I remember my first beer. Well, not really, but I remember my first beers at Dartmouth (BG during Dimensions and TDX on the second night of Orientation). I remember the first time I rode the Dartmouth Coach and crossed the Connecticut River onto West Wheelock Street, my first class (Psych 1, obvi), the first time I ordered Collis pasta, the first time I stepped foot in the library (freshman winter, which explains a lot about my 10F grades #noparentswoo). I love firsts. Who doesn’t? They are fresh and new and exciting and the anticipation of doing something for the first time is usually always better than the thing itself. My first pong game? My friend and I got golden shrubbed by one incredibly bored BG ’11 smoking a cigar. The game – the only way it could have gone worse is if BG played tree (Or line. Line sucks). The act of playing pong for the first time – awesome. Yesterday was my last government class of the term. I’m in my second senior seminar, required to finish the major. It’s called Terrorism and Counterterrorism, a pretty grim subject all around. Yesterday, we talked about the future of terrorism, which according… Read more »
As the winter term comes to a close, I am once again bombarded with that peculiar mix of emotions associated with tying the final knots together. Classes are winding down, finals are upon us and as I reflect on the past nine weeks I think of both the good and the bad. The term “bittersweet” is so easy to throw around at this time of term, and with good reason – as sad as I am to see the term conclude, I also feel ready for what the spring has in store. What better way to celebrate the accomplishments of this term than with a dessert that encompasses all the feelings one can possibly have about a term? To bring my long, borderline egregious intro to a close — my inspiration for this final post is to create something “bittersweet”. Perhaps easier said than done, yes, but bear with me. After all, it’s the thought that counts! The first thing I think of when I hear the word bittersweet is chocolate. Fun fact – according to my research, bittersweet chocolate refers to sweetened dark chocolate made without any milk. The second thing I think of when I hear bittersweet is the Passover… Read more »
Whether you tuned in on Sunday night or not, the 86th Academy Awards ceremony brought the best of Hollywood together for millions of viewers. Second-time host Ellen DeGeneres proved even more popular this time around, except maybe with Liza Minnelli (although their selfie would say otherwise). Many celebs showed their mastery of the selfie and the photobomb, proving they really are jacks-of-all-trades. I won’t give away too much but read Dartbeat’s round-up of the best moments of this year’s awards, so you can at least pretend you watched the whole 216-minute show. Jennifer Lawrence started the night of strong with yet another fall. Apparently it’s becoming a tradition? Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed the entirety of U2. ’Nuff said. Later, he decided to pop in on Ellen’s selfie with “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor. Brad Pitt got in on the action, too. Pharrell reminded everyone to be happy, which got Lupita Nyong’o on her feet and Meryl Streep shakin’ it. As if we needed another reason for her to be our hero. Ellen became the first host to feed the audience and gave a $1000 tip to the delivery guy. Stars dished out money, and Nyong’o donated her lip balm to… Read more »
BROWN UNIVERSITY: International students comprise 17 percent of Brown’s applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the highest in the university’s history, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Domestically, the university also noted a jump in applicants from the West and Southwest. The Northeast, however, remains overrepresented. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Despite student concerns regarding a rape crisis and anti-violence support center at Columbia, administrators currently do not plan to change the center’s policies, the Columbia Spectator reported. Students have critiqued the center’s requirement that students present identification to a desk attendant and explain where they are going, which hinders confidentiality. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell Police issued three crime alerts to the community in the past week, including an alleged rape, a knife threat and a drug-induced assault, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Police Chief Kathy Zoner said that the police force does not have a reason for the increased number of recent violent crimes. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Michael Bloomberg will deliver Harvard’s Commencement address this spring, the Harvard Crimson reported. Bloomberg graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966 after earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Approximately 20 students were found responsible for plagiarism in a computer science course during… Read more »
1. You start out super pumped for all the things you plan on doing.
2. …But then you realize that doing things actually requires effort.
3. If you fell behind in any of your classes this term, you tell yourself that you’ll get a head start on next term over break.
4. …But then you realize it’s called spring break for a reason.
5. So instead you decide to work on your tan and spend a week in a tropical paradise.
6. …But you forget sunscreen and your vacation takes an unpleasant turn.
7. You think you can let loose and enjoy a few fun nights without getting too out of hand.
…But you end up apologizing to several people the next day.
8. And no matter how crazy your break was, you make it back to campus in the spring, even if you didn’t ever catch up on the sleep you lost during winter term.
Another 10 (nine?) weeks, another term. In keeping with tradition, I will share 10 albums released this term for my last column of 14W. As if you needed one more thing to distract you from finals studying. “Mind Over Matter” – Young the Giant (Jan. 21) The sophomore release from the California indie rock band comes four years after their debut album, which includes the well known “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” Lead singer Sameer Gadhia describes the album’s concept-theme as “the obstacles one creates for themselves are the only things that can really destroy you.” Deep. Rolling Stone’s Christopher Weingarten labeled the record “explosive, inventive rock,” and described its lead single, “It’s About Time,” as a cross between “Foo Fighter fuzz, Justin Timberlake croon, EDM sputter and spiraling high-life guitars.” On the other side, Washington Post’s Catherine Lewis found the album bland, calling it “a tepid affair that doesn’t stand out.” “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – Against Me! (Jan. 21) While punk has always been about defying—if not antagonizing—mainstream culture and its accompanying expectations, not all would argue that it’s the safest space for gender exploration, making the latest album from Against Me! almost paradoxical. “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” the first album after lead… Read more »