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Jennifer Matos, a former adviser to Latina students at Smith College and a current doctoral student who is working to complete a dissertation about the factors that affect the educational success of Latino students, began her new position as an adviser to Latino students in the OPAL office on Monday, according to Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears. Spears, the former Director of OPAL, said an internal search yielded a "tiny" pool of applicants, so the search committee was given permission to conduct a national search. Matos has worked at Clark University as the coordinator of African, Latino, Asian, Native American and GLBT Student Development and also studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Social Justice Education department. "I was really excited about OPAL's mission and work and interest in social justice, how they use the language of social justice and how their programming really supports it," Matos said.
Conventional wisdom holds that Hanover is really, really small and in the middle of nowhere. Granted, when your Classics 4 notes are heaped next to those forms you've been meaning to turn in for that club you're running and you're stuck in the stacks anyway, then the Appalachian Trail is no better nor worse a place than anywhere else to be. That being said, sometimes, when the workload lifts or you're on your third game of pong on a Friday night, it hits you through an act of great imagination, some very smart people managed to lure 4,100 undergrads to a clearing in the forest.
July 13, 10:41 p.m.Lot 5
Prior to his tenure as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009, Carney served as Delaware's secretary of finance and as deputy chief of staff to former Governor Tom Carper. Carney is currently the chief operations officer of Transformative Technologies, a green technology company in Delaware.
More college students are taking out student loans than ever before, according to a study published yesterday by Education Sector, an independent think tank. The study pointed to factors like rising tuition costs as the source of the phenomenon, as well as a shift in college and university practice toward awarding less aid to students in greater need. Additionally, the rise in student financial need in recent years has outpaced the rise in the maximum size of subsidized federal loans available to students, according to the report, resulting in the need to take out private loans to fill the gap. Those loans tend to be riskier, the report said, with higher interest rates and a low likelihood that students can delay payments. Nevertheless, half of all college students take out no loans at all, Patricia Steele, a research associate at the College Board, told Inside Higher Ed, adding that the Education Sector report may overstate the gravity of the situation.
Thursday, July 2, 4:38 p.m.Choate Road
In a decision that may impact many colleges and universities, facilities that perform research on animals will now be required to release more information about experiments that may have caused animal subjects pain and distress, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The new requirements are the result of a court settlement reached last week between the Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for the oversight of such facilities, and the Humane Society, an animal rights advocacy organization which had sued the department claiming it violated the Freedom of Information Act by not providing such data, The Chronicle reported.
Outgoing Provost Barry Scherr and Steven Kadish, Kim's senior vice president and strategic advisor, have led President Jim Yong Kim's transition to the presidency in recent weeks, working to familiarize Kim with the College. Since assuming his post June 15, Kadish said he has studied the operations of the College, but has not developed any tangible policies to recommend to the incoming administration.
Hanover Police apprehended a Thetford, Vt. resident a few hours after he was discovered rifling through the refrigerator of a West Wheelock Street student apartment at 1:05 a.m. on June 24. The alleged intruder, Macadam Mason, 36, has been charged with Class A burglary and has a long record of suspicious behavior, according to Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone.
College President James Wright and President-elect Jim Yong Kim responded to Tuesday's controversial General Good Morning Message in a joint e-mail to the Dartmouth community on Thursday. Tuesday's GGMM -- a daily, tongue-in-cheek news bulletin written by a group of students -- warned of the "Asianification" of the College and referred to Kim as a "Chinaman." Wright said in the e-mail that the message was "hurtful" to the Dartmouth community. The message, Wright said, is not a reflection of the campus' attitude towards Kim and does not represent the "characteristic values" of the College. The GGMM e-mail obscures Dartmouth's commitment to fostering an "open, engaged community," Kim said in his response. "I'm concerned that people outside our community will not understand the tremendous work Dartmouth has done to build a diverse and inclusive campus that cherishes free speech, but also nurtures mutual respect and civility," Kim said in he e-mail. Kim said he did not want the author of the message to suffer long-term consequences, acknowledging that "we all make mistakes -- especially when we are young."
The Dartmouth Panhellenic Council voted unanimously to open campus to National Panhellenic Conference extension, the process by which a new NPC sorority is established, at a meeting on Monday evening. A new sorority on campus would alleviate the bloated total memberships and new member class sizes of existing organizations, and might increase the opportunity for women to become members of an organization to which they are well suited, according to Jessica Lane '09, president of the Panhellenic Council.
Sievers, a Democrat who was elected to the position last November, had been criticized for allegedly mishandling the county's investments. One of Sievers' first responsibilities upon taking office was to reinvest $11 million that former treasurer Carol Elliott had temporarily set aside during the transition period between treasurers. Sievers could have reinvested those funds as early as Jan. 22, provided her reinvestment plan was approved by the county commissioners, according to county executive director Julie Clough.
Grafton County treasurer Vanessa Sievers '10 is facing criticism from the county's executive director, who claims that Sievers has not maintained her intially high level of performance. The county's elected officials had rallied around Sievers when she first took office in January.
The Internal Revenue Service may expand its review of the business practices of 400 colleges and universities, including Dartmouth, according to Peggy Riley, an IRS spokesperson. The original review began last October and consisted of a 94-question survey, which was due last Friday. Any further expansion will likely involve a second questionnaire, Riley said.
President Barack Obama nominated Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to serve as commerce secretary on Tuesday. Following the nomination, Gov. John Lynch, D-N.H., announced that he had selected Republican J. Bonnie Newman to replace Gregg in the Senate.
The College has sufficient funds to move ahead with renovations on Delta Delta Delta sorority, Richardson Hall and the Gold Coast residence halls, according to Dean of Residential Life Martin Redman, but planned construction on Massachusetts Row will be delayed indefinitely due to the state of the economy.
Carol Elliott, the previous treasurer and Sievers' opponent in the November election, had said in November that Sievers would be incapable of performing the duties of her new office.
Gov. John Lynch, D-N.H., recommended a $16-million state budget cut at a meeting of the New Hampshire House Finance Committee on Tuesday. The cut, if passed, will reduce support for several programs including first-responder training and the state highway fund, according to Colin Manning, Lynch's press secretary.
Regardless of the new requirements, Zete expects to hold informational meetings for students in the spring. The alumni association formed an alumni rush committee in December, Weymouth said, which will formulate a "strategic plan" in the coming weeks for the pre-recruitment and recruitment processes.
There is no excess mold present in the River residence cluster, despite residents' beliefs that mold is making them ill, Dean of Residential Life Martin Redman said. The College's Office of Environmental Health and Safety took between nine and 12 samples from the basement of French Hall in response to requests from several residents, Redman said. None of the samples showed evidence of mold, he said.