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As her sophomore year at the College came to a close, AnnClaire MacArt ’18 was considering a psychology major and an education minor. She graduates this weekend, nearly two years later, having completed a slightly different academic trajectory — an English major modified with religion.
“A little bit chaotic” is how Hannah Margolis ’20 described her preparation for the 2018 Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium.
On May 14, Student Assembly hosted an open-to-campus drop-in forum regarding dining options at Dartmouth with Dartmouth Dining Services director Jon Plodzik. SA president Monik Walters ’19 and vice president Nicole Knape ’19 facilitated the forum in One Wheelock, hearing the thoughts and opinions of roughly 10 attendees who dropped in over the course of the one-hour discussion. College President Phil Hanlon and secretary to the Board of Trustees Laura Hercod were invited to attend the forum, though neither was present.
Allen House residents were the last of the housing communities to pick their housing accomodations on May 3, marking the end of the room draw process for the Fall 2018 term. This year’s room draw featured a new method for assigning rooms in substance-free housing, as well as slightly altered living options in Living Learning Communities and senior apartments, associate director of undergraduate housing Elicia Rowan wrote in an email statement.
“Dartmouth to the core” is how vice president for alumni relations Martha Beattie ’76 describes her successor, Cheryl Bascomb ’82. On June 1, Beattie will step down after seven years in the position for Bascomb, a volunteer and leader in the Dartmouth alumni community, to assume the role.
“Do you miss BarHop?” asked a campus-wide email on Apr. 13. The invitation urged students to come to “Clubhouse,” a social event being hosted that night by the house system to replace BarHop, a program which has been on hiatus since May 2017. The roughly 400 students who attended the event enjoyed free food, student performances and activities like coloring and board games. Alcohol was also available for attendees aged 21 and over.
On April 16, Banner Student will undergo its first update in a series of upcoming changes. Banner, the College’s student information system, will be renamed DartHub and have a redesigned home page that gives students the option to customize features. After this initial remodel, the College will continue to redesign the rest of the Banner system.
Dean of the College Rebecca Biron will step down from her position at the end of June to return to full-time teaching and research. At the end of this academic year, she will have served three years of her term as dean, which was originally scheduled to last four years. Biron attributed the decision to her “personal” desire to teach and do research, which she has not been able to do since fall 2015.
The Alpha Delta Alumni Corporation received final authorization to use its house as an alumni office space by the town of Hanover last week, according to Hanover director of planning, zoning and codes Robert Houseman.
Dartmouth recently joined the Hazing Prevention Consortium, a research-to-practice initiative led by the University of Maine to build an evidence base for hazing prevention on college campuses. The College’s involvement began with an invitation to join the group in summer 2017 and will continue through 2020, according to Office of Greek Life director Brian Joyce. Joyce and Student Wellness Center director Caitlin Barthelmes serve as liaisons between the College and the HPC.
On Jan. 24, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar ’88 as the United States secretary of health and human services in a vote of 55 to 43. President Donald Trump nominated Azar to the position in November 2017 to succeed Tom Price, who resigned from the position amid controversy over his use of private and government planes.
This article was featured in the 2018 Winter Carnival Issue.
The College has begun a two-year self-study project in pursuit of reaccreditation under the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation process, which takes place every 10 years and includes a five-year interim report, will be completed in 2020.
Anti-fascism scholar and College history professor Mark Bray gave a presentation yesterday called “Antifa: The History and Politics of Anti-Fascism.” Bray has been a central voice in the debate over the employment of violence by anti-fascist groups, authoring national bestseller “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” and speaking out in the media. Sponsored by Dartmouth’s Leslie Center for the Humanities, the lecture took place in Dartmouth Hall and had an attendance of 70 to 80 people, according to Leslie Center director and Italian professor Graziella Parati.
Dartmouth welcomed 565 students into the Class of 2022 during this year’s early decision round of applications, accepting 24.9 percent of a pool of 2,270 applicants, the largest pool of early decision applicants in the College’s history. The number of applications increased 13.6 percent from last year. According to a College news release, the group of admitted students, who will make up roughly 47 percent of the incoming freshman class, includes 145 student athletes, 26 QuestBridge finalists and almost 100 valedictorians and salutatorians.
BarHop, a College-sponsored program that ran from February 2014 through May 2017, is “taking a pause,” according to an email statement from Joshua Kol ’93, director of student performance programs at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The program, which hosted music events and offered free drinks for students aged 21 or older every Thursday, was a popular social space among older undergraduate students and graduate students.
The Mood Disorders Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will host its first International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event in Filene Auditorium on Nov. 18 to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The service, which seeks to advance recovery from mood disorders through scholarship, teaching and clinical care, is working with the New Hampshire chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to plan this event.
Officers of the Alpha Delta Alumni Corporation are currently applying to use the former Alpha Delta fraternity house for office space, according to corporation president John Pepper ’91 Tu’97. The original application, submitted to the town of Hanover by Alpha Delta in July 2017, was denied, Pepper said.
On Oct. 19, architects from Sasaki Associates, a firm based in Watertown, Massachusetts, led an informational presentation for students regarding the potential construction of dorms in College Park, a 35-acre open space near the center of campus. College Park is home to College landmarks such as Bartlett Tower, a bronze statue of Robert Frost and the Bema, an outdoor amphitheater used each year for class day and a candlelit twilight ceremony which ends Orientation each year.
The Native American community at the College celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day last Monday, Oct. 9. The celebration, planned by Native Americans at Dartmouth, began at midnight with a drumming circle on the Green and the lighting of a sacred fire, according to Kianna Burke ’12, the Native American Program interim director.