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Week in Review

Wednesday, October 15, 1997

Culture Wars

Ronald Takaki, a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, spoke Monday on 'Multiculturalism and the Culture Wars.' Takaki said that 'in the midst of the most serious racial crisis since the Civil War,' Dartmouth is allowing students to graduate without taking courses that focus on minority groups in the United States.

Dartmouth's Non-Western culture requirement, according to Takaki, does little to further cultural understanding. Instead, he suggested that Dartmouth require students to fulfill an 'American Cultures Requirement' similar to the mandate recently imposed at Berkeley. These courses would focus specifically on the history and representation of minority groups in America such as Blacks, Asians, Indians, and other 'Non-Anglo European' ethnic groups.

Takaki implored the students to pressure both the faculty and the administration to increase the number of such courses.

Apparently, such College courses as 'The Invasion of America: American Indian History', 'Black America', 'American Women's History' (including 'Women and American Radicalism Left and Right'), and 'Asian American History 1 and 2' are not sufficient.

Happy Days

Last week was National Coming Out Week, and the College was prepared to celebrate it in style. Former Dartmouth student Michael Lowenthal '90 was invited back to speak to students on Tuesday night.

Lowenthal's last public appearance at Dartmouth was his valedictory address to his classmates and the class of 1940 which was being honored during the 1990 commencement.

During the address, Lowenthal disregarded the approved text and instead lambasted the College, his classmates, and the alumni. After the speech, many in the crowd credited Lowenthal with effectively ruining commencement.

The Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance, the College's undergraduate homosexual organization, decided to bring Lowenthal back to campus to inspire the 'Dartmouth community to see the world through pink colored glasses.' Lowenthal's speech, entitled 'Gay Men at the Millennium,' ranged from discussion of his experience as a gay man at Dartmouth to 'his controversial coming out' and his new book.

In his opening remarks, Lowenthal said that he regretted attending Dartmouth, and, when asked, he is reluctant to admit that graduated from the College. To him, Dartmouth was, and remains, a bastion of 'Neanderthals in the woods.' Lowenthal said he expected this before he attended Dartmouth, but 'wanted a good fight.' During his undergraduate years, Lowenthal founded the first queer newspaper and sabotaged Homecoming by flying 'Queers Unite' banners and turning the lights a bright pink.

Lowenthal said that his commencement address was only intended to speed the College down the path of diversity and that his comments directed at the class of '40 served only to demonstrate 'how much the College has changed.'

Other exciting events sponsored by the Rainbow Alliance this week included gay-related movies, a dinner discussion, a speech on the 'intersection of sexual and other identities,' and a 'politically incorrect roundtable.'

Tragedy at MIT

A freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Scott Krueger, died two weeks ago from alcohol poisoning. Krueger was rushed to a hospital Saturday night from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house with a blood alcohol level of .41. According to the doctor who treated Krueger, this would be the equivalent of drinking more than 10 beers over a very short period of time. In response to the tragedy, the MIT InterFraternity Council announced a ban of alcohol in all fraternities and off-campus living groups. Krueger is the third college student this year to die because of an overdose of alcohol.

Tying the Knot at Princeton

Princeton University altered its policy on allowing same-sex couples to sign the marriage register. Previously, homosexual couples who had been 'united' in the church were allowed to sign the register, but this policy has been reversed after the state of New Jersey and upset alumni complained after two former Princeton students were united in the chapel and signed their names stating that they had
been married.

According to Princeton's Dean of Religious Life, 'The University has made a decision, not that same-sex unions can't be blessed, but that they can't be deemed marriages.' The Dean also announced that three plus four equals seven and that the earth is indeed round.

Sizing Up the Situation

Director of Undergraduate Evaluation and Research John Pryor led a presentation entitled 'Sexual Practices at Dartmouth: When Do We Say Yes? When Do We Say No?' last Monday night. According to the program, which was based on last year's 'sex survey,' over half of Dartmouth students engaged in sexual activity within the last year.

