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The scene is a fenced-in enclosure, tucked away in the hills in southeastern Vermont. Inside, choreographer Ann Carlson leads a rehearsal with four dancers, a flock of sheep and a border collie.

The dancers drape sheep pelts over their heads, then wave the pelts in front of their bodies like bullfighters — but instead of red cloth, it’s pieces of the animals’ own skin that they’re waving. 

The sheep, it seems, couldn’t care less, until the border collie comes running up. Then, they stop munching the grass, look forward, and run, too. 

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During the last 15 years, the number of opioids sold in this country has quadrupled, contributing to an epidemic of addiction and overdose that has ravaged communities in New Hampshire and across the country. 

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Bears have been a major headache in Hanover this spring. One mother bear and her three yearlings, in particular, became well known to residents for their aggressive behavior. The animals are attracted to unsecured dumpsters and residential garbage cans.

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper reflected on his career in journalism in a commencement address to graduates of Dartmouth College Sunday.

Tapper has been in the spotlight recently for his pointed, and at times combative, back-and-forths with members of the Trump administration. But he said his 2012 book detailing a deadly battle in Afghanistan remains his proudest accomplishment.

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Dartmouth College is reaffirming its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the Paris climate agreement. 

On Monday, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon joined the presidents of eleven other schools in signing a letter underlining a commitment to sustainability, including more quickly transitioning to low-carbon energy sources. 

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The two places could not be more different: the Dartmouth College campus and the Sullivan County jailhouse. Yet, in a new documentary, college students from Dartmouth and female inmates worked together to write short plays about what it’s like to be incarcerated. The process generates a conversation about privilege and the justice system.

Seven years in the making, the film debuts this Saturday at the White River Indie Festival. NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with the documentary’s director, Signe Taylor, about the making of the film.

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The Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse joined New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster in Hanover Tuesday afternoon. They spoke as part of a discussion on the opioid crisis hosted by Dartmouth College.

Kuster took advantage of the opportunity to criticize President Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicaid. “We all know the importance of access to treatment for addressing this crisis," she said. "I will continue to hold this administration accountable for their actions in addressing the opioid epidemic.”

State officials have set traps for four bears in the Hanover area after two of the animals recently entered a home there. Once caught, the bears will be shot, according to Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Division Chief for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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Dartmouth Professor N. Bruce Duthu has turned down the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences following charges that he supported a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. 

Duthu, a professor of Native American Studies and an Associate Dean, was appointed earlier this spring to be the next Dean of the Faculty starting July 1.

The Alpha Delta fraternity partially inspired the 1978 movie Animal House, counts Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon as a former member, and has been notorious in Hanover for years.

Dartmouth de-recognized Alpha Delta two years ago when 11 members had the Alpha Delta letters branded into their buttocks as part of an initiation ritual.

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Dartmouth College and the town of Hanover are in a stand-off over a new $18 million athletic facility the college wants to build.

Last month, the Hanover Planning Board denied Dartmouth a permit for the proposed 70,000 square foot building. The structure would house training facilities for student-athletes to practice their sports during the winter.

The decision was a victory for neighbors who oppose the project for its size and proximity to a residential area.

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Dartmouth College says it has spent $8.4 million cleaning up contamination on property where scientists once dumped carcasses of lab animals in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Ivy League school began cleaning up the site in 2011 and realized a year later that at least one carcinogen had leaked into the groundwater. Last year, it determined one family's well water was contaminated.

Dartmouth provided the family with bottled water and sampled over 100 drinking wells in the neighborhood.

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The CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock says he will step down when his contract expires next June.

A spine surgeon by training, James Weinstein has led the state’s largest health care system since 2011. During that time, he’s had to navigate both local and national challenges, including the arrival of the Affordable Care Act.

Under new federal legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency will work to deepen its understanding of 10 chemicals in commercial use. Topping that list is 1,4-dioxane, which has also been found in drinking water in a Hanover, New Hampshire, neighborhood. 

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Amid uncertainty about the future of the country’s immigration laws under a Trump administration, Dartmouth is trying to reassure undocumented students that they’re welcome on campus — and that the school will try to protect them from potential changes in the law that might be in store.

For the 5 percent of Vermonters who do not identify as white, finding a barber who has experience with a diversity of hair textures is challenging. But a barber contracted by Dartmouth College to cut hair for students of color is making a difference.

A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected. 

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If a video designed to recruit people into extremist groups pops up online, it stands to reason that you could just flag it to have it removed and the problem is solved. But that’s not so easy. These videos are easily replicated, so one video could suddenly appear on a variety of websites. It’s time-consuming to track down and try to remove each one. One professor at Dartmouth College has developed software that would help find all those copies.

A decision by Dartmouth College to deny tenure to an Asian-American professor has brought national attention to the lack of diversity in higher education.

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to overturn the decision.

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 At Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Monday afternoon, John Kasich made a point to emphasize his willingness to work across party lines – with a nod to one of New Hampshire’s top Democrats.

Former Democratic Governor John Lynch now works at the Tuck School where Kasich was speaking and introduced the candidate ahead of the event. Kasich, in turn, nodded to Lynch several times throughout his remarks.

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Dartmouth College and the University of Maine are working together on a project to allow scholars to study historically important films and television programs being digitized in archives around the world. 

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The president of Dartmouth College has condemned reports of aggressive behavior during a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this month.

A crowd of students marched through Baker-Berry Library on Nov. 12, where demonstrators allegedly confronted other students who were studying with racially charged language. The protest occurred after a large demonstration by Dartmouth and Upper Valley residents.

The Valley News reports Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon called the community demonstration a "powerful expression of unity in support of social justice."

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Dartmouth College is beginning its transition to a new residential model designed to provide students with more continuity when living on campus and greater interaction with faculty beyond the classroom. The move to a residential college system was among the changes President Philip Hanlon announced in January to address problems such as high-risk drinking, sexual assault and a lack of inclusion.

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A state lawmaker who questions whether Dartmouth College has sufficiently repaid the state for its generosity more than a century ago is drafting three bills aimed at holding the Ivy League school accountable.

The Legislature gave Dartmouth cash and land in the 1800s with the provision that any resulting income be used to educate poor New Hampshire students.

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As autumn progresses, it’s getting to be time to turn up the thermostat, and pile on the blankets. Or maybe not. On today’s show, we consider the benefits of being cold. And, we explore the curious history of one of sports’ key beverages: Gatorade.

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Dartmouth College officials have unveiled a reorganization plan for the Geisel School of Medicine designed to reduce the school's sizable annual structural deficit.

The Valley News reports Geisel had operating expenses of $250 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.

While the medical school is part of Dartmouth, it receives some financial support from the college's medical system affiliate, Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Interim Dean Duane Compton says revenue streams that historically supported medical schools have evened out in recent years.

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Dartmouth College has released the results of a major survey which finds that more than 1 in 4 female undergraduates at the school have been victims of some sort of unwanted sexual encounter.

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  Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine will use a $5 million dollar federal grant for a health study on human motivation.

Officials say the grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s Common Fund, will fund an investigation into the psychological and biological factors that motivate individuals to improve their health.

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Authorities in New Hampshire say they've found insufficient evidence to charge a Dartmouth College fraternity accused of branding new members.

Alpha Delta, which partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House," lost its status as a student organization in April after a string of disciplinary violations including hazing and underage service of alcohol.

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