Karla Kingsley


Shockley '06 wins congressional internship

Arriving back at the College from spring training in Tennessee with Dartmouth's crew team on March 24, Melanie Joy Shockley '06 paid a routine visit to her Hinman Box.

MCAT to end score withholding

The Association of American Medical Colleges, sponsor of the Medical College Admission Test, has decided to implement a new policy of "full disclosure" -- starting in April 2003, applicants will no longer have the option to withhold test scores from their applications to medical schools. The MCAT -- a dreaded eight-hour test that is required of all pre-med students -- forms one facet of a student's application.

No set standard for course citations

While they may be bright spots on student transcripts, Dartmouth's academic citations do not provide a standard indication regarding performance because professors use varying criteria for giving citations or sometimes give no citations at all. According to Dartmouth's "Organizations, Regulations, and Courses" manual, citations are awarded to undergraduates based on "their unusual talents, dependability, initiative, resourcefulness, or other meritorious characteristics that are not indicated adequately by academic grades." However, each professor interprets this vague description in a way that fits the particular class.

Jernstedt pioneers 'wireless classroom'

After earning a "Most Wired" label from Yahoo! Internet Life's college rankings four years ago, Dartmouth continues to fulfill the implications of the label, but the literal definition is becoming less applicable as classroom technology reaches new levels. Most students have encountered at least one "smart" classroom by now, but fewer have experienced psychology Professor Chris Jernstedt's new wireless classroom application. Last year, Jernstedt began using personal digital assistants in his psychology class learning in order "to have opportunities for students to be engaged," he said.

Bush steps up anti-Iraq rhetoric

President George W. Bush addressed the nation from Cinnicinati yesterday, calling for support of a possible war against Iraq and opening a week of debate in Congress over resolutions that would give the president power to call for military action in Iraq. Bush dubbed Saddam Hussein a "murderous tyrant" but presented no significant new evidence of Iraqi transgression during his speech.

Phi Delt prepares return to campus

Members of Phi Delta Alpha fraternity, the white pillared house on Webster Avenue, plan to apply for rerecognition this fall and hold rush Winter term, their first since the organization's College recognition was suspended in March 2000. Dean of Residential Life Martin Redman made the decision to suspend College recognition of the fraternity due to allegations of "dirty rushing," drug and alcohol violations and some members' attempt to burn down Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity. "Recognition will be suspended effective immediately, and continuing indefinitely, with the organization first eligible to apply for re-recognition in the Fall of 2002 provided it meets the criteria for recognition existing at that time," Redman wrote in an open letter to the community on March 3, 2000. In order to achieve recognition again, the Phi Delta Alpha Corporation, which holds ownership of the house, would be responsible for the submission of a request for rerecognition. "As of this date I have not received such an official request, although based upon a conversation with the Corporation Officer this summer I expect that such a request will be forthcoming," Redman said in an email to The Dartmouth. Ben Steele '02 confirmed that a request for rerecognition is imminent.

Some senior couples buck the 'hook-up' culture

Many Dartmouth students complain of a "hook-up" atmosphere and a lack of date-conducive activities on campus, but some '02s have learned from experience that serious relationships are possible. Many students who talked with The Dartmouth recognized the difficulties of dating at Dartmouth, like dealing with the D-Plan, but they also cited positive aspects of the dating scene at the College -- indeed, for some, dating here has led to engagement and marriage. Kristin Bellanca '02 and Jeffrey Pauker '03 have been together for six months and have no plans to change their status because of Bellanca's graduation. The two will spend the summer living together in New York, but come fall, Pauker will be on campus while Bellanca stays in the city.

Dean's office delays notification on grants

Originally scheduled to be awarded May 20, the College's dean of the faculty research grants --newly created this year to fund summer research for students -- have yet to be awarded, leaving many students in the lurch as the summer fast approaches. In February the College announced it would fund three students -- at $5,500 apiece -- to support travel and expenses. "The idea is that if a student wants academic experience but needs to get a leave-term job to save up money, we would provide them with a job that pays the equivalent of a summer job to conduct research," Dean of the Faculty Jamshed Bharucha said. According to Assistant Dean of the Faculty Sandra Gregg, the grants will be distributed to three of the 24 applicants.