Friday, November 9, 2007

Additional Thanksgiving Buses

over blitz:
Hey Everyone,

Due to the popularity of the NYC Bus Program there will be two additional buses traveling. One of the buses will leave from Hanover at 11:00 am and arrive in NYC at 4:00 pm. The second additional bus will leave NYC at 2:00 pm and return to Hanover at 7:00 pm. Tickets for these additional buses will be sold at Collis Common Ground from 12pm – 2pm on a first come first serve basis tomorrow (Friday, November 9 2007). Once again only cash, checks, and DA$H will be accepted. Come early because the tickets will sell out fast! If you can't make when sales start and need a ticket, it is strongly recommended that you find someone to wait in line for you. See previous blitzes for any additional details and questions.

-Student Assembly

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Dartmouth Moose Helps at Blood Drive


Helping outside the Hop


The Moose helping the poor, fallen blood drop.


"Moose ears" at Lou's

From The Dartmouth:



Campus blood drive aims for 300 pints

'Blackboard' has secretive tracking system

We've been working on this issue for a while or so.

From The Dartmouth:
Students who have learned about the tracking features, however, are calling for more public and more widespread notification. David Nachman ‘09, vice president of the [Academic] Affairs Committee, said that he discovered the existence of the tracking features by reading about student controversy over the issue in the Brown Daily Herald. He was concerned that many students did not know that they were being tracked and also that such actions could violate Dartmouth’s computing privacy policy.

“I feel that students should at least be warned,” Nachman said. “I don’t know if this literally violates the policy, but I do think that it violates the spirit of the policy.” keep reading

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Assembly takes on Novack redesign


From The Dartmouth:

Potential renovations of Novack Cafe were among the topics discussed during Tuesday’s Student Assembly meeting. Meisha Smith ‘09, a student coordinator of the effort, explained that a meeting is planned between Student Assembly representatives, Facilities Operations and Management and librarians in charge of the Novack space.

The effort, a potential fulfillment of one of Student Body President Travis Green ‘08’s campaign promises, would seek to make the area more student-friendly and aesthetically pleasing by replacing worn out furnishings. This might translate to reupholstering couches and benches, replacing tables, providing decorations and investing in a new paint job, according to Smith.

She also said that they were considering a “Starbucks-style” theme, but added that she would be happy to receive suggestions from the student body. keep reading

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

GA Minutes 6 Nov 07

A presentation on Class Divide was made by Margaret Lawrence and Daniella Sloane. The General Assembly then discussed plans to renovate Novack Cafe in Berry. The point was made that there is a lack of dissention in GA and a forum was held to discuss assembly procedure and brainstorm ways to allow GA to have a greater role in shaping legislation and leading executive projects.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

GA Minutes 30 Oct 07

Proposal to Fund the Student/Faculty Lone Pine Tavern Event
Proposed by Corey Chu ’08, David Nachman ’09, and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS improving interaction between students and professors is a central goal of the Academic Affairs Committee;

WHEREAS focusing on student/faculty relations was a goal of the Undergraduate Teaching Initiative, which was started by the Assembly in Fall 2001, and which continues to serve as a framework for Student Assembly’s academic efforts;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee believes that holding an event where students and professors can meet each other in a casual environment would be an effective way of improving student/faculty interaction;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee has been working with the Collis Governing Board to develop a student/faculty event to be held in Lone Pine Tavern, whose programming is overseen by the Collis Governing Board, which will be held in mid-November;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee and the Collis Governing Board have agreed to split the cost of the event evenly, should it be approved by the General Assembly;

WHEREAS the current plan for the event has an estimated cost of up to $600;

WHEREAS the Collis Governing Board has agreed to fund the event up to $300;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Academic Affairs Committee work with the Collis Governing Board to hold a student/faculty interaction event in Lone Pine Tavern;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate up to $300 to fund the event.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

GA Minutes 23 Oct 07

GA discussed Course Guide maintenance and incentive programs to boost responce rates. The SA website will soon be redone and updated and people interested in helping were encouraged to contact the Academic Affairs Committee. The Student Life committee will be organizing a mock COS trial to display how the process works.

No legislation was presented.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

GA Minutes 16 Oct 07

Resolution to Fund and Support the Thanksgiving and Winter Break New York City Bus Service
Sponsored By: Uthman Olagoke’11, Sam Epstein’11, and the Student Services Committee

WHEREAS hundreds of Dartmouth Students travel to New York City each interim via public transportation;

WHEREAS the current fastest public transportation to New York City takes approximately 10 hours, costs above $75 each way, and involves multiple layovers and transfers;

WHEREAS last year Student Assembly organized a private bus service for Dartmouth Students going to New York City;

WHEREAS the service sold out 5 buses (275 seats) during the first two hours of sale, and eventually all seats last fall;

WHEREAS Student Assembly has received an overwhelmingly positive response about this service from many members of the Dartmouth Community;

WHEREAS there have been numerous inquiries to the Student Assembly Blitz Account regarding the continuation of this program this term;

WHEREAS the ticket prices of $40 each ticket each way will cover all charter cost of the buses;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly charter eight 55-passenger buses from Premier Coach Co.;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Student Services Committee undertakes the responsibility of managing and organizing the program;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that Student Assembly subsidize the chartering of the buses until the money can be returned to the account;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that Student Assembly support and publicize the New York City Bus Service in its current iteration.

Passed by call for acclimation without dissent.



Proposal to Fund and Support the Laptop Voucher Program

Sponsored By: Zach Mason ’10, Neil Kandler ’09, and the Student Services Committee

WHEREAS Computer Sales and Service’s laptop loaning program was created to provide student with rental laptops when their own computer is in need of warranty repair;

WHEREAS the loaning program has been both beneficial to and well-received by Dartmouth undergraduates;

WHEREAS Computer Sales and Service has historically charged $15 for the first day of rentals and $10 each day after;

WHEREAS this cost of renting a computer can prove burdensome if a student must use the program for a prolonged period of time;

WHEREAS many students have approached Student Assembly about the high cost of the loaning program;

WHEREAS Computer Sales and Services has agreed to lower the price to $10 for each voucher instead of charging $15;

WHEREAS the program was extremely successful the past two terms;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly continues to support the Laptop Voucher Program to address the demonstrated needs of students;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that Computer Sales and Services keeps the vouchers and gives them to Dartmouth Undergraduates who have checked in their computer for repair and would like to rent a replacement;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that each voucher is good for one day of rental and each student can request a maximum of three vouchers per term for his/her own use;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that each student can only be entitled to a voucher when his/her computer is being repaired by Computing Sales and Services and he/she needs to loan a laptop;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOVLED that after the 3-day voucher limit, students would have to pay $10 for each day of additional rental;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that Student Assembly advertise this program;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocates up to $2500 for the Laptop Voucher Program, for the rest of the Fall 2007, Winter 2008, and Spring 2008.

