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Your first week in Hanover will most definitely be overwhelming. On top of being in a new envi- ronment, you will be immersed in a distinct and sometimes cryptic dialect otherwise known as Dartspeak. Here’s a quick list of some of the most important lingo so that when your Trippee asks you to get FoCo @now, you’ll know to sit on the dark side because you need your facetime.
College campuses have long fostered student activism through demonstrations, protests and critical conversations about contemporary issues. Dartmouth is no exception to this trend that dates back to the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s — the majority of activism on campus is driven by students’ desire to enact positive change within their community.
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My senior year of high school, I spent many class periods (in the lull after AP exams) on College Confidential for information about life at Dartmouth. But what I was asking for had no answer: I wanted to know exactly who I would become and what experiences Iwould have.
The Canadian groundfruit of Dartmouth Outing Club’s First-Year Trips is just one of the delicacies the Big Green offers its students after they matriculate.
Six house professors were named earlier this year for the creation of house communities, a cornerstone of the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” policy initiative announced by College President Phil Hanlon. The idea of house communities was designed to bring more continuity to students’ on-campus living options and a greater opportunity for faculty-student interactions that extend beyond the classroom. The six professors, who come together from different departments and were chosen from a pool of two dozen applicants, include biologist Ryan Calsbeek, astrophysicist Ryan Hickox, engineer Jane Hill, sociologist Kathryn Lively, mathematician Craig Sutton and Japanese literary scholar Dennis Washburn.
As America’s oldest college newspaper and an independent daily, The Dartmouth presents students the opportunity to grow throughout their time in Hanover. Whether interviewing College President Phil Hanlon on major policy initiatives or selling ads to national clients, our staff members develop skills that will benefit them throughout their personal and professional lives.
Welcome to Dartmouth ’19s! The College is by far the greatest experience of my life thus far. Being a few years older than the average student (I took a few gap years in the army before coming here), I am lucky to have a few unique perspectives about this place. Even with my age and experience, however, navigating Dartmouth in my first year proved to be quite the challenge. Now in my senior year, I have been looking back on the choices I made in my first three years, and I know now that I could have benefited from someone giving me some straightforward advice. With that, here are a few tips for making the most of your freshman years.
Welcome, first-years, to the place I hope you will learn to call home! After all your years of hard work and sleepless nights, you have finally made it to the refuge after the storm of college applications, so congratulations!
I remember stepping off the Dartmouth Coach in the fall of 2013, my freshman fall, and being overwhelmed by everything I could do that very same afternoon — and in the next four years.
When I ask friends about what drew them to Dartmouth — and what makes the College stand out amongst the other Ivy League universities — they often refer to the strong outdoor culture and the appeal of the down-to-earth atmosphere. As I progress in my own Dartmouth experience, I am realizing more and more that this appraisal is right on the mark. The opportunity to take advantage of the outdoors — whether it be a day on the slopes at the Dartmouth Skiway or a weekend trip to Moosilauke Lodge — often proves to be the perfect antidote to a taxing week of studying for midterms or writing essays. The New Hampshire landscape is an inextricable part of the College’s ethos and as such continues to play an integral part in the Dartmouth student experience. This is reflected in the symbol of the Lone Pine proudly emblazoned on the College’s flag, as well as in the motto “vox clamantis in deserto,” or “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” It is nearly impossible to leave the College without gaining an appreciation for the outdoors and the value that it can add to everyday life, from the very start of Freshman year, with First-Year Trips, to the singing of the Alma Mater at graduation — “And the granite of New Hampshire, in their muscles and their brains”.
From all-night a cappella auditions to open workshops for dance troupes, campus performance groups draw a large crowd of first-year students in the fall term tryouts. Arts groups on campus offer students a chance to try stand-up or improv comedy, hip-hop or classical dance. Ranging from student-run groups to professionally directed productions in the Hopkins Center, first-year students have many opportunities to experience the thrill of performing for their peers.
I never thought I would be involved in religious life anywhere — much less in college. Growing up as a Conservative Jew while attending a Christian high school, I hated displays of organized religion. Even though chapel services tried to be inclusive, recognizing the various Jewish (and other faiths’) holidays, I still felt out of place. At religious school, I never felt intellectually engaged and felt ostracized by my peers, who attended different schools. While I still maintained a set of Jewish values fostered by my parents, I did not find a group of Jewish peers to whom I could relate.
Josh Pearl '17
An unheard and often forgotten voice on Dartmouth’s campus is that of religious communities. Though many students are involved in various religious organizations, the various fellowships and communities tend to keep to themselves, offering a space for students who want it without having a larger voice on campus. That changed on Friday night, when 30 students journeyed around campus offering passing students prayer.
Earlier in this term I gave a d’var — a speech interpreting the weekly Torah portion— at a Hillel Shabbat dinner. The portion started off in typically Biblical fashion with a detailed description of how the High Priest performs services on Yom Kippur. But then we got to the texts’ discussion of sexual morality and commandments that get at the social consciousness that I believe is at the core of Judaism. For me, this portion juxtaposes what attracts me to Judaism and what pulls me away from my Jewish heritage. The prohibitions, the you-shall-nots, the and-you-shall-be-stoned-if-you, et cetera have always seemed constrictive and often problematic. I do believe that we must follow certain moral codes and that religion can be useful in guiding us, but I still struggle with the text. Further, if I chose not to do so and engage with the text intellectually or not at all, how does that change my relationship to Judaism?
As of this week, sophomores on campus have officially “crossed the X.” We’re halfway through our college careers, and it’s only up from here, right? Even though we’ve come this far, however, the road ahead seems a little more serious and a lot more uncertain. Are corporate financiers real people? Am I still pre-med? Should I have taken two classes this term? ‘Success’ in the time of sophomore summer, and at Dartmouth in general, is hard to pin down, but in the midst of it all, take some time to read this issue, cross a few items off your bucket list, and stop to consider other people, because it’s entirely possible that the calm and collected genius gliding along in the class you thought would be a layup is paddling just as furiously underneath the surface as everyone else.
My younger brother came to visit me this weekend. He mentioned to me how happy everyone seemed and how nice, how cool, how fun, how accomplished. Seeing Dartmouth through his eyes reminded me of my first impression of the College. I wanted to come here because everyone seemed so happy and because, frankly, alumni scared me with how much they seemed to love the College.
Jumping in to sophomore summer from an off-term in Pittsburgh, I expected to miss the bustle of the city, the freedom of empty evenings after work and the seemingly endless things to explore. But after six weeks back on campus and back in the dorms, I’m starting to realize that what I’m longing for the most is my dumpy apartment, broken heating and dingy kitchen.