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On Monday, Oct. 17, Robert Burns, the Republican nominee for New Hampshire’s second congressional district, fielded student questions in a candidate forum hosted by the Dartmouth Political Union in Filene Auditorium. New Hampshire’s second congressional district covers the western portion of the state, including Hanover and the state capital, Concord.
On Oct. 24, spaces in Dartmouth Hall will reopen after a 21-month long renovation period that updated its interior with improved accessibility features and eco-friendly modifications that were almost entirely funded by College alumnae. Although faculty began moving into their offices in Dartmouth Hall on Sept. 30 and an official dedication ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, the building will not fully reopen for classes until the start of the winter term.
Close to midnight on Sunday, Oct. 9, Indigenous students at Dartmouth gathered on the Green to kick off Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which officially began on Oct. 10 and commemorates Indigenous history and sovereignty. The events for the month are largely organized by Native Americans at Dartmouth, a student organization founded to support and celebrate Native and Indigenous students.
In his junior year of high school, Joshua Watson ’22 was preparing for a long-awaited trip to scuba dive in Belize when a basketball hit him in the face during a practice with his varsity team, smashing and breaking his nose. Doctors advised him not to go on his trip — which was just days away — until they could schedule his surgery. Watson’s mother, April Morrow, said her son — ever determined and eager for an adventure — forwent treatment to make the trip.
On Oct. 9, more than 2,000 individuals gathered on the corner of College and East Wheelock streets to kick off the 17th annual Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hero race. While fundraising remains open until the end of 2022, the event has currently generated over $600,000 in donations. All funds raised will go towards supporting children in pediatric intensive care and those receiving patient and family support services.
With 374 bids extended by the Interfraternity Council and 297 by the Inter-Sorority Council, the fall formal recruitment process has concluded for most Greek houses across campus. The number of bids extended by fraternities increased by 30 compared to last fall, up from 344. Meanwhile, despite a historic high of registration, the ISC’s number of new members decreased by 11 members from 308 last fall.
On Monday, co-founder of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale spoke to a full Filene auditorium in an event co-hosted by the Dartmouth Political Union and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. The event, titled “On His Activism and Legacy: Bobby Seale,” was attended by approximately 220 people, with dozens more turned away when the auditorium reached capacity.
On Sept. 20, Sawtooth Kitchen opened its doors to the Hanover community. The new restaurant and bar serves lunch and dinner and also hosts late-night events with DJs, musical guests and comedians.
President emeritus James Wright, 16th president of the College from 1998 to 2009, died from cancer at his home in Hanover on Monday, College President Phil Hanlon ’77 announced on Tuesday. He was 83.
On Sept. 16, former member of Dartmouth’s Class of 2025 Jack Cocchiarella — now a student at Columbia University — filed a lawsuit in New Hampshire against Nate Kim ’25, claiming that Kim defamed Cocchiarella through online allegations of rape and sexual assault. The civil case, filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, had its first hearing last Thursday.
Leaf-peeping has returned in full force as throngs of tourists visit Hanover and the Upper Valley to observe and photograph fall foliage. In the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, peak foliage falls between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15, with 50-75% of leaves having changed colors by Oct. 7, according to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s website.
On Oct. 6, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy hosted former New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to discuss election integrity and online misinformation in an event called “Trusting our Elections: Making Democracy Work Amid Election Deniers, Misinformation, and Stolen Election Conspiracies.” Approximately 25 Hanover residents and Dartmouth students attended in person and 22 watched virtually.
A former member of the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse team, David Gallagher ’20 — known as “DG” by his teammates — left a profound impression on his team and beyond with his constant smile, optimism and selflessness. Those who knew Gallagher remember him for his kindness, his athletic ability and his happiness.
On Sept. 30, the College published its Annual Fire and Safety Report, also known as the Clery Report, which details campus crime statistics from 2021 — and also includes data from 2019 and 2020. The report, which is mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, found increases in crimes such as liquor law violations, burglary and rape between 2020 and 2021. However, this is likely due to the decreased number of people on Dartmouth’s campus in 2020 because of the pandemic, according to Title IX coordinator Kristi Clemens.
The College announced on Sept. 10 that the endowment returned -3.1% this fiscal year, a decrease from the 2021 fiscal year, which returned 46.5%. Despite the negative returns, the endowment still outperformed wider markets, according to the College.
October marks the beginning of Queer History Month, an annual observance and celebration of LGBTQ+ history in the United States. Since the fall term, students have worked to create a series of programs and events to celebrate and explore queer history. These programs are also meant to highlight Trans Week of Visibility, which is set to take place in mid-to-late November.
In an effort to meet College President Phil Hanlon’s 2017 goal of reducing campus-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 last month, the College began testing four locations for potential geothermal wells. The drilling team has already tested two geothermal wells — one between Maynard parking lot and Kellogg Hall and another northeast of Scully-Fahey field — and is currently drilling in the Thompson parking lot before moving on to drilling in the northwest corner of the Dewey parking lot.
Beginning Nov. 1, all Dartmouth students will be eligible for free, unlimited access to Uwill, a student teletherapy provider that offers licensed mental health counseling online, according to an announcement from the College.
In light of the announcement of the deaths of Joshua Watson ’22 and Sam Gawel ’23 on Sept. 21, most Greek houses have delayed timelines for new member recruitment by a week.
The third Omundi Obura Peak Bag will take place on Oct. 9 to raise money for the Omondi Obura Fund for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and bring greater attention to mental health at the College. Organized by alumni from the Class of 1988 lightweight rowing team, the event honors fellow crew member Omondi Obura ’88, who died by suicide before he could complete his degree.