Polling our Editors

by The 2015 Dartmouth Directorate | 5/28/15 7:45pm

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Caela Murphy — Arts editor

What are you most nervous for in the real world?

CM: Staying in touch with friends who will be living in different states and cities after getting used to living five minutes away from them.

What would you tell your freshman year self?

CM: Say yes more often, and don’t judge anything until you’ve experienced it for yourself. Also, don’t leave your phone on the first floor of a frat.

Least favorite KAF pastry?

CM: Almond cloud cookies.

Sasha Dudding — Managing editor

What was the hardest story you had to cover while at The Dartmouth?

SD: A series on sexual assault for which survivors recounted their assaults and the aftermath — powerful, but very tough.

Favorite flavor at Morano Gelato?

SD: Sea salt chocolate

How have you filled your time since leaving the paper?

SD: What time? It has a magical way of disappearing!

Aditi Kirtikar — Dartbeat editor

Estimate the number of KAF coffees you’ve consumed.

AK: One thousand and eight. Twelve 10-week terms of a daily dose brings me to 840, plus an additional 168 cups for the 12 midterms and 12 finals weeks over the course of my four years.

Least favorite KAF pastry?

AK: Blueberry scones. I’m allergic. Yes, I know it’s absurd.

What has been your biggest personal change since you arrived here as a freshmen?

AK: The amount I use the word “egregious” has exponentially increased.

What was your most terrifying moment at Dartmouth?

AK: I once unintentionally fell off the safety dock and into the Connecticut River at night in the middle of April. It was cold.

Lindsay Ellis — Editor-in-Chief

What would you tell your freshman-year self?

LE: The sooner you swap regular FoCo cookies for the Kosher ones, the happier you’ll be.

What are you most nervous for in the real world?

LE: Cooking. Frozen burritos will only get me so far.

What was the most exciting academic experience you’ve enjoyed at the College?

LE: Putting together the first edition of “40 Towns” with English professor Jeff Sharlet’s creative writing class. Reporting that piece hooked me on narrative journalism. More importantly, though, that class felt like a team of sorts — we all wanted to bring out the best in each other’s work.

Blaze Joel — Sports editor

What was your favorite story to cover during your time at The Dartmouth?

BJ: The women’s hockey game against Providence College my freshman year. The game was at Fenway Park, and I got to travel down and get on the field (and the ice), which was an absolutely astounding experience. I’ve been a Red Sox fan my whole life, so getting that experience (plus a bag of dirt from the third base line and a game puck) was incredible. Plus, the team won the game!

What are you most nervous for in the real world?

BJ: Being away from all of my close friends. It’s so convenient to be able to pass people in FoCo or walk down the hall to say hi.

What would you tell your freshman-year self?

BJ: Take more “me time.” It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae at Dartmouth, so take some time and go for a walk, listen to some music, whatever to take a mental break.

How have you filled your time since leaving the paper?

BJ: Watching sports on my own computer instead of The D’s (is anyone surprised?). And my thesis (again, is anyone surprised?).

Erin Landau — Mirror editor

What was the most exciting academic experience you’ve enjoyed at the College?

EL: “HIV/AIDS Through a Biosocial Lens” was hands down the best class I’ve taken at Dartmouth. The final project, where we had to create an intervention and prevention program for an at-risk population, was the most fulfilling academic experience I’ve ever had.

Favorite flavor at Morano Gelato?

EL: Nocciola and citrus.

What was your favorite story to cover during your time at The Dartmouth?

EL: Sophomore summer burger tour, hands down — delicious, well read and the first time I truly explored the Upper Valley.

Madison Pauly — Managing editor

What was your favorite story to cover during your time at The Dartmouth?

MP: After the Pentagon announced in January 2013 that women would be allowed to serve in combat roles, I talked to women involved in Dartmouth’s ROTC to learn about their thoughts on gender in the military, their fears and their dreams for the future.

Estimate the number of KAF coffees you’ve consumed.

MP: Just this week, the number is too damn high.

What was your most peaceful memory at Dartmouth?

MP: Sitting on the roof of the American School of Tangier on the old Arabic FSP, where I made my best friends at Dartmouth. Sunrise over the city brought the call to prayer buzzing over loudspeakers on every mosque.

What would you tell your freshman-year self?

MP: It’s easy to believe that self-criticism will motivate you to improve when in truth, it just keeps you stuck where you are. Be kind to others, yes, and also kind to yourself.

Emma Moley — Dartbeat and Mirror editor

What are you most nervous for about the real world?

EM: Since I’ll be living in New York along with many of my best friends, I’m worried I won’t branch out of the Dartmouth network and really get to know new people. That being said, I’m also worried about how I’ll adapt without that support system when I move away in a few years.

What would you tell your freshman-year self?

EM: Get more one-on-one dinners, since it’s pretty much impossible to get to know someone well with 15 other people around you. Take your professors out to lunch. Go to more events at the Hop. Don’t eat EBAs cheese fries every weekend — it’s not normal.

What was your most terrifying moment at Dartmouth?

EM: During finals week sophomore summer, a few friends and I went on an impromptu Moosilauke hike which ended with us lost on the hardest trail in New Hampshire at 10 p.m. without food, flashlights or warm clothes. Memorable line from a phone call to a housemate: “Please call 911, and also order us a large vegetable pizza.”

Brett Drucker — Sports editor

What was your favorite story to cover during your time at The Dartmouth?

BD: Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney ’15 on the transition to college life.

What are you most nervous for about the real world?

​ BD: Cooking dinner every night and not being able to rely on the Hop.

How have you filled your time since leaving the paper?

BD: Writing a thesis in the government department on French public opinion of the U.S.