Passed by call for acclimation without dissent



Proposal to Fund the Pangea Program

Sponsored by the Diversity and Community Affairs Committee

WHEREAS one of the Diversity and Community Affairs Committee’s goals is to promote unity on the Dartmouth campus;

WHEREAS the Pangea program groups diverse organizations and encourages them to collaboratively plan an event promoting unity;

WHEREAS representatives from the organizations will discuss common interests and strengthen ties within the Dartmouth community;

WHEREAS this summers Pangea successfully brought together eight organizations who would not otherwise have worked together, providing opportunities for future networking;

WHEREAS finances allocated to this program will be used for implementing each of the collaboratively planned events;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocate up to $3000 to fund the Pangea program.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Superbad's "McLovin" to join the Dartmouth Class of 2011


If you haven't already done so, I would highly suggest that you go see Superbad, the laugh-a-minute comedy movie of the moment. With as many enduring and fashionably quotable lines as Anchorman, Superbad features three friends -- soon to be high school graduates -- on a quest to lose their virginity before college, a distinction that has thus far evaded them for readily apparent reasons. Two of the characters are Dartmouth-bound, while the other didn't get in and will instead be attending a state university, thus breaking up their life-long trifecta for the foreseeable future.

A partly autobiographical cinematic masterpiece written by Seth Rogan (of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up fame), who himself stars as a comically inept police officer (ala Super Troopers), Superbad focuses on Seth (Jonah Hill), Evan D'11 (Michael Cera, of Arrested Development fame), Fogell D'11 (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who is rumored to be rooming with Evan somewhere in East Wheelock) and their quest to buy alcohol for the only party they have ever been invited to, using Fogell's newly acquired fake ID, bearing only the singular name "McLovin"(which is also the name the character and actor will be exclusively referred to by all people, everywhere, from this moment forward).

Outside of the fact that everyone in the fall will be talking about it and that every line and scene has instantly become a part of American pop-culture, the movie is well worth the price of admission for its sheer entertainment and laugh value and its portrayal of Dartmouth in a well-deserved positive light (which is increasingly hard to come by nowadays).

Friday, August 17, 2007

Thomas Crady named dean of the College


From The Dartmouth:
Thomas M. Crady, vice president of student services at Grinnell College in Iowa, will take over as Dartmouth’s dean of the College starting in January, College President James Wright announced Thursday. Crady will replace Acting Dean Dan Nelson, who assumed the duties of the post after Dean Jim Larimore left for Swarthmore College in August 2006... keep reading


Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Dartmouth President James Wright announced today that he has appointed Thomas M. Crady, the vice president for student services at Iowa's Grinnell College, as Dean of the College at Dartmouth, effective January 2008... keep reading

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Congratulations to the New Executive Board

Diversity
Summer- Nafeesa Remtilla, Allen Buansi
Fall- Anne Kasitaza, Allen Buansi
Winter- Anne Kasitaza, Nafeesa Remtilla
Spring- Anne Kasitaza, Allen Buansi

Student Life
Summer- Molly Bode, Leah Adkins
Fall- Francis Vernon, Leah Adkins
Winter- Molly Bode, Kaya Suarez
Spring- Francis Vernon, Leah Adkins

Academic Affairs
Summer- David Nachman
Fall- David Nachman, Corey Chu
Winter- David Nachman, Alison Peterson
Spring- David Nachman, Corey Chu

Student Services
Summer- Neil Kandler, Harshil Shah
Fall- Harshil Shah, Adam Halpern-Leistner
Winter- Neil Kandler, Adam Halpern-Leistner
Spring- Neil Kandler, Harshil Shah

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Farwell 2007 Executive Board

Forever and ever, endeavor.


Tim Andreadis '07, President


Jacqueline Loeb '08, Vice President


Ruslan Tovbulatov '09, Treasurer


Nathan Bruschi '10, Secretary (07W, 07S)


David Nachman '09, Secretary (06F)

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Corey Chu '08, VP Academic Affairs (07W, 07S)


Adam Shpeen '07, VP Academic Affairs (06F)


Molly Bode '09, VP Alumni Affairs


Kapil Kale '07, VP Communications


James Guba '09, VP Community Service (07S)

Leah Adkins '09, VP Community Service (06F, 07W)


Lena Martinez-Watts '08, VP Diversity (07S)


Yuki Kondo-Shah '07, VP Diversity (06F, 07W)


Joe DeBonis III '10, VP Ivy Council (07S)


Katy Whisenhunt '09, VP Ivy Council (06F, 07W)


Kenny Brown Klinger '07, VP Student Life


Neil Kandler '09, VP Student Organizations (07S), VP Student Services (07W)


Josh Jacobson '09, VP Student Organizations (06F, 07W)


Harshil Shah '09, VP Student Services (06F, 07S)


Shaun Stewart '10, Parliamentarian (07S)


Jaromy Siporen '07, Parliamentarian (06F, 07W)


Raymond Rodriguez '09, Assistant to the President

Job well done.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Facebook: The Movie


(click to watch)

I would see this movie.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

End of Year Awards

Members of the Year: Neil Kandler '09, Yuki Kondo-Shah '07

Outstanding Service Award
: Corey Chu '08

New Member of the Year: Nathan Bruschi '10

Committee Members of the Year:
Academic Affairs: Adam Halpern-Leistner '10

Alumni Affairs: Peter Matthews '10

Communications: Ashley Cartagena '10, Lawton Leung '10

Community Service: Sarah Peterson '10

Diversity and Community: Ali Necamp '09, Ray Rodriguez '09

Ivy Council: Victoria Boggiano '10

Membership and Internal Affairs: Tabetha Xavier '10

Student Life: Margaret Chen '10

Student Organizations: Michael Coburn '10

Student Services: Cory Cunningham '10

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

GA Minutes 29 May 07

Statement of Support for Current Initiatives by the Inter-Fraternity Council and Mentors Against Violence
Sponsored by Lena Martinez-Watts ’08 and the Diversity and Community Committee

WHEREAS sexual assault is an equally shared concern of the Inter-fraternity Council, Student Assembly, the Mentors Against Violence program and the student body at large,

WHEREAS similar initiatives were independently conceptualized by both the inter-fraternity council and the student assembly leadership regarding effective means of addressing issues of sexual assault,

WHEREAS an educational program has been designed that seeks to utilize a peer-to-peer system of education regarding effective methods of sexual assault prevention,

WHEREAS the program has been designed jointly by members of the inter-fraternity council and mentors against violence with student assembly acting as a facilitator for the two organizations,

WHEREAS the inter-fraternity council has unanimously voted in support of the program,

WHEREAS the inter-fraternity council has unanimously voted in favor of implementing the forementioned programming into the pledge process of all incoming pledges,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly supports and acknowledges the proactive steps that the inter-fraternity council and Mentors Against Violence are taking in order to improve and ensure a healthy campus climate.

Friday, May 25, 2007

James Wright: ABC's "Person of the Week"

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release

On Friday night, May 25, "ABC World News with Charles Gibson" featured Dartmouth President James Wright as its "Person of the Week" (click to watch) recognizing his leadership role in creating an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that is now being offered through the American Council on Education.

