Ivy Charm School


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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Not just Wolves of Wall Street – Dartmouth Alums in Entertainment

Courtesy of Time

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 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                         A veteran comic, Rachel Dratch’s resume includes 30 Rock, The King of Queens, the mainstage of Second City and… Read more »

Working the Arts: Q&A With Jeff Hafner, ArtWorks Performer

Jeff Hafner ’02 let the music from his guitar fill the air of the Hopkins Center over spring break as College employees meandered, gazing at the art of their coworkers. On March 19 and 20, Dartmouth held its annual employee ArtWorks showcase featuring musical performances and an art display at the Hopkins Center. Michael Taylor, director of the Hood Museum, welcomed employees and guests. The Artworks showcase occurs each spring break and features the artistic endeavors of College employees, ranging from music to textiles. “Each year, ArtWorks highlights the many creative talents of Dartmouth employees in the visual and performing arts,” Taylor said in his speech at the event. “This year’s exhibition in Alumni Hall showcases the artistic talents of more than 50 Dartmouth employees including paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture, video, hand-blown glass, textiles and a variety of crafts.” Hafner, managing director of the Dartmouth College Fund and performer at the ArtWorks showcase, talked to Dartbeat about his performance at the event. What was your favorite part about performing “June Hymn” by The Decemberists and “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn? Hafner: I was impressed and very touched by the talent of and support from other staff members performing. I’ve known about ArtWorks… Read more »

Through the Lens: Feb. 21 – Feb. 27