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With intense political discourse persisting well beyond this past election, The Dartmouth set out to examine the contours of Dartmouth student public opinion regarding current events. In a campus-wide survey fielded from April 9 to April 13, 432 students answered questions about several issues, such as tolerance for and relations with opposing political viewpoints, views toward President Donald Trump and recent government actions like the Syrian missile strike earlier this month. The findings speak to contemporary debates and provide an understanding of where students stand on current political issues.
Last Tuesday, Dartmouth’s new Turning Point USA chapter held its first public event. The chapter, which was founded by Connor Turner ’20 and Tyler Baum ’20, is a part of the larger TPUSA group that has appeared on many college campuses and high schools across the country and is known for its founder, conservative activist Charlie Kirk, and its Professor Watchlist, on which Dartmouth’s women’s, gender and sexuality studies professor Eng-Beng Lim was listed.
The Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault has continued to work on five recommendations to improve reporting of sexual assault on campus that it originally released in October 2015. According to the current chair of the SPCSA Abhilasha Gokulan ’18, these recommendations include education of faculty, long-term healthcare for survivors of sexual assault and feedback about administrative resources from survivors who have reported to the College.
The College notified derecognized fraternity Alpha Delta last month that the organization will not be considered for re-recognition, a move that concluded over 18 months of negotiations and discussions.
Engineering professor Jane Hill will no longer serve as Allen House professor according to an email sent by Dean of the College Rebecca Biron to Allen House students on April 6. According to Hill, her dismissal was not voluntary, noting that Biron dismissed her from the position.
In an effort to promote inclusivity and diversity on campus, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership has launched a pilot peer education program called OPAL Ambassadors. The program started in late March and consists of six student ambassadors, Brandon Yu ’20, Carolyn Musyoka ’20, Hugh Mac Neill ’20, Io Jones ’19, Rachel Muir ’20 and Sharon Cho ’17. They were selected based on leadership skills and experience with inclusivity, according to program coordinator for Gender and Sexuality Diversity and Multicultural Education Sebastian Muñoz-Medina. The ambassadors will work with OPAL on activities such as facilitating peer workshops, creating electronic campaigns and educating others on bias incident reporting, among other responsibilities, with the main focus being to encourage diversity and inclusivity.
On Thursday night, a water pipe burst in West Gym, closing the area for the weekend. West Gym includes the running track and basketball courts in Alumni Gym. Zimmerman Fitness Center, which includes the aerobic machines and free weights upstairs in Alumni Gym, will remain open.
Two Geisel School of Medicine students will serve year-long research fellowships. The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship to conduct research in South Africa represents a lifetime of interest in international travel and global health for Geisel student Lye-Yeng Wong Med’18. For Geisel student Fernando Vazquez Med’18, his participation in Medical Research Scholars Program through the National Institutes of Health will allow him to think about medicine in a broader sense and interact with other professionals.
Wednesday evening, 282 trip leaders and 58 Croo members were accepted as volunteers for Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips, according to Trips director Doug Phipps ’17 and associate director Apoorva Dixit ’17.
A couple of weeks ago, Scotty Whitmore ’15 was surprised to find a parking ticket from Dartmouth Parking and Transportation Services addressed to his father in his mailbox. Whitmore visited campus this past February but drove his father’s vehicle, which is not registered with the College. Whitmore guessed that officers might have traced the vehicle back to his father by inspecting the vehicle’s registration or license plate. Michael Baicker ’17, who has also been ticketed multiple times by the College, said that Whitmore’s experience might reflect a change in Dartmouth Parking and Transportation Services toward more aggressive enforcement of existing parking violation penalties.
Growing up in Buffalo, New York, classics and religion professor Timothy Baker ’08 was interested in folklore, fairy tales and religion, a fascination that led him to take Latin in middle school and study religion when he came to Dartmouth as an undergraduate in 2004. After earning his B.A. in religion and Jewish studies, Baker earned both his master’s and Ph.D. in theology from Harvard Divinity School. Baker also has a diploma in Manuscript Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Canada. In his office in Reed Hall, Baker discussed how his interests in religion manifested and how religion and science can coexist.
Ian Sullivan '18 (right) and Matthew Ferguson '18 (left) have been named the Student Assembly president and vice president.
UPDATED: April 28, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
Russ Walker Tu’17 and Ed Warren Tu’17 know a thing or two about cars, perhaps more than the average student at the Tuck School of Business.
While many students come to Dartmouth without a clear vision for their future, Joshua Monette ’19 knew he wanted to revive the Makah language and preserve the culture of his Native American tribe.
Joshua Monette '19, pictured with his childhood friend Hannah Welzbacker, had a deep love and appreciation for Makah culture and planned on pursuing a linguistics major at the College so he could revive the Makah language.
Timothy Baker '08 earned his master's and Ph.D. in theology from Harvard Divinity School.
Joshua Monette ’19 planned to pursue a degree in linguistics at the College.
The current of gender disparity in government, which has long been experienced nationally and locally, is being felt on Dartmouth’s campus as springtime elections open tonight. In spite of the growing awareness of this imbalance as well as concerted efforts to create equal opportunities for student leadership on campus, the candidate pool remains markedly male. There is one woman candidate for each of the two sections of Student Assembly — president and vice president, and house senate — and this is the third year in a row in which there are are no female candidates for SA president, both on the ballot or as a write-in.