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Hunting in the Grant

(11/18/11 7:52pm)

  Dart­mouth stu­dents often joke about Bait and Bul­let as part of our rus­tic ap­peal - we're so woodsy that we hunt for our own food. For those of you who've never ac­tu­ally loaded your gun for a week­end trip, I bring you the au­then­tic Bait and Bul­let ex­pe­ri­ence. This past week­end a group of Bait and Bul­let hunters and I set off for the Sec­ond Col­lege Grant in search of deer. We left Fri­day evening, dri­ving through snow that flew at our wind­shield so fast that it looked like we were going into hy­per­space Star-Wars style. We trav­eled past St. Johns­bury into Ver­mont then veered east and north through Milan and Errol, fi­nally ar­riv­ing in Went­worth Lo­ca­tion around 10pm in the deep dark­ness of the far north. Lor­raine Turner, the gate­keeper of the Grant, waved us through, and our vans bounced along the rugged roads of the Grant. Half of our group stayed in Peaks cabin, close to the en­trance, while a few oth­ers and I jour­neyed on deeper into the Grant to Stod­dard cabin, buried in the moun­tains. We set­tled in and after fir­ing up the wood stove were in bed early, ex­cited for the hunt ahead.   <="" img=""> Armed and not very dan­ger­ous: Ben Ross­man ’12, Jeff Perkins ’13, Jack Boger ’13, and Zac Ko­ufakis ‘14We rose early and headed south to link up with alumni who were stay­ing at the cen­trally lo­cated Sam’s Cabin. They would hunt Half­moon Moun­tain in the east, while I headed far­ther north to hunt into the hills with Mark Lan­caster, a club ad­viser and S&S of­fi­cer. No one saw any deer, al­though there were sev­eral moose and bear sight­ing. I un­for­tu­nately saw nei­ther al­though I en­joyed, as al­ways, the chance to be alone in the Great North Woods.   <="" img=""> Mer­rill Brook cabinThat night we gath­ered in Sam’s Cabin with the alumni, most of whom hailed from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and had a won­der­ful evening filled with tales from old Dart­mouth and the days of yore in the Sec­ond Col­lege Grant. On Sun­day my four­some headed up Round Moun­tain to see if we would have any bet­ter luck. We didn’t, but saw some beau­ti­ful vis­tas as we hiked up the old log­ging roads.   Ben Ross­man ’12 and Jeff Perkins ’14 look up to­wards Round Moun­tain with Black Moun­tain in the dis­tanceOn the way out, we took some time to pose for a few pic­tures be­fore dri­ving out of the Grant through the north gate, past Hell­gate camp, and into the Atkin­son and Gilman­ton Acad­emy Grant. We hiked up to Finn­son’s Cliff, en­joy­ing the ex­pan­sive vis­tas down through the val­ley be­fore be­gin­ning the long jour­ney back home to Hanover, home­work, and re­al­ity. View from Finn­son's Cliff

Dartmouth celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps partnership

(11/18/11 7:51pm)

