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Navajo Nation reps. to visit Dartmouth, other Ivies

(07/21/11 3:29pm)

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Navajo Na­tion are cur­rently tour­ing the North­east and vis­it­ing Ivy League schools to dis­cuss the in­tu­itions’ roles in ame­lio­rat­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can life. Stops on the del­e­ga­tion's trip in­clude Dart­mouth, Yale and Har­vard, which were all de­vel­oped in part to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion to Na­tive Amer­i­cans, ac­cord­ing to the In­dian Coun­try Today Media Net­work.

Forbes blogger serves up praise for Morano Gelato

(07/14/11 3:23pm)

Hanover might not have the best Venet­ian glass or Ital­ian silk shops in the coun­try (or any at all), but the quaint col­lege town does have “the best gelato in Amer­ica” at the re­cently opened Morano Gelato, ac­cord­ing to Forbes blog­ger Larry Olm­sted. The self-de­clared “gelato freak” dis­cov­ered the Main Street gela­te­ria by chance, he wrote on his blog, say­ing he has been dis­ap­pointed by Amer­i­can of­fer­ings of the Ital­ian dessert in his trav­els around the coun­try. Even the Upper West Side’s Grom, a gelato shop hyped by The New York Times, did not suit his fancy, he said. Mor­gan Morano, the young en­tre­pre­neur and chef be­hind the gela­te­ria, dis­agreed with Olm­sted, say­ing her gelato is “not nec­es­sar­ily the best” and that she is “con­stantly ex­per­i­ment­ing” with the prod­uct. “I feel I have a lot of room to grow and im­prove,” she said, in spite of Olm­sted’s in­sis­tence that she has per­fected the Ital­ian in­dul­gence. She and Olm­sted do agree on one point, how­ever: “Un­for­tu­nately in Amer­ica, a lot of peo­ple are ru­in­ing gelato,” she said. “They don’t re­ally care —they’re just try­ing to profit.” Olm­sted’s ar­ti­cle has been “great ex­po­sure” for the busi­ness, Morano said. But on the other hand, she is now “ner­vous” be­cause her es­tab­lish­ment is open to food crit­ics on a na­tional level, she said. Morano re­ceived her for­mal culi­nary train­ing in New York City and Flo­rence, but also gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in her fa­ther’s restau­rant in Long Is­land, she said. Morano makes the gelato fresh each morn­ing is pro­duced in the Si­cil­ian tra­di­tion, which means the base is “pri­mar­ily water, so it’s even health­ier for you,” Morano said, adding that “es­sen­tially, it’s the health­i­est ver­sion of gelato you can pos­si­bly find.” The best in Amer­ica and also a guilt-free treat: this is cer­tainly a rare find! Al­though it might seem a bit ob­scure that Morano chose to set up shop in the Upper Val­ley, her fam­ily has a con­nec­tion to Hanover and to Dart­mouth, she said. Her mother, Lyn Morano Lord ’95 MALS ’98, cur­rently teaches at Kim­ball Union Acad­emy in Meri­den, N.H., and Mor­gan Morano her­self lived in the town for five years, she said. “Set­ting up my busi­ness here was more a per­sonal choice, as well as for the busi­ness, be­cause I was tired of New York City,” Morano said. “There was also a void of in­ter­na­tional foods [in Hanover], and I thought a gelato restau­rant would work well up here.” Morano de­scribed the ven­ture as “com­pletely her own busi­ness,” though she re­ceived some help from her fam­ily. “It’s not re­ally a fam­ily busi­ness, but I love hav­ing my fam­ily around,” Morano said in an in­ter­view with The Dart­mouth. “My brother’s my man­ager until Au­gust, and I also have my lit­tle sis­ter help­ing me.” Jor­dan and Ali Morano, the en­tre­pre­neur’s brother and sis­ter, are fre­quent pres­ences at Morano Gelato. Morano’s culi­nary as­pi­ra­tions saw their hum­ble be­gin­nings at the weekly farmer’s mar­ket, she said. Prior to own­ing her own busi­ness, Morano of­fered two fla­vors each week at the mar­ket to “in­tro­duce the prod­uct,” she said. While her gelato has been con­sis­tently well-re­ceived by her cus­tomers, she was “very sur­prised” about the Forbes blog post, she said. “To be hon­est, I’m a very low-key per­son,” Morano said. “I chose a ca­reer in kitchens be­cause I like to be be­hind the scenes.”

