Monday, February 28, 2005

What matters to her? Why?

Shelby Grantham, consistently granted the title of "Dartmouth's Worst Professor", recently sent an e-mail around inviting students to come be immersed in her views over lunch. Free Subway will be provided:
Date: 28 Feb 2005 14:03:42 EST
From: What Matters To Me And Why
Subject: FREE SUBWAY!!!
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

What Matters To Me and Why,
A Tucker Series Presents:

Shelby S. Grantham of the English Department

---Come hear your Professors talk about the issues most important to them over a FREE LUNCH---

Tuesday (Tomorrow)
March 1st
Tucker Lounge
Endure the sermon, get a sub. Not the worst trade-off.

The College Fights Back

Several alumni have formed a new group, Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth, which takes a strict College line on all major issues affecting the coming alumni Trustee election. According to its proponents, Strong Dartmouth will "offer a counterweight" to the ideas promoted by independent alumni Trustee candidates Todd Zywicki '88 and Peter Robinson '79. The site will further counter arguments that "alumni are angry, disenfranchised, etc."

An alumnus forwarded to The Dartmouth Review various emails from Strong Dartmouth backers. The emails are reproduced as recieved, and have only been modified for readability and to protect the privacy of recipients. Emphasis added.
From: [J. Michael Houlahan '61]
To: [...]
Subject: FW: Dartmouth trustee election
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 11:21:57 -0500

A new group called Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth is starting up to offer a counterweight to the views expressed by the petition candidates for the board of trustees. The website, includes the straightforward biographies of all six candidates for the two seats. I recommend paying particular attention to the election issues page

From: [Mary T. Conway '82]
To: [...]
Subject: Dartmouth trustee election
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 16:16:16 -0500

I hope you found the information I sent you helpful and have forwarded it on to other alumni. Momentum is building for this point of view, and a website,, is going live on Monday. It's a non-partisan (read milder) presentation of facts in support of the College designed to share another perspective with alumni about the issues, since the petition candidates are apparently keeping their website live as well.

We really need people willing to step forward and allow their names to be used to endorse this point of view (as part of an organization called Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth.) We hope that you are comfortable allowing your name to be used on this site, and if there are others who you know are comfortable being named, please let us know as well. It's important that we demonstrate the breadth of support for the College across the alumni body, since one misperception is that most alumni are angry, disenfranchised, etc. Please let me know any questions, and thanks for your help. Mary
The man listed as the owner of, Geoffrey Berlin '84, advocates a divide-and-conquer approach to alumni relations, saying that colleges "must segment their alumni bodies" in order to effectively "reach out" to their graduates. Another early contributer to Strong Dartmouth is Joseph Mandel '60, who in 2002 argued against expanding alumni participation in the Alumni Association by allowing voting by email or paper ballot.

Update: Several readers have noted that campaigning against an alumni Trustee candidate, as Strong Dartmouth is apparently doing, would violate the established regulations for the process. The regulations stipulate that,
Campaigning by the candidate or his/her supporters beyond the two emails is inappropriate . Campaigning is defined as any effort to garner votes and may take the form of written, electronic or telephone communications. It is the responsibility of the candidate to communicate the dignity of the trustee nomination process to his or her supporters and to honor the spirit and the guidelines of the process.
Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth does claim to keep "with the Alumni Council's policy on campaigning," though the group explicitly encourages "alumni to vote for those candidates who share our views and not to vote for those candidates whose views are antithetical to our own."

Representatives of the alumni affairs office were unavailable for comment.

You Can't Hide Behind a Glossy Brochure

The College has, of late, determined that it hasn't been effectively getting its message out to alumni, so it has made its newsletters glossier and its prose more flowery. But, as Joseph Asch '79 points out, this sort of propaganda is no longer possible.
However, Dartmouth's thoughtful alumni can see through this storm of self-congratulatory fluff; they have other, more direct sources of information about the College: alumni parents talk to legacies; young alums talk to student friends; alumni interview recent graduates in a professional context; they read The Dartmouth, the Valley News and Dartmouth blogs online; and they share what they learn with each other.

The information that they gather in these ways is the true basis for the alumni unhappiness at the present state of a Dartmouth education. Alumni actually know what is going on in Hanover, and to their deep disappointment, what they see is not pretty.
The alumni are well aware of the problems on campus, Asch says, including the "scant support" for athletics, the chaotic housing situation, the increasing administration bloat, the decline of student writing skills, and "the College's unwritten but actively enforced Speech Code." He concludes that Dartmouth's graduates will continue their push for "a change of leadership," which began last year with the election to the Board of Trustees of T. J. Rodgers '70.

DSO Conductor Let Go—But Why?

The College is set to fire Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra conductor Anthony Princiotti, according to the Daily Dartmouth. The newspaper, though, offered nothing but student speculation about the reasons for his dismissal.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to post in the comments or send an email to the Dartlog editor.

What a Shame

Everyone's favorite "art" display is being dismantled. The refrigerator in the Hopkins Center, which over the weekend was full of rotting meat cutlets covered in fur, is now empty.

"I think this work is important for the Dartmouth community," artist Krista Oopik '05 told the Daily D. "I think it questions them and makes them think, 'What is art today?'" Many students determined that her work was not art.

"C-Minus" Mansfield on Summers


Sunday, February 27, 2005

Indoor Track and Field Takes Fifth, Sixth Place at Harvard

Dartmouth's men finished in fifth place and the women in sixth at the 2005 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, held this weekend at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track. The Big Red from Cornell dominated both men's and women's events, taking first place in both.

More details can be found at Ivy League Sports and Dartmouth Athletics.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Men's Hockey Wins, Misses Bye

Dartmouth's skaters drubbed Brown 6-2 tonight at Thompson Arena to finish the regular season with a 17-10-2 record. Though the Bears scored first, the Indians scored four straight goals to cruise to victory.

Unfortunately, Vermont battled Harvard to a 2-2 tie and snared the last bye; the Catamounts finished with a single point more than the Indians in the ECAC. The Indians will face Yale's Bulldogs next Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

Still More Funding for Campus Liberals

The Center for American Progress may give an additional $1,500 to the Dartmouth Free Press come fall, according to the latest issue of that liberal College-funded magazine. As we reported earlier, CAP two weeks ago gave a similar grant to the paper, described by the Daily Dartmouth as a "twice-a-month political rag."

Ward Churchill, Academic Homogeneity and Dartmouth

John Bruce '69 writes on his blog that the Ward Churchill scandal stems in part from the increasing homogeneity of the university system, especially in the area of hiring practices.
It seems to me that the homogeneity we now see is something undesirable. In all the Ward Churchill discussion we've been seeing, no matter what the perspective, nobody seems to be saying that Churchill is unique to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an extreme version of the faculty dog-in-the-manger at every institution, which is why there's national interest in the case.
But it's not just in the nature of their faculty that colleges can no longer be distinguished, he says.
I've also seen the observation that administrators and staff once tended to be alumni of the particular school who stayed in a career path at that school; now administrators have careers where they move with some frequency among different schools, again adding to homogeneity.

In addition, it's generally recognized that individual universities are rated across essentially a single, homogeneous continuum: there's a top-5, Berkeley, Chicago, Michigan, Yale, Harvard (or however you want to count them), then a top-20, then a top-50, and so forth.
Dartmouth's ongoing alumni rebellion--which elected T. J. Rodgers '70 to the Board of Trustees last year and included two unofficial Trustee candidates on this year's ballot--reflects disenchantment with this homogeneity, Bruce continues.
One case I'm familiar with, the move among Dartmouth alumni to nominate and elect new members of that institution's Board of Trustees via a petition process, comes in large part from the sense that administrators have attempted to homogenize Dartmouth into the characterless national university pool, when they feel the college's uniqueness should be preserved.
This aversion to being like other schools is very real at Dartmouth, and it's why President Wright plays lip service to the idea of Dartmouth as a college and not as a university every time he appears before the alumni. The alumni don't buy it, though. And it's no wonder: in his first speech after being named president, Wright said that "Dartmouth is a research university in all but name."

Both current Trustee candidates see Dartmouth as becoming too much like the rest of academia. Peter Robinson '79 says that "the administration should forswear any attempt to turn Dartmouth into a second-rate Harvard or Yale, instead rededicating the College to its central mission: providing the best undergraduate education in the country." Fellow candidate Todd Zywicki '88 thinks Dartmouth has strayed from its "mission of undergraduate education" in an "intimate learning environment." He says the College has abandoned this "core mission" and that he will "build Dartmouth's future on its unique character and distinctive strengths, rather than simply trying to become more like any other university."

