Friday, May 29, 2009

Told Ya!

Here we are, this is from today's D:

Google’s Gmail is now the leading contender to replace BlitzMail as the College’s e-mail system, according to biology professor C. Robertson McClung, chair of the Task Force on E-mail and Collaboration Technology and associate dean of the faculty for the sciences.


Remember folks, you heard it here first!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Should've Gone to Freecreditreport.com. Or not.

Here's a quotation from an article from yesterday's D regarding the drop in the College's credit rating and the cost it incurs:

Days before the College plans to issue over $400 million in bonds, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the College’s credit rating to double-A plus, the second highest rating, from its prior triple-A status. The change will likely have only a marginal effect on the College’s upcoming bond issue, according to Adam Keller, Dartmouth executive vice president for finance and administration.

Because of the downgrade, Dartmouth will incur “a very modest cost” — interest rates will increase between one and two-tenths of one percent on the new bonds, Keller said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

That doesn't sound too bad, does it? The College took some risks, gets its credit rating lowered, but it'll shrug it off, right?

Let's crunch some numbers here. 0.1-0.2% on those loans means that the that the College will pay out about $400,000-$800,000/year of extra interest on the $400,000,000 loan - in other
words, the annual cost of 3-6 full professors. Unless your name is Tim Geithner or Henry Paulson, it's hard to call that amount of money "modest."

In contrast, those flat-screen TVs in Collis and FoCo that are a favorite target of editorials in the D are probably cost $3,000-5000 each. I'm not sure what model they are, but a quick trip to Best Buy's website seemed to give a price range for the big screen models at around $2,000-3000, even though they were on sale. If there was something that students should be upset about, TVs in Collis and FoCo ought to be a bit lower on their list.

Monday, May 25, 2009

DTV Returns to Campus

An interest group of over 40 students is bringing back DTV, Dartmouth's television station that has been defunct since 2007. Programs will include Dartmouth varsity and club sports, Dickey and Rockefeller Center lectures, student films, Dartmouth news programs, and a variety of student-made serial and comedy shows.

DTV will be launched this fall; tune in at Channel 13.

Dartmouth UG Vets Association to Host BBQ at Beta

Got this in my Blitz inbox; spacing has been condensed in order to aid readability:
The Dartmouth Undergraduate Veterans Association cordially invites you to remember those who sacrificed for this great nation Monday, May 25th at 7pm at the flagpole on the Green.

The ceremony will include the retiring of the flag, a non denominational prayer service and a special gift for President Wright.

A barbeque will preceed the event at 6pm on the front porch of the Beta house.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Micro$oft Makes Mistake, Google Now Front-Runner

Our sources at The Review have informed us that, in the battle to replace Blitz, Microsoft may have made a critical error: they want to charge the College 2.5-3 million dollars to complete the changeover.


Google, however, will do it for free.

As a result, the College is leaning heavily, heavily towards Google now, and is most likely going to pick them.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hit the Deck!

There was apparently a non-fatal shooting at Harvard today. It's unknown if the victim is a student; he is now hospitalized in stable condition. Both AP and the Huffington Post have the story.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kofi Annan Named Columbia University Fellow

He'll be lecturing people, hosting conferences and moderating events in NYC. So really, I suppose little has changed.

AP has the story here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Zywicki '88 On Chrysler

Again, WSJ has it.

Geithner '83 Admits That Government Goofed Up

The Wall Street Journal has the story here.

Government Department Appoints James Russell Muirhead, Jr.

The Government Department has announced the appointment of James Russell Muirhead, Jr., a current associate professor at UT-Austin, as the inaugural holder of the Robert Clemens Professorship of Democracy and Politics. Full News Release here.

I was really excited when I received this news update. The creation of an endowed chair affirms Dartmouth's commitment to quality of education even in light of our necessary budget cuts to weather the economic downturn. Muirhead does have an impressive resume (Rhodes Scholar, Ph.D from Harvard, and former varsity skier(!)) and he seems willing to apply his extensive research experience, which includes three books on political theory/political science and research grants received from the National Science Foundation, to the benefit of undergraduates: "Dartmouth students, of course, are among the greatest attractions of the place. I put my mind and my heart into the classroom, and I look forward to teaching courses that explore the complexities of a democratic society, the intersection of ideas and political institutions, and the great and enduring questions of political philosophy." The Review welcomes Dr. Muirhead and hopes that he'll demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education in addition to research.

ps - HOOK'EM!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

And the Hits Just Keep On Coming

This landed in my Blitzmail inbox yesterday morning from the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group:

Subject: BeTtEr SeX

is had by vegetarians!

...seriously.

Interested in learning about the relationship between people, animals, and food?

/want FREE Jewl of India?

Come check out a screening of Eleni Vlachos's new film:

SEEING THROUGH THE FENCE- a funny, accessible look into the role of food in modern society.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/porchlife

THURSDAY MAY 14
5:30 PM
ROCKY 002

COME

p.s. check out the ad that got banned from the superbowl that proves vegetarians are better in bed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwe0vuejR14
I eliminated some space between lines in order to make it easier to read, but the Blitz is as originally sent, complete with a misspelling of "jewel."

Later, when I first later caught sight of the following subject line I thought that whatever spam filter Blitzmail employs had finally failed me. Then I realized it came from the Center for Women and Gender.

Subject: Orgasm Inc. (second) Sneak Film Screening

Since Loew Auditorium was not able to hold the masses. . .

Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Desire

Sneak Film Screening

TOMORROW (wed may 13th), 4pm
The Center for Women & Gender (6 choate road)
Free and open to all.

Orgasm, Inc. is a humorous and informative odyssey that explores the mixed messages, corporate greed and outright quackery that women confront in their quest for sexual pleasure. This film had its international debut in the last few days at a Toronto Film Festival where audiences have been motivated to speak out on issues of women's health.

http://www.thefledglingfund.org/media/health-care/orgasm-inc.html

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In case you're wondering, yes, the signature does appear to be a text representation of a woman's genitals like those Vagina Monologues t-shirts they were handing out during the winter quarter.

The film description is as follows from The Fledgling Fund's website, linked above:

"With unique access and deft style of interviewing, filmmaker Liz Canner goes on an eight year odyssey following cadre of drug companies as they race to be the first to win FDA approval of their pill, cream, patch or nose spray. The promised result: orgasm and "normal" sexual function for women. Ultimately, the film concludes that the key to women's sexual satisfaction is to change not just our sex lives but also our society."
It has received grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, a group that exists to "provide support for women filmmakers who are working to address the social justice, equity, and human rights issues of our time, locally, nationally, and globally."

The director/producer is Liz Canner.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Student Organizations Hold Bondage Clinic

The Dartmouth Coalition for Progress recently blitzed the following out to campus advertising a seminar on sexual bondage:
>From: Dartmouth Coalition for Progress
>Date: 07 May 2009 21:22:54 -0400
>Subject: All tied up?
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

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P A N A R C H Y
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~ Audre Lorde
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BONDAGE 101:
an interactive* introduction to erotic rope tying

Tuesday, May 12
8:00 pm
Panarchy
9 School Street

featuring Dov, NYC-based bondage expert
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On a campus with little exposure to a kink-friendly community, Dov (and Panarchy, Sexperts, DCP, GSX, and Tabard) seek to offer students a space to learn and discuss safe, consensual methods of exploring BDSM. Dov will be teaching students how to perform erotic rope tying based on an intricate style originated in Japan. No assumptions will be made about gender and sexual preference; we seek to make this event as safe, queer-friendly, feminist, sex positive and inclusive as possible.

*Participation is optional (fully clothed). Ropes will be available; feel free to bring a partner.

Cosponsored by: Dartmouth Coalition for Progress, Tabard, Sexperts, Co-ed Council, COSO
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Cosponsored by: Dartmouth Coalition for Progress, Tabard, Sexperts, Co-ed Council, COSO


Note that the event is funded by COSO. This will pay for the expertise of "Dov, NYC-based bondage expert" (Is 'dominatrix' not PC any more?), who will demonstrate
"erotic rope tying based on an intricate style originated in Japan." I'll leave it to the reader to assess how responsible a use of the College's money this is.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dartmouth Makes Unnoticed Webseries

By chance this evening I happened to run across this series of videos. The plot is as follows:

Two Dartmouth grads, Trevor and Dustin, former members of the (thankfully) fictional "Dartmouth Jingleberries" all male a cappella group are living in NYC and aren't quite ready to give up the boundless joy of singing a cappella. So, they begin to recruit random New Yorkers to their tone deaf cause whilst wearing sweater vests and a Bluetooth earpiece.




The humor's rather juvenile, but it does mention the College on the Hill. There's also a Facebook group if you're interested. Remember, you saw it here first (not that anyone cared about it in the first place, but still)!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Geithner Makes #30

Tim Geithner '83 came in at #30 of TIME Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. The writeup praises him for having:

  • an "ambitious" bank rescue plan (though one should remember it was his second attempt; the first was universally panned as too vague and the market plummeted)
  • "deft handling of the auto industry bailout" (which is confusing given that Chrysler filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy just a few days ago)

It's written by Massimo Calabresi, a TIME reporter. It's pretty short, especially when compared with others' such as Tom Hanks or Penélope Cruz. It appears that he also penned Christine Lagarde's writeup as well.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Dartmouth Alums Aren't Alone

Dartmouth alumni aren't the only ones being disenfranchised by their alma mater. It turns out Harvard alums are getting the same sort of treatment down in Cambridge, where two petition candidates are attempting to run against eight official candidates. Unsurprisingly, they're haivng many of the same problems Dartmouth petition candidates have: active opposition from the administration, being outfinanced, denial of mailing lists, etc.

FIRE (short for the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education), has the story.

Professor Hart to Speak at Beta

Professor Emeritus of English Jeffrey Hart will speak at Beta on Tuesday, May 4th, at 7:00 p.m.

Blitz below, originally titled "Ever Heard of Nixon?"

How about Reagan?

Well Professor Jeff Hart lived it.


****Tuesday 7 PM @ BETA****

Hear Professor Hart talk about writing speeches for the two Presidents and the drama of 1968.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

"Crossing"

Crossing, will be screened in Silsby 028 from 8-10 p.m. this evening. It has been described by the Wall Street Journal as a "Schindler's List for North Korea."

The trailer can be found here, in Korean.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Saturday Night With Nothing to Do?

Then perhaps you can go to Sigma Delt and get nekkid. It is getting chilly outside, though, so I wouldn't really advise it.

------------Sigma Delt-----------------
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Come half dressed
Come half naked
Come let it all hang out
just come hang out


Tonight Saturday
11-2 @ Sigma Delt
10 west wheelock

Kegs of Long Trail
and Honey brown