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In the face of cultural misunderstandings that exist today, music has been and still is a link that unites people of different backgrounds, regardless of their geographical separation. Tonight, cultural worlds will collide through music when the World Music Percussion Ensemble performs its spring concert “Afro/Andean Fusion” in Spaulding Auditorium .
While some writers go through great lengths to find inspiration, author Meg Kearney says that she believes people should have an open mind because inspiration can be found anywhere. As the prize judge for the English department’s annual Creative Writing Awards, Kearney opened the ceremony last Thursday in Sanborn Library by reading nine of her poems, including “Creed” (2001), “Home By Now” (2009) and “A Grasshopper Walks Into A Bar” (2009).
If you take a minute to survey the students around you, chances are you will spot more than a few who proudly sport green or black jackets embroidered with their respective sport team’s name. If you do not notice the jackets, maybe you spotted students wearing green Nike shoes or black Nike backpacks with their jersey numbers stitched on the back pocket.
To ensure that the College’s varsity athletic program remains competitive among Division I conferences, the Big Green has been relying on generous donations by alumni and supporters to reach its goal of increasing endowed head coaching positions over the past five years. Last Monday, the Office of Public Affairs announced the College’s athletic department received three gifts totaling $5 million for the endowment of the head coaching positions for men’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s Nordic skiing.
With so many academic departments and extracurricular offerings in the arts at the College on a day-to-day basis, from student ensemble groups to film and theater performances and crafting workshops, the Hopkins Center is like a well-oiled machine. Behind any machine, of course, is a mechanic responsible for overseeing its productivity. For the Hop, the man behind the machine for the past 10 years has been Jeffrey James who will be retiring in the summer.
In a time when most students are focused on acing their midterms or finding that perfect summer internship, have we given ourselves the chance to take a moment to stop and reflect about our past decisions, such as why we chose to come to the College in the first place and how we chose the career paths we want to pursue? Those deep questions about everything we sacrifice in order to achieve success will be explored when the College’s theater department presents “Merrily We Roll Along” (1981), a musical based on the 1934 eponymous play by George Kaufman and Moss Hart with music and lyrics by Academy- and Tony-Award winning composer Stephen Sondheim, this weekend.
After placing second in individual novice fences at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 1 Championship at Mount Holyoke College nearly a month ago, Meaghan Haugh ’17 qualified for a spot in the coming IHSA National Championships in West Springfield, Massachusetts for the second consecutive year.
After exploring the works of Shakespeare in the fall and spending an evening in Metropolis this past winter, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will conclude their 2014-2015 season this Saturday by featuring work from several 20th-century composers. In the Spaulding Auditorium concert — titled “Stravinsky and Friends” and featuring work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky as well as composers from France and Belgium — the wind ensemble will explore the “strong connection” between the featured composers, Hopkins Center student relations advisor and wind ensemble member Ryan McWilliams ’14 said.
From the moment she received a mini art set from her grandmother for her sixth birthday, Laura Dorn ’15 knew that she loved art. After beginning lessons, she realized that she was the most taken with painting. But then the real world came along and told her that being an artist was not particularly practical. She needed to be more sensible. By the time Dorn arrived at Dartmouth, she planned on pursuing a major that would help her land a job after graduation.
From intricately woven cloth to painting-like script, African art and culture will converge when “Auto-Graphics: Works by Victor Ekpuk” and “Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society” open at the Hood Museum of Art this Saturday.
Competing as full-time sprinters for Dartmouth’s track and field team was not what sisters Anna and Sara Kikut ’16 had in mind when they first came to the College. They were formally recruited as competitive ski racers after spending their junior and senior years attending the Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy in Waitsfield, Vermont.
Nearly 37 years after the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club was originally founded, the College will now promote the program to varsity status beginning with the next academic year, athletic director Harry Sheehy announced last week. The decision to elevate women’s rugby will raise the total number of varsity sports at the College to 35, with 17 teams for women, 16 for men and two coed teams.
It’s natural not to have life completely figured out by college. For Stephen Godchaux ’81, it took several years as a lawyer before he discovered a genuine interest in writing and producing television shows. Now, with more than a dozen television writing credits to his name and a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Original Television Movie, Godchaux brings new meaning to the phrase “better late than never.”
To close the 2015 carnival season, 10 members of the ski team competed in the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships held on March 11-14 at Lake Placid, New York. After four days of competition, Dartmouth finished in sixth with 275 points, while the Big Green’s Eastern Conference rival University of Vermont placed fourth with 443 points.
From the visually-engaging and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Hood Museum of Art to the enchanting melodies performed by student ensembles and unique performances that will be shown at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the 2015 spring arts season is primed to be another term full of celebration for music, film, dance and the visual arts.
After six finalists gave crowd-pleasing performances before a sold-out audience in Spaulding Auditorium on Friday, Tara Joshi ’18 was crowned the 2015 Dartmouth Idol first-place winner after performing songs by artists ranging from Gloria Estefan to Aretha Franklin. She earned a $500 prize and a chance to record a two-song demo, while Charli Fool Bear-Vetter ’15 won $250 for second place and Danny Rogers ’15 won $100 for third.
After finding itself in a close race for second in the first day of the St. Lawrence Carnival, the ski teams pulled ahead with higher placements in the men’s 20K classic and slalom to solidify a strong second-place finish overall. The Big Green earned a total of 782 points and edged the University of New Hampshire by a slim margin of 12 points. Even with the strong second-day finishes, though, the Big Green could not catch the University of Vermont who came away from Lake Placid, New York, with this past weekend’s NCAA East Regional Championship title with a strong lead of 1,001 points.
With their final performance yesterday afternoon, the cast and production crew of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” bid a fond farewell and parted with “sweet sorrow” after several months of preparation and presenting their visually-stirring modern adaptation over the past two weekends.
After winning its first Ivy League Championship in 20 years and welcoming new head coach Shannon Doepking last year, the softball team opened what looks to be another exciting season for the program at the University of South Florida’s Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa, Florida, this past weekend.