It's not just Dartmouth alumni who have a rather visceral reaction to this homogeneity, either. Buzzflood's efforts to compare the College with "HYP" (Harvard, Yale and Princeton Universities to those who feel Dartmouth isn't as good) were met on campus, more often than not, with dirision and scorn.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Friday Sports

With 31.2 seconds remaining in overtime and Dartmouth's chance at a first round bye hanging in the balance, Mike Ouellette took a feed from Lee Stempniak and stuffed it past Dov Grumet-Morris to give Dartmouth the 2-1 victory over the hated Crimson, the Green's first victory over Harvard since the 00-01 season. Ouellette had put Dartmouth ahead 1-0 with just over 3 minutes remaining in regulation, but Harvard tied it up with roughly a minute left on the clock to force overtime.

The Crimson had no answer for Dartmouth's top line tonight, as even before Ouellette's two goals the trio, which also includes Lee Stempniak and Nick Johnson, had a number of grade-A chances. Johnson beat Morris but hit the crossbar in the first and Stempniak had several near misses late in the second.

For Dartmouth to earn a bye in the ECAC playoffs, it must defeat Brown tomorrow on Senior Night and then, as painful as it may be, root for Harvard to beat Vermont. That would leave them tied for fourth with the Catamounts, and Dartmouth would earn the bye based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere, women's hoops fell to Brown 68-64, dropping to 9-1 in the Ancient Eight. They are still a game up on Harvard with four games remaining on the schedule.

Men's hoops won 66-64 against Brown to improve to 6-5 in the Ivies, good enough for a 3-way tie for second place. Head Coach Terry Dunn must be considered an early favorite to win coach of the year in the Ivy League given the stunning turnaround after last season's misery. Also of note: If Penn downs Columbia tomorrow, they'll be the first team in the nation to secure an NCAA bid by clinching the Ivy League title.

Women's hockey lost in Cambridge 4-3. Harvard raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first but Dartmouth mounted a comeback that fell just short.

Tuck Mall Construction

The Facilities Planning Office formally notified students today of the pending dormitory construction along Tuck Mall. Notably, vehicle access between Webster Avenue and Tuck Mall will be cut off.

The details:
Date: 25 Feb 2005 12:27:04 EST
From: Andrew D. Ager
Subject: Tuck Mall Residence Hall Construction Notice

Dear Students and Neighbors of the Tuck Mall Residence Hall,

Construction for the new Tuck Mall Residence Hall will begin on Tuesday, March 1, 2005. This work will permanently close the vehicular connection between Webster Avenue and Tuck Mall.

The parking currently available on this College road was replaced with additional parking in the Dewey Field Parking Lot. Buses run with a maximum 10-minute headway between Dewey Parking Lot and the main part of campus throughout the day. Parking Operations sent notification of this closure to all campus members with valid stickers who can park on this road .

During this first week, the contractor will start to mobilize his operations, bringing trailers and equipment on site and constructing a fence around the project perimeter. There will be signage placed to instruct pedestrians to walkways around the project site.

There will be at least two (2) meetings for students impacted by the project early next Spring term.

We apologize for any and all inconveniences.

Jessiman's back

I'd been hearing rumors all week that Hugh Jessiman was cleared to play for this weekend's games, and even if those were true I wasn't sure that would mean he'd play though. But according to the Valley News, he'll be in the lineup tonight, in front of what will likely be a sold-out Thompson Arena Crowd.

Write-In Trustee Candidates Make Ballot

As expected, both Peter Robinson '79 and Todd Zywicki '88 have gathered the required 500 signatures to make it onto the Trustee election ballot, according to the alumni office. Ballots will be mailed in early March.

The Daily Dartmouth today profiles the two candidates; The Review profiled them two weeks back.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

Honestly, what the hell is this? This piece, entitled "The Butcher's Bargain," is currently installed at the Hop. The artist, Krista Oopik '05, states that she "wanted to emphasize the outrageousness of American consumerism." The first thing that came to my mind, upon viewing it (not noticing the fur encasing each morsel of meat), was "delicious." Regrettably, my attempts to purchase and grill one of the lamb shanks at the Hop's Courtyard Cafe were met with confusion and, ultimately, disapproval. Perhaps I should have skinned it first.

CRs Celebrate Reagan

The Dartmouth College Republicans are belatedly celebrating Ronald Reagan's birthday tonight in 101 Collis with a lecture by speech professor Jim Kuypers on the Gipper's oratory and, of all things, a candy-filled piñata. The late president's 94th birthday would have been February 6th, 18 days ago.

Student Group Barred From Student Event

Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity was barred from placing a booth at the recent Sex Festival because there was "some concern about the reputation of the fraternity," Center for Women and Gender employee Wade Meyer told the Daily D. Other student groups, including even religious organizations like Dartmouth Hillel, had booths at the event, and their reputations emerged unscathed.

Other student groups have been similarly banned on tenuous grounds from otherwise open student activities. The Dartmouth Review, for example, was evicted from the 2003 Dartmouth media fair because an administrator somehow did not consider the student-run newspaper to be a student organization.

"The Time Has Come to Revisit the Concept of the Electric Car"

Apparently lacking anything else to write about, Tim Mosso '06 has written an op-ed in the Daily Dartmouth about electric cars and the evil machinations of the automobile industry to prevent the adoption of the admittedly immature and expensive technology.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Dartlog Contest (of sorts)

In honor of the Blabberforce/Buzzflood's recent woes, I'd like to announce a Dartlog-wide contest for the best future absurd Buzzflood headline. No prizes, just the pride of knowing you're the best at something.

I'm thinking along the lines of:

"Presidential Candidate Robert Haines Visits Campus"
"Dartmouth Student Receives Citation from Hanover Police"
"We have a letter from Robert Frost that you don't have"

But I'm sure our readers can think of some better ones. So please, have at it.

Coming soon to Dartmouth?

An innovative (if deceptive) new program at Michigan.

More Campus Construction

Construction on the new Tuck Mall dormitory will begin on March 1st, according to an email from Parking Operations. The facility will be located to the west of Butterfield and Russell Sage dormitories, behind Zeta Psi, Bones Gate and Sigma Nu fraternities. Preliminary work on the site began in the fall.

Work is already underway behind Baker-Berry Library on Kemeny Hall--the future home of the math department, among others--and on the McLaughlin dormitory cluster north of Maynard Street.

Stop! Thief!

As a former resident of East Wheelock, I know that life can be a little rough there. The laundry room of Morton is not a place where I'd feel comfortable walking alone at night.

--- Forwarded bulletin from Cluster-East Wheelock ---

From: Cluster-East.Wheelock@Dartmouth.EDU (Cluster-East Wheelock)
Subject: ALERT! Stolen White Laundry Basket
Date: 23 Feb 2005 15:09:48 -0500
Bulletin Topic: Cluster - East Wheelock
Expires: 28 Feb 2005 15:06:48 -0500


An East Wheelock resident just had her laundry basket taken out of the Morton laundry room in the past hour. A student in the laundry room told her that he saw three female students take the basket, but he did not realize it wasn't theirs to begin with.

If you know anything about this laundry basket, please let me know, or return it to the EW office off of Brace Commons. I would like to think that the persons who took the basket would be willing to return it as soon as possible.

It is a white plastic basket, about 3 X 2 feet, 2 feet deep.

Thank you,

Michael Lord
Community Director
East Wheelock Cluster

College Launches Own 'Facebook' Service

The alumni office has launched InCircle, an electronic social networking service similar to the popular Facebook website. The only apparent difference between the programs is that InCircle is hosted on the College's web servers; this may bother those who worry about Dartmouth's commitment to community over speech.

InCircle is open to both alumni and undergraduates, but current students will need to activate their alumni email account to use it.

Update: Users who like the identity-politics game can specify their ethnicity (a plethora of specific national origins or generic "white") and sexual orientation (bisexual, curious, gay or straight).

Wright on Summers

College President James Wright spoke for the first time on Harvard President Larry Summers' controversial speech, which proposed various explanations for the lack of women in science. In an interview with the Daily Dartmouth, Wright admitted that Summers sought only to "encourage conversation" about the role of women, though he dismissed offhand even the possibility that women might be wired differently from men. Wright also said that, unlike Summers, he enjoys the support of the faculty at Dartmouth, presumably because he shares with the faculty a belief in political correctness.

Daily D
staffer Alex Lentz '07, who wrote the article, also seems to hold fast to political correctness: he referred to Summers' speech as "the calamity in Cambridge."

If you aren't busy...

