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For the third year in a row, The Dartmouth conducted a survey that recorded the opinions and experiences of Dartmouth’s graduating seniors. Over the past four years, the Class of 2018 lived through many important events occurring on and off campus, all while navigating social and academic life at the school and preparing for the post-college future. The four sections below paint a picture of opinion on campus issues, facets of student life, relation to the national political scene and post-graduation life among members of the Class of 2018.
President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he will give a full pardon to conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza '83 for violating federal campaign finance laws.
This year, the College will not print the names of all graduates and their honors in the traditional printed program distributed on Commencement Day. According to a College press release, the “extremely short amount of time” between the close of grades and Commencement has always presented a challenge for printing programs in time for the ceremony. This year, the College was not able to secure a printing company that could produce the programs in time for Commencement.
Kristi Clemens will be Dartmouth’s next Title IX coordinator and Clery compliance officer, interim provost David Kotz ’86 announced on May 29. She will be responsible for ensuring the College complies with gender equity and campus safety laws and will report directly to the provost. Clemens is the third person at Dartmouth to serve as Title IX coordinator, taking on the role following Allison O’Connell’s Apr. 6 resignation from the position. O’Connell replaced the original Title IX coordinator, Heather Lindkvist, last August. Since April, Clemens has served as the interim Title IX coordinator while a national search took place for a permanent replacement. Previously, Clemens has been the assistant dean of student affairs and director of case management.
Following last month’s vote by the University Press of New England board of governors to close down the 48-year-old publishing consortium, interim provost David Kotz ’86 and dean of libraries Susanne Mehrerhave called for the assembly of a task force to determine the future of the Dartmouth College Press.
Many of us have forgotten to call, text or otherwise contact those we are close to. Angela Orzell Tu’19 is working to design an application to solve this problem — Nudg, a personal relationship manager.
“A little bit chaotic” is how Hannah Margolis ’20 described her preparation for the 2018 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.
Professor Lee Witters teaches both Dartmouth undergraduates and Geisel School of Medicine graduate students, specializing in the natural sciences and relating the sciences to his interests in humanism. Witters founded the College’s undergraduate pre-health advising program — called the Health Professions Program — and the Nathan Smith Society, for which he is the faculty advisor. He also started the Teaching Science Fellows program and works closely with students and faculty to make natural sciences and medicine more accessible for all.
Future quantitative social science majors will no longer be required to complete a thesis before graduating. This spring, the College’s QSS program updated its major requirements, adding a non-honors track that will be available to the Class of 2019 and later.
What do federal Native American law, science fiction, a Chilean feminst and a choreopoem have in common? They’re all subjects of this year’s Senior Fellows. This year, Kimonee Burke ’18, Herbert Chang ’18, Celeste Jennings ’18 and Valentina Sedlacek ’18 are the College’s Senior Fellows.
Nine first-year medical students at the Geisel School of Medicine have been awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which provides students with funding to complete innovative projects that improve the health, safety and welfare of the community. Each project will receive $2,000 in funding from the foundation.
This fall, William “Billy” Sandlund ’18 and Rae Winborn ’14 will travel to Beijing, China as Yenching Scholars, pursuing interdisciplinary master’s degrees in Chinese studies at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel expenses for one round-trip, accommodations and living costs on Peking University’s campus, according to the Yenching Academy website.
This fall’s sorority recruitment process will see a significant change. Following a Dartmouth Inter-Sorority Council decision, Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority will be required to participate in the College’s ISC formal recruitment process in addition to hosting its distinctive shakeout style of rush.
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.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has called on the New Hampshire Supreme Court to review House Bill 1264 before he decides to approve or veto the bill.
Thayer School of Engineering dean Joseph Helble has been appointed as Dartmouth’s next provost by College President Phil Hanlon. In October, Helble will replace interim provost David Kotz ’86, who assumed his interim position when former provost Carolyn Dever decided to return to teaching and research in October 2017.
This year, Green Key saw a similar number of incidents involving Dartmouth and non-Dartmouth students compared to last year, and a lower number of non-Dartmouth student incidents compared to years prior, according to interim and associate director of Dartmouth Safety and Security Keysi Montás. In addition to the continuation of the wristband system, which was put in place last year, new safety measures such as water jersey barriers and clearer exit and entry points were implemented, Montás said.
The faculty of arts and sciences voted on May 7 to approve language drafted by the Committee on Instruction for new distributive requirements, which were first proposed in 2016 and which are set to go into effect as early as two years from now.