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Students find places for belonging and community

(07/27/17 9:40pm)

Going away to college is many students’ first experience away from their families for an extended period of time, which can often lead to a difficult transition. Many students look to join various groups and communities on campus. These groups can range from friends to more structured organizations, such as cultural houses, sports teams or performance groups. By becoming a member of a particular community on campus, students can feel as if they have found their new home away from home. The Dartmouth asked seven students about their thoughts on family and communities at Dartmouth.

A look into the families of the greater Hanover community

(07/27/17 6:35pm)

Hanover, New Hampshire is home to 11,260 people, according to the 2010 census. Dartmouth students make up a good portion, with 20- to 24-year-olds occupying 25.5 percent of the population, according to the census. The next biggest percentages of the population, however, are 15- to 19-year-olds at 16.9 percent and 50- to 54-year-olds at 5.2 percent. In addition, 57.6 percent of the households in Hanover belong to families. In other words, Hanover families have a large stake in the Hanover experience. Living in a college town, they are inextricably linked to Dartmouth.

Perspectives on patriotism

(07/14/17 3:25am)

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.

Professor Bernard Avishai talks patriotism in the U.S. and Israel

(07/14/17 6:35am)

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.”

Editors' Note

(07/14/17 3:22am)

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.”

Red, white, blue and green

(07/14/17 12:30am)

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.

Dartmouth's ghost stories

(06/29/17 6:25pm)

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.

Strips: the natural way to start summer

(06/29/17 12:35pm)

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.

Academic Performance: Q&A with Dean Brian Reed

(05/24/17 6:25am)

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.

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