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This article is featured in the 2023 Freshman special issue.
On June 16, a grand jury indicted a Dartmouth alumnus for allegedly raping and strangling an 18-year-old woman in Theta Delta Chi fraternity on the night of April 23, 2022, according to court documents obtained by The Dartmouth. Kyle Clampitt ’20 faces 14 charges, which include 12 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of second degree assault involving strangulation, the case summary shows.
On Aug. 8, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson visited the College during his presidential campaign, as he seeks 40,000 individual donors to qualify for the Republican debate stage. In a lecture and Q&A with Dartmouth students and Upper Valley residents, Hutchinson emphasized the rule of law and overcoming partisan division in America.
In a school-wide email on Aug. 9, College President Sian Leah Beilock announced changes to her senior leadership team. These changes, which will go into effect on Sept. 1., include an inaugural health and wellness officer, as well as a redistribution of responsibilities as Executive Vice President Rick Mills prepares to leave office at the end of August.
Michael Fanger, former Microbiology and Immunology department chair and professor emeritus at the Geisel School of Medicine, died on Aug. 1, according to a press release from Geisel. A renowned immunologist, Fanger founded biopharmaceutical company Medarex, which manufactures antibodies that enable T-cells to attack cancerous cells.
During a court hearing on July 24, a lawyer for the College, Terri Mascherin, admitted that Dartmouth has considered donations when making admissions decisions. Mascherin’s admission came as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit filed in January 2022 — Henry, et al. v. Brown University, et al. — in which affected students and parents sued Dartmouth and 15 other “elite” colleges and universities for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws and inflating the cost of attendance.
Updated (Aug. 1, 12:00 p.m.): According to a Facebook post by Hartford Vermont Police Department on July 31, Brooks has been located and is “safe and in good health.”
On July 19, the 2024 New Hampshire gubernatorial election became an open race following Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement that he would not seek a fifth term in office. Next November’s election, which analysts widely consider to be a toss-up, is expected to be one of the most competitive governor’s races in the country.
Over the past few days, new allegations and a settlement agreement have arisen in relation to Leon Black ’73, a former College trustee and namesake of the Black Visual Arts Center. Earlier today, a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan court accuses Black of raping an autistic 16-year-old in 2002, according to Forbes, while on July 21, the New York Times reported that Black agreed to pay $62.5 million over claims relating to the U.S. Virgin Island’s investigation into Jeffery Epstein.
On June 30, the Call to Lead campaign concluded, raising nearly $3.8 billion, including an expected $511 million in bequests. The campaign broke multiple records, leading in alumni engagement for any higher education campaign over $3 billion, surpassing the fundraising goal by $800 million and receiving the largest gift in the history of the College.
From July 16 through July 19, Dartmouth Admissions hosted approximately 140 rising high school seniors at the College through the annual Dartmouth Bound program. Dartmouth Bound’s website explains that the program gives participants an “in-person experience of daily college life,” and is open to students currently living and attending a high school in the U.S., regardless of citizenship status. The program has grown by over 50% this year, compared to last year’s 85 participants, explained Paul Sunde, Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
On July 17, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and former Gov. John Huntsman (R-Utah) did not rule out a 2024 White House bid during a town hall at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. While the town hall was billed as a promotion of “Common Sense” — the new political agenda for a centrist organization, No Labels — questions at the event mainly focused on Manchin and Huntsman’s plans for 2024.
On July 16, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Grafton County — where Hanover is located — beginning at 8:20 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., in addition to a flood watch from 6:00 a.m. until the following morning.
On June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that race-based affirmative action is unconstitutional in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. The decisions reflect another instance of the conservative majority Court reversing decades of past precedent, just a year after the court overturned the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
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.
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.