Soleil Gaylord

Soleil ('22) is a news writer for The Dartmouth. She is from Telluride, Colorado and plans to major in government and environmental studies.


Former President Donald Trump's bid to appoint Michael Ellis '06 as the top NSA lawyer was met with criticism from several government officials. 


Trump NSA general counsel appointee Michael Ellis ’06 placed on leave

On the eve of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, former President Donald Trump appointed Michael Ellis ’06 to serve as the top lawyer for the National Security Administration — a typically apolitical role. Trump’s midnight bid to appoint Ellis, who has led a controversial career as White House senior director for intelligence and senior associate counsel to Trump, drew immediate criticism from government officials and experts, and the Biden administration has since placed Ellis on leave pending an investigation into his selection for the role.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar '88, seated right, visited campus in May 2019 for a "fireside chat" hosted by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.


HHS Secretary Alex Azar ’88 ends term marked by controversial pandemic response

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar ’88 will leave office on Wednesday to be replaced by California attorney general and President-elect Joe Biden’s appointee Xavier Becerra, pending confirmation by the Senate. Azar — whose resignation is effective at noon on Jan. 20 — leaves office as COVID-19 cases continue to hover at record highs nationwide. His response to the coronavirus pandemic has been widely criticized by health professionals and news outlets.

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Alumni launch ‘Vote Saver’ program to save spots in polling lines

Jono Klein ’19 and Bharath Katragadda ’19 have joined forces to start a voting initiative, Vote Saver, aimed at helping elderly voters and essential workers avoid long wait times at the polls. On Election Day, volunteers will save spots in line for senior citizens, veterans and essential workers who may have limited time. 

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Search ongoing to hire senior vice president and chief diversity officer

A search is underway to fill the newly-created position of senior vice president and chief diversity officer at the College. Some Black alumni and students are wary of the potential for the position to be purely symbolic, but are hopeful that the new position will have sufficient power to effect change on campus. 



Q&A with orchid collector Alan P. Brout ’51

In pre-pandemic times, the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center greenhouse — which is currently closed due to COVID-19 — was a popular spot for students looking to escape Hanover’s bitter cold. Visitors could wander among tropical, sub-tropical and desert rooms that remain warm year-round. One of the more impressive features of the greenhouse is the 1,500-plant orchid collection, which fills two rooms — one cool and one warm. First donated by Alan P. Brout ’51 in 1996, the orchid collection comes from around the world — from Africa to the Andes.