Marijuana advocates celebrate new Vt. law

(06/01/11 10:53pm)

Vermont has now joined the growing number of states that allow the sale of medical marijuana from an approved dispensary for patients who are seriously ill or suffer from chronic pain, according to WCAX News. Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill authorizing the creation of up to four dispensaries in the state, though under the law patients or their caretakers are allowed to grow their own marijuana. There are currently 300 Vermonters listed in the state's marijuana registry, though that number may grow in the wake of this new legislation.

New library cafe will open Friday morning

(05/31/11 10:51pm)

<="" img=""> Felicia Schwartz / The Dartmouth Staff Baker-Berry's newest culinary attraction — the cafe recently set up in the renovated news room — is set to open this Friday morning at around 8 a.m. The food service will be run by King Arthur Flour and will feature everything from varieties of hot and cold caffeinated beverages to artisan sandwiches. This Summer, the cafe's pilot program will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The cafe will likely extend its hours to 1:30 a.m. for Fall term. Highlight: Hot chocolate with marshmallows. We can't wait.

Kat Food: Moosilauke Lodge

(05/31/11 10:50pm)

Dining off campus doesn’t always mean eating at a non-Dartmouth establishment. At Moosilauke Lodge you can enjoy a home cooked meal while enjoying the benefits of a student discount. Why not re-live a bit of trips, minus the strangers and sweat? Although the drive to the Lodge is long (about an hour to an hour and a half depending on whether you stop to admire the farm animals along the way), you can guarantee yourself a spot at dinner by making reservations online. Dinners cost 8 dollars per student and include five different dishes: bread, soup, salad, a main course and dessert. The main course is rarely a meat dish, but does sometimes include chicken. For example, you might get potato bread, creamy broccoli soup, salad, chicken marbella and carrot blossom cupcakes. The only downside is that if you don’t like the dishes the Lodge is serving, there aren’t really any alternatives. You can always make it up wit Fat Bob’s Ice Cream and a round of mini-golf on the way back to campus.   <="" img=""> Courtesy Of Bailey Fore

CBS spotlights Titcomb construction

(05/27/11 10:48pm)

As Dartmouth students, we cannot help but admire the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds our campus. Apparently CBS can't resist the green mountain charm either. CBS Sunday Morning producer Mary Lou Teel '78 referred to the Upper Valley as "one of the most beautiful corners of the world," in an interview with DartmouthNow. That's one of the reasons that the CBS Sunday Morning decided to dedicate one of its weekly segments to Dartmouth's efforts to rebuild Titcomb Cabin on Gilman Island, which burned down in 2009. Teel, along with comedian and host Mo Rocca, spent two days filming the story in collaboration with students in the production of the segment to be aired this Sunday at 9 a.m. Students paddled with Rocca in canoes, while Teel rowed alongside with other members of the camera crew in a pontoon boat. Once they arrived at the construction site students, Rocca, crew and students worked on the nearly finished cabin construction. Rocca eagerly awaited an opportunity to use a chain saw, DartmouthNow reported. It is expected that more than one in 60 Americans, five million in all, will tune in to watch Rocca and students in the construction of the cabin. How about that for publicity!

AREA rewards student visitors

(05/26/11 10:43pm)

<="" img=""> Winnie Yoe While most students chose to chill on the Green yesterday afternoon to enjoy the warm and sunny weather, a dozen were drawn inside by the promise of great student art, delicious cakes and free drinks. Spring’s AREA show, which featured Dartmouth student’s art at the top of the Hop, compensated for its inside status by offering viewers a variety of interesting and impressive pieces. The art show, the last one of this academic year, features various artwork of different medium, ranging from prints to charcoal drawing to woodwork to sculpture, though most pieces shown were paintings. This AREA show displays work by Kimberly Davis ’11, Natalia Wrobel ’11, Sarah Moore ’11, George Throman ’11, Julia Schneider ’12, Monica Dalmau ’12, Emily Shaw ’12, Julie Fiveash ’13, Luca Molnar ’13 and Ryan Hueston ’14. Thorman’s sculpture, which resembles pieces of broken iceberg, has an interesting title — Audrey Stinks. Thorman named the piece after his sister Audrey, who is coming to visit him, a friend of Throman’s said. Thorman has also made an animation that addresses his sister in the credits. “[The Dartmouth Student Art Show] is very cool, there is a chance for students to appreciate others artwork,” attendee Jay Ben Markson ’10 said. “I think there should be more of these opportunities.”

