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Why I Hate Winter Carnival

Professors are cancelling classes, there’s a giant conglomerate of ice and wood in the center of the Green and my friends are talking eagerly of finishing tomorrow’s midterm so they can start binge drinking immediately afterward. Ah yes, Winter Carnival has finally arrived. Yet while the rest of campus gears up for a weekend packed full of activities, I’m sitting in the back of Collis grimacing at everyone’s growing excitement. This big weekend is by far my least favorite, because I just don’t understand the hype. I’ve been called a Grinch, and there’s likely a visit from the spirits of Carnivals Past coming my way. While my inner resentment toward our wintery holiday sometimes confuses even myself, I’ll try and explain a few reasons I’m over the hype. Complaints about the snow sculpture – I’ll admit, I was slightly disappointed when I saw the unveiling of last year’s sculpture. After seeing old pictures of giant pirate ships and towering wizards, my expectations may have been a little high. But my biggest pet peeve about the weekend has got to be people who feel the need to endlessly complain about the sculpture. You may not have liked it, but where were… Read more »

Kaling ’01 and Rhimes ’91 make Time 100 list


This year’s TIME 100 list names Mindy Kaling ’01 and Shonda Rhimes ’91 as two of the most influential people in the world. The list is divided into five categories (titans, leaders, artists, pioneers and icons) and includes a wide range of societal powerhouses, from Kate Middleton to Pope Francis. Kaling is listed as an artist, and Rhimes a titan. Kaling played Kelly Kapoor on The Office and currently stars in her own show, The Mindy Project. Her Office costar Ed Helms, said that he was proud to call her a friend and colleague. Helms described Kaling as a mad scientist with her qualities of “being brilliant, wonderful and hilarious,” which he claims are impossible to find in one human being. Kaling defies expectations through her work by “simultaneously command[ing] respect and affection,” Helms wrote, adding that she is skilled at creating opportunities for herself. Rhimes is lauded in by Oprah Winfrey for her work in the entertainment industry. Rhimes created the hit show Grey’s Anatomy and its spinoff series, Private Practice, as well as the hugely popular show Scandal. Winfrey noted that through her storytelling in Scandal, Rhimes captures all sides of humanity that make the show powerful and… Read more »

Greenways marks 40 years of coeducation

This weekend, Dartmouth celebrated 40 years of coeducation with the “Greenways: Coming Home” Conference. Running Friday evening through Sunday morning, Greenways included 16 panel presentations, a keynote address given by comedian, author and actress Rachel Dratch ’88 and the screening of a PBS documentary produced by Pamela Wagner ’81.

Panels featured a mix of alums, faculty and the occasional student. Topics discussed ranged from personal experiences at Dartmouth to professional experiences in law, medicine, politics and more. Despite fascinating topics and well-qualified, articulate speakers, many panels were not well attended…. Read more »

Jun ’14 and Schutz ’14 spread awareness about alumnus known as ‘Korea’s favorite American’


Many have overlooked the significance of the Dartmouth graduate who lived for 20 years in South Korea as one of eight Americans, advocating for Korean independence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Homer Hulbert (, a member of the Class of 1884 and a descendant of Eleazar Wheelock, is known as “Korea’s favorite American” for his efforts to establish an education system in South Korea and his protests against Japanese rule in Korea. Jun Bum Sun ’14 and his roommate Karl Schutz ’14 have been working in South Korea and now at Dartmouth to increase awareness of Hulbert’s legacy. Jun, a citizen of South Korea and a History major with a focus on colonialism, discovered Hulbert’s connection to Dartmouth while studying in Hanover. Jun said he was only able to discover one Korean book on the subject: a biography, Homer B. Hulbert: Crusader for Korea, written by Kim Dong Jin ( Upon returning home to South Korea last summer, Jun contacted Kim and learned that he had founded an organization in Seoul — the Homer Hulbert Memorial Society. Jun then decided to volunteer at its offices.“The long-term goal of the society is to spread awareness of Hulbert’s efforts for Korean independence,” Jun said. “By virtue of him being a non-Korean and an American, he has been virtually ignored by Koreans.”Jun was involved in… Read more »

Rembert Browne ’09′s Twitter named one of TIME Magazine’s 140 Best


Time Magazine featured Rembert Browne ’09’s Twitter as one of the top 140 feeds of 2013 in an online feature Monday.

The digital list highlighted the year’s most witty and inspirational feeds in categories such as food, politics and fashion. Browne’s feed was included as one of 10 in the “culture critics” category. His feed has recently covered media events including Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster and the South by Southwest Music and Media festival.

Browne is currently a staff writer for Grantland, a website owned by ESPN featuring sports and pop culture recaps and commentary. He has recently recapped the shows “Pretty Little Liars” and “Splash” for the blog.

Time magazine’s feature of Browne’s feed can be found at

Browne’s Twitter feed can be found at

Phil Klay ’05 reflects on deployment in Iraq


The New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog last week featured a memoir by Iraq War veteran Phil Klay ’05. The blog published Klay’s account as part of a six-part series commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq, which occurred on March 20, 2003. Klay and 15 other veterans shared their experiences on the dates of both the initial invasion and the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. The veterans reflected on how the war had altered their lives in the period between these two dates. Klay’s account, titled “Forces,” describes his experiences on spring tour with the Dartmouth club rugby team when the U.S. first invaded Iraq in 2003. Klay watched then-President George W. Bush’s ultimatum to Saddam Hussein from his hotel room in Ireland with a fellow rugby team member. Klay planned to join U.S. forces in Iraq after graduating. The piece also includes Klay’s account of the date of the war’s conclusion, Dec. 15, 2011. Klay met a friend, an Army medic, at a bar to mark the event of the end of the war. He reflected on efforts to protect the local Iraqi population during the height of the war. Klay… Read more »