Touching the Fire – ’18s Edition

“Others in the crowd may maliciously yell out, ‘Worst class ever!’ or ’Touch the fire!’ Those are the chants of those misguided souls who may believe that tradition lives on in demeaning the experiences of others.”

It reads like a celestial warning but in reality, this is a quote from the 2013 Homecoming edition of the undergraduate dean’s newsletter, advising the Class of 2017 not to touch the fire. The warning was short-lived —  members of the Class of 2017 touched the fire, as did those in the Class of 2018 last week. While not everyone approves of touching the fire, and even fewer students consider it a tradition, having the upperclassmen yell “touch the fire” at the running freshmen is something that has happened at Dartmouth for many years. And this is not where the story ends. Not only do the upperclassmen chant during the bonfire, but various freshmen deviate from their circular leaps to do exactly as they are told. In the rush of the moment, they run toward the hot, blazing bonfire as if they were jumping in as a sacrifice to a mighty fire god (think about it, this is more similar to pagan rites than we would like to admit). However, this is Dartmouth,… Read more »

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

So you’re going to a Halloween party this weekend, but don’t have a costume. You knew Halloween was this weekend and that you would need one. But in the midst of midterms and papers, you have neglected to do anything about a costume. You, my friend, need a backup plan.  That’s what I’m here for. Here are several costumes you can make with ordinary things you can find around your dorm room or in CVS. The Disco Ball  You need: An old dress or T-shirt, a stack of CDs and super glue. There are two different ways to do this. You can either choose to break up the CDs and paste the pieces on the dress, leaving the shiny part of the CD facing the outside. Or you can also avoid breaking them and just paste them on. Ta-da! Now you’ll shine on the dance floor. The Classic Zombie You need: Clothes that you can destroy (I recommend buying a plain, big T-shirt), red paint and makeup. Destroy the clothes and spat them with blood. It’s not rocket science. I’m sure you know how to do this, so have fun with it. Then apply splotches of blood and bronzer on… Read more »

What Would Administrators Dress Up As for Halloween?

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You Dartbeat readers have been very selfish lately. The Dartbeat family has been hitting you with all sorts of autumnal Halloween goodness: we’ve told you all the haunted spots YOU should check out around Hanover, we’ve given YOU eight autumn recipes to try out and we’ve helped decide who YOU should be for Halloween. I’m putting my foot down and saying ENOUGH. It is not all about you, you, you (well, it kind of is, but still). So I am introducing the first annual “What Should Administrators Be For Halloween?” because even administrators need some Dartbeat TLC. College President Phil Hanlon as Marilyn Monroe I was very tempted to make Phil dress up as Dumbledore or Gandalf. I know, he’s the big man in charge, but it’s time to think outside the box. Phil, like Marilyn, is a classic (not to mention classy — he was once an AD brother after all). Marilyn might have had Kennedy, but Phil has Gail. Am I right, or am I right? Phil is a longstanding symbol of Dartmouth, and Marilyn, well, Marilyn is a symbol of something else… Gail Gentes as Catwoman To be fair, I’ve never met or had a one-on-one convo with Gail. But… Read more »

Bleachers’ “Rollercoaster” Music Video Review

The best kind of music video complements the song, providing a visual that goes along with the feel of the song. It doesn’t have to be crazy elaborate, and in fact that often takes away from the song itself (case in point: any of OK Go’s videos). But Bleachers’ new music video released Tuesday, “Rollercoaster,” is one of the perfect videos that adds to the song without overpowering it and stays consistent with the vibe of the song, much like “By Your Hand” by Los Campesinos!, “Dog Problems” by The Format and “Bullet” by Steel Train. The song “Rollercoaster” is an ’80s-inspired anthem, detailing a fast-paced, thrilling love affair. Sonically, Bleachers’ lead singer and songwriter Jack Antonoff told Pitchfork, the song always felt to him like “driving on a highway.” So he went to the video director, Richard Shepard, with the idea of the band playing on top of a moving car. The video begins with the band driving down the highway in an old ice cream truck with “Bleachers” painted on the side. The members sleep in the back until a honk from a passing car wakes them up. With this Antonoff looks out the window to see a blonde girl… Read more »

R​iverview Farm Corn Maze: What’s the Hub Bub Bubba Hubbard?


I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s right across the Hudson River from New York City (please don’t refer to us as the sixth borough, or we will hurt you). So my autumns were pretty much spent drinking fake apple cider and eating ShopRite pumpkin pie. Oh, and waiting for the leaves to turn red on the one tree we had on our block and then watching the street sweepers clear out the leaves every Tuesday morning. *sigh* Needless to say, autumn in New Hampshire has been a VERY different experience. There are real trees and farms and farmers markets and pumpkin patches and … and … and … CORN MAZES (the only corn maze in my hometown refers to a hairdo). A few weekends ago, I packed my mom and sister into a car and headed over to Riverview Farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire. Twenty minutes later, we arrived on the farm. My mom and sister went berry picking, and I hit the almighty labyrinth of corn. I’m not even joking. It was acres and acres of corn, and even at 2 p.m., it was still kind of creepy. [DISCLAIMER: THE… Read more »

What should you be for Halloween?

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