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Some of us spent winterim hiking through the Amazon rainforest, while others traveled only as far as their fridge. Some of us learned the art of Tuscan cuisine, while others continued to burn toast in the safety of their homes. And while many of us set aside time for family and old friends, most of us spent six weeks burning through the list of Netflix originals.
This a story about my first and last visit to the London Eye. I'm warning you now: it's going to be uncomfortable. I want you to feel as uncomfortable reading this post as I felt while locked in a capsule 400 feet above the ground with an elderly woman strapped to my right arm.
After an incredibly exhausting week of midterm exams, course election and a stomach bug that had my face stuck in the toilet bowl for more hours than I care to cover, I decided to treat myself to a weekend trip to London. I had absolutely zero plans, zero friends and zero white blood cells, so as soon as I reached my hotel in South Kensington, I found a map and went to work planning my next few days. I naively googled "Places to see in London," and was immediately inundated with pictures of Big Ben, the Tower Bridge and the British Museum (I was alsogracedwith pictures of a balding middle-aged man posing provocatively in aleather Union Jack bikini).
I am beginning to think that my travels abroad are less about "studying" and "finding myself" than they are about “Game of Thrones.” Everywhere GoT goes, I follow. During my first trip to Europe, I spent most of my time in Northern Ireland. I watched hundreds of extras line up outside of Titanic Studios in Belfast, and I ate lunch on the rocky coastline where Melisandre gave birth to her demon shadow baby.
This is my second installment of Beyond the Bubble so naturally I'm feeling pressured to change things up for my readership (which currently consists of my editors, my sister and my estranged cousin whose Facebook profile pic is a slug with a thought bubble that reads "I didn't choose the slug life, the slug life chose me").
Within 18 hours of landing in Paris, I received a text from my best friend asking if I was already hammered. Needless to say, I wasn't nearly as inebriated as she wished I were. Instead I had spent hours scavenging for WiFi and weeping over a simultaneously stale and soggy baguette sandwich because AIRPORT SECURITY STOLE MY NEW SNEAKERS.
It’s no secret that Dear Old Dartmouth dropped in rankings this year, according to a U.S. News and World Report that ranked it 12th in the nation. Speaking of numbers, we’re about to turn this post up to 11 and talk about how we stack up with the other top 20 schools on what really matters — attractiveness, writing, partying and sex drive, using some data from our good old friend OkCupid.
Much to our dismay, our least favorite tiger’s writing skills are more than good… they’re actually great. Sorry. In addition to dominating the U.S. News rankings, Princeton students’ OkCupid profiles are above an eighth-grade reading level, the highest of any school. Makes you question if this is really the highest grade level… but the data doesn’t lie. So be sure to read some Harry Potter before your next date, because apparently middle school vocabulary is where it’s at.
Before I break the news to you all, I’d like to start with a small disclaimer. I’m a reporter, perhaps the furthest thing from a doctor, and I haven’t taken one class that anyone could possibly spin as pre-med. I have, however, taken AP Bio, ridden in an ambulance and seen a solid 80 percent of “Grey’s Anatomy.” So let’s just say I feel pretty confident in my ability to both diagnose and invent a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. Take “Tinderitis,” for example.
1. Tan on the Green Nothing will make you feel more like the quintessential Dartmouth student. Not only is the Green super facetimey, but you’re also getting a tan after becoming ghostly pale over the dark winter. Bring work if you want people to think you’re studious, or just take a nap under the pretense that you don’t have any.
2. Go canoeing/kayaking Summon your inner rower and head down to the Ledyard Clubhouse to rent a canoe or kayak. You can row to one of the river’s College-owned islands to have a snack or explore one of the DOC cabins, or just float along. If you’re lucky you can get a new profile picture of out it that makes you look attractive, crunchy and really happy.
I’m back. Again. Nine months out of college and already on my second job, second city, and third apartment — I sublet a lot because I’m afraid of commitment — and I’m back for Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like’s second return.
When my editors asked me to profile Lulu Chang’s ’15 blog, “Two Asians and a Selfie Stick,” I immediately pictured two college-aged Asian women jet-setting across Europe, go-pro in hand — an eat, pray, love mission to “find themselves.” To say that I was wrong would be the understatement of the century. Within only seconds of opening Chang’s blog, I read dozens of screenshots that went more or less something like this:
Spring has sprung! With a snowstorm at the end of last week and the temperatures in the 60s this week, it’s safe to say that Hanover is officially indecisive with regard to the weather. Finally, our poor souls can catch a break from the chilly hill winds in our veins. And what about those who took off-terms or went abroad for 15W? What were they doing while we battled the Hanover Snowpocalypse? Dartbeat explored some of these students’ amazing blogs that they wrote while they were away.
While some of us are surviving the run-up to finals with thoughts of warm sun and tropical drinks, many of us don’t have such exotic (and expensive) plans for this year’s spring break. Instead, some of us are headed home (like me, to Boston, which in a cruel twist of fate currently has three times as much snow as Hanover), and others are getting ready for a quiet stay here at the good alma mater.
