Hanover Storm Drain: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Courtesy of Will Peisch
Courtesy of Will Peisch

In celebration of the Ledyard Canoe Club re-opening next week, I thought I’d explore the one area that every Dartmouth kayaker has seen but never thought to go inside — the Hanover runoff pipeline seen above. By exploring what is literally the deepest, darkest corner of Hanover, I came across a whole secret world of graffiti made by people for an audience of themselves — and stupid enterprising Dartbeat journalists. I expected to see a wall of penis graffiti with a detail and quantity that would rival that of a middle school boy’s textbook. Instead I found a secret world that displayed the full spectrum of human behavior. First, a warning — the second half of this article contains disturbing content.
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Have you seen one of these pictures around? It’s just one of several sarcastic and thought-provoking prints put together by Julia Plevin ’09. Her prints combine original snapshots from Dartmouth in the 1970s with phrases that echo the current campus culture.

Plevin started the series her senior year during her first art class at Dartmouth. A history major, Plevin came across the images while doing research and decided to incorporate them into her art class. Before she knew it, her friends had started requesting copies, which sparked her idea to sell them online.

As you can see, all of the prints include women. Plevin chose these photos because to her, Dartmouth still felt like an “old boys’ school” when she attended, and she hoped to both celebrate and call attention to the female experience at Dartmouth.

“Dartmouth is so deep with tradition and history,” Plevin said. “A lot of things change over time, but some things — like the cold weather — are forever.”

Plevin finds that her prints resonate with graduates before her, yet are still relevant today.

Check out Julia’s website here and buy prints, totes or mugs here.

All photos courtesy of Julia Plevin.


Howe’s Little Free Libraries Draw Positive Feedback


Those of you who weren’t on campus in the summer may have noticed an extra dose of cute in Hanover – the Howe Library installed two Little Free Libraries over 14X. These structures invite passersby to “Take a book, leave a book,” offering a small break from a hectic day. The first Little Free Library was unveiled in front of Hanover’s Town Hall on Aug, 11 and the second, between the Hanover Inn and the Hop, was installed earlier this month.

Since 2009, the Little Free Library movement has spread worldwide, spearheaded by an organization of the same name. According to the Little Free Library website, these free book exchanges aim to “promote literacy and the love of reading” and to “build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” As of Jan. 15, 15,000 Little Free Libraries were registered with the organization across at least 56 countries .

The quaint structures in Hanover have been in the works for over a year, when Howe Library staff and trustees decided it would be a worthwhile project. Howe Library director Mary White said she was drawn to the idea by the opportunity for outreach it provided the library.

“A lot of people are very busy and don’t have time to come to us,” White said. “Or sometimes they’re a new student at Dartmouth or new to the area and they might not know about the Howe Library. This was one way for us to reach them without them having to find us.”

White worked with Chuck Gibson of Chuck Gibson Design to create the design for the little libraries and with Scott Thetford of Old School Designs to construct the physical structures.

Courtesy of Mary White

The final design mimicked the architecture of the Howe Library itself, as White had requested. Gibson noted that this style departed from the typical structure he had seen in other Little Free Libraries, which resembled dollhouses and consisted of painted wood. Instead, Gibson envisioned a structure made entirely of metal with a quilted appearance through its use of stainless steel, copper and brass.

“I feel good that I’ve been able to push the frontiers forward a little bit,” Gibson said. “As far as I know, I think the all-metal structure that I designed here is something new.”

These mini libraries have caught the eye of students and community members since their installment, including James Drain ’17. Drain has perused the Little Free Library three times and although he has yet to take a book, he plans to add his own to the collection.

“I’m planning to put in this book I read about willpower recently,” Drain said. “Someone will take those books and read it, which is nice. But it’s small; it’s not very large-scale.”

White and the rest of the Howe staff work hard to make sure that the Little Free Libraries are stocked throughout the week and keep an eye out for worn books.

“The thing that was very important to me, and this was how some of the Little Free Libraries die, is that they don’t put in interesting books,” White said. “We have books for children, teens and adults, fiction and nonfiction.”

Nearby Summer Concerts You Can’t Miss

Summer is full of music festivals and outdoor concerts, although you may have forgotten this living in the Hanover bubble this term. However, there are some fantastic concerts near campus in the next two months that’ll have you scrambling for tickets. Take the opportunity to get off campus, make a weekend out of it with friends and enjoy some great music! Here are some of the best concerts in August and September that you should be sure to mark on your calendars.

Kings of Leon with Young the Giant, Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Meadowbrook, NH
This venue is just an hour and a half to the east of Dartmouth and is packed with fantastic entertainment all summer long. Indie rock band Young the Giant hit the mainstream radio waves in the past couple of years, and chances are you still come across “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” on iTunes shuffle. Kings of Leon, a rock band from Nashville, will headline the concert. They’ve received critical acclaim and have raked in an impressive amount of awards for songs like “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody.” Although their concert reviews have been mixed as of late, the band’s unique blend of alternative rock and blues will keep you entertained.

