How to Disappoint Your Parents Now that You’ve Gotten into Dartmouth

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“Mama, I made it!”

Your parents have never been more proud of you than when you got into Dartmouth. And now that the ’20s have been admitted (that sounds so weird to say), a new batch of parents is overflowing with joy at the thought of their kids’ bright futures. It may seem like you’ve won the “golden child” award, but what fun is making your parents proud when you can fill them with unbridled anger and regret? Now that you’ve gotten into Dartmouth, here are some ways to disappoint your parents:

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Brown University: Two rugby players, Uzo Okoro and Kiki Morgan, were among 49 players named in a list of potential United States National Team members for 2016, The Brown Daily Herald reported. Okoro and Morgan will have a chance to compete with the national team during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, following a series of camps and international competitions this summer. This year, Brown’s women’s rugby team held a 5-2 record in the regular season, but fell to Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship game.

Cornell University: The World Health Organization partnered with Cornell University to create and implement public health policy, The Cornell Sun reported. Cornell, one of 700 WHO collaborating centers in over 80 countries, will work on areas such as nursing, occupational health, nutrition and health technologies. The WHO Center will provide opportunities for Cornell faculty and students to help meet the needs of United Nations member states seeking policy guidance based on scientific research.

Columbia University: Over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 2015 Quality of Life Survey, a biennial University-wide survey which seeks to assess student satisfaction at Columbia, The Columbia Spectator reported. The results of the survey revealed that students are slightly more satisfied with their experience at the university than they were two years ago. However, the survey also highlighted inequitiable satisfaction levels among students with disabilities and students who self-identified as transgender or genderqueer. To combat such dissatisfaction, the University Senate Student Affairs Committee recommended that all school forms provide an option for identifying as transgender or genderqueer, and that more gender-inclusive bathrooms are added to buildings.

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Brown University: Faculty members voted to change the name of Fall Weekend holiday to Indigenous People’s Day, effective next fall, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The holiday used to be known as Columbus Day, until a 2009 student movement resulted in changing the name to Fall Weekend. This year, protests by student groups and a widely-circulated petition prompted the holiday’s most recent change to Indigenous People’s Day.

Columbia University: Columbia College Student Council will present the Dean of the College with a list of the five most important issues facing students, the Daily Columbia Spectator reported. The Student Council sent out a college-wide survey to determine the most pressing campus issues. They include academics, administrative transparency, community development and stress reduction, racial diversity and student advising.

Cornell University: James Franco will speak during Cornell’s 148th Commencement Weekend, the Cornell Chronicle reported. The acclaimed actor and director will give the keynote address during the convocation ceremony on May 28.

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Dartmouth in Graphs

Dartmouth X

When someone says “graphs,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably plotting lab results and analyzing Econ trends for class. Let’s be honest, the only graph at Dartmouth that actually relates to your own life is the Dartmouth X. But there are so many other important aspects of Dartmouth culture that deserve to be plotted, and fortunately, Dartbeat has come up with a few graphs of our own:

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Brown University: This past fall, the ALS Finding a Cure Foundation endowed a team of five faculty members at Brown University with a $1.8 million research grant, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The team plans to research the possibility of aberrant genes as a cure for ALS, suggesting that the gene mutations may potentially defend motor neurons. Depending on its success, the team could receive up to $14 million in the next few years.

Cornell University: Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced a four-percent increase in next year’s tuition rate, in addition international student admission will no longer be done on a need-blind basis, The Cornell Daily Sun reported. Students have shown concern about the change, with many expressing that their opinions have been disregarded. Cornell admissions will shift to a need-aware basis fot international applicants starting in fall 2017.

Columbia University: Kathleen Bachynski, a Columbia researcher who studies the correlation between brain injuries and youth football, suggested that youth football must eliminate tackles,the Columbia Daily Spectator reported. Even after concussion symptoms fade, the risks and long-term effects continue.  These include deficiencies in cognition and attention, sleep problems, behavioral issues and headaches. Bachynski asserts that the safety of human brains must be prioritized. Continue reading

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Brown University: The Number, a new delivery startup recently developed by three undergraduates, is already gaining popularity on campus, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The business, which went live on Monday after weeks of research and promotion, allows students to text a specified number and have anything within a certain radius delivered to them. Students must pay full price for the goods, plus an additional fee of $3.50, subject to increases during times of high demand.

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