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An unheard and often forgotten voice on Dartmouth’s campus is that of religious communities. Though many students are involved in various religious organizations, the various fellowships and communities tend to keep to themselves, offering a space for students who want it without having a larger voice on campus. That changed on Friday night, when 30 students journeyed around campus offering passing students prayer.
“Please cross the line if you have ever felt uncomfortable with your body.”
She left his room, feeling disappointed in herself and unsure whether or not this meant she was no longer a virgin. The night had not been the fairy tale that others had described. The environment lacked support, and afterward she regretted feeling like she had submitted to Dartmouth’s hookup culture. Though she felt like she had lost her virginity that night, she didn’t understand what that really meant. The uncertainty made her think critically about the idea of virginity and what “losing” it really meant.
Dartmouth’s departments, programs and minors have committed to a liberal arts education, evidenced by the many interdisciplinary programs and majors, cross-listed courses and the collaboration between faculty members. Though there is a limited supply of resources, and most department chairs would prefer to have more funding, this has not led to much competition between departments.
Since John Sloan Dickey’s tenure, Dartmouth has emphasized both the global nature of its programming and coursework as well as the quality of its international students. These efforts certainly make sense. It’s no secret that a modern education demands an understanding of the world beyond the United States’ borders, and it would be foolish not to attempt to attract the very best students, no matter where they happen to be born.
One Psi U. Two Sigma Delts. Two Phi Taus. Two unaffiliated women, one who had de-pledged. One KD. Two Tri-Kaps. And one women’s and gender studies professor. The theme? The Greek system — or rather, breaking down the invisible walls that surround it.
As the door screeched open, I barely needed to look up to comprehend the whirlwind entering my room — a wake-up. Half asleep, I gestured toward my roommate’s bed as the voices shouted her name, yelling brief instructions before dashing from the room. My third roommate and I celebrated for our friend before drifting back into sleep — this rude awakening was not so rude after all, as it signified her acceptance into a campus organization.
Though New Hampshire has legalized medical marijuana, use at Dartmouth is still prohibited. The College is constrained by federal regulations that classify any use of the drug as illegal — regulations that if broken could mean a loss of federal funding, including grants and financial aid. As a result, Dick’s House and Student Accessibility Services assist students who have been prescribed the drug to find alternative treatments or off-campus housing.
The student handbook now specifies sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence as kinds of sexual misconduct that threaten the well being both of students and the College as a whole. These adjustments to the handbook’s language, announced Monday afternoon in a campus-wide email from interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer, reflect the judicial affairs office’s yearlong effort to institute a stronger sexual assault policy at the College.
For decades, Dartmouth’s faculty have been invested in the wellness of their students, both inside and outside of the classroom — with the small community at the College, separating the two is almost impossible. A 32-question Mirror survey allowed faculty to reflect on the current state of the College, and the results reveal that discussions about major issues are far from finished.
Breaking last year’s record, the 2014 senior class gift campaign raised $34,171.81, Dartmouth College Fund class managing director Jeff Hafner ’02 said. While official donation and participation numbers will be finalized after press time, 59 percent of the Class of 2014 donated to the gift as of Wednesday, surpassing the Class of 2013’s gift total by over $9,000 despite lower participation.
Over six feet tall, a black-and-red cube sits imposingly between the Collis Center and the Class of 1953 Commons. Large block letters ask students what Dartmouth should do to reduce high-risk drinking, sexual assault and exclusivity. Chalk trays hang off the structure, giving students the opportunity to write suggestions, though many have taken the opportunity to scrawl jokes across its surface.
The recent rebranding of Mentors Against Violence to Movement Against Violence, in addition to the upcoming introduction of the Center for Community Action and Prevention, shows the latest stages of the decades-long evolution of sexual assault prevention programming.
In the revelry and traditions of spring term, the Greek system has become increasingly prominent in my time at Dartmouth. My guy friends have well-established places on pre-rush lists and at fraternities, while many of my girl friends have taken advantage of the free food offered at sororities’ pre-rush events. The Greek Leadership Council just spent three days explaining to first-year students what it means to go Greek at Dartmouth, and the Green Key’s legendary parties loom on the horizon.
In recent months, colleges across the country have seen a spate of demonstrations regarding issues of identity, with students demanding greater inclusivity on their campuses. Many resemble Dartmouth’s April “Freedom Budget” protests, when over a dozen students occupied College President Phil Hanlon’s office for two days, demanding a point-by-point response to a list of over 70 demands regarding issues of diversity.
During my college search, I focused on the more “frivolous” details of every school, much to my parents’ dismay. While they were attracted to the academic rigor of every institution, I cared more about the quality of the food, the size of the dorm rooms and each school’s minor quirks. Little known fact: I did not actually come to Dartmouth for its premier undergraduate teaching and small class sizes. I actually just yearned to run around a giant, fossil-fuel-emitting bonfire 117 times (or 17, but who’s counting?).
Activists, federal employees and leaders from various universities will gather on campus this summer for a national conference on sexual assault. The four-day conference, a follow-up to a February event hosted by the University of Virginia, will occur from July 14 to 17. Registration opened Thursday.
Decorating your first dorm room is almost a rite of passage ... or at least my mom thought so. One of my first memories in Hanover is sneaking into a paint store with her, stealing over 100 strips of colors and taping these to strings to hang up in my room. It was a project, to say the least, and not one that was particularly worth it — maintaining these hanging strings of color was far too difficult for me to keep up.
Presenters discussed Dartmouth’s efforts to combat sexual assault at Tuesday’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” sessions, focusing on the forthcoming Center for Community Action and Prevention and the proposed changes to the College’s disciplinary policy for sexual assault. Around 30 people attended the noon session and 11 people attended the evening session, with few students at the first event and none at the second.
Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority will not participate in the formal recruitment process this fall, instead opting for a more casual “shake-out” process, Theta executives said in a campus-wide email Tuesday morning. They referenced lowering exclusivity and superficiality in the sorority recruitment process and making the Greek system more accessible for female students and members of minority groups as reasons for the change.