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College is weird. Part extended summer camp, part boarding school for semi-grownups, part elitist neoliberal institution, part academia machine, college means different things to different people, but no one really knows what it’s going to be like until they’re there. My first impression of Dartmouth was of miles and miles of trees. On the drive up, my mom and I felt like we were headed to the middle of nowhere — coming from dry, dusty southern California, I had never seen so many trees in my life. It felt like I was entering a different world.
In allegations that span multiple generations of graduate students, four students in Dartmouth’s department of psychological and brain sciences told The Dartmouth this week that three professors now under investigation by the College and state prosecutors created a hostile academic environment that they allege included excessive drinking, favoritism and behaviors that they considered to be sexual harassment.
The investigation of psychology and brain sciences professor Todd Heatherton is related to an “out-of-state matter,” Heatherton’s attorneys said in a statement Wednesday. The investigation of Heatherton is unrelated to the investigations of professors Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen, according to the attorneys.
The College notified derecognized fraternity Alpha Delta last month that the organization will not be considered for re-recognition, a move that concluded over 18 months of negotiations and discussions.
Concerned neighbors petitioned the College on July 21 asking for a more thorough cleanup of Rennie Farm. The College has been investigating and monitoring the site since 2012 and is working on a remediation plan to treat contamination that will be submitted for approval on Sept. 1.
The D-plan is one of the hallmarks of academics of Dartmouth, touted by the admissions office as “flexible study plan” that allows students to customize their academic calendar. Students have varied experiences with the schedule, and no two D-plans look alike, first-year undergraduate dean Natalie Hoyt said.
Melanie Vangel ’18 was arrested in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on July 17 in connection to a vehicle fire. She was arrested by state fire marshals for two charges of arson and one charge of theft by unauthorized use of property.
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When Hannah Carlino ’17 found herself late to class every day walking from the Thayer School of Engineering to the Life Sciences Center sophomore year, she had the idea to bring a bike-sharing service to campus. Last winter, she partnered with Nick Ford ’17 to solve this problem, and their solution will come to life this fall. Fifty bikes at eight different stations will arrive on campus in early September, via bike-sharing company Zagster. Students and other community members will be able to rent the bikes using a phone app, though pricing is currently unknown.
When Rep. Ann McLane Kuster '78, D-N.H., was sexually assaulted as a freshman at the College, she kept silent about the assault for more than 40 years. Last week, Kuster took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to speak out about the assault at Dartmouth for the first time, in addition to two others she experienced while working as a congressional aide.
The Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment held a public rehearing yesterday regarding Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s status as a student residence under Hanover zoning laws. At the rehearing, attorney Carolyn Cole and SAE trustee Jeremy Katz ’95 attempted to refute new evidence presented by the College before the zoning board and an audience of about 15 people. The zoning board will provide a final ruling next week.
When we started thinking about what the topic of gender means, we realized that it is incredibly broad. Gender is an integral part of our identities, and thus plays a role in almost everything we do. As gender has risen to the forefront of national discussion, particularly in the context of politics, we wanted to explore how these different issues and experiences manifest here on campus. Dartmouth’s gender dynamics are somewhat complex — the College was all-male for the first 202 years of its history — so it wasn’t a surprise to us that we found widely varying experiences and feelings over the course of our partnership.
While many students spent spring break posting photos of tropical vacations or adventures closer to home, Regina Yan ’19 was clinging to a mountain ledge trying not to get blown away.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has changed Dartmouth’s speech code rating from “green light” to “yellow light” in November. The non-partisan organization believes the College’s bias reporting policies could be used to suppress free speech, FIRE policy research director Samantha Harris said.
In August, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice will launch its online master of public health program for the first time. In addition to online lectures and projects, the two-year program will also include six short residential periods where students convene on campus to meet each other and their professors, TDI academic director for education Alice Andrews said.
When Thomas Rover ’16 heard that there would be no snow sculpture built for his last Winter Carnival, he said he was devastated. Last Thursday night, Rover and a group of about 30 other students took it upon themselves to build a “rogue” snow sculpture of the Cat in the Hat’s red and white headpiece on the Green.
As Shonda Rhimes wrapped up her insightful Dartmouth commencement speech back in 2014, she slipped in a little zinger admonishing social media activism — “A hashtag is not helping.”
Dartmouth fell out of the R1 category, a group of 115 doctoral universities with the “highest research activity,” in the most recent report released by Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education on Feb. 1. The College is now part of the R2 group of “higher research activity” institutions.
A new class schedule will be implemented starting in the summer of 2016 as part of a series of recommendations made by the Curricular Review Committee in April 2015. The measure was voted on and approved at the June 1 faculty meeting.
In addition to innovative and influential discovery, scientific research can also generate stunning images, biology professor Mary Lou Guerinot said. Two Dartmouth research labs, led by Guerinot and fellow biology professor Thomas Jack, proved this in their 2015 BioArt competition wins for their magnified photos of Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering plant.