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College to expand gender-neutral housing options in fall

(04/26/12 2:00am)

As Dartmouth students gear up for room draw, they will have additional options for gender-neutral housing, as Mid-Massachusetts Hall, the Lodge residence hall and the second, third and fourth floors of New Hampshire Hall will be added to the list of locations where students of any gender can cohabitate, according to Director of Housing Rachael Class-Giguere.

College President Jim Yong Kim elected 12th president of the World Bank

(04/17/12 2:00am)

Kim's appointment marks the end of his almost three-year tenure as the College's 17th president and the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League institution. Kim will take leadership of the international financial institution, designed to reduce poverty through loans to developing countries, after current Bank president Robert Zoellick, steps down on June 30, according to the Associated Press. Zoellick announced his resignation in February.

Physicist to meld music and science in classroom

(04/04/12 2:00am)

When Stephon Alexander was 12 years old, the wife of a New York Yankees baseball player insisted her husband give up his rarely used saxophone. Alexander, a physics professor recently hired as the Ernest Everett Just 1907 faculty chair, began to play that very same saxophone after his father purchased it for him, around the same time that his middle school science classes ignited his love for physics.

Re-election campaign opens first N.H. office

(11/11/11 4:00am)

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign opened its first New Hampshire office in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday to increase local awareness and activism in the months preceding the state primary and the November 2012 election, according to Peter Kavanaugh, New Hampshire general election director for the Obama campaign. The office will act as a "nerve center" for grassroots campaigning efforts throughout New Hampshire, Kavanaugh said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

Bill could repeal same-sex marriage

(11/04/11 3:00am)

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would replace existing same-sex marriage laws with civil unions, according to State Rep. David Bates, R-Rockingham, the bill's sponsor. House Bill 437 which the House will vote on in January 2012 proposes a return to the definition of marriage as the "union between a man and a woman," which was New Hampshire law before the state voted to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in April 2009, Bates said.

Haxby codes brain's visual perception

(10/25/11 2:00am)

After a four-year long study involving "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), psychology professor James Haxby could probably quote the film word for word and image for image. Haxby used test subjects' reactions to "Raiders" in combination with other visual stimuli to discover a "common code" for the way in which individual brains process visual information and translate images into perceptions, Haxby said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

Annual report reveals College crime stats.

(10/04/11 2:00am)

The number of reported forcible sexual assaults at the College more than doubled from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010, rising from 10 to 22, according to the College's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released on Sept. 30. The number of liquor law arrests increased to 134 in 2009-2010 from 123 in 2008-2009 and 77 in 2007-2008, according to the Safety Report.

Daily Debriefing

(09/27/11 2:00am)

Plans for a bake sale on Thursday hosted by the College Republicans at University of California, Berkeley, ignited campus-wide controversy when organizers announced that the event would feature a pay scale determined by the race of the buyer, according to The Daily Californian. Student organizers planned the "Increase Diversity Bakesale" to protest SB 185, a bill that would allow California public universities to consider race and ethnicity, among other non-academic factors, in the admissions process. The bill is currently awaiting the decision of Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif. The bake sale, which students intended to be "satirical," prompted an emergency town hall meeting after the event's Facebook page explained that "White/Caucasian" students would be charged full price, while racial and ethnic minorities as well as women would receive discounts, according to The Daily Californian.

Prospective students to embark on virtual tours

(09/21/11 2:00am)

Prospective students visiting Dartmouth will soon have access to the entire campus in the palms of their hands or, more specifically, on the screens of their phones. Over the next month, the Admissions Office will release an application for phones that allows visitors to explore and learn about the College with a virtual aide, according to Senior Assistant Director of Admissions John Beck Jr. '09.

NEASC approves College's reaccreditation after 3-yr. review

(09/14/11 2:00am)

The College successfully completed its reaccreditation process, Provost Carol Folt announced in an August letter to the Dartmouth community. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission of Institutions of Higher Education confirmed Dartmouth's accreditation in July following an almost three-year internal and external review process, Barbara Brittingham, director of NEASC, said in an interview with The Dartmouth.