MisterWives, Aug. 29, 8:30 p.m., The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA
Whether you missed them over Green Key or can’t get enough, seeing any band for $12 is pretty much a steal. Although they’ve only been playing together for a year and a half, MisterWives has quickly made a name for itself in the music world. The band had its first national tour at the end of last year and then toured for a short time with American Authors and The Royal Concept. Go see them and just try to get their upbeat sound out of your head – the venue is just a two-and-a-half-hour coach ride or drive away.

Lady Antebellum, Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Meadowbrook, NH
There’s no time like the summer for country music, and just because this is after the term ends doesn’t mean you get to forget that. Billy Currington and Joe Nichols will kick off the party with their catchy and electrifying tunes. Ever since the group stepped onto the scene, Lady Antebellum has become a giant in country music. If you haven’t had a chance to see these talented musicians perform live yet, now is the time.

Honda Civic tour: Grouplove and Portugal. The Man, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Grouplove has previously performed at some of the top music festivals in the nation, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Coachella. Although you probably haven’t downloaded any of their songs since “Tongue Tied,” you’ve likely heard them in “The Fault In Our Stars” (2014) and “Girls.” They’ll be hitting the stage with rock band Portugal. The Man, who’ve toured with The Black Keys and Play Radio Play.

Boston Calling Music Festival, Sept. 5-7, City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
If there’s one concert worth the trip this summer, Boston Calling is it. These three days are jam-packed with fantastic musicians — headliners include The National, Lorde and Nas x The Roots. You’ll also find some of your favorite up-and-coming artists, including The 1975, Sky Ferreira and Girl Talk. So go find that perfect festival outfit and get ready for a star-studded lineup!

Not just Wolves of Wall Street – Dartmouth Alums in Entertainment

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For most, Dartmouth is associated far more with sending graduates to Wall Street and Capitol Hill than to Hollywood, and the size of associated academic departments only reinforce this perception. Nevertheless, a number of Hollywood titans do call Dartmouth their alma mater. While I’m sure you’ve come to terms with the fact that the guy who golden-treed you last weekend probably will be making six figures upon graduation, you most likely haven’t yet imagined that the girl who sits in front of you in your 10 could be the next Mindy Kaling. 

Connie Britton ’89

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Most recently nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for her role in ABC’s Nashville, Connie Britton has also been nominated for an Emmy for her roles in American Horror Story and Friday Night Lights. In an interview with The Dartmouth, Britton cited acting in “The Bacchae” as her favorite role of her Dartmouth acting career. Despite knowing she wanted to pursue an acting career, Britton majored in Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese and participated in the Beijing FSP.

Rachel Dratch ’88

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A veteran comic, Rachel Dratch’s resume includes 30 Rock, The King of Queens, the mainstage of Second City and probably most famously, Saturday Night Live. In 2012, she released her autobiography Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle. Dratch said that the Hopkins Center was “so huge in [her] life at Dartmouth” and she, like Tyler, took part in The Hop’s 50th Anniversary. In her 2012 interview with The Dartmouth, Dratch said that aside from the arts, “the first couple years, I wasn’t really feeling it,” regarding other aspects of her college experience.

Mindy Kaling ’01

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By now, you’re probably well aware of Mindy Kaling’s Dartmouth alum status. The Office writer and cast member reached a new level of notoriety with her show The Mindy Project, which was renewed for a third season earlier this month. Last year, Kaling even earned a spot on the Time 100 list. Her 2011 book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, contains a good portion of Dartmouth-related content, and her hilarious comic strip that she wrote for The Dartmouth, “Badly Drawn Girl” recently resurfaced. A theater major at Dartmouth, Kaling performed with the Dog Day Players and The Rockapellas, and members of Sigma Delta sorority will be quick to claim her as well.

Kamran Pasha ’93 Tu’00

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Producer of NBC’s Kings and Bionic Woman, Kamran Pasha is also a regular Huffington Post blogger and fiction writer. A devout Muslim, Pasha practiced his faith with discipline during his time at Dartmouth. “I prayed five times a day…the social pressure, the isolation and loneliness of being different, weighed on my heart,” he wrote in one of his many HuffPost columns that focus on contemporary issues of Islam

Shonda Rhimes ’91

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It’s no coincidence that characters Meredith Grey of Grey’s Anatomy’s and David Rosen of Scandal both went to Dartmouth. Shonda Rhimes, dubbed by Vanity Fair as the “First Lady of Network Drama,” majored in English at Dartmouth. She chose the College because of its small size, describing the campus as “magical — even in the cold winters.” Rhimes also wrote for The Dartmouth and could frequently be found at the Top of the Hop. While she eventually found major critically acclaimed success, early in her career she wrote Crossroads (remember when Britney Spears was in a movie..?) and Princess Diaries: 2.

Aisha Tyler ’92

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? host Aisha Tyler played a regular on the first season of CBS’s Ghost Whisperer. In addition to films The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3 and .45, Tyler held recurring roles on 24 and CSI. Also a writer, Tyler has authored multiple books and contributed to publications including Glamour, Oprah and Jane. While at Dartmouth, Tyler sang with The Rockapellas and was a member of The Tabard. She returned in 2012 to participate in The Hop’s 50th Anniversary performance, Igniting Imagination.