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Editor's Note

(02/01/13 4:00am)

Whenever people hear that I'm from Chicago, they automatically assume I'm fine with the cold. "Oh, so you're used to this" has to be one of the most common phrases I've heard in my time at Dartmouth. But I'm a warm weather girl at heart I lived my first 11 years in Tucson, Ariz., where it's never below 60 degrees and we went hiking and swimming on Christmas morning. Winter does not excite me. I absolutely hate ice skating. The one and only time I tried snowboarding, I fell so catastrophically that the mountain's safety team thought I had died. Apprehension was my main sentiment as I prepared to return to campus this Winter. But since I've gotten here, I've found something entirely different than I expected. My freshman year, I still had no idea what was going on. By now, I feel like I've seen some stuff, and this term more than any other is helping me to remember what's important. Some of my best friends have abandoned me for exotic locations (Nepal, Peru and France to name a few) and as much as I miss their daily presence, I'm reminded that I love them enough to keep in touch. Another friend is here but graduating in the spring, and his relentless excitement for all things snow-filled has rubbed off on me, while simultaneously making me realize how much I'll miss him. I'm not the only one feeling lonely, or loved or lost. Winter is time for huddling together literally and figuratively and not worrying about how you look. Your friends will love you no matter what. Frosty Friday everybody!

Editor's Note

(01/25/13 4:00am)

There are a million things that we are encouraged to do with our dreams: chase them, follow them, achieve them. I personally think the most important thing we can do is remember them, both the ones that we strive for in our real lives and the ones we collapse into at night. For me, part of this belief is very specific. I want to, one day, be a writer. Someone once told me that you can't really be a writer unless you write every day, but not enough interesting things happen to me on a daily basis to make this possible. I do, however, have some wild dreams. So when I wake up with their vivid images in my mind, I try to remember them and write them down. More abstractly, I wanted to be the first female Latina President of the United States from first through seventh grade. I really, truly believed that anything was possible in that way only little kids do. We dismiss our childhood fantasies but in truth they came from the best part of ourselves the part that was unafraid and unabashedly cast ourselves in the starring role. We might never have the lives our childhood selves pictured, but we would do well to remember the optimism that lets us think them up in the first place. Happy Friday, dreamers!

Editor's Note

(01/18/13 4:00am)

A little known fact about me is that I was a fairly unsuccessful child actress, starring in "When I Grow Up I Want to be... A Veterinarian." Though this was the peak of my acting career, it wasn't the end of my life as a performer. It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while someone will accuse me of being the tiniest bit overdramatic. Maybe a performance theme for The Mirror seemed like an obvious choice. But the truth is that we're all performing every day. We put enormous pressure on ourselves to produce the academic results we've personally deemed acceptable. We avoid telling our friends the hardest parts of our lives to keep from being "the downer." I don't necessarily think there's anything wrong with this; it's a natural human urge to present a better version of ourselves to the rest of the world. But performance at Dartmouth does deserve a critical eye, whether it's in the form of the resources we assign to arts initiatives or in the way we tackle our workload. If your performance lines up with the person you want to be, full steam ahead. But if you've cast yourself as the villain in your own life, it might be time for a reality check. Happy Friday everyone! Let's take the stage.

Editor's Note

(01/11/13 4:00am)

This summer, I took my first and last engineering class. It was a 10A, so most of it passed in a sleepy blur of steel strength measurements and "Gladiator" clips. I clearly remember, however, an in-class movie in which various scientists considered how long it would take the world to crumble if all of humanity suddenly disappeared. The movie was meant to be taken with a grain of salt, and so is this week's Mirror. The apocalypse isn't coming. Collis renovations are not a sign of the rapture. But as any '13 or '14 will tell you, it is true that time flies, and sometimes things change too fast for you to handle. There's something to be said for disaster preparedness. For some of us, that will mean survival kits and weight training. But for most, it's keeping a level head, preparing for failure and prioritizing to make sure we don't graduate with the worst feeling in the world: regret. Most importantly, make time for friends. Don't be afraid to tell them when it's too much. Things will be hard, but they'll be harder alone. This is my first edition of The Mirror, but it's not something I could ever have done by myself. So here's to friendship, failure and surviving the apocalypse! We owe it to ourselves to make 2013 worth it.

Summer classes take advantage of Hood Museum resources

(08/14/12 2:00am)

Access to the Hood Museum of Art's extensive collection for both academic and personal use has proved an invaluable resource for students and faculty members this summer and in past terms, according to students interviewed by The Dartmouth. Students and professors are able to make appointments for "personal, intimate showings" of the Hood's more than 70,000 objects to supplement in-class experiences or simply explore their interests, according to Amelia Kahl, the museum's coordinator of academic programming.

