On Feb. 4, the Dartmouth Student Government Senate met for its fourth weekly meeting of the winter term. Led by student body president Jessica Chiriboga ’24, the Senate discussed updates on student issues and spoke with Hanover Selectboard member Jennie Chamberlain about the zoning amendments.
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Dartmouth Chabad Rabbi Moshe Gray visited Israel with Birthright, a non-profit organization that sends around 50,000 Jewish students from around the world to Israel every year on a free, 10-day heritage trip, according to their website. Gray, one of 20 educators from across the U.S. on the trip, gathered with other leaders of the Jewish community in late January to reimagine Birthright’s curriculum and bear witness to the state of Israel after the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7. Having returned from his trip, Gray recounted his experience with Birthright in Israel and the future of Birthright trips for Dartmouth’s Jewish community.
The Service Employees International Union and men’s basketball player representatives released a statement following a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board regional official that Dartmouth men’s basketball players are university employees and can vote on whether to unionize.
This article is featured in the 2024 Winter Carnival special issue.
Hanover presidential primaries in 2020 and 2024 show decreased support for Trump, uncertainty about Biden
This article is featured in the 2024 Winter Carnival special issue.
On Jan. 25, Dartmouth Undergraduate Advisors, organizing under the Student Worker Collective at Dartmouth, released an open letter to College administration declaring their intent to unionize and negotiate. The letter outlined demands including an improved compensation model, consistent and comprehensive training, increased transparency from administration about hiring and better communication from Residential Communities and assistant directors.
Parts of this article were updated on Feb. 5 at 9:42 p.m.
Winter Carnival council expresses concern about potential weather-related impacts on weekend programming
On Thursday, Feb. 8, the 114th annual Winter Carnival, whose theme this year is “Winterstellar: A Carnival in the Cosmos,” will officially begin. Under the leadership of Student Involvement director David Pack and Winter Carnival council student chairs Sophia Abati ’27, Yaniya Gilford ’27, Kathleen Stimson ’24 and Kennedy Wiehle ’25, the council has met numerous times since winterim to select poster, t-shirt and sticker designs, plan events and coordinate collaborations with other organizations, such as the Collis Governing Board and the Dartmouth Outing Club.
Dartmouth will reinstate the standardized test requirement for applicants to the Class of 2029 and beyond, according to a campus-wide email from President Sian Leah Beilock. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dartmouth adopted a test-optional policy for applicants to the Classes of 2025, 2026 and 2027 and a test-recommended policy for applicants to the Class of 2028, according to Lee Coffin, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.
On Feb. 1, the Dartmouth Political Union held a panel entitled “Israel and Palestine: The History and the Conflict” in Filene Auditorium. The panel featured Ussama Makdisi, Guy Ziv, Rachel Fish and Khaled Elgindy, four experts on the history of Israel and Palestine. It was moderated by DPU vice president Dylan Griffith ’25. According to DPU member Eli Moyse ’27, around 120 students, faculty and community members were in attendance.
The Department of Safety and Security will gradually transition part of its vehicle fleet to electric vehicles in the “coming weeks and months,” according to an email statement from DoSS director Keiselim Montás. DoSS will replace over half of the current fleet with the Tesla Model Y, according to lieutenant Bradford Sargent.
Following years of deliberation, faculty members officially renamed the Russian studies department to the East European, Eurasian, and Russian studies department last week, reflecting their desire to encompass the diverse regions surrounding Russia within the discipline. Courses on East Europe and Eurasia were previously offered but went unrecognized under the department’s previous title.
On Jan. 31, the Montgomery Fellows Program hosted a conversation with former Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga. The event was entitled “A Tale of Feminist Leadership: A Conversation with Atifete Jahjaga” and was moderated by Victoria Holt, director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. According to programming officer Ellen Henderson, an estimated 83 students, faculty and community members attended.
With a platform built on combating climate change, educational reform and change in immigration policy, Joby Bernstein ’17 is running for Congress as a Democrat in California’s 16th District. The 28-year-old is also currently earning his MBA and MS in climate science at Stanford University. The Dartmouth spoke with Bernstein about his campaign, inspirations and future goals.
New Hampshire’s high number of independent voters — who constitute a plurality of total eligible voters — were a closely watched group in the 2024 New Hampshire presidential primaries. In a competitive Republican primary that former President Donald Trump was once poised to win with an overwhelming lead, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appealed to the Granite State’s independent voters and placed second, finishing 11 percentage points behind Trump.
Coaching changes, athlete turnover and injuries abound: Former men’s cross country and track runners expose challenges of past two years
Five former members of the men’s cross country and track and field team who participated in the 2022-23 season have been given the code names Chris, Drew, Max, Sam and Tom, respectively. Each of them have been granted anonymity, so they may speak candidly about their experiences.
Dartmouth Student Government discusses Senate membership policy, non-alcoholic drinks for Winter Carnival
On Jan. 28, the Dartmouth Student Government Senate met for its third weekly meeting of the winter term. Led by student body president Jessica Chiriboga ’24, the Senate discussed amending Senate membership policy and providing non-alcoholic drinks to Greek houses.
On Jan. 27, the physics and astronomy department hosted its first open event at Shattuck Observatory since the pandemic. The Observatory was filled with children, students and Upper Valley residents.
From Feb. 12-26, the Dartmouth College Athletics and Recreations department will host the Dartmouth Club Sports Challenge to collect donations to fund club sports, according to J.B. Weber, senior associate athletic director for physical education and recreation. According to the Dartmouth Sports website, there are over 35 different club sports organizations with 1,200 student participants each year. Leading up to challenge, some club sports leaders have expressed concerns about the equity and sufficiency of funding.
On Jan. 26, the Dartmouth Dialogue Project held the first talk in its Executive Speaker series in Filene Auditorium. Over 100 students, faculty and Upper Valley residents attended the talk, entitled “Emotional Intelligence: Pathway to Well-Being, Productive Relationships and Professional Success,” which was delivered by Marc Brackett, the founding director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence.