Daily Debriefing

by Michael Riordan and Sam Rauschenfels | 5/15/12 10:00pm

The College experienced a campus-wide power outage Tuesday night, beginning around 7:20 and lasting for approximately one hour. Although emergency systems kept some lights and wireless routers running, access to the Internet via Dartmouth Secure shut down roughly 30 minutes into the power outage. Students were turned away from campus dining facilities, such as Courtyard Cafe at the Hopkins Center, due to the outage. National Grid, the power company supplying the state of New Hampshire and the College, was responsible for the outage, according to Safety and Security. Businesses on Main Street were unaffected. Power was restored around 8:30 p.m.

Greek Letter Organizations and Societies announced its annual awards at Everything But Anchovies on Monday, recognizing the organizations that best upheld the values of Greek life, according to Greek Leadership Council moderator Duncan Hall '13. Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta sorority earned the most honors of the night, with six awards each. Phi Tau, the most recognized coed fraternity, took three awards. The O'Connor Award, an award for the houses that are "outstanding in all pillars of Greek Life," went to Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The McEwen Award, an honor given to the houses that contributed the most to community service, was presented to Phi Tau coed fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority. AZD, Phi Tau and Sig Ep were the three houses with the highest grade point averages for the academic year.

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., released his revised fiscal year 2013 budget plan for the state's colleges and universities on Monday, according to Insider Higher Ed. University budgets will be slashed across the board if a tax increase referendum, which would raise over $8 billion through sales tax and increased income tax rates for the wealthiest income brackets, is rejected by voters in November. Since January, the state's estimated revenue gap has widened to $15.7 billion from the original projection of $9.2 billion, according to Inside Higher Ed. Certain cuts including $250-million reductions for the University of California and California State University systems and a $300-million reduction for the state's community colleges will be made regardless of whether the tax revenue measure passes in the fall. Community colleges are especially at risk, as the $300-million reduction represents 6 percent of the state's contribution to the colleges, according to Inside Higher Ed.