Food Day: A Preview

Food Day is coming to Dartmouth! Throughout this week there will be thought-provoking speakers, delicious local food and celebrations for students, staff and faculty to enjoy. Food Day began four years ago as a way to reflect on the intertwining aspects of food, and this year Dartmouth has greatly expanded its programming.

College nutritionists Beth Rosenberger and K.C. Wright have been at the forefront of the Food Day initiative. The events aim to get different sectors of campus thinking about food processes, Wright said, so that the average student will “think a little bit about what they are eating.” The widespread nature of factory farms is one example of something more people could be conscious of, she said.

Going forward, Wright’s aim is to make these types of events more of an everyday occurrence, with Food Day serving as a starting point for campus involvement and enthusiasm about food issues. Eventually, Wright would like to see people “gradually making more healthy choices with respect to food,” she said, as well as an increased inclusion of food-related issues in academic curricula.

Here are a few of the highlights planned for Food Day:

Monday, Oct. 20: 3 p.m., Apple Crunch It’s apple season, so what better way to start off Food Day than with freshly picked New Hampshire apples? Come to the Green for live music and a coordinated apple bite at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21: 7 p.m., Documentary “Fed Up” Come to Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center to see this investigation of America’s industrial food system. The Box food truck will be outside of the Hop from 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23: 4 p.m., Lecture by Eco-Strategist Andrew Winston Head over to the Georgiopoulos Classroom in the Tuck School of Business to hear Winston speak about the intersection of environmentalism and business.

Friday, Oct. 24 (Food Day): 3 to 6:30 p.m., Farm Feast at the Dartmouth Organic Farm If you’ve never been to the organic farm, this is the perfect opportunity. There will be cider, The Box snacks and a screening of local filmmaker Ben Silberfarb’s short films.

Around the Ivies

Brown UniversityBrown’s Sidney Frank scholarship fund, which helps low-income students graduate from the university without student loan debt, celebrated its 10-year anniversary, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The fund — which was established with a $100 million donation by Sidney E. Frank, an alumnus who left the university after his first year due to financial problems — now supports about 130 students each year.

Columbia UniversityThe Columbia University Marching Band adopted a new sexual assault policy following several alleged sexual assaults among band members, the Columbia Spectator reported. The new policy considers all allegations true and requires action be taken against members accused of sexual assault. Band members said the policy has already been implemented against two alumni band members, who have been prohibited from attending band events.

Cornell UniversityCornell’s student assembly freshman representative elections were announced on Tuesday after four candidates were disqualified for violating campaign rules, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. Three candidates violated elections and campus code chalking rules, and the other violated a campaign ethics policies.

Harvard University: Eight winners of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medals, Harvard’s highest honor in African and African American studies, were celebratedTuesday for their contributions to African American culture, The Crimson reported. The winners included “12 Years a Slave” filmmaker Steve McQueen, television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes ’91, Miramax founder Harvey Weinstein and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.

Princeton UniversityTwo Princeton students were relocated to new housing when inspectors found bedbugs crawling in their Forbes College one-room double last week, the Daily Princetonian reported, noting that the residential college saw bedbugs in April and in September 2013. The university uses heat treatment to eliminate bedbugs. These bedbugs were the first found at Princeton this academic year.

University of PennsylvaniaPenn administrators have proposed a new office that would focus solely on sexual misconduct cases, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Currently, these cases are handled by the Office of Student Conduct. The proposal also includes plans to hire a sexual violence investigative officer experienced in Title IX cases to lead the new office.

Yale UniversityYale will host its annual sustainability week next week to promote the university’s sustainability strategic plan, a three-year initiative announced last fall, the Yale Daily News reported. The week will include more than 40 events.

Curtis ’14 travels to biodiesel convention

Courtesy of Morgan Curtis
Courtesy of Morgan Curtis

On Feb. 4 to 7, 16 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation participated in the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Morgan Curtis ’14, an avid biodiesel promoter, went as part of this group through her position as co-chair for the National Biodiesel Board’s Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program.

