Top Five: DVDs at Jones Media Center

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Here @Dartbeat, we know just how hard it can be to get outside during the winter months — particularly with temperatures plunging as low as they have in recent weeks. Of course, for avid fans of “House of Cards” — and for those content to run through the selection on Netflix, Hulu+ and everywhere else you can find films online nowadays — staying inside may seem like a blessing in disguise. But for those who have lost their friend’s mom’s cousin’s Netflix password, or still haven’t figured out all the alternate meanings of the word “torrent,” the snow can feel confining. Luckily, there is hope. Unbeknownst to many, Dartmouth’s own Jones Media Center boasts a well-stocked collection of DVDs — available to any student with borrowing privileges.

As a faithful guide to Dartmouth’s nooks and crannies, Dartbeat would never send our readers off to delve into this seemingly endless collection without a helping hand. So, lest you spend your last moments of freedom before finals scouring through “what movie to watch” posts online, we’ve highlighted five can’t miss picks that might be useful in filling these last few cold days of winter. Let us know what we missed?

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What Dartmouth Students Say vs. What Dartmouth Students Mean

Here @Dartbeat, we’ve noticed that many of our Dartmouth peers (read: you guys) often have hidden, deeper meanings behind what they say — and not always in a good way. In fact, in our time collecting overheards, we’ve come to realize that a number of the phrases you bandy about in your day-to-day interactions lack any semblance of authentic meaning and should instead be interpreted in dramatically unrelated ways. So, in order to help you communicate more effectively, we’ve decided to sit down and compile a handy-dandy lexicon: what Dartmouth students say vs. what Dartmouth students mean. If you think we’ve missed one of campus’s most popular phrases — or if you think we’ve translated any of these incorrectly — let us know by commenting or tweeting @dartbeatblog!

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Mad Dog 20/20: Don’t tell me what’s hard and what’s not.

#DartmouthMDF: Prohibition? Positive change? Whatever you think, MDF is here to stay.

T-Pain v. Chance the Rapper: Pick a side and tell PB about it.

Juno: Just enough snow that a 10A got cancelled, just too little for any of the 2A’s to.

Super Bowl Sunday

Overheards

’17: “EBA’s is the only favorite on my phone…”

Prof. (British): “White in the USA. Sounds like a rock band.”

’15: “The funny thing is I never drink hard alcohol on campus. But Freedom! Liberty! Justice!”

Psyc. Prof: “I don’t know about you guys, but I put nasty stuff into my mouth all the time.”

’18: “I didn’t study at all for my midterm because it’s all way too confusing, but I did have my textbook under my pillow for osmosis. (Pause). God, I don’t even know what osmosis is.”

Overheards

’17: “I just need to look sexy conservative before I go out, you know?”

Geography Prof (in Fairchild): “Famous last words, but that fire alarm is definitely over in Burke.”

 ’18 #1: “This FoCo burrito tastes just like Chipotle!” ’18 #2: “You’ve clearly never been to Chipotle.”

’15: “What’s the opposite of a capital letter?”

17: “He had a KAF face, but a novak body.”

Experiential Learning: A Visit to The Chocolate Shop

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Last week, The Dartmouth reported on the opening of a new chocolate store, My Brigadeiro, in Hanover. This week, in a desire to leave no chocolate stone unturned, we sent a reporter to The Chocolate Shop, Hanover’s other chocolate emporium, located on 3 Lebanon Street. What follows is an account of our reporter’s trip.

With the winter season in full swing, I have come to find that the pleasure of my day often varies directly compared to the work I’m willing to put into exploring the outdoors. While it is tempting to hide away in my dorm until the sun decides to start working again — sometime around June, I think — I’ve found it’s even more tempting to get outside and find a way to enjoy what I love. And one of the things I love, I must admit, is chocolate.  So when Dartbeat asked me to visit The Chocolate Shop in Hanover, I jumped at the chance.

In all honesty, The Chocolate Shop has always been a favorite place of mine. Disappointingly, however, it has come to my attention that many people — my editor included — do not even know that The Chocolate Ship exists. It does, and it is located deep in the heart of Hanover on 3 Lebanon Street, a right turn past Starbucks and a flight of stairs above the Orient.

Whenever I walk into the shop, I am always surprised by its ability to house so many wonderful chocolate assortments in such a small space. It is, for lack of better words, a small shop, but there are those who love it. Personally, I think its size contributes to the impact of its entryway, allowing customers to be overwhelmed in the best way imaginable by all of its delicious treats. My eyes usually go straight to the milk chocolate pecan turtles on display — my personal favorite. I usually end up ordering one before changing it to two — when it comes to chocolate, one is never enough.

From there, my eyes often gaze over all of the truffles, bark and bonbons until they fix on the chocolate covered pretzels. I order five. Then I change it to ten because I’ll definitely share them, right? Maybe not. I move on to the candy section once my chocolate needs are satisfied. Could it be? A giant rainbow lollipop with neon swirls and a presence that just emits happiness?!? In my humble opinion, it’s the perfect accessory to carry around in the snow or to give to a friend to brighten up their day.

All in all, I wish more people knew about The Chocolate Store. The employees are friendly, the atmosphere is cheerful and the experience is guaranteed to warm you up. So this winter, don’t stay home. Get out and about!