This note was featured in the 2018 Winter Carnival Issue.
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This note was featured in the 2018 Winter Carnival Issue.
It’s February, and there’s a chill in the air. A chill that only blows every four years. February will be a month of competition, a month of rivalry and of victories. In light of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Mirror investigates what is waiting at the end of the finish line: sweet, sweet victory. Because we are college students, some people may consider our victories smaller than those of others, but they are no less important. It’s a victory when you get up for your 9L every morning and don’t miss a single class during the term. It’s a victory when you don’t get golden-treed on Friday night; a victory when your flitz to that cute guy in your anthro class gets a rhyming response. You can define victory any way you want — the small victories count, too. We live in a culture that frowns upon excessive bragging (note the term, “self-call”), and one that romanticizes “taking L’s.” So what will be your victory? Of the day? Of the term? Of the year? Let the games begin.
For many Dartmouth students, articles of clothing are items of practicality, convenience and self-expression. For Aaron Lit ’19, creator of a fashion line that promotes marine conservation, fashion is a means of environmental advocacy.
In Florida, the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” also known as “Amendment 4,” has successfully been put on the ballot for this coming November. This amendment restores voting rights to people with felony convictions, except for those convicted of murders or felony sexual offence. Florida is currently one of four states in the entire country that permanently disenfranchises people who were convicted of felonies. This amendment would affect more than 1.5 million Floridians in a state that has a population of 20.5 million. According to The Sentencing Project, 27 percent of the country’s disenfranchised population lives in Florida. In order for the amendment to pass, at least 60 percent of the vote must be in favor of restoration. This is huge news and a step in the right direction, but it’s been a long time coming.
We often equate sports rivalries with divide; they can create tension between teams and incite conflict among fans. But in the context of the Dartmouth community, divide seems to be a source of unity for the athletes and fans alike.
We admire athletes for their physical strength, grace and agility, but what we often overlook is the mental strength that is reqired from athletes under high pressure situations.
At this point, many have heard the statistics: including the 2018 contingent of athletes, Dartmouth athletes will have earned nearly 150 spots on Winter Olympics teams. Athletes from Dartmouth have competed in every Winter Olympic Games since the launch of the modern games in 1924. This year, 14 athletes with ties to Dartmouth will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics and one in the Paralympics. The College’s consistent role as a powerhouse in skiing has been well-documented, but lesser known is the history of the sport’s meteoric rise at Dartmouth, which ultimately led to a culture of excellency and pride that continues to make itself known with the consistent domination of winter sports by Dartmouth athletes today.
Dartmouth Big Green faces off against Columbia University's football team.
Before King Arthur Flour and Novack Café opened as dining options in Baker-Berry Library, only Baker existed on Dartmouth’s campus. Studio art and engineering professor Jack Wilson is an architect who previously worked in the College’s planning office. Wilson told the story of Baker-Berry’s conception, explaining that in the 1980s Baker library underwent a reconfiguration, adding Berry to the existing library. The special collections library, previously housed in Baker, moved to Webster Hall, now Rauner Special Collections Library. This allowed for more space to accommodate the merging of library computing services and the former Kiewit Computing Center building, located where Carson Hall now stands.
Dartmouth attracts some students for its business-friendly, entrepreneurial culture and there is no better place to look for evidence of Dartmouth students’ keen business sense. A prime example is the Cornew brothers. Thomas Cornew ’18 and his twin brother, Eduard Cornew ’18, have started their own business together on campus, Lone Pine Repairs, an iPhone repair company. Lone Pine Repairs is an evolution of Quick Fix iPhones, which they founded in 2007 in the Silicon Valley community where they grew up.
American motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale once tweeted, “Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.” For many students at Dartmouth, their goals includes a career in business, but the College does not offer a business major. For many students, the Tuck Business Bridge program serves as the “bridge” towards a career in business.
Just before last winter term, Ricky Taboada ’19 cofounded a company called Roden AI with his friend, Tyler Burnam ’19. Roden AI is an app that allows users to record a journal entry on tape and view analysis captured by the app’s facial expression sensing software. Users will be able to not only see how they are feeling at the moment but also get a better sense of how they are doing emotionally as a whole.
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.