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On Sept. 24, a substantial number of Dartmouth community members attended services to celebrate the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a day of atonement marked by a 25-hour fast of no food or drink. According to Hillel executive director rabbi Seth Linfield, more than 200 people attended events surrounding Yom Kippur, which included a pre-fast meal and services the following day.
In the fall of 1973, when Phillip J. Hanlon ’77 arrived in Hanover from his hometown of Gouverneur, New York for his first year as a Dartmouth student, he enrolled in English 5 with English professor Donald Pease. In the decades since, Hanlon’s struggles in that course have become a recurrent story in his speeches and throughout his 10 years as president of the College. The lesson highlights how Hanlon was able to overcome self-doubt and become a “transformative” leader, Pease said.
The district attorney’s office in El Paso County, Colorado dropped its three felony charges against Ahmir Braxton ’25. Braxton, who has since returned to campus, was previously charged in connection to a February 2023 armed robbery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dartmouth Dining enacted policy changes at the beginning of fall term, restricting Green2Go at the Class of 1953 Commons and adjusting snack bar rules, according to Dartmouth Dining director Jon Plodzik. To get Green2Go at ’53 Commons, students must now give their Dartmouth IDs to reception staff and collect their food in under 15 minutes. In addition, snack bars no longer accept meal swipes — returning to the model last winter.
In collaboration with the online course provider Coursera, the Thayer School of Engineering recently unveiled its fully-online computer engineering master’s — or MEng:CE for short — program, which is the Ivy-League’s first online degree in the computer science engineering field.
College officials announced “a new plan” for housing on campus in a press release today, five days after President Sian Leah Beilock used her inauguration address to describe campus living as among “the biggest sources of stress in our community.”
On Sept. 20, Princeton University professor of African American studies Dr. Ruha Benjamin delivered the inaugural Susan and James Wright Lecture on Computation and Just Communities. The lecture, titled “Utopia, Dystopia, or… Ustopia?,” was held in Oopik Auditorium and attended by about 250 people, according to Wright Center manager Christine Ellen.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, College President Sian Leah Beilock gave her inaugural address to members of the College community. The roughly 30 minute speech discussed, among many things, Dartmouth’s role in higher education, increased focus on wellness and new national initiatives. A video of the speech is available on Dartmouth’s website. Here are some of the highlights from Beilock’s inaugural address.
Sian Leah Beilock was inaugurated at 4:30 p.m. today, becoming Dartmouth’s 19th president and the College’s first female leader in its 254-year history.
Dartmouth will welcome Sian Beilock as its 19th president at an inauguration set to take place on the Green today at 3 p.m., according to an email sent by the Office of Communications. Beilock will become the first female College President in Dartmouth’s 254-year history and will receive the honorary Wentworth Bowl from her predecessor, President emeritus Philip J. Hanlon ’77.
The fourth Omondi Obura Peak Bag, an annual fundraising event organized by the Class of 1988 lightweight crew team, will take place on Oct. 1 to raise money for the Omondi Obura Fund for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Named in honor of Omondi Obura ’88, a lightweight rower who died by suicide in 1989, the event encourages participants from all parts of the world to explore the outdoors in solidarity with promoting mental health on campus.
On Sept. 14, the Center for Professional Development hosted its Fall Job and Internship Fair, an event designed for undergraduate students to meet employers and familiarize themselves with internships and post-graduation jobs.
Beginning in June, the Office of Sustainability, partnered with College Residential Operations, opened a free thrift store called “The Free Market,” according to Office of Sustainability program assistant Rachel Kent ’21. Located in the basement of North Massachusetts Hall, the Free Market is open from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, though Kent said those hours are subject to change.
Campus-wide emails on Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 announced changes to printing on campus and the elimination of overnight infirmary fees, respectively. As of Sept. 8, Dartmouth no longer imposes fees for overnight stays related to intoxication or other health-related issues, Kotz wrote in his email. In addition, students now receive $75 — up from $60 — for their termly printing allowance increase, coinciding with the introduction of a new printing system.
On Sept. 11, following a public hearing, the Hanover Selectboard voted to lower the speed limit on a portion of Lyme Road from 30 miles per hour down to 25.
In a campus-wide email sent today, Dartmouth Student Government announced extended service on Advance Transit buses on weekdays, in addition to service on Saturdays. Bus service expansion became effective on Sept. 11, according to Advance Transit’s website. The Valley News first reported on increased service back in May.
On Aug. 25, the Jack-O-Lantern succeeded in defending the trademark rights to Keggy the Keg, the unofficial college mascot created by Jack-O members Nic Duquette ’04 and Chris Plehal ’04 in 2003. The website Dirtymouth Apparel had been selling clothing featuring Keggy, until a cease-and-desist letter from the Jack-O demanded Keggy-related items be taken off the site.
Gordon Wright exemplified the women’s rugby team’s core value of “extrospection” — defined as the examination or observation of what is outside oneself — according to Abbey Savin ’24. Savin said Wright’s ability to encourage “mutual investment in each other” made him a pillar of the Dartmouth community and a crucial support system to the team.
In a campus-wide email on Sept. 14, Provost David Kotz ’86 announced major updates to the College’s current policy on medical leave. Under its new name, “time away for medical reasons,” the policy “expands support and resources for students and protects the right of all students (graduate, professional and undergraduate) to take time away for medical reasons,” according to Kotz’s email. The updated policy will take effect on Jan. 2, 2024.
The First-Year Trips program led approximately 88% of the incoming Class of 2027 through Dartmouth’s traditional outdoor orientation program, across a range of 134 trips, with 27 different trip options offered, according to First-Year Trips director Miles Harris ’23. Trips, which were conducted across four different sections, ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. Trips continued its traditional overnight format for the second year in a row after having been canceled in 2020 and modified in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.