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On July 14, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued a cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom advisory for Mascoma Lake, according to a statement from the Lebanon Police Department. The NHDES, which conducts cyanobacteria safety tests, found that levels in Mascoma Lake reached 100,800 cells per milliliter — above the 70,000 cells/mL recreational threshold.
After a nearly three-week removal and installation process, new laundry machines are now functional on campus, Residential Operations director Cathy Henault announced in an email to students in residence on July 14. The machines aim to rectify years of laundry-related complaints, such as that the machines pose a high cost to students at $1.50 per load and fail to dry clothes properly, according to past reporting by The Dartmouth.
From July 16 through July 19, Dartmouth Admissions hosted approximately 140 rising high school seniors at the College through the annual Dartmouth Bound program. Dartmouth Bound’s website explains that the program gives participants an “in-person experience of daily college life,” and is open to students currently living and attending a high school in the U.S., regardless of citizenship status. The program has grown by over 50% this year, compared to last year’s 85 participants, explained Paul Sunde, Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
On July 14, 36 students embarked on the Dartmouth Outing Club Fifty — a challenge in which students hike 54 miles, traversing six different peaks on a section of the Appalachian Trail maintained by the DOC. Nine teams of four students hike from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge to Robinson Hall, stopping five times at support stations spaced seven to 10 miles apart. According to this summer’s Fifty director Daniel Xu ’25, 28 students completed the Fifty.
On July 17, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and former Gov. John Huntsman (R-Utah) did not rule out a 2024 White House bid during a town hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. While the town hall was billed as a promotion of “Common Sense” — the new political agenda for a centrist organization, No Labels — questions at the event mainly focused on Manchin and Huntsman’s plans for 2024.
On July 16, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Grafton County — where Hanover is located — beginning at 8:20 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., in addition to a flood watch from 6:00 a.m. until the following morning.
On July 12, computer scientist and Summer 2023 Montgomery Fellow Cal Newport ’04 gave a lecture about the impacts of the latest innovations in AI, titled “How Worried Should We Be About AI?” The talk was attended by approximately 60 people, mostly from the Upper Valley community.
On July 8, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley hosted a town hall on campus at the Adelphian Lodge. Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former ambassador to the United Nations, spoke about her political platform and vision for the country, then answered questions from audience members.
This summer is shaping up to be a heavy rainfall season, with parts of Vermont already seeing a historic two-day rainstorm on July 9 and 10, prompting dangerous floods, evacuations, road closures and water rescues across the state.
On June 30, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court garnered widespread attention for two decisions, both with a 6-3 ruling. The first, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, ruled that a Christian web designer had the right to refuse service for a same-sex couple under the First Amendment. The other, Biden v. Nebraska, struck down President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, which would have provided tens of millions of Americans with up to $20,000 of debt erasure, CNBC reported.
On June 29, New Hampshire House Bill 315 won passage after debate in the State House. The bill outlawed “gay panic defense” — a legal strategy in which a defendant uses avictim’s identity as an LGBTQ+ individual as a basis for defense in a homicide case.
On June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that race-based affirmative action is unconstitutional in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. The decisions reflect another instance of the conservative majority Court reversing decades of past precedent, just a year after the court overturned the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
On July 10, heavy precipitation swept across New England, causing catastrophic flooding in towns neighboring Hanover, such as Woodstock and Ludlow, Vermont. According to the National Weather Service, some areas of Vermont received up to 16 inches of rainfall.
Roger Masters, Nelson A. Rockefeller government professor emeritus, died at age 90 on June 22, according to the arts and sciences department website. The Masters family held a memorial service at the Roth Center for Jewish Life on July 9.
The Class of 1953 Commons is currently undergoing renovations to add a new dining station that is free of the top nine allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy, according to Dartmouth Dining director Jon Plodzik. The construction, which began on June 19, is expected to conclude “by mid-August at the latest,” Plodzik said.
On June 1, Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington announced her campaign for the 2024 New Hampshire gubernatorial election. Warmington is the first Democrat to enter the race, according to New Hampshire Public Radio.
On June 26, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Montgomery Fellows Program co-hosted author and computer science professor Cal Newport ’04 for a discussion on technology and productivity. Approximately 80 people attended the discussion, which was titled “Rethinking Work in the Age of Distraction” and moderated by government professor Jennifer Jerit.
On June 26, the College began removing all laundry machines from College-owned, undergraduate residential facilities, according to an email from Residential Operations director Cathy Henault to students currently living on campus. The machines, operated by CSC ServiceWorks, will be replaced by those from a new service, Automatic Laundry, Dean of the College Scott Brown announced in a June 22 campus-wide email. The new service will also be free for students, Brown wrote.
On June 29, after two weeks in office, College President Sian Leah Beilock hosted open office hours at the Collis Center patio, and around 15 students attended. Alongside Dean of the College Scott Brown, Beilock spoke with students about Dartmouth culture, Greek life and mental health on campus as well as the relationship between campus and the Hanover community.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled racial considerations in the college admissions process to be unconstitutional, ending what has come to be known as affirmative action after nearly 50 years.