Friday, September 30, 2005

Warning: Self-Promotion

Perks of working for The D: Publishing yourself whenever you want

Observance without Consequence

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Race in America - and At Dartmouth

David Brook's "The Way We Live Now" series is the NYT's latest examination of race in America.
What is interesting is the discussion of Dartmouth blitz patterns in the second article.

"Bruce Sacerdote and David Marmaros recently did a study for the National Bureau of Economic Research trying to figure out how powerful these clusterings really are, and how friendships form.

They tracked the e-mail exchanges of a group of Dartmouth student to see who was e-mailing whom, and took that as a proxy for social contact. Not surprisingly, they found race matters. Black students send 44 percent of their e-mails to other black students, even though blacks make up only seven percent of the student body.

On the other hand, race is no more powerful than other interests. Athletes exchanged 52 percent of their e-mails with other athletes. Football players exchanged 30 percent of their e-mails with other football players, even though only 2 percent of the students fall into that category.

Students with similar SAT scores e-mail each other more frequently than students with dissimilar SAT scores, but the difference is modest."

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dartmouth Undergoing Maintainance?

Error Message on Facebook this morning:

"Your school is temporarily down for maintenance. It should be available again within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Monday, September 12, 2005

Crazy Brits

While I'm not actively posting, this story is too outrageous to ignore.
Ha'aretz reports that

"Advisers appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair are proposing that Britain get rid of Holocaust Memorial Day because Muslims find it offensive, the British Sunday Times has reported.

The proposals - which provoked a backlash from British Jewish leaders - aim to replace Holocaust Memorial Day with a Genocide Day that would include recognition of Muslim deaths in the West Bank and Gaza, Chechnya and Bosnia, the Times said."

While the idea of a day that remembers all genocide is a good one, it should not come at the expense of Holocaust remembrance efforts. Also, the arguments that Muslims find such a day offensive and that the events in the West Bank and Gaza are akin to the Holocaust are upsetting, to say the least.

For more discussion, see the Volokh Conspiracy.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Even Bloggers Take A Vacation

Whether it is due to the lack of good internet access when I'm away from campus, my general laziness, or the fact that without the D I have nothing to write about, the blog has been quiet lately. This trend will probably continue until I get back to campus. Till then, anyone missing their daily dose of unintended media humor should go read the Review.