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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to Dartmouth. Following the College’s move to remote instruction, most students — including The Dartmouth's staff and directorate members — have vacated campus and returned home for the spring term. In order to accommodate these new and uncertain circumstances, The Dartmouth will pause print production for the duration of the term.
Dartmouth has a reputation as an institution that excels at both research and undergraduate teaching. Incoming students are likely familiar with this notion, having read it in admission pamphlets or heard it during campus information sessions. Like its students, many of the College’s faculty chose to pursue a career at Dartmouth because of this dual excellence. But this double goal — quality teaching as well as quality research — isn’t achieved without challenges.
On Friday evening, seven groups of either three or four hikers trekked across six peaks from Mount Moosilauke to Hanover — a total of almost 54 miles over the course of about 24 hours, according to directors Jaq Hager ’21, Derek Lue ’21 and Simon Oster ’21 .
As the national demand for student accessibility services increases, so have efforts to make Dartmouth more accommodating for students with disabilities. This fall, several students will launch Access Dartmouth, a group advocating for disabled students at the College. The Student Accessibility Services Office is also working on implementing a new data management system and expanding its current testing centers.
As sophomore summer draws to a close, so do the days of lounging by the river, perusing the farmer’s market, driving to Ice Cream Fore-U and falling asleep in Astro 1. Sophomore summer is about relaxing, but it’s also about letting students pursue activities they haven’t tried before and subjects they haven’t studied. It’s a time to step out of comfort zones, unhindered by the stress that accompanies the typical Dartmouth term.
Professors and individuals from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, law, history and political science, were invited to the College to present and comment on papers for the Truth, Power and the Foundations of Democracy workshop series. The interdisciplinary project, organized by government professor Russell Muirhead and philosophy professor David Plunkett, held its first of three workshops this week.
The town of Hanover is taking steps to more strictly enforce town ordinances regarding the use of Mink Brook and the Connecticut river area. These ordinances prohibit the installation of rope swings, limit access to the area from dawn to dusk as well as ban alcohol, large gatherings and amplified sound.
At the Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on June 9, Dartmouth will award seven honorary degrees to individuals in the arts, athletics, law and sciences. Three Doctorates of Humane Letters, three Doctorates of Arts and one Doctorate of Science will be awarded.
Physics and astronomy professor Marcelo Gleiser describes his work as “flirting with the mysterious.” On March 19, Gleiser was named the 2019 winner of the Templeton Prize, an award that recognizes an individual who, in the view of a panel of external judges, has made an “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” The prize carries a monetary award of £1.1 million, which is around $1.4 million.
Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips director Maddy Waters ’19 and assistant director Dorothy Qu ’19 announced the 2019 Trips directorate on Friday morning.
Students had the opportunity to voice their thoughts on the College’s recent move to address sexual harassment and abuse of power on campus. On Jan. 11, Student Assembly and the Student and Presidential Committee for Sexual Assault co-hosted an open forum about the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative — the College’s new initiative to combat sexual violence. The initiative, which was announced by College President Phil Hanlon on Jan. 3, follows the filing of a $70 million lawsuit against the College alleging that Dartmouth violated Title IX and failed to protect the plaintiffs from sexual harassment.
For Emma Rodriguez '20, a trained WISE advocate, Movement Against Violence facilitator and member of the Student and Presidential Committee and the Sexual Violence Prevention Project's student advisory board, the allegations made in the pending sexual harassment class action lawsuit against the College were disturbing, but not surprising.
Strong U.S. equity markets, venture capital and private equity returns were all factors that propelled positive returns on the College’s endowment for the 2018 fiscal year. Dartmouth’s endowment reached an all-time high value of $5.5 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. The endowment returned a net 12.2 percent, earning the College $591 million in investment gains, in addition to $183 million in gifts and other net transfers.
When Monik Walters ’19 and Nicole Knape ’19 were elected Student Assembly president and vice president in April, they told The Dartmouth that they were “changing the game.” This summer, they have started working on a new SA website, a speaker series and the possibility of a student role on the Board of Trustees. During their time in leadership, they said they plan on tackling mental health initiatives, sexual assault prevention and awareness and diversity and inclusion on campus. As the first black female SA president and the first all-female president and vice president pair since 2008, Walters and Knape talked to The Dartmouth about their goals as SA’s new leadership in Dartmouth’s milestone 250th year.
This past summer, the College returned bones that were excavated from Inuit gravesites by a Dartmouth anthropologist in 1967 to the Avataq Cultural Institute. Representatives from the Institute visited the College in June to take part in a repatriation ceremony to receive the bones and return them to their original resting place in Nunavik, Quebec.
After seven years at the College, government professor Brendan Nyhan will be leaving Dartmouth to take up a public policy professorship at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Nyhan will stay in Hanover through the summer and will start his new position in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the fall.
In five words, Mindy Kaling ’01 would describe her own Dartmouth experience as, “Indian girl enjoying the forest.” Now this June, Kaling will return to Dartmouth to deliver the Commencement address for the Class of 2018 this June.
Bruce and Diana Rauner ’78 have donated their collection of novelist and screenwriter Mario Puzo’s draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records to the College’s Rauner Special Collections Library. The collection includes notes for several of Puzo’s published works, including his best-selling novel “The Godfather” and its subsequent film adaptations, the script for the 1978 Superman movie, a children’s book and Puzo’s novels released before “The Godfather, according to head of special collections Jay Satterfield.
Dartmouth offered 1,925 students admission to the Class of 2022, accepting a record-low 8.7 percent of the 22,033 students who applied this cycle. The Class of 2022 represents the lowest number of accepted students Dartmouth has seen since the early 1990s, selected from the largest applicant pool of the last five years. The acceptance rate fell from last year’s 10.4 percent for the Class of 2021 and beat the previous record-low of 9.8 percent for the Class of 2016.
V-February, Dartmouth’s annual campaign to promote gender equity and end gender-based violence, will feature a series of performances, events and discussions throughout the month of February. The month-long program expands on V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.