Updated (Feb. 23, 2:04 p.m.): This article has been updated to include a statement from College spokesperson Jana Barnello regarding a meeting between the administration and the hunger strikers.
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On Feb. 22, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Dartmouth chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society hosted a discussion on the state of the Russia-Ukraine war. The event featured the Dickey Center’s Magro Family Distinguished Fellow in International Affairs Spencer Boyer and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. The event was moderated by Dickey Center director Victoria Holt.
On Feb. 10, Dartmouth Hillel and Chabad at Dartmouth hosted Matan Boltax, a survivor of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks in Israel at an event titled “We Will Dance Again.” Hillel Rabbi Seth Linfield estimated that approximately 200 people attended the event. Following the event, community members and students gathered for a dinner at the Chabad House with Boltax.
On Feb. 18, the Dartmouth Student Government Senate met for its sixth weekly meeting of the winter term. Led by student body president Jessica Chiriboga ’24, the Senate discussed funding for a new campus bike-sharing program, methods for outreach to campus and recent meetings with campus administrators.
According to previous reporting by The Dartmouth, an ice sculpture carved by members of the Muslim student association, Al-Nur, was vandalized and destroyed over the Winter Carnival weekend by an unnamed suspect.
On Feb. 14, Parents and Grandparents Fund managing director Stuart Wilkie died, according to a message from interim Chief Advancement Officer Ann Root Keith. The message appears on the “in memoriam” page on the Office of the President’s website.
Updated (Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.): This article has been updated to include the Office of Communication’s latest announcement about the rink from Feb. 20.
Paperboy Love Prince is a hip-hop artist who is running for the Democratic nomination for President. Previously, they have run for Congress, city council and Mayor of New York City. Following an unannounced visit to Dartmouth during his presidential campaign, Paperboy Love Prince sat down with The Dartmouth to discuss their platform of “love” and their vision for America.
Updated (Feb. 20, 5:09 p.m.): This article has been updated to include a statement from College spokesperson Jana Barnello and further context about recent charges against student protestors at Brown University.
On Feb. 5, Pavel Sulyandziga, a member of the Udege people of Russia’s Far East and a visiting scholar at Dartmouth, addressed East European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies professor Tatiana Filimonova’s class, RUSS 38.23, “Imagining Siberia.” He discussed his ongoing political and environmental activism following his exile from Russia.
On Feb. 13, University of Texas, Austin history professor Yoav Di-Capua and Boston College political science professor Jonathan Laurence gave a lecture titled “The Arab world and the Demise of the Caliphate” as part of The Dialogue Project. The event was introduced by visiting professor and former president of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga.
On March 4, Dr. Estevan Garcia — a lifelong clinician with extensive expertise in both public health and pediatric medicine — will begin his role as the College’s inaugural Chief Health and Wellness Officer. The College previously announced his appointment on Feb. 8, according to Dartmouth News. In his previous role as Chief Medical Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Garcia played a pivotal part in managing the state’s COVID-19 crisis. The Dartmouth spoke to Garcia about his background and plans for mental health on campus.
Warmer-than-average temperatures this winter, which led to the cancellation of the polar bear swim during this year’s Winter Carnival weekend, have brought an early start to mud season in New England. According to environmental studies professor Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Dávila, mud season, which normally falls at the end of March, can threaten road safety and disrupt ecosystems.
State representative Sharon Nordgren, D-Hanover, died over the weekend at age 80, according to the Valley News. Nordgren had been serving her 18th consecutive term as a representative at the time of her death. She was first elected to the position in 1988.
Since February 2016, Dartmouth has celebrated Black heritage and African diasporic culture with Black Legacy Month. Black Legacy Month’s theme this year is “Melanin Mosaic,” and programming materials will feature a logo designed by Tiana Davis ’25 and Cameron Maddox ’24. Programming has been organized by a committee consisting of 30 students, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Special Programming and Events Committee, the Tuck School of Business, the Dartmouth African Student Association and other organizations.
Dartmouth Student Government discusses reinstatement of standardized testing requirement, project funding
On Feb. 11, the Dartmouth Student Government Senate met for its fifth weekly meeting of the winter term. Due to the Super Bowl taking place on Sunday evening, the meeting was held at 5 p.m. in Paganucci Lounge at The Class of 1953 Commons but will return to its normal time and place next week, according to an email from student body vice president Kiara Ortiz ’24. The Senate, led by Ortiz, discussed the reinstatement of the standardized testing admissions requirement and updates on various committee initiatives.
On Feb. 6, First-Year Trips program director Keelia Stevens ’24 and associate director Alec Kong ’23 announced the First-Year Trips 2024 directorate members in an email sent to the Dartmouth community.
Polling all undergraduates, The Dartmouth asked the student body about their current relationship status, views on the D-Plan and how it impacts relationships, flitz habits, use of the matchmaking algorithm Marriage Pact and feelings about Valentine’s Day, among other topics. The following four sections detail survey participants’ responses.
On the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10, an ice sculpture carved by members of the Muslim student association, Al-Nur, was vandalized and destroyed, according to a campus-wide email sent from Dean of the College Scott Brown. The next morning, the sculpture was found broken on the ground, with the Palestinian flag lying beside smaller Israeli flags on the ground, according to photos obtained by The Dartmouth. The ice sculpture was created as part of the Winter Carnival ice sculpture contest and originally depicted an outline of Palestine, with a Palestinian flag draped across the podium underneath the sculpture.
The Dartmouth Chinese Culture Society and the Hopkins Center for the Arts hosted events this past weekend in celebration of Lunar New Year, which took place on Feb. 10. Lunar New Year is a holiday celebrated across Asia to mark the start of a new year in the lunar calendar, with traditions that include wearing the color red, giving and receiving red envelopes full of cash and reuniting with family.