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The College may be situated in the quaint town of Hanover, but with the New Hampshire primary being the first-in-the-nation primary, the College has been at the center of the 2016 election as candidates flock to campus and nearby provinces to attract voters.
Located on the second floor of Robinson Hall (known as Robo), The Dartmouth’s offices constantly buzz with reporters typing stories, business staff selling advertisements, photographers editing shots and editors providing guidance and banter. As America’s oldest college newspaper (founded in 1799), we have undergone several changes over the past two centuries, and we continue to iterate upon and improve our practices every day. The D now prints daily, produces videos, runs a daily blog, and posts regularly to social media accounts (lately, we’ve been especially into Snapchat and Instagram @TheDartmouth). Our website drew over 183,000 unique visitors this past spring in addition to 1,100 daily print editions. With over a hundred students on staff, The Dartmouth is one of the largest organizations on campus.
As you incoming ’20s will quickly discover, Dartmouth is full of traditions — both outdated and timeless. From first-year trips and matriculation to the climactic Homecoming weekend, your first term will introduce you to a culture defined in part by rituals that define the school year. The upcoming fall term, however, will be especially meaningful because it marks the beginning of a new tradition — the dividing of students into housing communities. You ’20s will be the first class to experience the housing system, which College President Phil Hanlon announced to faculty and students in 2015.
After the singing and dancing during trips, many freshmen join a cappella groups to find an immediate family of friends, whether that comes in the form of a co-ed or single sex group.
You’ve probably seen dozens of listicles with titles such as “48 things you must do in college.” But not all lists are created equal. This one consists of Dartmouth-specific activities that are actually worth doing in your freshman fall. More importantly, this list is actually feasibly accomplished in the short span of your 10 week fall term.
Moving Dartmouth Forward
Hello, Class of 2020. We’re sure you’re anxiously poring through your course selection book and tackling your dorm shopping checklist as you count down the days until your arrival in Hanover. Maybe you’re insanely excited or insanely nervous, or some combination of both. No matter how you feel, you’re about to experience the most transformative, overwhelming, crazy and wonderful time of your life. We assembled this issue to provide a little guidance along the way. So take a deep breath, and maybe take out a pen to take some notes.
The D-plan is one of the hallmarks of academics of Dartmouth, touted by the admissions office as “flexible study plan” that allows students to customize their academic calendar. Students have varied experiences with the schedule, and no two D-plans look alike, first-year undergraduate dean Natalie Hoyt said.
“I was in blobby answering some blitzes, but it was too facetimey so I’m moving to 3FB @now… Wanna grab LNC soon with some of my trippees? Or are you going to flair-themed tails tonight?”
Once upon a time, before Lauren and May had gained 20 pounds in EBAs pizza weight, had said farewell to their high school days of academic glory and were on the wrong (or right?) side of the X (the sexist notion that women get less attractive and men more desirable as our time at the College wears on), we were naive rising freshmen looking for advice. We asked: Are tutus acceptable everyday attire? Why is it spelled “Croo”? Will I ever make friends if I’m not a Facebook celebrity? Is raging a good or a bad thing?
Leave your high heels, tight dresses and nice button-downs at home: going out at Dartmouth requires a totally different wardrobe. Here, our party themes aren’t suggestions, they’re lifestyles. We call our particularly special items “flair,” and after a few years many of us end up with impressive collections. Just in case you’re still confused about what to pack, we pulled out a few choice pieces to help guide you:
College isn't always easy — here are some on-campus resources that can help you out when the going gets tough.
At Dartmouth, the flexibility of the D-Plan allows for students to take advantage of language study abroad programs (LSAs), foreign study programs (FSPs) and any variety of internships and programs ’round the girdled earth. In this article, we take a look at just a few of the opportunities Dartmouth students have taken advantage of over the past few years. This sampling is by no means exhaustive, as over 55 percent of students choose to study abroad on the over 80 total programs spanning six continents.
College isn’t always easy. Here are some places to turn to when the going gets tough.
In the beginning, it may seem as if everyone else has everything in college figured out, from social life to academics. It is important, however, to be aware of the fact that Dartmouth is a new experience for all freshmen, as many often take a while to adjust to college life. This was the parting advice Sara McGahan ’17 received from her father at the start of her freshman year.
Let the Baker Tower bells ring, ladies and gentlemen. It’s almost that time of year again when the leaves turn orange, the air is crisp and hundreds of freshmen frolic around the homecoming bonfire. Amongst all the crazy changes students will come back to in 16F, with new residential houses and class times, there is one truth on which every Dartmouth student can rely: The Class of 1953 Commons (call it Foco or you may as well be a townie) will still be baking the most incredible chocolate chip cookies in the Upper Valley.
Dartmouth is really heavy on tradition. For the most part, this is true. But we didn’t have a snow sculpture last year and Tubestock hasn’t been a thing since Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore matching denim ensembles to the Grammy’s. So maybe the old traditions are failing.
Now that we have officially passed the halfway mark of our undergraduate careers, the push to find work during off-terms or study programs is becoming more essential as we begin “the hardest year at Dartmouth” according to the undergraduate deans.