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Coming July 1, the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies program and the Asian and Middle Eastern Language and Literature department will be restructured into two separate programs: the Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages program and the Middle Eastern Studies program.
On Jan. 25, the College hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award ceremony as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations. The awards seek to honor achievement in social justice by members of the Dartmouth community.
In 1972, Larry Gonick dropped out of his mathematic graduate program at Harvard University to become a professional cartoonist. This term, he comes to Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow to share insights related to his educational comics that cover everything from American history to genetics.
Last Friday, Matt Wray, associate professor of sociology at Temple University, delivered a talk titled “What’s Up with White People? A Field Guide for the Perplexed” to a room of over 40 people in Carson Hall. Wray’s talk covered his work as a critical whiteness scholar — an extension of critical race theory that investigates how white identities are constructed — and his theories on how to classify white people.
Last week, the College reported a total of 22,005 applications for the Class of 2022, marking a 9.8 percent increase in applications compared to last year. Applications for the Class of 2021 totaled 20,034.
The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce announced three new members to its Board of Directors for 2018. The new members are Richard Lemay, vice president and branch manager of Mascoma Savings Bank; Michael Scheller, business team leader for mechanized plasma systems at Hypertherm, a local plasma, laser and water jet manufacturer; and Jennifer Poljacik, chief executive officer of the River Valley Club, a local fitness center.
Postdoctoral fellow Suzanne Lye specializes in classical literature and mythology. However, her journey to becoming a classics professor was a “long, winding road,” according to Lye. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry from Harvard University, Lye pursued web design. During her honeymoon in Greece several years ago, as she was walking through the Akrotiri archaeological site, Lye had an epiphany — studying Greek and Roman classics was her calling. She then obtained a graduate degree in classics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. Afterward, Lye came to Dartmouth for her postdoctoral fellowship, which is currently in its second and final year. Lye is currently teaching Classical Studies 10.07, also cross-listed as Religion 19.24, “Ancient Magic and Religion.”
As campus becomes more and more like the ice planet Hoth, Star Wars-themed events will dominate Winter Carnival, which is titled “Snow Wars: May The Frost Be With You.” New and old activities will include an official snow sculpture — back from a three year hiatus — and classics such as the human dogsled race, ice sculpture contest, polar bear plunge and 99-cent ski day.
In a Jan. 10 blog post, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education downgraded Dartmouth’s speech code rating from “yellow light” to “red light.” In an email statement, Samantha Harris, vice president of policy research at FIRE, attributed the downgrade to the College’s Acceptable Use Policy, which she said “bans broad categories of speech, a great deal of which would be entitled to First Amendment protection at a public university.”
The owner of the West Lebanon Domino’s pizza franchise has filed an application for a building permit to open a new Domino’s pizza restaurant in Hanover. The proposed location is 73 South Main Street, behind the Irving Gas station.
The College’s new visual identity, including a redesigned logo and a new communications framework, has sparked impassioned responses from students and alumni since its release on Jan. 21.
The New Hampshire House is considering a bill that would eliminate a statute allowing out of state students to automatically be considered residents of the state for voting purposes. A public hearing for the bill, House Bill 1543, was held last week.
Last July, four Dartmouth students made a historic first ascent of Mount Xanadu’s western wall in the Arrigetch Peaks region of Alaska. It took David Bain ’17, Billy Braasch Gr’19, Gabriel Boning ’18 and Zebediah Engberg A&S’11 A&S’14 nearly one month to scale the approximately 1,600-foot wall, but they will remember the experience for a lifetime, Boning said.
The College received a total of 22,005 applications for the Class of 2022, the highest number in the past five years and the fourth-highest in the College’s history.
Three Dartmouth alumni have been included in the 2018 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which profiled 30 successful figures under 30 years of age across 20 different fields.
From Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, world leaders traveled to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum. At the forum, Dartmouth film and media studies professor Mary Flanagan gave a presentation titled “Game Changers: Playing Games for Good.” Flanagan also sat on three different panels about design, the future of the work force in relation to artificial intelligence and experiential education.
With the conclusion of winter fraternity recruitment last week, the fraternities that participated in this rush have begun to integrate their new members and settle back into regular activities with completed new member classes. Interfraternity Council recruitment chair Robert Stackhouse ’18 wrote in an email statement that four houses held winter rush and a total of 16 bids were extended. This past fall, 341 bids were extended and last winter rush after Beta Alpha Omega fraternity’s suspension was lifted, 49 bids were given out.
Religion professor Reiko Ohnuma’s scholarship explores themes in narrative literature of South Asian Buddhism such as stories, legends and myths. She first became interested in Southeast Asian studies as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her academic interests in the culture of the region led her to Varanasi, India, on a post-graduate fellowship, where she decided to pursue a doctorate degree in South Asian studies. Last June, she published her third book, “Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination,” which adds to her repertoire of publications focusing on Buddhist traditions in Southeast Asia. At the College, Ohnuma is teaching Religion 9, “Hinduism” and Religion 42, “Goddesses of India.”
Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are finalizing changes to the hospital’s security and emergency coordination policies in the wake of last fall’s fatal shooting according to DHMC director of security Daniel Dahmen. These changes, estimated at a cost of $400,000, aim to increase the visibility of security personnel, upgrade existing security technologies and better prepare employees for emergency situations.
During this year’s sorority winter term recruitment, which ended on Jan. 29, 125 women participated, up from 106 last winter, according to an email statement from Office of Greek Life director Brian Joyce.