Thursday, August 25, 2005

Killing the Illusion

CNN kills off Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Bigfoot, metaphorically at least, with the headline "Writers sue over reality show conditions".

Not that the presence of writers on reality shows should really be news to anyone. But apparently FOX has violated CA labor laws about overtime, wages, and meal breaks.

Survivor: Writing Room, anyone?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Somebody tell S&S

Dartmouth, alas, did not make the Princeton Review's list of Top Party Schools

The list is:
"1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
2. Ohio University-Athens
3. Lehigh University
4. University of California-Santa Barbara
5. State University of New York at Albany
6. Indiana University-Bloomington
7. University of Mississippi
8. University of Iowa
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
10. Loyola University New Orleans
11. Tulane University
12. University of Georgia
13. Penn State University
14. West Virginia University
15. The University of Texas-Austin
16. University of Tennessee-Knoxville
17. University of New Hampshire
18. University of Florida
19. Louisiana State University
20. University of Maryland-College Park"

DMS in the NYT

Three DMS professors, Steven Woloshin, Lisa Schwartz and H. Gilbert Welch have an Op-Ed in the NYT today, "Warned but Worse Off," arguing about the problems with CT scans for lung cancer.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Money Quote

From Ricky Gervais in a NYT article, "The 'Office'Manager's New Career"


"I don't know," says Mr. Gervais (pronounced jer-VAZE). "I suppose I grew up wishing I was an American Jew for the comedy and the one-liners. 'The Sunshine Boys' is one of my favorite films And maybe a bit of liberation, knowing that if I said it in American people would know what I meant. So I was trying on my language skills."

Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Call of God

Mormon takes prophet's call, spurns Harvard for Idaho .

The Dean of Harvard's Business School just left Harvard to go head BYU-Idaho. Talk about religious devotion...

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Grandma was Right

Marrying a Jewish doctor may not be such a bad idea after all. According to the NYT, Research Scientist Gives $105 Million to N.Y.U. NYU professor and Remicade creator Dr. Jan T. Vilcek and his wife have given the NYC medical school one of the 4 or 5 largest donations ever made to a medical school or hospital in NYC. What mensches.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Tuck Bridge Student Missing

The Dartmouth Online reports that a non-Dartmouth participant in the Tuck Business Bridge program was reported missing in the CT river this morning. The search for the student is on-going.

Condolences to the students' family and friends, and to any members of the Tuck or Dartmouth community who are affected.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

So I'm a Little Over 18...

David Brooks' advice in today's Op-Ed, All Cultures Are Not Equals, still applies.

Specifically:
"If you are 18 and you've got that big brain, the whole field of cultural geography is waiting for you."

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Stones Take On the NeoCons

Apparently the Rolling Stones are including an anti-Bush song on their new album, "A Bigger Bang." Reuters.com reports that the song is called "Sweet Neo Con," and contains the following lyrics:

"You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of s---,"


And here I thought that "Con" stood for "Conservative" and "Neo" stood for "Jewish"...

Bursting the Bubble

From Slate, a must-read for the fashionista (or Fashion victim)

The Denim Bubble - Is the $300-jeans market about to crash? By Michelle Leder

Monday, August 08, 2005

Politics and Campus

Joe's Dartblog derisively references the "Gendered Intersections" conference on Gender, Judaism, and Islam that Dartmouth is hosting right now as an example of how universities are nothing but liberal-funded think tanks. While I think this devalues an important conference tht is being organized by a respected professor, Susanna Heschel, and that draws on two under-appreciated departments, Religion and Jewish Studies, I'd also argue that the participants are fully aware of the political nature of campus culture and how it can influence debate. One of tomorrow's plenary sessions is entitled ""Feminism, Judaic and Islamic Studies in the Politicized American University."

Here's the relevant info:

Plenary Session III Tuesday at 4 PM - Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Feminist, Judaic and Islamic Studies in the Politicized American University

David Burrell, University of Notre Dame
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University
Lena Saleymeh, University of California at Berkeley

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Worst Line in Sunday's Times

This week the honor goes to the closing sentence of Warren St. John's profile of party promotoer Marc Biron, And Some Must Party On :

Mr. St. John writes:

"Mr. Biron looked forlornly at the empty bottle of Absolut, and then at his watch. Four a.m. was bearing down on him like an out of control New York City garbage truck. He grabbed his blue blazer. It was time for bed."


Somebody kick this guy out of the club.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Saving Me the Trouble

No need for me to respond to Iden Sinai's simplistic op-ed in The D today, "When Feminism Goes Too Far," or to give Malchow the satisfaction of an "o so eloquent response." Andrew Seal has an intelligent and thorough response on LGB: "When Iden Sinai Goes Far Too Far"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

You Are Not What You Wear

In WaPo, Natasha Warikoo explores the "waistland" of teenage culture, and how what students wear is interpreted both by their peers and their elders. The article, despite its pun-filled title, "In a Teenage Waistland, Fitting In", is worth looking at.

I wonder what Ms. Warikoo would have to say about the fashions (or lack there of) at Dartmouth...

On Profanity

Apparently I'm not the only one discussing vulgarity today.

Eugene Volokh posts on The Volokh Conspirary in response to NYT Style Section article, "Longing For a Cuss-Free Zone"

More Shameless Self-Promotion

My latest, fluffy Op-Ed in The D: Missing the Punchline.
This is what happens when I have a deadline after Parents Weekend.

On a related note: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing," an exploration of the editorial process followed by the Op-Ed editors of the NYT.