In addition to the changes in residential life, other facilities improvements are enhancing the student life experience.
The range of dining options continues to expand. In 2001, the Pavilion, a campus dining venue that meets the dietary requirements of Jewish, Muslim and Hindu students and others who maintain a vegetarian diet, opened in Thayer Dining Hall. The Novack Cafe opened in the Berry Library in 2000. Novack, located at the east end of the Library's ground level, provides snacks and beverages on the north side of campus - and especially to hungry students studying late - until 1 a.m., and is open as a study space 24 hours a day. The College is also planning for a dining commons as part of the Maynard Street project, to feature a variety of culinary options that will reflect the diversity of tastes and cultures that is Dartmouth.
Athletic programs provide balance to the student experience at Dartmouth, whether through intercollegiate competition or a simple, regular workout routine. Efforts to upgrade our athletic facilities are under way. As part of the College's regular maintenance program, a major renovation of Leverone Fieldhouse - its first in 30 years - has been completed. Now in the planning stages is a new intercollegiate soccer facility, which will be home to Dartmouth's nationally ranked men's and women's soccer programs. Also in the works is an improvement to ventilation in Karl Michael Pool; that project will enable other infrastructure improvements throughout Alumni Gymnasium. A new fitness center, in the conceptual stage, will greatly enhance both intercollegiate and recreational fitness programs at the College.
There remains a critical need to address infrastructure issues in Thayer Dining Hall. One of the goals is to strengthen the connection between activities that take place in Thayer, Robinson Hall and Collis Center, creating a vibrant hub of social and dining activities for our students.