Steve Hoffman


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COS review complete

Asserting faith in the College's disciplinary system, a review committee has recommended only minor changes designed to clarify and simplify the operations of the Committee on Standards. Most of the Disciplinary Review Committee's recommendations are geared toward boosting student confidence in COS by educating the community about the system's role and making the process easier to understand. The report, available at Baker Library's Reserve desk, also suggests several specific changes regarding COS's handling of sexual abuse cases. The committee recommended the College expel both students found guilty of rape and repeat offenders of other types of sexual misconduct. "Expelling repeat offenders, rather than pretending we can change their compulsions, seems to be the wisest course and the course that will offer other students the most protection," the report states. In addition, the committee recommended that students re-admitted following a suspension for sexual abuse be required to meet with a College official to review expectations about subsequent behavior. COS came under fire from students last spring in three rallies which protested the way the system handles sexual assault cases. The 19-page report addresses the factors the committee thinks contributed to apparent student mistrust of the system. "The report doesn't call for a large-scale overall restructuring of the system," said Dan Nelson, senior associate Dean of Students and review committee chair. Dean of Students Lee Pelton formed the review committee last spring to address the apparent erosion of confidence in the College's disciplinary system, the report states. Pelton said he first suggested a review of the system when he arrived at the College in 1991. The committee, comprised of an equal number of students, faculty and administrators, invited student input in three open meetings during the revision process, but few students attended. "We were puzzled and frustrated by the lack of response because we understood that part of the reason for our committee's existence was in response to perceived student dissatisfaction with the system," the report stated. Nelson said the committee interpreted the apparent lack of student interest as a sign that widespread dissatisfaction with the system does not exist. Pelton said he agreed with Nelson and added that he has seen student confidence in COS rise during the past year. "In reviewing the system and various concerns that had been raised concerning it, we came to the conclusion that the system itself is not broken," the report states.


Many students ignore fire safety warnings

Despite warnings and inspections, many students ignore the College's fire safety regulations and use prohibited electrical equipment in their rooms. The Office of Residential Life inspects Greek houses once a term to make sure fire safety equipment is operational and that the house is in compliance with College regulations. Although the College prohibits cooking appliances, extension cords and multiple-plug units without surge protectors and requires that hallways be clear of debris, a spot-check by The Dartmouth yesterday of seven Greek houses revealed open violations in five of the buildings. Fire safety violations were also found in seven out of 20 dormitory rooms checked yesterday in the Gold Coast and Massachusetts dormitory clusters.



Education professors plan response

Department unites to challenge a report's recommendation of its termination Members of the education department met last week for the fourth time since April to prepare a collective response to an internal review committee's report which called for the department's termination. Although individual faculty members refused to discuss specifics of either the report or their response, Education Professor Robert Binswanger, who will write the response, said it will include provisions for "structural and organizational changes" within the department. In April, Dean of Faculty James Wright received the report and said he will not release it until the education department responds.



'Womyn' post stickers

A group of approximately 10 students plastered the campus Sunday night with stickers proclaiming "womyn are everywhere" in an effort to draw attention to women's issues and to provide Dartmouth with a radical voice, one member of the group said. The group attached the white stickers with plain black letters to buildings, bathroom walls, sign posts, windows and other locations around campus including the backs of cars parked in several fraternity parking lots. "By printing a fact on a sticker, we turned the message into a symbol; a symbol which strikes each person differently," said one woman who put up the stickers and who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The sticker's ambiguous message was intentional, she said. "They don't really say anything specific and yet they say a lot," the woman said.


Celtics give James Blackwell '91 a chance at NBA

For the third straight year, the Boston Celtics invited James Blackwell '91 to their rookie training camp, and for the first time they were impressed enough to ask him back for another look. After the completion of this year's camp Wednesday, which is basically a try-out, the Celtics asked Blackwell, a six foot tall point guard, to join the team for a nine-day summer league in New York where he will be further evaluated. "He's a terrific defending guard.


Heat roils campus

Keep those fans cranking and head for the river or the few air conditioned havens on campus, because temperatures will be in the 90s all weekend. The summer's first heat wave has descended on New Hampshire, sending students scurrying to find a way to cool off, whatever the cost. "We've had some record-breaking and near record-breaking heat," said Pat Wester of the National Weather Service in Concord. The mercury climbed to 97 degrees in the state capital on Wednesday, breaking a previous record of 96 degrees set in 1900, Wester said.


Head of DarTalk steps down

Jules Pellerin recently retired from his full-time position as manager of Telephone Services, but the College will not hire a replacement. Instead, George Newkirk, director of the College's purchasing department, which oversees Telephone Services, will assume Pellerin's duties while maintaining his own position. Pellerin, 62, began working for the College as a lab technician in 1960 and moved into the purchasing department in 1963.


Gay partners may get health benefits

College President James Freedman is considering a plan to extend health benefits to the homosexual partners of College employees. A task force established by former Provost John Strohbehn completed a report last week outlining a plan to give employees' same-sex domestic partners the same benefits as legally married spouses. Although the report has not yet been released and a final decision will not be made until the College's benefits council and attorneys approve the plan, task force members say the College is committed to the principles involved. "The big decision has been made and we're going to move forward.


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