Winter Carnival Themes Prove Dartmouth’s Obsession with Dr. Seuss

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It’s safe to say that Dartmouth is obsessed with Dr. Seuss. Also known as Theodor Geisel, the famous Dartmouth alum left a massive footprint behind when he graduated in 1925. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that he put on sharp, spiked shoes, stomped around, and even jumped up and down. Freshmen eat green eggs and ham at the Lodge during trips, training us to learn Dr. Seuss’ Dartmouth connection before we even move into our dorms. What’s more, the Dartmouth Co-op sells “Thing 1” and “Thing 2 costumes” for infants, Baker Library has a whole room devoted to the guy, and, oh right, someone named the entire medical school after him.  This year’s winter carnival theme is “Seuss On The Loose,” but it is far from the first time we have honored our beloved alum.  Check out these Winter Carnival themes of the past that further salute Dr. Seuss.

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What You Googled This Week: Snow Storm Edition

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We may have avoided the twenty-six inches that hit the Mid-Atlantic this week, but there’s snow way to avoid the truth that a blizzard in Hanover is inevitable. Blizzards make possible the Dartmouth winter fun we all love to fail at: skiing, snowball fights and trying to identify people behind big furry hoods. But with the news of an impending snowstorm also come 1) panic and 2) a boatload of questions you don’t have the answers to. Luckily, you have Google for that:

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10 Ways 14W was Harsher than the Eternal Winter in “Frozen” (2013)

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  1. No one in “Frozen” drunkenly slipped and fell on Webster Ave at 2 a.m.

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2. Elsa made some pretty sweet ice castles

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3. No “Frozen” characters had their jacket stolen

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4. Talking snowmen make everything better

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5. Nobody in “Frozen” had 7:45 a.m. drill

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6. Life in song makes everything more exciting

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7. Keystone was probably not the drink of choice in “Frozen”

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9. When the “eternal winter” ended, it was actually warm

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10. And it probably didn’t smell as bad as campus does now

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Dartmouth Winter Carnival ranked number 6 in the world by NatGeo

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Despite what the lack of snow would tell you, it’s just about time for the oldest collegiate festival in the nation, Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival.

A 101 year-old tradition once deemed the “Mardi Gras of the North”, Winter Carnival has gone from being a “30-ring circus” featuring Dartmouth “imports” and frat parties even F. Scott Fitzergald couldn’t handle to a slightly less rowdy and more family-friendly extravaganza that includes community events and recent classics like the Polar Bear Plunge and the Human Dogsled Race.

In its January/February 2012 issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine ranked Winter Carnival as the number six winter carnival in the world, beating out festivals like the Quebec Winter Carnival, and even the annual Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan. The article does not indicate how NatGeo ranked the carnivals.

Launched in 1910 as a field day for students, the Dartmouth Winter Carnival has become an iconic event in New England. In 1955, Sports Illustrated described the weekend, famously used to attract women to the school before it went coed in 1972, as a “30-ring circus.” Visitors cheer on Division 1 ski competitors or watch less elite athletes—often decked out in capes, pajamas, and other costumes—compete in a 3K ski race and human dogsled races on the college green. The public is invited for horse-drawn sleigh rides and a skating party on Occum Pond with live music. Feb. 9-12.” – National Geographic

Winter Carnival has also been named one of the Best Winter Carnivals of 2012 by OffManhattan travel guide.

While you’re getting your flair ready for the Carni Classic, why not rent the classic Winter Carnival? Also be sure to read up on a particular Carnival season weekend that gained national attention due to the efforts of the Dartmouth Committee to Beautify the Green Before Winter Carnival.

Hammer ’12 skis in “Wyoming Triumph”

 

For Max Ham­mer ’12, there is noth­ing bet­ter than a good day of ski­ing. It has been a major part of his life since he could walk, and will be until it is no longer phys­i­cally fea­si­ble, he said. Ham­mer re­cently shared a part of his ski­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the Dart­mouth com­mu­nity at a movie screen­ing in Dart­mouth Hall. Ham­mer was one of a hand­ful of freestyle skiers to star in “Wyoming Tri­umph,” a movie about ski­ing in Wyoming, where Ham­mer grew up.

KGB Pro­duc­tions made the movie in part­ner­ship with Trevor Hiatt, who had the idea for the film and or­ga­nized the group of skiers, in­clud­ing Ham­mer.

“It was a new ap­proach to some­thing I al­ready loved doing and I just got re­ally ab­sorbed in it,” Ham­mer said.

Un­like most ski movies, which fea­ture fast clips of ex­treme ski­ing, they wanted to cre­ate a more nar­ra­tive film about ski­ing in Wyoming. Every­one in­volved in the film had day jobs in ad­di­tion to their life as a skier, and they wanted to put to­gether a work not about pro­fes­sional ski­ing, but about reg­u­lar Wyomin­gites doing what they love.

Over half of Wyoming’s land is pub­lic and the group cap­i­tal­ized on these vast stretches of wild for un­touched snow and never-be­fore-filmed moun­tain areas.

On foot, ski and snow­mo­bile, they hiked into na­tional parks and wilder­ness areas through­out the state, some­times for days, be­fore reach­ing their ski des­ti­na­tion. Ham­mer de­scribed the un­par­al­leled feel­ing of ski­ing straight down an un­charted moun­tain. From the top he could not see the steep slope and rocky cliffs below, but had to guess where he was headed based on his mem­ory of the moun­tain from the bot­tom, he said. Ham­mer re­calls mis­cal­cu­lat­ing on his first run and get­ting lucky when he sped down the moun­tain and man­aged to avoid any dan­ger­ous sur­prises.

The film was shot over the win­ters of 2010 and 2011. Ham­mer re­mem­bers that dur­ing the first win­ter Wyoming had an un­usual short­age of snow­fall. Then one week in Feb­ru­ary the snow fi­nally came in full force, drop­ping a layer of fresh pow­der over ex­posed rock. Ham­mer ru­ined four pairs of skis over the next few weeks, but it was worth it – “ski­ing pow­der is ar­guably the best feel­ing in the world.”

Dozens of stu­dent came out for the screen­ing, which took place be­fore Thanks­giv­ing break, and cheered for Ham­mer as he glided down moun­tains on screen. Ham­mer is not sure where his fu­ture in ski­ing is headed, but said it will re­main a cen­tral part of his life.