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As is probably true of many liberal arts education experiences, my time as both a government major and a creative writing minor has come with many fascinating lessons. One of the few incontestable right answers has been that there is no right answer — and that James Hutton is known as the father of modern geology, a fact that snagged me two much-needed extra credit points on my first and last earth sciences exam.
On Monday morning, prosecuting attorneys opened the second week of the trial against Parker Gilbert ’16, accused of rape, by calling further witnesses and relying heavily on medical records and visual aids. The day centered around testimony from Elizabeth Morse ’77, a sexual assault nurse examiner who saw the complainant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center following her initial examination at Dick’s House.
Tracy Wang / The Dartmouth Staff
I am a television addict, so it’s only fitting that I learned the word “penultimate” from watching “Sex and the City.” In the penultimate episode of the series, Carrie is in Paris with the Russian, and everyone’s cringing because who doesn’t know that she’s supposed to be with Big. Every moment of callous rudeness on his part is just another confirmation. The penultimate, or second to last, tends to be a mess. It’s the last bit of dramatic chaos before everything gets neatly resolved for the happy ending, the peak of unhappiness before everyone rides off into the sunset.
The first snow in Hanover is usually a letdown. Everyone, myself included, gets really excited at those first flurries, imagining winter wonderlands to come. For some of us, it’s the first time we’ve seen snow. But if my winters here are any indication — I’ve only had two, but we’ll assume they’re representative — the first snow never stays for long, usually washed away by the fall New England rain. It can be a little disappointing for winter lovers yearning for the seasonal transition. But have no fear, before long, it will be back in full force, and when April comes around and it’s still snowing, you’ll curse the days you ever wished for more.
Maybe it's because food always has and always will bring people together. This week we explore the struggle of international students longing for the rare taste of home, and the identity of a favorite pizza shop many of us will only interact with over the phone. Maybe sitting down together at a dinner table reminds us that for all our ways of labeling ourselves, we're more similar than we think. Of course, some people are better to close down FoCo with than others. You just have to find the patient ear that works for you.
In this week's issue, we take a look at a friendly group of woodsmen who pass through town pretty regularly, do a bit of metanalysis of what we do here at The Dartmouth, go undercover to find out what exactly the freshmen have been up to for the past six weeks and talk to some aspiring jocks who didn't quite make the mark. Midterms may be weighing heavy, but beyond the imminent deadlines, it's the same school that we arrived at three years ago, six weeks ago or somewhere in between. Maybe it's time we all go out searching for that original lure of opportunity once more. Happy Friday!
Shrink it down to Dartmouth. Every moment here feels special, like it's happening for the first time. But it's not. Professors and administrators who stick around for awhile see more than a dozen "best classes ever" come and go. Alumni come back and are shocked to find that the campus that was once theirs has moved on.
After the immediate thrill of Dartmouth has subsided, many students are left looking for a place on campus where they feel they really belong. Dartmouth provides a strong base from which its members can find groups or places to help form their identity. Some organizations are tight-knit, while others may seem somewhat artificial or random. But it's these structures that give us a space to explore our identities.
The American poet William Cullen Bryant called autumn "the year's last, loveliest smile." We at the Mirror are inclined to agree. Having missed Hanover fall last year for study abroad programs, we'd almost let ourselves forget that this is actually campus at its most beautiful. And there's nothing like being a college senior surrounded by flushing leaves and plummeting temperatures to make you realize that everything has an expiration date. The good thing is that we've finally realized that the finite nature of experience is exactly what makes it precious. When you're young, things are new, time crawls by and you take every exquisite moment for granted. Now we fall in love with people, places and things knowing they won't last forever, but treasuring them nonetheless. Freshmen, so what if you can't get into frat basements yet? You've got years to dwell underground your first Hanover fall is begging you to come out and play before the subzero temperatures banish us from the Green. Get a foothold in Dartmouth outside of the Greek world and explore new things, including this week's Mirror, where we examine the media's fascination with college hookup culture, go along on wild gap years and read some of the latest books from Dartmouth faculty's best and brightest. It's a tired phrase but time does fly. Luckily that's no cause for despair. Who among us hasn't wanted to fly? Happy Friday! Make it count.
In this special Orientation issue we take a look at Hollywood depictions of college life, reflect on some features of Dartmouth we wish had come with instructions, inquire how relationships from Trips may be affected by the new Greek Leadership Council policy and hear a student's first-hand account of the events unfolding in Cairo, Egypt. We hope these articles will not simply be informative to the incoming class, but rather invite discussion on issues we as a community continue to grapple with. There surely are parts of Dartmouth mostly logistical ones that require individual adjustment to an existing environment. But the parts of Dartmouth that truly define it are constantly changing, shaped by the ideas and actions of community members old and new. It's never too early to start thinking about the impact you want to make. Happy Orientation!