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Updated: June 15, 2018 at 1:35 a.m.
Sociology professor Kathryn Lively will serve a one-year term as interim Dean of the College beginning July 1. She replaces Spanish and comparative literature professor Rebecca Biron, who announced in March that she would return to teaching at the end of the spring term.
President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he will give a full pardon to conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza '83 for violating federal campaign finance laws.
This year, the College will not print the names of all graduates and their honors in the traditional printed program distributed on Commencement Day. According to a College press release, the “extremely short amount of time” between the close of grades and Commencement has always presented a challenge for printing programs in time for the ceremony. This year, the College was not able to secure a printing company that could produce the programs in time for Commencement.
Kristi Clemens will be Dartmouth’s next Title IX coordinator and Clery compliance officer, interim provost David Kotz ’86 announced on May 29. She will be responsible for ensuring the College complies with gender equity and campus safety laws and will report directly to the provost. Clemens is the third person at Dartmouth to serve as Title IX coordinator, taking on the role following Allison O’Connell’s Apr. 6 resignation from the position. O’Connell replaced the original Title IX coordinator, Heather Lindkvist, last August. Since April, Clemens has served as the interim Title IX coordinator while a national search took place for a permanent replacement. Previously, Clemens has been the assistant dean of student affairs and director of case management.
Take a trip down memory lane, back to 1769, when Dartmouth was taking its first steps. The College was founded to serve as an institution to educate Native Americans. Despite this, Dartmouth’s relationship with Native Americans has been complicated; the College had no more than 20 Native students throughout the first 200 years of its history. Perhaps to pay homage to its past, and in recognition of its changing cultural values, Dartmouth has now enrolled more Native American students than all other Ivy League institutions combined, and the College’s Native American Studies program has become one of the most highly regarded in the country.
“Live authentically.” That’s such a common thing to hear, and it’s something most people likely believe. People tend to think of themselves as genuine, and everyone constantly hears how they should explore their interests, develop their passions and otherwise form an independent identity. People seem to know that they should stand up for what they believe in. They understand that they shouldn’t define themselves by a stereotype. But unfortunately, at Dartmouth, students often ignore that.
Thayer School of Engineering dean Joseph Helble has been appointed as the College’s next provost by College President Phil Hanlon. Helble will assume the position in October, when interim provost David Kotz ’86 steps down from his role. Kotz became interim provost after former provost Carolyn Dever announced that she would return to teaching on Nov. 22 of last year following four years in the position.
Fifty years ago, the Dartmouth student body was completely male. In typical Dartmouth fashion, there was resistance to change. But with considerable effort over the years, that demographic has changed: since 2012, the student body has had equal representation of both genders. To this day, Dartmouth continues to redefine what it means to preserve tradition without excluding deserving students on the basis of race, gender and socioeconomic background from the opportunities of a Dartmouth education.
With his announcement of the College’s $3 billion capital campaign, “The Call to Lead,” College President Phil Hanlon acknowledged an obvious truth: Dartmouth is distinct. The College maintains a unique identity and educational opportunity among universities. In “The Call to Lead,” Dartmouth has shown it is intrepid enough to strengthen those aspects of the College that will further distinguish and advance the school while also acknowledging Dartmouth’s current shortcomings and steps for improvement. Regardless of the campaign’s self-congratulatory tone, this declaration exemplifies the direction and spirit that Dartmouth needs if it is to thrive. A confident vision for the future of the College has been set forth: will alumni and students be willing to answer?
Fourteen Dartmouth students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright scholarships, according to the College’s Fulbright program advisor Holly Taylor. Nine of the fourteen recipients were awarded grants for study and research, while the remaining five were awarded grants as English teaching assistants. Dartmouth’s Fulbright scholars may go to Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Ireland, Morocco, Poland and South Korea to pursue their projects.
The College’s “The Call to Lead: A Campaign for Dartmouth” capital campaign, announced to campus through email Friday night, seeks to raise $3 billion in donations by the end of 2022 to fund a series of projects. So far, the campaign has raised $1.5 billion from over 78,000 donors over the past four years.
In its current mission statement, Dartmouth declares its commitment to preparing students for “a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership,” qualities that have been integral to Dartmouth’s mission in one form or another since its founding. As a liberal arts college, Dartmouth achieves this by encouraging engagement with a wide range of subjects, often in intimate and dynamic contexts. In many ways, the College fulfills this successfully: Dartmouth has a student-to-faculty ratio of seven to one, boasts the highest participation rate in study abroad programs of any Ivy League institution as of 2014 and offers a plethora of opportunities for innovative learning and experience in and out of the classroom.
UPDATED: April 25, 2018, at 7:11 p.m.
Sustainability has long been a major goal and a central subject of conversation at Dartmouth. Sustainability-minded organizations, communities, initiatives and opportunities on campus, many of which have been pioneered by the Dartmouth Sustainability Office, have made the issue highly visible. The efforts made on the part of the College and the students involved have not gone unrecognized: Dartmouth was ranked 10th in the Green Universities Report last year by SaveOnEnergy.com, a Texas-based energy consulting firm. The report stated, “At Dartmouth College, sustainability isn’t just a campus initiative — it’s a way of life.”
If you had to put a price on your brain, how much would it be?
Monik Walters ’19 and Nicole Knape ’19 have been elected as Student Assembly president and vice president, respectively, in a race that saw 1,789 ballots cast — a near-record number. Walters received 1,030 votes, while Knape received 945. The pair campaigned as a ticket in the days leading up to the election.
Mindy Kaling ’01 is a Dartmouth legend — not because she is a two-time New York Times best-selling author; not because she was the first woman of color nominated for an Emmy in writing for her work on “The Office”; not because she produced, directed, wrote and starred in her own comedy series “The Mindy Project”; and not because she made it on to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List in 2013, to name just a few of her accomplishments. She is a legend because she grew a successful career in entertainment out of a Dartmouth degree.
The College has not received a letter from the Department of Justice about potential violations of antitrust law in its admissions practices, College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email.
Tonight, the streets of Dartmouth’s campus will be uncharacteristically quiet. The throngs of students that normally populate Webster Avenue and Wheelock Street will be absent. Instead, various social spaces will hold public and private conversations on their complicity in and perpetuation of a perennial outrage at the College as well as universities across the country: sexual violence and assault. This reckoning is long overdue and all too necessary. Pledges to curtail and prevent sexual violence must not be confined to the month of April. To have any chance of success, Dartmouth must be sincere and relentless in the reformation of its social spaces.