Lizzie Wise


A look back at Hildreth's legacy

Student Assembly powerhouse senior Julia Hildreth's uncanny ability to negotiate between the student body and the administration has led to a bevy of signature Hildreth projects, yet has left some students feeling out of touch with the Assembly. During the past three years -- as Vice President during Janos Marton '04's first term and as President this year -- Hildreth has initiated and followed through upon numerous student programs, services, publications and policy changes.

Homecoming arrests show dip from past

Police activity over Homecoming weekend declined slightly from recent years, with Hanover Police reporting 16 arrests and four protective custody cases between Friday evening and Sunday morning.

Security tight at tonight's bonfire

Anticipating a crowd at this year's Homecoming bonfire commensurate with the large crowds of yore, Safety and Security and the Hanover Police Department are prepared and armed in numbers. To assist with crowd control on Friday night during the bonfire, College Proctor Harry Kinne estimated that approximately 30 Safety and Security officers and 20 to 25 officers from the Hanover and other area police departments will be on the Green.

Police warn of heroin's N.H. arrival

The seedy heroin market of Massachusetts may be seeping into sleepy Hanover, and fraternities and sororities should be on the lookout for related burglaries, according to local law enforcement officials. Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone said that teens and persons in their twenties and thirties, who obtain heroin from a largely Hispanic market in Massachusetts, are targeting rich environments in the area. Robberies have already been reported in Lebanon, West Lebanon and Newport, and Giaccone said he has reason to believe these burglaries were heroin-related, due to intelligence from other area police departments. In a meeting last Thursday addressing social chairs of coed organizations, Captain Frank Moran informed fraternity and sorority social chairs of increased heroin use and of armed robberies in pursuit of money or goods that could be sold to obtain the drug. While houses might start locking their doors or use lead pipes and bicycle chains to protect personal belongings -- as Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity intends to do -- most members said they were not overly worried. "Seeing as we have nothing of any real value in our house, and none of us deal or use heroin, I don't see Alpha Delta being a prime heroin junkie target in the near future," Alpha Delta fraternity social chair Adam Cohen '05 said. Thus far, fraternities have not experienced break-ins that they attribute to heroin. "We've had brothers from other fraternities try to break in and steal things, but I don't think they were under the influence of that particular drug," Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity social chair Andy Aranda '05 said. In related news, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, responding to a growing substance abuse problems and a lack of area treatment options, plans to begin an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse treatment.

Student Assembly plans revamp of bike program

One of Student Assembly's highly-publicized initiatives from last spring, Ride Across Dartmouth community bike program, left something to be desired: functioning bikes. For the 2004-2005 session, the Assembly expects to revamp the program with the addition of some 100 bikes and a more practical system of borrowing, according to Student Body President Julia Hildreth '05. The Assembly expects to obtain most of the bikes through donations, Hildreth said.

Students laud new advising system

Freshmen got a dose of sage advice about classes two days before they even stepped foot in their faculty advisers' offices, when the Student Assembly launched its Peer Academic Advising program Saturday. The meetings were not mandatory for the freshmen, but approximately 80 to 90 percent of freshman attended, said Julia Hildreth '05, Student Assembly President and initiator of the program. Peer academic advisers prepared freshmen for their faculty adviser meetings, assisted them in making schedule decisions and assuaged other academic concerns last Saturday. The 164 upperclassman advisers were broken down into groups of three so that one in each group specialized in the social sciences, math and sciences and arts and humanities, respectively.

Seniors nurture long-lasting relationships at College

Responses to the notorious question of dating at Dartmouth -- does it exist? -- are usually filled with excuses of the D-Plan, the fraternity basement scene and the lack of things to do in Hanover as evidence of its nonexistence. With a large number of '04s leaving the College with a degree and an engagement, however, dating clearly does exist -- and flourishes -- at Dartmouth. "You have to be flexible," Julia Keane '04 said.

Dept. evaluations announced

Dartmouth's anthropology and classics departments elicit high student satisfaction ratings, while biology maintains its traditionally low marks, according to a just-published Student Assembly report on departmental performance at the College. Steve Koutsavlis '05 presented a report assessing the performance of the College's academic departments at the final Student Assembly meeting of the term last night. Over 50 pages long, the report provides extensive information on each department, including number of professors, majors and major-to-faculty ratio; number of classes offered within the department, average class size, median class size and ratings on various aspects of the academic experience. "We hope this assessment helps provoke a discussion about the future allocation of resources for teaching at Dartmouth and assists prospective majors in choosing a department that best suits their needs," the report's cover letter said. Koutsavlis, the Assembly's vice president of academic affairs, and Mark Herman '06, vice chair of the academic affairs committee, spent the past year compiling the report based on results from an online survey sent out to majors last spring.

Student Assembly debuts 'Rides Across Dartmouth'

Ten fluorescent green bikes stood outside Thayer Hall courtesy of Student Assembly Wednesday night at 7 p.m., just waiting for students in need of quick transportation across campus. Earlier this term, the Assembly allotted $1,000 for the Rides Across Dartmouth program to cover the costs of the Walmart bicycles, bumper stickers, paint and other supplies.

SA elects committee chairs for next year

Student Body Vice President Noah Riner '06 led a low-key Student Assembly meeting Tuesday night, one that stood in sharp contrast to the tightly-organized meeting -- led by President-Elect Julia Hildreth '05 and Vice President-Elect Todd Rabkin Golden '06 -- that followed. Hildreth expressed pleasure with the nature of her meeting.