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(20 hours ago)
Unlike peer institutions Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities, Dartmouth made the decision last December to conduct winter term courses in person amid a global surge in coronavirus infections. Despite other protocols — a vaccine mandate, a face covering policy and a surveillance testing program — a sizable percentage of Dartmouth students living on or near campus this winter have contracted what is likely the omicron variant of COVID-19.
(21 hours ago)
A little over a year since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Dartmouth professors and students expressed mixed reactions to his first year in office and reflected on his low approval rating.
Board of Trustees chair Liz Lempres ’83 Th ’84 has worked at Dartmouth since 2012, when she joined the Thayer School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors. More recently, she was elected chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2021. Lempres has also served as a senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy, for 28 years. The Dartmouth sat down with Lempres to discuss the tenure of College President Phil Hanlon — who this week announced his pending retirement in June 2023 — and the search for a new president.
The proposed construction of a new dorm complex on the corner of Crosby and East Wheelock Street — the current location of House Center A, colloquially known as “the Onion,” and three tennis courts — is still on hold over a year after its initial suspension.
Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health have received a joint $25 million donation from Dorothy Byrne to fund the Byrne Family Cancer Research Institute within the DH-H-affiliated Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
College President Phil Hanlon graduated from Dartmouth in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. After nearly three decades in teaching and administration at the University of Michigan, he returned to Hanover to take on his current role in 2013, serving as the 18th president of the College and as a professor in the mathematics department. More recently, Hanlon announced that he will step down as president in June 2023. The Dartmouth sat down with President Hanlon on Tuesday to discuss his time as president, including the Call to Lead campaign, the Moving Dartmouth Forward Initiative and the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a decade in charge, College President Phil Hanlon will step down effective June 2023, he wrote in an email to campus today.
On Jan. 20, the Dartmouth College Republicans invited conservative journalist Andy Ngo and former Antifa member-turned libertarian activist Gabriel Nadales to speak at the College. The event was first slated to be held in person in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall before it was moved to Zoom due to “safety issues,” according to College spokesperson Diana Lawrence.
In a Jan. 21 email to sophomore, junior and senior students, Dartmouth announced plans to provide spring housing options at Summit on Juniper, an apartment complex located in Lebanon, just south of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Originally conceived as a graduate student housing project, Summit on Juniper would start leasing rooms to graduate students in August after undergraduate use ends in July 2022.
(21 hours ago)
Earlier this month, the New Hampshire state House of Representatives passed H.B. 579, requiring notice to the public before immigration checkpoints are conducted, by a bipartisan vote of 254-85. The bill has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee, though it has not yet been assigned a floor date.
Dartmouth has identified a potential location for new apartment-style undergraduate housing: Garipay Fields, a plot of land 30 minutes north of Baker-Berry Library by foot. The College says that the site will help alleviate the housing shortage quickly, but some critics wonder about the impacts on the environment and recreation — and whether any students would want to live that far from campus.
As a result of significant spikes in cases of COVID-19 nationwide and in the Upper Valley over the past few months, and in large part due to the onset of the omicron variant, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is reporting staff shortages and full intensive care units.
Omicron has found its way into nursing and retirement homes in the Upper Valley, which have reported rising cases and staff shortages.
On Sept. 7, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, sent an official letter to Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy expressing concerns that Amazon was spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments through its search function and “Best Seller” algorithms. The letter has earned her a lawsuit from Chelsea Green, the White River Junction-based publisher of a book related to COVID-19 Warren named in her letter.
As part of the 2022 New Hampshire state House of Representatives’ most recent legislative session, representatives voted on bills that would redraw the state’s congressional, state senate and state executive council districts. H.B. 52 would alter the state’s two congressional districts by redrawing the 1st district, represented by Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., to become more Republican-leaning. Under the same plan, the 2nd district, represented by Rep. Ann McLane Kuster ’78, D-N.H., would become safer for Democrats.
Dartmouth Dining Services has converted the all-purpose student space and event hall, Sarner Underground, into an isolation meal pick-up center for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Students getting their meals at Sarner swipe themselves in with their Dartmouth ID cards, while dining staffers – adorned in N95 masks and standing behind a plastic glass barrier — serve patrons one at a time.
On Dec. 31, interim provost David Kotz and executive vice president Rick Mills of the College’s COVID-19 Task Force announced in an email that students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate in their dorm rooms or current housing, regardless of whether or not they have a roommate. The decision marks a sharp turn from previous College policy, which mandated the relocation of students with COVID-19 to isolation housing in the Boss Tennis Center or to residence halls reserved for isolation.
After numerous delays, the west end of campus will soon open two new buildings: the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Center for Engineering and Computer Science are set to open by this spring. The construction of both buildings was part of the $3 billion Call to Lead campaign, which surpassed its fundraising goal in October.
Rev. Nancy Vogele ’85 has been hired as the new chaplain and director of the William Jewett Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life. The decision to hire Vogele was made in November after a prolonged search last fall, according to associate dean for community life and inclusivity Bryant Ford. Vogele will be succeeding former chaplain Daveen Litwin, who departed the College in July 2021.
Two months after the announcement of Dartmouth’s partnership with online education service Coursera, one course has seen a successful start on the platform, and a second launched Jan. 17.