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Human beings depend on connections. We long for a sense of place, something almost tangible that af-
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Bonfire through the years
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Freshmen ban in place for weekend Homecoming tradition B y Josh koenig The Dartmouth Staff
Although Homecoming is traditionally seen as a weekend crafted by and wholly dedicated to first-year students, members of the Class of 2017 will be largely barred from attending fraternity and sorority parties over the weekend due to the new policy that prohibits freshman from entering Greek houses serving alcohol for the first six weeks of school. “I think that I will miss something during Homecoming,” Julieta Feltrin ’17 said. “Homecoming should have been the day that the ban was lifted.” Not all students share Feltrin’s opinion. Jorge Siwady ’17, a member of the swimming and diving team, said he is more focused on getting sleep than partying, as a student-athlete balancing academic and athletic demands. Another classmate Joy Shen ’17 said her fall has not at all been impacted by the new policy, adding that she does not particularly care what day the policy expires. Jonathan Beering ’17, a member of the track and field team, agreed with Shen that a few extra days of the policy did not matter
to him. He did add, however, that some ’17s may feel constrained by the policy. “I think it really limits who the ’17s can hang out with,” he said. “I definitely think that ’17s are going to try to get into frats before Homecoming.” Despite feeling that she might miss some social aspects of Homecoming, Feltrin disagrees with Beering’s statement. “I think that it is a great way for the freshman to get involved in clubs,” she said. First-year students will still be able to access many social options over the weekend that do not take place in Greek spaces. One such venue for activities is the Collis Center, which boasts an active calendar of events for Homecoming weekend. “We definitely wanted to have large events, just because it’s a celebratory weekend,” assistant director for Collis Center for Student Involvement David Pack said. “I think that there’s an idea that some of our events are just for ’17s, and certainly they are a big portion of our audience, but I think a performance by the Upright Citizens Brigade and free food and a band after the bonfire are events
that can appeal to everyone.” Pack estimated that attendance at past events hosted by Collis this fall have often topped 100 students, with members of all classes participating. “Our vision in Collis is that these events are open and inclusive and attractive to broad segments of the community,” Pack said. For some students, events like those hosted by Collis have simply not been enough to keep first-year students entertained. Rumors have spread of a floor in Russell Sage residence hall that hired strippers from Boston to celebrate a floormate’s birthday — certainly not a mode of entertainment that firstyear residence halls have utilized prior to the new Greek policy. “My sense was that it was for a birthday, and they thought it was funny,” Walker Sales ’16, a freshman undergraduate advisor on a floor not involved with the celebrations, said. “I don’t think it was particularly associated [with the policy], though you might be able to argue that they need entertainment.” Sales said that reactions to the SEE BAN PAGE 17
dates back over 100 years B y SEJAL SHAH
While the looming wooden rail architecture of today’s Homecoming the Thayer School of Engineering in 1888 consisted of nothing more than stray combustible materials, including mattresses and a rusty car bumper. Since then, many traditions surrounding Dartmouth Night and Homecoming have evolved, but those that have endured unite students and alumni each fall during a weekend of celebrations, including the signature The Homecoming weekend is rooted in Dartmouth Night, which College President William Jewett Tucker founded in 1895 as a way to “perpetuate the Dartmouth spirit and to capitalize the history of the college,” saying it would “promote class spirit and would initiate freshmen into the community.” Student body president Adrian Ferrari ’14 said he looks forward to Homecoming because it is “something that all the students can unite around.” Dartmouth Night originated as a celebration of the accomplishments of College alumni,
and historically begins with a speech by the president. While Homecoming celebrations College until the inception of Dartmouth Night in 1895, the tradition in celebration of the baseball team’s victory over Manchester College. In 1907, the freshman class took tradition that endures to this day. For over 100 years, an additional tier incoming class until the College administration capped the height for the Class of 1990. In 1984, the town of Hanover passed an ordinance limitdue to safety concerns. The tradition ever, did not begin until 1904, when Winston Churchill and the sixth Earl of Dartmouth William Legge visited the College on Dartmouth Night. in only their pajamas, heralding the tradition as it exists today. The freshman class traditionally
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Additional New York trips
These additional trips below are on our standard coaches. Please note these two trips will drop of at 1000 5th Avenue near The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dartmouth Coach will have Express Service from the Hop to Logan Airport (on trips with passenger counts that require a second bus) with no stops at Lebanon, New London, or South Station, on a first come first serve basis.” These additional buses will depart in conjunction with regularly scheduled southbound trips Monday, November 25th thru Wednesday, November 27th!