Students colonize new Baker-Berry space

(05/25/11 10:41pm)

Students have now officially begun to occupy the much-needed new study space created in the old news room. While the promised cafe treats aren't available yet, it looks like most of the equipment needed to make delicious hot coffee is in place. So far, the space is being used in a quiet, 3FB kind of way, but the addition of snacks may change the dynamic. We will of course report back in a bit with an update on this exciting new library nook.   <="" img="">   <="" img="">

Decis Dish: A capella as an art form

(05/22/11 10:34pm)

Last week, I went to the Senior Fellowship presentations to hear my friend’s talk about the record industry. One thing he said really resonated with my experience in recording a cappella music. Jamie Berk ’11 commented on how modern recording has become an artificial process for many artists. A track can be re-recorded until it’s perfect, parts can be reused elsewhere in the song and hundreds of special effects can be added through digital mastering. The final product is no longer a representation of anything the artist has ever played in any one moment in time. Suddenly the idea popped into my head that maybe a cappella music isn’t meant to be recorded in a studio. Freshman year I ran for the Decis album producer position because I wanted to get more involved in the group and I already had some experience with recording. I had no idea that this job would dominate the next three years I spent in the Decibelles. For those of you who don’t know, there is a recording studio hidden in the bowels of the music department. You literally need to go down five flights of stairs from Spaulding Auditorium in order to reach it. This studio is particularly good at changing equipment every few terms (forcing you to re-learn how to use it), randomly losing saved data and sharing a wall with the percussion studio (nice planning). But it’s still a great resource to have here at Dartmouth. The person whose voice I’m recording can pop into a swelteringly hot soundproof box, throw on some headphones so she can hear the electronic version of our song as well as the voices of those who have gone before her and sing her part into the microphone. I can play it back immediately and make her try again if she’s off pitch or doesn’t match the syllables perfectly, and we can match her voice alongside that of an ’09 I recorded years ago. So it’s a pretty handy way to get a recording perfect. Yet I still can’t shake the feeling that a cappella isn’t meant to be recorded this way. Is this actually a ‘perfect’ way of recording? A cappella arrangements are about the sum, not the parts. One guitar riff moves between two different parts, the sopranos finish the phrase that the altos started, the basses and tenors alternate downbeats and upbeats. It’s about the interaction between the parts and the way they move together, grow together and somehow jell together. I’m still putting my best efforts into finishing this CD, and will be so relieved and proud to hold the actual disc in my hand after years of hard work, but I’ve come to the conclusion that a cappella should only be recorded live. The Cords’ rendition of ‘Footloose’ is not the same without the dance moves and the way they take the stage one by one. The Subtleties carve the soloist’s name into the side of the imaginary car in ‘Before He Cheats’, but you can’t capture that in the little soundproof box. And I can’t shake the fleeting memory of my very first frat show with the Decis, when a ’10 put on a pizza costume and fell to the floor during ‘Keg in the Closet’. It’s the performance that makes a cappella so special. The visual aspects, the group dynamics — some things just can’t be captured in sound alone.

'Attention, Go': Eastern Sprints

(05/22/11 10:31pm)

Last Sunday the Dartmouth lights turned out their best performance at the Eastern Sprints in five years. All five boats competed in grand finals events, and four of the five outperformed their seeds. The second freshman eight in particular raced an impressive final, placing second just 1.5 seconds behind Navy. The first freshman eight also beat Harvard in their morning heat, shutting the 1F crimson out of the Grand Finals later that day. Nice. The first varsity put together two very fast pieces on Sunday, the latter earning a silver medal and a bid to the IRA championship in Camden, New Jersey. An aggressive sprint in the finals propelled the crew from their battle for third place with Princeton to a barely a seat ahead of the Yale crew - just over a tenth of a second - and less than 1.5 seconds behind Harvard. The buzz created by the 1V’s finish was at least as gratifying as the medal that came with it. Yes, it took an entire season, but it seems that the league is finally paying attention to Dartmouth. In his recap of the day’s lightweight events, John Flynn of []( took a break from praising Harvard to give our coach, Dan Roock, some well-deserved attention: "Dartmouth’s silver in the lightweight eight capped a remarkable day for the Big Green and suggests there is more to come. As one knowledgeable race fan put it, “Dan Roock is back,” and that is certainly a factor: just two years in, Coach Roock is well on his way to creating his third contender in as many schools, a feat all the more remarkable when one considers that he is one of the only coaches to have had head coach success in the Sprints league with women (Princeton), heavyweights (Cornell) and now a lightweight squad in Hanover." What do I remember about the day? As is typical for me during bouts of extreme anxiety and focus, I ironically remember only bits and pieces: the last push through Princeton during the morning heat; telling Nate Potter to vomit on the other side of the boat afterwards so our parents wouldn’t see (sorry Nate); striking forty-seven strokes per minute at the start of the grands; pulling up to that medal dock and seeing the smile on our coxswain, Brian’s face; and getting absolutely soaked in torrential rain less than ten minutes after strapping the boat down to leave. And then there was that moment when I got back to campus that night and opened up my blitz, and I saw that, contrary to what I might have previously believed, people actually HAD been watching. To all the friends and family of Dartmouth rowing, thanks for all your support this year. Only one more dance, and then we’re done - at least for a little while. Camden, here we come.

