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A group of technicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is taking preliminary steps towards joining the Dartmouth division of the Service Employees' International Union and have begun to set up meetings with union officials. The technicians' interest comes just several months after DHMC nurses began to consider forming a union.
The addition of five new members to the College's Board of Trustees three weeks ago has prompted little public backlash from alumni who oppose the Board's expansion, but a recent communication acquired by The Dartmouth indicates some alumni are once again considering legal action in an attempt to reverse the Board's decision.
A new guide for college students seeking aid for mental health was released on Tuesday by Leadership-21, a group of mental health leaders affiliated with the advocacy group Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The guide, titled, "Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights," delineates college students' treatment options and explains their legal rights while battling mental illness. The publication includes topics such as advice on finding treatment, whether colleges can ask students to take a leave of absence because of treatment, students' privacy rights and family support systems. The Bazelon Center has previously acted on behalf of students who have been dismissed from college campuses because they sought mental health treatment for depression. The 27-page guide is being promoted by the mental health advocacy group Active Minds at colleges across the country and can be found online. Some mental health professionals who work at colleges have expressed criticism of the guide, claiming that the guide would be more effective if the members of Leadership-21 had consulted college mental health professionals, but, overall, they agree that it will be helpful for many students.
Denise Anthony, chair of Dartmouth's sociology department, will take over the post of research director for Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology and Society, reflecting the program's initiative to integrate social science perspectives into its research. Anthony's appointment, announced last Friday, marks the first time in the College's history that a woman, or a professor with a background in social science, holds the two-year position.
New Hampshire, commonly referred to as a battleground state for presidential elections this decade, has taken on new importance in the election fervor this year, as a close race between incumbent Senator John Sununu, R-N.H., and Democratic challenger, former Governor of New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen, could likely be a deciding factor in which party will take the U.S. Senate majority.
George will continue working at DHMC through October, but Linda von Reyn, a senior nurse leader at DHMC, has been appointed as the next CNO and will assume the role immediately, Jason Aldous, a DHMC spokesman, said in the e-mail. He added that Von Reyn will assume the responsibilities for the areas and projects that George was overseeing.
Dartmouth has once again topped the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, earning an A-, the highest mark awarded, for the third consecutive year. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, which released the list Wednesday, has published the ranking annually since 2006. The Institute grades more than 300 colleges and universities on their commitment to sound environmental practices.
Technology Review magazine has named computer science professor Tanzeem Choudhury to the TR35, the publication's annual list of the top young innovators under 35, announced in the publication's September/October issue. The award honors Choudhury for her work in detecting, modeling and analyzing human activities and social interaction.
The College's new financial-aid policy, which drastically cut tuition for low- and middle-income families, took effect this fall, eliminating tuition for families that earn less than $75,000 each year and replacing all loans with grants for incoming students. Current students saw 50 percent of their loans replaced with grants.
Hunter College professor Mary Flanagan will serve as the first-ever endowed chair of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities, the College's dean-of-the-faculty office announced this month. Flanagan will officially arrive on campus Oct. 1 to open her game design laboratory, Tiltfactor Laboratories, and will teach classes at the College on game design, environmental art and media starting Winter term.
By Susan matthews
In the first two weeks dance performances dominate: On Friday, Sept. 26, the Hopkins Center launches its fall 2008 programming with DV8 Physical Theatre, who present their political, controversial show "To Be Straight With You," which combines dance with the spoken word.
In 1980, Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving, after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. In 1985, she walked out of the organization. Explaining her decision in a story in The Washington Times, she said that MADD "has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned ... I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving." Now, the substance of Lightner's critique of her own organization can be seen in play here at Dartmouth.
Earlier this summer, I became curious about what kind of kids the incoming '12s would be. So I went to the best source of information for someone who wants to know what people are really like: Facebook. I'm not a Facebook regular, but I wanted to know who these 1,100 new Dartmouth students were. Going through the Dartmouth Class of 2012 Facebook group, I saw all the usual topics of conversation: DOC Trip sections, dorms and miscellaneous apprehensions about college. Then I stumbled across a topic of conversation that surprised me: "Steroetype the person above you" (so spelled ... worst class ever).
The Dartmouth women's soccer team scored a big 1-0 win over Pacific 10 foe Oregon State at Burnham Field on Sunday, as it took an extra period to finally give the Big Green the victory over the visiting Beavers.
The Big Green ended the match in dramatic fashion, as Andrew Olsen '11 drilled a last-minute penalty kick to seal the match. The victory moves the red-hot Dartmouth squad to 3-1 overall (0-0 Ivy).