The New York Times carried a feature on the same subject earlier this week (Wednesday, May 23), headlined, "The Few, The Proud, the Dartmouth-Bound."(click to read)


Well done, President Wright. You've all made us proud to call ourselves sons and daughters of Dartmouth.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Treasurer and Secretary Elected


Nathan L. Bruschi '10, Treasurer


Jen Argote '10, Secretary

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

SA Banquet Postponed

The SA end-of-year banquet (originally scheduled for tomorrow) has been postponed until next week on Wednesday or Thursday. We'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

GA Minutes 22 May 07

Resolution to Fund and Support the Expansion of Da$h to further Vending Machines
Sponsored by: Neil Kandler ’09, Mike Coburn ’10 and the Student Organizations Committee

WHEREAS the expansion of Da$h to additional vending machines has consistently been one of Student Assembly’s goals for the past few years;

WHEREAS many dorms and building without Da$h have already been wired correctly;

WHEREAS the expansion of Da$h has been in high demand with students;

WHEREAS Student Assembly has been in contact with the procurement office about expanding the Da$h program to further vending machines;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocate a minimum of $5000 and any additional funds remaining at the end of the year for the expansion of Da$h to additional vending machines;

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly work with the procurement office and other interested parties to implement the expansion of Da$h in the most efficient and cost effective means possible;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that Student Assembly seek additional sources of funding for the project;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that Student Assembly seek to complete the project over the summer term.


Proposal to Renew Funding for the Course Guide Incentive Program
Sponsored by Corey Chu ’08 and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee oversees the SA Professor/Course Guide in conjunction with the SA Web Team;

WHEREAS the Course Guide helps students choose courses by providing them with feedback and ratings from previous students;

WHEREAS the efficacy of the Course Guide is contingent on having a large number of reviews, which are submitted by students upon the completion of the term;

WHEREAS in the Fall 2007 term, the number of reviews submitted had recently declined;

WHEREAS the Course Guide contributions rely on students providing input for courses they’ll never take again while also competing with a faculty-administered course evaluation whose results are inaccessible to students;

WHEREAS in the first week of January 2007, over 2,000 students viewed the Course Guide, with an average of 40 courses viewed per user;

WHEREAS last term, the Academic Affairs Committee instituted an incentive program to raffle off a large quantity of small prizes to boost participation rates;

WHEREAS to obtain these incentives, the Academic Affairs Committee has arranged a deal with Everything But Anchovies to purchase 150 $15 gift certificates at a 50% discount;

WHEREAS course evaluation incentives raffled based on the number of reviews submitted would encourage students to fill out evaluations not only from this term, but for previous terms as well, thus improving the Course Guide’s reviews on a whole;

WHEREAS a fifth of the reviews submitted to the Guide were for courses from previous terms;

WHEREAS since the Fall 2001 term, the Course Guide would receive on average roughly half the number of reviews every Winter term as compared to the Fall term preceding it;

WHEREAS the Course Guide incentive program has stopped the recent decline in participation rates, receiving more reviews for Winter 2007 courses than courses for any previous term since Fall 2005;

WHEREAS with the current incentive program in place, those who would choose to contribute to the Guide contributed an average of 15% more reviews;

WHEREAS a quarter of the users who contributed to the Guide last term (a tenth of the reviews) received a gift certificate;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee can utilize the incentives themselves, as well as the statistics gathered, to promote the incentive program, thus further boosting future Course Guide participation rates;

WHEREAS on average, for a given Winter term, the Guide receives half as many reviews as it did the preceding Fall term;

WHEREAS the Course Guide received over 2.8 times more reviews following the Winter 2007 term than the preceding Fall Term;

WHEREAS continuing the Course Guide incentive program will allow the Assembly to assess the incentives’ potential for positive reinforcement as their novelty diminishes.

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate $1130.25 for the Course Guide incentive program:
-- $1125 in order to purchase 150 $15 gift certificates, and
-- $5.25 to print out 150 3.5¢ black-and-white thank-you letters to the winners.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the Academic Affairs Committee coordinate the random and fair distribution of gift certificates to students who complete course evaluations.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Loyal Opposition in Student Assembly

Travis and I were talking the other day, and we started to explore this idea. He had me type up some notes and I came up with this.

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A Brief on Legislative Opposition in Student Assembly
For Travis Green, President
By Nathan L. Bruschi

Current State:
In the current legislative process, a standing committee passes a bill before it is placed on the docket by the executive committee and presented to the General Assembly. At GA, the bill is shown on the main screen, read aloud by one of its sponsor, and further crystallized before opened to questions. Once all questions are answered, the bill passes into debate, starting with amendment or opposition. Oftentimes, members are intimidated to speak against a particular measure on ideological grounds – the proper role of SA, oftentimes – for fear of chastisement from their friends. This is particularly true regarding bills that address the sensitive issues of race, gender, sexual assault, non-binding statements of support, and large allocations of money.

The result is a system where nearly every bill presented before the General Assembly is passed regardless of merit. The funding bills for co-sponsorship or SA events, that are presented to and passed by GA, tax the treasury and may prevent SA from taking on major student service and student life initiatives. Because committees are liberal in their endorsement of bills and because a failed bill can be presented again to a different committee, the committee approval process presently provides an insufficient filter.

The U.S. congress lacks this problem because the legislation approval process consists of many steps which each have the power to shoot down the bill. The two party system, and the parliamentary system in Great Britain, ensures that there will be at least some organized opposition to any bill and that all legislation with be scrutinized by a critical eye.

First proposed solution:
The creation of a ‘”loyal opposition,” “devil’s advocate,” or “skeptical respondent” would help fix this problem. In the proposed system, the committee would first present its legislation to GA and explain why they believe it should be passed. The opposition would then make a presentation on areas of rational concern within the bill: the amount or breakdown of funding within the bill, the way the bill plays into the desired role of SA, the details of the event or function, etc. The opposition does not need to explain why the bill should not be passed, but just explain the weaknesses of the bill and present a skeptical viewpoint for GA to consider. This would be followed by a factual questions period and finally debate.

The opposition could consist of one of three things. First, it could be another committee and its Vice President presenting on flaws within the bill. GA is more scrutinizing of bills when executives make critical statements, and the position of the VP on the executive committee would enable him or her to have a fuller perspective to draw upon. Second, an appointed or elected “skeptic” would have the job of finding flaws with all bills presented before GA. Members of the parliamentary debate society are expected to mount entire cases against imaginary propositions without any prior knowledge of the issue or the argument at hand. This solution is problematic just because the person who fills the position would likely garner the wrath of his or her colleagues and may not be able to effectively present against all kinds of bills. Third, a committee of skeptics could be formed and various members would be assigned to lead the opposition for various bills. If one committee member felt that they could not for personal reasons present an effective opposition, another member would take on the task. The committee would ease the burden of the job, help dilute potential rebuke from members in GA, and could increase the quality of oppositions as members specialize in different areas.

Second proposed solution:

As there would be two VP’s for every committee, one of them would serve as the skeptic for any bill while it is in the committee approval process or in GA. This would encourage committees to question their actions and foster debate among the members. It would also make the infighting less public, but deny GA the benefit of seeing the reasons for the ultimate actions. At the very least it would free up more time in GA as less bills make it to the floor, and require less opposition once they do.

Third Proposed solution:
Before a bill may pass into debate, the President would call upon one member of the executive committee who would have to give at least one reason why the bill should not be passed or otherwise take a stance against it. The fact that a VP is chosen to do it would help start debate and encourage critical review by the General Assembly, following the VP’s lead. Unlike in the first solution, this opposition does not need to be organized and instead could just be a few remarks made by a randomly chosen person. No matter how good a bill is, there has to be some flaws, and no matter how much a VP wants to see a bill through, he or she should be able to say something.

