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New Hampshire is neither red nor blue. While the state’s representation in Congress is entirely Democratic, a Republican, Chris Sununu, has been governor since 2017. Although Dartmouth remains majority liberal, the range of ideologies among campus political groups reflects the swing-state nature of New Hampshire.
In recent years, Dartmouth has seen considerable turnover in its administrative positions. In June alone, Alexis Abramson began her tenure as dean of the Thayer School of Engineering, and Kathryn Lively was named permanent dean of the College after serving as interim dean for a year. Last October, Joseph Helble was named provost of the College.
Over 1,000 individuals have signed a petition addressed to College President Phil Hanlon and the Board of Trustees expressing frustration over long processing times for international students’ federal work authorizations and calling for support and curricular reform from the College. The delays have resulted in some international students losing internships and money spent on unused housing and flights, according to the petition.
Two hundred and fifty years is a long time. For two and a half centuries, every class at Dartmouth has left its mark on the College — it’s hard to imagine that one class can stand out. But after seeing the Class of 2019’s commitment to making Dartmouth more inclusive and safe for all students, we know they are leaving the College a better place than it was four years ago. As rising juniors, we are grateful to have learned from the ’19s, and we are excited to keep improving Dartmouth in their legacy.
When Dartmouth students try to articulate why the College is special, flair is frequently cited as a uniquely Dartmouth phenomenon and for good reason. Although the origins of the term “flair” cannot be identified, a 2008 article published in The Dartmouth said that it may have been derived from the 1999 movie “Office Space” with Jennifer Aniston . In the film, Aniston’s character must wear expressive pins for her job as a waitress.
Hanover restaurant Orient Chinese and Japanese closed suddenly this week after it was discovered that the restaurant was pouring grease into a Hanover storm drain, according to Hanover town manager Julia Griffin.
Amidst the fervor of the #MeToo movement and the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Hampshire state senator Martha Hennessey ’76 has spoken out about her personal experience with gender-based violence at the College in 1976.
Last month, the College announced that engineering professor Laura Ray was appointed interim dean of the Thayer School of Engineering, a position that she will assume on Oct. 29. She will serve as dean through June 2019 or until a new dean is appointed.
Like at many colleges across the United States, sexual misconduct has become a significant source of discussion for both administrators and students at the College in recent years. Many student groups actively work to promote discussions about the topic and to eradicate sexual violence on campus. Administrators have implemented numerous policies and programs to combat sexual misconduct, earning the College an award for excellence in preventing sexual assault in 2017. Despite these measures, however, sexual misconduct has continued, sometimes forcing Dartmouth into the national media spotlight.
Green Key was not the only crowd-drawing event that took place on campus this past weekend. On May 19 the Tuck Veterans Club hosted its annual Tuck Runs for Veterans event, drawing more than 170 participants, including Dartmouth students, faculty and Upper Valley residents.
Thirty years ago, the Internet was just arriving at the College. Not too long ago, desktop computers lined the main hallway of the first floor of Berry Library. Now, it is a common sight to see a Dartmouth student strolling this same hallway while looking down at their smartphone, perhaps checking their Blitz or Canvas.
Study abroad programs are popular with Dartmouth students — and now the College’s “The Call to Lead” capital campaign will provide more financial support for students wishing to participate in these programs. Karen and Jim Frank ’65 and their sons Daniel Frank ’92 and Jordan Frank ’94 have pledged $5 million to support students on financial aid who are studying on off-campus programs. The family also set up a $2.5 million dollar-for-dollar match challenge to encourage additional donations, which could bring in a total of $10 million or more for this cause.
Next week, the Dartmouth Formula Racing team will compete in an annual Formula Hybrid competition in Louden at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway against U.S. and international universities.
Geisel School of Medicine students Nick Valentini '13 MED’20 and Karissa LeClair MED’20 launched a paramedicine program that partners medical students with local paramedics and emergency medical technicians to provide primary care service for residents in the Upper Valley, the first of its kind in New Hampshire. The program serves individuals who have specific illnesses that require medical attention but do not necessitate emergency hospital treatment.
Allison O’Connell stepped down today as the College’s Title IX coordinator and Clery Act compliance officer. Kristi Clemens, assistant dean of student affairs and director of case management, will serve as the interim Title IX coordinator spring term while a search takes place for a permanent replacement.
On March 9, more than 250 students and teachers at Hanover High School participated in a walkout to protest gun violence and fight for school safety. The walkout was organized by students in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School, which killed 17 students and staff members on Feb. 14.
The College announced the members of the Presidential Steering Committee on Sexual Misconduct, which will review College policies on sexual misconduct, ensure they are clear and present recommendations on policy development, education and training.
This month, Jared Duker Lichtman ’18 was awarded the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study pure mathematics at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College. He will study at Cambridge for one year while earning his master’s degree in mathematics. Lichtman is one of 16 Churchill scholars to be selected from the U.S. for the 2018-2019 program.
On Jan. 29, the College announced the creation of a Presidential Steering Committee on Sexual Misconduct. College spokesperson Diana Lawrence said in an email statement that the committee will review existing policies across the institution about sexual misconduct. The committee will then present suggestions intended to improve campus policies and training about sexual misconduct at the College, Lawrence wrote.
This article was featured in the 2018 Winter Carnival Issue.