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Dartmouth is a liberal arts college. Most of us are working towards a bachelor of arts degree. We are working towards one day being able to frame our diploma written in a language dead for almost a thousand years (don’t you read Latin?) and hang it up on our wall in the prestigious office we will obviously all occupy. No matter what major we choose, or career plans we have, choosing to attend Dartmouth as an undergraduate is choosing a liberal arts education. For a campus filled with students of the “arts,” it never comes as a surprise to hear that three out of your four closest friends have secured jobs on Wall Street post-graduation — and the other one at a consulting firm in D.C. There are a myriad of stereotypes of the typical Dartmouth economics major: a preppy, Sperry-wearing student that can just as easily quote Adam Smith as they can rap along to Post Malone. These students come to Dartmouth to be robustly trained in the liberal arts school of thought. To leave and hopefully apply what they’ve learned of the liberal arts and be the founder of the next big startup, the next big investment banker, human-centered designer or finance giant. We come to Dartmouth to learn how to be the next leaders in society. In this issue the Mirror has decided to look at our Dartmouth experience with another type of green in mind: money. So, let’s get down to business, shall we?
A History on the Seal
The perks of living in the Digital Age are plenty. Computing technology has revolutionized communication, entertainment and work. The overwhelming demand for this technology has led to a similar demand for the knowledge of those behind the scenes in the industry.
The 21st century woman. Strong, fierce, relentless. She no longer has to embrace docility and softness as the markers of femininity. She no longer has to confine her identity to the confines of domesticity — the workforce awaits her with open arms. In fact, even her body has become her own: she can flaunt it outside the context of marriage and for purposes other than reproduction ...
It’s funny to think about the changes that we have all witnessed on this campus. Four years is the perfect amount of time to see and quantify change, especially in a small community such as Dartmouth. It becomes even more intriguing when we reflect upon the fact that most changes we deem as “noticeable” are ones we either strongly agree or strongly disagree with. As someone on my way out of the College, the changes I remember are probably vastly different than the ones you have noticed. I was recently interviewed by a focus group on meaningful moments of my college experience. I talked about my professors, my friends, the acts of student-led activism I was involved in, the events and speakers I will always remember, but something that really stuck out to me was the creation of Black Legacy Month.
In the know. Savvy. Informed. Tuned in. Appraised. Knowing what’s what. With it. Au courant. Plugged in. All of these qualify the state of the average human being today. Technology has stretched its web over and around the world. The strands are pulling people from all corners of the world together into close quarters; they cross paths in the same online markets, the same news servers, the same online forums, game rooms, articles, chat messages and FaceTimes. People have access to information and answers beyond what could be found in a stack encyclopedias. They observe, or even participate, in technological innovation happening in the fields of science and health and society every day. They have the power to order things to their doorstep, finish errands with the flick of a finger and get directions to anywhere and everywhere they would like.
The 21st century. THE modern era. A time when most things are a click away, a time when waiting more than five minutes for any piece of information is too long, a time when self-promotion is embedded into our online presence. Most of all, it is our century. Our lives, especially our college experience, have been forever transformed by the inventions of the 21st century. It is easy to forget that only 15 years ago essays were written on paper and required a trip to the depths of the Stacks. We forget that we are among the very first to experience society in the wake of a technological revolution. We have developed an arrogance, a confident sense of knowing who, what, where and when, all the time. How has the 21st century impacted our lives? What was the world like before you could order a latte from your phone and browse through the library from your bed? In this issue, we explore the ways the 21st century has made us unique, but also what it has cost us: what we have let slip through the cracks.
While many students in Hanover may feel far removed from the current immigration debate occurring across America, seeing only an occasional social media post or a sporadic snippet from CNN in King Arthur Flour, for Valentina Garcia-Gonzalez ’19, these Senate floor speeches and presidential tweets carry significant weight.
A new bird has migrated south for the winter, settling in snowy Hanover: Canada Goose. The Canadian outerwear brand’s parkas are the coat of choice for many Dartmouth students braving the harsh New Hampshire winter. While warmth and practicality may seem to be the clear drivers of this trend, the high costs of these parkas may lend new meaning to their popularity.
You can learn a lot from a cup of spit and $200. You can learn the precise breakdown of your racial heritage, how your hair curls, individualized weight loss strategies, whether you can smell asparagus in your pee, whether you might be susceptible to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s … the list of potential knowledge goes on. Access to our biological information has all been made possible thanks to advances in genotyping and commercialization of genetic testing. 23andMe, founded in 2006, monetizes these advances by analyzing customers’ DNA samples for a fee. Their service is expensive but not inaccessible, boasting three million genotyped customers worldwide.
As we settle further into winter term, the snow and the schoolwork pile up. Bean boots and backpacks come out. But along with the changes in weather, workload and attire, winter term brings about changes in Dartmouth students’ social life.
As flocks of geese escape winter’s frigid grip, seniors are similarly preparing to embark on their own journey. The graduating class hails from various parts of the world, enriching the College with diversity, and upon leaving the College, will rebuild their homes elsewhere. Three seniors, Benji Hannam ’18, Mahnoor Maqsood ’18 and Alex Vasques ’18, sat down with The Dartmouth and shared their plans for next year.
Migration. During the winter geese take refuge from the harsh winter winds. They flock south to the sand and sun while Dartmouth students migrate back to the great north we call home. However, the geese aren’t the only ones who are affected by each season’s, or term’s, migration patterns. The concept of migration, of movement and patterns, is not exclusive to birds. We, like the geese, whom we loyally watch journey south, have, and will, undergo periods of migrations — although in different directions. We migrate to campus, to clubs, to Greek houses on weekends, to the library on weekdays and Sundays — and to our beds on especially cold winter nights. This week the Mirror explores the different factors that affect our pattern of migration. Are we as loyal as the geese? Do we ebb and flow across campus in a faithful rhythm at the drop of every degree?
Divisions. How are we divided? Everyday we are faced with a series of choices, placing ourselves into a series of categories. We also arrive on campus, with vastly different experiences and backgrounds, which have already placed us into different groups, at least on first glance.
The first year for college students can bring massive changes to their lives, from making new friends to keeping up with the academic pressures.
Coming back to Hanover in the winter is like coming back to a different world: The entire campus is coated in a layer of beautiful snow, making everything glitter. Seeing the college looking this picturesque makes it even more shocking to travel to towns like Lebanon and White River Junction, where the slush has already turned gray, and white buildings with green shutters are replaced with boarded-up storefronts and weather-torn houses. Despite being located less than an hour away from Hanover, these towns are peppered with signs of poverty and neglect that are not often found in Hanover.
Combining her love for fashion and social media, Jamie Ma ’20 created a project last fall with a stated mission to explore “the personal and individual styles of the Dartmouth community.” Her Instagram page @dartmouthflair has since attracted over 800 followers and counting.
The life of an Ivy League athlete is unlike any other. During the season, football player Emory Thompson ’18’s day starts around 6 a.m., when he wakes up to lift weights with his team. He spends the bulk of the day in class, in meetings, at office hours, and then from 2 to 4 p.m. he meets with his team and coaches to watch films and discuss strategy. He has 30 minutes to change into his gear and then from 4:30 to 7 p.m. he has practice, showers and gets dinner with his teammates. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., he works on homework, and 5 hours later, he wakes up to do it all again.
At Dartmouth College, which offers more than 60 majors and numerous other minors, the mathematics department is largely an enigma for the hundreds of social science and humanities students who fulfill their single QDS distributive requirement and move on. Contrary to popular belief, mathematics is a much more diverse and dynamic discipline than the introductory calculus and statistics courses that most students take.