Sarah Gerry


Assembly will have open first meeting

The Student Assembly plans to invite the entire Dartmouth community to its first Fall term meeting, Student Assembly president Josh Green said. Green said the term's first meeting will be "very public." He said Assembly members will share their ideas with the College community during this meeting and will decide which projects to pursue. A goal for the coming year will be to increase communication to the College community through BlitzMail and through discussion groups, Green said. In the fall, the Assembly will likely present a wrap-up space report, written by former Assembly president Frode Eilertsen '99 and Tom Leatherbee '01, to the College's trustees and will announce its new Student Life chair, a position that remains unfilled, Green said. He said the work of the summer Assembly, chaired by Janelle Ruley '00, has given him "an amazing head start." This summer, the Assembly organized community meetings with Montgomery Fellow Manning Marable, addressed the issue of College fines and tackled student suffrage in trustee elections, among other issues. Additionally, the Assembly organized Summer Carnival and discussed the Visions project with administrators. "It's going to be a busy year just like it was a busy summer," Green said.

Dansiger may return to College in January

Nearly a year after his near-fatal accident on Interstate 89, Adam Dansiger '00 is continuing to defy the doctors who, in the hours after he was thrown from his sports utility vehicle, predicted he would not survive -- let alone recover from -- his injuries. Dansiger said he will hopefully return to the College as a student in January, and he is looking forward to seeing the doctors who treated him while he was a patient in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit. "[I want to] thank them for what they've done for me," he said. Dansiger said he has "cognitively made a lot of progress" this summer, and can now walk for short periods of time without the assistance of a cane. He said he avoids walking alone on hard surfaces where he could fall and be injured, but walks without his cane inside his house and in JFK Hartwyck at Oaktree Nursing, Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, where he is undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy and is a member of a memory group and an initiative group. Dansiger has had "all sorts of memory problems" since his accident.

SA seeks reduction in student fines

The Student Assembly will submit a report today to top administrators, urging them to reduce parking fines and give students more information about the source of other administrative fines. "Fines levied by administrative departments are a pervasive, persistent headache which detract from their quality of life and overall satisfaction with the college," according to the report based on the input of more than 100 sophomores. The report will be submitted to Acting Vice President and Treasurer Win Johnson and Acting Dean of the College Dan Nelson. Proposed solutions to the fine dilemma include establishing an "interdepartmental system for dealing with contested fines," clearly justifying or eliminating "the sophomore summer PE deadline" and eliminating a charge for failed Physical Education classes. The report also stresses the need to issue a warning for first-time parking offenses, or to reduce "the enormous disparity between parking fines for students versus those of faculty/staff." The report will be presented to other administrators and will be posted on the Assembly's web site next week, said Dave Parker '00, who coauthored the report with Teresa Knoedler '00. In a meeting Tuesday evening, the Assembly also discussed plans for a second "Conversation." Last week's "Conversation," which included a showing of "Do the Right Thing" and a discussion with Montgomery Fellow Manning Marable, attracted a crowd of about 50, Assembly Member Karen Wilkes '00 said during the meeting. Next week's discussion, titled "What is Sexual Assault at Dartmouth," will take place the evening of Thursday, Aug.

Karen Wilkes '00 champions diversity

While most students spent Saturday afternoon floating down the Connecticut River in a drunken stupor, Karen Wilkes '00 caught up on some much needed sleep. Wilkes had been up all night Friday talking with friends, and, although she said she regrets missing Tubestock, she thought the conversations were productive. "[We] really opened up to each other," she said.

Professor Fesen: scientist to the stars

"I don't work for Hollywood," Astronomy Professor Robert Fesen said. "But I do forensics on dead stars." Fesen, whose work has taken him to exotic locales, including Bali and Australia, has spent the past 20 years studying supernova remnants, the leftovers of star explosions. For the past 12 years, he has researched the most recent supernova remnant in the galaxy, and he has identified the type of star that exploded and the exact year it blew up. Fesen said he has written about 100 papers describing his findings, but tracking down supernovas is not his only challenge. Fesen usually teaches one or two introductory classes each year, and he said he tries to persuade his students to not forget how the galaxy works after they recycle their notes and course syllabus. Fesen said the key to students' long-term memories is humor.

Meet Mr. Wright: The next president of Dartmouth: Wright continues his long career at Dartmouth with the job of leading the College into the 21st century

Recently appointed President of the College James Wright keeps a piece of his past on his desk in 205 Parkhurst Hall -- a piece of solid lead he removed from the roof of the Graham Mine while he was working as a powder man setting dynamite charges there. Wright, a native of Galena, Ill., grew up in a community of miners and farmers, and his summer job in the zinc mines was one of many he held while he was working his way through the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. Wright, who double majored in English and history, also worked as a bartender, janitor and night watchman, experiences he said taught him "the full appreciation of the value of education." But when Wright went to Wisconsin, he was not planning to continue his education beyond four years of college. "I expected I would come back, get a job and be a member of the [Galena] community," Wright said. Instead, encouraged by the university's young faculty and excited by history and an honors thesis he wrote about the Galena mining district, Wright decided to continue his education to the graduate level. With the help of a grant from the Dansforth Foundation, Wright financed his work towards masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin. In the summer of 1969, after studying with eminent professor Allan Bogue, he came to Hanover with a doctorate to work as an assistant professor of history. Childhood in Galena Hanover is a far cry from Wright's native Galena, a close-knit community of about 5,000 farmers, miners and factory workers. Galena was "a local and, in retrospect, secluded place," Wright said. Most of his family lived within 15 miles of each other, and, as a child, he admired the sense of responsibility of his hard-working grandparents, Wright said. His grandfather was a zinc miner, and his father, who attended college for a semester during the Great Depression but could not complete his education due to a lack of finances, supported Wright and a brother by working as a bartender. After graduating from high school, Wright served in the Marines for three years.