This fall marks the 10th time I’ve moved during my Dartmouth career. It’s the 10th time I’ve loaded my life into neat, portable containers and the 10th time I’ve carted those containers up stairwells, through unfamiliar hallways, into new rooms.
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After moving all her possessions for the 10th time at Dartmouth, Connie Gong ’15 reflects on her minimalist attitude and the things that really matter.
On Oct. 15, the New York Times explored the experience transgender students at women’s colleges in an article titled “When Women Become Men at Wellesley.” At Wellesley, a white male student ran for a student government position that promoted diversity, which sparked an anonymous campaign against his candidacy. We sat down with government professor Sonu Bedi, who has studied the intersection between sex, gender and the law, to discuss women’s colleges in the 21st century.
’17 on a Thursday morning: “I need sleep, water and an IV.”
Ebola is permeating American society in every way, except in the way that is literal. Here’s hoping I didn’t just jinx myself and the American public. I’m pretty unknowledgeable about Ebola in part due to the historical truth that hard, non-quasi/pseudo-science has never been my strong suit. Despite the uncontrollable media circus surrounding Ebola, I still don’t really understand anything about the disease’s epidemiology.
A little background: I received my Master’s at the Delaware Advanced Institute for Unreality Studies, located in Rasenna, Delaware, a semi-sylvan little town with a budding urban district. Rasenna was founded in 1809 as a pit-stop on the Great Maple Line from Montreal to Washington D.C., before the National Highway Act shifted commercial routes west 10 miles, effectively asphyxiating the town’s thru-traffic economy, leaving it a fertile wound in which academic gangrene was guaranteed to sprout. The tranquil environment and gasping labor market made it the perfect site to found a small college. So in 1945, Dr. Martin Graf successfully established DAIUS, moving himself and his peers in the “Black Forest” circle from the Freie Universitat of Berlin to a sleepy little pocket of Delaware.
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This fall has been one of the most confusing and tumultuous terms of my time at Dartmouth. After conducting a brief survey of miscellaneous Decibelles and members of the Dartmouth staff, I can safely say that this seems to be a consensus among both my upperclassman and underclassman friends. I think there’s just something about beginning again that causes us to take stock of our lives and the directions in which we are headed. Many people I’ve talked to have felt that important life decisions are just passing them by — sometimes they have the strength and wherewithal to reach out and change their trajectory, and sometimes they don’t. In the past few weeks, I’ve felt as though I’ve made many important life decisions, yet am unsure if I’m actually qualified to make them. The importance and relevance of these choices range from splurging on a full cheesecake from Salt Hill for my writers to cutting my losses and ending my stint with corporate recruiting while trying to keep my head held high. Am I mature enough to make decisions about my future as a 21-year-old college senior? Frankly, who knows.
Despite the “college” in its name, Dartmouth is a research university. As we encourage post-doctoral students to come to Hanover through the Society of Fellows, we should reevaluate how the College approaches research at the undergraduate level.
The Oct. 17 Verbum Ultimum resulted in a glut of responses that agreed and disagreed with everything from the article to the decision to run the piece on the front page of The Dartmouth. However, lost in the sea of responses are answers to the myriad claims made by the editorial board. While there are some valid concerns raised by the authors, the assumptions, emotional appeals and lack of facts follow a typical vein shared by those calling for the end of the Greek system.
