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oh no honey odds are pretty good for you rotflmao.gif

oh boy
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Please stop filming me; that's discrimination.

I've been trying to figure out who this woman reminds me of and have figured it out: why
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Thread Starter 
She's not hideous. A little chunky but I dig the red hair thing. If she calmed down I'd toss one in her.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

She's not hideous. A little chunky but I dig the red hair thing. If she calmed down I'd toss one in her.

Kind of early to be this drunk bro.
post #950 of 5519
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It's a Sunday, brah. Lord's day of rest.
post #951 of 5519
I figured this thread was the most sensible place to put this story.

Short version: A couple of Greek organizations at Dartmouth canceled an annual philanthropic event call the "Phiesta" because someone got offended over the fact that it might be culturally insensitive and exploit a holiday that doesn't happen until a week-and-a-half after the party.

I've highlighted some of my favorite parts, but the whole article is worth reading.

The presidents of Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity canceled “Phiesta,” an annual philanthropic event planned for Saturday, after students raised concerns about the theme’s possible cultural insensitivity, A Phi president Courtney Wong ’15 said.

“We take these concerns very seriously,” Wong said. “And we want to make sure that we respect the diversity of the broader community.”

Phi Delt president Taylor Cathcart ’15 reiterated Wong’s comments, emphasizing that he supported canceling the event.

“We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” Cathcart said.

All proceeds would have gone toward cardiac care, according to the Facebook invitation.

Dartmouth community members were invited to join Greek members on Phi Delt’s lawn of for a performance by campus band “Burn the Barn,” free virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris, chips and salsa, homemade guacamole and Boloco burritos.

Yesterday, upon hearing about the event, Daniela Hernandez ’15 sent an email to Greek Letter Organizations and Societies, GLOS director Wes Schaub, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the Panhellenic Council.

In the email, Hernandez raised concerns, including those about racial insensitivity.

“There are various problematic structures and ideologies regarding a Cinco de Mayo-inspired event, and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,” Hernandez said in an email to The Dartmouth.

While offended, Hernandez said she was not taken aback when she heard about the event.

“As a Mexican-born, United-States-raised, first-generation woman of color, it was sadly unsurprising that a culturally-themed party was seen as a casual venture for such a privileged institution such as Dartmouth,” she said. “I believe that social consciousness and cultural awareness is something that we need to work on as a community.”

By press time, she had not received a response, she said. Hernandez’s email was not sent directly to the presidents of A Phi or Phi Delt, but Schaub later alerted them to the email, Wong said.

OPAL director Alysson Satterlund said these kinds of events do not represent Dartmouth’s values.

“Events that mock and marginalize others certainly do not reflect our Principle of Community and do not reflect values of inclusion, respect and a care for others,” she said in an email to The Dartmouth.

Thursday night at the Tabard coed fraternity, 15 Phi Delt, A Phi and Tabard members gathered informally to discuss the event once concerns were raised that “Phiesta” was “not necessarily the most politically correct event,” Tabard president Connie Gong ’15 said.

The meeting aimed to encourage inter-campus dialogue and talk to both Greek and non-Greek community leaders as equals, Gong said. The meeting, Gong said, was exclusively for members of A Phi, Phi Delt and Tabard.

“We essentially wanted to open channels of communication more to Greek leaders to make sure the concerns of members both inside and outside of the Greek community could be addressed and taken seriously by the relevant people in positions of authority,” she said.

Moving forward, Wong said the houses hope to organize a philanthropic event that people feel they can participate in without being offended. The houses will take precautions when organizing future events, she said, including talking to different campus groups to ensure that these concerns are not raised again.

Satterlund suggested discussing ideas with administrators and faculty members before moving forward with an event.

Similar concerns were raised last summer after Alpha Delta fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority co-hosted a “Bloods and Crips”-themed party, sparking national media attention. Tri Delt and AD presidents proposed a new Greek Leadership Council policy asking Greek organizations that receive complaints regarding community standards to adjudicate the accused individuals in-house or participate in mediation sessions with the complainants.

GLC members approved the policy unanimously in February, adopting it into the organization’s bylaws.

AD, Gamma Delta Chi, Epsilon Kappa Theta, Kappa Delta, Chi Gamma Epsilon, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Alpha Xi Delta, the Tabard, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chi Heorot and Bones Gate were co-sponsors of the event, according to the Facebook invitation.

