Alicia Jennings


Dartmouth Formula Racing team constructs own race car

Deep within the Thayer Engineering School, the Dartmouth Formula Racing team is busy preparing its first entry ever for a four-day race car competition that will be held in May in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Mich. Cars from about 50 North American universities will face off at the event, which is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series, said Jeff Buck '95, the team's founder and captain. Cars will be judged on their design and performance, handling and acceleration and cost-efficiency, Buck said. Although few Dartmouth students have heard of the team, members have been hard at work in their subterranean lair, holding meetings, planning fundraising and, of course, building their car. There are 27 team members, ranging from students from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration to engineering students to a studio air major. Mike McNelis '96, the team's administrative leader, said the studio art major is fittingly in charge of designing the team's logo. The cars are "single seat, open wheeled mini formula cars," according to a society brochure. The team intends to finish construction by Feb.

Hutton, highest-ranking female, manages $308M budget

At first glance, Vice President and Treasurer Lyn Hutton does not act like the person who manages Dartmouth's $308 million annual budget or its $902 million endowment. Nor is it immediately apparent that the mild-mannered and well-spoken financial advisor is also the College's highest-ranking female administrator and the first woman to hold the offices of vice president and chief financial officer at Dartmouth. However, Hutton, who can be characterized as laid-back and self-effacing, takes her success as a trailblazer in stride.

Pelton to announce administrators

Dean of the College Lee Pelton said he will soon announce the College's plans to address concerns presented by two minority groups that have asked the College for additional support and resources on campus. Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Organization co-Chair Earl Plante '94 said Winter term that the College tentatively planned to hire two new administrators, one to advise the gay, lesbian and bisexual community and one to advise the Latino community. Pelton said yesterday he would not comment on how the College plans to address the needs of the two communities, but said he would use existing resources to address their needs. "Our policy will be to, as a matter of principle, support all students for them to achieve their potential," he said. "Any decisions on this issue in particular will be made with this in mind," he said.

Office of Speech may be closed

This fall, a faculty committee will consider the future of the Office of Speech because the pro-gram's lone professor is retiring. Of the two professors teaching the program's three courses this past year, Goodwin Berquist retired at the end of the Spring term and William Brown is set to step down at the end of this coming winter, according to Mary Jean Green, associate dean of the faculty for Humanities. The committee, which will be formed by the Dean of the Faculty Office, will make its recommendations to Dean of Faculty James Wright by the end of the winter. The office is consulting with various faculty members this summer, Green said, including retired Professor Merelyn Reeve and former Speech Department Chair Herbert James. The Board of Trustees approved a faculty vote in June1979, which dissolved the Speech Department, but continued offering speech courses. Since then, speech courses have operated under the Office of Speech. Though Green said the Dean of the Faculty Office can not predict what the faculty committee will recommend, she said possible options include hiring new professors, dissolving the office or incorporating it into another department. "I'm sure a variety of options will be considered," Green said.

Rwanda forum

The Dickey Center for International Understanding hosts a conference tomorrow afternoon on the situation in Rwanda on the Collis Center terrace. The forum, which runs from 12 p.m.

Students discuss dating scene

At a discussion about dating at Dartmouth Monday night, a group of students decided that the root of the problem with romantic relationships is BlitzMail. The discussion, led by Health Education Coordinator Gabrielle Lucke, combined exercises and interactions to discuss various aspects of dating. About 50 students attended the talk, titled "Can We Talk?

Clinton may vacation in New Hampshire

President Bill Clinton may vacation on southern New Hampshire's Squam Lake before heading to Martha's Vineyard for at least a week in August. According to a July 7 Boston Globe report, a senior White House official, travelling with Clinton on his trip to Europe, said the President may spend a few days in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, possibly on "Golden Pond." The official did not specify whether he was referring to Squam Lake where the movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed. The College owns the Minary Center on Squam Lake. When asked about the President's rumored vacation plans, College spokesman, Alex Hupp e , said, "I have not heard that, but it would be an ideal place.

Professors cancel the Women Studies survey

The Women's Studies program canceled plans last term for a survey to study diversity in Dartmouth classrooms after the program's directors decided the survey would not provide accurate information. The survey, scheduled to be given last winter, was funded by the Bildner Endowment.