Jeffrey Giuffrida


Albee, others to receive degrees

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a former New Hampshire governor and a Nobel Prize-winning physician are three of the luminaries who will receive honorary degrees at the Commencement ceremonies on June 8. In addition to Commencement speaker and Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen '64, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, seven other Commencement guests will receive honorary doctoral degrees from the College. The recipients will be Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, postcolonial author Sir V.S.

No Montgomery Fellow yet named

Dartmouth will not be hosting a Montgomery Fellow this summer, while Fall term's Fellow has yet to be chosen. The College did not host a Montgomery Fellow this term due to the ongoing renovation of the Montgomery House on Rope Ferry Road, executive director of the Montgomery Endowment Barbara Gerstner said. "I'm doing extensive work at the house," she said.


Stormy weather puts damper on '96 summer

Unseasonably stormy skies this summer are hindering both student activities and some College maintenance efforts, as rainfall in New Hampshire approaches its highest total in five years. So far, the summer of 1996 is the wettest summer in New Hampshire since 1991, the year that Hurricane Bob rocked New England, National Weather Service hydrometeorologist Butch Roberts said. Although exact rainfall statistics for the Upper Valley are not recorded, he said, the nearest National Weather Service station, in Concord, has reported 5.13 inches of rain during the month of July, 1.9 inches more than the average. Concord has already received 28.24 inches of precipitation in 1996, only eight inches less than the yearly average, Roberts said. Roberts attributed the wet weather to a jet stream flowing more southerly than usual, creating a trough of low pressure which pushes storms from the Great Lakes and Northern Plains to New England. Weather Services Corporation operational meteorologist Mike Wagner explained, "Storms follow the upper-level and keep dropping on us.

Sturman touts value of Dartmouth degree

Director of Career Services Skip Sturman told an audience of 150 that the College's reputation commands attention from potential employers in a lecture in Collis Common Ground Saturday morning. Sturman's lecture was part of 1998 Family Weekend, and the audience was mostly visiting parents. Employers "find the type of students who would be excellent employees in their organization" at Dartmouth, Sturman said.

Class of '00 brightest Dartmouth has seen

On paper, once again, the Class of 2000 appears to be the most academically talented group of students ever admitted to Dartmouth. A record-setting 11,398 students applied for a place in the Class of 2000.

Mankiller released from hospital after scare

Wilma Mankiller, Dartmouth's Montgomery Fellow Winter term, was discharged from a Boston Hospital Tuesday after receiving treatment for a transplanted kidney her body rejected. Mankiller, the first woman elected chief of the Cherokee Nation, left the College in February, after she was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in her colon and nearby lymph nodes. According to The Associated Press, Mankiller had been taking anti-rejection medication since her 1990 kidney transplant, but was forced to stop taking it after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for her cancer. Signs of kidney rejection forced Mankiller to return to the hospital last week. College President James Freedman, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in April 1994, said he spoke with Mankiller by phone Friday and was impressed by her positive attitude. "She's really full of courage, good humor and the determination to beat this," he said.

Body of alumnus recovered in Alaska

The body of a Dartmouth alumnus who was buried by an avalanche while attempting to ascend 14,573-foot Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park was recovered Tuesday. The body of his climbing partner, also a Dartmouth alumnus, was discovered but was unable to be removed from the mountain. The body of Chuck Drake '90, first spotted in a snow and ice-filled gully on July 2, was recovered by a National Park Service helicopter Tuesday, according to Denali National Park public information officer Jane Tranell. "Another avalanche knocked his body loose, and we were able to recover it," she said.

Alumni presumed dead after attempting climb

Two Dartmouth alumni who were reported missing after failing to return from an attempted climb of 14,573-foot Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park were presumed dead Tuesday after aerial searches of the mountain revealed a body and a pair of backpacks along the missing mountaineers' route. The body, found in a snow and ice-filled gully early Monday morning, is believed to be that of Chuck Drake '90, but hazardous conditions have led searchers to postpone retrieving the body, said Kris Fister, Denali National Park spokesperson. "We believe it to be [Drake's] by virtue of the color of his parka," said Fister.

N.H. prepares for mosquito invasion

Students planning to spend time outside this summer might be in for some unpleasant company. Because of heavy spring rainfall, officials in New Hampshire and Vermont are bracing for far more mosquitoes than normal. "It is not summer as usual,'' Vermont Entomologist John Turmell said.

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