Charles Davant


Special Collections will be renamed for Rauner '78

The College's Special Collections library, which is permanently moving to Webster Hall, will be renamed the Rauner Special Collections Library, after Bruce Rauner '78. Rauner, a venture capitalist from Chicago, donated $5 million to help fund the renovation of Webster Hall, expected to cost approximately $10 million. Director of Major Gifts Paul Sheff said the College had hoped to give the collection a name all along. "This is precisely what we had worked for, planned for, hoped for," he said. A gift of 51 percent of a building's cost usually gives the donor the privilege of naming the building. Sheff said while it is premature to judge when the Collge will move Special Collections into Webster, renovations could begin as early as next year. The Webster renovations will provide much-needed space for the millions of books, manuscripts and photographs in Special Collections.


Hanover-Hartford television station goes on-line

In an era when people shop on the Internet, conduct research on the Internet and communicate on the Internet, it makes sense that they would watch television on the Internet. Well, almost. The local NBC affiliate, WNNE-TV Hartford-Hanover has started a World Wide Web page, which includes local weather, television listings and links to other web sites. WNNE Account Executive Wally Caswell, who is in charge of the website, said the studio is promoting the site as "a link to a lot of other great places." "We are a place to start your browsing day," he said. On the page, station meteorologist Tom Hoyt's weather forecast is frequently updated and presented in an easy-to-read manner.

Suicide attempter identified

Hanover Police has identified the man who shot himself in the chest on College property last Saturday as Randall Smith, a 41-year old Connecticut native. As of last night, Smith was in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Critical condition implies that vital signs are unstable and there are major complications, which could be fatal. Smith shot himself in the chest in an apparent suicide attempt in his car at the College parking lot beside the Connecticut River on Saturday afternoon. A Safety and Security officer responded to the event after being waved down by Smith. Hanover Police Chief Nick Giaconne declined to comment on Smith's possible motives behind the shooting, calling any such talk "mere speculation." Giaconne said Smith "has been living in his car for the last couple of years" and moving throughout New England. Police have not yet determined why Smith came to Hanover, but a press release states that Smith "had relatives living in this area many years ago." Smith was recently released from a hospital in Burlington, Vt., the release states.

Man attempts suicide in River parking lot

An unidentified man, in an apparent attempt to commit suicide, shot himself in the chest in his car in the College parking lot next to the Connecticut River on Saturday afternoon. Hanover Police was dispatched to the scene at 3:47 p.m.

Department's future remains uncertain

The committee formed by Dean of the Social Sciences George Wolford to investigate alternatives to the Education Department's teacher training program has not yet begun to do research. "Nothing is happening yet this summer," Wolford said.

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