Dartbeat’s Guide to Winter Break TV

With the craziness of the quarter system and Dartmouth’s work-hard-work-harder atmosphere, you probably already find yourself exhausted. Around week four, I started having fantasies about sleeping in a pile of adorable, cuddly puppies and never having to leave. At this point, my brain is completely fried, and expectations for academic performance are at an all-time low. 

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Finals end in just 12 days (but who’s really counting? Oh yes, all of us), and hibernation in the form of sleep and never-ending Netflix-watching can finally begin. If even just the thought of having to decide what to watch on Netflix or TV (it’s cute that you’re so old-fashioned) is too much for you, we have you covered.

Check out these upcoming premieres for November and December for what to watch. Note: watching all the Claymation movies on ABC Family is a prerequisite to move on to these shows.

“Risking It All” (TLC): Premieres Nov. 10 at 10 p.m.

This latest TLC reality show follows three families as they one-up your self-imposed finals week Facebook ban by living off the grid in an attempt to reconnect with each other. It’s worth checking out just for other ideas of what to do with your six weeks of break (but we all know that you’re just going to stay on the couch). Tune in to fulfill your dream (or perhaps be convinced to give it up) of living the simple life.

“Eat: The Story of Food” (National Geographic): Six-episode event beginning Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.

“Eat” looks at how the appetites of humans have changed over the centuries, and how we have affected the crops we eat and the planet as a whole. The only downside to watching this is that you may have to upgrade your TV snacks — using actual bowls and plates as receptacles instead of the bags and containers of the snacks may be a good first step.

“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (Bravo): Premieres Dec. 2 at 10 p.m.

You’ve probably already heard about the banned ads for this show based on the “Girlfriends’ Guides” books by Vicki Iovine. This is the first original scripted series Bravo will air, and it follows Abby (Lisa Edelstein) as she’s going through a divorce, with the help of her friend Jo (Alanna Ubach). Be sure to check out this piece of what is sure to be TV history.

“Pizza Masters” (Cooking Channel): Premieres Dec. 5 at 9 p.m.

If you haven’t put this on your calendar already, then I feel like you’ve probably missed the point. Sal Basille and Francis Garcia own some of New York’s best pizza shops (you haven’t lived until you’ve had a massive slice of Artichoke Basille’s artichoke pizza) and now you can watch them search for some of the best pizza around. Plan ahead to have pizza ready for noms!

“All Hail King Julien” (Netflix): Premieres Dec. 19

Whether or not King Julien is your spirit animal, you need to watch this show. Unfortunately for all you Julien-hailers out there, unlike with past Netflix originals, all the episodes will not be released at the same time. Instead, the 22-minute episodes will be released throughout next year. Pick out a fierce head decoration and get ready to move it, move it (onto the couch).

“Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014” (ABC): Airs Dec. 14 at 9 p.m.

This is one of the most anticipated TV specials of the year, and this year’s is sure to live up to its expectations. Taylor Swift, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris and others have made Walters’s list for 2014. Tune in to hear her interviews with them, but have chocolate and/or ice cream nearby to ease your feelings of inadequacy after seeing all of the awesome.

Eight Things You Can Find at the Hanover Christmas Market

Painting copy

If you attempt to Google “Hanover Christmas Market,” be forewarned that you’ll be directed to an impressive number of pages about a Christmas market in Hannover, Germany, which looks a bit more like this, rather than this familiar scene. But don’t be discouraged! There is still a Christmas market in our town.

Each year the Christmas Market with a Difference, an outreach project of the Church of Christ that began in 1987, comes to campus. This year, the festivities kicked off Thursday at 10 a.m. and continue Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features artisanal pieces from all around the world, and all proceeds go back to the 19 organizations and cooperatives featured.

The market fills two large rooms in the church. With everything from ornaments made of magazine pages to beaded sandals, it’s hard to provide any sampling of objects that could represent the wide variety of gifts available. However, here are eight things that caught my eye at the market this year. And even though it’s only just November, put on your favorite holiday songs and break out the good cheer a little earlier this year to get in the spirit.

Mitten garland from Nepal. I refuse to believe that there’s anything cuter than this garland. Hang it over a fireplace if you’re fancy or just on the wall of your room to remind yourself to stay cozy on grey days.

Hanging cranes from Grenada. These handmade cranes are just the thing to lift your spirits from “Bah, humbug” to Buddy the Elf.

Leather elephant from India. This little friend will hold your spare change and introduce an extra burst of happiness into your life all through the cold wintry days.

Paper boxes from Nepal. These are worthy gifts by themselves, but you can also fill them with other trinkets from the market for a beautiful surprise. Plus, you can avoid strenuously trying to copy any Pinterest-inspired wrapping.

Beaded necklace from India. This necklace says “I’m trendy, but effortless.” Be the zen fashionista that you are (or pretend to be a cool yogi with a killer blog).

Jams from Swaziland. Whether you’re a fan of peach and ginger or more of a mango kind of person, infuse your holiday season with some extra bold flavors!

Paintings from Tanzania. Nuzzle up to a loved one with the gift of these adorable giraffes and you’ll be guaranteed a happy holiday.