The men’s soccer team travels to New York Saturday to face Columbia University, where they hope to get off the schneid and back into the win column. After reeling off five wins in a row, the Big Green (7-4-1, 2-1-0) has lost two straight and only scored one goal per game. During the previous streak, the team netted 13 goals.The team is looking to refocus, co-captain Gabe Hoffman-Johnson ’14 said.“We need to return to who we are and focus on what the team does well — we like to be the hardest working team,” Hoffman-Johnson said. “We put in a lot of work last winter, spring and pre-season to get really fit. Later in the game, when everyone is tired after doing a lot of running, we can outwork our opponents because of our fitness.”During the team’s eight-game unbeaten streak, the team scored 21 goals and notched two tallies or more in each game.“Early in the season, we were converting three to four chances a game, and we haven’t been doing that lately,” Gabe Stauber ’15 said. “We need to go back to what we were doing and to being more ruthless and dangerous around the box. The past two games, we’ve still been creating chances but we haven’t been finishing them as much.”Nick Rooney ’15 said he is optimistic about recovering from the team’s losing streak, but said that the team is well-rested and well-focused heading into Saturday’s matchup against the Lions (5-5-1, 1-1-1 Ivy).Rooney said that the team has not played its best in its last two contests and the week layoff has helped them regain focus.“We want to get back to the attitude we had in the pre-season and first few games,” he said. “We’ll return to doing what we did well and having confidence.”The Big Green has the advantage on offense, having scored 24 goals this season to the Lions’ 13. Defensively, the Columbia backline has been stingier, allowing 13 goals to the Big Green’s 17. Junior goalkeeper Kyle Jackson is the linchpin, with 22 saves on the year. Scoring will be challenging for the Big Green attack that has gone cold during the losing streak.“Our team has enough talent to score in the game,” Alex Adelabu ’15 said. “We just need to make sure we’re focused but we’re still in a good place in the league, we have a chance to win the Ivy title and we’re going to take it.”The Dartmouth men are well positioned for the postseason, even with the conference loss to the University of Pennsylvania. They sit tied for second in the Ancient Eight, just one point behind Harvard University, who they will play next weekend in Hanover.“The Ivy League is a very tough, competitive league. Usually teams that win the title don’t win every single game, and the position we’re in now still gives us a really good shot.” Hoffman-Johnson said.Dartmouth last captured the Ivy title in 2011, and with three games remaining in the conference, the Big Green still has a chance this season to top the Ivies, which Rooney said was a goal for this season.“We’re in a good spot in the table, we just need to capitalize on our chances,” he said.On a more personal level, the team is looking for a bit of revenge for a 2-0 defeat last season in Hanover.“Columbia beat us last year at home, so we have a score to settle,” Stauber said. “Winning isn’t a promise, but it would be a huge step in the right direction.”The game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The men’s soccer team is looking to get back on track against the Lions.
At the halfway point of the 2014 campaign, the Dartmouth football team sits in a position it has not experienced in over a decade. Entering this weekend’s matchup at Columbia University, the Big Green boasts a 4-1 record and a perfect 2-0 record in Ivy League play, potentially on track to win its first Ivy League crown since 1996.But the task will be far from easy, with five Ivy games scheduled to test the team over the final stretch of the season. The last time the Big Green was in this position, in 2001, it lost its third Ivy game of the season 27-20 — to Columbia.The Big Green opens the second half this weekend visiting the Lions (0-5, 0-2 Ivy) in the Big Apple for Columbia’s homecoming game. The Lions have struggled in recent years, winless since November 2012.Last weekend, the team fell 31-7 at the University of Pennsylvania after being outscored 17-0 in the second half.The Big Green on the other hand, comes off a 24-21 victory over the College of the Holy Cross. Despite jumping out to 24-6 lead, the Big Green allowed the Crusaders to fight back and turn a seeming blowout into a nailbiter that came down to the final drive.“I think we’re playing well, but I think we could play a lot better,” running back Kyle Bramble ’16 said.For the second season in a row, the defense was forced on the field to stop Holy Cross from mounting a game-winning drive. But unlike last year, the Big Green forced a turnover on downs with less than a minute to go on a sack and three incompletions.“I think it shows that we’re tougher than we were last year,” nickelback Frankie Hernandez ’16 said. “We’ve come up in some big situations like the one we had last week and we’re going to look to keep doing that the rest of the season.”The team practices situations like that one at the end of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, defensive coordinator Don Dobes said, to give players confidence in their assignments under pressure.“Any time you’re in those win or lose situations, it’s always a great learning lesson for the team and the coaching staff so that the next time you’re in them, hopefully you’ve made some of the corrections that you didn’t have either the previous year or the previous week,” he said.Hernandez agreed, noting that the defense could relax having been in the situation before, which helped the unit come up with the stop.“That’s something that we all remembered,” he said. “We played kind of stress free, and we were loose, and we did what we had to do, and it ended up working out for us.”Bramble led the offense with 113 yards rushing — his second 100-yard performance of the season — and Hernandez earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week accolades after his performance with eight tackles and an interception on the afternoon.The Big Green only took a 10-6 lead into the break but emerged from the third up 24-6.“The second half we really started pushing them off the ball and spreading the game out a little bit on the outside,” Bramble said.Dartmouth has won five in a row against the Lions in what has been a lopsided series. The Big Green hold a 66-17-1 advantage since the two teams first met in 1899 .“I think we’re confident but not over-confident,” Hernandez said. “We know we’ve done some good things, but we know there’s still a long road ahead of us, so we’re definitely focused. We have some tough games coming up but we’re really excited about that.”Beyond Columbia, the Big Green is set to face undefeated Harvard University the following week in Hanover in what could be a matchup that decides the Ivy League title. The Crimson will play fellow league leader Princeton University this weekend in New Jersey. Despite such an important game on the horizon, the team remains focused on winning this week, Dobes said.“When you only get 10, there is no such thing as a trap game,” he said. “I think we’re too mature to take anything for granted.”The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft field in New York.
Dalyn Williams ’16 and Kyle Bramble ’16 will likely exploit a porous Lions defense.