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The Dickinsonian S erv ing Dic k ins o n Co lleg e’s S t u d en t s, F a cu lt y a n d Alu mn i s i n c e 1 8 7 2

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Vol. CLXXIX No. 18

What Is Senate Amends Constitution inside • News •

• The Outing Club and Office of Community Service hope to gain Special Interest Housing. Page 2.

• The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge was postponed due to weather. Page 3.

• Opinion •

• Brendan Birth ’16 writes a response to Professor Ehrman’s talk on “Jesus and the Historian.” Page 5. • Jake Agliata ’14 on writes music and the effects it has on the community. Page 5. • Virginia Cady ’15 writes about Gay Rights and the future of the Republican Party. Page 5.

By Lizzy Hardison ’16 News Editor

At their Feb. 25 meeting, Student Senate passed three constitutional amendments to broaden its engagement with faculty, administrators and other campus organizations. The first of the amendments authorizes the creation of a five-member Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). According to the resolution, the FAB will foster collaboration between the faculty and Senate and provide the organization with a “sounding board” for “contentious or complex issues.” In addition to the practical

advisory function of the FAB, Senate members hope that the board will engender principles of shared governance within the campus. “Dickinson is a highly collaborative community,” said Ben West ’14, All-College Committee senator and cosponsor of the resolution. “Working together, administrators, students and faculty members can cut through calcified processes and assumptions to affect positive change for the community as a whole.” The second amendment calls for the development of

a network of student advisory boards for administrative offices and departments across campus. Authored by West, the resolution mandates that Senate Vice See Senate, page 3

Students prepare for 2014 Spring Break service trips to the American South

• Kevin Doyle ’16 reviews Nonstop. Page 6. • Melanie Singer ’17 reviews the caf’s meatballs. Page 7.

• Sports •

event advisory Upcoming Events at Dickinson


• 4:30 - Biblio Cafe The Art of Espresso Making • 5:00 pm – Kauf. 179 Earth Issues Seminar Series • 7:00 pm - Stern Water, Conflict and Peacebuilding


• 3:00 pm – Goodyear Art Show: Don’t Think About It • 7:00 pm – ATS Crisis in Ukraine 3/3 • 7:00 pm –Alt. 106 Afro-Brazilian Film Festival: Madame Sata


• 8:00 am – Weiss Time Spent

Saturday 3/15

• 1:00 pm – Biddle Field Men’s Lacrosse vs. Widener

Tuesday 3/18

• 12:00 pm – Alt. 106 Film Screening: A Jihad for Love • 12:05 pm – HUB East Earth Sciences Lunch and Learn Seminar • 3:30 pm – MacPhail Field Baseball vs. Elizabethtown

the Classics, Languages, By Katie Lasswell ’17 Associate News Editor

Dickinson Springs into Service

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A group of Dickinson alumni prepare for service on a past service trip to New Orleans. They volunteered 40 miles outside of New Orleans in Sildell, LA. By Brooke Serra ’15 Contributing Writer

52 Dickinson students and eight faculty and staff members have decided to dedicate their spring breaks to community service, traveling to Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama with the four Spring Break Service Trips sponsored by the Office of Community Service and Religious Life. From March 8-16, trip attendees will partner with programs such as Habitat for Humanity to build houses and bring aid to those in need. Each trip has 13 students, including two student leaders, as well as two faculty or staff members. With the help of staff and leaders, the students will spend the week helping other volunteers in their respective cities, while also get-

Digitizing History

• Life & Style •

• Men’s basketball lose Centennial Conference championship game to Johns Hopkins University. Page 8. • Men’s and Women’s track and field both win third in Centennial. Page 8.

Dickinson is following the national trend of bringing more technology into humanities classrooms. In the year since the College received a $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, various faculty and departments have developed a series of digital humanities initiatives to incorporate the latest technologies into their curricula. According to the College’s Digital Humanities Advisory Committee (DHAC) website, the term “digital humanities” refers to an emerging field of study that “applies methods derived from computing to questions and objects of study in humanities disciplines.” “Digital humanities (DH) is an umbrella term covering a wide range of activities, from online preservation and digital mapping to data mining and the use of geographic information systems, data visualization, and digital publishing,” says the advisory committee website. At the suggestion of Glen Peterman, director of Sponsored Research and Research Compliance, faculty members came together during the summer of 2012 to determine what the Mellon grant could be used for at Dickinson before applying. The College was awarded the grant in Jan. 2013 and created the DHAC See Humanities, page 4

DH Programs

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Dickinson alumni pose with children on a past service trip at the Pisin Mo’o Recreation Center. ting to know the community. “[On previous trips, I’ve had] awesome experiences that introduced me to new people on campus, new global issues and new ways of serving a community outside of Carlisle,” said Cindy Bauer ’16, a student leader for

the trip travelling to Harlan County, Kentucky. To prepare for the trips and offset costs for the volunteers, students and leaders have held many fundraisers, including selling grilled

• House Divided Civil War search engine • Russian Rooms Russian photography, text and audio archive • Dickinson College Commentaries Scholarly commentaries on classical texts • Romantic Natural History Romantic era literary works and natural history survey • The Mixxer Skype practice of Foreign language skills

See Service Trips, page 2

Mentor Program Replaces OA Position

By Katya Hrichak ’17 Associate Managing Editor

Earlier this year, the Enrollment and Student Life Committee (ESLC) began discussing ways in which they could increase the first-year retention rate. One solution to the problem, proposed by the Committee, was to better align academic and student life, beginning by restructuring the format of first-year orientation. In the current orientation format, which has been in place for two years, incoming students attend orientation programming and events with the members of their first-year seminar (FYS) class. The new organizational model marks a departure from seminar-based groupings; instead, each member of the incoming class of 2018 will select a First-Year Inter-

est Group (FIG). Each FIG, consisting of 10 to 20 students, will be formed around a common interest. Students can choose from 19 interest groups: art and design; campus activities and leadership; community service; computers, gaming and technology; creative writing and journalism; entrepreneurship; environmental activism; fitness and wellness; food from farm to table; gender and sexuality; global perspectives; music; outing experiences; politics and law; pop culture; religion and spirituality; science and society; social justice; and theatre and dance. “In the past, Orientation Groups were also FYS groups and lived together, which limited a student’s social circle,” said Annie Kondas, assistant director of Campus Life.

Photo Courtesy of Carl Socolow ’77/Dickinson College

An Orientation Group sits with their Orientation Assistant, now called First-Year Mentor, during the Class of 2017 First Year Orientation. “First-Year Interest Groups will no longer be associated with a FYS or residential community and therefore will

allow students to meet not only more students, but See FYM Position, page 4