Scope:

It is particularly important that skepticism be drawn towards spending bills. I would strongly advise that a system be build in which the treasurer or a committee chaired by the treasurer must sign off on the spending breakdowns of funding bills before they may be presented to GA. It is problematic when GA attempts to adjust the budgets of spending projects as it is a complicated, difficult, approximate, and often messy task. If all spending bills were researched and approved by the treasurer, the bills could be considered on their face value and a simpler judgment could be made by GA whether to fund it in full, in half, or not at all.

The organization of an opposition preserves and enhances the ideal in the current SA procedure that calls upon opposition or amendment before debate can take place. For bills that have broad support and no general problems, the opposition could merely point out ideological/logical flaws or negative ways the bill could be perceived by the press or campus at large. It is important for SA to examine how it will look by passing certain bills and what kinds of messages it would be sending to campus. Failure to consider popular sentiment may result in loss of faith in SA by the student body.
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comments?

Friday, May 18, 2007

From Blitz:
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STUDENT-FACULTY BRUNCH

When: Sunday, 11 AM - 2 PM

Where: 1st Floor Rocky · Silsby Front Lawn

Why: A perfect opportunity to unwind after Green Key Weekend and interact with professors in an informal setting.

FREE CATERED BRUNCH will be provided!

Sponsored by the Dean of Faculty's Office and Student Assembly

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Stephen F. Smith '88 Elected Trustee


"The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected Stephen F. Smith as a trustee following a nomination vote by Dartmouth's alumni from a slate of four candidates.

Smith, a 1988 graduate of Dartmouth, will join the board on June 10, following commencement ceremonies in Hanover. He succeeds Nancy Kepes Jeton '76, who will step down in June after ten years of service on the board."

continue reading the press release.

Student Assembly Banquet on May 24

from blitz:

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Join us at the..

*End-of-the-Year Student Assembly Banquet*
Thursday, May 24 @ 6pm
McLane/Fahey Basement Common Room

+Celebrate our achievements over the past year!
+Celebrate yourselves for your hard work!
+EAT AMAZING FOOD!

**Awards will be given out**

>>>>>>>>>>>>>Catered by Murphy's<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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please RSVP to Raymond Rodriguez


If you would like to nominate someone for an award, blitz Ray by tomorrow (Friday).

New SA Elects MIAC Membership

The following people were elected to the Membership and Internal Affairs Committee in the new Assembly.

Jaromy Siporen '08


Neil Kandler '09


Cory Cunningham '10



David Imamura '10

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

GA Minutes 15 May 07

Proposal to Fund the 2007 Student-Faculty Brunch
Sponsored by: Franklin Obi ’09, Ian Rorick ’10, and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS the Student Assembly feels that it is of the utmost importance to foster good relationships between faculty and students;

WHEREAS good student-faculty relationships enhance learning in the classroom and strengthen the Dartmouth community;

WHEREAS last year the Assembly organized a three-hour Student-Faculty Brunch in which 500 people attended it;

WHEREAS this year’s Brunch will take place on Sunday, May 20th during Green Key Weekend, and is expected to have roughly 450 people attend it;

WHEREAS this year’s Brunch’s total cost will be around $4186.40, costing roughly as much as it did last year;

WHEREAS the budgetary breakdown of the Brunch is the following:

Food--------------------------- $3118.00 ($5.50/person + tax & gratuity)
Location Set-up/Cleanup--- $670.00
Ad in The D------------------ $72.00
Entertainment---------------- $50.00
Invitations-------------------- $276.40
Total Estimated Cost (max)- $4186.40

WHEREAS Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt is in full support of the event and has pledged to allocate a significant amount of funding for its implementation.


LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate $750 towards this year’s Student Faculty Brunch. The brunch in its entirety will cost $4186.40.


Statement for Support for Current Initiatives for the Community Action Network
Sponsored by Lena Martinez-Watts ‘08 and the Diversity and Community Committee

WHEREAS student assembly resolved to support the creation of the community action network on (DATE) in response to the numerous acts of discrimination which negatively affected the overall climate of the institution,

WHEREAS Student Assembly further resolved to continue to initiate programs and offer its support to students who have been confronted by acts of intolerance,

WHEREAS the Student Assembly has met with the Campus Climate Committee to discuss proactive steps to achieve such goals,

WHEREAS the Student Assembly supports and acknowledges the proactive steps that the administration is taking in order to improve and ensure a healthy campus climate,

WHEREAS the community action network is a joint initiative requiring both administrative and student body support,

WHEREAS the Dean Sateia provided funding for chap-sticks labeled with appropriate contact information for students who have been affected by a biased incident,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that members of Student Assembly fulfill their portion of this commitment through the allocation of up to $2000 to purchase first aid kits labeled with contact information for the community action network,

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the first aid kits be distributed to the incoming class of 2011 during orientation week.


Proposal to Fund the Profiles in Excellence Award
Sponsored by Corey Chu’08 and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS sustaining a rich culture of undergraduate teaching is important both to Dartmouth College and to the Student Assembly;

WHEREAS the Profiles in Excellence Award reflects the Student Assembly commitment to developing the relationship between students and faculty, and has been awarded each term since the fall of 2001;

WHEREAS the award recognizes outstanding teaching by professors;

WHEREAS the winner of the award is chosen by the Academic Affairs Committee from student nominations;

WHEREAS the Student Assembly holds award dinners each term for the winner of the Profiles in Excellence Award;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee will soon be choosing a professor as this term’s recipient of the award;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate up to $600 for the Profiles in Excellence Award plaque and dinner.

Resolution to Allocate $3,000 for the Diversity of Thought Picnic
Sponsored by: Lia Cheek ’09, Lena Martinez Watts ’08 and the Diversity and Community Committee

WHEREAS the research done on minority faculty retention suggests that many minority faculty members do not feel as if they are a part of the Dartmouth community,

WHEREAS the inclusion of faculty as part of the larger Dartmouth community is beneficial to both students and faculty,

WHEREAS the recommendations of the Minority Faculty Recruitment and Retention report recommended that outreach from student communities would help to strengthen the Dartmouth community overall through increased minority faculty retention,

WHEREAS intellectualism is a commonality shared by both the minority faculty and the student community,

WHEREAS networking with minority faculty allows minority students to interact with successful individuals with similar background to their own,

WHEREAS research suggests that faculty are largely unaware of events and sentiments on campus which affect their students,

WHEREAS there is currently no forum in which minority faculty members can interact with the student community as individuals outside of their role as faculty,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student assembly support the Diversity of Thought picnic, and allocate up to 3,000 dollars to implement this event.


Resolution to Fund the End-of-the-Year Student Assembly Banquet
Sponsored by Raymond Rodriguez ’09 and the Executive Committee

WHEREAS the SA banquet serves to bring together all Student Assembly members and recognize their hard work and achievements throughout the past year

WHEREAS the SA banquet happens every year at the end of the Spring term

WHEREAS this year’s end of the year banquet will happen on Thursday May 24 at 6pm in the McLane-Fahey Common Room

WHEREAS the event will be catered and outstanding members of the Assembly will be recognized

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocate up to $1500 for the end of the year SA Banquet.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Travis Green Elected Student Body President

The results are in...


Travis Green, President


Ian Tapu, Vice President



I guess the iGreen ticket worked. Is this the start of a new election dynamic?


