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College works to avoid conflicts in investments

(12/02/09 4:00am)

Dartmouth, in suspending the search for a new chief investment officer and ceding control of the College's investment office to a Board of Trustees committee in November, created the potential for significant conflicts of interest several trustees are in the investment industry. College officials, however, affirm significant safeguards have been put in place to avoid conflicts in the temporary arrangement, which is not uncommon among colleges and universities.

College to consider distance learning

(12/02/09 4:00am)

Dartmouth may consider offering distance learning opportunities through the Tuck School of Business, potentially including executive education or MBA programs, to raise additional revenue in light of the current budget gap, College President Jim Yong Kim explained in a meeting with The Dartmouth Editorial Board on Tuesday, after Kim first mentioned the possibility of such initiatives at a dinner discussion on Monday. The program could include a collaboration between Tuck and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Sustainable Science

(12/02/09 4:00am)

Jasper Hicks' critique of the "Cult of Sustainability" (Dec. 1) shows that he understands neither sustainability nor climate science. He uses the term "pseudo-religion" five times in an ever-evolving theological metaphor that completely ignores the true rationale behind sustainable practices. He cites Dartmouth's waste-reduction campaigns and sustainability staff as evidence of "zealotry." But to a reasonable observer, these efforts are simply evidence of our commitment to using resources efficiently a commitment The Dartmouth eschewed in using valuable newspaper space to print Hicks' rant.

A VIEW FROM THE TOP: Out With the Old

(12/02/09 4:00am)

Those experiences have left me with thousands of memories of Big Green athletics, but few stick out as much as something former athletic director Josie Harper once told me in an interview: that Dartmouth's recent athletic facilities upgrades would help the College compete for, and win, some of the top recruits in the Ivy League ("Harper forsees breakout year for Dartmouth athletics," May 23, 2008).

Daily Debriefing

(12/01/09 4:00am)

The spread of the H1N1 virus appears to be slowing, Inside Higher Ed reported on Monday. According to a weekly report by the American College Health Association, there were a total of 3,933 new cases of influenza-like illnesses between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 among a population of approximately three million students at colleges and universities tracked by the ACHA. The ACHA report estimated that 90 percent of the 243 institutions reported new cases of influenza-like illness, down from 95 percent the week before. The ACHA also reported that the nationwide infection rate dropped 37 percent from the preceding week, down to 13.4 cases per 10,000 students. ACHA President James Turner told Inside Higher Ed that his organization has observed nearly 85,000 cases of influenza-like illness since late August.