Baskets from Zimbabwe. Add some pizzazz to your dorm with extra colorful receptacles for snacks, jewelry and any other little things you have lying around.

All photos by Jessica Zischke, The Dartmouth Senior Staff. 

Around the Ivies

Brown: Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has been suspended following claims from two students of date-rape drug use in drinks at a party this past weekend. One of the students also reported being sexually assaulted the same night, and both experienced memory loss, the Brown Daily Herald reported.

ColumbiaStudent activists joined elected city officials at New York City Hall to discuss the proposed New York Campus Safety Act before a public hearing, the Spectator reported. The legislation would give New York college students a list of resource centers and create a task force to address domestic violence in the city.

Cornell: Cornell students and faculty celebrated World Food Day for the first time, with programming including film screenings and panel discussions, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The two-day event culminated in a dinner of sustainable local food prepared by the university’s dining services.

Harvard: In a departure from previous meetings, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana met privately with leaders of unrecognized social clubs to discuss Harvard’s social scene and inclusivity, the Crimson reported.

Penn: A career services report showed an increase in employment numbers for Penn’s most recent graduates. Seventy-three percent of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time employment, up from 66.8 percent of the Class of 2013, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

PrincetonOn Tuesday, the Dalai Lama spoke at Princeton about compassion and purpose. The International Shugden Community protested the event, arguing that the Dalai Lama has formalized discrimination against certain Buddhist sects, the Daily Princetonian reported.

YaleFaculty and administration will soon review the university’s four cultural centers, hosting a discussion series about their role on campus, the Yale Daily News reported. The push comes as two of the cultural centers search for new directors.

Eight Recipes to Bring Autumn to Your Heart (and Stomach)

Courtesy of twoofakindcooks.com

You know it’s fall when the good ol’ PSL is back in every coffee shop and you suddenly find yourself surrounded by all things made of apple and squash. Autumn is the best season for comfort food – everything is warm and cozy, from soups and stews to pies and pastries. Whether you’re a die-hard sweet tooth or tend to fall along the more savory side of things, we’ve rounded up four of the best recipes for each category to keep your appetite satisfied and warm as the temperatures drop.


Courtesy of skinnytaste.com

Baked pears with walnuts and honey. This recipe only calls for four ingredients, and it will warm you up like nothing else. It has the bonus of making you feel virtuous for eating fruit (when was the last time that happened?), and also looking like something out of an upscale New York restaurant that also serves craft sodas and creatively-named cocktails. 

Courtesy of roxanashomebaking.com

Apple pie cups. The only thing that would make apple pie more delicious is having it in miniature form. With a cinnamon streusel topping and drizzled caramel over the whole confection, this dessert has it all. Although you could take a more homemade route with this one, using Pillsbury biscuits and a ready-to-go apple pie filling is more than fine. I mean, the fact that you managed to actually make something without giving up and going to FoCo for a cookie instead is cause for celebration enough.

Courtesy of crunchycreamysweet.com

Pumpkin cheesecake bars. Welcome to the big leagues. There are few flavor combinations more perfect than pumpkin and chocolate, and these cheesecake bars have perfected it. The fluffy, spicy pumpkin cheesecake is wonderfully complemented by a crushed chocolate graham cracker crust. Whip these up for those days where you need a little decadence.

Courtesy of the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Caramel apple cider cookies. Anything that has the word “cider” in it automatically is a fall staple. And these aren’t just your average cookie – although they have a standard doughy appearance, once you take a bite you’ll find a delicious center of gooey caramel. To get that freshly baked flavor, heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds before chowing down to get the caramel all warm and soft.


Courtesy of ohsheglows.com

Roasted butternut squash with kale and almond pecan parmesan. If you add one more ingredient to this dish, it might just explode from an autumnal overload. Although “parmesan” is in the name, this dish is vegan – it uses the nuts and nutritional yeast to create a cheese-like topping. Plus, the prep only takes about 20 minutes, so you can pop it into the oven during a study break and have a delicious dish ready for you in 45 minutes!

Courtesy of twoofakindcooks.com

Acorn squash, caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza. This recipe happens to combine four of my favorite things in this world. This pizza is autumnal perfection. The toppings make the pizza rich without the heaviness, and the addition of rosemary and the garlic béchamel sauce will make the kitchen smell so good you’ll have to fight not to eat it right out of the oven (although that would burn your mouth and not be any fun).

Courtesy of slimpickinskitchen.com

Autumn harvest soup with candied cranberries. Although apples and cranberries don’t seem to belong in soup, this recipe somehow manages to bring in the sweet tartness of both while not overwhelming the base of squash. And if you happen to save the candied cranberries to actually use as a garnish (congratulations, people with your willpower are few and far between) as intended, this soup may just be too pretty to eat. But we all know you’ll dig in anyway.

Courtesy of honeyandbirch.com

Pasta with pumpkin sauce. For those of you who have tried (and failed) to make seasonal ravioli (Pinterest may or may not be at fault), this recipe is for you. The sauce has the main players on the autumnal spice team, featuring cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. The sage, pine nuts and Gorgonzola will bring this dish to a level your taste buds have never seen, and make you wish that you’d kept it to yourself instead of sharing with your roommate.