As a teenager, it’s not uncommon to be told that the world doesn’t revolve around you when you seem to only be focused on yourself. Nina Maksimova ’15 and physics professor Robert Caldwell are breaking this news to the Milky Way galaxy: that it is not in fact at the center of the universe. The pair has been studying different explanations for the accelerating expansion of the universe, a field in which many people are currently studying, specifically on dark energy and possible new laws of physics, as Dartmouth Now reported. However, these solutions have only been considered with the assumption that the Milky Way galaxy is near the center of the universe. As Dartmouth Now’s article reports, Maksimova and Caldwell wanted to examine whether this model would prove true along with other observational tests. The Cosmic Microwave Background is the light left over from the Big Bang in the sky that has been carefully observed over the years. However, the theory predicts a glow that does not fit what has been measured. “Essentially, Nina and I held a mirror up to the universe and asked if the reflection was special,” Caldwell said in an interview with Dartmouth Now. “We… Read more »
On Nov. 7, students, faculty and community members gathered in the Hood Museum’s “Shadowplay” exhibit for a discussion of masculinity and particularly, how it is perceived in the exhibited art . The talk was one of many events for the White Ribbon Campaign last week. “Because it’s White Ribbon Campaign and we’re really trying to engage men, one of my perspectives is that you can’t do that without analyzing masculinity and what it means to be a man,” Kyle Ashlee, director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement (CGSE) and leader of the discussion, said. “It’s so essential that we spend time dissecting this stuff and encouraging men to be the authentic kind of guys they want to be.” Unlike many talks on campus, which tend to be more lecture-based, this turned out to be an interactive discussion. Each attendee was given a piece of paper and was encouraged to write down their thoughts on how society defines masculinity in terms of emotions, relationships with men and women and appearance or body. After being given time to reflect on these questions, attendees who were comfortable were encouraged to share some of their ideas. It’s great to be able to… Read more »
If you were wondering where all those people dressed up as cartoon characters were going last weekend, they were participating in Kappa Delta’s (KD) third annual Shamrock 5K on Sun., Oct. 27. This year, the sorority decided to add a theme — Cartoons for the Kids — in order to differentiate this event from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) Hero Half-Marathon and Ripcord 5K, which occurred the weekend before. Despite being held a week after a similar event, Kappa Delta sorority ended up far surpassing their goals for this year’s 5K. KD raised $5,140, well over their goal of $4,500. Out of the money raised, 20% will go to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), one of KD’s main national philanthropies, and 80% will go to the New Hampshire Children’s Trust, the New Hampshire branch of PCAA. In addition, the house hoped to get at least half of the Greek houses on campus participating in the walk. To help increase participation, KD offered the house with the most participants the opportunity have dinner with President Hanlon and his wife Gail Gentes. Delta Delta Delta sorority was the house with the most participation based on the number of people who actually attended the… Read more »
Popular on-campus improv comedy group The Dog Day Players was determined the winner of the monthly Students with Drive grant program from Zipcar and Ford for the month of October. Through this program, the group will receive $5,500 to use toward travel and tour as necessary.
“It’s a good feeling to know we have that grant money to fall back on because it can be hard to mobilize for tour,” Elena Ridker ’16 said. “This is just a big relief because we know we can count on that money.”
In order to enter the competition, groups must tell Zipcar more about themselves and what they would do with the grant money for travel. After this, people can go to the ZipcarU Facebook page and vote for groups.
As a winner of this monthly award, Dog Day is now in the running for the Students with Drive grand prize worth $25,000, which will be awarded in April.
Education professor Michele Tine has recently published a study titled “Working Memory Differences Between Children Living in Rural and Urban Poverty.” Although the study was published in the Journal of Cognition and Development in June of this year, the newspaper Education Week published a story on the study on Oct. 18. Tine’s study was designed to compare and contrast the verbal and visuospatial working memory profiles of children living in rural and urban poverty. Tine studied 186 sixth graders in “three low-income rural schools, one low-income urban school, and one high-income school each in rural and urban areas,” Education Week reported. Indeed, Tine found a distinct difference in the working memories of low-income children living in rural areas compared with those living in urban areas. Low-income urban children proved to have “symmetrical verbal and visuospatial working memory deficits compared to their high-income urban counterparts,” Tine’s study stated. However, low-income rural children had asymmetrical deficits, experiencing a more extreme visuospatial working memory deficit than verbal working memory deficit. While the causes of these differences are unclear, Tine suggested that it might be due to rural students navigating a less complex spatial environment, which would then lead to weaker spatial memory, Education… Read more »
Spring term of this past year was marked by a horrific realization for campus: King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library would no longer carry their much-coveted sandwich selection. Unknowing first-year students merely hear longing whispers of “brie and apple” floating through the hallways, but will never experienced these glorious delicacies. While many rumors traveled around campus regarding the disappearance of the sandwiches, the primary reason for the switch was a lack of storage on King Arthur Flour’s part. “The reason for the change initially is because, with the popularity of our café in Norwich, we weren’t able to keep up with transport at Dartmouth,” Terri Rosenstock, public relations manager, said. “The items that can be stored without cold storage and mass produced [more easily] we were able to put in as alternatives.” However, the lack of sandwiches has affected King Arthur Flour’s sales this term compared to the same time last year. We’ve had less business so far than we did last year, but we expected this due to the menu changes, Kelly Mousley, retail and café operations director, said. At the same time, business at the Norwich café is growing, possibly due to people going to this café… Read more »