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It’s been a big week for Dartmouth skiing near and far, as Dartmouth held the historic Dartmouth Carnival for the first time in three years and seven current and former Big Green skiers are representing the College in Beijing at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
This article is featured in the 2022 Winter Carnival special issue.
The open study area on the first floor of Berry Library, known to most students as FFB, has been closed since the end of the fall term. According to a page on the library’s website last updated on Jan. 12, FFB will remain closed until the College lifts its indoor mask mandate. A popular study spot, FFB’s prolonged closure has stoked frustration from students.
Today is Feb. 10, which normally marks a sad time in the lives of people who spend way too much time watching football. Normally, the Super Bowl takes place during the first week of February, which leaves us scrambling to develop friendships, hobbies and goals to pass the time until Week 1 finally rolls around in September.
On Saturday afternoon, as students recover from near-hypothermia induced by the polar bear plunge, the smell of roasted peppers, beans, tomatoes and perhaps some beef or turkey will drift into the air above Collis patio. The savory scents will hover in the air for a moment, pausing as if to admire the people below who bravely display their culinary talents. And on the patio, each participant will wait eagerly for a verdict handed down by President Hanlon and his wife Gail, a verdict with the potential to alter lives and crush dreams. Yes, I am talking about the 10th annual Phi Delt Chili Cook-Off.
On Jan. 31, the College kicked off its sixth annual celebration of Black Legacy Month. Throughout February, the lineup of events will include speakers, panel discussions, theater and musical performances, a mindfulness retreat, a sports outing, an art exhibit, a movie screening and a speech by scholar and activist Angela Davis. Similarly to last year’s celebrations, events will be held both virtually and in-person.
As COVID-19 cases remain elevated compared to previous terms, students report struggling to keep up in classes while in isolation as well as challenges related to the lack of a universal hybrid option.
This weekend, the Dartmouth men’s basketball team took on Yale University and Brown University on the road. The Big Green was unable to successfully close out either game, falling to Yale 72-69 Friday night followed by an even closer 62-60 loss to Brown Saturday night. Dartmouth is now 2-6 in Ivy League play, sitting at seventh in league standings.
On Jan. 25, College President Phil Hanlon announced in a campus-wide email his intentions to retire in June 2023 after ten years at the helm of College administration. In the week since the announcement, students have expressed a wide range of opinions on Hanlon’s presidency and what they hope for in his successor.
Affiliated students have reported that the Department of Safety and Security has, in recent weeks, more strictly policed fraternity events than during fall term and the beginning of winter term. According to members of each house, on Jan. 19, Bones Gate fraternity was temporarily suspended for hosting a large event with multiple fraternities and sororities in attendance, Gamma Delta Chi fraternity remains on probation and Beta Alpha Omega fraternity has received multiple warnings.
Interim provost David Kotz ’86 can drop the “interim” from his title: The College announced today in a campus-wide email that Kotz has been appointed provost, effectively immediately. He has served as interim provost since July 2021, when former provost Joseph Helble left to become president of Lehigh University, and also worked in the role from Oct. 2017 to Oct. 2018.
The Dartmouth men’s basketball team traveled to New York on Saturday to take on Columbia University. Sitting at last in the Ivy League before Saturday’s matchup, Dartmouth stepped up and took down the Lions 76-63 in what was a crucial win for the Big Green’s conference tournament chances. After the victory in New York, the Big Green sit at sixth place in the conference — just a game back from the final spot in the Ivy League playoffs — with a 2-4 Ivy League and 5-12 overall record.
Updated 9:00 p.m, Jan. 28, 2021.
Unlike peer institutions Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities, Dartmouth made the decision last December to conduct winter term courses in person amid a global surge in coronavirus infections. Despite other protocols — a vaccine mandate, a face covering policy and a surveillance testing program — a sizable percentage of Dartmouth students living on or near campus this winter have contracted what is likely the omicron variant of COVID-19.
College President Phil Hanlon graduated from Dartmouth in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. After nearly three decades in teaching and administration at the University of Michigan, he returned to Hanover to take on his current role in 2013, serving as the 18th president of the College and as a professor in the mathematics department. More recently, Hanlon announced that he will step down as president in June 2023. The Dartmouth sat down with President Hanlon on Tuesday to discuss his time as president, including the Call to Lead campaign, the Moving Dartmouth Forward Initiative and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dartmouth announced on Wednesday, Jan. 12 that it would extend its need-blind admissions policy to international students — beginning with the Class of 2026 — following an anonymous $40 million dollar donation to the Call to Lead campaign. This made Dartmouth the sixth institution to offer need-blind admissions to international students while meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, along with Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Amherst College.
After a decade in charge, College President Phil Hanlon will step down effective June 2023, he wrote in an email to campus today.
On Jan. 20, the Dartmouth College Republicans invited conservative journalist Andy Ngo and former Antifa member-turned libertarian activist Gabriel Nadales to speak at the College. The event was first slated to be held in person in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall before it was moved to Zoom due to “safety issues,” according to College spokesperson Diana Lawrence.
Dartmouth has identified a potential location for new apartment-style undergraduate housing: Garipay Fields, a plot of land 30 minutes north of Baker-Berry Library by foot. The College says that the site will help alleviate the housing shortage quickly, but some critics wonder about the impacts on the environment and recreation — and whether any students would want to live that far from campus.
Omicron has found its way into nursing and retirement homes in the Upper Valley, which have reported rising cases and staff shortages.