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7 Spooky Bangers and Monster Mash-Ups

(10/30/15 11:37am)

Halloween songs are like horror movies. There are some great ones, some okay ones and some that are so bad it’s scaaaary. With so many options out there, you may be overwhelmed by choices as you assemble a playlist for your Halloween party. I’ve assembled a few songs with a spooky vibe that aren’t so mainstream (I’m a Halloween hipster) that you might want to listen to during your party.

Could You Look Happier Please?

(10/27/15 3:08pm)

Ah, fall. The leaves are turning, it’s beautiful hiking weather (we have recovered) and the sweet smells of maple-cinnamon-pumpkin spice and procrastination — leaving midterm studying, case interview practice and cover letter writing to tomorrow — are in the air. Elizabeth: Also, the smell of corn is in the air. According to social media, at least, everyone went to the same corn maze this weekend. “Basic” has (thank god) left most people’s daily lingo, but could probably be applied to everyone at Dartmouth who partook in this adventure. But if corn mazes are basic, that’s fine with me - if 4,000 other people agree with me, I am quite excited, because we all have something in common! Corn mazes are bomb. You can simultaneously have a fantastic time and make fun of yourself through ironic (or legit) Insta posts afterwards. (@haveyourkake #spendinmydayslockedinamaize)

Ghosts At Dartmouth

(10/26/15 3:55pm)

Halloween — the day on which some believe spirits walk the earth again to perform their unfinished business — is only days away. As it turns out, Dartmouth has a fairly extensive history with ghosts, as I discovered looking through the special collections at Rauner this past weekend. Not only was I able to say the sentence “yes, I’d like to see the Ghost File,” with a straight face, but I was able to collect information on a few Dartmouth ghosts to share with you all. Here’s what the Ghost File had to offer.

Matching Autumnal Goodies To Your Dorm

(10/26/15 1:17pm)

It’s hard to move. No, seriously. As the weather gets colder and the leaves grow increasingly dead, it becomes a challenge to compel yourself to undertake the trek to Collis or the Hop. You’ll need to stock up on autumnal snacks to keep yourself warm and cozy indoors, but what sorts of food and drink are right for each dorm? Mass Row (excluding South Mass): Apple pie

Alternative Semi Themes: MTV Edition

(10/22/15 1:56pm)

We all know that the “M” in MTV has not stood for music since 1985 in a very long time, and let’s be honest, “semi” has not stood for “semi” formal since before Phil had just a spot of peach fuzz on his upper lip. Now semi mostly consists of diving into a flair trunk and hoping you can bullshit whatever you’re wearing into the theme. “Oh, yeah, the ‘romance through the ages' theme, see I’m dressed as pizza because you took a pizza my heart.” Coming up with semi ideas is not easy though, and for all of those struggling socials out there, I’m here to help: old MTV shows. We all know nostalgia sells (pop punk), even if the things we are nostalgic about happened only five years ago. Room Raiders theme:

The History of Doc Benton

(10/20/15 10:10am)

With Halloween approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to explore the history of Dartmouth’s most famous — and to my knowledge, only — urban (rural?) legend: Doc Benton. For those of you who need a quick recap, Doc Benton is the main character in the spooky story that gets told to all exhausted freshman arriving at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge after their First-Year Trips — shoutout to D50!

7 Ways You Can Tell It Was Homecoming

(10/16/15 2:55pm)

Homecoming is undoubtedly one of the best weekends Dartmouth has to offer. With its parades, parties, pong and ponderous pile of wood, it’s enjoyable for everyone from the Class of 2019 to the returning Class of 1942 (although visitors may think we're in a cult). In case you’ve been living beneath the Connecticut River for the past week — or perhaps you can’t seem to remember last weekend — we dug up some clues to prove that this past weekend was indeed Homecoming. 1. Snapchat stories I felt very accomplished after I finished scrolling through the multitude of Friday night Homecoming Snapchat stories. They were all the same more or less, consisting of darkness, a lot of blurred movements, incomprehensible shouting and of course the bonfire (I may have been guilty of Snapchatting this theme as well). Caption ideas were also similar, such as, “15FLAMES,” “worst class ever” or “TOUCH THE FIRE.” The number of Homecoming stories from last weekend may even rival the amount of fall foliage Instagram posts I’ve seen this past week.

What Your KAF Order Says About You

(10/15/15 8:19am)

Despite KAF’s lines (which are out of control this term) students love having their own personal café in the hub of campus. Ever wanted to know what your typical order says about you? Here are some heinously exaggerated, stereotypical personas that I made up to help you better understand yourself. You’re welcome. Cappuccino You are so college, check you out. You’re on your way to office hours and need to make sure that you look as studious as possible. You are a classics major and won’t let anyone forget it. Straightforward and no-nonsense — you can order a cappuccino wherever you go. You’re a creature of habit and don’t like surprises.

Could You Look Happier Please?

(10/13/15 4:09pm)

Before we reveal the first installment of our column, we would like to provide our readers — if you’re out there — with a brief flash of insight into our creative process. Scene: Tuesday night in our shockingly color-coordinated living room, Elizabeth upside down on the futon, Katie upright at the table. A 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is spread out over said table, its pieces rendering the surface completely unusable for any sort of work (hello, combined job applications and midterm season).

Your Homecoming Weekend in GIFs

(10/12/15 11:20am)

As the most well-known big weekend, Homecoming has time and again ensured that the old traditions shall not fail, and 2015 was no exception. Whether it’s screaming at the “worst class ever” as they run around the bonfire or singing the alma mater in Late Night Collis, your Homecoming experience was one to remember. But since there’s a good chance you don’t quite remember all of it, Dartbeat has you covered with the best GIFs to sum up your weekend. 1. When alums try to have sex in your dorm.

‘19s: How to Touch the Fire

(10/09/15 11:55am)

The time has come: Homecoming is finally upon us. And at Dartmouth that means that tonight the upperclassmen will gather around a massive, burning pyre shout “Touch the fire!” as the freshman class runs around it. Nothing oddly satanic about that. Not at all. If you’re a ’19, that also means you now have two important tasks ahead of you: touching the fire and running around it 119 times. It’s basically a question of speed or endurance — take your pick. If you’re not already in good enough shape to complete all 119 laps, that sounds like a personal problem — not much we can do for you. However! Touching the fire? That’s something everyone’s invested in, what we’re all there to see and an area where we can offer you some real advice. So ‘19s, read through this guide on how to touch the fire, devise your plan and do us proud – lest you continue to be labeled the “worst class ever.” 1. Know why you’re touching the fire. You need to understand why you’re doing it. I believe they say the same thing about rush. You need to have a good reason to run straight for middle of a blazing inferno and stick your hand in it. I believe they say the same thing about rush.

15 Songs You Must Know To Be Socially Relevant at Pop Punk

(10/08/15 11:08am)

For those of you who don’t know, Pop Punk is a dance party at Sigma Phi Epsilon (aka Sig Ep). It celebrates the songs that colored the early 2000’s — the glory days of raging hormones and enigmatic AIM statuses (on accounts named princessdogluvrxoxo, or in my case, scribblestarz) like “do u like me or like like me….” or “brb, cryin bout u, U KNO WHO U R.” Essentially, Pop Punk is what you’d get if you took the Heorot Highlighter party and then changed literally everything about it. There are no “bumping bodies” and nothing “tight and bright” allowed. Instead, you’ll dance on a pong table and throw inordinate amounts of shade while sobbing the words to “Mr. Brightside.”