Amanda Lawrence


Freshman families arrive tomorrow

The College will welcome more than 1,000 members of its extended family to campus this weekend for the annual Freshman Family Weekend. Parents and other family members of freshmen will attend a number of planned activities and share the Dartmouth experience tomorrow through Sunday. Lindsay Page '98, who co-chaired a committee that planned the weekend, said about 550 families are scheduled to come to campus this weekend. Page said the committee has been working on the weekend's agenda since Fall term.

FSP in Russia may change location

The Russian department and the Environmental Studies program are attempting to move the site of their joint Foreign Studies Program in Russia from Moscow to Novosibirsk. The proposal to switch the FSP's location was discussed yesterday by the Committee on Off-Campus Activities, according to Russian Department Chair Richard Sheldon. Environmental Studies Professor Andrew Friedland, the chair of the committee, said the committee has made a decision about the proposed switch, but declined to comment on it. The program will remain in Moscow this spring. Under the switch, the joint FSP would move to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia.

Winter wolf being built

Even though there now is enough snow to complete the traditional Winter Carnival sculpture on the center of the Green, there still is a chance the sculpture will not be completed. Patricia Bankowski '95, who is in charge of building this year's sculpture, said if enough students do not come out to help construct the sculpture, it will not be finished in time for Carnival. "I do have some concerns about the timing of the snow sculpture," she wrote in an electronic mail message.

Local legend lends a hand on busy football game weekends

For the past 41 years, Hanover Traffic Director Ben Thompson has played a hand in controlling the mad rush of visitors who flood the roads -- particularly the intersection of Main and Wheelock Streets -- on home football game weekends. Thompson is always standing in the intersection outside the Hanover Inn, adorned in a traditional uniform complete with brass buttons and white gloves.

Collis invaded by virtual pterodactyls

Collis Common Ground was transformed into an outer space galaxy terrorized by giant, swooping pterodactyls yesterday -- at least for two people at a time. But to the crowd that gathered around the virtual reality video games, the most unusual feature of the room was the temporary addition of two large television screens, two big black podiums and game equipment that included large visors, belts and hand controllers for the participants in "Virtual Reality- Pterodactyl Terror" to wear. From 5 to 11 p.m., two people at a time stood on the platforms and played the three-minute game as spectators watched from large television screens.

Russian department moves off campus

If you haven't yet noticed, something is missing from Dartmouth Hall -- the Russian department. The department moved off-campus to a small, white New England style farmhouse at 44 North College Street across from Burke Laboratory before the term began. The College suggested the move and provided the funding, Russian Department Chair Richard Sheldon said. "It has been known for some time now that Dartmouth Hall is overcrowded," Sheldon said.