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It’s that time of the term again, during which Dartmouth experiences a wonderful few weeks of students preparing to dress up in their fanciest clothes and break it down on the dance floor. That’s right, it’s formal season, and you may be experiencing at least six different emotions about it throughout the course of your day. Dartbeat knows how you feel and is happy to outline a course of strategy for you.
Dearest readers, do not be stunned by the length of this dessert’s name. This mouthful is “definitely in the top ten, maybe even the top five” best desserts I have ever made for this column, Laura McCulloch ’16 said. This dessert s a first for the column in many ways, at least in comparison to the other desserts I have made this summer. It is one of the first I have made that does not feature ice cream — a sad but true fact — and it is also the first dessert I have ever made that utilizes the raspberry preserves spread. It’s very light on the stomach, which is a bit of a departure from past creations. Hopefully my next “bar” will not require silverware, but my friends and I were happy with the results!
Every Dartmouth term has certain songs that define the quarter and will always bring you back to a great afternoon by the river or a midnight snowball fight, and 14X is no exception. Here’s Dartbeat’s rundown, in no particular order, of iconic sophomore summer 2014 songs:
Aug. 8, 10:21 a.m., 1 South Street: A Safety and Security officer responded to an emergency call, and after meeting with a complex employee and a resident, determined that the resident could not operate the elevator, despite swiping her card, so her husband pressed the call button for help, unaware that it would make an automatic 911 call.
Expectation: Green Key multiplied by sophomore summer equals crazy amounts of fun.
As the weeks go on, '15s off-campus have been enviously eyeing our Facebook albums and recalling their own carefree days of sophomore summer. Some albums have acquired witty X-themed titles, some are still “14X” and waiting for that perfect what-x-word-has-no-one-used-yet vibe, and all of them are inspiring the upperclassmen waiting to come back to campus to try and somehow relive sophomore summer in whatever city their current internship is in. This, dear '16s, is what the '15s actually think about your sophomore summer album.
As summer term winds down, the imminent arrival of a whole new Dartmouth class is starting to dawn on the rest of the student body. You may be feeling nostalgic, looking back to those last months before you came to campus, reading through The D’s freshman issue and panicking over the possibilities for your future roommate. Back then, your knowledge of Dartmouth was confined to what was present in the mass media and maybe some tidbits of advice from your Dimensions host or an older sibling or friend who went here. And now you, the ’18s, are experiencing similar sentiments. However, there are some things the freshmen issue won’t tell you, and things your siblings or friends wouldn’t think to tell you. But don’t worry, Dartbeat has your back.
Over sophomore summer, you imagined the weather would be sunny and 70 every day. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks, it has been raining a little too much. Here at Dartbeat, we know all too well that when it’s raining — and when your plans to go to the River after your 12 have been ruined — it can feel like it’s just you against the world. So to help you feel a little less alone, we’ve compiled a list of five famous people who hate the rain just as much as you do.
As December draws closer (what) and with it comes the date when KAF may forever disappear from our lives — and by disappear I mean that you’d have to drive a whole six minutes to the factory in Norwich — I’ve started brainstorming a list of things that could replace KAF, and maybe, dare I say it, be even better?
It’s July 6, and you’re ready to submit your resumes and cover letters. You’ve triple-checked every last one, and you’re ready to cast your fate into the void of Dartboard, confident that your hard work and meticulous editing will bear fruit… psych. We all know that’s how it was supposed to go, but it’s sophomore summer, and no one’s spent more than a contiguous hour working since May. This is how corporate recruiting actually went.
Marcus Reid '18 — perhaps better known by his rap name "Ill Fayze" — might have just dropped the most fire single of 14F one month before freshman trips. The McLaughlin Anthem is as much an ode to Byrne, Berry, Bildner and Rauner as it is a diss track to all the other clusters. It's clear he's still working on Dartspeak — he's excited he won't have to live in the "coats" cluster — but it's just as clear he can't wait to get on campus, where his "room's got drank and space." Find his soundcloud here, or follow him on Twitter at @MarcusCantReid1.
