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 »
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 »
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.
As a self-proclaimed Novack watchdog, I spend a whole lot of time in that part of the libs. The cold, gray linoleum is my runway, and I take comfort in the stained red benches attached to the bare walls. I even slept on the floor of one of the study rooms during finals last winter. Now that I live on Webster Ave., an embarrassingly large amount of my meals consist of soggy veggie wraps and large Diet Cokes. Whether you like it or not, Novack is my home. A couple of days ago, a poster appeared right near the entrance – you know, in that spot where people are usually trying to sell you baked goods or recruit you for a psych experiment. It said that by spring term, Novack will be renovated to include more tables, new upholstery, a color-accented wall and framed artwork. Obviously, I’m ecstatic about this – the furniture looks more comfortable, and the addition of color will be a more-than-welcome upgrade from the giant gray cell that Novack currently resembles. But I’m just a lone voice typing in the wilderness, so I decided to ask a few more students what they thought about the renovations…. Read more »
8:00 a.m. – Your alarm goes off. Come on, 8 a.m.? Who are you trying to fool — you promptly fall back asleep. 10:30 a.m. – You wake up for real this time, grab everything you need for the day and head to KAF. 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – You wait in line. With each passing minute you assess the dwindling stock. Your heart sinks as the person in front of you orders the last yogurt parfait, but you settle for granola with milk and a large coffee. 11:00 a.m. – You wander through Baker-Berry looking for an available spot, silently cursing the try-hards who actually woke up at 8 a.m. and have stolen all of your preferred haunts. You eventually find room on Stacks level five. At this point you have finished your coffee, so at least you can check that off the list. 11:15 a.m. – You set up shop and skim through your readings while you eat. But constantly switching back and forth between your granola and your earth sciences textbook is distracting you, so you decide to hold off on the work while you focus on the task at hand: breakfast. 11:35 a.m. – One KAF granola cup and four BuzzFeed articles later, it’s… Read more »
To say that the Freedom Budget proposal emailed out to campus last week sparked a mixed reaction would be an understatement. There have been multiple op-eds, countless conversations among friends and a packed-to-the-rafters meeting in response. As we all know, the proposal is a collection of policy proposals in support of a collection of moral positions. They have been written to address a collection of problems that the proposal’s writers feel have made Dartmouth a worse place to live and to learn than it otherwise could be. There are generally three kinds of issues in the world. There are the issues that have one right answer, issues that have no room for shades of gray. Let’s call this Category A. There are the issues that are basically universally accepted to be problematic or beneficial but lend themselves to disagreement when we discuss how to address them – Category B. And finally, there is Category C – the issues that lack consensus in any regard, not because people haven’t caught up to morality or because we are too comfortable with the status quo to change, but because there aren’t right answers. There are arguments to be made for any side (any,… Read more »