The Facebook event was canceled at about 9:30 p.m. yesterday.

GLC, Panhell and the Inter-Fraternity Council did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
post #952 of 5519
Does this mean St. Paddy's day is cancelled at Dartmouth now? confused.gif
post #953 of 5519
As an American-born, United-States-raised, like-bajillionth-generation man of partially-Irish descent, I certainly intend to make my concerns known should I hear such an event is taking place. I would hope their concern regarding offending even one member of the Darthmouth community would extend to the American community.
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As someone who has been to New Hampshire several times I can say this does not surprise me. It might be the lamest state in the country. 

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Goddamn dirty Irish.
post #956 of 5519
An Open Letter to My Sexist Dentist
Dear Dr. B.,

I'm writing to tell you why I'm taking my business to different dental office. Let me explain:

The last time I had my teeth cleaned at your office, your hygienist told me that the bonding on two of my teeth was coming off, and that I should come back so that you could fix it.

So I made an appointment to do just that. I asked you to take a look at the bonding, and you did. Then you took off your glasses and said, "Forget the bonding for a minute. Let's have some fun."

You asked me if I ever felt like no one was paying attention to me when I was in a group, or if I was shy about talking to people.

"No," I replied. "I'm a journalist. I love talking to people."

You said that you suspected that my colleagues were ignoring me—and that maybe I should try to observe this behavior over the next few weeks. If I did feel ignored, you said, you knew why: my smile.

"You have bunny teeth," you said. "It's distracting."

You took out your camera and asked me to smile. Then you took a few photos.

You applied some plastic goop called composite to my teeth, which you then dried with what looked like a UV light. When you were done, you asked me to smile again and took more photos. Then you showed me both sets of pictures, and led me over to a mirror where you asked me to admire my fixed smile. You had closed two small gaps and made my teeth more evenly sized.

Even though I could barely see a difference (and honestly didn’t care enough to look that closely) I told you that I liked how it looked, because it seemed like the easiest thing to do.

You told me that the composite made me look more "refined." Then you told me about two women patients whose smiles you had fixed. One of them had been out of work, and the very afternoon that she left your office, she went on a job interview and got an offer. The other woman’s boss asked her to manage "a team of 36 people" right after you worked on her teeth.

"Does the same thing happen to men?" I asked.

You told me that you wouldn’t know, because men are not as chatty with you as women.

I told you that I had to get back to work, so you removed the composite from my teeth. While I was lying down in the chair with my mouth open, you told me that if you fixed my smile, you firmly believed that I would start "dressing better." I would also wear more make-up, you predicted. You told me that I was a beautiful woman, but that my smile was distracting.

On my way out, as I was saying goodbye, you told me that I was smiling with my mouth closed, and that you guessed it was because I was feeling self-conscious about my smile. "We can fix that right up," you said. "Sorry I made you nervous!"

"You couldn't make me nervous," I said. I wanted to say more, but that would have meant that I had to stand there and keep talking to you. And I never wanted to talk to you again.

But it wasn’t because you had made me nervous about my smile. It was because I was offended by your use of the tired and sexist old sales technique of making a female customer feel bad about her appearance so that she will buy something.

As sexual harassment goes, it could have been so much worse. You didn't grab my butt, or even give me the "ol' elevator eyes" that they talk about in sexual harassment training videos. But it is shit like this—behavior and comments that just barely stay on the right side of the harassment line—that we let slide. And that makes the people who do this kind of thing believe that they can get away with it. And that's a problem.

Can I stop you from behaving unethically with the rest of your patients? No. But I can certainly stop giving you my business. And that is exactly what I will do.

And about those "bunny teeth?" I think I'll keep them, thanks.


Kiera Butler
post #957 of 5519
Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

As someone who has been to New Hampshire several times I can say this does not surprise me. It might be the lamest state in the country. 
I had forgotten it existed until you brought it up
Originally Posted by js4design View Post

An Open Letter to My Sexist Dentist
Oh, I wish I never started reading the comments
post #958 of 5519
Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Does this mean St. Paddy's day is cancelled at Dartmouth now? confused.gif

Minneapolis cancelled Columbus Day to avoid offending American Indians.
post #959 of 5519
I think we're slowly turning into canada. Not long before sorry becomes a national catch phrase
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I'm not going to enact that labour.
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