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Review, College no longer in court

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The College's involvement in lawsuits with The Dartmouth Review, the off-campus conservative weekly, ended this past April when three former Dartmouth students dropped a suit they had filed against the College in July 1988. This lawsuit was the last of several cases filed between 1985 and 1989 by both the College and The Review.


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Home Plate is open, but not for students

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Although students are still not allowed to eat there, Home Plate will open periodically this summer to accommodate the camps at the College. "This is done to keep the campers from spilling over into the Food Court area which is for the students," Dartmouth Dining Services Director Pete Napolitano said. With the influx of eaters that results from the variety of camps that the College hosts, more space is needed.


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Professors say extinctions caused by rock from space

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"If it had killed off the cockroaches, no one would care," Earth Sciences Professor Page Chamberlain said about the giant comet or meteor he thinks caused the last great mass extinction of life on earth. The cockroaches did not die 65 million years ago, nor did the mammals, but the dinosaurs and more than half the species on the planet did.


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Festival of floats set for Saturday

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Around noon on Saturday, more than 1000 people and their inner tubes will descend into the Connecticut River and try to maintain their places as the currents of the river push them downstream. As they work to anchor themselves, they will listen to live music, drink legal and illegal substances and spend a day of fun in the sun. All over campus, talk of this upcoming weekend's Tubestock event has many students anxiously awaiting Summer term's most ultimate experience. "I can't wait for it to get here because it's going to be a lot of fun," Hector Canales '95 said. Although Tubestock has become a Summer term tradition at Dartmouth, Student Programs Coordinator Linda Kennedy said the College and Tubestock are in no way related. The day-long, river-top party is thrown by Richard "Boomer" Akerboom '80, who stumbled upon the tradition when he decided to hold a party on the river for this friends during the summer of 1987. But, the incredible popularity of Tubestock, an experience most students begin to fantasize about as early as their freshmen trips, leads many to call Kennedy's office for dates of the event. "As early as January we get phone calls asking about Tubestock and we have to tell them we have nothing to do with it," Kennedy said. Akerboom, an environmental engineer and former member of Chi Heorot fraternity, remembered playing with his band on the deck of their river front apartment in Norwich, Vt., commonly referred to as the "River Ranch," during the first event. "There must have been around 200 people during the first Tubestock," Akerboom said. According to Akerboom, the idea of floating on a innertube in the river soon caught on as more and more people, including Dartmouth students, began to participate in the summer event. Akerboom soon realized his original party for friends had become a Dartmouth tradition, on par with the building of the Homecoming Bonfire and the Winter Carnival Sculpture. The event does not cost much at all, Akerboom said.



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Snapple scrutinized; Company denies anti-abortion stance

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A false allegation that the Snapple Beverage Corporation supports anti-abortion organizations was spread across campus last week via electronic mail. "We do not support or provide funds for any organizations involved in controversial or political positions," Snapple Public Relations Director Wendy Kaufman stated in a prepared statement. Campus sales of Snapple, the most popular beverage here, were not affected by the rumors.


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Health services limited in summer

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Reduced hours and services at Dick's House during the summer force students needing immediate medical attention to go to the emergency room at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after 4 p.m.


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Search underway to replace Blunt chief

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The search for a new vice president of Development and Alumni Affairs is underway with College President James Freedman's formation of an eight member search committee. The committee first met in late June, a month after Warren "Skip" Hance '55 announced he will retire. Headed by Dean of Faculty James Wright, the committee has placed advertisements in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Alumni Magazine to let people know of the opening. "We have advertised the position and begun the process of getting applications and nominations," Wright said. Freedman also sent a letter and a job description to several thousand Dartmouth alumni, inviting them to make nominations and to send in applications. Wright said although the committee would like to move quickly on the search, deadlines will remain loose.


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Carson '95 spent off-term as volunteer

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While other students talked about their summer term expectations at "Camp Dartmouth," Cecily Carson '95 found it difficult to relate. As she looked around the campus, Carson pictured 12 year-old Juan Ferran, a Hispanic youth from New York City's Spanish Harlem and a prospective member of the Class of 1999, immersed in the College's surroundings. Carson met Ferranwhile volunteering at Exodus House, an after-school program for predominantly Hispanic children.


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Pedestrian pathway planned for Mass Row

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The College will close down permanently the road in front of the Massachussetts Row dormitories this fall, to add a pedestrian atmosphere planners hope to create between Thayer Dining Hall and the new Collis Student Center. Treasurer Lyn Hutton announced the project in a letter sent to students earlier this week. According to Assistant Director of Business Affairs Bill Barr, the road will be blocked at each end of the cluster in a fashion similar to the brick walkway outside Rockefeller Center, which is blocked from the street with posts. On the pedestrian mall, Barr said, pavement will be replaced by grass on what is now sidewalk on one side of the street and parking on the other.



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'Womyn' post stickers

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A group of approximately 10 students plastered the campus Sunday night with stickers proclaiming "womyn are everywhere" in an effort to draw attention to women's issues and to provide Dartmouth with a radical voice, one member of the group said. The group attached the white stickers with plain black letters to buildings, bathroom walls, sign posts, windows and other locations around campus including the backs of cars parked in several fraternity parking lots. "By printing a fact on a sticker, we turned the message into a symbol; a symbol which strikes each person differently," said one woman who put up the stickers and who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The sticker's ambiguous message was intentional, she said. "They don't really say anything specific and yet they say a lot," the woman said.


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WWII veterans return

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This weekend the College will host the 50th reunion of the 234 Naval and Marines Corps veterans who drilled on the Green from July 1943 through the Spring of 1945 in preparation for service in World War II. The purpose of the preparatory tour, called V-12, was to train Navy and Marine Corps officers as well as offer them liberal arts courses.


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Minority women defend support group

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Members of a support group for minority women met last night to defend their group against charges of exclusivity, but the white women who criticized the group did not attend the meeting. The Women of Color Support Group, which meets Monday nights in the Women's Resource Center, opened its meeting last night to all female Dartmouth students in an effort to explain why the group is necessary and why it must be exclusive. Of the 29 women who attended the meeting, 24 were minorities.


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Tillman appointed interim freshmen dean

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Assistant Freshmen Dean Tony Tillman will take over as acting dean until a search committee finds Diana Beaudoin's successor. Dean of Students Lee Pelton, who chairs the search committee composed of faculty, administrators and students, said he expects to appoint a new freshmen dean in the next couple of weeks. Out of an application pool of 250, six candidates were selected for interviews, Pelton said.




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Rassias heads cultural language program

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Twelve students from the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, N.Y. are visiting Dartmouth from June 6 to 15 for a distinctive language-oriented academic and cultural program that is exposing them to College life and the "Francophone" world. The first consists of the academic and social atmosphere of Dartmouth.