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After the pandemic saw rates of anxiety and depression increase among students and the deaths of three freshmen by suicide, the College faced widespread criticism for its insufficient mental health resources. In response to these mounting complaints, College President Phil Hanlon announced in a May 21 email to campus that Dartmouth would launch a four-year partnership with the JED Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes emotional health for teens and young adults. The first year of the partnership is slated to begin over the course of the next few weeks.
This article is featured in the 2021 Freshman special issue.
First shuttered at the onset of the pandemic, the Dartmouth Climbing Gym remained closed this summer after an internal review uncovered poor ventilation in the space. This closure is set to extend throughout the fall, as renovations have yet to commence.
At the onset of the pandemic, Dartmouth’s Department of Safety and Security replaced its SafeRide program with walking escorts — a decision the College has yet to reverse, according to Safety and Security associate director Douglas Babcock.
This article is featured in the 2021 Commencement special issue.
On May 16, Dartmouth announced that former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’81 and Nike CEO John Donahoe ’82 gifted $20 million to the College to support underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math. According to Dartmouth’s press release, the gift’s namesake is “pioneering biologist” and valedictorian of the Class of 1907 E.E. Just.
Early this spring, the College reversed its February decision to slash the Guarini Institute for International Education’s expense budget by 28% due to additional funding made available by the College to the Arts and Sciences, Guarini executive director John Tansey confirmed in an email statement. The reversal will enable Guarini to reinstate ten study abroad programs in six departments over the next year, covering additional program expenses that are expected to total approximately $1 million, he added.
This article is featured in the 2021 Spring special issue.
This summer, students will have limited opportunities for on-campus instruction, with just over 11.6% of course offerings available fully in person. Only 21 course sections in 19 undergraduate courses will be taught fully in person this summer, up from 10 courses offered fully in person this spring.
Since April 9, roughly 400 off-campus students enrolled in classes have been accepted through a waitlist process offered by the College for on-campus access to facilities including Baker-Berry Library, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Collis Center and Alumni Gym, according to College Health Service director Mark Reed.
Recent changes to Dartmouth’s COVID-19 socialization protocols have prompted backlash from students who still find the College’s approach too restrictive, particularly as it pertains to fully vaccinated individuals.
The decision by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to exclude out-of-state college students from vaccine eligibility has raised practical and legal concerns.
Upper Valley coffee enthusiasts, the wait is almost over. Renovations to Dirt Cowboy Cafe are slated to conclude sometime between March 15 and March 23 — just prior to the arrival of students for the start of spring term.
The Ivy Flex meal plan — mandated for all students living on campus this school year — has been a target for criticism throughout the pandemic. With the College now reverting to quarantine protocols due to a growing COVID-19 outbreak on campus, students have continued to voice concerns over the plan’s lack of flexibility.
Mirelle Phillips ’07 is the CEO and founder of Studio Elsewhere, a company that has collaborated with nearly 30 hospitals to install “recharge rooms” — spaces featuring relaxing music, scents, lighting and sounds — to help health care workers manage stress on the job.
Upon the recent revelation that Leon Black ’73 paid convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein upwards of $150 million between 2012 and 2017, some students and alumni have called for the College to change the name of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.
On Jan. 18, the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, College President Phil Hanlon sent an email to campus announcing a number of initiatives to foster “diversity, inclusivity and equality” in the Dartmouth community. The measures include an increase in faculty specializing in issues of race, more institutional support for faculty of color and reforms to the College’s financial aid practices.
This week, potential new Greek house members will navigate the College’s first-ever virtual rush. Despite the virtual format, sorority rush will have nearly 400 participants, while fraternity rush, which adopted a formal registration process this year, will see over 300 potential new members.
Although classes start Thursday, many students who had originally expected to be in Hanover will instead log onto Zoom from home. When the College pushed winter term move-in dates back by nearly two weeks, many students found themselves scrambling to change travel arrangements and find stable learning environments for the meantime.
A prolific researcher and dedicated father and husband, Alan Ivan Green was known for his endless enthusiasm, innate curiosity, steady nature and kindness.