While the Registrar's Office originally intended this year's registration process to be smoother thanks to the new online drop/add class option, multiple computer problems shut down the Banner Student server for a period yesterday, resulting again in long lines at its office. Starting Tuesday evening and into yesterday morning, students were either unable to log onto the site to register for courses, or having been allowed to sign on, found the site operating slowly. Students then had to go to the registrar to drop or add classes to their schedule, instead of being able to do the service online -- a program that was tested during the Summer term but was making its official debut this year. Students were also not able to check course assignments or schedules, or check-in for the term -- all functions of the Banner Student program. Phillip Hobbie of Computer Services said it was a combination of factors that led to the problems. Hobbie said the program's software was malfunctioning, causing extra sessions to be created and as a result, it seemed like there were more people accessing the system than there were in reality.
The joy of performing dominated the COSO awards ceremony yesterday, which took place in Collis Commonground. The Sheba Dance Ensemble was given the Committee on Student Organizations' top award for best group, and Mystery and Myth, a live-performance radio show for children, was given the best new organization prize. Sheba were called the "emissaries of the new wave of dance" at Dartmouth and were hailed as "community builders" for their varied performances across campus. Dance was celebrated again with "In-Motion" -- which featured performances by the Chinese dance group, Jumpstart and Ujima among others -- winning the award for best collaborative event. The Dartmouth Cords a cappella group was selected as the best performing group. Publications were recognized as well, with The Dartmouth Contemporary literary journal winning the best publication prize and Sports Weekly editor-in-chief Jonathan Miller '00 winning the organization leader of the year award. Advisors to student groups were also spotlighted, with awards going to Nora Yasumura, the Pan-Asian advisor, and Michael Hanitchak '73, advisor to Native Americans at Dartmouth.
While the conclusion of Winter term brought the possibility that for the first time ever the College would not be able to accommodate all students who sought on-campus housing, Director of Housing Services Lynn Rosenblum said yesterday she hopes to have settled housing arrangements for all registered students who applied by today. ORL was not able to accommodate students who are not registered for classes, however. Rosenblum said that every student who applied by the housing deadline received housing by the last day of Winter term finals and that she then moved on to housing students who were late in completing on-campus housing applications. Currently only four students with Residence terms for their D-Plans are without housing, and Rosenblum said she hopes they will be accommodated by today. Those students are registering for classes, she said, even without housing. The original waitlist for housing Spring term peaked at 100, and was whittled down to 26 by February 23. Rosenblum told The Dartmouth in February that the only way rooms open up is when students already given Spring term housing cancel their contracts, and that she monitored students' D-Plans daily for changes. Rosenblum said students not taking classes -- including seniors who were up until Spring term employed by ORL -- were not given housing in residence halls. Some College-owned undergraduate societies, like Amarna, and Greek organizations, like Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority, added extra residents to accommodate members who were off and needed housing. Similar housing crunches will probably arise again next fall and spring terms, she said. Rosenblum said she hopes that while new residence halls are being constructed, the College will look into finding ways to encourage residence in Winter term to alleviate Fall and Spring term enrollments.
Members of the Arts and Sciences faculty voted yesterday to support recommendations by the steering committee to review Senior and Undergraduate Societies, Affinity Houses and Programs and to introduce new guidelines for alcohol and other drugs. The only spirited discussion centered around the fourth proposal offered at the faculty meeting -- for faculty members on the steering committee to report annually to the faculty on the implementation of the recommendations for changes resulting from the initiative. The motion wound up passing after an amendment proposed by religion professor Susan Ackerman was included that called for the steering committee faculty representatives to monitor process in implementation of the faculty's recommendations from the Feb.
In his last State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton was out to save his legacy -- by calling for policies like a $350 billion tax cut to finance college educations, as well as touting his and Vice President Al Gore's achievements. Saying "all of us are judged by our dreams and deeds we pass on," Clinton called for numerous programs, including strict licensing for handguns, money for health care and schools and hate crimes legislation. While saying the country is better off today than in 1993 when he took office, Clinton also gave credit to Gore, who is currently running himself for the presidency. Clinton referenced Gore six times in his speech, as well as thanking Gore's wife Tipper, and his wife Hillary, herself running for senator in New York. Only five days before the N.H.
Community to receive what is expected to be a provocative report at 7:30 a.m.
Poll: Opinion divided on process and optimism towards Initiative's effects on College
While representatives of College cultural groups express hope that the Student Life Initiative will improve life for minorities on campus, many are unsure if the steering committee's recommendations will include the specific proposals their groups have advocated. Several campus cultural groups -- including the Afro-American society, the Korean American Students Association and the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan -- submitted formal proposals to the Dean's Task Force, which collected input for the steering committee last spring. AAm President Olivia Carpenter '00 said she hopes the steering committee's impending recommendations and the ultimate changes the Initiative brings will improve the environment on campus. The AAm's proposal includes ideas about improving residence halls, expanding cable plans for student rooms, as well as diversifying businesses in Hanover. The AAm proposal also recommended that actions which violate the Dartmouth Principle of Community should become subject to judicial review.
While the date for the revelation of the steering committee's recommendations to the Board of Trustees on its Student Life Initiative is now fairly certain, debate on how the announcements will be made and discussed is just beginning. College President James Wright's Wednesday night meeting with student leaders announced the report's release date -- the week of January 10, 2000 -- but it also began what will be substantial discussion surrounding the methods of dissemination and debate of the report. Student leaders have expressed desire for the release to be "personal," while at the same time, questions have arisen over whether the Student Assembly should facilitate discussions on the report following its release. Both steering committee co-chair Trustee Susan Dentzer '77 and Board of Trustees Chair William H.