It's All in the Cosmos
The Summer term hosts an onslaught of non-Dartmouth students who live in the College's residential halls during their time in Hanover.
An incident of sexual assault and another of indecent exposure and lewdness were reported to Hanover Police last week.
With members of the Class of 2007 wondering what their futures may hold after Sunday's Commencement ceremonies and their farewell to the College, they can find comfort in the tradition of success many of the College's alumni have had in a wide range of fields.
Lauren Wool / The Dartmouth Senior Staff The Dean of the College search committee plans to make a final recommendation to College President James Wright within the next few weeks, pending a series of on-campus interviews with candidate Carmen Twilie Ambar, whose visit was delayed.
Ryan Yuk / The Dartmouth Staff The beginnings of a student-run campaign to raise awareness about alleged inhumane practices of the Coca-Cola company, with which Dartmouth Dining Services is contracted, jump-started this week as the culminating project for a Latin American, Latino and Caribbean studies class called "Latinos in the '60s: Beyond Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll." According to students in the class, the main contention points are Coke's use of Colombian bottlers who employ death squads to keep workers from unionizing and Coke's privatization of water in India, especially in poor, rural areas. The students' focus is on raising enough student support to provoke Student Assembly legislation requesting dialogue with the administration around the College's contract with Coca-Cola. "We want to discuss what are our options, what should we be doing as a socially conscious campus and working with [the administration]," class member Lena Martinez-Watts '08 said.
Free food and warm weather are the foundation for success of this year's non-Greek Green Key events, according to Green Key Society President JeanCarlos Bonilla '08. "At this point people are low on DBA, so people pretty much take the free food that they can get," Bonilla said. For the first time this year, VEG Roast, a vegetarian barbecue, will be included on the schedule, slated to take place on Saturday afternoon on the Collis porch.
Ryan Yuk / The Dartmouth Staff Poet and activist Staceyann Chin recited four poems intermixed with personal reflection, observation and advice at a dinner Wednesday -- accepting her plaque and her place as the eighth annual Visionary in Residence at the Center for Women and Gender. Chin, who had the opportunity to sit in with students in classes, at Sexual Assault Peer Advisor training and at informal dinner and lunch discussions, said she wished to push students to take the curricular dialogue around race, class and gender issues and the respect they afford their peers within a classroom into their social and extracurricular spectra. Chin noted a tendency for students to "play liberal" in a formal setting, but lose that respect for others when the formality is lifted. "You have to find a way inside of yourself and say, 'You know what, the way that I treat my friend is not in congruence with my politics -- the way I treat my classmate, the way I talk to the women around me, the way I speak to the help around me' -- It has to begin with you," Chin said. Chin opened last night's dinner with her poem, "Imagination," which mixed laugh-provoking one-liners with her overall political call for activism. "Imagination is the bridge between the things you know for sure and the things you need to believe when your world becomes unbearable," she began. As she continued, Chin listed manifestations of classism, racism and sexism which make the world "unbearable." "I believe in monsters lurking under the bed because it gives our children something to conquer before the world begins to conquer them," she said. Chin directed her dialogue mostly to women, who composed the majority of the audience of students, faculty and administrators.
Editor's note: This is the final article in a three-part series on the experiences of transgender students at Dartmouth.