Katie Silberman


Study finds that 'other' checked mostly by whites

Although a new study suggests that the majority of college applicants who define their ethnicity as "other" are actually white, Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg rejected the idea that this trend skewed Dartmouth College's minority enrollment. The study, released by the James Irvine Foundation, a California nonprofit grant-making institution, found that between 1991 and 2001, the number of students who defined themselves as "unknown" or "other" nearly doubled from 3.2 percent to 5.9 percent of the student body, and that most of them were white. This research was the first major project funded by the Campus Diversity Initiative, the Irvine Foundation's $29 million effort designed to help independent colleges and universities across the country address diversity issues on their campuses. CDI tested three private schools in California by having students who had defined themselves as "other" on their applications fill out a survey on their ethnicity after officially matriculating.

Crew completes 2006 sculpture despite warm weather

Thursday night at the Winter Carnival opening ceremonies on the Green, snow sculpture committee co-chair Dan Schneider '07 lit an Olympic-style torch and placed it on top of the large D-shaped snow sculpture, completing what had been a particularly difficult production. Construction this winter was slowed by unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow on the Green, although Schneider said that the committee had managed to stick to its original design. "Every year there are many people who don't think it will get finished, but it always gets finished," Schneider said. The snow sculpture, which was inspired by the theme of this year's carnival, "The Stupendous Games: Mischief in the Snow," features a 24-foot tall sloping "D" with a young boy and his tiger friend, resembling comic strip characters Calvin and Hobbes, sliding down the side in a bobsled.

Repatriated Tulane students enjoy mild clime

Courtesy of Nate Scott After spending nearly three cold months in upper New England, Tulane University freshman and Texas native Ollie Kiel, arrived in sunny New Orleans this January to start his first semester there. "The best thing about leaving Dartmouth was definitely the cold weather," he said. Kiel was one of 32 undergraduate students who spent Fall term at Dartmouth after their own university suspended operations due to Hurricane Katrina.

Most Americans value academics over sports

Although many Dartmouth community members and alumni severely criticized Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Karl Furstenberg last year for his private comments that Dartmouth's football recruitment hindered the academic quality and diversity of incoming classes, almost four in five Americans echo that sentiment in prioritizing academics over athletics. In a poll conducted for the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics by Widmeyer Research and Polling of Washington, D.C., 79 percent of Americans believe that college athletes should focus more on their academics. The poll, completed this past December, questioned 502 American citizens on appropriate behavior for collegiate athletes in the coming years.

Applications increase by 10 percent in 2006

Nearly 14,000 high school seniors submitted regular decision applications to Dartmouth this year, a 10 percent increase over last year's number, according to the Undergraduate Office of Admissions. The official number of total applicants is currently unknown, however, because many applications come in late or are still missing components.

DREAM service group raises nearly $10,000 for summer trip

Courtesy of DREAM This June, while most students return home or settle in for the summer, a handful of undergraduates will take nearly 20 local underprivileged children to California for a two-week outdoor adventure. These High Adventure trips are sponsored by DREAM, a non-profit mentoring program founded in 1999 by several Dartmouth graduates.

Crocker chosen as Rhodes Scholar

Alison Crocker '06 was selected as a 2006 Rhodes Scholar, beating out 903 other U.S. applicants, the Rhodes Trust announced this weekend.