Charlotte Bednar


New program sorts through College trash

After years of planning and some initial delays, the College has initiated an effort to separate its garbage into usable compost and actual trash. As part of the plan, College students and officials have color-coded dining hall garbage cans and added extra garbage cans to residence hall bathrooms. Dartmouth Recycles Intern Nicholas Dankers '01 said the composting project is the result of years of lobbying that brought a new composting facility to the old Hanover dump site. Director of Dartmouth Recycles Bill Hochstin said the facility received its first load of compostable garbage on August 3, after a series of trial runs over the course of the Summer Term. "I couldn't be more pleased with how it's working," Hochstin said. Dankers said the program will "profoundly alter the amount of trash we leave behind us every day and will keep nutrients local." He said the compostable garbage will be converted into a nutrient-rich dirt for use at the Dartmouth Organic farm, local soccer fields and private landscapers. Dankers said the College could potentially reduce 50 percent of its waste by recycling and composting. Hochstin said students have reacted positively to the program so far, and that the first load of garbage from Thayer Dining Hall was extremely well-sorted. Nonetheless, Dankers said it is very important that students sort their trash correctly. "The program is very susceptible to contamination," he said.

National Coming Out Week begins today

Today marks the beginning of this year's National Coming Out Week at the College, a week of speeches, entertainment and activities to educate and unite the campus. Sarah Burgamy '00, Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, said this week's activities will be more entertaining and are designed to attract more people than last year's NCOW. Everyone is welcome to these events, which are designed to "get the whole community together and educate everyone involved," Burgamy said. Margaret Smith, coordinator of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Programming, said the week's events are for everyone and are a "celebration of accepting who you are." The week will begin with a brown bag lunch discussion titled "Being Out at Dartmouth" today at noon in Shabazz hall. Other events include a Welcoming Reception on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 for new and old students, a reading by Michael Lowenthal '90 from his recently published novel Thursday at 4 in Sanborn House, a speech by actress, comedienne and oral historian Judith Sloan Friday at 7 in Brace Commons, a fashion show and dance for Saturday night in the Collis Commonground at 10, an Interfaith Service at Rollins Chapel Sunday morning at 10 and films shown throughout the week by the Dartmouth Film Society. "The different events are each targeted to address certain things," Smith said. Smith said, "The Welcoming Reception is an awesome event for new students on campus and returning students to meet faculty," while the Interfaith Service is designed to emphasize the spirituality of NCOW. Burgamy said she is most proud of the events that are designed to bring the whole campus together and said she is excited about fun events like the fashion show. Smith said the fashion show is open to everyone who would like to design or model clothing, and is a "celebratory, fun event." Students who are interested should contact Peter Jacobsen '00, DRA co-chair and coordinator of the event. Comedienne Judith Sloan, who has had positive reviews in The Village Voice, The London Times and on National Public Radio, will speak about media stereotypes and homophobia, Smith said. The National Coming Out Week committee, made up of faculty, staff, students and administrators, has worked hard to plan these events Smith said. Burgamy said a "slew of sponsors" have also helped out.

Some '99s avoid Summer term: 30 sophomores spend the summer experiencing real life, not classes

Although Sophomore Summer is technically a requirement for all College students, some members of the Class of 1999 have left Hanover behind this term to pursue a variety of special internships, vacations or jobs. Registrar Thomas Bickel said approximately 30 members of the Class of 1999 are not on campus this summer, close to the 35-person limit of students who can be excused from the Summer term requirement each year. But that limit is not set in stone -- Bickel added he is often "hard put to deny the thirty-sixth person" if he or she has a good excuse for a Sophomore Summer exemption. Varsity athletes who actually compete, not just train, for 12 terms are not required to enroll for any Summer term, he said.

Software piracy not a major concern

With the advancement of information technology and increased use of the World Wide Web, computer companies are wary of college students using the Web as a platform to distribute software illegally. Software companies have now begun to crack down on software piracy, the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted software. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a freshman at the University of Puget Sound was found distributing free copies of 100 software programs on his web page. An employee of Emigre Inc. found the web page during a routine search of the Internet for illegal copies of his company's software, according to the Chronicle.