By Grace Sollender
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In an April 10 hearing, the New Hampshire Superior Court denied a request by Julian Sarkar ’13 for a preliminary injunction in the case of Julian Sarkar v. Trustees of Dartmouth College. Sarkar argued that College administrators had unilaterally changed the meal plan program to the SmartChoice plan for the 2011-2012 academic year “without his consent and without his permission and therefore breached their contract with him,” causing Sarkar to seek injunctive relief. Sarkar said that Dartmouth students had entered into a contract with the College before the meal plan switch, which stated that students had to purchase at least a Mini-Green plan of the Green Meal Plans. Beth Rattigan, the attorney representing the College, argued that there is no irreparable harm, there is an adequate remedy at law, and that “Sarkar is unlikely to succeed on the merits of this case.”
Marina Keegan, a writer, actress and activist who graduated this year from Yale University, died on Saturday afternoon in a car crash near Dennis, Mass., after her boyfriend, a fellow Yale alumnus, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over twice, the Yale Daily News reported. Keegan, originally from Wayland, Mass., was an English major and the president of the Yale College Democrats. She played a key role in organizing efforts for the Occupy Morgan Stanley movement and also wrote for the Daily News. Keegan graduated magna cum laude five days before her death and had plans to work as an assistant to the general counselor at The New Yorker, according to the Daily News. She was 22 years old and is survived by her parents, Tracy and Kevin, and brothers, Trevor and Pierce.
The U.S. Department of Education issued “The Condition of Education: 2012,” an annual report that includes data through the 2009-2010 academic year on Thursday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The report includes data on postsecondary education, including information about enrollment, graduation rates, financial aid, fields of study, faculty compensation and institutional expenses and revenues. Despite increased costs at public four-year institutions, the total annual cost of attendance for in-state students living on campus was $20,100 in 2010-2011, compared with $39,800 at private, non-profit colleges and $30,100 at for-profit institutions, according to the report. Community colleges continued to be the least expensive postsecondary option for students, with an average cost of $7,900 per year for those who did not live on campus.