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On July 10, Blake Neff ’13, former writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson, resigned from his position following reports of bigoted comments he had posted online under a pseudonym. In light of these revelations, the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine has faced controversy over its recently published profile of Neff entitled “The Right Stuff: Former 'Review' staffer Blake Neff '13 settles in at Fox.”
On July 14, federal judge Landya McCafferty gave final approval to the $14 million settlement in the class action sexual harassment lawsuit against Dartmouth. The settlement’s approval follows a fairness hearing held last week during which the judge heard statements from three of the nine plaintiffs named in the case to determine the fairness of the settlement.
In response to the joint statement from the Board of Trustees and College senior leadership on taking steps to address systemic racism at Dartmouth, a group of Black Dartmouth alumni penned a letter and started a petition on July 3 calling for “anti-racist campus-wide work and deliberate actions.” The petition has garnered upwards of 1,500 signatures as of July 16.
Last week, a letter titled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” was published in Harper’s Magazine. The letter was undersigned by 153 scholars, writers and political theorists, including Dartmouth’s Eli Black professor of Jewish Studies Susannah Heschel. J.K Rowling, Noam Chomsky, and Margaret Atwood were among the signers of the letter, which warns against a perceived growing societal trend in public shaming and ostracism for holding opposing views. The Dartmouth sat down with Heschel this week to discuss her views on ideological conformity and the importance of open discourse.
In an email sent to the Dartmouth community last Thursday sharing the College’s plan to cut five varsity athletic teams, College President Phil Hanlon also announced the permanent closure of the Hanover Country Club, citing financial deficits.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some students have committed to returning to the Upper Valley to live in off-campus housing for the upcoming year.
Updated July 17, 2020 at 2:16 p.m.
The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have agreed to reverse a controversial July 6 order that would have barred international students from staying at U.S. universities offering only online courses.
Last week, both the Ivy League and the Dartmouth administration made crucial announcements regarding the short- and long-term future of Dartmouth athletics. On Wednesday, the league announced the cancellation of all fall sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The next day, the College announced that five varsity sports — men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing and men’s and women’s swimming and diving — would be eliminated.
In the wake of new federal guidance that would prohibit international students taking online-only classes from remaining in the U.S., Dartmouth filed an amicus brief in support of a federal lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order to prohibit enforcement of the federal guidance.
As the College continues to follow its reopening plan, it has increased the presence for some employees on campus, while also offering early retirement packages.
The recently created Instagram account @blackatdartmouth has given Black students a platform to anonymously share their experiences at the College.
As Dartmouth’s Office of Residential Life continues the process of packing and shipping students’ belongings left on campus before the COVID-19 pandemic sent students home, some students have received damaged items while others, including recent graduates, have not received their items at all.
Though Jewel of India was unable to renew its original lease with the College, the Hanover restaurant has relocated to the property previously occupied by Noodle Station and The Swirl & Pearl at 11 Lebanon St. Jewel of India will re-open for takeout orders on July 15.
Following the release of Dartmouth’s reopening plan last week, students have raised questions about the housing options on the College’s campus. According to director of campus planning Joanna Whitcomb, all new projects related to the construction and renovation of undergraduate residences are on hold.
In the wake of anti-racism protests and actions, members of the Geisel School of Medicine have begun speaking out against and taking measures to combat diversity and equity issues at their medical institution. Among these initiativesis a student run Instagram account @concernedstudent1797, which posts short anomymous narratives from students who have experienced discrimination.
The College’s Academic Honor Principle was not a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptions to college life. Despite concerns that the move to online learning would result in a rise in incidents of academic dishonesty, the Office of Community Standards and Accountability did not receive more reports than normal, and the number of students involved in incidents only increased “within reason,” OCSA director Katharine Strong said.
Updated July 10, 2020 at 2:42 a.m.
The Ivy League announced this evening that all intercollegiate athletic activity will be canceled for the fall in response to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The feasibility of moving fall sports to the spring, as well as plans for winter and spring sports, will be determined at a later date.
In response to the campus-wide email on Monday describing the College’s plans for the upcoming academic year, students have expressed discontent and suggested changes to the College’s reopening plan.