  On Tues­day Dart­mouth cel­e­brated 50 years of unique part­ner­ship with the Peace Corps by host­ing a panel of alums who served in the Peace Corps and screen­ing a doc­u­men­tary fea­tur­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two in­sti­tu­tions. The col­lege has played a crit­i­cal role in Peace Corps re­cruit­ment and vol­un­teer lan­guage train­ing, using the renowned Ras­sias method of learn­ing. Pete Kit­las '09, who did not at­tend the event as he was on his way home from serv­ing in the Peace Corps in the Mo­rocco at the time, saw Dart­mouth as play­ing an im­por­tant role in lead­ing him to the Peace Corps after grad­u­a­tion. “Dart­mouth cer­tainly had an im­pact on my de­ci­sion to join. The peo­ple, aca­d­e­mic at­mos­phere, and extra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties [at Dart­mouth] all sup­port vol­un­teerism and com­mu­nity val­ues. These have been huge as­pects of my Peace Corps life,” Kit­las said in an in­ter­view. A panel of Dart­mouth Alums who have served in the Peace Corps shared their ex­pe­ri­ences with stu­dents and other for­mer Peace Corps vol­un­teers in Loew Au­di­to­rium. The Panel in­cluded alums Shari Hu­bert ’92, Di­rec­tor of Re­cruit­ment; Kiva Wil­son ’04, Di­ver­sity Out­reach Spe­cial­ist, vol­un­teered in El Sal­vador; Henry Home­yer ’68, Mali Coun­try Di­rec­tor, vol­un­teered in Cameroon; Ellen Meyer Shorb ’78, vol­un­teered in Hon­duras and Michelle Glas­sama ’01, vol­un­teered in The Gam­bia. For­mer vol­un­teers en­cour­aged stu­dents to join the Peace Corps, say­ing that their ex­pe­ri­ences were un­for­get­table and have in­formed most major de­ci­sions in their lives since. “The Peace Corps taught me every­thing I know,” Glas­sama said. She now works with an AIDS pro­gram at a Mon­te­fiore Hos­pi­tal in the Bronx, after falling in love with her work on HIV/AIDS as a Peace Corps vol­un­teer in The Gam­bia. Fol­low­ing the Panel, Pres­i­dent Kim hon­ored John Ras­sias and Charley “Doc” Dye ’52, Dean Emer­i­tus of the Tucker Foun­da­tion. Both men played in­te­gral roles in de­vel­op­ing lan­guage train­ing and col­lege re­cruit­ment for the Peace Corps in its early years, after Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy founded it in 1961. “The Peace Corps, thanks to John Ras­sias, now knows how to teach lan­guages,” Home­yer said. Dye spoke about his in­volve­ment in the Peace Corps as a young dean at Dart­mouth in the 1960s, and dis­cussed how he was per­suaded to serve two years in the Philip­pines with two young chil­dren and a preg­nant wife in tow, as well as the mishaps and suc­cesses that en­sued. The event in Loew ended with a doc­u­men­tary made by Film and Media Stud­ies Pro­fes­sor Jim Brown, fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with alumni vol­un­teers and a brief his­tory of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Dart­mouth and the Peace Corps. The con­sen­sus seemed to be, as Dye put it, that the Peace Corps has an “in­deli­ble im­pact on [vol­un­teers] and their sub­se­quent lives.”

Stolen mugs threaten free coffee service

(11/18/11 7:49pm)

    Many of you may know Col­lis’ One Whee­lock as a great place to get a free cup of cof­fee; how­ever, this ser­vice could be shut down in­def­i­nitely. The cozy cof­fee joint has re­cently put up signs, warn­ing both stu­dents and fac­ulty that if they “take away mugs…[One Whee­lock] will take away cof­fee." The sig­na­ture mugs are off-white and sport the red One Whee­lock logo. They're being stolen at a rate of six or more per week, ac­cord­ing to Yan Fan '11, Pres­i­dent of the Col­lis Gov­ern­ing Board. When One Whee­lock first opened in 2010, it had much nicer mugs. Due to theft, how­ever, they’ve had to swap out these ex­pen­sive, hand-made mugs for much cheaper, mass-pro­duced ones. Yan Fan de­scribes sto­ries of “hordes of One Whee­lock mugs being found in dor­mi­to­ries, off-cam­pus hous­ing and nearby Greek houses.” The Col­lis Gov­ern­ing Board has been keep­ing a list of names of both in­di­vid­u­als and Greek houses known to have mugs in their pos­ses­sion. One so­lu­tion they’ve sug­gested is to in­voice those who have been iden­ti­fied with mugs. Though the CGB’s ap­proach may seem harsh, or as some claim, “rude,” many stu­dents aren’t aware that One Whee­lock is run sep­a­rate from both Dart­mouth and the rest of Col­lis. The gov­ern­ing board pays for the free cof­fee, mugs and the main­te­nance. If we aren’t care­ful, One Whee­lock may take away cof­fee until a cer­tain num­ber of mugs are re­turned. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Daily Debriefing

(11/18/11 4:00am)

Engineering majors study an average of 19 hours a week, representing the most amount of work for any major, according to findings from the 2011 National Survey on Student Engagement report, which analyzed the study and work habits of more than 537,000 college students. Social sciences and business majors studied an average of 14 hours a week, the least of any major, according to the report. Teachers' expectations typically overestimated the time students study weekly by one to two hours, the report said. The study also found that 88 percent of students said they took notes in class, which was by far the most popular learning strategy. Only 70 percent of students reported that they seek extra help when struggling with class material. Students across all majors reported spending between 10 and 11 hours per week relaxing and socializing, according to the report.

The Light at the Edge of the Basement: An AutoBro-ography

(11/18/11 4:00am)

My name is Fayston R. A. Townsend. I went to Beerfield Academy, a boarding school in western Massachusetts. Maybe you've heard of it. I'm a fourth-generation Dartmouth man. My father, Class of '76, is the reason Phi Tau is no longer an all-male fraternity. As for me, I'm a brother at Alpha Delta Chi, the sickest frat on campus.

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