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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.
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.
Recent developments, such as the opening of the Irving Institute, have sparked discussions about clean renewable energy on Dartmouth’s campus. The Dartmouth Hanover Heating Plant, which has been supplying campus with energy since 1903, is the oldest continuously operating co-generational energy plant in the country. Using cogeneration — heat and energy production — the plant supplies electricity and heat by sending low-pressure steam around campus. To create this steam, the plant runs off of No. 6 fuel oil, a type of residual oil characterized by both an extremely high-energy concentration as well as an extremely high rate of pollution.
From May 8 to 13, the Dartmouth African Students Association hosted its first Africa Week since 2019, celebrating African identity and culture on campus. The program, which had been suspended due to the pandemic, returned after its four-year hiatus, DASA announced in a campus-wide email on May 5. DASA first held Africa Week in May 2017, the email stated. The week was spearheaded by the Africa Week Committee, a group of community members across various organizations.
On April 21, the Provost’s Office announced that a swastika had been drawn into the dirt on the side of the Green in a campus-wide email. Safety and Security documented the discovery of the symbol — which is associated with antisemitism and genocide perpetrated by the Nazi party — before removing it immediately, the email stated.
This year, the American Council of Learned Societies awarded three Dartmouth scholars with 2023 fellowships: history lecturer Sarah Carson, second-year geography postdoctoral fellow Son Ca Lam and assistant religion professor Sara Swenson. The fellowship program “supports exceptional scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences,” according to its website. The three join a cohort of 60 early-stage scholars from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants, leading Dartmouth to tie the University of Washington this year for the largest number of recipients from a single institution, Dartmouth News reported. The Dartmouth sat down with Lam to hear more about her fellowship, research and goals.
On April 17, Dartmouth hosted its first in-person Dimensions — a program aimed at allowing admitted students to experience a snapshot of life at the College — since 2018, admissions director Paul Sunde said. According to Sunde, a collective 650 admitted students in the Class of 2027 confirmed attendance to Dimensions, which will offer a second event on April 24.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter at Dartmouth, formerly known as Scarlett Hall, is now listed on SAE’s national organization website after it was derecognized nearly seven years ago. According to internet archives, the chapter was not listed on the national chapter list in September 2022 and appeared on the website by February 2023.
In February, molecular geneticist and biological sciences professor Mary Lou Guerinot was elected to serve a three-year term on the 17-member Governance Council of the National Academy of Sciences, beginning July 1. The NAS is a private, non-profit society of esteemed scholars aiming to “provide independent, objective advice to the nation on matters of science and technology,” according to its website. Scientists are elected to the NAS by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. Guerinot is known for her pioneering research on iron homeostasis in plants and for helping to define the field of ionomics — the study of elemental accumulation in living systems. She became a member of the larger Academy, which has 2,500 members, in 2016. Guerinot sat down with The Dartmouth to discuss her research and upcoming position on the Governance Council.
On March 6, the College announced the launch of Dartmouth Classroom Rapid Refresh, an initiative aimed at updating roughly five Arts and Sciences and Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies classrooms a term, resulting in a full cycle of classroom updates every five years, according to a Dartmouth News article. The plan will go into action beginning in the summer of 2023.
This article is featured in the 2023 Winter Carnival special issue.
On Sept. 8, the College announced through a community-wide email that Headspace, a “science-backed app for mindfulness and meditation,” will now be available at no cost for students, staff and faculty. The app provides users with guiding tools for wellness practices, such as managing stress, sleeping better and mindful exercise.
After temporarily suspending the 50-yard swim test requirement for previous classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College eliminated the 50-yard swim test for all students beginning with the Class of 2026, according to senior associate athletic director for physical education and recreation Joann Brislin. Starting with the Class of 2026, students will once again be required to complete three PE credits for graduation — though there will be new wellness offerings that can be used to fulfill this requirement, according to Brislin.
After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, Green Key is returning to campus from May 19-21, accompanied by a new no-guest policy for the Programming Board concert except for members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021.
On April 7, the College announced a $88 million expansion and renovation of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, with the goal to “enhance opportunities for artistic exploration and growth” in the building. The expansion is part of the College’s $3 billion Call to Lead campaign.
Throughout April, students admitted to the Class of 2026 will be able to participate in single-day visits to the College as part of this year’s Discover Dartmouth program. The program fills in for the formerly offered Dimensions program, a pre-pandemic event for admitted students that included an overnight stay with a current student.
This month, three new on-campus dining options will be available to students: The Fern Coffee and Tea Bar at the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, Back of the Napkin at the Engineering and Computer Science Center and the Cafe@Baker in Baker-Berry Library.
This term, two new apps have been created by or with the help of students: a new D-Plan app and a Dartmouth Directory app. The D-Plan application in DartHub was created by the Registrar in partnership with the Information, Technology and Consulting office and the student-run DALI Lab, while Jordan Mann ’25 created the new iOS Dartmouth Directory app.
On Jan. 15, Listen Community Services, a secondhand store chain that uses its proceeds for community projects, announced on Facebook that it would be opening up a boutique section in their Lebanon thrift store location on Jan. 18. According to the post, the space will function as a way for more expensive clothing to be concentrated in one area.
Omicron has found its way into nursing and retirement homes in the Upper Valley, which have reported rising cases and staff shortages.