More info:
Green elected student president (The Dartmouth)

New SA Class Representatives Elected

Class of 2008:
Jacqueline B. Loeb
Jeffrey K. Coleman
Corey B. Chu
Jaromy R. Siporen
Ephraim Froehlich
Erin A. Johnson
David N. Glovsky
Kyle A. Jazwa
Haley R. Morris
Travis Mushett

Class of 2009:
Molly Bode
Ruslan Tovbulatov
Raymond E. Rodriguez
David Nachman
Harshil Shah
Neil Kandler
Kathryn N. Whisenhunt
Christian Kiely
Ayla Glass
Jacob Kahane

Class of 2010:

David Imamura
Cory Cunningham
Landon Brown
Nathan Bruschi
Robert Hoffman
Lawton Leung
Taylor Stevenson
Jennifer Argote
Janill Espaillat
Sara Hudner

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

GA Minutes 08 May 07

Proposal to Fund the Student Legal Rights Dinner Discussion
Sponsored by: Neil Kandler ‘09 and the Student Organizations Committee

WHEREAS many student are unaware that the New Hampshire State Constitution has been interpreted in a manner in that it provides more legal rights than the United States Constitution;

WHEREAS over 120 students are arrested every year for drug and alcohol-related offenses and other crimes according to the “Annual Security Report” published by Safety and Security in 2006;

WHEREAS many of these arrests could be prevented if students fully knew their rights;

WHEREAS Kacavas, Ramsdell & Howard, P.L.L.C. (the “Firm”) has an extensive track record of representing Dartmouth students and has extensive knowledge of the laws and students’ rights in New Hampshire;

WHEREAS the Firm has agreed to charge the Student Assembly a fee of $250 for services rendered;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Student Assembly allocate $350 towards the Student Legal Rights Dinner Discussion: $250 for services and $100 for food;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that this event be held with the objective of educating students about their legal rights and preventing unnecessary student arrests;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that the Student Assembly hold this program on May 14th, tentatively scheduled to be held at Tri-Kap at 7pm.


Proposal to Renew Funding for the Course Guide Incentive Program
Sponsored by Corey Chu ’08 and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee oversees the SA Professor/Course Guide in conjunction with the SA Web Team;

WHEREAS the Course Guide helps students choose courses by providing them with feedback and ratings from previous students;

WHEREAS the efficacy of the Course Guide is contingent on having a large number of reviews, which are submitted by students upon the completion of the term;

WHEREAS the number of reviews submitted has recently declined;

WHEREAS the Course Guide contributions rely on students providing input for courses they’ll never take again while also competing with a faculty-administered course evaluation whose results are inaccessible to students;

WHEREAS in the first week of January 2007, over 2,000 students viewed the Course Guide, with an average of 40 courses viewed per user;

WHEREAS last term, the Academic Affairs Committee instituted an incentive program to raffle off a large quantity of small prizes to boost participation rates;

WHEREAS to obtain these incentives, the Academic Affairs Committee has arranged a deal with Everything But Anchovies to purchase 150 $15 gift certificates at a 50% discount;

WHEREAS course evaluation incentives raffled based on the number of reviews submitted would encourage students to fill out evaluations not only from this term, but for previous terms as well, thus improving the Course Guide’s reviews on a whole;

WHEREAS a fifth of the reviews submitted to the Guide were for courses from previous terms;

WHEREAS since the Fall 2001 term, the Course Guide would receive on average roughly half the number of reviews every Winter term as compared to the Fall term preceding it;

WHEREAS the Course Guide incentive program has stopped the recent decline in participation rates, receiving more reviews for Winter 2007 courses than courses for any previous term since Fall 2005;

WHEREAS with the current incentive program in place, those who would choose to contribute to the Guide contributed an average of 15% more reviews;

WHEREAS a quarter of the users who contributed to the Guide last term (a tenth of the reviews) received a gift certificate;

WHEREAS the Academic Affairs Committee can utilize the incentives themselves, as well as the statistics gathered, to promote the incentive program, thus further boosting future Course Guide participation rates;

WHEREAS on average, for a given Winter term, the Guide receives half as many reviews as it did the preceding Fall term;

WHEREAS the Course Guide received over 2.8 times more reviews following the Winter 2007 term than the preceding Fall Term;

WHEREAS continuing the Course Guide incentive program will allow the Assembly to assess the incentives’ potential for positive reinforcement as their novelty diminishes.

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate $1130.25 for the Course Guide incentive program:

1) $1125 in order to purchase 150 $15 gift certificates, and

2) $5.25 to print out 150 3.5¢ black-and-white thank-you letters to the winners.

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that the Academic Affairs Committee coordinate the random and fair distribution of gift certificates to students who complete course evaluations.



Statement in Support of Alternative Options for Cable Television Systems in ORL Residence Halls

Sponsored by: Cory Cunningham ’10, Harshil Shah ’09, Corey Chu ’08, Neil Kandler ’08,
and the Student Services Committee


WHEREAS the Department of Computing Services at Dartmouth College administers the cable television network for students living in on-campus housing;

WHEREAS as of present, Computing Services has not modified its plans to charge students approximately $300 to purchase a cable box that is required to watch television on anything but DarTV;

WHEREAS many of Dartmouth’s peer academic institutions, including Brown, Cornell, Amherst, Boston College, Villanova, Lehigh, and UNH, include free cable television access in their residence halls at no additional cost to students without the need for a cable box;

WHEREAS the current policy would place a significant financial burden on a large number of Dartmouth students, 51% of whom receive some sort of financial aid, by requiring them to pay $300 for the cable boxes;

WHEREAS Computing Services is still planning on partnering with Evolving Vox, an organization unaffiliated with the College, for the future distribution of the cable boxes no longer needed by graduating seniors;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly issue the following statement of concern regarding the Department of Computing Services’ plans for charging for cable boxes:

Dartmouth College frequently prides itself on its ability to offer all of its resources, both academic and otherwise, to all of its students regardless of financial need. Furthermore, Dartmouth often holds itself to a standard greater than that of its peer institutions with regards to maintaining a particularly high quality of life for its students.

By allowing its peer institutions to continue to offer cable television at no charge while charging Dartmouth students $300 for the privilege of having television in their rooms, Dartmouth places its students at a serious disadvantage in comparison to other colleges and universities.

The Student Assembly urges the Department of Computing Services should take the policies of other colleges’ cable television policies into consideration before implementing their intended program of cable box purchase, ideally creating a solution that costs students no out-of-pocket funds.


LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution and concerns be shared with Dean Stuart Lord and President Wright to encourage them to dissolve the issue of class that could potentially occur as a result of this initiative;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the Student Services Committee and the Student Assembly at large share its concerns with Computing Services and the Office of Residential Life to encourage them to provide free cable television access, a standard set by many of their fellow institutions.


Proposal to Present Alternative Options for Cable Box Distribution and Pricing to the Department of Computing Services
Sponsored by: Cory Cunningham ’10, Harshil Shah ’09, Corey Chu ’08, Neil Kandler ’08,
and the Student Services Committee


WHEREAS the Department of Computing Services at Dartmouth College administers the cable television network for students living in on-campus housing;

WHEREAS as of present, Computing Services has not modified its plans to charge students approximately $300 to purchase a cable box that is required to watch television on anything but DarTV;

WHEREAS the Student Services Committee has repeatedly met with representatives from Computing Services and has evaluated a variety of options for the distribution and pricing of the cable boxes;

LET IT BE RESOLVED the Student Services Committee on behalf of Student Assembly makes the following recommendations to the Office of Residential Life and Department of Computing Services, listed in order of preference;

1) Cable boxes would be loaned to students with the contractual understanding that if the units are damaged in any form when returned, students’ college bill will be charged for the full value of the unit.

