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The men’s and women’s rugby teams hosted Ivy League championship matches this past weekend. While the previously undefeated women lost their first match of the year, the men won the North Division 7s tournament. The team will now travel to Princeton, N.J., for Ivy championships next weekend.
Chemistry professor F. Jon Kull '88 was named dean of graduate studies this summer, beginning his three-year term as dean on Aug. 15. Kull replaced outgoing dean Brian Pogue.
After playing for the 2011-2012 season with the Minnesota Wild, Nick Johnson '08 former captain of the Dartmouth men's hockey team signed a year-long contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Class of 2012 experienced a multitude of changes in their four years at the College, including a new president, new dining facilities, new deans and a new email system. In the midst of a failing economy and campus-wide discussions about diversity, sexual assault and binge drinking, the seniors have witnessed profound changes at the College as well as the upholding of centuries-old traditions.
While many read fiction stories simply for pleasure, a recently released study by two psychologists found that immersive literature can affect the behavior of those who identify strongly with central characters. This can cause readers to reflect the strong qualities of main characters in their own lives, according to lead researcher Geoff Kaufman, a post-doctoral researcher at the College's Tiltfactor Laboratories.
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.
To replace the single night of African cultural celebration that took place last year, Students for Africa has launched a full week of events this week designed to celebrate the diverse peoples and countries of Africa and to educate the Dartmouth community.
Last month, the College sold 28 acres of land lying beneath the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory on Lyme Road in Hanover for $18.6 million as part of a "mutually beneficial" deal that ensures that Dartmouth's focus is on its strategic priorities, according to Director of Media Relations Justin Anderson. The land was sold to the Army Corps of Engineers, which has operated the lab since 1961.
New research by Dartmouth and Harvard University researchers has found that hypervelocity planets may be flung to the outer reaches of the galaxy by black holes at speeds matched only by subatomic particles. In a paper soon to be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the team argues for the existence of planets traveling at 1.5 to 30 million miles per hour.
Both New Hampshire law and College policy ban smoking indoors, according to Anderson.
The cost of attendance for the upcoming academic year and the budget for fiscal year 2013 were the primary topics of discussion at the Board of Trustees' termly meeting on Friday and Saturday. The Board voted to increase tuition by 4.9 percent to $43,782 and the price of room, board and fees by 4.8 percent, bringing the total cost of attendance to $57,998, according to a College press release. The Board also voted to raise the no-loan threshold for students receiving financial aid from $75,000 to $100,000, altering the cut-off that was put in place for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Approximately two-thirds of 2010 college graduates took out student loans to pay their tuition, averaging $25,250 of debt acquired over four years, according to "Student Debt and the Class of 2010," a report published by The Project on Student Debt. The average amount of debt for 2010 graduates of public and private non-profit four-year institutions in New Hampshire was $31,048, which represented the highest average debt amount among all 50 states, according to the report. Fifty-one percent of members of Dartmouth's Class of 2010 graduated with debt, averaging $18,712 per graduate. The Project on Student Debt prepared the report using information voluntarily submitted to college resource book publisher Peterson's, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
While all Dartmouth undergraduate students have switched over to Blitz the new Microsoft Outlook-operated email and calendaring system that replaced BlitzMail students have yet to experience the full breadth of the new system, which will include video chat and instant messaging, according to Susan Zaslaw, associate director of administrative computing and project manager for the BlitzMail transition.
As part of the College's ongoing efforts to prepare for the "students of the future," a newly launched website will facilitate communication between the strategic planning committees and other members of the Dartmouth community, according to sociology professor Denise Anthony, the chair of the 18-member Faculty Strategic Planning Advisory Committee.
Speaking to a room of political supporters packed into the Daniel Webster Room at the Hanover Inn, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., reiterated her support for President Barack Obama in the minutes leading up to the GOP debate in Spaulding Auditorium, where Republicans would take the stage and with it, the spotlight, from the Democratic Party.
An audience composed primarily of members of the Class of 2015 received remarks from College President Jim Yong Kim, Student Body President Max Yoeli '12 and Kul Chandra Gautam '72, the former assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and former deputy executive director of UNICEF.