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Editors’ Note

(09/13/23 6:00am)

August did indeed slip away like a moment in time, as Taylor Swift sings on “folklore,” and a new page turns as fall at Dartmouth arrives. Soft and crisp September days are here, and while the evening is coming earlier, the air is still dewy with the nostalgia of summer. Soon, as the days pass and we reach the familiar midpoint of the term, that nostalgia will stay a while, like an old friend that you have missed seeing on the Green. It will settle in the way you curl up in your favorite old chair in Sanborn.  

So Long, Summer

(09/13/23 6:15am)

I’ve spent these last few days before the leaves begin to change saying goodbye to friends that are leaving for the fall and reading by the Ledyard docks. Flocks of ’27s come and go. “What dorm are you in?” and “How do dining dollars work, again?” squeeze between the sentences of Katherine May’s memoir “Enchantment.” I think of how scary upperclassmen seemed my first week on campus. Now I am one. I remember the future I had envisioned for myself at Dartmouth when I was a freshman on those docks. My life now looks nothing like the predictions I made. 

‘I wanted to be there for future classes’: Spotlight on New Student Orientation Leaders

(09/13/23 6:05am)

Every fall, a new group of eager minds floods Dartmouth’s historic campus. Along with suitcases filled with clothes and dorm bedding, these first-years carry ambitions, dreams and perhaps a heaping dose of nerves. There to guide them on their journey are Orientation Leaders or “OLs”: a select group of upperclassmen ready to ease concerns, foster connections and offer a helping hand along the way. They serve as the grounding force that allows first-years to acclimate to the College environment. 

Reflection: The Musings of a Post-Pandemic Senior

(09/13/23 6:20am)

When you’re an underclassman, you naturally interact with seniors, whether it be in classes or club meetings. These conversations often involve some senior wisdom about how time passes by so fast and how important it is to treasure every moment. You may nod your head and move on, ignoring what those seniors said and thinking that there’s no way you could ever be in that position because every day is slow and each 2A actually feels like four hours and Friday can’t come soon enough and…

Farquharson: With Affirmative Action Gone, It’s Time to End Legacy Admissions for Good

(09/12/23 8:10am)

On June 29, in the landmark case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of SFFA — effectively outlawing race-based affirmative action in admissions at colleges receiving federal funding. This decision was nothing less than inexorable, yet conservative justices touted the Harvard decision as a watershed moment in the restoration of core American values in college admissions, eulogizing the supposed victory for egalitarianism and meritocracy. Nonetheless, the decision has ignited discussion about another, far older admissions practice, equally controversial yet hitherto untouched by the nation’s highest court: legacy admissions. The practice involves preferential treatment for the children of alumni in admissions — 65% of whom come from families in the top 5% income bracket — or in other words, affirmative action for the rich and powerful.

College encourages professors to establish GenAI guidelines

(09/11/23 9:00am)

Professors are now encouraged to establish explicit guidelines on the use and permissibility of generative artificial intelligence in their syllabi and class materials, according to an email sent by College Provost David Kotz on Aug. 30. In an interview with The Dartmouth, Kotz noted that these resources present both “opportunities and challenges,” and that the College opted to avoid implementing “blanket and broad policies.”

Trends: From Broadway Ballads to Radio Hits

(09/11/23 6:05am)

Reneé Rapp’s new album “Snow Angel,” released Aug. 18, marks yet another Broadway artist moving into the pop genre. While this phenomenon may seem like a recent trend, with the notable examples of Sutton Foster, Ben Platt and Olivia Rodrigo, the intersection between Broadway and pop has been common throughout music history. Pop artists often perform on Broadway, and musical theater performers frequently produce albums and become touring artists.

Review: New Album ‘Zach Bryan’ Embraces Pop Sensibilities Without Forgetting its Roots

(09/11/23 6:00am)

“I finally quit smokin’ cigarettes” is how Oklahoma singer-songwriter Zach Bryan begins “Jake’s Piano – Long Island” — the ninth track of his self-titled fourth album. When I first listened to “Zach Bryan,” this lyric struck me as strange. After all, the album’s cover features a lone Bryan smoking a cigarette over a black background. In retrospect, I can’t help but admire this apparent contrast. It summarizes the rare quality that makes “Zach Bryan” a special record: its author’s unabashed vulnerability. 

Dartmouth Dining Service supervisor Gordon Wright dies at age 64

(09/01/23 1:55pm)

On August 25, Dartmouth Dining Service supervisor Gordon Wright died, according to a message from senior vice president for capital planning and operations Josh Keniston. The message appears on the new “in memoriam” page on the Office of the President Dartmouth website. Wright was 64 years old, according to his obituary.

Truck crashes into dorm, building still livable for students this fall

(08/30/23 8:32pm)

On Monday morning, a truck crashed into Ripley Hall — a residence hall for undergraduate students — according to the Hanover Police Department. After an assessment of the damaged wall from the collision, Ripley Hall will continue to house students this coming fall, according to an email statement from College media relations strategist Jana Barnello.