The Economist endorses Okonjo-Iweala for World Bank presidency

via The Economist

The Economist staff announced its endorsement for Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of World Bank president in an editorial on Saturday, calling the upcoming World Bank board election a “golden opportunity for the rest of the world to show Barack Obama the meaning of meritocracy.”

The writers and editors at the weekly publication hold “a belief that what is written is more important than who writes it” and does not publish bylines for most articles and editorials, according to The Economist’s website. However, each piece is written with a “collective voice,” expressing a view agreed upon by the entire editorial staff. Continue reading

Hooking up and dating are different strokes for different folks

Sociologist Lisa Wade’s talk, titled “The Promise and Perils of Hook-Up Culture,” was surrounded by hype. Girls in my sorority blitzed out about it, and I heard some girls talking about it on my way to class on Thursday. Were they interested because its title was sexy and the photo on the poster was attractive? Did they just want to hear about sex for an hour? I concluded that they were unsatisfied with the hook-up culture — mostly because this aspect of Dartmouth culture is so openly complained about, and I believe the large crowd that gathered was hoping to find some sort of solace in numbers, or perhaps a solution to their dissatisfaction. Continue reading

Fincher’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ fails to deliver thrills


The trailer for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) is destined to be a cornerstone of future marketing classes. Its rapid juxtaposition of scenes from the film accompanied by a roaring girl power rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “The Immigrant Song” did what any movie preview should set out to do: make people want to see the movie. Speaking for myself, I wanted to buy a ticket the moment I saw the trailer. It looked like it would be a dark and brooding thriller helmed by a man well-suited to such films: David Fincher. To my great disappointment, my expectations were far from met.

Instead of the mind-blowing masterpiece promised to moviegoers by the marketing department at Sony, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a meandering and often nonsensical story with high doses of ultra-feminism thrown in for the sake of doing some sort of justice to its unorthodox heroine. Adapted from the first book in the “Millenium” trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson, the film opens with reporter/publisher Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) losing his fortune and reputation as the result of being on the wrong end of a libel case. Impressed with his skills, a wealthy philanthropist (Christopher Plummer) hires Blomkvist to secretly investigate the disappearance of his niece nearly 40 years ago. When he hits a dead end, he turns to the brilliant, yet troubled Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) for help. Continue reading

Szung Szongs: Szitting Down with Bleached

ROBERT SZYPKO/The Dartmouth Senior Staff
ROBERT SZYPKO/The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Going to a festival like South by Southwest can be an intense experience, and I’ve found myself musically exhausted since then. So I’m more or less at a loss for what to talk about here this week. Therefore, I’m going to opt for some stuff I wished I had published during the festival.

In my posts over spring break, I talked a lot about the quality of music shows and the styles of music swirling around the summery Austin air during SXSW. But when I chatted briefly with Jennifer Clavin of Bleached after their set at the Hype Hotel, I talked more about the process of SXSW and how exposure and audience reception plays into their work. Continue reading

Watching the Ivies: 3/29


HARVARD: With the reintroduction of an early action program, Harvard University’s acceptance rate for regular decision applicants may be a mere three percent this year. Since early applicants are more likely to enroll upon admission, Harvard’s yield is expected to increase. Overall, officials expect that Harvard’s admission rate — including both regular and early action applicants — to be 5.5 percent.

via The Daily Princetonian

PRINCETON: Princeton University’s new rush policy, which will ban freshmen from recruitment for Greek organizations beginning in the fall, will also penalize freshmen that attend formal or semiformal events sponsored by Greek organizations. Even though Princeton does not formally recognize fraternities or sororities, the University will consider banning the organizations altogether if the new policy is repeatedly flouted. On a similar note, Yale University has also recently delayed rush and banned freshmen from joining Greek organizations in the fall. Continue reading

Kim’s participation in ‘Dartmouth Idol’ finals draws national attention

via the Los Angeles Times

College President Jim Yong Kim’s nomination to lead the World Bank has drawn increasing media attention to his tenure at Dartmouth — specifically, to his performance in the 2011 ‘Dartmouth Idol’ finals as a “rapping spaceman,” as he is described in the Washington Post.

Multiple media outlets have taken to exploring Kim’s more creative side, contrasting his musical performance to his career accomplishments. In the video, which has received over 200,000 views on YouTube, Kim appears on screen after a montage of the Dartmouth campus with “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by the Black Eyed Peas playing in the background. Wearing a studded white leather jacket, sunglasses and several glow sticks, Kim exhibits his rapping skills and robot-like dance moves as he cheers on the finalists.

“The World Bank may have at least 99 problems, but its leader’s ability to spit rhymes will not be one,” the Huffington Post reported. USA Today and the Los Angeles Times are among the news outlets that have caught wind of the video. India’s Daily News & Analysis called Kim an “outlying rapper” in an article outlining his qualifications for the World Bank position, and National Public Radio noted the “rapping, neon, let it all hang out side of Kim.”

Kim’s rapping skills also featured on The Rachel Maddow Show. “The new president of the World Bank, dressing up kind of like a robot, and rapping not all that badly about Dartmouth College’s version of American Idol. Nice to meet you, Dr. Jim Yong Kim,”  Maddow said after presenting a portion of the video Friday night.

However, this single video does not adequately showcase all of Kim’s theatrical talents and appearances. Kim debuted his dancing moves at the 2010 Idol finals in a Michael Jackson tribute. After narrating the intro to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” he appeared on stage decked out in a leather jacket, a fedora, rolled-up pants and a single white glove. Channeling his inner Michael, Kim joined the Idol finalists in their dancing, bringing the audience to their feet.

“There is no other Ivy League president that can dance like that right there,” Walt Cunningham, Dartmouth Idol producer and Gospel Choir director, said.

In this year’s finals, as part of a tribute to Dr. Seuss, Kim narrated excerpts from various Dr. Seuss books while a slightly frightening picture of his face morphed into the Cat in the Hat was displayed to the audience.

Although Kim’s participation in Dartmouth Idol can’t tell us whether he will be elected to head the World Bank, his musical prowess has certainly added a new dimension to his presence in the media.