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On March 5, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees elected three new trustees — Neal Katyal ’91, Joyce Sackey ’85 Med’89 and Scott Stuart ’81 — whose terms will begin July 1. Current Board member Elizabeth Cahill Lempres ’83 Th’84 will replace Laurel Richie ’81 as the new chair of the Board on June 14.
The Biden administration has committed to a green energy plan powered by solar energy, but Biden’s human rights agenda in China may interfere with those goals: Because solar energy is to some extent dependent on products mined and manufactured in China, Biden may be forced to look the other way as China commits major human rights violations in order to maintain access to these critical resources. In doing so, Biden will fail to deliver on his promises to globally enforce human rights. To rectify this, Biden must shift his focus from solar energy to nuclear energy, allowing him to solve both this human rights dilemma and set the U.S. on the best path toward clean energy.
As the College’s first undergraduate student from Saudi Arabia, Lamees Kareem ’22 arrived at Dartmouth seeking community. In her three years in Hanover, she ended up building one for herself and those she met along the way.
Lexi Warden ’21’s final curtain call at Dartmouth will not be on a physical stage, where she usually makes her appearances, but broadcast over the radio. For the past two years, Warden has been working with theater professor Monica White Ndounou on her thesis project, a radio adaptation of Eisa Davis’s 2007 Pulitzer finalist play “Bulrusher.”
Last week, the Hood Museum of Art hosted recent graduate Kensington Cochran ’20 for its second talk in the “Virtual Space for Dialogue” series. At the talk, Cochran presented a collection she curated as the Hood’s Conroy Intern last year that explores the intersection between art and trauma.
When a global pandemic strikes, how do we respond as a society? On Thursday, Yale biomedical engineering professor and Human Nature Lab director Nicholas Christakis answered questions about his book, “Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live” over a live Zoom webinar. Hosted by Rockefeller Center for Public Policy director and government professor Jason Barabas, the event attracted over 100 Dartmouth community members.
For many Dartmouth students, the promise of becoming fully vaccinated in the near future lies within reach, but the hope of returning to normal life still does not. While the College has in the last week begun the process of easing some social distancing restrictions for vaccinated students, it has made no mention of loosening facility access restrictions either for fully or partially vaccinated students or for those who have previously contracted COVID-19. This should change: Dartmouth should extend limited on-campus access to some facilities to all students who are fully vaccinated, who have acquired immunity through previous infection with COVID-19 or who have received their first dose at least two weeks ago.
In a year of online classes and limited in-person interaction, many students have skirted the restrictions of Dartmouth’s “Community Expectations” so they can socialize with friends. This behavior carries several risks — besides the danger of students catching COVID-19, there is always the chance that Safety and Security officers catch the students instead. When this happens, students are catapulted into an opaque disciplinary process that in the fall resulted in 86 students “disappearing.”
On Tuesday, Dartmouth welcomed a total of 1,749 individuals to the Class of 2025 out of 28,357 applicants. Students admitted to the Class of 2025 navigated the admissions process in a year that saw a 33% increase in the number of applicants, pushing the acceptance rate to a record low of 6.17%.
On March 22, the Hanover Selectboard voted unanimously to move the date of the annual 2021 Town Meeting from May 11 to July 13. Some students have voiced concerns over the decision’s impact on student voter turnout in the town election, which usually takes place during the Town Meeting.
Though Greek houses typically host two rush terms per academic year, sororities and all but two fraternities — Zeta Psi and Kappa Kappa Kappa — have decided to forgo spring rush this year. Instead, some houses have opted to hold pre-rush events, with others opting to participate in continuous open bidding. Gender-inclusive Greek spaces will conduct spring rush, as is typical for their houses.
Last week, the Dartmouth administration sent an email to members of the Class of 2024 with new information regarding D-Plan selection. A new clause has been added limiting students to seven fall and spring residence terms rather than the eight normally available fall and spring terms over a four-year college period. This means that students’ D-Plans must now include at least one leave term in the fall or spring of sophomore, junior, or senior year. Given that students are required to have twelve total residence terms (whether on campus or on an abroad program), the new guideline makes taking a winter term off a much more difficult maneuver. This decision to change D-Plan guidelines for the Class of 2024 and future classes deprives students of flexibility for the sake of temporarily solving the housing issue on campus.
Old dorms may finally be getting a facelift. In March, College President Phil Hanlon and the Board of Trustees put in place a policy aimed at addressing the College’s underinvestment in infrastructure by allocating a portion of additional endowment distribution to a new fund, called the Infrastructure Renewal Fund, according to a March 31 announcement from the Office of Communications.
After a months-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Moon Unit — one of the few student bands on campus — has recently returned to action, making appearances at several outdoor venues in recent months.
As more people get vaccinated every day, Dartmouth underclassmen are looking forward to more normal terms with a full or nearly full student body on a campus free of COVID-19 protocols. For seniors, though, this spring is the last chance to have any sort of Dartmouth experience as an undergraduate.
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Dartmouth has offered admission to 1,749 applicants to the Class of 2025 from the 28,357 students who applied, the admissions office reported Tuesday evening. The acceptance rate of 6.17% is the lowest in Dartmouth history. The College projects the class will comprise 1,150 students, suggesting a planned yield rate of roughly 66%.
It has been over a year of remote learning and as more members of the Dartmouth community receive vaccinations, there is an air of hope following the College’s announcement of an expected return to in-person classes for fall 2021. Though there have been many discussions around what the loss of in-person classes has meant for students — academically, socially, emotionally — less attention has been paid to what the change has meant for professors.
As they say, spring has sprung. Near campus, April showers are in full swing, promising a lush and flowerful May. The crisp New England breeze is cut by the warm sunshine, and students are flocking to the Green. While many of us have settled into our new homes, be they on campus or nearby in the Upper Valley, some have returned back to old ones. The sudden start of a new term always catches us by surprise, but as we have done time and time again, we will eventually catch up on that little assignment that got away — don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.