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A Rainbow Crosswalk
In case you missed it, the large crosswalk area in the middle of East Wheelock in front of the Hanover Inn and the Hopkins Center has been repainted from its washed-out yellow color to something a fair bit more vibrant in celebration of LGBT Pride Week:
Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin reports:
The rainbow crosswalk was installed by a group of Dartmouth students. As part of this year’s LGBT Pride Week celebration, the Dartmouth Pride planning committee wanted to install a rainbow crosswalk in place of the traditional crosswalk situated between the Hanover Green and Hopkins Center, extending across East Wheelock Street. They felt that the installation would provide a powerful visual demonstration of support for the LGBT community by Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover. The design of the crosswalk is intended to evoke the rainbow symbology of the LGBT rights movement, providing a daytime complement to a planned nighttime display that featured rainbow lights illuminating Dartmouth Hall during LGBT Pride Week.
We agreed to allow the students to paint the crosswalk under our supervision. Technically, federal and state traffic safety standards require fairly specific pavement marking protocols (which does not include a rainbow crosswalk), but given that we will be excavating this area this summer (right after graduation) and replacing the painted refuge area and crosswalk with a raised pedestrian refuge and new crosswalk design as part of our Transit Hub project, we decided it was ok to host the rainbow crosswalk for a period of a few weeks.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…