Timothy Fitzgibbons


Hospital to be razed

Administrators are beginning to consider the specifics of tearing down most of the old Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital buildings, which stand nearly vacant on the north side of campus. Director of Facilities Planning Gordon DeWitt said the abandoned hospital will not be demolished in a spectacular explosion, but rather will be stripped and gradually destroyed by the end of 1995 or the beginning of 1996. About 400,000 square feet of the old hospital complex, including the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Faulkner building and its adjacent clinic, will be eliminated to make way for a new psychology building, greenery and parking space, DeWitt said. Only the radiation therapy department in the two underground floors of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center is currently being used, though the hospital may move some administrative offices into the cancer center this summer, DeWitt said. Some organizations, including the Academic Skills Department, Office of Student Life and Career Services, were temporarily located in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center while the new Collis Center was under construction. When the radiation center moves to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1995 or 1996, the complex of old hospital buildings will be destroyed, DeWitt said. A security company patrols the buildings after working hours and on weekends, Associate Director of Facilities, Operations and Management John Gratiot said. At various times before and during demolition, possibly as soon as next winter, attempts will be made to salvage all valuable items from the hospital, DeWitt said.

European economy discussed

In the fourth annual Walter Picard Lecture yesterday, a German economics professor said European countries should pursue a policy of selective immigration. About 60 people gathered in the Hinman Forum of the Rockefeller Center yesterday afternoon to hear Klaus Zimmermann's speech, titled "European Migration and the Changing Economy." Zimmermann, the dean of the faculty of economics at the University of Munich, spoke on the economic impact of immigration to the major European powers, focusing on Germany and France. In the future, the aging of the general population and labor demand will force European states to continue to allow immigration, Zimmermann said. But he said the nations should follow a policy of 'selective immigration' by accepting skilled immigrants in order to fulfill their economic needs. Zimmermann examined several types of immigration into Germany: people of German descent returning to the country, people from other European Union nations immigrating to Germany, and people from outside the Union who come to the nation. Also examined in detail in his oration were the immigration policies of France, a country which he said was "neither prepared nor willing to become a multicultural society." While Zimmermann acknowledged that studies have shown immigration improves life in a community, he noted that studies have been conducted in North America and do not necessarily apply to the "less flexible" European nations. The results of immigration to Europe were "less predictable" than immigration to North America, he said. Despite increasing restrictions on immigration in European nations, since the end of World War II the higher birth rates of foreigners and the immigration of family members to European countries has undermined policies designed to decrease the number of people immigrating, he said. The speech was sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the W.P.

Ten schools participate in AAm conference on black identities

More than 75 students from 10 colleges across the Northeast came to Dartmouth to participate in the Afro-American Society's first Intercollegiate Conference this weekend. The conference titled "Celebrating Our Heritage: Exploring Our Multiple Identities" included speakers and workshops on topics ranging from beauty ideals to the Greek system to African-American leadership. There were two keynote lectures Saturday that highlighted the weekend - "Racism 101," given by Nikki Giovanni and "Black Economic Empowerment," given by Dr. Juwanza Kunjufu - but LaShae Sloan '94, a co-chair of the program, said she enjoyed the student workshops the most. The workshops "stimulated a lot of intellectual discussion that you don't usually get," Shakari Cameron '96, the other co-chair, said. The workshops engaged students in conversations about prevalent issues in the African-American community including gender equity, the role of blacks within Greek systems, divisions among African-Americans based on different skin color and beauty standards and maintaining identity at predominantly white colleges, said Zola Mashariki '94, a member of the conference committee. The conference, which included 17 different events, began Friday afternoon and ended yesterday. English professors William Cook, Deborah Chay, and Martin Favor, African and Afro-American Studies Professor Chinosole, Associate Dean of Freshman Anthony Tillman and Class of 1996 Dean Sylvia Langford participated in panel discussions during the weekend.

MCATs take over during final days of studying

"I am yet filled with dread/reduced to films of Barney and Fred/A career may hang on seven hours/My prayer goes up to higher powers." - from 'Lament of a Pre-Med' by Doug Kirsch '95 On Saturday at 8 a.m., students and recent alumni will enter test centers across the nation to face what may be the biggest standardized challenge of their lives: the Medical College Admissions Test. This grueling day-long ordeal determines the fate of students' careers in medicine and makes college entrance exams look easy.

The Whys of witches

Walter Stephens discussed the motives of Renaissance witch hunters in a lecture yesterday afternoon celebrating his inauguration to a professorship. Stephens gave a speech titled "Interrogating the Witch Hunt, 1400-1700.

Class Councils, COS, Green Key

Alyse Kornfeld '95 stomped incumbent Tim Rodenberger '95 last night in the race for 1995 Class Council president, besting him by 27 percent of the vote. Current Freshman Class Council President Pamela Saunders '97 was also victorious over two other hopefuls with 46 percent of the 533 freshman votes. "I guess our class is ready for a change," said Kornfeld, who garnered 62 percent of the 424 votes in the race. "I'm very excited about next year and I'm looking forward to planning a lot of great events and bringing a lot more people onto the Council," she said.

Female Cherokee chief to speak

Wilma Mankiller, the first female leader of a major Native American tribe, will visit the College later this month. Mankiller, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will deliver a lecture on April 18 after spending most of the day with Native American students. She is widely credited with revitalizing the Cherokee Nation through her efforts in improving health and children's programs. In addition to receiving numerous honorary degrees, including one from Dartmouth in 1991, Mankiller was named Ms. Magazine's Woman of the Year in 1987. Mankiller's visit and her speech titled "Native America: Contemporary Issues in Historical Context," are being sponsored by the Native American Program and the Native American Studies Program, with assistance from the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. In 1985 Mankiller was appointed chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the second-largest nonassimilated tribe in North America. Mankiller announced Monday that she would retire and not seek re-election next year when her second four-year term expires. Mankiller participated in an occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 as part of a movement to reclaim land in the name of all "American Indians," which began her career in Native American activism. In 1981 she became director of the Cherokee Nation Community Development Department. She was elected deputy chief of Cherokee Nation in 1983, and two years later was appointed the nation's principal chief.

College admits more '98 women than men

For the first time in its history, the College accepted more women than men into its freshman class. On Friday, 2,150 acceptance letters - 1,076 to women and 1,074 to men - will be mailed to students, who were selected from 9,524 applicants. This year's applicant pool was 10.9 percent larger than last year's, said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Karl Furstenberg. Usually about 50 percent of accepted students matriculate, Furstenberg said.

Professor takes in Bosnian refugees

Alison Curtis, wife of visiting History Professor Perry Curtis, and Rebecca Eldredge '94 are working to bring Bosnian refugee children to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for long-term medical treatment. If DHMC executives agree, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees will work with the Bosnian government and the United States to airlift severely injured children out of war zones in the former Yugoslavia into America, said Curtis. Similar programs are currently in place in Maine, and may serve as a model for the, Curtis said. She said she hopes to use two beds at the hospital for long-term treatment of injured children from the war zone.

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