Amy Semet


Professors, known for teaching, find new niche to excel in

Dartmouth professors, widely known for their superlative teaching ability, also say the College provides an excellent atmosphere for top-rate research. Many professors said the Dartmouth Plan gives them flexibility that makes research easier. "It is possible to arrange your teaching schedule so that you have a fairly substantial amount of time off when you are working on a major project," said Film Studies Professor Joanna Rapf, who said the teaching load at Dartmouth is lighter than at other universities. Rapf wrote a book called "Buster Keaton: A Bio-Bibliography," which is about the great film comedian, his life and his art. Rapf said she wrote the book over seven years and has dedicated it to her research assistant who died unexpectedly of cancer. "The book appears in 1995 because it is the 100th anniversary of Buster's birth," Rapf said. Professors also have a wealth of funds to draw upon to help them in their research. "A professor can use the stipend for a student research assistant, who may help by getting needed books and articles from the library," English Professor Blanche Gelfant said.

Majority of rapes on campus involve alcohol

Although there are no statistics that directly correlate Homecoming weekend with a greater incidence of sexual assault, the presence of alcohol should lead women to be extra careful if they venture out to parties this weekend, acording to experts. Assistant Coordinator of Sexual Awareness and Sexual Abuse Programs Liza Veto said that most rapes on campus usually involve alcohol. "When more alcohol is consumed, such as on big weekends, there is a greater risk for a person to be a perpetuator or a victim of sexual assault," Veto said. Rebel Roberts, the crime prevention officer for Safety and Security, said that there were no reports of sexual assault or rape on the weekend of Homecoming last year, from Thursday to Monday morning. "This may not reflect what actually occurred," Roberts said.

BlitzMail available for free

Dartmouth recently stopped its efforts to market its electronic-mail program to corporations and universities because no one bought the program after it had been on the market for about two years. Now, anyone who wants to use BlitzMail, which was developed at Dartmouth in 1987, can do it free of charge. In April 1993, Dartmouth Computing Services offered BlitzMail up to prospective buyers for commercial and educational use. At that time, officials said they would charge $500 for a university license.

Panhell hopes to revitalize DG to add seventh sorority

The alternative Delta Gamma rush plan this term essentially is an attempt to revitalize the College's weakest sorority in hopes that the Panhellenic Council will be able to ask for the College's permission to create a seventh mainstream sorority. But although DG President Abbey Henderson '96 said the alternative rush program was a success, the numbers do not seem to be what the sorority hoped for. "We are in the process of offering bids to women who dropped out of rush or who did not receive bids," Henderson said.

Math Dept. gets $4M

The National Science Foundation awarded Dartmouth's mathematics department a $4 million, five-year grant as part of a $12 million national effort to try to improve undergraduate education. The grant is designed to "promote broad and significant improvements in undergraduate education that can lead to increased student appreciation of and ability to use mathematics," according to a press release. Math Department Chair Kenneth Bogart said the grant will be used to develop new courses and new material for existing courses. "The emphasis is on connections between mathematics and other areas of study, ranging from music to physics," Bogart said.

Sailing team off to quick start

The women's sailing team placed fourth at the Women's Intersectional at Yale last weekend, good enough to qualify themfor the Atlantic Coast Championships. The women's team, which has moved from seventh to sixth in national rankings,was the second highest finisher from New England in the Women's Intersectional.Navy won the race, Tufts University placed second and Charleston came in third. "We have really strong women skippers,"Heather Melanson '97 said.

Math Professor Rockmore to receive Presidential award

President Bill Clinton recently named Mathematics Professor Daniel Rockmore one of 15 American scientists who will receive a 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award. The award annually recognizes young faculty members who demonstrate excellence in scientific or engineering research and in teaching. Each Presidential Fellow receives a grant from the National Science Foundation of up to $100,000 a year for five years to allow the researcher to pursue self-designed research and teaching projects. Rockmore said he plans to use some of the award money to improve the mathematics environment at Dartmouth. "I plan to use some of the money to buy more equipment and to bring visitors in," Rockmore said in a telephone interview from Princeton, N.J.

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