Friday, July 29, 2005

Jessiman, Stempniak sign pro contracts

Not really a shocker, but it's now official.

Hugh Jessiman '06 signs with the Rangers.

Update 7/31/05: Last year's captain, Lee Stempniak '05, has officially signed with the St. Louis Blues.

Dartmouth's press release on both players can be found here.

Zywicki on Roberts and Roe

Trustee Todd Zywicki '88 looks from a legal standpoint at whether Senators can fairly question Supreme Court nominee John Roberts about Roe v. Wade in hypothetical future cases.

His conclusion:
The key point here, though, is that there is a big difference between whether to uphold precedent, versus deciding whether a case was correctly decided in the first place. The former seems to be exactly the sort of question that can't be answered in the abstract. Given that, I don't see how Judge Roberts could meaningfully answer that particular question based on the lack of a solid factual record.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ricciardone '73 nominated to ambassadorial post

President Bush has announced that he will nominate Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. '73 as ambassador to Egypt.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Willis-Starbuck '07 update

Calstuff has a complete update on all happenings with the case.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Disingenuous Counting

In National Review Online, Editor Emeritus Alston Ramsay '04 questions the statistical methodology Iraq Body Count, an anti-war organization, used to determine civilian casualties in Iraq. His conclusion: they're not exactly making the numbers up, but they're close.

From the article:
[C]ivilians have been and continue to be killed in Iraq. The problem, however, is that an organization with an obvious axe to grind is getting attention from numerous media organizations ? and people are actually taking it seriously. Hard-and-fast numbers on civilian deaths would certainly be a boon to the national and international discourse on Iraq, but IBC is doing nothing more than blindly throwing darts at a dartboard. Unfortunately, the target this latest go-round was media attention and widespread disinformation. And Iraq Body Count hit the bull?s eye.

Fick '99 on War Books

In last week's Washington Post Book World, former Marine Capt. Nate Fick '99 briefly reviewed several books on warfare that he brought along on his campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

One Bullet Away, Fick's excellent book about his war experiences, comes out this fall.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Witchhammer Comes Crashing Down--Adding Fuel to the Fire

It seems as if Stethers's masterful review of Malleus Maleficarum, a fifteenth-century witch-hunting guide, has caused quite a stir in the Pagan/Wiccan/additional weird beliefs community. Visitors to the Wren's Nest section of WitchVox are torn as to whether the good Mr. White has been serious in his discussion of the book, or has merely produced a work of Swiftian satire. While I certainly will not spoil the fun and disclose the answer, the controversy that he stirred up is both a good read and a good laugh.

TDR Downtime

The Dartmouth Review family of sites was down for a bit this morning, but they're back online now. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Friday, July 22, 2005

New Issue

The latest issue of The Dartmouth Review is available online.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Our cell-ebrated ethics expert

The Washington Post on Senate subcommittee hearing testimony on the ethics of stem cell research, including that of Dartmouth's own Prof. Ron Green

The D article went out of its way to avoid identifying or researching the specific subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee; it was Commerce, Justice, and Science.

Contrary to the subcommittee's website, Prof. Green does not have an M.D. and he most certainly does not work for a Dartmouth "University."

Arrest made in Willis-Starbuck '07 shooting

The San Francisco Chronicle has the story--the suspects were close friends of the victim.

Dartmouth DFA Folds?

According to an e-mail from arch-leftist Democracy for America, the group known as "Dartmouth for Democracy" has folded for lack of an organizer. Is this true, or have campus liberals simply failed to keep in touch with their national organization?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Dartmouth as a Model for Reform

A reader e-mails that Hamilton College alumni, inspired by Dartmouth's Trustee elections where three unofficial petition candidates have won in two years, are attempting to overcome administration resistance and chose their own trustees. A blog run by reform-minded Hamilton alums has more.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Six illegal aliens arrested

Six illegal aliens were taken into custody yesterday by the Border Patrol. They were working at a Dartmouth construction site, though the article doesn't specify which one.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Dean Langford E-Mails on Willis-Starbuck '07

Date: 18 Jul 2005 12:28:00 EDT
From: Sylvia T. Langford
Subject: Sad News
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community,

Many of you may have already heard this tragic news, but I thought you should be notified as members of the community.

I am writing to share the very sad news that Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07 was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Berkeley, California, while chatting with friends outside her apartment. Meleia was in Berkeley interning at a women's drop-in center through the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service program. Police in Berkeley are investigating the incident.

On campus, Meleia was planning a double major in Sociology and African American Studies. She was involved in the Afro-American Society, the Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color, and the Dartmouth College Greens.

Information will be forthcoming about any memorial, ceremony or remembrance which might be planned. The Upperclass Deans Office, the Counseling and Human Development Office at Dick's House, and the Tucker Foundation are available to support any student affected by this very sad news.

Sincerely,

Sylvia T. Langford
Dean of Upperclass Students

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07 Killed

The San Fransisco Chronicle reports that Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07 was shot and killed early this morning in Berkeley, CA while standing outside her apartment with a group of friends. Police are still searching for the man who shot her.

