Jen Tutak


Shuttle crew visits, educates campus

Five members of NASA's most recent Hubble Telescope repair team, including Dr. James Newman '78, spoke to a crowd of over 700 in Leede Arena last night. They were all part of mission STS-109 aboard the space shuttle Columbia, spending 12 days in space last March in a successful attempt to repair and refurbish the Hubble Telescope. In addition to Newman, the visiting astronauts included mission commander Scott "Scooter" Altman, payload commander John Grunsfeld, pilot Duane Carey and mission specialist Rick Linnehan.

MIT combats campus' unusually high suicide rate

Criticized for having one of the highest collegiate suicide rates in the country, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has forged ahead with an aggressive campaign to review its mental health policy and cope with the growing national trend of young adult suicide. At MIT, 11 students have committed suicide since 1990, 10 of them undergraduates.

Evers-Williams gives MLK keynote

"I'm not a pessimist, but I'm a realist. And as we know, freedom is not free." Myrlie Evers-Williams, the first woman chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, reflected yesterday on the state of social justice and equality in the United States, especially following Sept.

Marshall award sends '01 to U.K.

A romance languages major who has competed with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, greeted freshmen as a member of Hanover Croo and done work in Mexico has been awarded a prestigious Marshall Scolarship, the first Dartmouth student to win one since 1993. Esther Freeman '01 will study public health at the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which arguably boasts the best public health program in the world. Established in 1953 by the British government as an expression of gratitude to the United States for aid during World War II, the approximately $50,000 Marshall Scholarships allow American students to study at the British university of their choice for two years. "To receive a Marshall is just an extraordinary honor, and Esther did it as an undergraduate," said Susan Wright, a former fellowship and pre-medicine advisor.

Megan Steven '02 wins Rhodes

Early in December Megan Steven '02 was selected as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from 925 applicants and will pursue a doctorate in medical sciences at the University of Oxford in England.Only eight other Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students have received the distinction since 1988. "The Rhodes Scholarship Committee should be extremely happy with their decision," said Dana Polanichka '02, one of Steven's closest friends.

Seniors' plans include service, sports and ... bears?

Though many of the graduating '01s are expecting to mosey into the corporate world or start masters programs following Commencement, another innovative group of seniors really will be roaming 'round the girdled earth to begin their careers and pursue their dreams. The Dartmouth presents the stories of five of the College's most adventurous students from a truly remarkable senior class. Greener fields Brian Nickerson '00 will be one of several stellar Dartmouth athletes heading into the professional sports world as he embarks on a contract to play baseball for the Great Falls Dodgers in Montana, one of the Los Angeles Dodger's minor league farm teams. Nickerson grew up attending baseball games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Jacobs '02 receives award

Arriving at the faculty lounge of the Hopkins Center yesterday afternoon, Hannah Jacobs '02 thought she was on her way to a Tucker Fellowship presentation.