Kay Fukunaga


DAO brings Asian dance, food to Collis

In a span of only a few hours Saturday evening, the Dartmouth Asian Organization took 200 people on a journey of thousands of miles. DAO's annual culture night, "Journeys: An Asian American Odyssey," worked to convey ideas of diversity and understanding to the Dartmouth community at large, and was presented to a sellout crowd in Collis Commonground. The show, which portrayed the journeys of four Asian Americans back to their native countries, also featured other elements, including dances with sparkling costumes, swords, scarves and feathered fans. Among these was an Indian-inspired bhangra number whose lively, contagious beat led the audience to break into rhythmic clapping at intervals. In a tae kwon do exhibition, students executed flying kicks across the stage and breaking boards on their heads. "Aside from what we're trying to teach the audience, we also put on the show for ourselves.

Pavilion popularity triples in the past year

Dartmouth Dining Service Director Tucker Rossiter does not deny that he prefers Food Court's Philly cheesesteak to the vegetarian fare that is among the specialties served at the Pavilion, Dartmouth's Kosher, Halal and Sakahara dining facility.

Tucker theft goes to grand jury

Jason Keenum, a former Tucker Foundation administrative assistant suspected of embezzling over $10,000 from student alternative spring break funds, faced indictment on six separate charges before a grand jury on Friday. Jurors have reached a decision on all six indictments but the court cannot yet release the outcomes to the public, an employee of the Grafton Country Superior Court's drafting office said. Five of the indictments are charges of theft by unauthorized taking while the sixth is a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to grand jury indictment documents. Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone said he has not received the jury's verdicts either, but added that if convicted, Keenum could spend the next decade in state prison. "That's a Class A felony and you'd be facing seven and a half to 15 years in state prison," Giaccone said. Keenum, a resident of Hartford, Vt., served as a bookkeeper for the Tucker Foundation's fellowships and internships section, and was responsible for the collection of funds for the six service-oriented spring break trips. At the beginning of Fall term, a source close to the investigation told The Dartmouth that Keenum asked students participating in the trips to pay in cash instead of submitting checks.

ORL considers eco-friendly residence halls

In the near future, Dartmouth students may move into new "eco-friendly" residence halls with features such as radiant floor heating or spiral-water reheating systems, College administrators report. The new dorms, to be situated on the north side of Maynard Street across from Moore Hall, are still in the design and development phase, but they are the latest initiative through which the College will seek to become "greener." The water-reheating system will operate under a spiraling system through which hot water that passes out of the shower stall through the drain will be used to preheat the cold water that is about to enter the faucet. "We are also thinking of using a radiant floor system so even without a heating system, the floor will feel warm," said Woody Eckels, director of operations for the Office of Residential Life. Besides the new floor heating and water-reheating systems, the College will also strive to utilize recycled materials in the construction of the dorms, as well as materials that can be acquired in Hanover and surrounding areas, Eckels said. The College also intends to buy concrete with waste product from incinerators mixed in and use its own wood to construct dorm-room furnishings such as dressers, desks and chairs. Additionally, the new dorms will be equipped with front-loading washing machines, which utilize less water than their top-loading counterparts. In Hanover, where sewer bills are dependent on the amount of water that is used, front-loading washing machines will equate to lower costs, Eckels said. "I was excited to learn that the washing and drying machines are of the highest energy efficiency -- including stacked dryers on front loading washers, for minimal water and energy usage," campus environmental activist Susan DuBois '05 said. While some students echoed DuBois' enthusiasm with regard to the new steps the College will be taking, others said that there is still work to be done. "There is no question as to whether the College can do more.

Pluralism dean 'crosses the line'

After only two months on campus, recently-hired Associate Dean of Pluralism and Leadership Tommy Lee Woon has already found time to take three student-led campus tours and try the stir-fry at Collis. "I want to see campus through student eyes," Woon said.

'06s already 'experts' on life at Dartmouth

With almost three weeks at the College under their belts, members of the Class of 2006 said they already feel at home on campus -- and shared some of their newly-acquired opinions and expertise about life at Dartmouth. This year's freshman class said that if they have learned one thing since arriving at Dartmouth, it is to take advantage of every opportunity offered -- free food or otherwise -- to help ease the transition from high school to college. "I wish I had known that it's so easy to get involved.

Trailblazer role a trial for Dalianis

"There were people on the New Hampshire Superior Court when I was appointed who would not talk to me, not even to say 'hello,'" said Justice Linda Dalianis, who subsequently became the first woman to serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Speaking at the annual spring dinner of the Women's Network of the Upper Valley to an attentive audience, Dalianis talked of the difficulties that underlie the judicial profession, citing a case in which the jury convicted an individual on charges of child molestation. "I didn't believe that he did it," Dalianis said.

Campus' fav. hobby: BlitzMail

Some regard it as spiritual, others as addictive. No matter how they describe BlitzMail, however, Dartmouth students certainly send a lot of it. The BlitzMail system -- an email program developed at Dartmouth -- has long been popular enough to surpass telephone and sometimes even face-to-face communication. Over 150,000 messages are sent each day, according to Director of Computing Services Bill Brawley.