Jennifer Hickey


Gone builds Native leadership

Fifteen students will participate in the Native Community Leadership Development Program this spring -- a program created last term to facilitate the exploration of Native-specific leadership skills. An independently-formed program, the NCLDP was created in recognition of the accomplishments of Native American students over the past few decades, according to Dartmouth Medical School Minority Affairs Coordinator Steve Abbott. "We also wanted to address leadership issues in a culturally specific way, which is important whether Native students want to go into tribal politics, law, business or medicine," Abbott said. The idea for the program was germinating in group facilitator Joseph Gone's mind even before he came to Dartmouth this year as the Charles A.

Dartmouth students struggle to win Rhodes

This past December when the year's 32 Rhodes Scholars were announced, Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago had much to celebrate, with Harvard and Chicago producing three recipients each and Yale producing two. Meanwhile in Hanover, students and administrators were left to wonder for another year what's wrong with Dartmouth -- out of the 12 Dartmouth students who applied only one made it to the final round and none were selected as Scholars. With just two winners within the last four years and not much success in the recent past, Dartmouth's Chair of the Committee on Graduate Fellowships Monika Otter said she is puzzled by the College's inability to produce Rhodes Scholars. "I wish I knew better," she said.

Webcams provide live cyberview of Green

You're sitting in your room in the River, seemingly miles from civilization, and want to check out the social scene on the Green. Well, now you can. Two webcams featuring live, continuous images of the Green and the Berry Library construction site are accessible from the College's home page, and project co-founder Ned Holbrook '00 said there are plans to add more cameras to other areas of campus. The webcam project originated last spring when two students, Holbrook and James Muiter '98, asked for funding from Rich Brown, the manager of special projects for computing services. "They said it would be cool," explained Brown.

Housing options for fall are slim

The College's housing wait list for the Fall term has dropped from 150 to 54 students, but Acting Dean of Residential Life Mary Liscinsky said those still without housing should be exploring other options. Although the wait list is longer than last year, it has been longer in previous years, according to Liscinsky. "We just keep getting a high number of people wanting to live on campus because of the obvious advantages," she said. The Office of Residential Life saved 1,090 beds for the Class of 2002, but there were "considerably more" incoming freshmen than the office had expected, Director of Housing Services Lynn Rosenblum said. She added that all the first year students have now been housed and the wait list is currently made up solely of members of the Class of 2001. With a larger incoming class than expected and less off-campus programs offered this fall, Liscinsky said the office is looking into the possibility of converting several study lounges into rooms. The converted study lounges "would have all the typical amenities, since we would be using ones that were actually once rooms before," Liscinsky said. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Karl Furstenberg said he does not think there will be a housing crunch. Although there are currently about 1,100 students in the Class of 2002, he expects a few more to defer admission before the fall. Additionally, about four or five students drop out during the first week of Fall term, because orientation does not go as planned or they get sick on their Dartmouth Outing Club freshman trip, Furstenberg said. "Ultimately, we should have about 1,095 students," he said.

College to open compost facility

The College and the town of Hanover will open a composting facility next week in an attempt to ease the pressure on landfill space and reduce waste-dumping costs. Located just two miles from campus, near the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the new composting site should save space, time, money and valuable natural resources, according to Composting Intern for Dartmouth Dining Services Julie Moynihan '98. Materials Management Coordinator Bill Hochstin said, "We're taking material which would have been wasted and would have taken up valuable space in the landfill and we're creating a very useful product." At the site, the managed decomposition of organic matter, like banana peels, yard waste and pizza boxes, will produce a nutrient-rich soil to be used and sold. The idea for composting at the College originated in 1988 when a report on campus waste found that, although the College has a recycling rate of 35 to 40 percent, an estimated 51 percent of the remaining waste stream could be composted, Hochstin said. A few years later, when the Dartmouth Organic Farm was founded at Fullington Farm, Facilities Operations and Management started a small composting area at the site, and used the soil product on the organic garden and College athletic fields. Seeing how easy the process was and wanting to expand the program, FO&M intended to build a full composting facility at the Fullington site with a single bay Resource Optimization Technologies box built into a 24-by-50-foot pole barn, Hochstin said. But the project faced complications, as the Fullington grant precluded building any such structures on the land. Hanover then made one acre of land available for the facility, and ROT was hired to build, equip and operate it. Hochstin said the facility will be used by the College for food waste and non-recyclable paper, and by the town of Hanover for land waste. "We expect the facility to be operating on Monday," Hochstin said.

College prepares for millenium bug

With corporations and universities world-wide currently fearing massive computer system failures at the turn of the century, Dartmouth computer administrators say the College is well-prepared. "Dartmouth has avoided this problem by being proactive ever since 1991," Director of Administrative Computing Bill Barry said.

DOC is not just for the hardcore, outdoorsy types

For over 50 years, incoming Dartmouth freshmen have started their careers known not as students ready to tackle the world of college academia, but as "trippees" prepared to spend several showerless days in the woods. As the organizer of Freshman Trips, The Dartmouth Outing Club has the unique opportunity to provide students with their first glimpse of Dartmouth and the surrounding wilderness.