2) Cable boxes would be loaned to students upon the payment of a refundable $100 security deposit, in which students would not have their deposit refunded if the unit is damaged at the end of the academic year.

3) Cable boxes would be sold outright at a cost of approximately $300 to students, at which point the students would completely own the unit.

4) Cable boxes would be sold by Computing Services to Evolving Vox, a College-independent, for-profit organization, which would subsequently handle the sale and/or rental of units to students.

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that the Student Services Committee, on behalf of the Student Assembly, forward the aforementioned suggestions to the Department of Computing Services and the results from the attached student blitz survey in an effort to encourage a change in plans for the coming academic year.


Proposal to Fund the Lwala Benefit Concert

Sponsored by Lena Martinez Watts ’08, Jamal Brown ’08, Raymond Rodriguez ’09 and the Diversity and Community Committee

WHEREAS In 1977, Dartmouth College established the first gay student group, the Gay Students Support Group to provide an environment that was accepting towards homosexuality. Due to the College’s inclusive efforts, the 2006 Advocate College Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQA) named Dartmouth one of the top 100 gay–friendly universities in the country,

WHEREAS PRIDE week serves as an opportunity to celebrate and educate the Dartmouth community of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) history and culture at Dartmouth College, through a week long of events filled with various speakers, lecturers, educational campaigns, programs, performances/entertainment, a festival, and a dinner gala. The ultimate goal of PRIDE is to address and eradicate homophobia, prejudice and bigotry, in order to promote a more inclusive and pluralistic Dartmouth,

WHEREAS PRIDE will occur the week of May 7 – 11, 2007. Beginning on Monday and ending Friday night, PRIDE will involve numerous activities throughout the week,

WHEREAS The 2006-2007 Student Assembly has made it a priority to advocate and support all communities of Dartmouth College,

WHEREAS On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Collis Common Ground a three–hour benefit concert will take place. The benefit concert will feature Visionary-In-Residence Stacey Ann Chin, world-renowned drag artist Kevin Aviance, student group performances by Sheba, Dog Day Players, UJIMA, Rockapellas, among others, and exhibitions that illustrate the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa and LGBT communities, and stories from individuals suffering from the epidemic. Proceeds of this event will go to help benefit Dartmouth alums Fred Ochieng’ '05 and Milton Ochieng’ '04’s Lwala project. The Lwala Project is a charity that strives to provide primary health care, clean water and HIV/AIDS education for a poor village in Kenya.

WHEREAS The Lwala Project has attracted great attention from the greater Dartmouth community and the nation. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards the Lwala Project.

WHEREAS participating in an event of this kind follows the SA guidelines for co-sponsorship;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Diversity and Community Committee and Community Service Committee coordinate volunteers from Student Assembly and participants from the larger student body.

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocate $3000 to support the Lwala Benefit Concert.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

GA Minutes 01 May 07

Resolution to Allow Computing Services to Take Over the Blitz Terminals
Sponsored Kapil Kale ’07 and the Executive Committee

WHEREAS Student Assembly has been maintaining and replacing the blitz terminals which are located all around campus for many years;

WHEREAS the service is extremely popular;

WHEREAS SA often has difficulty maintaining the blitz terminals due to lack of manpower and expertise;

WHEREAS Computing Services has offered to take over full maintenance of the terminals due to their specialization in campus electronic networks and technology;

WHEREAS Computing Services would provide a far more professional service than student-run operation of the blitz terminals, as exemplified by the exemplary quality of the computers located in the 1st floor Berry corridor;

WHEREAS Student Assembly faces difficulty in replacing the terminals on a regular basis due to leadership turnover and annual budgetary fluctuations;

WHEREAS Computing Services would ensure that the blitz terminals would be replaced every three years;

WHEREAS the Office of the Provost has indefinitely allocated $18,000 per annum towards paying Computing Services to maintain and replace blitz terminals;

WHEREAS this program would have no cost whatsoever to Student Assembly and allow it to focus on new and different student services;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly, starting in Fall ’07, give Computing Services maintenance and replacement responsibilities for the blitz terminal program;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that for the first three years upon replacing a blitz terminal, Computing Services return the expired terminal to Student Assembly to either auction, give away, or scrap;

LET IT BE FURTHER PROPOSED that Computing Services continue to allow blitz terminal advertisements and Student Services update the campus about any changes in how to advertise;

LET IT BE FURTHER PROPOSED that Student Assembly’s Student Services committee be in contact with Computing Services regarding requests for new terminals and changes to the program;

LET IT BE FINALLY PROPOSED that Student Assembly congratulate the college administration, especially the Office of the Provost, on recognizing an important student need and dedicating a substantial sum of money on securing that service professionally.

SA Presidential Debate

There will be a debate among the 5 Student Body Presidential Candidates will be held tonight at 7:00 during the General Assembly meeting in Carson L01. It will be be moderated by Kevin Hudak ’07, Chair of EPAC and will feature:

TRAVIS GREEN ’08


RAJ KOGANTI ’08


CARLOS MEJIA ’08


NOVA ROBINSON ’08


JAROMY SIPOREN ’08


Molly Bode '09 has dropped out of the race.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Candidate List for Student Body Pres. and VP

As it stands right now, according to Mr. Kevin Hudak, Chair of the Elections Planning and Advisory Committee:

Student Body President
Molly Bode (dropped out)
Jaromy Siporen
Carlos Mejia
Nova Robinson
Raj Koganti
Travis Green

Student Body Vice President
Nathan Bruschi
David Imamura (dropped out)
David Nachman
Ian Tapu

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

GA Minutes 24 Apr 07

Proposal to Fund and Coordinate Student Assembly Election Awareness Dinner Discussion
Sponsored by: Neil Kandler ’09, Lena Rochelle Martinez-Watts ’08, the Diversity Affairs Committee, and the Student Organizations Committee

WHEREAS many students feel apathetic and distanced from the Student Assembly elections;

WHEREAS Student Assembly elections have suffered from low turnout in the past;

WHEREAS there are currently no events that discuss the significance of elections in a neutral and unbiased way;

WHEREAS a grassroots effort to reach students will increase student interest and involvement in elections;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that Student Assembly support an SA elections dinner discussion, with the stated purpose of bringing a diverse group of campus leaders together to discuss Student Assembly’s involvement in the various facets of the Dartmouth community and foster active interest in the elections;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that this event will not endorse any candidate or policy, and will strive to show no bias;

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that this dinner discussion will occur on the evening of May 6th;

LET IT BE FINALLY RESOLVED that Student Assembly allocate up to $500 toward this event for the purchase of the dinner.

Monday, April 23, 2007

News stories of the Day
Field takes shape in SA president race (The Dartmouth)
Despite delays in the formation of the Elections Planning and Advisory Committee, several candidates for Student Body President have already begun to lay plans for this May’s contest.

