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Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: Live, Love, Dartmouth


Once upon a time, there was a woman named Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, or “Madame de Pompadour.” She was the chief mistress to King Louis XV, which was apparently something to brag about in those days. France was embroiled in the Seven Years’ War, and in keeping with the “French military victories” Google bomb, it was not going well. In 1757, France and Austria suffered a catastrophic defeat to Prussia at the Battle of Rossbach. Madame de Pompadour is said to have comforted Louis with the now-famous words, “Au reste – après nous, le Déluge.”  Besides — after us, the Deluge. Noah’s Flood. The one that destroyed the world.  Madame de Pompadour died in 1764, and Louis XV a decade later. In 1765, the British passed the Stamp Act, the first levied tax in the American colonies. And 1775, as we all know, was the beginning of the American Revolution. Maybe she was right.  That’s what we all think, right? That the world – our world – will not go on, cannot go on, without us. We are integral, we are essential. The way we feel right now, in this moment? Nobody can understand it, the desperate fear and breathless elation and… Read more »

Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: To the ’18 With My Hinman Box

Hi. You don’t know me, and we’re probably never going to meet. By the time you’re reading this I will have left Dartmouth (if I take my swim test in time), and you’ll be matriculated. Congratulations!  Make sure you have a team. College is crazy – I mean when you think about it, you’ve put 4,000 hormonal kids looking for direction together in one place, aided by golden rivers of Keystone and a propensity for running around in outfits that make no sense – weird things are bound to happen. Going to a place where everybody knows your name isn’t overrated. Maybe it’s your frat basement, maybe it’s your thesis subgroup, maybe it’s the kids you eat weekly Sunday brunch with. Find your people – you’ll need them. It is okay to drink Zhenka at this stage in your life. If you are still drinking it a year from now, reexamine your priorities. Carve out your own little nooks here. Try to find your happy places, the little crannies of campus that are just your own. Dartmouth moves quickly, and once in a while you’re going to need to stop and take stock. FOMO is okay. Letting FOMO take over… Read more »

Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: Can You Hear Me Now?

There is a concept in engineering known as the “signal to noise ratio” – when a signal is transmitted in any communication system, the receiver will detect the signal along with a certain amount of background noise. The idea is to keep this ratio above 1:1, so that the signal is more prominent than the background noise. Otherwise, the information the system needs to operate will be lost. While this has been a banner year for Dartmouth, which is rapidly becoming the media’s poster child for campus dysfunction, change is happening on our campus. The College released a sexual assault policy calling for the expulsion of convicted students. The Greek Leadership Council unanimously passed a policy banning any “events or activities that usurp the culture or identity of other groups.” These are important changes and steps that should be celebrated. And yet campus climate has gotten worse. I am frustrated, and I suspect many of you are, too. I am tired of pretending that the noise on campus resembles anything close to a dialogue, or that there is even any interest in having one. Shortly after the “Freedom Budget” was sent to campus, a meeting to discuss its specific points was… Read more »

Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: #100SnarkyDays


Picture this – I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed, seeing food, study abroad scenery and #tbt shots, when suddenly I see three pictures from three different people tagged #100happydays. Which made me laugh, because those of you who know me know that while I am generally a happy person, there is not a soul in the world who would say any of the following things about me – “She’s always so cheerful!” “She’s literally always smiling!” “I wish I could be as positive as she is!” This isn’t to say that I’m a black cloud of doom and gloom. I am, however, from New York City, a place where walking around with a smile on your face all the time basically classifies you as a crazy person in everyone else’s mind. Remember enthusiastic Parker from “Friends”? Basically, that guy. I was curious, so I googled the phrase. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I was directed to the homepage of the 100 Happy Days campaign, which challenges people to post pictures of things that make them happy to their Instagrams, Twitters and Facebooks for 100 days. I’m all for being happy. I think the world is a far better… Read more »

Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: $100 Million

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the College recently got the largest single donation in its entire history – $100 million. It was an anonymous gift, which for me conjures up images of a masked ninja swooping in through a window with a giant check or pot o’ gold and swooping back out so no identities are revealed.  Besides the “Who is this moneybags?” question, there is a lot more I am wondering about this donation. Where will the money go? Could the timing of this vote of confidence have been better, at a time when Dartmouth is quickly becoming a national joke? Who has that much money anyway? I’m talking about have-your-own-fleet-of-jets money, throw-as-much-shade-as-you-want-and-nobody-can-say-anything-about-it money. If I had that much money, my toilets would for sure be made of gold. I could build my own college with that much money. But I digress. Here’s what we know – half of the money will be going to build out the academic experience at Dartmouth, and there is a matching program through the end of 2015 that will double the donation. I have more than a few suggestions for where else the money could go. Febreze the Green… Read more »

Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: The Bucket List


So basically everyone who will ever be a member of the Class of 2018 was admitted this week. Besides the fact that this makes me feel more ancient and irrelevant than I already do, it also means that in September, Orientation Team will be handing out their newest version of “101 Things to Do Before You Graduate.” I remember getting one of these sheets and promptly losing it, though a ton of my friends still have the versions their UGAs gave them posted on their wall, check-marked and all. We talk a lot about the “Dartmouth experience” – yours, mine, ours. The term gets bandied around so much it might as well be in our Dartmouth lexicon, though unlike all the other lingo, there’s no set definition. Everyone knows what facetime is and a blitz is a blitz, but the “Dartmouth experience” is something far more nebulous. Does doing all 101 things make you the Quintessential Dartmouth Student? I wanted to make a bucket list for my senior spring because I didn’t want to graduate feeling like I hadn’t done Dartmouth right, that there was somehow a piece or two missing. I couldn’t even think of things to put on… Read more »