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The Dartmouth Bucket List

(10/05/12 2:00am)

Recent fall rain pushed me inside and in pursuit of another establishment to add to my personal, college career-spanning diner tour. I ended up at Shyrl's, an easily overlooked dive on the side of Route 4 in West Leb, splitting a vegetable omelet and French toast. More on that later. I realize not everyone has a passion for pancakes or an available vehicle to embark upon their own diner ventures. However, in addition to being delicious, the diners of the Upper Valley are worth visiting for the insights into the communities that they serve. For your convenience, I've gone through my working diner repertoire and personified each spot so you can decide what's worth visiting.


Ghosts of Panarchy's Past

(10/05/12 2:00am)

While the details change depending on who you talk to, the story goes something like this: Before it became Phi Kappa Psi in 1896, a doctor lived in the run-down white mansion we now know as Panarchy. The doctor had a schizophrenic daughter, Emily, who he often kept in the attic to shield her from the public eye. In time, the combination of loneliness and illness led her to commit suicide in the cupola, the small, domelike structure atop the house that looks out over School Street. Emily's body was buried in the Dartmouth Cemetery, but her spirit never completely moved on, according to later residents. In the years after her death, residents have reported many experiences with Emily. Research on her life and death at Rauner Special Collections indicated that there is an "ethereal female presence" of high school age often seen in the room, according to a 2004 article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.


Letter from the Editors

(10/05/12 2:00am)

We all grew up hearing a variety of myths. Whether they concern haunted houses, ice cream causing nightmares or bubble gum remaining in your stomach for seven years, myths are everywhere. Everyone has theories, but no one really knows the correct answer. Dartmouth is certainly no stranger to myths we are shrouded not only by the mountains of New Hampshire, but also by various mysteries. As soon as we arrive on campus, we are inundated with legends of Dartmouth's past, present and future blood thinners in Cutter, haunted rooms in Panarchy, the administration monitoring words like "punch" in our blitzes, claims that we consume 1 percent of all Keystone produced globally. We bet you've heard at least one of these rumors since arriving on campus. For this week's Mirror, we posed a pretty difficult challenge to our writers to confirm or deny some of Dartmouth's most rampant rumors. Some were fairly easy to bust (in case you are wondering, we do not consume 1 percent of the world's Keystone not even close), while others proved more elusive (alas, you may never know what got you so drunk at 6 p.m. on the Thursday of Winter Carnival). One lesson we learned from all this: Some things might just be better off as mysteries.


Compostable containers offered at Collis

(10/04/12 6:32pm)

Ricker discovered the new containers, which are “the perfect size for stir-fry,” at a food show, he said. The new bowls are made from sugarcane and wheatstraw fiber, and the hot cups are lined with polyactic acid derived from plants grown in the United States rather than with polyethylene, a synthetic material. These new containers are manufactured by World Centric, a company committed “to create social and environmental sustainability,” aiming to reduce their carbon footprint to zero and donating 32 percent of their pre-tax profits to sustainability causes, according to World Centric's website. Aside from bowls and cups for drinks, cups for homemade puddings are also now compostable. World Centric is currently developing larger containers that Collis could use for pasta.


Cinephile: The significance (or utter triviality) of this year's Oscar host selection

(10/04/12 1:42pm)

Nonetheless, MacFarlane’s lack of renown surprised nearly everyone, as the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences usually opts for prestige picks. Or, as in the case of 2011, popular young stars that look nice together onstage, though utter lack of chemistry led to accusations that one was high and the other trying too hard. After that calamitous ceremony, many thought the Academy’s days of attempting to appeal to younger audiences with hip emcees were over.








No Doubt releases ‘Push and Shove' 11 yrs. after last album

(10/04/12 2:00am)

No Doubt, the iconic ska-rock-pop band from Anaheim, Calif. that has been on the music scene since the mid-'80s, released their highly anticipated sixth album "Push and Shove" on Sept. 25. It's been 11 years since the release of their last album, 2001's "Rock Steady," and I really thought they couldn't get any better than that, especially after all of this time. However, No Doubt definitely delivered, without a doubt.


Author of ‘Remember Fenway Park' reads excerpts at Collis

(10/04/12 2:00am)

Local author and professor in the College's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Harvey Frommer read excerpts from his latest release, "Remembering Fenway Park," at the second annual Dartmouth Book Day Dinner last night in Collis Common Ground. Behind him was a slideshow of photographs taken from the book that corresponded with the many anecdotes and character interviews that he shared with the audience.





Rothfeld: Kindling Distraction

(10/04/12 2:00am)

This week, Amazon announced the release of its latest e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite. The sophisticated device boasts a high-resolution screen, advanced backlighting, a 1,100-book capacity and up to eight weeks of battery life. A 62-percent increase in pixilation and a 25-percent increase in contrast make for superior image quality, while an expanded font selection provides readers with an extensive assortment of aesthetic options. At 7.5 ounces, Amazon's latest innovation weighs less than a hefty paperback. Gizmodo deemed the gadget "a pivotal step forward for the technology of e-readers."


Chalif: Pre-Health Trepidation

(10/04/12 2:00am)

I arrived on campus a short three weeks ago, and I have already been inundated with an overwhelming amount of pre-med advice, lectures, shadowing opportunities and potential research positions. As usual, Dartmouth offers a plethora of possibilities so many that, on top of the pre-health requirements, it seems that I'll fall behind if I don't start early. I've been told that if I don't take any science or math courses as a freshman, I might end up having to spend time and money to complete the prerequisites after graduating.


Daily Debriefing

(10/04/12 2:00am)

Harvard announced on Wednesday the introduction of its fourth sorority, Alpha Phi, for which recruitment will begin next spring, The Harvard Crimson reported. Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta sororities, Harvard's three existing sororities, selected a new organization as a result of a recent increase in student interest. After submitting a proposal last year to join the Cambridge-area Panhellenic Council, A Phi was chosen from among three finalists, The Crimson reported. A Phi plans to use focus groups to recruit women this spring and seek out upperclassmen to assume leadership roles in the new chapter. In accordance with Harvard's existing policy banning recognition of single-sex organizations, the University will not officially recognize the new sorority, according to The Crimson.




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