On July 10, heavy precipitation swept across New England, causing catastrophic flooding in towns neighboring Hanover, such as Woodstock and Ludlow, Vermont. According to the National Weather Service, some areas of Vermont received up to 16 inches of rainfall.
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Roger Masters, Nelson A. Rockefeller government professor emeritus, died at age 90 on June 22, according to the arts and sciences department website. The Masters family held a memorial service at the Roth Center for Jewish Life on July 9.
The Class of 1953 Commons is currently undergoing renovations to add a new dining station that is free of the top nine allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy, according to Dartmouth Dining director Jon Plodzik. The construction, which began on June 19, is expected to conclude “by mid-August at the latest,” Plodzik said.
On June 26, the College began removing all laundry machines from College-owned, undergraduate residential facilities, according to an email from Residential Operations director Cathy Henault to students currently living on campus. The machines, operated by CSC ServiceWorks, will be replaced by those from a new service, Automatic Laundry, Dean of the College Scott Brown announced in a June 22 campus-wide email. The new service will also be free for students, Brown wrote.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled racial considerations in the college admissions process to be unconstitutional, ending what has come to be known as affirmative action after nearly 50 years.
Following years of persistent laundry issues in several dorms, Dean of the College Scott Brown announced in a campus-wide email on June 22 that all undergraduate, Dartmouth-owned residential facilities will have free laundry. In addition, a new service, Automatic Laundry, will replace CSC ServiceWorks.
During the Class of 1963’s 60th reunion, partners Stephen Lewinstein ’63 P’98 and Diana Lewinstein committed a record-breaking gift to the College in hopes of improving the experience and amenities for student-athletes, according to an announcement from Dartmouth News. The Lewinsteins’ son, Marc Lewinstein ’98, played on the men’s club rugby team.
Members of the Dartmouth College Library Workers Union overwhelmingly voted to join Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, according to the group’s Twitter on June 13. College library employees indicated their intention to unionize in late April, citing budget cuts, staff reductions and stalled promotion programs.
This article is featured in the 2023 Commencement & Reunions special issue.
On June 7, College President Phil Hanlon ’77 announced that the College’s Call to Lead campaign — a community fundraising effort aimed at developing educated leaders — reached more than $3.7 billion in gifts and 60% undergraduate alumni participation, according to the Call to Lead website. Call to Lead is the first higher education campaign in history to reach these milestones.
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Sian Leah Beilock will assume her new role as the 19th President of the College on June 12, College media relations specialist Jana Barnello wrote in an email statement. Beilock’s tenure will begin nearly three weeks earlier than the date outlined in the College’s initial announcement last year, which stated that Beilock would begin on July 1, Barnello wrote.
This reflection started where many often do: on the far side of Occom. At ripe dusk, the pond wasn’t completely still, but the low-hanging light cast detailed reflections over the water’s surface. The image reminded me of an upwards-facing mirror at the bottom of a Roman cathedral, the entire sky and rim of the earth contained imperfectly at my feet. In my frame there were so many types of trees: young saplings flaunting electric lime leaves, towering pines and even one kind of optical illusion tree where maroon-seeming leaves morphed into a deep green upon closer inspection. Yellow daffodils swayed at Occom’s edge like nervous divers, shifting their weight from foot to foot before taking the plunge.
Former Director of Business Affairs John Skewes ’51 TU’56 remembered for service to College and town
Over the course of his life, John Greenslade Skewes ’51 TU ’56 had a “peaceful” attitude that profoundly impacted everyone around him, according to his son David Skewes.
On May 9, the New Hampshire State Senate recommended killing House Bill 639, a marijuana legalization proposal that passed the State House with bipartisan support, according to state Rep. Ross Berry, R-Hillsborough. One month earlier, the bill passed in the House on April 6 after Republican and Democratic House leadership agreed on marijuana regulations and taxes, dubbed the legislation’s “perennial issue,” according to Berry.
Dartmouth’s rural location and persistent issues with producing contaminated recycling have proven an ongoing challenge for the College, according to the Sustainability Office and student groups on campus. Meanwhile, College offices and student groups have pushed for ways to recycle more effectively.
On May 16, approximately 300 people attended an event titled “Give a Rouse: Hanover” in the Hanover Inn Grand Ballroom to celebrate the tenure of College President Philip J. Hanlon and the Call to Lead campaign, which recently closed the global “Give a Rouse” fundraising tour, which held events in six cities.
On May 13, the Native American Program at Dartmouth held its 51st annual Powwow on the Green, which featured ceremonies, dances and a meal to honor the Indigenous community on campus. The Powwow was followed by a lū’au on May 14, organized by Hōkūpa’a, the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander student group.
Film and media studies professor emeritus Albert LaValley, nicknamed Al, was described as “feisty,” “eclectic” and “ahead of his time” by his close friend and former Dartmouth colleague James Brown. LaValley founded the Dartmouth film and media studies department, one of the first departments to integrate history, theory and production in the Ivy League, according to the department’s website.
Carey Callaghan ’83 and Jennie Chamberlain elected to Town Selectboard, chairman Peter Christie defeated
At yesterday’s annual Hanover Town Meeting, Carey Callaghan ’83 and Jennie Chamberlain were elected to the Hanover Selectboard, receiving 596 and 545 votes, respectively. Selectboard chairman Peter Christie, who has served on the board since 2002 and as its chair since 2011, was defeated after receiving 427 votes. Callaghan and Chamberlain will serve three-year terms.