Travis Green ‘08, Carlos Mejia ‘08, Nova Robinson ‘08 and Jaromy Siporen ‘08 all confirmed their intentions to pursue the role of Student Body President. Molly Bode ‘09 and Leslie Shribman ‘08 each said they are considering a run for the position, though they have yet to make concrete decisions about their candidacies. Robinson is taking a leave of absence from The Dartmouth Senior Staff to pursue the presidency.

Current Student Body Vice President Jacqueline Loeb ‘08 said that she has decided not to enter the race. read more

Russian ex-president Yeltsin dies

Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists
One-third of Americans' diets depend on polination, mostly preformed by honey bees.

Canadian arrested for naked Hitler birthday event One of the more imaginative ways to celebrate 4/20

N.H. retiree aces Rock, Paper, Scissors This is going to be on ESPN; what a country!

Illegal 'bones factory' shut down

US prisoner escapes after phony fax orders his release Talk about gettin' lucky in Kentucky.

NASA killer 'had bad job review'

Naked swimmer makes splash in Trevi fountainThat's one way to impress tourists.

Teen pockets $25,000 in texting contest

The MySpace party from hell


This girl single handedly destroyed this house. Lock her up.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Best Political Ad Ever

In honor of the ongoing College Trustee election. I couldn't believe it when I saw this on television a while back.

Christy Mihos ad

(click play to watch)
The Dartmouth:
An Unsustainable Apology
By Christian Kiely ‘09, Guest Columnist

Go Figure… Skate
By Zachary Gottlieb, Staff Columnist

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Our thoughts are far away this evening...



Regarding the shootings at Virginia Tech, sent over blitz to East Wheelock residents:

Dear good friends in East Wheelock,

We, who work with the East Wheelock Community, want to express our deepest sympathies for all those affected by the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. Words cannot capture the profound sadness for the students, staff, families, and friends of all who will remember April 16th as the day their lives dramatically changed. While we seek more tangible ways to reach out to those in need, let our first step be to value and understand each other in hopes that we will be able to prevent such senseless violence in the future.

Talk to one another and never be afraid to ask for help,

Susan Brison, Judy MacNeil & John Pfister

Sewer Explosion + Unicycle Lady

Thinking about the contents of the sewer makes this situation even worse.

Storm Sewer overflow

(click play to watch)


I have trouble enough on a bicycle as it is.

Unicycle Dance

(click play to watch)

GA Minutes 17 Apr 07

Statement of Sympathy and Support for the Victims and Family of Virginia Tech Shooting
Sponsored By: David Imamura ’10, Nathan Bruschi ’10, and the Executive Board

WHEREAS Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University yesterday suffered the tragic death of 33 members of the community.

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly, on behalf of all of Dartmouth College, express our deepest sympathies and condolences to Virginia Tech, its students, and the friends, families, and loved ones of those lost.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly will purchase and offer black ribbons for students who wish to take part in the nationwide showing of sympathy, and will allocate the necessary funds to achieve this end.

LET IT FINALLY BE RESOLVED that in keeping with President Wright’s recent letter (dated 17 April) to the community, SA will engage in discussions with Safety and Security in order to ensure constant review of emergency protocol.

Moment of Silence for VA Tech

From President Wright, over blitz:
Dear Friends,

Dartmouth College extends our deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech University community, and to the families and friends of those who who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy there yesterday.

In solidarity with those who are grieving the deaths at Virginia Tech, the Tucker Foundation and I would like to encourage you to observe a moment of silence at 2:00 pm today, the same time that Virginia Tech will be gathering as a community. This moment will be marked by the tolling of Baker bells. In addition, Rollins Chapel is open all day for those who wish to meditate or pray.

The staff at Dartmouth are committed to maintaining a secure campus. Safety and Security has emergency protocols in place, as do specific departments, and we review these regularly. There may be lessons about campus safety that come out of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, and we, along with other colleges and universities will listen and learn.

Counseling services are available for Dartmouth students and staff. Students should call Counseling Services at Dick's House 650-1442, employees should call the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program at 646-1165. Individuals may also contact the Chaplain's Office in the Tucker Foundation at 646-3350.

Please keep the Virginia Tech community in your thoughts as they face the difficult time ahead and remember to take care of one another.

James Wright

Student Governance Task Force op-ed

by Kapil Kale
VP Communications emeritus
Chairman, Student Government Task force
(Printed in The Dartmouth)

Frustration with Dartmouth’s student government reached new heights this year. In response, Student Assembly unanimously voted to establish the Student Governance Review Task Force, an all-student committee charged with investigating and presenting solutions to longstanding issues. We began our work this spring, with the goal of improving the representation, efficiency and communication within our school’s standing organizations. Today, we hope to explain the work we are doing, how we are doing it, provide insight into the progress we have made, and invite your opinions into the process.

Our student government structure extends far beyond SA. Each student is assessed a termly student activities fee which is aggregated and given to the Undergraduate Finance Committee for allocation. The UFC is responsible for the oversight and dividing up over $800,000 each year to Programming Board, Student Assembly, Collis Governing Board, the Council on Student Organizations and the four Class Councils.

All these organizations are important components of student governance at Dartmouth. These groups provide the services students need and expect: event funding and programming, regulation of student organizations and a voice and lobbying power with the administration. However, we have found that the organizational structure of the governing bodies creates difficulty in meeting the needs of students.

We seek to identify and improve these crucial aspects of campus life, for individual students and student groups alike. Thus far, we have spoken to administrators and deans, as well as student leaders of our government organizations. We have also conducted our first focus group to solicit input from the student body at-large. Meanwhile, we are also investigating other schools’ governance systems and calling on our own creativity to discover potential solutions. In the coming weeks, we will continue to interview students, organizations, deans and advisors.

An example of a problem we’ve observed so far is that PB, SA, CGB and COSO provide funding for many of the same events, but almost never coordinate their allocations beforehand. One solution is to integrate some of these bodies to simplify the process. Another solution is for the bodies to meet on a regular basis to discuss proposals. This could take the shape of in-person meetings, online discussion boards or shared proposal forms. There are many ideas we have discussed and even more yet to be developed. Over the next weeks, as we engage the leaders of these organizations and the general campus in this discussion, conduct research across the board on the College’s systems, and critically analyze our options, the most effective solution will emerge. Moreover, there are about a dozen of these types of problems �” we plan on using the same thorough methodology for all of them.

A process of reform has no value without two things: transparency and participation. This piece is the first in a series updating the campus on our methods and progress. Additionally, tonight we present to the Student Assembly at 7 p.m. in Carson L01 the details of our initial findings. Transparency is an easy obligation to fulfill. However, we can only open up the channels for your participation to make a contribution.

We encourage you to attend the Assembly meeting. Blitz “Task Force” with your input. Join a focus group. Fill out our upcoming online survey. Make suggestions not only about what is wrong with student government at Dartmouth, but what is right with student government at Dartmouth. The first wave of suggestions from students and administrators has been valuable and appreciated. With your further participation, we are confident that our final report in May will provide the framework for positive, tangible change for Dartmouth’s governing bodies and for you, the students whom they serve.
News links today:

By Clear and Convincing Evidence (The Dartmouth)

Virginia Tech president: Shooter 'one of our students'

Japan mayor shot while campaigning

Cape resident flies 150 miles for Krystal burger - monthly

Monday, April 16, 2007

VIGIL TONIGHT


over blitz:
Please join your Dartmouth peers in a candlelight memorial for the people murdered today at Virgina Tech. We hope to join as a community in remembering the victims of this tragedy.