Student Assembly intends on forming a committee to make recommendations on the current meal plan system, along with other DDS related topics. The current system is a result of a similar Assembly initiated forum; but this committee "is a great opportunity to make a real difference," according to an email from the organization. The question is, how long will this latest revision last? Interested students are urged to apply.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Jews Gone Wild

If I were looking for a nice Jewish girl to take home to my mother, this would clearly be the place to find her.
Date: 22 Feb 2005 20:55:51 EST
From: Hillel
Subject: * Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad *
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

* Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad *
"A performance you will never forget"
Tomorrow Night CommonGround 7 PM

Cosponsored by GSA, DRA, and DHillel.

Blabberforce Desperate

You know that the Buzzflood/Blabberforce is desperate when it posts stuff like this.

Granted, I wish more people realized what a resource Rauner is. But this is more than a bit ridiculous, from headline to bold quote.

Impatient for Housing

Daily D columnist Robert Butts '06 complains today that the College isn't building its new dormitories with sufficient speed. Even though work on the McLaughlin Cluster along Maynard Street began in November, he demands that "the creation of more housing be placed at the top of the College's construction priorities." Realistically, what more could the College do?

Fighting Stereotypes With Stereotypes

University of Massachusetts professor David Lisak spoke yesterday on campus to "break down the stereotypical profile of a rapist as a dangerous 'man in a ski mask,'" the Daily Dartmouth reported. He countered this with the stereotypical profile of a rapist as a fraternity member.

Wright Misrepresents—Again

Speaking recently to alumni in Denver and Chicago, College President James Wright reiterated some of his usual soothing words and casual misrepresentations.

For example, he denied that the Student Life Initiative targets Greek houses:
Is the College in the middle of a campaign to eliminate or to significantly curtail the Greek system? No, not at all. Although there are those who persist in arguing that there is a secret plan to do just that.
Really, it's no wonder that people claim the SLI is designed to curtail Greeks. In fact, there's a plethora of evidence: the recently-revealed documents from the Committee on the Student Life Initiative suggesting the fraternity system be dismantled; the inane alcohol regulations imposed on houses; the derecognition of Zeta Psi fraternity on trumped-up charges; the hoops Phi Delta Alpha fraternity had to jump through for re-recognition; the College's long history of battling the Greeks; &c.

President Wright also claimed Dartmouth lacks speech codes:
Does Dartmouth have speech codes that curtail free expression on campus? No we do not. There are no codes.
In a way, he's right. There are no written codes per se. Instead, there are a series of arbitrary rules and regulations applied unevenly and unequally to Dartmouth students and alumni, often in the name of "community." Indeed, Wright himself said in 2001 that "speech has consequences for which we must account." So he's right: there are no codes, but expression is stifled anyway.

Kalb on CPAC

Former Review staffer John Kalb '03 has posted on his blog about his experience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Most of his post discusses the wisdom of holding open-bar promotions, but he ended with a description of the "lame" party put on by the Maine College Republicans. His closing line: "After seeing this, it's hard to believe that so many CRs go on to such long and successful political careers."

More sports...

Was going to wait until later in the week to post, but since Kale beat me to punch, I'll go ahead and add to his thoughts.

Friday is the red-letter day of the sports season, as I wrote at the beginning of the school year. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I don't care if you think the red line is a subway in New York, this is the one game that anyone with any sense of school spirit should go to if they are physically able. Last year people stood outside in below-freezing temperatures and watched through the windows because the arena was sold out, it'll be a disappointment if it doesn't sell out this year too. And don't be wandering in at 7:30 because it's the "thing to do." Get there are 6:30 and start verbally abusing the Harvard players during warm-ups, and don't stop until the final whistle sounds.

This is a hockey game, not a ballet; its ok to heckle, yell, and even cheer at times other than when Dartmouth scores. And if you need some liquid encouragement beforehand to loosen the vocal cords, I say go for it. Just don't throw anything on the ice unless you're celebrating a hat trick.

It's been 25 years since Dartmouth made the NCAA tournament in hockey. It's been five years and 10 games since Dartmouth's beaten Harvard on the ice. It's time to break both those streaks, and that starts with a win Friday.

And just remember, Harvard even admits that they suck.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Huge upcoming weekend for sports

It's difficult to overstate how important this weekend is to the men's and women's hockey and basketball teams.

The men's hockey team can move closer to an at-large NCAA tournament berth by sweeping Harvard (Friday) and Brown (Saturday) at Thompson this weekend. Game time both nights is 7:00pm. We need a packed and raucous student section for the Harvard game especially--get there early. The skating Indians on the bubble for a tournament berth right now; they need fan support to push them over the top.

The women's hockey team can wrap up an ECAC and an Ivy League regular season titles by a sweep at Harvard and Brown.

The women's basketball team, currently undefeated in Ivy League play, can all but wrap up the regular season crown by beating Brown and Yale on the road.

The resurgent men's basketball team can firmly entrench itself in the top half of the Ancient Eight with a winning league record by beating Brown and Yale at home. Game time both nights is 7:00pm.

"Insulting, inflammatory and inaccurate coverage"

The following (unpublished) letter to the Daily Dartmouth was forwarded to members of The Review's staff by Michael Amico '07 and his organization, the "'D' Watch (Dartmouth's News Media Watchdog)." Mr. Amico was recently featured on DartLog for a letter to the editors of the Daily D in which he criticized that paper's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr. day celebrations and its speaker, white lesbian Dorothy Allison.

Dear Editors,

I would appreciate your printing my letter (unedited) in The Dartmouth as a rebuttal to your insulting, inflammatory and inaccurate coverage of my Stonewall Lecture on campus as well as that of Dorothy Allison the week before. As a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism and a writer for more than 30 years, I understand that youthful writers often miss the larger picture when covering a story. The Dartmouth is 0 for 0 with underserved communities so far as I can tell. You have misrepresented lesbian/feminists, African Americans, and white Southerners and refused to correct your errors when they're pointed out to you by fellow students. Your unprofessional approach to journalism resulted in gross misrepresentation of my lecture and the manufacture of divisiveness around the earlier presentation by Dorothy Allison for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (In the future, try to print his name correctly each time.)

Whoever wrote the headline, "Leading gay rights activist bashes men, praises '60s rock," must have been in another lecture, not mine. Anyone attending my presentation or even reading the reporter's many quotes from my talk would never conclude that I 'bashed' anybody or 'railed' at men. Where was the editor in all of this? And I haven't heard those anti-feminist buzz phrases from anyone under 40 years of age since women got the vote. Anyone who knows my work (7 books and countless articles and lectures) would never say I 'bash' men. My discussion included positive references to many men-gay and straight. Your inability to tell the difference between a cultural analysis of patriarchy and male-bashing results in your insulting me, lesbian feminists and people of color. These are the time-worn tactics used to shut people up or belittle our opinions so you can obscure the real and important issues being addressed. In this case: the importance of discussing women's sexuality and power. My talk wasn't about men at all.

Your headline was so old fashioned it made your paper sound like a conservative tract from the 1950s. And it certainly didn't represent the enthusiastic response I received from the students-women and men-who attended.

As an African American/Native American lesbian who worked for liberation in the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, the Women's Movement and the Gay Movement, I insist on being recognized for all of who I am, not just who you find convenient. I've been a part of progressive movements in order to open up the world not close it down. You made a big (and unnecessary) deal of Dorothy Allison being white and Southern. Didn't much of the Civil Rights Movement take place in the South; weren't white citizens marching and dying too? The answer is yes, if you don't remember your history. If Dorothy's race was so critical, why was my ethnicity (which is evident in my biography as well as in my remarks) not mentioned at all?

Why does the reporter say that the entire Celebration "largely focused on gay rights," when only two out of over twenty events focused on gayness? Selective reporting of facts is, in effect, lying; and those lies support the oppression of Black people and lesbians. I insist on my right and that of any other qualified speaker to make a presentation in celebration of Stonewall or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't try to make me more invisible.

I've participated in other wonderful activities at Dartmouth, notably the Black/Native dialogue a few years back, so I know there is an active, intelligent and concerned student body there. I realize that this is just a student newspaper, but it seems like this would be the perfect time to be sharpening your journalism skills and learning about journalistic responsibility, not simply using the pages to generate misinformation and reinforce stereotypes. Have more respect for the history of our democracy and for your fellow students.

-Jewelle Gomez (February 17, 2005)
It may be of note that Amico is a reporter for Bay Windows, "New England's Largest Gay and Lesbian Newspaper."

