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On Jan. 14, the Dartmouth Student Government Senate met for its first weekly meeting of the winter term. Led by student body president Jessica Chiriboga ’24, the Senate discussed recent meetings with College administrators and United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, as well as potential initiatives to provide ice skates at the rink on the Green.
In a campus-wide email sent on Jan. 10, College President Sian Leah Beilock announced a new initiative called Dartmouth Dialogues, which she described as the College’s “shared commitment to expanding programming dedicated to facilitating conversations and skills that bridge political and personal divides.” Working in collaboration with organizations such as the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Dartmouth Political Union and the Student Wellness Center, Dartmouth Dialogues will attempt to consolidate and uplift pre-existing efforts to foster constructive dialogue and create “brave spaces” on campus, according to Assistant Vice President of Equity and Compliance Kristi Clemens.
Four Greek houses — Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity, Alpha Phi sorority, Beta Alpha Omega fraternity and Sigma Nu fraternity — were found to have violated Community Standards, according to College officials, a fall term community report and various affiliated students.
In anticipation of the 2024 New Hampshire presidential primary, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Dartmouth Political Union are co-sponsoring the ongoing Path to the Presidency speaker series. Presidential candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties have been invited to share their policy visions and engage in conversations with the Dartmouth community.
On Jan. 10, the Rockefeller Center hosted The Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Mike Murphy for an event titled, “Debt and Deficits: Fiscal Challenges Facing the Next Administration.” According to its website, The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan group advocating for generational fiscal responsibility.
On Jan. 23, New Hampshire will hold the first primary in the 2024 presidential election. As the primary approaches, the Dartmouth Votes coalition — which consists of Dartmouth Student Government, Dartmouth Civics, Dartmouth’s Office of Student Life and the Town of Hanover — continues its efforts to mobilize students to vote. Dartmouth Votes has coordinated registration drives, promoted voter education and made voting accessible on election day, according to Assistant Dean for Student Life Edward McKenna.
After Sunday’s snowfall, the Dartmouth Skiway plans to open the Winslow lift, which will make all 30 of the mountain’s trails open to skiers and snowboarders, Dartmouth Ski Patrol assistant director Katherine Takoudes ’24 said. She said that conditions are improving, with the Dartmouth Skiway off to a fast start.
The Works Cafe, a chain of 11 fast-casual, sustainability-oriented restaurants around New England, opened a new location in Hanover on Jan. 8. The cafe is located next to the Dartmouth Co-Op on 25 South Main Street and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Jan. 8, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy hosted Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., for a speech entitled “Democracy vs. Autocracy in 2024” and a Q&A session with the audience, moderated by Rockefeller Center associate director and senior policy fellow Herschel Nachlis. According to Charlotte Albright in a statement published on the Rockefeller Center website, approximately 250 attendees watched the event in-person, while an additional 19,500 viewers watched a recording of the event by noon the next day.
With the support of his team, medical education associate professor Dr. Thomas Thesen created AI Patient Actor — an app that simulates how a human patient would react to medical treatment and provides students with individualized feedback. Typically, medical students practice diagnosing human actors, also called standardized patients, but AI Patient Actor offers an alternative option that can be utilized anytime and anywhere. The Dartmouth spoke to Thesen to gain more insight into the creation, use and future of AI Patient Actor.
Low temperatures and snowy conditions have brought outdoor winter activities back to campus with a few adjustments this year. While the Dartmouth Outing Club and Outdoor Programs Office have adjusted their cross country ski and skate rental options, the ice skating rink has returned to the Green after a two-year absence and the annual snowball fight took place on Jan. 8.
This morning, College President Sian Beilock sent an email to campus that introduced Dartmouth Dialogues, a series of new initiatives that seek to facilitate conversations across different perspectives within the campus community. According to the email, Dartmouth Dialogues will involve “every school, center, department, division and classroom at Dartmouth.”
In a Jan. 4 meeting, the Graduate Organized Laborers of Dartmouth-United Electrical Workers — the College’s graduate workers’ union — discussed proposals with the College on non-discrimination, international employee rights and discipline and discharge. The negotiations resulted in the College granting “the strongest set of [non-discrimination] protections in any grad worker contract,” according to Logan Mann, a third-year Ph.D student at the Thayer School of Engineering and GOLD-UE organizer.
On Jan. 5, former Congresswoman Liz Cheney delivered the keynote address for Dartmouth’s Democracy Summit in a speech titled “An Oath to Defend Democracy.” The event was sponsored by the Dartmouth Political Union, the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Dickey Center for International Understanding.
Roan V. Wade ’25 and Kevin Engel ’27, who were arrested outside Parkhurst Hall in October, have been charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing, according to Wade. Wade and Engel said they plan to fight the charges, which do not carry jail time.
Jessica Chiriboga ’24 and Zachary Lang ’23 have been named Rhodes Scholars, bringing the total number of Dartmouth students who have received the award to 81. The Rhodes Scholarship, which fully funds graduate studies at the University of Oxford in Britain, is the oldest international graduate scholarship in the world, according to its website.
On Dec. 15, Dartmouth announced the arrival of 43 tenured and tenure-track professors with the aim to broaden scholarship at the College. The cohort consists of researchers and writers with expertise across fields, including Asian American culture, biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, Indigenous modernism and quantitative social science.
Roughly 275 students stayed on campus for the entirety of winterim, a period that begins after the fall term and runs to the first day of winter term, with many participating in a series of events coordinated with community partners and house communities, Dean of the College Scott Brown said. Brown added that between 300 and 550 students lived on campus for at least a portion of the break.
In early December, the College announced that it joined the AI Alliance as a founding member. The AI Alliance partners Dartmouth — which hosted the conference that first coined the term artificial intelligence in 1956 — with leaders in government, higher education and technology.
On Dec. 15, the College accepted 606 students to the Class of 2028 from an all-time high pool of 3,550 applicants — an 18% jump in applicants from last year, according to a Dartmouth News article. The acceptance rate for early decision applicants was 17%, which marks a record low for the College and a 2% decrease from last year.