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About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget”  also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.

Charlotte Albright

The Dartmouth College community is reacting to news that a former student, Parker Gilbert, has been found not guilty of raping a fellow student in her dorm room last spring. The criminal case brings new urgency to the challenge of preventing sexual assault on campus.

While attending Dartmouth last spring, Gilbert was accused of entering the dorm room of a female student after a drunken party, and raping her. He claimed the sex was consensual.

Jury Clears Former Dartmouth Student in Rape Trial

Mar 27, 2014
Jennifer Hauck / Valley News

North Haverhill, N.H. — A jury has acquitted Parker C. Gilbert of raping a Dartmouth College classmate in her dorm room last spring.

The Grafton County Superior Court jury deliberated for about four hours before clearing the former Dartmouth student of five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of criminal trespass.

The accuser had said Gilbert entered her dorm room and began assaulting her while she was asleep. Gilbert’s defense characterized the incident as “clumsy, awkward, drunk college sex.”

An unusual trial in Haverhill, N.H is re-fueling the long-simmering controversy at Dartmouth College about whether the administration is doing enough to prevent and respond to sexual assaults on campus.

The defendant, Parker Gilbert, is a former Dartmouth student who allegedly raped another student in her dorm room on campus last May. Her name is being withheld, as is customary in rape cases.

Accuser Testifies At Dartmouth Rape Trial

Mar 19, 2014
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The former Dartmouth College student who alleges she was raped in a dorm room last spring testified Tuesday that she vomited after seeing her alleged attacker a few days after the incident.

Meanwhile, the defense teams’ cross-examination focused on the accuser’s history of alcohol consumption and inaccurate statements she made to a police investigator about her use of social media.

At one point, a prosecutor asked the woman how she would respond to someone who suggested that what happened with the defendant had been consensual sex.

Two college students, one from the University of Vermont and one from Dartmouth, died this weekend while skiing.

Kendra Bowers, a 19-year-old UVM student from Newport, R.I. died Saturday after she lost control at Sugarbush’s Mount Ellen and hit a trail sign, according to a Vermont State Police release. She was pronounced dead at Central Vermont Hospital. Trooper Trevor Carbo said in an email to VPR that Bowers was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

This week, Dartmouth College’s administration met with part of the faculty to look at the problems of binge drinking and sexual assault on campus. This is not a new conversation for the Hanover, New Hampshire, Ivy League School.

Reporter Sarah Brubeck, has been covering the story for the Valley News. She spoke with Vermont Edition about some of the problems and solutions discussed at the forum.

Charlotte Albright

The curtain rises November 8 at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center on a play that explores frank themes, like arranged marriages and sexual abuse.

But “Big Love,” adapted from a play by Aeschylus, is as much a romp as a rant.

Director Tazewell Thompson is a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth this semester. He began a recent rehearsal with a scene he called “the pact.” Three brides stand in a row, face the audience, and make a shocking agreement.

The number of rapes reported at the University of Vermont nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012, a new report shows. UVM officials reported 12 "forcible rapes" in 2012 in an annual public safety report released this week. School officials reported seven in 2011.

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College towns have always been magnets for the performing arts. But campus presenters find it tough sometimes to get students through the auditorium doors.  

The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth recently hosted a symposium where music-loving students from all over the country shared new ways to get their friends to take in a concert or two.

So here’s the multiple choice question for college arts presenters these days. What do students most want to see and hear at a performance?

a. Hip hop

b. Classical Music, or

Dartmouth College is mourning the death of a young man who was visiting a graduating student this week. The 20 year-old man, whose name is being withheld, drowned when he dropped into the water from a rope swing over the Connecticut River on Wednesday. The brothers were attending a party organized by the senior class. Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson says the College is saddened by the accident.

“And we are full of grief for his Dartmouth brother, who is experiencing deep sorrow when he really should be filled with great joy,” Anderson said.

A Dartmouth student is accused of raping a fellow student in her dorm room earlier this month. He was initially held for lack of bail.

Dartmouth College officials are declining to speak publicly about the incident, which is still under investigation. And Hanover police commented only in a  press release.

Police say Parker Gilbert, a junior from London, trespassed into a female student’s unlocked dorm room and sexually assaulted her.

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Dartmouth College canceled classes Wednesday to hold a teach-in about the reaction to a demonstration last week.

Students staged the demonstration last week to highlight alleged discrimination at Dartmouth. And that drew angry comments online, as well as threats of violence.

Last Friday about fifteen students unhappy about the way they are treated at Dartmouth interrupted a presentation to prospective students. They carried signs and shouted “Dartmouth has a problem.” That problem, says senior  Karolina Krelinova, from the Czech Republic, is intolerance.

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