Zywicki Seeks Electoral Fairness

Todd Zywicki '88, who is running as a petition candidate for alumni Trustee, has addressed a letter to the College condemning the unfair advantages given to the four official candidates:

I was surprised and disappointed to see the announcement in the "Speaking of Dartmouth" Electronic Newsletter last week that promoted the candidacies of the four official alumni candidates. Given that candidacy deadline does not close until this Wednesday Feb. 23, I believe that this announcement was premature, inappropriate, and very detrimental to the prospects of a fair election for the Dartmouth Board of Trustess. First, by referring to "the candidates" in the email announcement, this implies that the 4 candidates listed there will be the full slate of candidates. Second, this is very detrimental to my efforts in that any alumni who clicked through that link last week will be much less likely to do so with respect to any future announcements. Third, any future announcement regarding an updated slate of candidates will not only mention my candidacy but will inevitably also again promote the Alumni Council candidates; thus, this puts me at a permanent disadvatage.

To the extent that the College and Alumni Council insist on strict rules on communication with alumni during the election process, it is imperative that these rules be applied in an even-handed manner to all qualified candidates and that there is neither the appearance nor the acutal effect of favoring some candidates over another.

I believe that the announcement at this time was premature and fundamentally unfair to independent candidates and should have not been issued until the deadline for candidates was closed on Feb. 23.

As a result, I request that the College and the Alumni Council take the following steps to attempt to redress this situation:

First, I request the IMMEDIATE REMOVAL of the video by Karen McKeel Calby '81 endorsing the official Alumni Council nominees. This is a completely inappropriate advantage for the official candidates and there is simply no possible way for a qualified petition candidate to offset this advantage.

Second, I would like to request that the following to try rectify this unfair communication on behalf of the Alumni Council candidates. First, I would like express authorization to maintain my personal website for the duration of the balloting period, to provide alumni with an equal opportunity to discover and learn about my candidacy. Second, after I am qualified as an official candidate this week I would like a special email to be sent to all subscribers of "Speaking of Darmouth" that mentions my addition to the ballot and directs interested alumni to my personal website. I would request that this communication mention specifically that the prior email communication was premature and prior to the candidate deadline, and that the email that mentions my candidacy is being sent to provide all candidates with an equal playing field. It is important that this email mention only myself and any other petition candidates who qualify for the ballot, and does not exacerbate the situation by again directing alumni to the official Alumni website.

I believe this is a serious breach of the promise of a fair and open Trustee Election. If the College is going to impose speech restraints on Trustee candidates, it is imperative that those rules be applied in an even-handed manner and do not favor some candidates at the expense of others.

That Dartmouth applies its "free speech" unfairly and unequally unfortunately does not surprise. If the alumni office seeks to continue giving such advantages to the establishment candidates, though, the College may face a national backlash against its speech restrictions. Zywicki, who appears to have the support of many bloggers, has managed to garner tremendous publicity for his campaign. Even Internet heavyweights like Glenn Reynolds have noted his candidacy, and the mainstream media has caught on: the Weekly Standard ran an article today describing the race.

Trustee Race Update

The Weekly Standard today features an article on the petition candidates for alumni Trustee, Peter Robinson '79 and Todd Zywicki '88.

The story, written by Scott Johnson '73, says that both candidates have "secured signatures sufficient to be added to the ballot." Zywicki told The Dartmouth Review that he mailed in the necessary 500 signatures "with a couple hundred extras to spare." Robinson, though , told The Review that he could not say for sure whether he would qualify since the College's alumni leadership office has yet to formally certify the petitions.

Update: Zywicki writes on his blog that the College is working to undermine the petition candidates:
Of course, as with students as well, it appears that the College does not apply its restrictions on free speech in an even-handed manner. I notified the College last week that I had garnered sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot. Nonetheless, at the end of last week--after I notified them, and less than one week before the close of the deadline for candidates to qualify (Feb. 23)--the College sent out its electronic newsletter "Speaking of Dartmouth", which contained an advertisement for alumni to follow a link to "meet" the four candidates named by the Alumni Council.

Update 2: New information on signatures added above.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Professor Stam on Athletic Recruiting

Government professor Allan Stam wrote a letter to the editor of the Valley News critiquing academia for its loathing for student athletes (the letter is not available on the newspaper website, but Bill Wellstead '63 published it on his blog). Stam draws on his own experiences as a student athlete--he rowed at Cornell--to explain that athletes may be far better prepared for life than those "collegiate sophists" who engage "pedantic and nitpicking conversations."

His conclusion:
I'll take the mediocre athletes over the mediocre poets and navel-gazers any day. I often wonder if the loathsome dismissiveness with which America's intellectuals view athletes, soldiers, business people and politicians lies in their own insecurities rather than any better sense of judgment they might have than the rest of us.
Dean of admissions Carl Furstenberg caused a controversy on campus when he suggested in a letter, revealed last December, that athletic programs like football "represent a sacrifice to the academic quality and diversity of entering first-year classes."

The Future Is Now

Michael Ellis, Jeffrey Hart and Kevin Hudak

Art Baron

Michael Ellis and Kevin Hudak pose with professor Jeffrey Hart, center.

Yesterday, the Review board named Michael Ellis '06 and Kevin Hudak '07 as the paper's new leadership team. Ellis will assume the position of Editor-in-Chief while Hudak will don the mantle of the Presidency. By the spring, readers shall see a new perspective in the editorials and be required to approach somebody else for the weekly supplement of pizza.

Such wonderful news is, of course, tempered by the fact that current Editor Joseph Rago '05 and President Charles Kluender '04 will be vacating their positions come spring term.

Hypersensitivity Alert

The College-funded Center for Women and Gender took offense to Epsilon Kappa Theta's party advertisement promoting "DJ, kegs, [and] inappropriateness," according to various members of that sorority. To CWG's thought police, the ad somehow condones drunken sexual misconduct against women.

The "offending" email:

an EKT blacklight party
15 Webster

DJ, kegs, inappropriateness.
For shame.

Basketball Wins Third Straight

The Indian men hoopsters (8-15, 5-5 Ivy) have managed to pull together two more wins, beating Cornell 67-54 on Friday night and edging out Columbia 50-48 last night. These victories, following last weekend's lopsided win at Brown, mark Dartmouth's first 3-game Ivy League winning streak since the 1998-99 season.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Another Tradition Goes by the Wayside

Dartmouth's women skaters have warned student fans not to bring tennis balls to todays game against Princeton (now underway). Junior forward Katherine Weatherston wrote in an email that, "Princeton cried and complained that they were humilated last year so we will be penalized EVERY time a tennis ball is thrown onto the ice."

While throwing tennis balls might be just a touch immature and disruptive, it remains harmless fun. Do athletes suffer from such low self-esteem that throwing tennis balls or otherwise taunting makes them unable to play?

Friday Sports

Good News First:
Women's hoops won 88-51 at Cornell to improve to 8-0 in Ivy League play and remain two up in the loss column on Brown and Harvard.
Men's hoops won 67-54 over Cornell to improve to 4-5 in the conference, good enough for 5th place.
Women's hockey won 3-2 against Yale despite being shorthanded due to injuries.

Now the bad news:
Men's hockey played perhaps the worst game I've seen since I started watching games as a freshman five years ago, losing to Princeton 6-2. Unlike the majority of the losses early in the season where Dartmouth outplayed its opponents in every facet but the scoreboard, they were never in this one. The only game I recall that comes close to this one was the 7-0 debacle against Union last season, but at least that one could be pinned on some suspect officiating. This one had plenty of blame to go around.

The offense was non-existent. The defense left way too many men alone in front of the net. Sean Samuel had an extremely shaky outing, and the fourth goal given up was probably the weakest one given up by a Dartmouth goalie since Nick Boucher let in a 190-footer against Clarkson a few years ago. Even Coach Gaudet got in on the action by putting Samuel in net in the first place, which was a very questionable move at this point in the season with all that's on the line. Unless Dan Yacey was injured, which he didn't seem to be when he came on in relief in the 3rd period, it's hard to understand why he wasn't starting.

If there is a bright side to this mess, it's that of Dartmouth's last four games, this was the one they could really afford to lose because it impacts the team's NCAA chances the least. But this was Dartmouth's last mulligan. A 3-0 finish to the regular season is almost certainly required to earn an at-large bid.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Are Conservatives Really Scared of Dean?

Chris Bateman '05 wrote an op-ed in today's Daily Dartmouth proclaiming that conservatives are now scared of DNC chairman Howard Dean. Last weekend's candlelight vigil mocking Dean, he says, shows that conservatives are just trying to "laugh off" the chairman's coming onslaught. I disagree, but that's only natural.

The article, though, centers around an analysis of the National Review. Bateman claims the magazine, which sarcastically asked Democrats in 2003 to "Please, Nominate This Man," has grown wary of the failed presidential candidate and has ceased mocking him. In his words,
Howard Dean is back and now it's largely anxiety conservatives are showing. On the National Review website you'll find no headlines reading, "Thank you for electing this man." Instead, in "Beware the Doctor,"National Review staff writer Eric Pfeiffer writes, "Conservatives should not underestimate Howard Dean."
To say that the bastion of conservative journalism had ceased mocking him would be a fine argument, if only it were true. In fact, National Review's editors wrote an editorial on February 2nd reaffirming their "support" for Howard Dean.
But, in the meantime, there will be Dean, who would represent another step by the Democrats into the quicksand of outdated orthodoxies and self-pleasing emotionalism. ... [C]onservative Republicans will reap all sorts of benefits from a Democratic party resolute about wandering further into the wilderness. For that reason, contemplating the possibility of Dean as DNC chairman makes part of us want to beg, "Please, please, please, select this man."
Bateman further opined that conservatives stand in awe of
Dean's proven fundraising ability and the legions of grassroots progressives he inspires. All this makes them [conservatives, especially at National Review] a little worried.
But wait! The very same National Review editorial mercilessly derides these supposed qualities, noting that
the Internet activity grew up under Dean almost by accident, as a few web-savvy aides took advantage of the brushfire while the governor remained blissfully ignorant of the Internet and all its doings. ... Dean ran a laughably disorganized campaign beset by poisonous infighting of epic proportions. He flamed out in embarrassing fashion while running through $52 million in ways no one yet quite understands.
As I wrote earlier in the week, the Daily D's editors really need to do a better job of fact-checking.

Note: Updated somewhat for clarity and additional detail.

Basketball Great LaRusso '59 Honored Tomorrow

Five time NBA all-star Rudy LaRusso '59 will be honored by family, friends and teammates at a ceremony tomorrow before the Indians take on the Yale Bulldogs in Leede Arena. The former Los Angeles Laker, who passed away last year after complications with Parkinson's, was an all-American and twice an all-Ivy player. He led the team to two Ivy championships and still holds all of Dartmouth's rebounding records.

Koop '37 on new AIDS mutation

After news of a new strain of AIDS, C. Everett Koop '37, former Surgeon General of the United States, is praised for his prescience by Cal Thomas.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

The Daily Dartmouth today runs stories that The Dartmouth Review--either in print or online--noted several days ago:
Why be daily if you aren't going to report the news in a timely fashion?

Professor Edsforth in the Daily Dartmouth

Ron Edsforth, professor of history, has called the Daily Dartmouth on its irresponsible decision not to cover the debate between Professor Edsforth and Victor Davis Hanson.
You really missed the ball on this one. And really, I hope it wasn't because of some prejudice you have against The Dartmouth Review because this event was a model demonstration of what the right to free speech is all about.
The Review's story on the debate can be found here.

More Ice Chips

Inside College Hockey has a nice writeup of Dartmouth in its weekly ECAC column here. US College Hockey Online's own weekly ECAC column can be found here.

After last weekend's action, Dartmouth found itself on the outside looking in for the NCAA men's ice hockey tournament, at least according to the Pairwise Rankings, which mimics the actual selection process. After Michigan Tech tied Northern Michigan 3-3 tonight, however, Dartmouth would have found itself back in the tournament, were it to be picked tomorrow. Such is life on the NCAA bubble, where every game counts and a team is often affected more by the outcomes of other games than its own.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Campus Progress Iconography

Found this picture in the "About" section of the Campus Progress site.

Thoughts: 1) Is the guy in the vaguely Mayan, Jim Henson-style costume a metaphor for campus conservatism? Seemingly scary and/or huggable creature but in fact a pasty white guy who parts his hair on the side? 2) Is his horrified expression from a) having his secret identity exposed by her kick of justice or b) unfortunately catching a glimpse the very intimate regions of this avator of liberalism? Given his line of sight, I'd go with b. 3) What the hell are they thinking?

Liberal Organization to Fund Free Press

The Dartmouth Free Press, Dartmouth's liberal College-funded publication, is now officially a member of the Campus Progress Network, as we reported Monday. CPN, a subsidiary of the Center for American Progress founded to counter what it sees as the conservatism on college campuses, yesterday launched its website, which includes "Dartmouth University's" Free Press on its list of member papers. CPN is expected to give a hefty grant to the paper.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Calling All Recyclemaniacs!

I hope all of you are ready for Recyclemania, otherwise we might have to suffer the idignity of congratulating the University of Oregon (the current leader in the standings) on their ecofacism.

But the real question: who the hell would want the "coveted" Recyclemania trophy?
Date: 16 Feb 2005 15:30:59 EST
From: Environmental Conservation Organization
Reply-To: ECO
Subject: Recyclemania 2005 has begun!


--What is it? A recycling/waste reduction competition between 49 U.S. campuses.

The winner will be the college that collects the most recyclables per studentor the college with the highest campus-wide recycling rate (weight of all recyclables divided by trash and recyclables). Check out their website:

--How do we win?
We were extremely close last year - 2nd place! Make Dartmouth the winning campus this yearby making sure recyclables get recycled -and- by reducing the amount of waste you produce.Take advantage of your recycling bins, your floor's waste warriors, and your basement's recycling room.

--What happens if we lose?
The losing campuses must post a half-page ad in their campus newspapers congratulating thewinning campus. Harvard, Yale and Brown are currently ahead of us.Check out where Dartmouth stands:

--What happens if we win?
Dartmouth will recieve the coveted 2005 Recyclemania trophy, all of the losing participants willbe congratulating us in their campus newspapers, and things will be right with the world once again.

--When does it start?
RecycleMania starts on January 30, 2005 and runs through April 9, 2005 (10 weeks).Monitor our progress at


We can win this together - recycle, compost, and reduce waste.

Want to know more? Here's a recent D article:
Here's a recent Yale news article:
Here are Dartmouth's current totals:

Have ideas to help Dartmouth improve it's recycling system? Blitz ECO.

The Assembly Never Learns

In 2001, the Student Assembly cancelled its Big Green Bikes program--designed to provide free bicycle transportation to students--because the 50 cheap bikes were either stolen or neglected.

Last spring, the Assembly tried again, spending $1,200 on ten two-wheelers for a revamped program called Rides Across Dartmouth. Two of the bikes were stolen and the rest were returned, but missing handlebars or seats.

To build on this record of failure and waste, the Assembly has decided to try again. The group will spend up to $4,000 of its precious remaining budget, plus $3,500 in donations, on between 75 and 100 bikes.

But that's not all: the soon-to-be-stolen bikes--the locks will be little deterrent--will be of a higher quality than those stolen in the past and thus a more appealing target for thieves. Representative Diana Zhang '06 said that in order to discourage theft and abuse, the Assembly will buy more expensive communal machines; she said this would somehow foster a sense of ownership. Wouldn't actual ownership better foster a sense of ownership?

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Journalism Impoverished, Queerness Denigrated

Michael Amico '07 wanted the D to print his op-ed. They didn't, and now, by gum, they'll have to suffer in the hot, unrelenting fricassee that is the marketplace of ideas.

Of particular interest is his explication of Jewelle Gomez's views. Here it is, rhetorical spittle and all:
>From: GLBT.Programming@Dartmouth.EDU (GLBT Programming)
>Date: 15 Feb 2005 13:05:18 -0500
>Bulletin Topic: Gay/Lesbian/Bi Programming
>Expires: 28 Feb 2005 13:03:40 -0500

From Michael Amico '07 fyi and to share....
Below is an op-ed piece I submitted to The "D" on January 26, 2005, that they refused to print. Not only am I disappointed that the piece was withheld from the Dartmouth community, I am roundly discouraged that The "D" failed to take my comments seriously as they concern the very journalistic integrity of the paper and address the concerns of many students.

In a recent series of stories and editorials on diversity at Dartmouth, queer issues on campus were never taken into consideration nor even remarked upon. Instead, The "D" has racialized queer issues by pitting black students against queer students in ineptly reported, shoddily written, and blatantly false articles, denigrating the queer community at Dartmouth. All students-not just queer students-should be concerned.

I-and the board of the GSA-have called for a meeting with the editors of The "D" to address these issues. It is time to demand an answer. Will they choose to take queer issues seriously or will they blatantly disregard the concerns of queer Dartmouth students again?

If The "D" is not for every student, then who is it for?

JANUARY 26, 2005-Once again, The Dartmouth has misleadingly portrayed queer politics on campus. The deception began in last Tuesday's article, "MLK speaker choice sparks debate." The choice of Dorothy Allison, a white lesbian, to give the keynote address honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was falsely exaggerated by The Dartmouth as a "perversion" of the holiday. But according to the author of the piece when I contacted him last Tuesday, Stuart A. Reid said it was tough to find anyone to openly disagree with the choice of Allison as speaker. Reid had to ask quite a few people before controversy gratefully materialized for him.