Over two-thirds of the senior class, furthermore, had sexual intercourse within a year, compared to only one third of the freshmen class. The report aimed to find the proportion of students who engaged in sex while inebriated.

Of the students surveyed, only 7% acknowledged being drunk while having sex, while over 12% said that drunkenness had prevented them from having sex.

A Million Women

October 25th is the day that organizers have chosen for the 'Million Women March' in Philadelphia. At least 500,000 women are expected to attend the event which is aimed at revitalizing black communities. Winnie Mandela, Congresswomen Maxine Waters, and rapper Sister Souljah are all scheduled to speak.

Maybe Next Year

In what has become a perennial event, Dartmouth once again was overlooked by Mother Jones magazine in its annual ranking of the country's most activist campuses. SUNY-Binghamton was recognized for the efforts of a small cabal of demonstrators who successfully ousted a democratically elected student body president of whom they disapproved. The University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign made the list for instituting a Latino/Latina studies program the past academic year. The redoubtable Stanford University finally received its standing because protesters refused to tolerate a Taco Bell in the school's student union. Taco Bell's parent company, PepsiCo, has drawn ire from some for its economic dealings with the military junta-led government of Burma.

Bosworth Anticipates Confirmation

Stephen Bosworth '61, the Chairman of Dartmouth's Board of Trustees, was unanimously endorsed last Thursday for the position of United States Ambassador to South Korea by the Senate Foriegn Relations Committee. Confirmation by the full Senate is expected to follow shortly.

Bosworth, a Seattle lawyer who has previously been US Ambassador to the Phillipines and chief envoy to Tunisia, stressed in committee sessions that he is commited to maintaining American military presence in South Korea. He also advocated continued American support of South Korea's economy and military to help that nation defend itself against and promote democratic liberty in its communist neighbor, North Korea.

Bosworth expects to remain Chairman of Dartmouth's Board of Trustees. He has served in that capacity since the spring of 1996, and has been a member of the Board since 1992.

Breaking the Law

On a recent Saturday night in Eugene, Oregon, police tear gassed a large party at the University of Oregon when 300 party goers ignored police orders to disperse. The police had noticed a large group of teenage drinkers and attempted to arrest them when the officers were suddenly barraged with glass bottles.

The police made a disorderly retreat before launching tear gas canisters into the crowd. After the smoke cleared, the police arrested forty-six students for rioting, drug violations, and attempted assault.

When asked about the incident, Dartmouth Safety and Security Officers simply replied , 'Ya know, some guys have all the luck.'

The Wright Stuff

James Wright, former Dean of the Faculty, announced he would resign as Provost of the College next summer after members of the faculty complained that Freedman appointed him to the office without following the standardized search process.

The process, which was altered in 1988 to give the faculty increased power, requires that a search committee be created. Freedman however, who also recently announced his intentions to resign at the conclusion of this academic year, appointed Wright, who had been serving as acting provost since Lee Bollinger's departure last year, to the full-time post this summer to ensure that the College's top academic post would have a qualified, experienced administrator. Just days after Wright announced his resignation, a petition circulated among the faculty gathered over two hundred signatures supporting Wright.

Tony the Timid

Last Thursday, as part of a nationwide effort to promote Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal, an actor costumed as Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger made an appearance at Collis Student Center.

Tony spent the morning shaking hands, posing for photos, and pushing his powdered flakes.

The day's ribaldry came to an abrupt halt, however, when an unleashed dog decided that Tony's shameless commercial pandering was not to his liking. The pup yapped and jumped at Tony, and, after the tiger swatted at him, bit Tony. This turned Tony's heel, and the dog chased the Tiger down the steps of the Collis porch, across North Main Street, and on to the Green.

Preliminary reports indicate the dog was a Froot Loops fan with an occasional propensity for Cocoa Puffs.