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Patriotism, a long and tightly-held part of American identity, is waning among American youth. In a 2015 Pew survey, 73 percent of the Silent Generation — Americans born between 1928 and 1945 — described themselves as patriotic, while only 12 percent of millennials felt the same. Amid a strongly divided political climate, as well as a campus recovering from Fourth of July celebrations, The Dartmouth asked six students about their thoughts on patriotism and national identity.
Government professor Bernard Avishai studies the Middle East and is author of three books on Israel. A former Guggenheim fellow, he writes on political economy and Israeli affairs for the New Yorker and also teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At the College, he teaches classes titled “Politics of Israel and Palestine” and “Political Economy in the Age of Google.”
For the troubleshooters, a Facilities Operations and Management team charged with solving the College’s off-hours problems — floods, electrical issues, broken pipes — raising and lowering the flags on the Green is a more symbolic task. Less than a quarter of an hour after sunset on Wednesday, troubleshooters Stuart Bacon and Loren Cameron arrived to lower the flags.
An external review of the action plan for the College’s Inclusive Excellence initiative found that while the plan has clear objectives, it lacks in-depth accountability, a faculty retention strategy and student involvement. The external report, which was released more than a week after the College’s self-imposed deadline, is an effort to increase transparency and accountability in its policy initiatives.
Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering Joseph Helble began his fourth term on July 1. Engineering professor Ian Baker said this makes him the longest-serving dean of engineering in the Ivy League.
For a year and a half, Dartmouth students and Hanover residents have had a choice of three Thai restaurants in town — a high number given Hanover’s size. But one of these restaurants has shut down and plans to relocate, while another will be changing its name in the coming months and expanding its menu to serve Vietnamese food.
The Board of Trustees selected Elizabeth “Ellie” Mahoney Loughlin ’89 and Richard Lewis ’94 this past month to join the Board. Loughlin and Lewis joined after then-Board chairman Bill Helman’s ’80 three-year term ended on June 17.
The Strauss and Jaffe-Friede Galleries in the Hopkins Center for the Arts are featuring artists at all points of their career, ranging from recently graduated alumni to well established professional artists. Darby Raymond-Overstreet ’16 and Benjamin Albrecht ’16, winners of the Perspectives on Design Award, currently have their art showcased in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery. Next door, the Strauss Gallery features a group exhibition around the topic of “Buoyancy.”
Across campus, King Leadership Scholar Faith Rotich ’18 can be found taking photos of students, staff and faculty for the online publication she co-edits, Humans of Dartmouth. Traveling far from her homecountry, Kenya, to attend Dartmouth, Rotich applied to selective colleges in the United States with the help of Kenya Scholar-Athlete Project, or KenSAP.
Hanover will come alive this weekend with runners, bikers, rowers and golfers participating in the 36th annual Prouty. The signature fundraising event of the Norris Cotton Cancer Care Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will offer four different ways to participate. Despite forecasted thunderstorms, which have forced route changes and cancelation of some cycling events, the 2017 edition of the Prouty includes walking, golfing, rowing and biking.
It’s sunny. It’s relaxed. It’s camp. It’s misunderstood by high school friends. It’s the pinnacle of Dartmouth traditions. The months-long cold has finally lifted and here we return – smiling, no less – to summer school.
Dartmouth chemistry professor Jane Lipson and film and media studies professor Jodie Mack will begin fellowships with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University this coming September. Through the fellowship, Lipson and Mack will live among fellow recipients and gain access to a wide range of resources that supplement their individual research projects.
Elizabeth Wilson has been named the inaugural director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Wilson, formerly of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will begin work on September 1 and will join the College as an environmental studies professor.
The Republican-sponsored New Hampshire Senate Bill 3, which may complicate same-day voter registration for New Hampshire college students, passed in the state Senate 14-9 on June 8. The bill changes what domicile means in the context of voting and stipulates that proof of residence is required for same-day voters, including a written statement that verifies voters’ home addresses. It also authorizes government agents to visit a voter’s home to make sure that it is the voter’s primary residence.
In May, the No. 2 Dartmouth women’s ultimate frisbee team embarked on a run that culminated in the team’s first USA Ultimate Division I College championship. In a tournament that included twenty teams, the Big Green finished with a 7-1 overall record, collecting impressive victories over No. 1 Stanford University in the quarterfinals and No. 4 University of Texas in the finals. Coach Eugene Yum and team members Erica Ng ’19 and Jaclyn Verzuh ’19 recounted the team’s path from pool play up to the euphoria in the aftermath of the title-clinching point.
As a research institution, the College is involved in animal testing, primarily as it pertains to medical research. As it receives government funding, the College has a variety of regulatory bodies to ensure that animal welfare is upheld. This May, there was a breach in the protocol of laboratory animal care, which resulted in an investigator having to suspend the experiment, according to P. Jack Hoopes, the director of the Center for Comparative Medicine and Research and a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine and Thayer School of Engineering.
Sociology professor Janice McCabe will begin her new role as the Allen House professor on July 1, following engineering professor Jane Hill’s dismissal from the position in April.
Biology professor Elizabeth Smith has been appointed as the next dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, College President Phil Hanlon and Provost Carolyn Dever announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday. Native American studies professor N. Bruce Duthu ’80 was nominated for the position in March, but he declined the appointment on May 22 following concerns over his 2013 support of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
This article is featured in the 2017 Commencement & Reunions Issue.
This column is featured in the 2017 Commencement & Reunions Issue.