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Signs point to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s re-recognition by national organization

(04/14/23 9:05am)

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter at Dartmouth, formerly known as Scarlett Hall, is now listed on SAE’s national organization website after it was derecognized nearly seven years ago. According to internet archives, the chapter was not listed on the national chapter list in September 2022 and appeared on the website by February 2023.

Graduate Organized Laborers of Dartmouth win union vote

(04/13/23 12:51am)

The Graduate Organized Laborers of Dartmouth will become a recognized union, the group announced on Twitter this afternoon. According to the announcement, 261 graduate student workers voted to unionize, winning the election by an 89% margin. The union comes a year after the Student Worker Collective at Dartmouth unanimously voted to unionize.

Dartmouth ends COVID-19 vaccination requirement

(04/11/23 5:54pm)

As of today, April 11, Dartmouth no longer mandates documentation of COVID-19 vaccination nor proof of exemption for students, faculty and staff, according to a schoolwide email sent by Provost David Kotz and Executive Vice President Rick Mills. The change comes as the U.S. public health emergency designation is “poised to end shortly,” the email stated. 

Political scientist Pratap Mehta speaks at Democracy Summit event

(04/11/23 9:00am)

On April 6, government professor Russ Muirhead and the Dickey Center for International Understanding director Victoria Holt moderated a conversation with political scientist Pratap Mehta to discuss recent democratic backsliding, or the deterioration of democracy, in India. The event ­­— co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Political Union, Dickey Center, Political Economy Project and Rockefeller Center for Public Policy — marked the second talk in a collaborative series collectively referred to as the Democracy Summit, according to the DPU’s website. 

Hanover Selectboard proposes budget increase of $1.6 million

(04/07/23 9:00am)

On March 28, the Hanover Selectboard unanimously approved an operating budget increase, to $33.3 million for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, a $1.6 million increase from last year, according to town manager Alex Torpey. The budget increase will be allocated towards certain departments, while the majority will contribute to higher staff salaries and increased employee benefits for town employees, while also accounting for inflation, Torpey said. Although the Selectboard approved the proposal, the town residents will vote on it at the town meeting on May 9.

Students and professors speak out against potential TikTok ban

(04/07/23 9:10am)

In recent months, lawmakers in several countries, including the United States, have discussed a possible ban on the social media app TikTok, sparking debate among the Dartmouth community. While the government has cited issues with national security, students and professors have expressed concerns that a potential ban would infringe on First Amendment rights or have limited effectiveness.

Q&A with biological sciences professor Mary Lou Guerinot

(04/06/23 9:00am)

In February, molecular geneticist and biological sciences professor Mary Lou Guerinot was elected to serve a three-year term on the 17-member Governance Council of the National Academy of Sciences, beginning July 1. The NAS is a private, non-profit society of esteemed scholars aiming to “provide independent, objective advice to the nation on matters of science and technology,” according to its website. Scientists are elected to the NAS by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. Guerinot is known for her pioneering research on iron homeostasis in plants and for helping to define the field of ionomics — the study of elemental accumulation in living systems. She became a member of the larger Academy, which has 2,500 members, in 2016. Guerinot sat down with The Dartmouth to discuss her research and upcoming position on the Governance Council. 

Students accepted to the Class of 2027 respond to increased admissions resources, improved financial aid

(04/06/23 9:05am)

On March 30, the College admitted 1,173 students through regular decision to the Class of 2027, drawing from a record-breaking 28,841 applicants, according to a Dartmouth News article. This year’s application cycle — which saw 2% more applicants apply than the Class of 2026 — marked the third consecutive year in which Dartmouth held a 6% acceptance rate and received more than 28,000 applicants. 

New Hampshire House votes to protect abortion rights

(04/04/23 9:00am)

Last month, New Hampshire state representatives voted on a series of abortion-related bills in the closely divided New Hampshire House of Representatives. In a win for reproductive rights advocates, the House voted to codify abortion rights up to 24 weeks into pregnancy and remove civil and criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions after that period, according to state legislative records.

Community reacts to College’s announcement of recently discovered Native remains

(04/04/23 9:10am)

The announcement last Tuesday that the College had discovered Native remains in its possession felt like a “slap in the face” to the Native community on campus, according to Virginia Snake-Bumann ’24, who is Ho-Chunk from Winnebago, Nebraska. Native students on campus have come together as College administrators begin an external audit to identify Native American remains in its collections and pursue repatriation, according to Hood Museum curator of Indigenous art Jami Powell. 

College launches Classroom Rapid Refresh initiative

(04/03/23 9:00am)

On March 6, the College announced the launch of Dartmouth Classroom Rapid Refresh, an  initiative aimed at updating roughly five Arts and Sciences and Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies classrooms a term, resulting in a full cycle of classroom updates every five years, according to a Dartmouth News article. The plan will go into action beginning in the summer of 2023.

Dartmouth offers admission to 1,798 applicants for the Class of 2027

(03/31/23 1:05am)

This evening, Dartmouth accepted 1,173 members to the Class of 2027, drawing from 28,841 applications — the largest applicant pool in the College’s history and a 2% increase compared to the Class of 2026, the College announced in a Dartmouth News article. This cycle also marks the College’s third consecutive year with a 6% acceptance rate, and the third consecutive year with more than 28,000 applicants for its first-year class.

‘Always in a good mood’: Joshua White remembered for his dedication and kindness

(03/30/23 9:10am)

Every Christmas, Joshua White toiled over his beloved chocolate and peanut butter treats — affectionately known as “Joshy Balls” — to distribute to his friends and family, White’s cousin Loren Hudson recalled. As White spent hours on the dessert, Hudson, Hudson’s daughters and countless other loved ones eagerly anticipated his famous treat.