While writing my own piece on Allison's speech for Bay Windows, New England's Gay and Lesbian Newspaper (, I wondered why The Dartmouth went out of its way to "spark" its own "debate." Students were even contacted simply because they are gay and African-American. Apparently, The Dartmouth was unfoundedly hoping these students would have something contentious to provide. They did not, so The Dartmouth went ahead and generated the fuss out of heretofore invisible dissent anyway. In preparation for my piece, I decided to contact the managing editor of The Dartmouth who declined to comment on what exactly constituted the front-page Allison controversy in the first place.

This Tuesday's Dartmouth has faired just as well in prolonging an otherwise nonexistent controversy. In the article, "Leading gay rights activist bashes men, praises '60s rock," Alex Lentz blatantly misrepresents the annual Stonewall Lecture delivered by Jewelle Gomez on Monday. Gomez did not bash men. In fact, she praised men such as Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley who understood the revolutionary and liberatory potential of sexual expression in 60s rock. She also praised African-American gay men such as writer James Baldwin for their commitment to radical politics. Gomez did, however, attack the overriding patriarchal constructs of both western and eastern culture robbing women of the right to sexual expression by either hiding them in burkas or selling them as scantily clad consumer goods. And apparently, gay men-at least according to Lentz's definition of the "men" in the title of the article-must not count as men since Gomez stated numerously her love for and care of gay men throughout her life.

The Dartmouth had no problem attacking Dorothy Allison for being white, but in the article on Gomez's speech, there is no mention of the fact that she is proudly African-American and Native American, even when Lenz snidely mentions that the Stonewall Lecture is being promoted as part of Dartmouth's Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration. And who better to give such a speech than a woman who has done African-American and gay civil rights work for nearly four decades?

Why then during an MLK celebration of equal rights for all is Gomez's blackness, which was a central theme of her talk, made invisible while Allison's whiteness is highlighted as problematic? There are only a handful of prominent queer activists of color. Shouldn't this be mentioned if Gomez's lecture is referred to as an MLK Celebration event instead of merely classifying it as a "gay rights" event?

Strangely, Lentz maintains that this year's Celebration events are "largely focused on gay rights." To say that two out of the nearly twenty-five scheduled events this year constitute a "large focus" is simply false. It is however an effective, if underhanded and journalistically dishonest, method to remind students that The Dartmouth was 'correct' when it reported on the Allison controversy last week.

Lenz shockingly claims that some students-whom he never names or even gives an indication of who they are-felt that Allison's speech was a "perversion" of MLK celebrations. Are there any senior editors reading his copy before it is printed? Did anyone not think that using the word "perversion" in reference to two of America's most distinguished lesbian activists *might* be seen as homophobic? Did they care? The word pervert has historical implications in the queer movement. Its use is a fearsome and oppressive rhetorical device. Misreporting aside, both the Allison and Gomez pieces are acting in tandem to depict the line between African-American and queer politics on campus as overtly antagonistic. The offices of The Dartmouth have instituted a fabricated rift between these two communities through the use of homophobic sentiment. They owe us all an answer.

-Michael Amico '07

Monday, February 14, 2005

Dartmouth's Liberal Paper to Get Even More Funding

Dartmouth's liberal publication, the College-funded Dartmouth Free Press, is set to receive a hefty grant from the new Campus Progress Network, a group founded by the Center for American Progress to counter the idea that "liberal values rule our campuses." According to the Washington Post, the Free Press and eight other papers will share $750,000 in an effort to reinforce the liberal agenda.

The Campus Progress website declares its mission:
strengthen progressive voices on college and university campuses nationwide; counter the growing influence of right-wing groups on campus; and empower new generations of progressive leaders.
It further declares independent campus publications like The Dartmouth Review to be simply part of the "Right-Wing Noise Machine," presumably a close relative of the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy." The website will also provide policy guidance for its member organizations in the form of "talking points," founder and former Clinton speechwriter David Halperin told the Washington Post.

The Free Press, which occupies rent-free space in Robinson Hall's campus publications office, publishes several times a term in full color on high-quality paper--all on the College's tab. Among the more notable articles published in its five-year history was a wildly inaccuate tale of date rape at a fraternity; the original article apparently elaborated many details to make a political point.

Even the mainstream media sees this effort as a bit of overkill. The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, for example, wondered whether Campus Progress' mission to expand college liberalism isn't "a bit like pumping sand into the Mojave Desert."

Out, out brief candle!

The all-too-informative Valentine's Day edition of the Daily D featured a story on alleged campus conversatives mourning the death of the Democratic Party Saturday night. The candlelight vigil, some sources say, included a rousing eulogy followed by the lighting of the candles (votives not vigil) and observance of a brief prayerful silence. The Dartmouth Review's own Kevin Hudak commented on the event sponsored by the "Concerned Students for the Future of the Democratic Party":
After seeing the press release I thought to stop by and challenge the Alex P. Keaton-look-alike on the Green. He explained his position and I was persuaded to grab a candle. Unfortunately it was not a vigil candle but a votive candle that dripped hot wax on my hand. I was left feeling like one of many Democrats who have been burned by the decision of their fellow DNC members," Hudak said.

Yet Another Daily D Oops

Sometimes the editors of the campus daily seem to go out of their way to publish inaccuracies. Julia Bernstein '07, for example, wrote a column in today's Daily D about "the recent wave of moralizing" in this country. Most of it is the usual attempt to find contradiction in Bush administration policies, but this line caught my eye:
The first instance of the recent string of purported immoralities on the national scene was an accusation that Nickelodeon favorite SpongeBob SquarePants was gay. The objection was raised by Focus on the Family chairman James Dobson...
Interestingly, the Los Angeles Times already ran a correction on this very issue after it, too, based an editorial on Dobson's misinterpreted remarks:
An editorial Saturday about children's literature and cartoons erroneously stated that James Dobson of Focus on the Family declared that SpongeBob SquarePants is a homosexual sponge. Instead, in a speech last month, Dobson criticized as pro-homosexual a tolerance video featuring SpongeBob, Big Bird and others.
A little fact-checking goes a long way.

Blitz Mail terminals threatened or thriving?

How quickly glory fades. Barely a week since S.A.'s surprisingly stealth-like replacement of the aged blitz terminal computers, the fruits of our representatives' labor are beset by food spills, as they explained in an email to campus. However large and shiny the new chat boxes may be, it turns out none are immune to having food spilled on them, causing a few too many of the terminals located near an eatery to quickly become inoperable.

This has not blunted any of the S.A.'s overwhelming initiative. In fact, the further spread of the milky-white eMacs to locales that have never known them is checked only by the question of when, not if, the money will be spent. There are plans to eventually bandage up the recently wrecked computers, but everybody understands it's more fun to add new machines than it is to maintain the existing stock.

In the meanwhile, why not jump on the bandwagon and participate in the noble process yourself? Send S.A. any and all ideas as to where a few new blitz computers might improve your community experience, and don't hesitate to be self-serving.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Another Daily D Gaffe

Daily Dartmouth columnist Deborah Wassel '07, who recently penned an op-ed called "The Liberal Mystique," complains on her blog that the paper's editors added a rather significant personal attack to that piece.
If you want to know the truth, my {insert choice word here} editor put that line in without my consent.

Reason #2340985 why I hate The Dartmouth.
The Daily Dartmouth: alienating its staff since 1799.

College-Sponsored Sex

To celebrate St. Valentine's Day, the date normally set aside for romance and love, the College is putting on its third annual Sex Festival to promote more openly sexual lifestyles. Organizers promise "games and prizes from more than 15 campus organizations and offices." Past festivals have included sex paraphanalia, prophylactic handouts and celebrations of promiscuity.

Hockey milestones

Bob Gaudet earned his 200th victory as a head coach on Friday. The victory tonight also upped his career mark at Dartmouth to 108-107-32, pushing his coaching record at Dartmouth over .500 for the first time since he was 11-10-5 during his first season in Hanover.

Lee Stempniak's career totals are now at 59-79-138. He's currently tied for fourth on the all-time points list with Cliff Harrison '51. He's also T-14th on the all-time goals list with Scott Fraser '94 (Dartmouth's last NHL player) and Dave Walsh '39. Finally, he's 6th on the career assists list, one behind Dennis Murphy '80.

Also, Dan Yacey is on course to break the record for best save percentage in a career with a mark of .919, besting Nick Boucher '03's mark of .907.

