORE than just talk about it, we want YOU to join US.

Come to 206 Dartmouth Hall at 8 PM TONIGHT to find out more and GET INVOLVED.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Furstenberg Flap Based on Politics?

In a letter to the editor of the Daily D, College employee Ted Bush '89 calls Bryan Knutson '96 "small minded" and a "whining, mudslinging child" for resigning as president of the Dartmouth Club of Western Washington. Knutson stepped down because of Dean Karl Furstenberg's letter critical of athletics and other administration missteps.

Bush suggests Knutson really resigned because he's depressed about the 2004 election. He also accuses Knutson of supporting President Bush. How scandalous!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Mark Your Calendars

The Vagina Monologues are coming to Dartmouth on February 15th and 16th. Jennifer John '05 is producing the event with Wade Meyer, one of the Center for Women and Gender's five staffers.

One Tradition Never Dies

In honor of Winter term's first snowfall, students will gather tonight on the Green for a snowball fight.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

More College Programming

This one certainly ranks right up there with the worst of them.
From: Carol.E.Patton@Dartmouth.EDU (Carol E. Patton)
Date: 5 Jan 2005 09:56:55 -0500
Bulletin Topic: First Year Office
Expires: 10 Jan 2005 09:54:33 -0500

Are you a man or do you have sex with men???

Then join us for:
7 pm
Monday, Jan 10th
Tindle Lounge
Speakers: Curt Crane, local Urologist & Ken Leslie, Neuroscience Ph. D.

The Mechanics of Pleasure workshops educate about the biology and physiology of sex and sexual pleasure. Hopefully it's a way for men and women to learn more about their own (and each others') bodies from an expert. There will be a discussion component where participants can ask questions and engage each other on topics of sexuality. The workshops are open to members of all genders.


Laura Rubinstein
Coordinator of Health Programs,
Dartmouth College
phone: 603.650.1531

Teevens to Coach Indians Again

The hiring of Buddy Teevens '79 as football coach was announced today.

Feminism Caught on Tape

The Center for Women and Gender, having sent staff to a "Women and Power" conference in New York City, announced today a film series based on that trip. CWG will show videos of the symposium's primary speakers each Tuesday at lunchtime. Speakers include Gloria Steinem, whose keynote speech focused on "hopes [as] a form of planning," Sally Field—"her unprepared remarks are not to be missed!"—and Eve Ensler, who believes women are all one people. The video presentations conclude on March 8th with communist apologist Jane Fonda speaking about the need for "real change."

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Thus Always to Flaky Linguists

Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff wrote a self-help book for the Democratic Party prescribing (surprise!) a language-based strategy. Now, former Review editor Steven Menashi '01 has written an article exposing Lakoff's intellectual villainy.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Teevens to Coach Indians Again?

The Union Leader is reporting that Buddy Teevens '79, who served as Dartmouth's football coach from 1987-1991, has spent the past two days in Hanover meeting with College officials. He is the first potential head coach to publicly visit Hanover, though athletics director Josie Harper did not say whether he would be offered the job. Teevens, who has coached at Stanford for the past two seasons, led the Indians two two Ivy League titles.