Larimore Credits ’05s with Reform

In an e-mail to graduating seniors, Dean of the College James Larimore said the Class of 2005 has been instrumental in implementing several important changes at Dartmouth. An excerpt:

Your Class has a great track record of advocacy and commitment to the improvement of the College, and the Class of 2005 has helped us make several important decisions.

* I’m pleased to announce that, as a result of your efforts, the College is moving ahead with renovations to Alumni Gym that will provide a larger fitness center, more than three times as large as Kresge, and to renovate space that will provide better multipurpose space as well. In addition, we are moving ahead with plans to provide varsity athletes with an improved weight training area as well.

* I am also grateful for the advocacy and interest you have shown in improving our campus housing situation; construction is underway on the new McLaughlin Cluster on Maynard Street and a new residence on Tuck Mall adjacent to Butterfield and Russell Sage.

* Earlier this year a new staff member joined the Dean of Faculty office to coordinate initiatives to improve our pre-major advising system. Many of you also participated in a Student Assembly initiative to improve peer academic advising for the Class of 2008. Feedback from your Class was instrumental in moving each of these efforts forward.

You and your classmates leave a legacy of involvement and constructive dialogue that will serve the College well for years to come. You helped move Rush back to fall term and provided important input on changes to the College’s Social Event Management Procedures and the Good Samaritan policy. I’m equally proud of the work done by many concerned students who worked closely with my administrative colleagues to make improvements to our sexual abuse prevention and response system, and to offer ideas about strengthening the College’s sustainability efforts.