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Daily Debriefing

(03/01/12 4:00am)

Harvard University has halted experiments on monkeys and increased oversight at its New England Primate Research Center after the fourth primate death in the past four years, The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. The fourth monkey had to be euthanized on Sunday, likely as a result of a lack of a water bottle in its cage, according to The Globe. Three of the four monkey deaths have occurred since October, even though the research center underwent a change in leadership in September to increase oversight, The Globe reported. Scrutiny of the facilities will not stop until Harvard leadership is confident that the problems have been amended, and a committee is being formed to assess current policies and leadership, according to The Globe.

Daily Debriefing

(02/08/12 4:00am)

Student Assembly struck down two amendments proposed by Will Hix '12 during its meeting on Tuesday. The first amendment sought to change the voting process for the student body president and the student body vice president from approval voting to preferential voting. In the current voting model, students vote for any number of candidates running for a given position. Under the proposed model, votes would have been tabulated based on a ranking system and the votes for each candidate would be evaluated against every other candidate's ranking independent of others running, with the candidate who won every head-to-head comparison emerging as the winner. To pass, the amendment needed approval from five of the seven voting members present but received none. The second amendment proposed eliminating all eligibility requirements except on-campus residence for student body president and vice president positions, as well as prohibiting the Assembly from setting further eligibility requirements. The amendment needed approval votes from six of the nine voting members present in order to pass. Two members voted for the amendment, six voted against it and one abstained.

Satterlund picked to lead OPAL

(02/01/12 4:00am)

The selection process for the new OPAL director involved a national search conducted by a committee composed of students, faculty and staff, Johnson said. The committee narrowed the choice down to three "top-notch" finalists, but Satterlund was the "clear consensus candidate," Johnson said. Satterlund's experience working with minority groups including LGBT students and students of color influenced her selection, according to Johnson.

Daily Debriefing

(01/23/12 4:00am)

Yale University imposed stricter tailgating regulations on Thursday following a death at a tailgating event last year, the Yale Daily News reported Friday. The Nov. 19 death of Nancy Barry at a Harvard-Yale tailgate prompted the additional rules. As a result of the new restrictions, kegs and box trucks such as U-Hauls have been banned from all tailgating events. Yale also now prohibits vehicles in the tailgating zone and will ensure that the tailgating area be cleared by the start of the game, the Daily News reported. A U-Haul truck delivering kegs to a fraternity tailgate struck a group of people and killed Barry and hurt two others. According to Yale College Dean Mary Miller, the committee that issued the new rules was influenced by similar regulations already in place at other institutions, according to the Daily News. Yale also plans to discuss tailgating policies with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and to more extensively review tailgating procedures, according to the Daily News.

Daily Debriefing

(01/13/12 4:00am)

The New Hampshire primary sparked debate among students and faculty at New Hampshire institutions of higher education regarding the importance of the Republican student vote in this year's presidential election, USA Today reported. Assistant government professor Joseph Bafumi argued that college campuses are too liberal to be significant to a current Republican candidate, USA Today reported. Others believe that the student vote is neither excessively liberal nor insignificant to Republicans. College Republicans President J.P. Harrington '14 said that many students have become increasingly conservative because they are disappointed with United States President Barack Obama's performance, especially with regard to the economy. Approximately 44 percent of New Hampshire residents between 18 and 29 years old identified themselves as independents in 2008 exit polls, according to Tuft University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Students say exceeding course caps not an issue

(01/12/12 4:00am)

With the start of the Winter term last week, many students spent the first several days of classes rearranging their schedules and shopping for courses, a number of which were already full. While over-enrollment in which courses are filled beyond their established cap sizes is a significant problem at some colleges and universities, professors and students said the issue rarely interferes with the classroom experience at the College. Last Fall, 36 of 419 courses, or nine percent of all classes, were oversubscribed at the time of course election, according to College Registrar Meredith Braz. During the Summer term, 20 of 248 courses, or eight percent, were over-enrolled, while 11 percent were over-enrolled last Spring. These numbers reflect that over-enrollment in classes is not a significant problem at Dartmouth, Braz said.

Daily Debriefing

(01/06/12 4:00am)

Renowned geneticist and former Dartmouth professor James Crow died Tuesday at the age of 95, the National Center for Science Education reported. Crow who received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Friends University and his PhD in zoology from the University of Texas, Austin served as a professor at the College from 1941 to 1948. Crow taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, until his 1986 retirement. As a result of his work in genetics, he was offered membership to the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, according to the Center. Crow also received the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal from the Genetics Society of America, the Center reported. In 1960, Crow became president of the Genetics Society of America and in 1963, he became president at the American Society of Human Genetics.

Dartmouth Aires advance to final episode of ‘The Sing-Off'

(11/22/11 4:00am)

For their second song, the Aires performed "Shout" by the Isley Brothers, a song chosen for them by the judges. The group delivered an interactive performance, mingling with audience members throughout their rendition, dancing in the aisles and even bringing the microphones directly to the judges at one point for them to join in.

Daily Debriefing

(11/14/11 4:00am)

The Tuck School of Business ranked first for the number of job offers students received following Commencement, as 97 percent of graduates received offers, according to a ranking published by Poets and Quants on Nov. 8. In its second year in the number one ranking, Tuck shares the top spot with Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Job offers for graduates of highly ranked business schools have increased over the past two years, and only one highly-ranked business school examined by Poets and Quants the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Management reported a decrease in the percentage of graduates offered jobs. Tuck's 2011 success rate is identical to that of last year but represents an 11 percent increase from 2009, when only 86 percent of graduates received offers, Poets and Quants reported.

Daily Debriefing

(11/02/11 3:00am)

Student Assembly members discussed a proposed amendment to change Student Body president and vice president election procedures from approval voting to preferential voting during Tuesday's General Assembly meeting. Student Body President Max Yoeli '12 outlined an amendment proposed by Will Hix '12 who failed to pass a similar amendment last year to elect the president and vice president by preferential voting, or ranking candidates in order of preference. The amendment also aims to remove all candidate eligibility restrictions other than one requiring candidates to be in residence near the College during the following Fall, Winter and Spring terms, Yoeli said. During the meeting, Assembly members debated whether the removal of eligibility restrictions based on disciplinary and academic history would underemphasize the importance of Student Assembly leaders' character. "You should have those requirements because you're assuring that someone with good character is getting that position," Patrick Campbell '15 said. Others argued that disciplinary history is private and has no place in the voting arena. Assembly members also disagreed on the role of the Elections Planning and Advisory Committee, which has been responsible for administering all elections and deciding election procedure in the past. While some stated that the Assembly should have control over its own procedures, others emphasized the importance of giving EPAC sovereignty. "EPAC's goal and function is to be removed from the politics of it all," Rohail Premjee '14 said. "All these decisions we're making should be left to EPAC." Student Assembly members will vote on the amendment at the Assembly's meeting next week.

Daily Debriefing

(10/31/11 3:00am)

Lee Forest, who was hired by Harvard University in September as its first director of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender student life, declined the position citing personal and professional reasons just days before he was slated to assume the role, The Harvard Crimson reported. In response to the announcement by Forest, who was set to start on Tuesday, Assistant Dean of Student Life Emelyn dela Pena organized a meeting of LGBT organization leaders on Friday. Emily Miller, who previously served as the graduate assistant for LGBT student life, will serve as interim coordinator of LGBT student life while a committee searches for a new director, according to The Crimson. Members of Harvard's LGBT organizations expressed concern that the lack of a defined leader will hinder advocacy efforts by the LGBT community. Harvard's search committee will reconvene in January or February to begin the search for a replacement, The Crimson reported.

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