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Carlos Polanco ’21, known by some at Dartmouth as one of the students who wrote a letter to University of Virginia’s Class of 2021 following the Charlottesville protests, was named National Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America on Sept. 26.
This Tuesday, the application for the new course Engineering Sciences 15, “Senior Design Challenge” went live on its website. Taught by design thinking lecturer Eugene Korsunskiy, “Senior Design Challenge” is a two-term capstone course available to seniors this winter and spring. With an expected class of 20 seniors, the course will sort students from a variety of academic backgrounds into interdisciplinary teams to design solutions to real-world challenges, Korsunskiy said.
If I told you the New York Jets and New England Patriots would be battling for the American Football Conference East lead during their Week 6 matchup on Oct. 15, you would have laughed and called me crazy. But they are, so how did we get here?
Talking about food is challenging because it is never just about food. Food is inextricably tied to one’s being. To all, food is indicative of identity, a myriad of intersections. So much so that there is even an academic term for it: “foodways,” defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the traditional customs or habits of a group of people concerning food and eating.”
For many, storytelling represents an escape from reality into a world of fantasy. In “Cuentos: Tales from the Latin World,” however, venerated storyteller David Gonzalez relies on his own experiences and cultural heritage to render vibrant characters and spellbinding plotlines onstage. Gonzalez will perform this program on Sunday.
The Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth has been closed, according to GRID director Annabel Martín. Martín wrote in an email statement that she is uncertain how long the institute will be closed and $30,000 has been allocated for gender-related research in the interim period. Although Martín did not specify the reason for GRID’s closing, she wrote that the decision surprised all faculty involved in the process.
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican students at Dartmouth are frustrated by the response from both the College and the federal government. College administration did not contact students from Puerto Rico regarding the hurricane until about three weeks after it struck the island. Students impacted by Hurricane Irma received supportive emails a week after the hurricane’s incidence.
The first exhibition of its kind for the Hood Museum of Art, “Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth” introduces sound art from around the world to Hanover and the College.. Running from September to December, the exhibition is comprised of presentations and showcases that invite listening and learning. The exhibition centers on the commissions of artists Bill Fontana, Christine Sun Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Alvin Lucier, Laura Maes, Jess Rowland and Julianne Swartz. The hope of the exhibit is to invite people to redefine what art can be and how sound makes up our lives.
In the fiscal year ending on June 30, the College received more than $285.6 million in donations and commitments, a 10.4 percent decrease from last year’s record-setting total of $318.8 million.
Whether it is a giggling sprint across a bridge, an interrupted final or a quick getaway in the stacks, the scandal of nudity has always played a role in shaping common Dartmouth experiences. But acting out these traditions is always short-lived — most of the time you’re moving fast to avoid something: the wrath of Hanover Police, accidental eye contact with a professor or the (un)-conscious embarrassment of being naked in public. Adrenaline-filled and hasty, some Dartmouth traditions simultaneously recognize that being naked violates the social code of clothedness, while illuminating just how much the bare body is to be protected from the public eye.
Although Americans disagree about President Donald Trump’s job performance during his first eight-and-a-half months in office, both his supporters and his opponents agree that Trump has upended the status quo in Washington, D.C.
When you think of obsessive-compulsive disorder, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? A year ago, I associated it with compulsive handwashing and cleanliness, just as many people do. But obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological disorder that is largely misunderstood by the public. The easiest way to describe it involves breaking down its name: the obsessions are fears that one’s brain latches onto, while the compulsions are mental or physical tasks that one repeats over and over to prevent those fears from coming true. The compulsions have the opposite effect than intended, however, and they make the fears stronger. Although it may seem easy to simply not perform the compulsions, from the viewpoint of a person with OCD, it just has to be done. It is important to remember that usually the obsessions don’t make sense to outsiders — the brain distorts the obsessions and intensifies the fear for OCD sufferers. For example, the most commonly portrayed obsession in the media is the fear of contamination from germs, while the most commonly portrayed compulsion for this is excessive handwashing. While there are definitely people who suffer from this form of OCD, it is by no means the only form that OCD can take, and I learned that the hard way.
In a campus-wide email sent Tuesday morning, College President Phil Hanlon announced that Provost Carolyn Dever will step down as provost at the end of the fall term on Nov. 22. An interim provost will be appointed and a search for a new provost will commence in the coming weeks.
On Monday evening, 22 students from the Class of 2018 were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, while nine students from the Class of 2019 were awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Prize. Fall induction to Phi Beta Kappa is given to students who, after three years of matriculation, rank among the top 20 students in their class based on GPA. The sophomore award is given to the highest ranking students in the class after five terms of enrollment at Dartmouth.
In my review of “Arrival,” I wished director Denis Villeneuve luck for his next endeavor, a sequel to my favorite film of all time: Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” To be clear from the outset, the original “Blade Runner” is far from perfect. It is a flawed masterpiece, as influential as it is imperfect. And that’s probably why I love it. It is a slow, poetic and evocative film that never asked for or needed a sequel. But here we are 35 years later and “Blade Runner 2049” actually exists. Is it as good as the first film? Of course not, but I didn’t really expect it to be. Is it, at least, a worthy successor? By and large, I think so.
The College plans to appeal a Grafton Superior Court decision from Sept. 21, which denied the College’s initial appeal regarding a denial for a new indoor practice facility.
After somewhat of a slow start, the Dartmouth field hockey team (4-6 overall, 1-2 Ivy) has shown tremendous promise after picking up their first Ivy League win of the season against Brown University on Sept. 30. In a grueling, nearly four-hour long battle with several lightning delays, overtimes and shootouts, the Big Green managed to come away with a 3-2 victory.
A working group regarding the sustainability of Dartmouth’s food systems is being established in the coming weeks, a step which aligns with the goals established by College President Phil Hanlon in his April 2017 pledge to move Dartmouth toward a low-carbon future. The working group will be comprised of students, faculty and staff, according to working group member and Dartmouth director of sustainability Rosalie Kerr ’97. Hanlon is expected to officially announce the group’s full membership within the next month, Kerr said.
Professor of business administration Daniel Feiler’s paper, “Good Choice, Bad Judgment: How Choice Under Uncertainty Generates Overoptimism,” will be published in Psychosocial Science later this fall. The paper, co-authored by University of Wisconsin-Madison business professor Jordan Tong and his doctoral student Anastasia Ivantsova, states that the more uncertain people are about the value of their options, the more likely they are to overestimate the benefits of the one they choose. Feiler, who specializes in behavioral science, managerial decision making, human resources and negotiations, discussed this behavior and its implications with The Dartmouth.
While members of the Class of 2021 were gathering on the Green to circle the bonfire, another longstanding Dartmouth tradition was on display on the chests of current and former Big Green varsity athletes. The varsity letter sweater — knitted in Dartmouth green with a white “D” on the front — is awarded to each student-athlete after earning his or her first varsity letter.