It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t have a Snapchat these days. Frankly, many of us depend on the app as a primary means of communication —c’mon, who hasn’t sent a hideous selfie to their best friends or used their story to send out a quick temperature update?
Earlier this winter, Dartbeat published an article ranking the best cup of hot chocolate in Hanover. This piece —if we may say so ourselves —was met with general acclaim. Although we covered Dirt Cowboy, Lou’s, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and KAF in our original investigation, it appears that we were guilty of leaving a single stone unturned. In other words, as anonymous commentator “anonym” pointed out, we skipped the hot chocolate on offer at Morano Gelato. So, to right this wrong, we dispatched a reporter out into the icy tundra to see if Morano’s hot chocolate was as good as its gelato. In keeping with the previous post, we asked our reporter to order a small hot chocolate, judging on its time of delivery, distance from campus, price, whipped cream quality and overall quality. Here are her results:
With romance in the air, we’re well aware that many of our readers will be looking for a special date spot this weekend. Here @Dartbeat, we also know that many will find themselves stumped —where, besides your usual trek from FoCo to the library, can you take a special stroll with that special someone? Well, in the spirit of the holiday, we’ve decided to help out. Before you finalize your Saturday plans, take a moment to check out this list of potential date locations:
Last week, The Dartmouth published a roundup of reactions in the national media to College President Phil Hanlon’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” (MDF) plan. Unfortunately, in a shocking editorial oversight, The Dartmouth’s reporting failed to cover the viewpoints of another important indicator of national opinion —anonymous online commentators. So, on a mission to compliment our previous reporting, Dartbeat trolled the internet for the most ridiculous comments we could find about MDF. Here are our findings, presented without changes to their spelling, grammar or lucidity:
Last month, New Hampshire began to sell $1 bacon-scented scratch-n-sniff lottery tickets. Yes, you read that right, and yes, here @Dartbeat we couldn’t be more thrilled about the development. So, as a lover of all things breakfast, I volunteered to rush down to the gas station by CVS this week and buy two tickets as fast as I could. Here’s a breakdown of my experience.
Brown University: Funding for new research proposals at Brown University has been roughly thirty percent higher in the first half of fiscal year 2015 than in 2014, the Brown Daily Herald reports. Available funds at the University had declined by roughly 13.7 percent in the period between 2013 and 2014 in the aftermath of federal sequestration, according to the Herald, and funding has still not returned to its peak 2011 levels.
Columbia University: Following the appointment of Cristen Kromm as Columbia University’s new dean of undergraduate student life, student members of the University’s search committee have released a statement opposing the decision, the Columbia Spectator reported. In a press release published on Feb. 2, the student members of the search committee claimed that student voices had been silenced throughout the process.
Cornell University: In a Feb. 2 profile, the Cornell Daily Sun reported on the work of John Lowry, a Cornell junior,who successfully brought the Food Recovery Network to Cornell following his realization as a Cornell Dining employee that a large amount of usable food was being wasted by the University. At Cornell, the Network —a national organization devoted to providing food to those without —has focused on gathering recoverable food from University dining halls and distributing it to volunteer organizations.
Harvard University: Students interested in watching the New England Patriots compete against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX had a number of unusual options, according to the Harvard Crimson. While many chose to view the game in their residential communities or in Harvard dining halls, some students and community members also opted to attend an “anti-Super Bowl” party, held at the University’s Humanist Hub in conjunction with a Super Bowl party. At the “anti-Super Bowl” party, television screens displayed Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” instead of the National Football League’s broadcast.
Princeton University: Following the repeal of a grade deflation policy at Princeton at the beginning of this academic year, the University will began attaching a letter to the transcripts of upperclassmen explaining the decision, the Daily Princetonian reported. Although some students had expressed concerns about how the policy would affect upperclassmen, the removal of the grading policy will not apply retroactively to the grades earned under the old policy.
University of Pennsylvania: Analysis of data on undergraduate employment collected by the University’s career services office reveals that the percentage of students opting to work in finance has decreased each year over the past five years, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Despite this trend, finance and consulting remain the two most popular professional sectors for undergraduates at the University, followed by education and technology.
Yale University: Until Feb. 16 faculty at Yale University will have the opportunity to voice feedback about a newly proposed faculty code of conduct, the Yale Daily News reported. The code, which is currently in draft document form, is intended to ensure that the University’s ethical expectations are explicitly stated in published documents.
Brown University: Over winter break, 35 students from different class years and majors at Brown opted to live in a church in downtown Providence, Rhode Island in order to focus on exploring and engaging with local service issues, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The students, who were participating in the “Winter Break Projects” run by the Swearer Center for Public Service, engaged in focused discussions on homelessness, healthcare and education, among other issues, during their time on the program.
Brown University: Beginning on April 1, Cass Cliatt will replace Marissa Quinn as the new Brown University vice president for communications, according to the Brown Daily Herald. During the interim between Quinn’s departure on Jan. 1 and Cliatt’s arrival from Franklin and Marshall College, directors from public affairs and university affairs will manage the work usually assigned to the office of communications.