Lauren Gee


Greeks expect strong second-round rush class

Coed, fraternity and sorority organizations are once again gearing up to recruit new additions to their houses as the Spring rush process makes its Dartmouth debut. Fraternity leaders anticipate 100 male rushees this Spring term, but Interfraternity Council President Sunil Bhagavath '03 admitted, "I don't know exactly what to expect and I'm sure some of the houses don't know exactly either." Panhellenic Council President Ann Chang '03, projected a much larger second-round recruitment class than in 2001.

U. of A. sees Greek controversy

As the intense battle over the Greek system continues at Dartmouth, similar controversies are appearing at universities across the nation. Journalist Eric Hoover investigated discriminatory traditions in the fraternity and sorority systems at both Dartmouth and the University of Alabama in a June edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he said he identified some parallel patterns. Just as Dartmouth's Coed Fraternity Sorority system drew national attention for Zeta Psi fraternity's publication of "sex papers" last Spring term, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has been thrust into the limelight for its own Greek-related controversies. Following in a long history of discrimination, the Alabama Greek system has been witness to yet another chapter in the struggle over racism inside fraternity and sorority houses. According to The Chronicle, Melody Twilley, a black student at Alabama, hoped to become the first African-American member of an historically all-white sorority.

Upper Valley helps in earthquake relief

Although it was three months ago today that an earthquake ravaged Gujarat, India, killing 25,000 and leaving countless others without resources, Dartmouth students and the local community have not forgotten the horrors of this tragedy. The January 26th disaster, India's most powerful earthquake in over half a century, left vast destruction in which communities continue to struggle for survival.

Science Court will debate AIDS in Africa

Addressing the highly charged issue of how the United States should respond to the AIDS epidemic plaguing sub-Saharan Africa, medical and ethics experts will debate the merits of intervention at a panel discussion later this month. The panel, Dartmouth's second annual Student Science Court, will be hosted by the Human Biology Program and the Ethics Institute on April 28.

College works to raise awareness

Both statewide and on-campus this month, activists are working to raise awareness about violence against women by catapulting sexual assault into the public spotlight. New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, who declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in New Hampshire, has recently announced the implementation of a three-step plan aimed at alleviating problems related to sexual assault. The first two measures, developed by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, include the establishment of a statewide telephone hotline as well as the distribution of the second annual "Sexual Assault Monograph" brochure. An additional effort is being launched by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office to establish a new protocol for police officers who are first to arrive at the scene of a sexual assault. According to the governor's press secretary, Pamela Walsh, the special designation of this month is significant because "sexual assault is traditionally a very underreported crime.