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Student-Initiated Programs, a residential life initiative that allocates funds to students looking to build community, is being assimilated into the house communities. According to residential education director Michael Wooten, the initiative’s $10,000 budget will now be incorporated into $1 million annual budget College President Phil Hanlon originally promised to the housing communities as part of Moving Dartmouth Forward. Despite this change, students will still be able to create college-sponsored programming through their house executive board.
Dartmouth has once again been ranked as the 11th best national university in the U.S. News and World Report 2018 college rankings, released last Tuesday. The College was also ranked the second best college for undergraduate teaching, an improvement from last year’s seventh place.
Safety and Security has received numerous reports of telephone scammers claiming to be the Hanover Police Department, interim director of Safety and Security Keysi Montás said in a campus-wide email this afternoon.
When he started work last fall as the new director of Dartmouth Dining Services, Jon Plodzik says he found the Courtyard Café to be, visually speaking, the weakest part of the campus dining experience at Dartmouth.
After white nationalists marched at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, several Dartmouth ’21s began brainstorming a letter of solidarity for the University of Virginia Class of 2021.
The documentary “Highpointers,” which features Mackenzie Scurka ’19, aired on 150 PBS stations during this past August and early September.
English professor Alexander Chee won the 2017 Paul Engle Prize on Aug. 1, which was awarded by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. He will receive the award at a special ceremony at the Iowa City Book Festival on Oct. 12. Chee will also receive $10,000 as well as a work of art designed by an artisan in Iowa City, who will use Chee’s work as inspiration for the piece.
Recently-released numbers from the College’s Student Wellness Center show that more students called the Office of Safety and Security for alcohol-related help last year than any other year since the College starting recording alcohol data in 2011. In total, students made 131 Good Samaritan calls, an increase of 36 percent from 2015. In addition to this new data, the College also recently announced that the Good Samaritan policy will now cover both alcohol and drug use.
College President Phil Hanlon has enlisted a task force with examining the advantages and challenges of increasing the College’s undergraduate body by 10 to 25 percent.
President Donald Trump’s Sept. 5 order to end the Obama-era policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals raised alarm for the College’s students with DACA or undocumented status. That evening, College President Phil Hanlon sent a campus wide email stating that he was “deeply disappointed in President Trump’s decision.” Hanlon had unsuccessfully urged the president “to continue DACA in its current form and to do everything in [his] power to defend it” in a Sept. 1 letter.
Officials stated that Travis Frink of Warwick, Rhode Island “admitted” that he shot his mother, Pamela Ferriere, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Tuesday in an affidavit released Wednesday. The incident prompted an active shooter alert that evacuated the entire hospital. Frink was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder on Wednesday.
Morton Hall reopened this August after construction was finished on the residence hall following the Oct. 1 fire last year.
The College's endowment reached an all-time high value of $4.96 billion for the fiscal year 2017, which ended on June 30. Generating returns of 14.6 percent, the endowment grew by $77 million via gifts and net transfers and $630 million through net investment gains.
College officials are “evaluating the operation of the course and considering options for the future” as part of an institutional effort to redirect about $20 million from administrative costs to the “core academic mission,” according to an email statement to The Dartmouth from College spokesperson Diana Lawrence. However, she added that the College “[does] not currently have plans to sell the underlying property. Any changes to property ownership at the College occur after substantial consultation and would consider the long-term value of the property to the College.”
A 70-year-old woman was killed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon, prompting an active shooter alert and the evacuation of the hospital. A suspect, the victim’s son, was taken into custody that afternoon and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning. The investigation is ongoing, and the hospital has returned to normal operations.
UPDATE: September 12, 8:25 p.m.: Attorney General Gordon MacDonald confirmed that a 70-year-old woman was killed at DHMC today. The suspect in custody is the son of the slain woman. No other patients, visitors or staff were physically injured as a result of the incident.
Dartmouth ranked 11th in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report university rankings released today, showing no change in ranking from last year.
The College has appointed Allison Lyng O’Connell as the new Title IX coordinator and Clery Act compliance officer, replacing outgoing coordinator Heather Lindkvist. Appointed Aug. 16, she is responsible for ensuring Dartmouth’s compliance with gender equity and campus safety laws.
As the deputy director of the Rockefeller Center, Sadhana Hall has developed initiatives for fostering student leaders such as the Management and Leadership Development Program and the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program. Prior to coming Dartmouth in 2004, Hall spent 20 years working on health, agriculture and water resources around the world in places like Tuvalu, Bhutan and the Caucasus. Domestically, she has worked on expanding healthcare services to underprivileged communities in New Hampshire.
When it comes to understanding the recent surge of radical political organizations in the U.S., Mark Bray, a visiting lecturer in history at the College, may know more than any scholar today on the far-left “Antifa” or anti-fascist movement.