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Daily Debriefing

(09/25/08 7:23am)

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.

Anthony named College's first female ISTS director

(09/25/08 7:21am)

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.

N.H. Senate race weighs on national elections

(09/25/08 7:18am)

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.

College receives A- in sustainability report

(09/25/08 7:16am)

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.

Digital Humanities prof. to open new game lab at College

(09/25/08 7:11am)

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.

A MADD Initiative?

(09/25/08 4:13am)

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.

Freaks And Greeks

(09/25/08 4:13am)

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).