How To Prepare for Random Downpours


It’s sophomore summer, a time of tanning by the river and reading on the Green. Of course, each beautiful Hanover day we get comes at a price: the ever-looming threat of a sporadic downpour. There’s no rhyme or reason to this crazy New England weather, and even the forecasts can’t seem to get it down. Ever since I had to dump my bag on two of my roommates I saw walking so I could finish biking home through a sudden downpour a few weeks ago, I’ve been extra paranoid about making sure I’m prepared for the all-too-common swings in New Hampshire weather. Here are some tips I’ve accumulated through my own rainy experiences to avoid getting caught unprepared in the rain. 1. Move your bike under cover or indoors when you’re not riding it, or it will start to look like this. 2. Always check the forecast before setting out for the day… not that it will be of much use. Don’t be fooled by the sunshine—those storms roll in fast. If there’s the slightest chance of rain, bring a rain jacket. 3. On that note, bring an umbrella too, just in case. In fact, bring two, so you can… Read more »

Six Realizations You Have When You Realize It’s Week Six


No, that wasn’t a typo. It really is week six of 14X already, and for 16s that means you’re more than halfway through with the famed sophomore summer. At this time of the term, midterms have started up (14Xtremelybehind) and you may find yourself staring at a behemoth of a bucket list with no check marks or slashes through marking completion. Don’t worry, we know how you feel.

1. You’ve hardly done any of your readings/problem sets/any kind of work whatsoever for your classes.

2. That bucket list we mentioned? Yeah, better get started on that one too.

3. Wait, you have how many exams/papers/projects due this week?!

4. And your family arrives on Friday?!

5. Brain is in overload and can’t function.

6. Decide that it’s all a lost cause and retire to your bed to watch Netflix and nap, simply pretending that all the work and stress don’t exist.


By The Numbers: Four Weeks of 14X

You may be familiar with the monthly Harper’s Index — a well-researched, legitimate list of pithy statistics documenting life around the world. This is not the Harper’s Index. But since we’re more than a month into sophomore summer, I feel that it’s time to look back on what students at Dartmouth have accomplished so far in our own, newly-minted Dartbeat index. I’m not a math major, so some of these stats may be a tiny bit off, but believe me when I say that they’re based on solid observational evidence.

Dartbeat’s Sophomore Summer Index

Average number of classes I imagine my peers are taking: 2.4

Number of items on my Sophomore Summer bucket list: 53

Number of bucket list items I have accomplished: 10

Number of bucket lists I have actually written down: 0

Average number of daylight hours I spend sleeping: 6

Average daily hours spent outside: 5

Average weekly hours of motivation: -4

Percent of undergraduates I suspect have acquired illegitimate air conditioners: 47

Percent of undergraduates I imagine are suffering from heat regardless: 100

Chance that I’m at the river (natural watercourse): 1 in 4

Chance that I’m at the River (unnatural cluster): 0

Factor by which I am less… Read more »

Six Best Places to Cool Off On Campus

1. The Orozco room Although I remember this room being a little warmer than I like, it’s apparently gotten better over the past months. Bring down an iced tea from KAF and you’re set to study! 2. FoCo FoCo is always the perfect temperature. A great air-conditioned destination gets even cooler with a cold beverage and/or a refreshing scoop of ice cream! 3. Novack Not only does it offer a quick food source as well as a newly renovated seating area, Novack also offers one of the coolest spots in the library, if not in all of campus. The outdoor seating is a decent option as well; that strange extension of building finally comes in good use as a source of constant shade during these sunny days. 4. Fairchild The air in Fairchild circulates very well; some of my coolest classes have been in there. Kresge Library is another prime study spot on campus. For those who have never been, Kresge and Fairchild are worth the visit! 5. Kemeny/Haldeman As one of the newest and nicest classroom buildings on campus, Haldeman and Kemeny certainly deserve a shout out in this list. Lots of great spaces can be found in here, including the round… Read more »

Fourteen Feelings You Have Walking Around Campus Over 14X



2. OMG BABY LINE AT KAF. Actually, there are very few lines anywhere. Where is everyone??

3. Free tables! Tables for everyone! Maybe having so many people gone isn’t so bad (Except ’14s. Please come back.)

4. Look at all my ’16 friends! Yay class bonding!

5. Wait, you’re not a ’16.

6. Are you a ’16? I’m so confused.

7. Even in the summer, the walk to the Life Sciences Center sucks happiness from my life.

8. But it’s ok because it’s 80 degrees and I can stop by KAF on the way back!

9. LOLJK KAF is closed.

10. Hop is also closed.

11. Collis is open but I’ve had that for the past five days to prepare for the weekend.

12. Walking by FoCo….no.

13. Time to go hunt down my off-campus friends.

14. They have no food. Gelato for dinner?

Eight Facebook Album Titles for 14X


This summer is sure to be full of great moments, and with lots of great moments come photos, and with lots of photos comes a Facebook album, inevitably. To, you know, prove that all of this happened. There’s more than a little bit of pressure to think of that perfect Facebook album name.  We all know the name of a Facebook album says it all, yet we don’t all know just what we are going to do with that pesky letter “x.” Most of our friends will expect album names beginning with 14X, as is the traditional Dartmouth social media etiquette every other term. But worry not, for the “x” is deceivingly easy to work with. Here are some ideas for names beginning with “14X,” ranging from silly to risqué to stupid — but mostly stupid! Because in the end the name doesn’t reaalllyyy matter, does it? 1. 14XP It’s a stretch but it is an “x”! 2. 14XXX Definitely a bold decision, this Facebook album name can mean a lot of things; a caption describing the true intent of the naughty “xxx” play may be helpful for some viewers.  Especially for those of us who are Facebook friends with… Read more »