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- 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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10. And it probably didn’t smell as bad as campus does now
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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.
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.
I’ll admit it; I’m something of a fair-weather runner. Where I come from it never dips below 28 so I can get away with ¾ length running tights and a T-shirt year-round. Something tells me that that’s just not going to cut it for the New England winter. I’m determined, however, to make the most of the great outdoors this year and avoid spending the next four months on the treadmill.
So I started to make a winter running-gear wish list – but where to start? What is the best thing to wear for an early morning jog when it’s below 20? It was time to call in the experts – Dartmouth Cross Country runners Meggie Donovan ’15 and Pete Jankovsky ’12.
Born and bred New Hampshire girl Meggie certainly isn’t averse to a bit of cold weather.
“Most people do run outside year-round”, she told me. “You get used to it! You have to wear spandex, and fleece mittens are key”.
She recommends running tights, a long-sleeved synthetic base layer, a waterproof windbreaker (I personally like [this Nike one(http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/? l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-414700) – it looks warm and the reflective strips will be great in low light) and a fleece headband. Cotton clothing is an absolute no-no – “NEVER run in sweatpants!”
Meggie’s personal cold-weather favorites are Under Armour spandex base layers and Nike zip-up pullovers for staying warm. She particularly likes the thumb holes for extra warmth and comfort.
Pete is a firm advocate of outdoor running and even runs outside during blizzards – “It’s kind of fun!” he told me. I’ll take your word for it, Pete.
He tends to run in Nike gear and keeps the same running shoes year-round, though he did tell me that it’s good to use newer shoes with better grip in the winter. Regular T-shirts are the absolute worst things you can wear, Pete told me. “They’re not as warm, and they get heavier when wet.”
For him, gloves are the most important thing of all, especially if you have any circulation trouble. These Manzella Gore-Tex gloves are sure to keep your fingers warm and toasty even in the toughest conditions.
So there you have it – everything you need to stay warm and cozy while you’re pounding the pavements this winter. Any more advice? Tweet me your suggestions @labeletrangere. Happy running, people!
Hanover experienced a flurry of inclement weather last week, just a taste of the frigid days to come. In spite of this, members of Occupy Dartmouth, the cabal of students on campus aligned with the ongoing national Occupy Movement, emphasize that their resolve is frozen in place no matter what Mother Nature throws at them. Students involved in movement, clustering on a small plot of grass in front of Collis, are not yielding on the original motivations behind their protests.
“The basic message is still the same,” reiterated Nathan Gusdorf ’12, who has been an active member of Occupy Dartmouth for eleven days and has slept in the group’s makeshift tent for each night of his involvement with the movement. When asked about the impending cold season, Gusdorf said that he remains undaunted.
“We’re just going to keep insulating the tents,” he said. “People keep donating blankets.”
Though their message remains unchanged, Occupy Dartmouth is hoping to continue expanding their reach on campus, particularly by working with other College organizations. The movement has gotten involved with the Multi-Faith Council, the Afro-American Society and the Dartmouth Society of Investment and Economics (DSIE), according to Gusdorf. The movement hopes to gain additional traction by networking with Occupiers in other schools.
Gusdorf doesn’t anticipate a drop-off in activity even with the winter looming, so Dartmouth students can look forward to seeing these peaceful protesters for quite some time to come.