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In reference to the Jewish value of engaging different opinions, Cameron Isen ’18 mentioned an old Jewish joke: ask a question to two Jews, you’ll get three opinions. For Isen, the debate was whether as a Torah-observant Jew, he was allowed to study secular subjects. As a double major in economics and classics, Isen said he had been interested in the intersection between secular academia and Jewish theology.
Computer science professor Andrew Campbell recently returned form his three month sabbatical in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. While he was there, he taught high school, undergraduate and graduate students how to program smartphones. The Dartmouth sat down with Campbell to talk about his time abroad.
Fifty people, mostly women, gathered in the Rockefeller Center yesterday evening to hear a discussion about women in leadership and the different workplace experiences women face compared to men.
In the spring term, Dartmouth will be rolling out its third annual offering of “Inside Dartmouth’s Budget,” a six-session non-credit course available to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Each session is two hours long and will take place in the Life Sciences Center on Thursday evenings from March 31 to May 5.
Winter Carnival weekend saw a spike in sales for many Hanover businesses, with an influx of Dartmouth families and alumni coming in for the big weekend, which also coincided with Valentine’s Day.
From Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, Dartmouth will host the 2016 Leila and Melville Straus 1960 Family Symposium focused on the rebuilding efforts and response to the April 2015 and May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake and the 7.3-magnitude earthquakes both devastated Nepal, creating a humanitarian crisis where over 8,000 people were killed and over two million people were displaced.
The town of Hanover’s Howe Library is in the process of developing its strategic plan for the next five years, library director Mary White said.
Sydney Finkelstein, management professor at the Tuck School of Business, has a longstanding interest in what makes exceptional leaders. His new book released this month, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent” (2016), looks at the different traits of “superbosses,” people who have had great success in managing talent and transformed entire industries. The Dartmouth conducted an interview with Finkelstein discussing his research and his book.
On Feb. 10, Student Assembly announced via a campus-wide email that it has drafted a student Bill of Rights in reaction to student frustrations.
The Montshire Museum of Science, an institution that has had a long-standing relationship with the College since its opening in 1976 in Hanover, celebrated its 40th anniversary this January in Norwich, Vermont.
In an email to campus last Thursday morning, director of Safety and Security Harry Kinne announced the ban of self-balancing scooters — commonly known as hoverboards. The ban prohibits their use, possession or storage on campus and other Dartmouth owned properties.
An unseasonably warm winter followed by a sharp drop in temperatures over the weekend did little to slow down Winter Carnival festivities. Classic events like the polar bear swim and the human dog-sled race went on with some modifications, while Safety and Security director Harry Kinne said that the department received 52 incident reports during Winter Carnival weekend.
When Thomas Rover ’16 heard that there would be no snow sculpture built for his last Winter Carnival, he said he was devastated. Last Thursday night, Rover and a group of about 30 other students took it upon themselves to build a “rogue” snow sculpture of the Cat in the Hat’s red and white headpiece on the Green.
On Feb. 26, Dartmouth students will gather in Baker-Berry Library at 8 p.m. to attend Founders’ Day, where they will get sorted into their respective housing communities. The library will be separated into sections for each house community and students will break off into receptions to meet the other members of their new communities.
On Tuesday Feb. 16, the College’s fourth DartmouthX course will launch officially on edX, welcoming more than 2,000 students into the classroom of “The American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century.” Following the launch, five new DartmouthX courses will be created throughout 2016 and 2017: “Question Reality! Physics, Philosophy and the Limits of Knowledge,” “Free Will, Attention, Top-Down Causation and Consciousness in the Brain,” “John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’,” “Materials in Gear” and “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”
The Thayer Board of Overseers has elected two new members, Andy Silvernail ’94 and Catherine Sellman ’93. The will each serve a three-and-a-half year term.
Reyad Allie ’11 was recently named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in consumer tech for his work as a global threat analyst at Uber. The Dartmouth spoke with Allie about his time at Uber and how his experience at the College has effected his career.
Last night at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Innovation Center, director of entrepreneurship and DEN Jamie Coughlin gave a lecture on venture formation as part of DEN’s six-week “Six to Start Startup Bootcamp.” The program aims to educate students, faculty, alumni and community members interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups, featuring workshops that address various business-related topics.
Last night, students, professors and members of the Hanover community gathered for a panel in Filene Auditorium that focused on the future of the 2016 presidential race following the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. Government professors Linda Fowler, Joseph Bafumi and Dean Lacy discussed the concept of gender, experience and electability in relation to the presidential race in their discussion mediated by Ronald Shaiko, associate director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.
Strict height and boundary regulations set by the town of Hanover usually limit the scope of new construction projects. For a new parking garage slated for the western side of campus, the College is pushing back on these regulations.