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Students on campus rang in the Year of the Ox in a variety of ways over the past week. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, which took place on Feb. 12 this year, campus organizations held virtual and in-person celebrations, including a craft night and a free bubble tea event.
Updated Dec. 11, 2020 at 4:56 p.m.
Those who knew Beau DuBray ’24 recall him as a kind friend, thoughtful classmate and lover of nature.
Dartmouth’s campus lacked its regular fraternity parties and student gatherings this Halloween weekend, but some students still found unsanctioned ways to celebrate. Over 70 students participated in large off-campus gatherings — at least one in Hanover and another in Lebanon. Nineteen of the students who attended the Lebanon party received underage drinking citations, and many students from both parties have since been sent home for the year.
While the 2020 election has already been well underway for many voters, with the nation seeing record numbers of absentee ballots cast ahead of Election Day, today marks the official opening of polls in Hanover and around the country.
This editors' note is featured in the 2020 Fall special issue.
As Dartmouth approaches week six of fall term, the College’s COVID-19 task force has begun planning for the winter. Though some students have been given the option to return to campus, many are questioning the value of an “on-campus” experience given remote classes and restrictions on socializing.
Although many internship opportunities have returned to an in-person format, Dartmouth has continued not to offer funding for any in-person internships that require travel. Some students pursuing unpaid internships say they have faced financial difficulties.
Despite the national economic downturn due to COVID-19, the College’s endowment grew to a record high of $5.98 billion this year. In total, the College’s investments yielded a 7.6% return, up slightly from last year’s 7.5% return.
As the College continues to ride out a wave of revenue losses, budget cuts and hits to various programs due to the financial fallout of COVID-19, the Tuck School of Business announced on Sept. 15 that it had laid off 18 staff members. Meanwhile, the Thayer School of Engineering has announced that it is not planning any layoffs, and other divisions at the College have not announced decisions about job reductions at this time.
Although most students accepted into the Class of 2024 started their first term of classes on Monday, nearly 200 have opted to take gap years instead.
Twenty-three students at the Tuck School of Business have been placed in quarantine after Dartmouth Safety and Security officers were called in to stop a social gathering on Sept. 4. Meanwhile, Phi Delta Alpha fraternity has been temporarily suspended following possible health violations in an incident at its house on Sept. 5.
This article is featured in the 2020 Freshman special issue.
Though many students expected to receive two terms of on-campus enrollment for the upcoming academic year, only around 60 percent of undergraduate students received two terms, according to an email sent to campus by Dean of the College Kathryn Lively on Aug. 3.
Although Dartmouth classes are operating remotely this term, some students have returned to Hanover and the Upper Valley. In response to complaints of Dartmouth students in Hanover violating the CDC’s health guidelines, the town of Hanover recently passed a mask ordinance effective Aug. 10. The town is also considering an amendment to the residential house ordinance that will require an outdoors activities permit for gatherings of more than 10 people, as well as the removal of outdoor games from rented properties.
As students prepare to return to campus in the fall, Greek organizations are preparing for virtual recruitment. No in-person recruitment activities will be held for the entire year, but the fraternity and sorority governing councils are each developing a virtual recruitment process.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some students have committed to returning to the Upper Valley to live in off-campus housing for the upcoming year.
As the College continues to follow its reopening plan, it has increased the presence for some employees on campus, while also offering early retirement packages.
Facing questions about his residency after losing spring housing at Dartmouth due to the remote term, New Hampshire state representative Garrett Muscatel ’20 (D-Hanover) resigned his Grafton County District 12 seat on Monday. Muscatel had previously announced that he would retire from the legislature upon graduation from Dartmouth.
This article is featured in the 2020 Commencement special issue.