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Alexandra Johnson

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Nathan’s Garden


Spring has finally sprung here in Hanover, which inevitably means that the Green is seeing its fair share of Frisbee games, picnic lunches and adorable local tots who are out to play. If you’re looking to enjoy some fresh air without the facetime, head down Maple Street to Nathan’s Garden. The botanical garden is tucked in a small valley at the intersection of Maple Street and Downing Road. The garden is dedicated to Nathan Hall, who died while swimming in a nearby quarry in 1991 at the age of 19. After his death, the Hall family built the park in a portion of their backyard in Nathan’s honor. Though small in square footage, the garden is beautifully landscaped with flowers and plants. A small pond rests in the center of the property, dotted with lily pads in the warmer months. Hidden halfway up a hill in the garden is a gazebo with hanging wind chimes. Inside the gazebo you will find a journal in which many visitors leave notes for others to read and enjoy. In the summertime, those who tend the garden leave sunscreen and bug spray in the gazebo to encourage visitors. There are plenty of spaces throughout… Read more »

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Ice Cream Fore-U


          COURTESY OF URBANSPOON Reasons to be excited for spring term: If you’re a ’15, this is most likely the first term since sophomore fall (aside from sophomore summer) where the majority of your class is on campus. Bring on the reunions. If you’re a ’16, you are one term closer to the famed sophomore summer. Green Key is mere weeks away. Though current conditions suggest otherwise, the Green will eventually become visible underneath all that snow and the trees will sprout leaves and bloom. Most importantly…Ice Cream Fore-U is officially open again for business! Beloved for its lengthy menu of flavors and hefty serving sizes, Ice Cream Fore-U has become a favorite destination for Dartmouth students. Ice Cream Fore-U is part of the Fore-U complex in West Lebanon that features mini golf, batting cages and a driving range. Upon arrival, the small, wooden complex may not look like much, but don’t be fooled — people line up rain or shine for the locally produced ice cream and soft serve. A “baby” size will get you what would be considered a small or medium at other ice cream joints, so choose wisely when you order. The… Read more »

Maggie Rowland ’14 Captures Dartmouth Street Style for Teen Vogue

How do the most stylish Dartmouth students compare to other Ivy League fashionistas? Maggie Rowland ’14, photo editor of The Dartmouth, recently photographed Dartmouth women for an online Teen Vogue feature titled “The Most Stylish Ivy League Students Show off Their Campus Looks.” The story features photos of four stylish women from each Ivy League institution and allows readers to observe street styles across the different schools. Teen Vogue contacted Dartmouth student photographers about doing a street style photo shoot and selected Rowland to shoot for the feature after she submitted a resume and portfolio. Teen Vogue requested at least 15 photos of female Dartmouth students in full-body standing shots with relaxed, happy poses. Rowland photographed 30 women total, and scoured campus to find 30 different locations for shooting. Rowland said she tailored the backgrounds for each woman based on what she was wearing. “If a girl had a modern, edgy style, I would put her somewhere like the [Black Family Visual Arts Center], and for the girls who were dressed as quintessential Dartmouth, I would put them somewhere like Dartmouth Hall,” Rowland said. To recruit subjects, Rowland personally emailed fashionable women she knew on campus and asked them for additional names of potential… Read more »

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: The Claftin Jewelry Studio

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While most installments of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” are written in efforts to encourage exploration of the Upper Valley beyond Hanover, today’s column focuses on a little gem right here on campus. The Claftin Jewelry Studio, tucked away in the basement of the Hop, provides a creative escape from the world of problem sets and papers. If you’re not looking for the jewelry studio, you probably won’t find it ­­­— it occupies a less-trodden basement space in the Hop opposite the Paddock Music Library, but its relative isolation is a big part of its allure. I first discovered the jewelry studio my freshmen spring through word from a friend, and have been back several times since.   Walk into the jewelry studio and you’ll see a big tabletop workspace and a massive array of tools hanging on the walls. Don’t be overwhelmed — the staff  is unbelievably friendly and will walk you through every step of the jewelry making process. After signing in, check out the various pieces of jewelry on display throughout the studio for ideas. Hallmark items for beginners include metal bangle bracelets and keychains, you can also engrave letters and symbols onto your pieces to add… Read more »

Dia de los Muertos Altar Installed in Library

Diana Ming, The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Last week, a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar by Los Angeles-based artist Rigo Maldonado was installed in Baker-Berry Library. Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world, honors deceased friends and family members through various festivities, with a special focus on altar-building. The celebration takes place each year on October 31, November 1 and November 2. The altars, traditionally called ofrendas, honor, rather than mourn, the deceased through incorporation of certain objects. Common items on the altars include sugar skulls, marigolds, photos of the deceased, and favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. Tradition says that during the Dia de los Muertos holiday, the dead come back to enjoy their altars. The holiday can be traced back to indigenous observances that took place hundreds of years ago, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The altar will be on display in the library from November 1 through November 7. Maldonado hosted altar-building workshops on October 28 and October 31 at the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) House, and spoke at a public lecture on November 1. The Dia de los Muertos celebration also includes a Celebration of Life: Day of the Dead Dinner on November 1 at… Read more »

Oh! The Places You’ll Go: Gile Mountain


          Gile Mountain is one of the Upper Valley’s less-kept secrets, especially among Dartmouth students. The fire tower atop Gile boasts one of the best views around, and is a hefty reward for only about a half hour’s worth of hiking. A trip to Gile is a highly prioritized item on many Dartmouth students’ bucket lists, and photos of smiling faces high above the tree line quickly filled up Facebook newsfeeds over sophomore summer. Whether you made frequent visits to Gile over the summer, have gone during another season, or have yet to go altogether, the best time of the year to hike to the fire tower may just be right now, when the air is crisp and leaves are turning.   One of my favorite parts about attending college back east is that each season is so distinctly pronounced. Hailing from Colorado, I have indeed experienced practically every seasonal variation, but I think autumn in New England is something special. The foliage in the Upper Valley is among the best in the country, as evidenced by the packed tour buses of leaf peepers that sometimes make loops around campus.   A trip to Gile is… Read more »