More interesting articles, including a long piece about the new President based on interviews with family and friends, are available at the Record’s homepage.

Neighborhood assessment released – By Laura Corona
The Committee identified six main student contentions made apparent by the survey data: a lack of freedom to live with friends or near classes; a questioning as to whether residential life is the appropriate place or means for the College to pursue diversity; a feeling of isolation on the part of minority student groups; a sense that heavy drinking is now more spread out across campus, infringing on quieter students; questions of neighborhood inequality; and a feeling of unfair housing allocation.

The report notes several other related points regarding dissatisfaction with the neighborhood system. First, the Committee found that many complaints regarding the neighborhoods have been raised in student surveys unrelated to housing, suggesting that problems may not result from the residential system but from other dynamics on campus. Second, the surveys showed a questioning of the goals of diversity in housing, criticizing attempts at “social engineering.” Third, some minority students found the neighborhood system “disempowering,” or felt threatened at some point by insensitive dorm mates.

Gaudino committee proposes curricular experiment – By Kaitlin Butler
Burger said he will put forward to CC the question: “Would students embrace an invitation to go out of their intellectual comfort zone with the understanding that if it results in a less-than satisfactory grade, then that mark might be erased for their transcripts,” he said.

Within recent weeks, Burger brought this proposal to the CEP as an idea very much in its formative stages. A possible model that might arise out of the proposal would allow a student to take a class far afield of his or her usual interests with the understanding that the student must demonstrate intellectual presence and involvement. If the student should receive a final grade that meets a certain requirement but is not personally satisfactory – and the instructor of the course believes he or she was intellectually present in the class – then the student could choose whether to accept the grade or keep it from factoring into one’s GPA (invoking what might be called the “Gaudino Option”).

Fearless? – By Christopher Holland ’11
Growing up, a chill went down my spine every time the word “gay” was used. Hearing that word meant the possibility that someone had figured out something very secret about me – a possibility that was absolutely terrifying. […]
I was once telling a friend that I felt uncomfortable at Queer Bash and that, at the time, I felt confronted by the event. Instead of asking me more about how I felt, however, my friend, rather appalled at what I had suggested, told me that it didn’t seem that I could understand how important “safe spaces” are for gay people and how exciting it could be for a person to explore sexuality for the first time. As a “straight male,” she said, it just didn’t seem that I knew how important the event was for gay people. Never had I dreamt that I would actually be faced with such a dilemma, but it happened as I stood facing someone criticizing me for being “straight” or, maybe, for not being “gay enough.”

Men’s crew claims 2nd straight victory at HOCR – By Ken Sluis
The race soon began, and the teams battled back and forth; Trinity would inch up, then Williams would pull away. Williams gained much of its energy from the support of onlookers on shore. “There was amazing support from the fans,” captain Cameron Skinner ’10 said. “We heard cowbells and cheers for Williams at just about every bridge over the three-mile course. It certainly helped to give us that little push needed in the difficult sections.”

With just a few hundred meters left, the Eph crew fought back. “Slightly behind in the final 2:30 of the race, at the brink of collapse, we trusted ourselves and each other to reach further into the abyss of pain and orchestrate a medal winning sprint,” Nathaniel Lim ’11 said, reflecting on the moment.

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