Sat. Sports

Men's Hockey cruised to a solid 5-1 victory over Clarkson tonight at Thompson Arena. Garret Overlock had 2 goals and an assist and Captain Lee Stempniak added a goal and two assists of his own in the victory. Dan Yacey again proved solid in net, stopping 25 of 26 shots. The team is currently tied for fourth place and the last bye in the conference playoffs with travel partner Vermont.

Women's hockey bounced back from yesterday's defeat to defeat Clarkson, 4-2, in the North Country. Tiffany Hagge had 2 goals for the squad.

Women's hoops upended 2nd place Brown, 63-48, to finish the first half of the conference slate with a perfect 7-0. The team is 2-up in the loss column on Harvard, Penn and Brown in the Ivy League race. The team only has two remaining home games, however, compared to five more on the road.

Men's hoops won at Brown, 48-40 in a game televised on the YES Network.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Big-time women's hockey recruit

Sarah Parsons, of Noble & Greenough and the U.S. National U-22 Team, will be attending Dartmouth this fall.

A fine recruit for the Indian women, who next season will also be returning a host of other players with national team experience, including Gillian Apps, Cherie Piper, Katie Weatherson and Cheryl Muranko (Canada) and Tiffany Hagge (United States).

Taking the Proverbial Kayak to Quincy or Nyack

After a night of quiet introspection, I spent the morning doing what I live for: perusing DDS' website. There were many, but my favorite blatant, blatant lie was that the Hop's "Courtyard Cafe" (Who knew it was called that? Not I.) is "Dartmouth's best kept secret." I just can't fathom who would write this.

The zaniest thing about that claim is that it implies that some devious, malevolent fifth columnists-- deeply ensconced in the DDS hierarchy-- are hell-bent to keep the Holy Grail of the Hop away from the chapped lips of the uninitiated. The DDS website, however, grants you gnosis, secret knowledge that can help you circumvent the machinations of this Order of Golias. They're guarding the pleasures of Dartmouth-- but with the Hop, they're doing the best.

Even within DDS, the Hop can't win this best kept secret contest. The most obvious choice would be the Pavilion, but within the Dartmouth family, the Pavilion is the equivalent of that weird in-law who sporadically shows up at some family functions mostly to freak everyone out. It's not a secret that's kept, more of a topic that's avoided. Durn place gives me the willies.

It's clear then. The "best kept secret" is not the Hop because the mystical secret-guarders obviously posted that to distract from the real best kept secret, which I discovered at 2:30 last night. I won't tell you what it is, but rest assured: its mellifluousness in my brain has not faded.

Oh, wow. The library people apparently contest the Hop's bestness of secret-keeping. Oy, snap. But who will 'get served'?

Friday, February 11, 2005

Friday Sports

Men's hockey defeated St. Lawrence 6-2 in a game that was much closer than the score indicates. With SLU leading 2-1, referee Tim Kotyra waved off an apparent goal by the Saints, allowing Dartmouth to regain the momentum and score 5 unanswered goals, with 2 coming in the final minute of play. The backbreaker was the breakway goal by Sean Offers just as he came out of the box to give the Green a 4-2 lead.

Jon Grecu scored his first collegiate goal and added an assist as the 4th line chipped in two goals. The top line had two goals, with Ouellette and Johnson each scoring once and Stempniak assisting on both. The team will face a red-hot Clarkson squad tomorrow. The Knights own a 4-game winning streak after defeating Vermont 3-2 tonight.

Women's hockey lost 3-0 to St. Lawrence in the North Country, the team's 2nd loss in a row after starting the season 20-1-0. Dartmouth was playing with only 12 skaters due to several players participating in a tournament overseas for Canada's U-22 team.

Men's hoops fell to Yale, 66-53. Women's hoops won 59-39 over Yale, improving to 6-0 in the Ancient Eight.

Students Concerned!

To those who believe reality might have finally exhausted the strength of the campus Democrat for frivolity and self-indulgence take heart. Amidst the rubble Dartmouth Dems have zestfully charged forward and created yet another campus organization to help seperate the disparate causes of the party.

Concerned Students for the Future of the Democratic Party (or CSFTFOTDP for short) is a group of affable Dartmouth lads and other "travelers" dedicated to displaying the full force of their fellows' political regret. They're kicking things off right with a rocking candlelight vigil dedicated to the memory of the apparently departed Democratic Party. The groups message to conservatives: "Look at what you've done. You've gone and made us kill the Democratic Party. Don't you just feel guilty. A pox on you and your trendy sportsomocar." So what are you waiting for? Grab that fair-trade wax candlestick, your coveted "Buck Fush" pin, and run (don't walk) to the Dartmouth Green on Feb. 12 at 7 PM for post-funeral debauchery.

On a side note, Howard Dean is the next Democratic Party Chairman. So what the hell is everybody so despondent about I wonder?

Cool prof

Trustee candidate Todd Zywicki '88 is so popular among his bankruptcy law students (he's a George Mason Law professor but visiting at Georgetown now) that some students (who didn't go to Dartmouth) are offering to do all the grunt work of mailing in the petition of one of my Dartmouth alum friends there.

He has taken a class out to a bar.

He's cool.

New TDR Now Online

The Winter Carnival issue of The Dartmouth Review is now available online.

In this issue:

A Mystery for the Ages

Somehow, the Dartmouth Free Press, the liberal biweekly College-funded magazine, is a member of the University Wire, a syndication service for college newspapers.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

MTV Film Crew in Hanover

Rumor has it that an MTV film crew will be in Hanover this weekend to record the Winter Carnival festivities. Greek leaders, coordinating through email, have recommended that no fraternity or sorority grant them any access to their parties, since the last two organizations profiled on MTV's "Fraternity Life" program have been sanctioned by their universities.

God Save Liberalism

Deborah Wassel '07 has penned an analysis of the contemporary misuse of the word "liberal." This rather unoriginal discussion of vocabulary ends abruptly when Wassel launches into a tirade against "a government dominated by religiously influenced policymakers":
On the streets of New York, there are hundreds of crazy people who say that God speaks to them. Slap a suit on one of them, give him a couple million dollars and a membership to the Republican Party, and he's fit to be President?

What the country needs now is not a split between Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and (God forbid) liberals, but rather, one governing group of rational, clear-headed politicians, bent on making good, fair policy -- not upholding a moral Christian code.
Heaven help us if our politicians are moral.

Better Late Than Never

Two weeks after refusing to cover a possible terrorist threat against Daniel Pipes' lecture in Dartmouth Hall, the Daily Dartmouth has finally bothered itself to report the rather startling story.

The Daily D still has made no mention of Tuesday's well-attended debate on preemptive war between renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson and professor Ronald Edsforth.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Indian Food and Condoms

Free condoms and catered Indian food just might attract people to this otherwise unappetizing event.
Date: 09 Feb 2005 08:43:09 EST
From: Caitlin C. Farrell
Subject: India queen TONITE (please send to floors!!)

What is the medical explanation behind "blue balls"?
Are they actually blue?
How does alcohol perfect the perfomance of my partner?
Is it true that women's sexual desire peaks at 30?
What are some fun things that I can do with whipped cream?
Is it true that the '07 class brought herpes to campus?
What does it mean for a guy to "turn and cough"?
What happens during a female's gynecological exam?
How can I have great _________ over Winter Carnival/Valentine's Day?

Come get answers to all these questions, and any other question you might have TODAY, February 9 at 6:30PM in the Hyphen.

Elizabeth Hirsh from Dick's House will be joining us, and all questions can be asked anonymously.

India Queen will be served, and free condoms may be distributed.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Justice Breyer isn't familiar with the Dartmouth College Case

His 2003 Financial Disclosure Report lists a reimbursement for a lecture he gave on campus at "Dartmouth University," an entity that does not exist thanks to this case.

Hanson vs. Edsforth Tomorrow

Tomorrow evening, classicist Victor Davis Hanson will debate peace studies professor Ronald Edsforth on whether preemptive wars to establish free societies are justified.

Hanson's take on the War on Terror—when preemptive war has been used to such ends—is best outlined in his recent article on the successes of the conflict so far:
American troops are no longer guarding Wahhabist Saudi Arabia. For the first time since the 1950s, long-needed military redeployments are also underway from Germany to South Korea. Elections are days away in Iraq. There has not been another 9/11-like attack here at home, despite our enemies' continual threats to trump their earlier foul work. Bin Laden is said to be a cultural icon, but why then can't he show his face publicly for a single moment anywhere in the world?
Professor Edsforth maintains that the Iraq conflict is based largely on an American desire for economic resources:
Edsforth began the debate, calling an attack of Iraq an "unjust war of aggression against a country that has not attacked us and does not threaten us imminently."

