Edward G. Williams ’64
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Edward G. Williams ’64
This summer, during a dreaded ice-breaking exercise at the beginning of class, I was asked what I like to do in my spare time.
Masters, a haiku:
Staci Mannella ’18 is one of the youngest members of the United States Paralympian Alpine National team. Mannella placed sixth at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and has been skiing since the age of four despite having been born with achromatopsia, a genetic visual acuity to three feet. At Dartmouth, Mannella is a member of the equestrian team, which won the Ivy League Championship in April. At the Ivy Championship, Mannella took first in the Intermediate Fences, fourth in the Open Fences Championship and sixth in Novice Flat. She sat down with Alyssa Mehra ’19 to discuss Olympic glory, balancing multiple winning teams and her plans for the future.
Please forgive us for using a Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation (we know how annoying that is), but it had us thinking this week — “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We like this quote because if this is, in fact, glory, then our survival this past week in spite of some rather pathetic shortcomings means that we have achieved greatness. Hayley lost her ID this week, and Lauren broke her phone, eliminating the possibility of meeting our needs for two of Dartmouth’s most important essentials: eating at dining halls and pretending to be busy on our phones to avoid awkward conversations. Contemplating our own mediocrity, we decided to make this issue about glory — what it means, who has it, who doesn’t and how close we come to achieving it. Enjoy!
As the ‘20s start a new chapter of their lives on campus, questions of identity and fitting in emerge. Lindsay Kusnarowis ‘20, Deven Orie ‘19 and professor of sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies Kathryn Lively explained their opinions and observations about authenticity at Dartmouth.
After a zillion existential crises, Hayley has finally reached senior year of college, which she feels is her last chance at getting her life together and figuring out who she is before she emerges into #reallife.
Before I was called into sociology professor Janice McCabe’s airy office for our interview, I thought she was talking with a student. I was surprised to find that the voice I had heard was coming from her computer. She was listening to a voice recording from an interview with a Dartmouth student talking about friendship — the subject of McCabe’s forthcoming and first book, “Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success,” which will be published this year. McCabe has been collecting information about how Dartmouth students make friends. I was curious how this book and her previous article, “Friendship Talk as Identity Work: Defining the Self through Friend Relationships,” shed light on how people grapple with their individuality while making friends.
There are a number of libraries located all over campus to fulfill all of your studying needs at the College, from group project meetings to (hopefully infrequent) all-nighters.
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.