Anne Renna


Reinvestment in S. Africa yields unclear results

One year after the Board of Trustees decided to lift its ban on investing in South Africa, College financial officers say it is virtually impossible to determine what effect this decision has had on the College's earnings. The officers attribute this to the nature of the College's investments, which have only involved investments in companies conducting businesses in South Africa and not direct investment in the country itself. Last November, the Board voted to rescind a 1989 ban on investment in South Africa, closing the final chapter in a decade-long controversy that sparked some of the largest student protests in the College's history and contributed to the resignation of former College President David McLaughlin. The ban was instituted to protest the South African government's apartheid policies. But College Vice President and Treasurer Lyn Hutton said the decision has had little impact on the College's investment strategies except to increase the number of investment opportunities. "From an investment point of view, it increased the number of companies we could look at; it gave us more options," Hutton said. Director of Investments Jon King said the decision to divest was more important symbolically than economically. "From a political and social point of view, the decision to divest was an important one," King said.

Health Services gets $109K

A new $109,000 federal grant will help College Health Services expand both its drug and alcohol education programs and staff. The money, which comes from the U.S.

Baker Tower bells take requests

So integrally a part of daily life at Dartmouth, the familiar presence of the Baker Tower bells can often go unnoticed -- until you find yourself humming "Flintstones, meet the Flintstones ..." as you walk across the Green. James von Rittman '95 is the man behind the machine.

Women trace the 22 years of coeducation

At a panel discussion Thursday night, six women spoke about the evolution of coeducation at the College during the last 22 years. The panel was the second event in the year-long Student Assembly-sponsored "Women, Leadership, and Activism" symposium. It was designed to "stimulate intellectual conversation on coeducation," said Lischa Barret '95, who moderated the event. Panelists included chair of the Assembly's Intellectual Life Committee Shakari Cameron '96, Cara Abercrombie '97, History Professor Judy Byfield '80, Associate Dean of Faculty Mary Jean Greene, Associate Dean of Thayer School Carol Muller '77 and Associate Director of the Hopkins Center Marga Rahmann '78. The panel began with the showing of a 1991 film, "Not Men of Dartmouth," a senior project that documented life at the College before coeducation and during its earliest years. The film showed bus-loads of women coming up for Winter Carnival and featured interviews with several women from the first female classes, including one who told of being raped. After the film, the panelists discussed the progress of coeducation at the College since 1972 and the issues that still need to be addressed.

'97 council selects its officers

The Freshman Council last night elected Randi Barnes President of the Class of 1998 and Thomas Franks Vice President. Barnes defeated five other freshmen: Joan Ai, Peter Bastian, Amit Malhotra, Douglas Young and Clair Jones.


College, Montshire Museum help Upper Valley get on line

The Upper Valley will soon be connected to the Internet as a result of the combined efforts of the Montshire Museum of Science and Dartmouth's Computing Services. For the last six months, John Hawkins, director of community computing at the College, has been working to establish ValleyNet, a computer network that will be operated and managed by the Montshire Museum. Individual households will pay approximately $15 per month for unlimited access to public information -- such as Dartmouth College Information Services and electronic mail -- as well as the variety of offerings across the Internet "We're encouraging schools, non-profit social service agencies and town governments to get accounts, and we're sort of underwriting the cost by charging businesses somewhat more," Hawkins explained. The Montshire Museum, located in Norwich, Vt., is counting on volunteers from the community to help keep its costs down. "So far support from the community has been strong," said Alex Dohan, administrative coordinator of ValleyNet.

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