Candlelight Memorial Ceremony
8 PM
Collis Porch
Monday, April 16
Power outages, wind, and rain will unite to make today miserable.

News stories of the day
VA SHOOTING:

At least 33 dead in Virginia Tech shooting (CNN)

Deadly shooting at US university (BBC)

Gunfire on campus of Va. Tech kills at least 33 (LA Times)


Anna Nicole Smith's diaries fail to sell at auction
What? Is no one interested in her thoughful and profound insight to every day occurrences?
McCain To Send Self Back To Vietnamese POW Camp To Revitalize Campaign (from the Onion)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

It's looking like this lovely rain and snow we're experiencing with be joining us at least until Tuesday evening, possibly until Thursday. Fashion accessories this week: umbrella and boots.

News stories of the day:
Texas may require schools to carry elective on Bible
Man proposes after four minutes
US generals urge climate action


The Sunday Funnies

(click play to watch)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Distorted Images

The following videos are about the way common perceptions of beauty are distorted. The first two are serious, the last one is a joke (you need to watch the second one in order to get it). Enjoy.

Facebook Profile Picture Evolution

(click to watch)

Dove Artificial Beauty: Evolution (original)

(click to watch)

Dove Parody: Slob Evolution (I almost wet my pants when I first saw this)

(click to watch)

Dumb College Pranks

We've all seen drinkin' time (bottom), but this one gives it some serious competition.

Yellow Book Prank (Tufts)

(click to watch)

Drinkin' Time (Dartmouth)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

GA Minutes 10 Apr 07

Proposal to Fund and Support “Collis-Up-All-Night”
Sponsored by: Lawton Leung ’10, Ashley Cartagena ’10 and the Communications Committee

WHEREAS the Dartmouth Student Assembly has, in the past, held successful “Collis-Up-All-Night” events

WHEREAS the event has provided a fun and safe alternative for social interaction;

WHEREAS the event will bring together a variety of organizations and representatives of the Student Body including performance groups and programming organizations, thus fostering cooperation and community;

WHEREAS there is a lack of alcohol-free events for the student body that last for the duration of a night;

WHEREAS “Collis-Up-All-Night” will be on the night of Friday, April 13th, 2007 during the hours of 7 PM to 2 AM;

WHEREAS an event such as “Collis-Up-All-Night” will be a positive addition to the successes sponsored by the Assembly;

WHEREAS the Communications Committee has found some alternate funding by working with Programming Board and Collis Governing Board and is implanting inexpensive activities to decrease costs;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Student Assembly allocate up to $3,000 for the execution of this event to be divided among the following expenses:

Food: $1000
Student Performance Groups (Including Final Cut, Rockapellas, Dodecs,
Decibelles etc.): $200
Advertising: $25
Activities and games: $1475
Poker Tournament: $100
Pong paddle painting: $750
Movies and popcorn: $25
Prizes (including iPods for poker and bingo): $600

Maintenance, building fees, discretionary funds: $300


LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that student organizations including Face Aids, Habitat, and Grassroots Soccer, will have tables providing information and requesting optional donations throughout Collis during the event.

LET IT FINALLY BE RESOLVED that the Communications Committee will be accountable for the responsible use of allocated resources and the successful execution of the event.
Statement in Support of Syllabus Accessibility


Statement in Support of Syllabus Accessibility
Sponsored by Adam Halpern-Leistner ’10, Corey Chu ’08, and the Academic Affairs Committee

WHEREAS course syllabi provide accurate information about courses that can be beneficial to students during course selection;

WHEREAS copyright concerns prohibit the posting of syllabi on non-secure websites;

WHEREAS the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) is working on limiting the Blackboard website so that syllabi posted there will only be available to the Dartmouth community, but with the expected release of a new version of Blackboard, this project will not be completed until after next fall;

WHEREAS using the Dartmouth Web Authentication system, academic departments can easily post course syllabi that will be viewable only by the Dartmouth community;

WHEREAS the Dean of Faculty’s office has called the process of uploading syllabi onto department websites a “trivial” task;

WHEREAS the Government Department has used this system to post past syllabi and has reported very positive feedback;

WHEREAS course syllabi provide a way to learn about a course that is more comprehensive than course listings and more objective than Course Guide reviews.

WHEREAS course syllabi provide information such as reading lists that can be useful to students not taking the class but interested in the subject;

WHEREAS the accessibility to course syllabi during course selection may decrease the adding and dropping of classes during the first two weeks of the term;

WHEREAS syllabus accessibility can assist professors in publicizing their courses;

LET IT BE STATED that the Student Assembly inform departments about the importance of making course syllabi accessible;

LET IT FURTHER BE STATED that the Student Assembly encourage departments to use the Dartmouth Web Authentication system to post syllabi online with professors’ consent.


Statement of Concern Regarding Computing Services Cable Box Distribution Plans
Sponsored by: Cory Cunningham ’10, Harshil Shah ’09, Corey Chu ’08, Neil Kandler ’08,
and the Student Services Committee


WHEREAS the Department of Computing Services at Dartmouth College administers the cable television network for students living in on-campus housing;

WHEREAS the current coaxial cable system that provides television free of charge will be deactivated at the end of the Spring 2007 term;

WHEREAS commencing with the Summer 2007 term, in order to receive cable television in on-campus housing, students must either use DarTV, which is only available on computers, or an STP cable box;

WHEREAS in order to watch television on a regular television set, students must use an STP cable box to convert cable from an Ethernet port to a coaxial cable;

WHEREAS Computing Services is currently intending on requiring that students purchase these STP cable boxes outright at a cost of approximately $300;

WHEREAS $300 is a significant sum for many Dartmouth students to be forced to pay if they wish to have television in their rooms on a traditional television set;

WHEREAS nearly all of Dartmouth’s peer academic institutions provide cable television service to students as part of their regular housing fees;

WHEREAS Computing Services intends on partnering with Evolving Vox, an organization not affiliated with the College, in order to allow students to rent cable boxes at a fee which is unnecessary;

WHEREAS given that Evolving Vox does not fall under the jurisdiction of the College, there is no guarantee that this will be a successful and fair program for ensuring the appropriate reuse of said boxes;

WHEREAS there are a variety of other methods that the Department of Computing Services can make said STP boxes available to students while still ensuring responsible use of the units;

LET IT BE STATED that the Student Assembly issue the following statement of concern regarding the Department of Computing Services plans for distributing STP cable boxes:

The Student Services Committee and Student Assembly at large are concerned that the Department of Computing Services is not considering Dartmouth students’ best interest given their current plans for the future cost and distribution methods of the STP cable boxes. There are a variety of different options available that would ensure that the units are properly handled, including, but not limited to, refundable security deposits and administrative fines, and none have been given fair consideration.

Given the significant student financial outlay necessary in order to purchase a STP box, and the inadequate current plans for the eventual reuse of the units, the Student Assembly, on behalf of the student body, request that the Department of Computing Services ascertain a superior method of distributing and controlling the usage of these units without such a high cost to students.


LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the Student Services Committee and the Student Assembly at large share its concerns with the Department of Computing Services in an effort to improve the plans for purchase and distribution of the STB boxes to develop a plan that is fair and equitable to both the students and administration.
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