The Dartmouth women's rugby team held the fourth annual Cully's Run, a 5K race that benefits the National Eating Disorders Association and Headrest, on Sunday afternoon. Cully's Run is held annually by the rugby team in honor of Katy Cullinan '08, a former member of the team who committed suicide in August 2008 after struggling with an eating disorder, according to rugby player Allison Brouckman '15. Brouckman and Leandra Barrett '15 organized this year's event, which attracted roughly 300 participants and the involvement of many organizations on campus, according to Brouckman. Joseph Carey '15, a member of the Dartmouth men's cross-country team, posted the fastest time in the event, finishing in 17:13. Cully's Run participants were recommended to donate $10. The race began at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse and brought runners and walkers around Storr's Pond Trail.
Education Trust and the National Association of System Heads released a report on Thursday that showed mixed results in their efforts to increase college attainment levels and close the performance gap between underrepresented minorities and their peers, Inside Higher Ed reported. The community and four-year colleges in the report, which totaled more than 300, collectively enrolled 42 percent more low-income students and 23 percent more ethnic minority students in the 2009-2010 school year than in 2005-2006. Most institutions in the report, however, saw limited success in reducing the gap for underrepresented minorities and increasing student persistence and college completion. The report cited San Diego State University and Florida State University as examples of colleges making good progress in closing the racial and socioeconomic gap, Inside Higher Ed reported.
On Wednesday, 12 California State University students declared a hunger strike to protest tuition increases and cuts to courses and enrollment, according to The New York Times. The students pledged to not eat solid food for a week or longer if the administration does not meet some of their demands. The 23 California State University campuses have lost approximately $970 million in state financing since 2008 and have increased tuition to $5,427 from $2,772 in 2007, The Times reported. The faculty members' union has supported student protests and voted to authorize a rolling strike on campuses. Faculty members expressed discontent with the increase in class sizes and the universities' recent trend of hiring part-time lecturers with high salaries, according to The Times. California State University will face another $200-million cut if voters do not approve a tax increase in November, The Times reported.