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Are you in need of a break from classes, sports or rush? Does your back hurt from lugging around your books and computer 24/7? Or are you just looking to try something new? You’re in luck, because as of Sept. 23, Mighty Yoga, Hanover’s new power yoga studio, is at your disposal.
Things that people tend to associate with sophomore summer: fun in the sun, the great outdoors, bonding by the river, camp Dartmouth, PE. Bet you didn’t see that last one coming, did you? In fact, many Dartmouth students choose to complete a PE credit during their highly anticipated sophomore summer. A number of special classes are offered during these warmer months, and there are so many options that there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Cereal Killer: This formerly creative idea has been used by the costume idea-strapped masses, but it is still a great idea. Wear a box of cereal around your neck and stab a fake knife through the outside of the box. Use paint, fake blood or anything red to make the cereal box appear bloody.
'16s: unless you somehow manage to eat at the Class of 1953 Commons for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, get off the SmartChoice 20 for winter term!
Freshmen, the bonfire will be the highlight of your homecoming. The rest of your weekend is going to be spent trying to get on table while ’84s play speed and slam. Don’t try to keep up. It’s not just you — few of us can. Anyway, apparently the administration is worried that the bonfire now constitutes hazing, so I am heretofore forbidden from telling you to touch the fire. Lest the old traditions fail, am I right? But honestly, the bonfire is a hoot! If you were subjected to the horror of listening to ghost stories and being fed green eggs and ham on Trips without lasting psychological damage, you’ll survive the fire too.
You've seen them at the activity fair and on Facebook, but what exactly is the Dartmouth Ginger Student Coalition?
Tiny wooden models of the Black Visual Arts Center lets us catch a glimpse into the designing of the building.
Summer is not only a time to explore the outdoors, but also a great opportunity to enjoy the season’s fresh produce.
Melissa An ’14 attended the sing-along to support her friends on the piano, she said. She described the event as “adorable.”
Ellsworth Kelly is a renowned abstract artist with work displayed in museums throughout the world. Now, Dartmouth will join these ranks.
What do you do when it's 97 degrees outside, humid and you're late for your 12 in the Life Sciences Center? Trick question — you're lying in your air-conditioned room. Thank goodness for the recent cool streak, but gird your loins, because the heat will be back. Jokes aside, if you want to know what to do when it's as miserably hot out as it has been on campus recently, read on.
In the recent weeks of campaigning, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have resorted to immature and bullying tactics as they race to the polls in November.
Though it may not be as visible as other departments, the film and media studies department delivers vital culture to campus with its offerings in both analytical and creative study.
Students who take "Documentary Videomaking" (Film and Media Studies 30) have a chance to contribute to film dialogue on campus by exploring causes that inspire them in 10-minute final projects. Documentaries students created for last fall’s class are now available viaVimeo.
“Some of my best days of the Fall term were climbing around that heating plant and being there in an industrial environment that’s so different [from] the rest of campus," August Oddleifson ’13, who collaborated on the film "Steam: A Story of the Dartmouth College Heating Plant," said.
Watching the films recently, I was blown away by the depth of research and aesthetic technique exhibited in each narrative. So take this opportunity to be inspired by fellow classmates’ creative endeavors: Below find the three films offered on the Vimeo website (a fourth about the fall theater production "Breaking Eden" is currently unavailable) and my reviews of them. Enjoy!
1) "Food Sustainability at Dartmouth College:"
Filmed by Delainey Ackerman ’15 and Haley Moulton ’15, this activist film explores the efforts of Dartmouth’s Sustainability Office to promote conscientious food production and disposal. Its narrative particularly focuses on Dartmouth Dining Services and offers an impressive array of interviews from leading advocates for sustainability on campus. Having heard nothing but criticism of DDS since the establishment of the new meal plan, you, like me, may be pleasantly surprised by its efforts to support locally-produced food and to diminish needless waste.
While I found the film’s rosy portrayal of the Sustainability Office a bit prosaic, the documentary’s dynamic filmmaking technique held my attention with consistently appealing shots. While photographing stationary foods, for instance, tracking shots portray the enormity of the selection at mealtimes. Even as the camera stays still, the movement within a shot characterizes the visual storytelling at work. One particularly fine scene shows a single plate’s journey on the carousel towards the dishwasher. And don’t miss the clever final shot, which I won’t spoil here.
2) "Ghost Stories at the Native American House:"
Beginning with legends of phantoms in the Native American House (NAD House) and widening its breadth to explore the timeless psychological appeal of ghost lore, "Ghost Stories at the Native American House" by Ihab Basri ’13, Jenny Jaurez ’12 and Kaila Cauthron ’15 captivates with the depth with which it addresses our inherent, collective need to express fear.
From the film’s opening, when psychology professor John Pfister’s eloquently explains the places where ghost stories appear, to its unsettling tracking shots of Dartmouth’s rain-soaked campus at night the documentary promises both creepy lore and judicious reflection, and does not disappoint. As individual students recount their own supernatural experiences, the camera follows the empty spaces they describe (for you film geeks, the technique recalls Hitchcock’s famous confession scene in "Rebecca"). While the final plug for the NAD House appears a bit disjoint from the rest of the narrative, it drives home the point that ghost stories reinforce community bonds more than individual nightmares.
3) "Steam: A Story of the Dartmouth College Heating Plant:"
My personal favorite, "Steam," filmed by Aidan Nelson ’12, Oddleifson and Rena Sapon-White ’14 restored my faith in the profound creative capabilities of Dartmouth students. This incisive and personal portrait of the heating plant not only communicates just how Dartmouth gets its heating and electricity but also records the day-to-day interactions and friendship of a group of men tasked with one of the most important yet dangerous jobs at the College.
Narrated almost exclusively by plant manager Bill Riehl, the film exhibits the easy camaraderie between coworkers, including a humorous Army-Navy rivalry that permeates many of Bill’s introductions.
Oddleifson said of this aspect of the film, “[Bill] would introduce the workers one-by-one, though we didn’t ask him to. The fact that he was doing that shows there’s such a tight-knit community there in the first place, it’s what he’s most comfortable doing, very natural.”
Unique shot angles of radiators, valves and labyrinthine corridors and capitalization on the iconic symbol of the heating plant’s smoke stack looming over the campus augment the pleasure of watching this fantastic documentary. Don’t miss it.
*Tips for staying healthy*
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