As co-chair, Curtis primarily works as a liaison for students across the country. Her main job is to select 15 other students from the pool of applicants to go with her to the conference, Curtis said. The conference, held in Las Vegas, opened Curtis’ eyes to a side of the biodiesel world she had not yet explored.

“It was a really neat opportunity to see the biodiesel world from the industry perspective,” Curtis said. “I’ve always been involved in sustainability, activism and getting people excited about things that are better for the world. This was more focused on industry performance and revitalizing the economy and agriculture, all the sides that I don’t normally focus on as much.”

Some people might get the impression that the focus on industry would bring a slightly morbid mood to the convention, seeing as the government and many companies have not yet embraced the alternative fuel as the future of transportation, but Curtis said the tone of the conference was optimistic.

“There was a positive vibe that this industry is growing and that we are making huge strides,” Curtis said. “When they did the fiscal cliff deal, a really small part of that was the reintroduction of a $1 tax credit for biodiesel which everyone freaked out about and was really good news for the industry, but that has not been covered very well.”

The convention also gave all the students in attendance a chance to get to know each other and those working in the industry.

“One of the highlights was networking with not only professionals but other undergraduates and graduate students involved in biodiesel activism,” Curtis said. “I left with a bunch of new friends that I feel I could reach out to wherever I am and [they would] help me find biodiesel and find others involved.”

As with all areas of sustainability, biodiesel is rapidly expanding. Many people now understand that it is a viable solution to the depletion of fossil fuels as well as other issues in our environment.

“[Biodiesel] is a really interesting field because there are so many different elements to it,” Curtis said. “When it comes down to it, it’s a chemical engineering project, but it’s also really intertwined with sustainability and economics. It brings together a lot of different disciplines to solve a lot of different problems.”

Curtis’ interest in sustainability dates back to her high school years, when she was involved in the London Climate Change Youth Ambassador program. After arriving at Dartmouth, Curtis looked for multiple groups focused around sustainability and biodiesel in particular.

“My freshman summer at Dartmouth, I went on the Big Green Bus,” Curtis said. “We traveled around the U.S. and we met all sorts of people who were really passionate about biodiesel. We got really involved in the movement.”

Since her freshman summer, Curtis has remained close to the latest happenings with the Bus and its current crew. She also runs her car on 100 percent biodiesel from White Mountain Biodiesel in North Haverhill and is part of an informal biodiesel club primarily made up of other students using the alternative fuel and those who want to spread the word about it. Curtis is also part of the Divest Dartmouth campaign and has been an intern in the sustainability office almost every term that she has been on campus.

“I’m so excited about sustainability at Dartmouth at the moment,” Curtis said. “The different green groups are booming, and I know a lot of people are excited to see if we can continue to seize that momentum.”

Hear more of Curtis’ thoughts on the conference in this YouTube video she created after attending.

Debunking the Mysteries of Move-In Day

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So you have arrived, my eager ’16 friends. You have filled your parents’ car to capacity and you are all ready to move in. You have your I.D. card (get that first!) and room key, swipe into your dorm and unlock the door to the space that you will transform into your home — barring any first-year hiccups — for the next nine months. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of tips about organizational plasticware, buying a memory foam mattress pad and getting a futon, so I’ll try to hit some points that may not have been so intuitive. Here are some move-in tips that hopefully will ease your moving process. Continue reading

DJ Spooky discusses climate change in multimedia presentation


A performance by someone named DJ Spooky probably evokes an image of someone wearing giant headphones and a neon shirt cranking out some electronic beats in a crowded club. An artistic, multimedia performance that was part lecture, part turn-tabling and part classical music probably isn’t quite what the average person has in mind — but that’s exactly what Paul Miller did in Loew Auditorium on Monday evening.

Before he became DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, Miller graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in French literature and philosophy. A few years ago, spent time at Dartmouth as a research fellow through the Dickey Center for International Understanding, and he teamed up with the Hopkins Center to create a show called Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. Continue reading