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March 25, 2010 issue

Top stories:

sfdrStudents serve a range of communities over spring break
More than 60 Dartmouth students are participating in the Tucker Foundation's five Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs in locations including rural Appalachia and a farm with migrant workers in Florida.

In a community of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, 12 undergraduates are building an Internet café and teaching math and English to children. Their pupils "come back at night asking to learn and play more," wrote Sahil Joshi '13.

Students are chronicling their experiences on a new blog, Our Dartmouth. (Above photos and posts from Maryam Zafer '12 in San Francisco, left, and Mike Lewis '11 in the Dominican Republic, right.)

Read more about the service programs and see a list of participants.

kim At a send-off for the ASB students, President Jim Yong Kim told them, "You're going to have to be a little more followers, and co-workers ... and it's going to be hard for you because you were all chosen because you're leaders."

Watch excerpts from the remarks and comments from Ben Campbell '10 and Alexander Lloyd '10.



konrepaschVox the Vote: 12 days left to cast your ballot for trustees
The Alumni Council nominated Morton Kondracke '60 (far left) and John Replogle '88 (second from left) for two vacancies on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. Petition candidate Joseph Asch '79 (third from left) opposes Replogle for the second vacancy. Voting takes place March 10-April 7, 2010.


Visit the Vox the Vote website to learn more.


van deusonkimDan Van Deusen '11 wins Dartmouth Idol, President Jim Yong Kim makes a surprise appearance
In the third annual singing competition, Van Deusen of Delmar, N.Y. (left) garnered the most votes for his versions of "Open Arms" by Journey and a medley that included Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer." The video of students performing Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which includes President Kim's surprise appearance (right), has been viewed more than 23,000 times. Watch the video.

Read more about the show, which was co-produced and directed by Walt Cunningham, director of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir.


Quick links:

youngWatch Dartmouth spring sports live with the Big Green Insider
The defending Ivy League champion baseball team plays their first home game April 6 against Williams.


campbellPhotos of Dartmouth alumni at the 2010 Winter Olympics reception in Vancouver
Pictured: British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell '70 (left) and event host Simon Margolis '79 (right).
readsMarch 30 on PBS: Watch the story of Sharifea, a Bronx public school ninth-grader who joins Dartmouth's summer enrichment program
Check local listings by entering your zip code.
skiingPassion for Skiing, a new book about Dartmouth and skiing by Stephen Waterhouse '65, is featured in Backcountry Magazine
Quiz: Who is the Dartmouth alumnus commonly credited with founding backcountry skiing? Answer.
occomEarth science students examine core samples from Hanover's Occom Pond, a wetland that has existed since the last glacial period
mapCheck out admissions' new website, including Dartmouth facts and online tours.
Admissions decisions for the Class of 2014 will be communicated April 1.
Stay connected:
reunionReunions, June 2010: A memory in the making
Make plans now to come back to campus this spring.

brankoTEDx conference, April 17, features big ideas from Dartmouth engineers, economists, philosophers, and others
Students including Branko Cerny '13 (pictured) organized the event.

italyItalian Pathways: Beautiful Walks through Rome and Southern Tuscany
Join Barbara Kreiger, popular instructor of memoir and travel writing, on moderate, carefully chosen walks, with memorable meals, encounters, and receptions in exceptional venues. September 12 to 20, 2010.
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