Edsforth spoke primarily on the motives of the Bush administration for a war in Iraq. In his view, the administration is using the pretense of an Iraq that is a danger to the world as a means for securing their own interests in the Middle East.

The war in Iraq, he said, "is an attempt to implement the National Security Strategy Plan," which states that the U.S. should have an unprecedented degree of military power in the world.
The two face off in 105 Dartmouth Hall tomorrow at 7:30pm.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Steamy Hanover Winters

After the bitterly cold January, most anything would seem warmer by comparison. But of late, the weather has been positively balmy—on Sunday the mercury peaked at a record 50°F and is expected to hit 45°F tomorrow.

Fortunately, the bulk of the work on the snow sculpture seems to be done, with only the detailed carving left to do, so that project should not be unduly affected.

Sat. Sports

Was on the road with my job, didn't get a chance to listen to any of the action tonight.

Men's hockey bounced back with a 3-1 win at Brown. Stempniak had a goal and 2 assists while Yacey stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn the win. Dartmouth is now alone in 5th place, 2 points ahead of Brown and 2 points behind Vermont for the all-important 4th place spot and the accompanying 1st round bye in the conference tourny.

Women's hockey lost 6-3 to the school which shall remain nameless because it would be followed by a string of profanities. It was the Nicole Corriero show, as she scored 5 of the visitor's 6 goals on the evening. Dartmouth loses their unbeaten conference record but remains in first place in the ECAC by a point.

Men's hoops couldn't repeat its performance from a night ago, falling to Penn 68-44.

Women's hoops improved to 5-0 in the Ancient Eight by downing Penn 73-71 on Elise Morrison's basket with 6 seconds remaining. Dartmouth is alone atop the standings, 1/2 game above Brown who comes calling to Leede Arena next Saturday.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Simon '64 Endorses Write-Ins

Screenwriter and social critic Roger L. Simon '64 is supporting both write-in candidates for the Board of Trustees—Peter Robinson '79 and Todd Zywicki '88. Darmouth's roughly 60,000 alumni can cast multiple votes when selecting an alumni Trustee.

Valley News Profiles Trustee Candidates

Today's Valley News profiles Peter Robinson '79 and Todd Zywicki '88, who are running as write-in candidates for a spot on the Board of Trustees.

Friday sports

I'll remain profanity free, but if I could string the spirit of Harvard up and burn it in effigy, it still wouldn't be enough. It'd be one thing if they were a markedly better team. But this is getting ridiculous, the closest comparison I can make is the fabled 'Sooner Magic' that Oklahoma held over Nebraska back in the 70's and 80's.

Dartmouth hung tough with the Crimson man for man on Friday for the first 57 minutes, but the last three minutes were a complete disaster and though netminder Dan Yacey did his best by stopping four consecutive breakaways, the dam finally broke in the final minute as Harvard scored on a screened shot from the blue line and squeaked out a 2-1 win. Dartmouth broke out to the early 1-0 lead on a Mike Ouellette goal, but Harvard - aided by 6 straight powerplays in the first two periods - finally converted on its last man advantage to tie the game, 1-1.

Captain Lee Stempniak and the rest of the class of 2005 will get one last shot (not counting the seemingly inevitable playoff matchup) to finally beat Harvard in 3 weeks at Thompson Arena.

Dartmouth is now winless in its last 11 games versus the Crimson, not having beaten their arch-nemesis since a 7-0 thumping in the spring of 2001. In that time frame the Crimson have ended Dartmouth's season twice, basically singlehandedly kept Dartmouth from the NCAA tournament in 2003, shattered their Ivy Title hopes last year, and generally have just somehow gotten inside the heads of the Dartmouth team.

Elsewhere, the women's icers came back from a 2-0 deficit to knock off Brown 6-3. The men's basketball team had their biggest win in years, knocking off Princeton 50-42 thanks to an 18-1 run over the last 5 minutes, and women's hoops won at Princeton 69-55 to improve to 4-0 in the Ivy League.

And yeah, the men's hoops game deserves more than one sentance, but tough. I'm a hockey fan first and foremost and the basketball game wasn't broadcast online anyway. If anyone who was there wants to comment on it, you're more than welcome.

Friday, February 04, 2005

You really, really like me!

Powerline, Time Magazine's blog of the year, plugs Reviewer Michael Ellis, highlighting his work for the Bush campaign and his article covering the inauguration. According to these superstar Dan Rather-slaying journalists, he's "someone to watch." Wow.

They also praise Joe Rago's latest editorial, "Resilience." Paul Mirnegoff calls it "beautifully written."

The Powerline guys are all alums.

Worker Collective to Show Propaganda

The Evil Twin workers' collective brings its film festival to Dartmouth tomorrow night. The "Lost Film Fest" will feature "social commentary," "riot and protest footage from around the globe," "political hi-jinks" and "culture jamming." Sure to be a blast.

Buzzflood Has Competition

The Student Assembly has set up a website, known as stuff2do [sic], to list upcoming campus events—in direct competition with Buzzflood's Circuit. The Assembly site, though, probably isn't premised on Dartmouth's failure.

Correction: It is not the Student Assembly but the Student Activities office, run by anti-student-activity paper pusher Linda Kennedy, that manages stuff2do [sic] and competes with Buzzflood.

New Dartmouth Search Engine

The College has, at long last, set up a usable search engine.

Faber College's Dean Wormer


Thursday, February 03, 2005

Can You 'Dig' It?

Former Reviewer Stefan Beck '04 runs through Digby Anderson's newest, All Oiks Now, in February's Policy Review.

Beck writes, "The pub is another of Anderson's indicators. He recalls when establishments like The Red Lion or The Coach and Horses were havens for middle-class sociability ('largely male and to an extent adult'). That time is gone, for 'when opposing cultural forces introduce musack, vulgarity, lefty opinions, bad language and aftershave, the [middle-class regulars] feel still weaker and retreat again. The retreat ends at home, in front of the television, with a gin and tonic whose measures are monitored by the wife.' Thus is (male) Middle England exiled from what once was its primary social and leisure channel. Pubs are now infested with noisome, bibulous youth."

Go here for the full review.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

RIAA Set to Subpoena College

The Recording Industry Association of America will shortly subpoena the College for the identity of students it believes illegally share copyrighted music over the Dartmouth network. The RIAA might then sue these students for copyright violations.

Robert Donin, the College's chief counsel, announced the subpoenas this morning in an email to administrators.
Date: 02 Feb 2005 09:08:52 EST
From: Robert B. Donin
Subject: RIAA Subpoenas to Identify Illegal File Sharers

February 2, 2005

TO: President's Executive Committee

I am writing to alert you -- and to encourage you to alert others in your Schools and departments -- that the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. ("RIAA") has informed us that it intends to subpoena the names of certain members of the Dartmouth community suspected of engaging in illegal file-sharing of copyrighted music via the College computer network. Specifically, during the past several weeks, we have received letters from the RIAA concerning six instances of alleged copyright infringement involving Internet addresses traced to Dartmouth network users. RIAA has notified us that it will soon serve subpoenas requiring the College to produce the names and other contact information that correspond to these Internet addresses. Assuming the subpoenas are legally sufficient, the College will be required to produce this information. Once the RIAA has identified these individuals, it may file lawsuits against them for copyright infringement.

The forthcoming subpoenas to Dartmouth are part of a nationwide campaign by the RIAA to discourage illegal file-sharing. In the past 15 months, RIAA has filed more than 6,000 lawsuits against individuals suspected of illegal file-sharing. These suits include actions against students, faculty and staff members at dozens of colleges and universities. The Motion Picture Association recently commenced a similar campaign. While the odds of any individual being sued are small, the consequences are serious. Unauthorized reproduction and distribution of commercial copyrighted music, movies and games is a violation of federal copyright law and College policy. Persons found to have infringed may be held liable for substantial damages and attorneys fees. The law entitles a plaintiff to seek statutory damages of $150,000 for each act of willful infringement (although most of these cases have been settled for amounts in the $3,000 - $15,000 range). Copyright infringement also carries criminal penalties. Depending on the number and value of the products exchanged, penalties for a first offense may be as high as three years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Copyright infringement can also result in College disciplinary action.

Further information is contained in the College's web site on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Copyright Law: This web site includes information on how music and movies can be obtained legally through online services.

I encourage you to share this information with your students, faculty and staff members. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you.


Robert B. Donin
General Counsel
Dartmouth College
14 South Main Street, Suite 2C
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Tel. (603) 646-0101
Fax (603) 646-2447