If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line.

Because while the stemwinder of a speech that Hanlon delivered Wednesday night was aimed at what he described as “extreme behavior” at Dartmouth, Hanlon’s admonitions could apply to colleges and college students anywhere.

“Dartmouth’s promise is being hijacked by extreme behavior, masked by its perpetrators as acceptable fun,” warned Hanlon, who arrived on campus just last year. He cited sexual assaults, “a culture where dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception” and “a general disregard for human dignity as exemplified by hazing, parties with racist and sexist undertones, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults hurled on the Internet.”

Hanson noted “a grave disconnect between our culture in the classroom and the behaviors outside of it — behaviors which too often seek not to elevate the human spirit, but debase it.” Dartmouth, he said, cannot “be held back by the few who wrongly hide harmful behaviors behind the illusion of youthful exuberance. Routinized excessive drinking, sexual misconduct and blatant disregard of social norms have no place at Dartmouth. Enough is enough.”

Read the rest of Marcus’ piece at the link.

Shonda Rhimes ’91, the creative force behind several acclaimed television series, including the current ABC hit Scandal, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2014 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 8, on the Green.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes ’91 (Photo courtesy of Shonda Rhimes ’91)

Rhimes, a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee, is also the creator, head writer, and executive producer of medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2013, and that same year TIME magazine—for the second time—named Rhimes one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

In 2013, Rhimes won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series for Scandal, and in 2014 she received the Directors Guild of America’s Diversity Award. Additionally, she has been named to Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Variety’s “Power of Women” and Glamour’s “Women of the Year.”

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77 will deliver the Valedictory Address to the graduates. Also speaking will be the student valedictory speaker from the undergraduate senior class. The valedictory speaker will be announced the week of Commencement, after final grades are calculated.

In case you missed the announcement yesterday, Shonda Rhimes ‘91 will be this year’s commencement speaker! Read the rest of the article at the link.

Jill Britton ‘14 stokes the fire at the sugar house, which is located on the Dartmouth Organic Farm property. Students learn how to make maple syrup from the approximately 80 sugar maple trees which are part of the farm’s sugar bush. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

Jill Britton ‘14 stokes the fire at the sugar house, which is located on the Dartmouth Organic Farm property. Students learn how to make maple syrup from the approximately 80 sugar maple trees which are part of the farm’s sugar bush. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

Megan Martinez, M.A.’12, a fourth-year PhD student in the mathematics department, discusses her poster, titled “Pattern Occurences in Random Walks,” at the graduate student poster session in Alumni Hall. During this annual forum, graduate students present their work, with prizes going to the top four. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

Megan Martinez, M.A.’12, a fourth-year PhD student in the mathematics department, discusses her poster, titled “Pattern Occurences in Random Walks,” at the graduate student poster session in Alumni Hall. During this annual forum, graduate students present their work, with prizes going to the top four. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

The Box serves meals to customers in front of Silsby Hall. Mike Parshley, Tuck ‘14, (one of the founders of The Box) was among the people working there on this sunny spring day. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

The Box serves meals to customers in front of Silsby Hall. Mike Parshley, Tuck ‘14, (one of the founders of The Box) was among the people working there on this sunny spring day. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

Pitcher Morgan McCalmon ‘16 went 5-for-5 with six RBI’s and two home runs as the Big Green continued to mow down Ivy foes with its fourth straight league sweep, defeating Penn, 3-2 and 12-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman ‘14)

Pitcher Morgan McCalmon ‘16 went 5-for-5 with six RBI’s and two home runs as the Big Green continued to mow down Ivy foes with its fourth straight league sweep, defeating Penn, 3-2 and 12-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman ‘14)

Sarah Alexander ‘14 and Meegan Daigler ‘14 were enrolled in a course in the Environmental Studies Program and for their final project, the professor asked students to come up with a solution to an environmental problem. Alexander immediately had an idea: She teamed up with classmate Meegan Daigler ‘14 to try to find a healthier way, for people and the environment, to dispose of or recycle waste oil in India’s second largest city.

During Dimensions, #Dartmouth18s and their families hear from current #Dartmouth students about the D-Plan

During Dimensions, #Dartmouth18s and their families hear from current #Dartmouth students about the D-Plan

Students and faculty from various disciplines talk about how they have enhanced their intellectual experiences through research programs, fellowships, faculty mentorship, travel awards, and more at Dartmouth during Dimensions. #Dartmouth18s

Students and faculty from various disciplines talk about how they have enhanced their intellectual experiences through research programs, fellowships, faculty mentorship, travel awards, and more at Dartmouth during Dimensions. #Dartmouth18s

Families of #Dartmouth18s have joined members of the faculty and administration for a panel discussion about the many ways Dartmouth supports students

Families of #Dartmouth18s have joined members of the faculty and administration for a panel discussion about the many ways Dartmouth supports students

#Dartmouth18s are getting paired with current students to attend a college class.

#Dartmouth18s are getting paired with current students to attend a college class.

#Dartmouth18s are in Hanover today for Dimensions! Many are in McNutt Hall picking up their registration materials. Can’t wait to meet y’all.

#Dartmouth18s are in Hanover today for Dimensions! Many are in McNutt Hall picking up their registration materials. Can’t wait to meet y’all.

In their geophysics lab, Teaching Assistant Justin Stroup and Ben Ticknor ‘15 use a gravimeter, an instrument that measures small differences in the acceleration of gravity, to determine the height difference between the first and fourth floors of Fairchild Hall. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

In their geophysics lab, Teaching Assistant Justin Stroup and Ben Ticknor ‘15 use a gravimeter, an instrument that measures small differences in the acceleration of gravity, to determine the height difference between the first and fourth floors of Fairchild Hall. (Photo by Eli Burakian ‘00)

theunjustifiedthruth asked: Any advice on the best way to wow a college with such high educational standards as Dartmouth when applying?

We sent this one along to the Dean, sorry it took so long!

Best way to wow us?
 
Be sure to convey why you do the things that you do, not just what you do.  We’re interested in knowing more than just what’s important to you but also why those classes, activities, experiences are important and what you’ve really learned from all that you have done about yourself and how that has shaped your goals and aspirations.
 
And please, no essays about “accidents” when you couldn’t get to the bathroom on time. (No joke – actually read an essay on this theme this year.  Needless to say, not an application that “wowed” me).

This month we celebrate the 50th anniversary of BASIC at Dartmouth, and the role of Dartmouth in computing history. Check out the link for more information!