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History came to life on Friday during the re-argument of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, the landmark 1819 Supreme Court case that preserved Dartmouth’s status as a private college and strengthened constitutional protections against state interference in contracts. Several hundred alumni and community members filled Alumni Hall for the event, which was part of the ongoing celebration of the 250th anniversary of the College’s founding.
The New Hampshire Senate has taken a major step toward paid family and medical leave in New Hampshire. The Granite Caregiving Act, a major priority of the new Democratic majority, passed on a party-line vote last week. The bill, symbolically called Senate Bill 1, would establish a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program funded by a tax on employers.
The possibility of legalizing marijuana has reached New Hampshire, and its chances of success have never been higher. House Bill 481, introduced in the state House of Representatives in January by state Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton), would legalize, regulate and tax cannabis, making New Hampshire the 11th state to do so.
“My squash coach is right there!”
During this year’s winter recruitment cycle, 117 women received bids from sororities, which includes 111 bids during the rush process and six during continuous open bidding. These numbers are up by one from last year’s 116 extended bids, according to the Office of Greek Life.
The mental health crisis on college campuses across the nation has come under scrutiny. In a recent study focusing on the eight Ivy League schools, Dartmouth earned an “F” for its leave of absence policies in a new white paper — a paper that seeks to explain an issue and persuade readers of the authors’ philosophy — from the Ruderman Family Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that advocates for disability rights. The white paper accuses the Ivy League as a whole of “failing to lead the sector of higher education in supporting students with mental health disabilities.”
The $70 million federal class action that the College faces has incited further action by Dartmouth community members. On Jan. 2, the advocacy group “Dartmouth Community Against Gender Harassment and Sexual Violence,” which includes both students and alumni members, delivered a list of specific actions to College President Phil Hanlon’s office.
In an organized show of support for the plaintiffs in the pending class action against Dartmouth, nearly 800 alumni, current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and other members of the Dartmouth community have signed a letter condemning “an institutional culture that minimizes and disregards sexual violence and gender harassment.”
For a decade, Ruth Cserr ’88 has been a regular donor to Dartmouth. But in the wake of the pending sexual harassment class action against the College, which accuses three former professors in the psychological and brain sciences department of repeated sexual harassment, assault and misconduct, that is no longer the case.
Two days after the Nov. 6 midterm elections, a panel of four Dartmouth professors spoke to an audience of over 100 people about the results. They reflected on Democrats’ retaking of the House of Representatives, seven governorships, and seven state legislative houses and the expansion of the Republican majority in the Senate. Several high-profile races nationwide remain too close to call, including the Senate races in Arizona and Florida and the gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia.
Every year toward the end of fall term, the Lone Pine becomes the Giving Tree. Dartmouth’s annual fundraising campaign to support the Granite United Way began on Oct. 23 and aims to raise $290,000 by the end of the calendar year.
With billions of collective views, hip-hop, R&B and rap music videos are incredibly popular on YouTube and other online video-streaming services. A recent study by Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins University researchers aimed to uncover how many of these videos depicted combustible or electronic marijuana or tobacco products.
Economics professors Douglas Irwin and Nina Pavcnik appeared in a video entitled “How Trade Advances Global Prosperity” at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on Sept. 26, discussing the socioeconomic and political benefits of international trade. Over 70 heads of state and 200 business leaders attended the conference. According to Pavcnik, the event took place after the General Assembly of the United Nations and was attended by many heads of state as a result.
The number of bids extended this year during Inter-Sorority Council sorority recruitment experienced a decline compared to past years. This fall, 239 bids were given, a drop from 277 in both 2017 and 2016.
How does Dartmouth spend nearly $133,000 on each student? On Oct. 2, Dartmouth students had the opportunity to learn how at a presentation titled “Inside Dartmouth’s Budget.”