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[7 Sep 2012 | Comments Off | ]

(Ed.: Morrison: *please excuse a printing/editing error in the print edition, Dr. Dirmeyer’s co-authorship was accidentally omitted)
 
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Harvard College Administrative Board is investigating the possibility that 125 students “improperly collaborated” on an exam last spring[i]. While the administration hopes that an honor code can save the academic integrity of the college for whom “Veritas”, the Latin for truth, is the motto, critics- especially the Harvard student body according to the Harvard Crimson- remain skeptical that signing a piece of paper will suddenly imbue cheaters with integrity[ii].
 
They’re right.  Harvard …

Letters To the Editor »

[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]

Editor, The Tiger:
Over the past two weeks our beloved campus has seen a tide of student involvement that has no parallel in our few years on the Hill. The student assembly on the lawn on Venable forced the administration to recognize that a level of student discontent had finally been reached that could no longer be ignored. President Howard responded swiftly with an open session in which he offered explanations and the students offered both questions and criticisms of both a policy and the process by which the policy was …

Opinion »

[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
A New H-SC Drug Policy Proposal

Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristics of Hampden-Sydney College, right behind the fact that it’s all male, is a culture of self governance and accountability exemplified by the honor code.  Hampden-Sydney prides itself on a strong Honor Code that is internally enforced and promotes a culture of self accountability and self governance. Our honor code system is administered, enforced and adjudicated by students. The legal relationship we have with each other at Hampden-Sydney is truly special and is something to we should be no less than extremely be proud of.  However, …

Opinion »

[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
A Convenient Time for Reform

The recent rally outside of Venable should be reason to reassess our current policies on student social life. Objections from those critical of the movement have claimed that the idea of self-responsibility among the student body has failed, and that we can’t effectively take care of ourselves. However, the real problem is more institutional than personal: we simply do not have many choices on-campus during the weekend. If we were given more choices, we can reignite a vivacious social atmosphere while also promoting safety.
Right now students on this campus generally …

Student Reviews »

[9 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Tiger Reviews

WZRD-WZRD
4 Stars
WZRD, a band made up of rap superstar KiD CuDi and producer Dot Da Genius, is an ambitious side project for CuDi, who is well known for his trippy rap songs like “Day and Night,” “Mr. Rager,” and “Pursuit of Happiness”. WZRD is a rock album; first and foremost, CuDi completely abandons his rapping for this album, instead focusing on using his signature voice to sing in the style of traditional rock over spacey beats that CuDi fans know well. The album’s different style may not sit well with …

Letters To the Editor »

[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]

Editor, The Tiger:
“You can do anything with a degree from H-SC” is probably the most popular and inspired quotation on campus, and many people deeply believe this. However, you can find zero reference on how long it would take you to get the ball rolling at H-SC.
I have been club president for two years. As all club officers know, at the end of every semester, we dress up nicely and prepare all the information concerning our respective clubs at the bi-annual club audits. These sessions are, of course, held in …

Letters To the Editor »

[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]

Editor, The Tiger:
Mardi Gras in New Orleans has become known as a massive drunken party that rages through the early hours of the morning, staged in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. I cannot stress enough that this is image is not what Mardi Gras truly is. My family has been involved with the carnival season in southern Louisiana for three generations now and the festival is much more than an alcohol-fueled blur. We have belonged to many different Krewes, which are the different parades and groups …

Opinion »

[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Capitalism is Lowering the Cost of Love!

People lament the fact that Valentine’s Day is yet another example of a very ‘commercialized holiday.’ In fact, Valentine’s Day is so commercialized that one’s participation in the holiday is often defined by how much money is spent on things like cards, candy, dinners, flowers and other extravagant surprises. The commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day seems to be responsible for all of the bad parts about the holiday. After all, it’s easy to blame big corporations for leaving us with empty wallets, a sense of guilt for not buying a …

Opinion »

[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
The TSA and Central Misplanning

Let’s imagine that after shopping at Wal-Mart you approached the check-out counters only to be stopped by a “Wal-Mart Central Officer of Customer Checkout Allocation” or some other nonsensical, bureaucratic title. He points and directs people to where he thinks they ought to stand in line according to his judgment. Of course, if Wal-Mart actually did institute such a program, you would probably find it odd, if not a bit outraged. Ironically, we often readily accept such an arrangement already: the TSA has an equivalent system for allocating passengers as …

Student Reviews »

[26 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Movie Reviews

Of Montreal- Paralytic Stalks
3 stars
This Athens, Georgia band’s 11th studio album is just as odd as the first ten. However, odd does not mean bad as the album bounces from tracks with heavy trance influences to more familiar indie pop sounds. The album kicks off with “Gelid Ascent” a trippy space-age jam that draws the listener in with its synth sound which then builds to a break and that is where the vocals and drums come in. Every song on the album seems to draw from different sources and influences …