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Six students compete in oratory competition

(05/31/11 2:00am)

Six student orators addressed issues ranging from alcohol to privacy rights while demonstrating their skills at the Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory speech contest. The competition was organized by Josh Compton, senior lecturer in speech at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, and took place on May 19. Laura Kier '12 and Christopher Rhoades '13 received the Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory, which is presented to one junior and one sophomore, while Michelle Luo '11 won the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Oratory, awarded to a member of the graduating class who best delivers an English oration, Luo said. The other three finalists were Eliana Fishman '11, Zoe Friedland '12 and Ben Schifberg '13.

CWG interviews director candidates

(05/24/11 2:00am)

Four candidates for the Center for Women and Gender director position recently traveled to the College to present their ideas on "best practices" for a variety of issues important to the Center for Women and Gender, according to an email sent from Mentors Against Violence co-director Leah Scrivener '11 and obtained by The Dartmouth. The search, which began in January, is focused on finding someone who can strengthen the relationship between the Center for Women and Gender and the women's and gender studies department, according to acting director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership Pam Misener.

Daily Debriefing

(05/23/11 2:00am)

A joint study of an "anonymous elite American university" by researchers from Cornell University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem found substantial differences in grading between Democratic and Republican professors, according to Inside Higher Ed. The study concludes that Democratic professors were more likely to award more grades in the middle of the grade spectrum, while Republicans tended to award either very high or very low grades, Inside Higher Ed reported. The study concluded that the disparity between grades awarded to white students and black students was larger in classes taught by Republican professors. The researchers used party registrations to identify political leanings and SAT scores to measure the preparedness of students and rule out patterns in which certain professors had better students overall, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Students read in remembrance of Holocaust

(05/03/11 9:31pm)

Decades after the end of the World War II and thou­sands of miles from its in­fa­mous con­cen­tra­tion camps, one Dart­mouth stu­dent has worked tire­lessly to make sure the Jew­ish vic­tims of the Holo­caust are never for­got­ten. For the past three years, An­drey Dolinko '11 has brought the in­ter­na­tional day of re­mem­brance for the Jew­ish vic­tims of the Holo­caust to the Col­lege. Armed with a com­puter and a mi­cro­phone, Dolinko and a group of vol­un­teers spent seven hours on the Col­lis porch read­ing the names of 6,400 Jew­ish Holo­caust vic­tims, Dolinko said. The names rep­re­sented "one-tenth of one per­cent of the num­ber of Jews who were killed," Dolinko said. "This started be­cause my grand­fa­ther was a sur­vivor and I de­cided to or­ga­nize his fam­ily's names," he said. Cel­e­brated on the an­niver­sary of the day of the War­saw ghetto up­ris­ing in the Jew­ish cal­en­dar, Yom HaShoah — as the Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day is known in He­brew — in­vokes the mem­ory of the mil­lions of Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis, ac­cord­ing to Dolinko. A list of the names of vic­tims is com­plied by Yad Vashem, the Holo­caust mu­seum in Jerusalem, and dis­trib­uted around the world to be read in memo­riam, Dolinko said. Dolinko said he has or­ga­nized the event an­nu­ally since his sopho­more year at Dart­mouth. He began this year by reach­ing out to stu­dents across cam­pus for names and bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of any of their rel­a­tives who per­ished in the Holo­caust, he said. Thir­teen stu­dents sub­mit­ted the names of 161 vic­tims, which were listed on a poster hung up dur­ing the memo­r­ial, Dolinko said. After the name read­ing, a short memo­r­ial ser­vice or­ga­nized by Saul Ze­bovitz '11 was held on the Green. At­ten­dees re­ceived pro­grams that in­cluded the sto­ries of sev­eral vic­tims and a se­ries of prayers, ac­cord­ing to Ze­bovitz. Ze­bovitz said he in­cluded "the prayer that is said by mourn­ers when they are mourn­ing loved ones." Ze­bovitz also in­cluded an­other ver­sion of that prayer typ­i­cally heard only at fu­ner­als be­cause the vast ma­jor­ity of Holo­caust vic­tims never re­ceived a proper bur­ial. "In a sense this is their fu­neral," he said.

College offers services for pregnant students

(04/21/11 2:00am)

Although the College will continue to offer assistance to pregnant undergraduate and graduate students, budget cuts proposed by state officials and federal legislators may affect the "convenience" of care for some pregnant students, Dick's House family nurse practitioner Elizabeth Morse said in an interview with The Dartmouth. While Dick's House treated five full-term undergraduate pregnancies last year, that number may not represent all the undergraduate pregnancies, since some women choose not to visit Dick's House when pregnant, according to Morse.

Daily Debriefing

(04/14/11 2:00am)

Yale University senior Michele Dufault died Tuesday night in an accident in the machine shop of Yale's Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, according to the Yale Daily News. Dufault was killed when her hair was caught in a lathe, a machine that uses a rotating mechanism to mold wood or metal, according to an anonymous police official familiar with the investigation, the News reported. The New Haven Police Department received a 911 call at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning requesting help at the laboratory, but the investigation will be handled by the Yale Police Department, according to the News. The university's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has also opened an investigation into the accident, which could last anywhere from a few weeks to six months, the News reported.

DHMC switches to electronic records

(04/05/11 2:00am)

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center implemented a new electronic health records system on April 2, according to Director of Media Relations Rick Adams. Called eD-H, the new system replaces the 15-year-old Clinical Information System that the hospital, and its affiliates in Manchester and Nashua, previously used, and allows patients and referring physicians to access medical information through online portals, Adams said in an email to The Dartmouth.

Speaker explores effects of black song and dance

(04/01/11 2:00am)

Various black populations around the world cope with violence and poverty through inventive song and dance in a manner outside of conventional notions of humanity, Jayna Brown, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside, said during an intimate gathering of students and faculty in the Haldeman Center on Thursday.

River dock likely to reopen this summer

(02/25/11 4:00am)

New plans to renovate Dartmouth's property along the Connecticut River aim to reopen the swim docks which were closed last summer due to safety concerns in time for the upcoming Summer term, according to Justin Anderson, director of media relations for the College. Representatives from Milone and MacBroom an engineering, environmental and landscape architecture consulting firm presented renderings of three potential designs for the site to a group of Dartmouth students and staff on Thursday afternoon.

Daily Debriefing

(02/23/11 4:00am)

The nonprofit group Complete College America introduced a new program on Tuesday that will aim to increase graduation rates at colleges across the country, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The $10 million nationwide grant program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide states with the opportunity to compete for awards of $1 million to be administered over 18 months by submitting grant proposals to the organization. Complete College America's founded in 2009 aims to improve remedial education, to shorten degree completion times and to shift the focus of higher education from enrollment to student performance, The Chronicle reported.

College exceeds United Way fundraising goal

(02/16/11 4:00am)

Dartmouth's annual United Way campaign raised a total of $255,663, exceeding its initial goal of $225,000, according to Diana Lawrence, Dartmouth United Way steering committee co-chair and director of communications for Alumni Relations. The 2010 fundraising efforts which began in October and concluded on Feb. 14 will support regional programs that address three major fields, including health and wellness, education and housing and economic self-sufficiency, according to Granite United Way's website.