The Definitive Ranking of 1902 Room Portraits


It’s been an eventful year in the world thus far. I won’t bore you with the details, since I hope you all read the news, but trust me — 2016 has been lit.

Much to my dismay, however, one of this year’s most inspiring events has gone largely unnoticed by local and national media. Maybe you’ve noticed as you walk through the library, but people, the 1902 Room has a new guardian — and you need to pay attention.

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Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: $10 Theses

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As college students, we are all looking to make a little money here and there. Some highly motivated individuals take it upon themselves to get a real job, some people are simply #blessed with trust funds and, finally, some are the lazy, make-money-while-putting-in-as-little-effort-as-possible, Mr. Krabs of the world like yours truly. So, obviously, when I was informed of a certain rumor that I could profit monetarily from investigate, I was all in. Continue reading

Cool Things at Rauner: MLK Day Edition

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I was especially excited to write my Dartbeat story for this week after receiving my assignment from my editors. Grace’s exact words to me were this: “Ask the Rauner librarian to show you the coolest shit they have.” Following her eloquently stated orders, I did just that (though using a slightly more polite phrase, of course).

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the librarian revealed an original 1960 letter that Martin Luther King, Jr. had sent to Hugh Morrison, the Dartmouth course director at the time. Continue reading

Stall Street Journal: Dartbeat Edition

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You’re working hard as ever on first floor Berry, feeling good.  You are on top of you problem set, you put a real shirt on today, and you even woke up early enough to get coffee before your 10.  Then you feel it.  Oh no, you’re not going to make it to the sanctuary of the periodicals bathroom.  You run to the stalls on first floor Berry.  As you reach to take out your phone a horrible realization washes over you: you left it at your desk.  Sad, bored, and taking a dump you resign yourself to entertaining yourself the only way possible: reading the Stall Street journal.  The publication on campus with the most captive audience: people going to the bathroom. Continue reading

The People You Find in Different Parts of the Library

In my three years of studying (and procrastinating) at Dartmouth, I’ve learned that where you study in the library has a lot to do with the task at hand. Depending on whether you’re banging out a midterm paper or casually putting your syllabus dates into your calendar has a huge influence on where you’ll be sitting. Most students at Dartmouth vary their study spots and you’ll quickly learn that each area of the library has its own distinct personality.


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The go-to spot for those with caffeine addictions and a lot of time on their hands. Also good for people with work that only needs about half the normal amount of concentration, so that the other half can be devoted to calling your friends over from the never-ending line and catching up on gossip.


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FFB gets a bad rep. Once, while working on a lab report there (for real, Chem 6 is no joke), a tour guide walked by and said to her group of prospies that this is where you’ll mostly see people checking Facebook and Gmail and pretending to do work. So while at the time I was all “give me a break, does this titration look like Gmail to you?!” I have to admit that the general atmosphere of FFB is one of louder-than-whispered conversations and friends trying to get some work done.


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For people who actually need to get work done but aren’t willing to completely sacrifice Facetime, 3FB is the perfect place to study. From couch tables to cubbies, it’s full of variety, and the bright lights are enough for everyone who’s trying to see and be seen — while finishing readings.


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If you’re studying in Novack, you are either working on a group project or collaborating on a problem set or getting a bag full of Sour Patch Kids/chocolate-covered almonds/Swedish Fish or trolling your friends that are doing any of the above.


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These are your thesis-writers, night-before-it’s-due paper writers and anyone who digs the isolation of a grayscale maze of books.

The Annexes

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Basically just a more isolated version of the stacks. Enough said.


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Do people even do work there? Snag one of the elusive wooden tables, and there’s a shot you’ll be working through that pile of research between chats with every friend who walks into the library. Those comfy couches are also a recipe for disaster, so don’t count on doing anything more than napping or checking Facebook.

Tower Room

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People who feel like studying in a room full of old books, probably because it makes them feel distinguished. If you have serious reading to do and feel inspired by the sense that decades of alumni that have also studied in the same spot, this is the place for you.



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The word most commonly associated with 1902 is almost certainly “grim,” most likely due to 1902 being one of two study spaces open 24/7 in the library. It is always occupied at witching hour by at least one sad soul working on a dreaded paper or trying to study for an intimidating exam. Why else would you possibly choose to study there?