Ismail '02 to lead The Dartmouth in January

by Jen Tutak | 11/20/00 6:00am

The Dartmouth announced that Omer Ismail '02 from Karachi, Pakistan, will take over as the next president of The Dartmouth at their annual Changeover ceremony on Saturday evening at the Casque and Gauntlet.

A government major studying at Oxford this fall, Ismail will begin his position with the rest of the new directorate on Jan. 1, 2001. As president, he will manage a staff of over 100 and a business enterprise with an annual self-amassed budget of $350,000.

"I'm just really grateful to God, it's a great opportunity," said Ismail about being named the 2001 president. "I've been in touch with most of the members of the directorate, and we're all extremely excited for the upcoming year."

Outgoing President Brad Russo '01 expressed high praise and confidence for the new directorate as well.

"This has been a very good year for The Dartmouth, and I know that next year will be an excellent year as well," he said. "I am excited to read The D next year knowing that it will be an even better newspaper."

The new directorate is already planning several changes for the future of The Dartmouth under their leadership.

"We want more in-depth stories in the news section and more feature-type stories on a regular basis," said Ismail.

The new directorate also intends to expand the Op-Ed section, particularly with more political columns and pieces on national and international events. Echoing the sentiments of the new directorate, Ismail anticipates that together they will be able to take The D one step further this year as well.

"I think the 2002 directorate is unusually talented, and we will really be able to build on our strengths and improve on our weaknesses," he said.

Andrew Marnell '02 will replace Jen Taylor '01 as managing editor of the newspaper and vice-chairman of the Board of Proprietors. Second-in-command under Ismail, Marnell will oversee all the daily operations at the paper, especially in the newsroom.

Nate B. Anderson '02 will become the new business manager and chief financial officer in place of Sujan Patel '01, though Patel will hold the position through the winter. Anderson will be in charge of all of the financial affairs, including advertising and the newspaper circulation, as well as Dartnews publications.

Mark Bubriski '02 will take over the position of assistant managing editor from Deborah Bernstein '01. He will work alongside the managing editor and supervise the paper's news staff.

Replacing Sarah Rubenstein '01, Julia Levy '02 was named the new features editor. Working closely Marnell and Bubriski, she will be editing all the in-depth, research-oriented news stories and in charge of special pull-out sections released several times each term.

Jeff Deck '02 will be the next op-ed editor, replacing Courtney Henning '01.

Wendy Yu '02 was made associate editor, with Shevani Jaisingh '03 filling in for her this winter. Yu will take over from Hank Leukart '01in planning the newspaper's design and layout.

The new editorial board will also have Mike P. Hamilton '03 serving as sports editor, in place of Austin Zalkin '02.

Jeff Tanenhaus '02 was named arts and entertainment editor, a position formerly held by John Teti '03. Steve Kantor '03 will be editing the Weekend Access section that appears each Friday, taking over from Jaisingh.

Heidi Ellenbecker '02 will serve as photographer editor, with Alan Cheng '03 filling in during winter term. Ellenbecker will replace Jennifer Kay '01.

The incoming directorate's world and nation editor will be Ritika Nandkeolyar '01, who will take over for Jay Krehbiel '01.

Additionally, staff writers Alice Gomstyn '03, Mike A. Hamilton '03, Kathleen McDermott '03, Rachel Osterman '03, Ithan Peltan '03, Maggie Shnayerson '03 and Jeremy Skog '03 were promoted to the rank of news editors with The Dartmouth.

Osterman also won Staff Writer of the Year, and Clare Gupta '04 won Outstanding Photographer. Awards for outstanding freshmen writers included news writers Charles Gardner '04, Tara Kyle '04, Alison Schmauch '04 and sports writer Adam Small '04.