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For most Olympic athletes, being the best at their sport is the pinnacle of success. But for Alexi Pappas ’12 — an Olympic long distance-runner — success on the field is not enough. Pappas is also an accomplished actor, writer and filmmaker. As she was preparing for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, where she broke Greek national records, Pappas began writing, co-directing and starring in “Tracktown.” Also starring Rachel Dratch ’88, “Tracktown” is a story about an Olympic runner whose life is upended after she twists her ankle during preparation for the Olympic trials. In this Q&A with The Dartmouth, Pappas recalls her experiences at the College and shares words of advice with incoming freshmen.
On July 26, former Sherman Fairchild distinguished professor in sustainability science Anne Kapuscinski left the College to direct the the University of California, Santa Cruz’s new graduate program in coastal science and policy and teach as an environmental studies professor. The departure of Kapuscinski — who chairs the influential Union of Concerned Scientists and has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and various other agencies — follows the departures of other prominent College faculty, such as computer science professor Hany Farid and government professor Brendan Nyhan.
On June 14, the College announced that South House professor and sociology department chair Kathryn Lively will serve as interim Dean of the College beginning July 1. She replaces current Dean of the College Rebecca Biron, who announced that she would step down from her position and return to teaching and researching in March. Lively will hold the position for one year until the College finds a permanent candidate.
If all goes according to College President Phil Hanlon’s plan, sweeping changes will be coming to the College on the Hill. On Apr. 27, Hanlon announced the College’s $3 billion capital campaign, “The Call to Lead,” which is expected to run through 2022.
Tuesday morning, the Programming Board announced in an Instagram post that R&B artist Tinashe will headline this year’s Green Key Concert on May 18. Tinashe will be the first female performer to headline the event in its history. Pop artist Quinn XCII and indie pop duo Coast Modern will join Tinashe on stage at the concert.
This year’s Winter Carnival featured quintessential Carnival events, including the human dogsled races and an ice sculpture contest. However, breaking with tradition, the weekend saw only 33 incident reports — a decrease from 43 incidents last year, 52 incidents in 2016, according to an email statement from interim director of Safety and Security Keysi Montás.
This article was featured in the 2018 Winter Carnival Issue.
Last July, four Dartmouth students made a historic first ascent of Mount Xanadu’s western wall in the Arrigetch Peaks region of Alaska. It took David Bain ’17, Billy Braasch Gr’19, Gabriel Boning ’18 and Zebediah Engberg A&S’11 A&S’14 nearly one month to scale the approximately 1,600-foot wall, but they will remember the experience for a lifetime, Boning said.
Last fall, Dartmouth Dining Services implemented a series of changes to the menus at the Courtyard Café. While DDS director Jon Plodzik said that his organization made the changes to improve students’ experiences, a survey conducted by The Dartmouth from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29 through Pulse reveals that 52.2 percent of the 901 student respondents — a majority — reported feeling very or somewhat dissatisfied with menu changes at the café at press time. Only 12.9 percent of respondents indicated that they were very or somewhat satisfied with the changes.
As energy company Great River Hydro undergoes relicensing procedures for local Connecticut River dams, conservation and recreation groups, including Ledyard Canoe Club, are raising concerns about the company’s water management techniques. Relicensing procedures with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission take place once every 30 to 50 years. This iteration of the relicensing process is affecting the Wilder, Bellow Falls and Vernon Dams.
Defense quality control coach Dion King has been placed on paid administrative leave after he punched a hole through a window in the press box during last Saturday's football game at Harvard Stadium against Harvard University, according to an email statement from director of varsity communications Rick Bender.
In an email addressed to West House residents this evening, West House professor Ryan Hickox and assistant director of residential education for West House Ted Stratton wrote that a bias incident had been reported as of Sunday night.
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.
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.”
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.
This article was featured in the 2017 Freshman Issue.
Nine first-year Geisel School of Medicine students will be awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Each year, approximately 250 first-year graduate students from across the country begin community service projects addressing chronic health conditions and the underlying causes of health inequities as fellows. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship provides fellowship recipients with a $2,000 stipend for each project.
Thursday morning, dean of graduate and advanced studies Jon Kull announced in an email statement to the graduate student body that the North Park graduate housing will not be available to graduate and professional students this coming fall due to an “unprecedented” admissions yield for the undergraduate Class of 2021.
Yesterday afternoon, over 150 faculty members and around 50 student demonstrators gathered at Alumni Hall for the termly faculty of arts and sciences meeting. The meeting followed College President Phil Hanlon’s campus-wide email earlier yesterday afternoon announcing that N. Bruce Duthu ’80 had declined his appointment to dean of faculty of arts and sciences following weeks of discussion surrounding his appointment.
On Tuesday, May 9, Hanover residents overwhelmingly voted to pass Article 23 during the annual town meeting. Article 23 set a community-wide goal of sourcing 100 percent of the town’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and transitioning heat and transportation to also run on renewable energy by 2050, joining the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign. Hanover is the first town in the state of New Hampshire and the 29th municipality in the nation to establish a goal of completely transitioning to renewable energy, according to vice chair of the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group Judi Colla.