Willis-Starbuck had been interning this term at the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center in Berkeley. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Harper Defends Title IX; Plagiarism in the Daily D

Athletics Director Josie Harper dismissed as mere politics the Department of Education's recent decision to reduce paperwork for compliance with rules on parity between men's and women's sports. Harper told the Daily Dartmouth that the DoE's decision that an online survey could be "an acceptable method to measure students' interests in participating in sports" was a way for anti-Title IX politicians to "skirt the real issues."

In effect, Harper is arguing for more government control and for less spending discretion by private school athletic directors in the name of "non-discrimination." "She may be a champion of women's sports," an alumnus noted, "but doesn't her institutional obligation to Dartmouth as [athletic director] come ahead of her personal views?"

Interestingly, the portion of the DoE's "letter of clarification" the Daily D quoted is not from the government letter at all. The twice-weekly "daily" wrote,
This "letter of clarification" stated that, "a college or university could be deemed in compliance with Title IX if a survey is e-mailed to current students to determine if their interests and abilities are being met." A non-response is considered a lack of interest.
This is how Women's eNews paraphrased the letter:
The Department called it a "letter of clarification." It said that a college or university could be deemed in compliance with Title IX if the new survey is e-mailed to current students to determine if their interests and abilities are being met. A non-response is considered a lack of interest.
Then there's this passage further down in the Daily D's writeup:
In the pre-Title IX era, female athletes seldom received athletic scholarships in college. There were few full-time coaches for female athletic teams and meager funds were available for uniforms, transportation and equipment. The implementation of Title IX in 1972 paved the way for future female athletes on the college level by mandating that schools receiving federal funding must provide equal opportunities for both females and males.
And from Women's eNews:
Before the passage of Title IX, female athletes rarely received college athletic scholarships. There were almost no full-time coaches for female teams. Funds were scarce for uniforms, equipment and transportation, and girls grew up knowing their options to compete in sports were limited.
Oddly similar, no?

The campus newspaper comes out just twice a week over the summer, but their only sports story is a plagiarized article about a three-month-old rule change.

Child labor

...and why regulation is not the best way to end it.

Today's New York Times showcases the work of Dartmouth economist Eric V. Edmonds, who has discovered some interesting traits with potential policy implications.

Revolting

Nathaniel DeGeare '99 is a sick, sick human being.

Fall Term Montgomery Fellows

I don't believe it's been officially announced yet, but the Montgomery Fellows for the fall term (theme: Science and Society) will be:

Dr. Rita Colwell (Oct. 10-14), former director of the National Science Foundation and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Dr. Oliver Sacks (Oct. 19-20), physician, writer, and inspiration for the movie "Awakenings."

Dr. Sidney Altman (Oct. 31-Nov. 4), Nobel laureate in chemistry and former Dean of Yale College.

There are many other relevant speakers who will not be coming: James Watson, Richard Dawkins (for sheer ability to provoke), Bruce Alberts and E. O. Wilson, to name a few. Nevertheless, this has the potential to be a good lineup.

Cason '66--Our Man in Paraguay?

President Bush has nominated James Cason '66 to serve as ambassador to Paraguay. Previously, Cason served as our man in Havana, where he was famous for his work against Castro's government and for democracy and human rights.

Immelt article

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt '78 was recently profiled for his environmental commitments in Time.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Dartmouth Reaction to London Bombing

Various Dartmouth students, alumni and faculty have posted online reactions to this morning's terrorist attacks on London's subway:

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Senate Education Committee recently held a hearing on the status of American history education. Senators Alexander and Kennedy mostly ran the show, though Jack Reed and maybe some others popped in. David McCullough gave testimony and appeared to refer to Pres. Wright at one point. The C-SPAN link above appears to be broken for the time being, but it went something like this:

mentions harvard, yale, stanford, and other schools of which we should be proud

"I was speaking with the President of a university...a college actually (smiles)...who is a historian himself. I asked why they didn't require history. He said it wasn't popular."

It Must Be Satire

Since no Dartmouth student could possibly write this poorly.

The lead paragraph gets better each time I read it, especially the second sentence.
Harvard University appointed Ryan Travia, coordinator for alcohol and other drug education programs at Dartmouth, as its director of alcohol and substance abuse services late last month. Following his unannounced resignation, Travia will serve beginning Aug. 1, leaving a legacy of successful alcohol and drug awareness programs behind him.

College-Mandated Renovations

An otherwise competent Daily Dartmouth article on the ongoing renovations to several fraternities and sororities neglects a basic fact: the reason these various houses are undergoing this construction at the same time (and it's not because they're all flush with cash).

As part of the Student Life Initiative, the College mandated that all fraternities undergo substantial improvements by (I believe) 2008 in order to meet the strictest fire-safety and handicapped-accessibility standards. As older facilities and private residences, these changes were not legally necessary—except to meet the College's requirements.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Zywicki Predicts Confirmation Fight

Trustee Todd Zywicki '88 says "there will be a brutal confirmation battle regardless of who is nominated" to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He explains that "the Bush Administration would be smart to simply nominate the best person that they want, and not be tricked into thinking that they can somehow avoid a nasty confirmation battle by nominating someone with a more 'moderate' perception."

Whalen to leave?

Dartmouth baseball coach Bob Whalen is in the running for the head coach position at Maine. Whalen is the third-winningest coach in Dartmouth history.