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Rory Gawler ’05 found his passion for the outdoors during orientation weekend of his freshman year at Dartmouth. As the current assistant director of outdoor programs, Gawler has found working with students the most important part of his job and Robinson Hall to be a symbol on campus for community and family.
Patriotism, a long and tightly-held part of American identity, is waning among American youth. In a 2015 Pew survey, 73 percent of the Silent Generation — Americans born between 1928 and 1945 — described themselves as patriotic, while only 12 percent of millennials felt the same. Amid a strongly divided political climate, as well as a campus recovering from Fourth of July celebrations, The Dartmouth asked six students about their thoughts on patriotism and national identity.
Government professor Bernard Avishai studies the Middle East and is author of three books on Israel. A former Guggenheim fellow, he writes on political economy and Israeli affairs for the New Yorker and also teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At the College, he teaches classes titled “Politics of Israel and Palestine” and “Political Economy in the Age of Google.”
For some, the word “patriotism” elicits strong emotions. It can be part of one’s gratitude for all they have been given, or a set of memories from childhood, or a set of traditions. It can be a failure to live up to a certain ideal, or a blindness or prejudice that sometimes comes with such strong values. It can be a value that holds at least some remaining merit, or a vice donning virtue’s clothing. “Patriotism” can also carry many different words with it: “nationalism,” “freedom,” “civic duty” and “citizenship.”
For the troubleshooters, a Facilities Operations and Management team charged with solving the College’s off-hours problems — floods, electrical issues, broken pipes — raising and lowering the flags on the Green is a more symbolic task. Less than a quarter of an hour after sunset on Wednesday, troubleshooters Stuart Bacon and Loren Cameron arrived to lower the flags.
Most people don’t think of Dartmouth College as a breeding ground for paranormal activity. And compared to other colleges, it isn’t. According to an article written in an issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine in 2004 by Joseph A. Citro, who is occasionally referred to as “the Bard of the Bizarre,” Dartmouth has relatively tame ghost stories. A veritable expert on the subject as an author of several supernatural books including “Cursed in New England: Stories of Damned Yankees,” Citro would know. In his article “Ghosts? Not Here!” he writes of an invisible organist at Yale and Victorian phantoms at Harvard. His reasoning for classifying us less than haunted? “Dartmouth’s admission requirements for spectral scholars must be unusually rigorous,” he wrote. Indeed, on my mission to Rauner Library to research the topic, I came up with only a thin file labeled “ghost stories.” However, through my research, I have discovered a small archive of stories haunting enough to entertain us all around a campfire.
Sophomore trips, commonly referred to as “Strips,” has the potential to be the largest gathering of a class between matriculation and commencement. Held at the beginning of sophomore summer, this three day outdoor experience means different things to the people who participate. Strips co-director Paula Mendoza ’19, leaders Fisher Katlin ’19 and Alex Derenchuk ’19, and Strippee Diana Ge ’19 reflected on their experiences participating in this year’s Strips.
It’s sunny. It’s relaxed. It’s camp. It’s misunderstood by high school friends. It’s the pinnacle of Dartmouth traditions. The months-long cold has finally lifted and here we return – smiling, no less – to summer school.
This column is featured in the 2017 Commencement & Reunions Issue.
This article is featured in the 2017 Commencement & Reunions Issue.
This weekend, Alpha Phi Alpha put on the annual Green Key step show. For some Dartmouth students, this performance was just another event in a jumble of activities planned for Green Key weekend. But it was a lot more than that — it was an expression of community, a method of communication and a continuation of a tradition older than Dartmouth itself.
Nearly 30 years ago, a performance touched the hearts of Dartmouth students and community members. In February of 1988, the Dartmouth Players put on a production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” met by what a 1988 Boston Globe article described as “a tearful standing ovation.”
Academic performance can be a touchy subject, especially for students that might not be doing as well as they’d like in their classes. This week, the Mirror interviewed Brian Reed, the associate dean for student academic support services and dean of undergraduate students, to learn more about what he believes are the greatest academic struggles students face — and what the Dartmouth community can do to help.
Dear Future Me:
Latika Sridhar ’16 came back this weekend for Green Key and performed with her band, Half the City. This past fall, she had a cameo role in my play “The Game,” where she played The Kid Who Lives in the Fieldhouse. Her speaking voice is just as musical as her singing one. Here is her character’s monologue:
Happy week 9, Mirror readers! In keeping with the theme of “performance,” the intrepid editors reflected upon their personal experiences with the performing arts. Lauren described herself as a “theater child” — in her second grade play about the Oregon Trail, she narrated the entire production, serving as the critical character “Old Feller #1.” May recalled her experiences in her middle school’s improv comedy troupe, most notably the time she acted as an idle tree. Lastly, Annette recollected her fifth grade Revolutionary War play in which each student impersonated a different historical figure. Annette, performing as Sybil Ludington, cracked an eye-roll-worthy joke: “Some people think of me as the female Paul Revere, but I prefer to think of him as the male Sybil Ludington,” generating quite a chuckle from an audience of videotaping parents. #peak
Ishaan photographs his interpretation of the word "performance."
This editors' note was featured in the Green Key 2017 Special Issue: "Awakening."
This article was featured in the Green Key 2017 Special Issue: "Awakening."