1. Sleeping a minimum of 12 hours a day. Because there’s no need to get up!
It’s pretty crazy to think that the summer quarter is ending in less than three weeks. The term flew by, and I have learned a lot this summer. But one thing that will always confuse me about this campus is the unpredictable weather patterns. I have no complaints about the summer temperatures in good ol’ Hanover, but I have yet to master the concept of humidity and how to best prepare myself for it. Every humid day leads to my wanting to wear flip flips, because my feet get uncomfortable in fluffy socks, but I think I there has only been one day this summer where I have worn my flip-flops and it hasn’t rained. It’s as if I’m Dartmouth’s Karen, from Mean Girls—my feet can always tell when it’s already raining.
Summer provides ample time and good weather to tackle the major mountains in the Hanover area, and many ‘16s have hiking trips on their bucket list. Here at Dartbeat, we believe that the mountain at the top of your list can say a lot about you – not only how awesome you are as a hiker, but also what sort of person you are that you would be drawn to this particular large pointy thing. We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of popular summer hikes so you can find out what your list says about you.
And if your favorite hike is The Fifty, please calm down.
Summer is full of music festivals and outdoor concerts, although you may have forgotten this living in the Hanover bubble this term. However, there are some fantastic concerts near campus in the next two months that’ll have you scrambling for tickets. Take the opportunity to get off campus, make a weekend out of it with friends and enjoy some great music! Here are some of the best concerts in August and September that you should be sure to mark on your calendars.
Looking at you, Astro 1.
1. When course election rolls around, you’re pumped to see the easy professor is teaching this term. Fulfilling a requirement and still having time to go down to the river all day every day? Awesome.
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2. Day 1: You go over the syllabus as a class. There’s something about weekly quizzes, but it’s kind of a blur. Wait, how long was that final essay supposed to be? What’s the policy on late work? Whatever, syllabi aren’t real.
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3. Day 2: The professor is flying through the first lecture, and you’re trying desperately to keep up with the notes – SLOW DOWN, WHAT ARE WE EVEN LEARNING RIGHT NOW!? I STILL HAVEN’T BOUGHT ANY BOOKS FOR THIS CLASS YET.
4. Night before the first quiz. You glance at your notes while watching Netflix and got to sleep. It’s a layup, so how hard could a quiz be? Besides, you get to drop your lowest quiz grade, so who cares?
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5. Walking out of first quiz: Okay, relax. They have to get easier from here.
6. They don’t get easier from there.
7. Sitting in class becomes unbearable. Every once in awhile, you’ll exchange glances with the person sitting next you and just sigh. Neither one of you has any idea what’s going on.
8. Tedious labs? Hours of work outside of class? What is this? SOMEONE LIED TO ME.
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9. First test – you’re fine. Just breathe. Why would so many people take this class every summer if it wasn’t easy? Right?
10. You get the first test back. This is your face.
11. Week 7: You’re exhausted and have never been more ready for a class to be over. Is it too late to NRO?
12. Walking out of your final: It wasn’t pretty, but it’s over. FREE AT LAST.
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It’s been a while, but I’m back! Editing other sections of The D has been a terrific experience this summer, but I am happy to return to my roots on Dartbeat and deliver what I do best – clever dessert creations.
Blitz inboxes have been full of Prouty updates and Deltas all over campus have been pelted with giant, rubber balls. This can only mean one thing — summer is here, and it’s full of fundraisers that benefit cancer research, children’s hospitals and everything in between. But with so many great fundraisers, what about the ideas that will never come to fruition? We dug deep into the recesses of our post-midterms imaginations (read: not very far, brain is fried) to imagine what kind of fundraising ideas might never make it off the drawing board. And for most of these, it’s truly a shame we will never see them on campus.
As any upperclassmen will tell you, sophomore summer is full of unforgettable experiences. Just to make sure you never forget any of those moments, it’s important to document as many of them as possible. But with so many great “iPhone camera” moments (forget Kodak, it’s 2014), how can you possibly pick just one to feature on your aesthetically pleasing, extremely-thought-out Instagram page? Answer: you can’t. Instagram all of them.
When my family started making plans to visit campus this summer, I was ecstatic to show them everything about my life at Dartmouth. As Sophomore Family Weekend starting getting closer and closer, though, I started to wonder how I was going to entertain so many people for a weekend in Hanover. Lou’s is great for breakfast, but what do we do for the rest of the day? I mean you can only take so many tours of the clock tower. With my mom, sister, cousins and just about every other person I’ve ever known coming to see me, it seemed like my Sophomore Family Weekend was about to be one for the books. It was.