Olympians Take Over Hanover

(08/10/12 2:00am)

We watch them compete. We follow them on Twitter. We cling to every scrap of information about their love lives. The athletes of the 2012 Olympics are what's hot right now, and why not? With their obvious talent, chiseled physiques and ample charms, it makes sense that we idolize them. But what if all that star power wasn't on television, but could instead be found right here in Hanover? Let's go for a theoretical wander and consider what some of London's most exciting athletes might be like if they were instead Dartmouth students.

Daily Debriefing

(07/31/12 2:00am)

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, released a report Monday that harshly criticized for-profit colleges, The New York Times reported. Representing the culmination of a two-year investigation, the report points out many problematic trends and draws on statistics and anecdotal evidence from over 30 companies that operate for-profit institutions. In 2011-2012, the companies involved in the investigation used over $32 billion in taxpayer money, even though students at their institutions frequently leave without degrees or useful vocational skills, The Times reported. On average, the companies spent 22.4 percent of their revenue on marketing, compared with 17.7 percent on teaching resources, and a degree from a for-profit institution costs nearly four times as much as a comparable certificate from a community college or public university, according to the report. Of students who default on college loans, 47 percent are students at for-profit institutions, yet these students make up only 13 percent of the national college population.

Geisel announces early assurance

(07/10/12 2:00am)

The program, which will be implemented for the first time in the 2012-2013 academic year for the Class of 2014, requires undergraduate students to submit their applications by October, with interviews and application review occurring throughout November and December, according to Geisel Director of Admissions Andy Welch. Selected applicants will receive notification of their admission in January 2013, Welch said.

Alumni elected new charter trustees

(07/06/12 2:00am)

From the basketball court to the boardroom, Dartmouth's two newest charter trustees, Laurel Richie '81 and David Hodgson '78, both come from a wealth of experience in the corporate world and beyond. The Board of Trustees elected Richie, president of the Women's National Basketball Association, and Hodgson, the managing director of global growth equity investment firm General Atlantic, at its spring meeting on June 8.

$150 million set aside for two research buildings

(07/06/12 2:00am)

At its spring meeting on June 8, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees finalized a $150-million building construction plan that will create the new North Campus Academic Center in Hanover and the Williamson Translational Research Building in Lebanon, according to a college press release. Although construction planning is still in its earliest stages, community members are hopeful that its interdisciplinary aims to increase space and resources for College programs will be realized.

What's the Deal with Acquaintances?

(06/29/12 2:00am)

The saying goes that you should make new friends and keep the old. But is the same true for the more casual acquaintance, the kid you just wave to on the steps of Foco? Buddies, pals, teammates, sisters, brothers, arch enemies, floormates, lunch dates, that guy from last night, that girl from last spring. Social circles grow and change, but there's always going to be those people you know by name but would never add to your Market Table birthday dinner guest list those crab cakes are expensive! So where exactly does the line fall?

College launches arts initiative for Hop anniversary

(06/29/12 2:00am)

As the soulful strains of Johnny Clegg's concert on the Green floated across campus yesterday afternoon, the College announced the "Year of the Arts," an initiative for the 2012-2013 academic year featuring a number of visiting artists and musicians, increased investment in interdisciplinary learning and greater resources for student artists and performing groups, according to College Provost Carol Folt. The celebration coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Hopkins Center and the opening of the Black Family Visual Arts Center in September.

April Thompson will leave College in July

(06/22/12 2:00am)

Although the College has not made a formal announcement, Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life April Thompson will leave Dartmouth on July 6 after working 11 years in multiple departments to accept a position at Binghamton University, Thompson said. She will begin her duties as the university's dean of students on Aug. 6. Pam Misener, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership's advisor to LGBTQA students and Thompson's wife, will also leave the College in January 2013.

College names search committee

(05/29/12 2:00am)

On Friday, the College announced 14 members of the Dartmouth community, including trustees, alumni, current faculty members and one student representative, as members of the Presidential Search Committee that will assist Committee Chair Bill Helman '80 and Vice Chair Diana Taylor '77 in the search for the College's 18th president, according to Helman. The College also announced that Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm, will assist in the process.

Immelt stresses need to alter health care model

(05/23/12 2:00am)

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt '78 participated in two panels alongside health care experts and local employers on Tuesday, stressing the need to "conquer the blob" of health care and reform current systems of health care delivery. Immelt also served as the keynote speaker for Tuesday's "Accelerating Change for Delivery of High-Value Health Care" forum, hosted by the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science in Cook Auditorium.

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