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What’s Happening @Now: A Guide to a Virtual Winter Term

These days, whether you’re at home or on campus, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the usual bustle of being a Dartmouth student. Even in a pre-pandemic term, many campus events fly under the radar unless you seek them out or stumble upon them serendipitously. 


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Q&A: Government professor Joseph Bafumi on the 2020 election, mail-in voting

For many Americans who are not especially politically inclined, campaigns, elections and voting only come around every four years. For government professor Joseph Bafumi, they’re his job. Bafumi specializes in American politics, and his research focuses on predicting election outcomes. This year we face an election like no other: there’s a pandemic, intensifying political polarization, civil unrest and calls for racial justice. Pre-election, I spoke with Bafumi about what makes this election so different. 


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Missing the Little Things … Like Little KAF

King Arthur Flour’s Baker-Berry Library location — known to students as little KAF — has been closed for five months, and I’ve yet to successfully recreate their maple latte or spinach quiche. It might have something to do with my culinary skills, but maybe it just doesn’t taste the same without the delayed gratification of a 30-minute wait in line and the weight of an impending assignment on my shoulders. 


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What’s Your Name?

My last name is only four letters long, but I can think of far more than four different pronunciations that I’ve told people over the years. I recently discovered that my brother and I pronounce our last name differently. And no, it’s not that we don’t know how to say our last name correctly; it’s that we don’t know how to tell non-Chinese speakers how to say it in a way that’s not met with a blank stare and a “Come again?”


Campus resources like the jewelry studio at the Hop are adjusting to the remote environment.

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Hidden Gems: Making the Most of Dartmouth’s Resources

It’s been well noted that incoming freshmen will experience an unconventional welcome fall term. The rest of us non-’24s will experience an unconventional welcome back as well, but, while ’21s, ’22s and ’23s have had the luxury of stumbling upon many of Dartmouth’s resources on campus serendipitously (or being handed them during orientation), ’24s likely won’t have that same opportunity. 


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Finals Without Finality: Students Discuss Remote Exams

It’s week nine, and you arrive at Baker-Berry Library at 8 a.m. There are no people to be found, but belongings were left overnight, claiming the circle tables on 3FB and 4FB. You settle for a cubicle instead. Foolishly, you bring your belongings with you to grab lunch — a freshman mistake. When you return, every single cubicle is taken, and now you struggle to find a study space anywhere in the library. There is a palpable feeling of tension in the air. It’s finals season.