Winning Green Key

(05/22/11 10:29pm)

What happens when you add (mostly) fantastic weather to tons of outdoor concerts and day drinking?? Green Key happens.   <="" img=""> A few rules to start off with. Ignore the fact that drinking clear alcohol out of a Dasani water bottles is vaguely reminiscent of high school. Ignore the fact that you haven't been sober since Tuesday night. Ignore the fact that every other person you see is covered with hickeys. How do you win Green Key? Points if you boot and rally twice in one hour, double points when your power hour turns into power 96 hours and you win big if your walk of shame includes a black lacy leotard, Ke$ha hair and bare feet. Getting your eardrums blown out at Phi Delt's block party, Gammapalooza and the PB concert is a must.   <="" img=""> Bonus points for the delicious banana pancakes smothered with whipped cream at Tri Delt's lawn brunch, eaten while lounging on the grass listening to a folksy band.   <="" img=""> The party doesn't really stop until you've picked through the intestines of a pig and burned your mouth on corn on the cob at Theta Delt's roast.   <="" img=""> There may have been a few casualties over the course of this whole thing...   <="" img=""> Oh, hi there Sunday night. Game over.

Szung Szongs: Online mixtapes

(05/19/11 10:20pm)

Oh, so remember that time Radiohead did that thing where they let you name your price for “In Rainbows”? Forward thinking of them, right? Not really. (Besides, I downloaded “In Rainbows” illegally even after it was offered for free). If you’ve been paying attention, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, the unabashedly irreverent hip-hop collective has exploded on the internet by riding on the wave of a litany of free mixtapes. Tyler the Creator, the central figure in the group, released his second full length solo album last week but, get this, he was asking for money for it. Scroll down for a list of some of my favorite free mixtapes (really, albums) that are critically acclaimed (sometimes) but totally and legally free (you’ll notice that next weekend’s Green Key guest Big K.R.I.T.’s new and critically acclaimed album is among them). Hip-hop and rap have long benefited from the influence of free music on the internet, opting, I presume, for concert ticket sales rather than album download revenues from the few suckers who still pay for music (oops, that’s me, sometimes). It is a model that, many argue, holds the future of the music industry, or at least the future of business models for independent music — smaller acts inevitably make more money off of touring than record sales (especially if someone else is taking a hefty cut) so it makes more sense to get a bunch of people listening to the new album (even if for free) in the hopes that they will come out to a show they wouldn’t have otherwise gone to if discouraged from listening by cost. Sure, there are tracks on blogs like Hype Machine, but I’m more of an album guy and hate it when my iTunes gets cluttered by stranded tracks. So here are a few solid mixtapes that have circulated the web in the past decade or so. I’ll follow up with a second post tomorrow to help you start your Green Key Saturday off right. Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4eva   <="" img=""> K.R.I.T. certainly has the production side of things down on this 2011 album filled with southern flavor. Picks: “R4 Theme Song,” “Country Shit,” “American Rapstar” DJ Benzi – Sky High   <="" img=""> If you cannot make it to see K.R.I.T. at the Green Key concert on Saturday, you can at least check out DJ Benzi at Gammapalooza at Chi Gam Friday night. This mixtape has some really fresh remixes of Kanye West’s classics. Picks: “Barry Bonds (Eli Escobar Remix)” and “Homecoming (Discotech Remix)” The Weeknd – House of Balloons   <="" img=""> This atmospheric 2011 release is worth it if nothing else than for the crazy take on Beach House’s track “Gila” that features on The Weeknd’s track “Loft Music.” Picks: “Loft Music” and “High for This” Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/ultra   <="" img=""> Frank Ocean, who has, oddly enough, written songs for Justin Bieber, is one of the older members of the Odd Future collective. His ability to craft pop tracks in this sample-laden debut is certainly of a mature caliber. Picks: “songs for women” and “there will be tears” E-603 – Torn Up   <="" img=""> Ethan Ward is New Hampshire’s answer to Greg Gillis. His second mashup release, Torn Up, is a really tightly woven amalgam of songs that can rival Girl Talk at its best. Picks: “Push ‘Em Up” and “Still Riding” Note: a lot of these guys have some wack stuff going on in their lyrics, inappropriate stuff or whatever. Im not vouching for any of it, but at the same time there is a lot of cutting edge stuff happening in these mixtapes that is worth recognizing.

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