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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… Read more »

Around the Ivies

Brown University: Brown’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 University: The 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 University: Cornell’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… Read more »

Curtis ’14 travels to biodiesel convention

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… Read more »

Compostable containers offered at Collis


New biodegradable and compostable bowls, cups and lids were introduced in Collis Café this term as a result of a three-year search for compostable containers. “Here alone at Collis last year, we went through 250,000 clamshells, which all ended up in landfill and we just didn’t feel comfortable with that,” Michael Ricker, manager of Collis Cafe, said. … Read more »

Debunking the Mysteries of Move-In Day

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…. Read more »

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…. Read more »