The cost is $60 one way. November 26th - Lebanon/Hanover to NY Departs 9:45am November 27th - Lebanon/Hanover to NY Departs 9:45am To facilitate an increase in ridership during this holiday time It is important to note the additional buses will be standard coaches not the luxury VIP coaches. However, drinks and snacks will still be provided.
These buses will only be available to passengers who have purchased their ticket in advance online. You must have it printed in hand. Passenger must have their photo ID to board!
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Greek houses host slew of parties Lectures, tailgates B y claire daly
After the excitement of the Homecoming football game quiets cools, Greek houses will host a variety of events including dance parties, pig roasts and other social gatherings to unite students, alumni and families. Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity will host a dry dance party Friday that will be open to members of all classes, social chair John Ortiz ’14 said. DJ MSKW, a campus regular, will spin at the event. “We used to be pretty well known for our dance parties, and we are trying to bring them back for Homecoming,” Ortiz said. Alpha Delta fraternity is registered for a tier three party on Friday, social chair Michael McLaughlin ’14 said. The theme has yet to be announced. Anka Tezcan ’15, Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity social chair, said the house will have their tri-annual dance party with a live DJ. The party will be sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drinks. Theta Delta Chi fraternity will celebrate the weekend with its annual pig roast on Saturday during the football game, social chair Zach Koufakis ‘14 said. Since a majority of members of Gamma Delta Chi fraternity are
on the football team, social chair Corbin Stall ’15 said that the priority is the game against Yale University. Afterwards, GDX will host a party with a DJ at the house open to all upperclassmen. Chi Heorot fraternity social chair Taylor Boldt ’14 said that the fraternity is planning a highlighterthemed party for Saturday night. Sigma Delta sorority is not planning to host any open parties over Homecoming, social chairs Pallavi Kuppa-Apte ’14 and Meredith Sweeney ’14 said. Alpha Theta co-ed fraternity secretary Nick O’Leary’14 said the house will host a “Seven Deadly Sins” tails event on Friday night at 10 p.m. There will be music and refreshments and will take place in the basement of Alpha Theta. Greek organizations are also planning to use Homecoming weekend as a time to bring together newly initiated and graduated members. Alpha Xi Delta sorority will hold its annual closed alumnae brunch on Saturday morning before the football game. Social chair Sophia Vazquez ’14 said she is looking forward to old members returning to campus. “Especially for the older classes, it’s really nice for them to see our 17 East Wheelock address because when they were living here, they
were living in Beta,” Vazquez said. Beta Theta Pi fraternity does not have any registered parties for the weekend. Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity social chair Andrew Roberts ’14 said he is excited for the house’s alumni barbecue on Saturday. Alpha Chi’s focus for the weekend is connecting alums. On Thursday, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity hosted its tri-annual Champagne party, a tradition the house upholds during every big weekend, social chair Shane O’Neal ’14 said. The formal party includes a live band, appetizers, champagne and dancing. ACK Surf, a Nantucket surf clothing company, will advertise and sell their clothes on SAE’s lawn on Friday. Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity hosted a pop-punk party on Thursday, social chair Nicholas Reznicek ‘14 said. This party theme has been a homecoming tradition since 2007. “It is all about coming down and belting the lyrics to your favorite songs from your middle school years with hundreds of other people,” Reznicek said. Bones Gates fraternity, Phi Delta Alpha fraternity, Psi Upsilon fraternity and the Tabard and Phi Tau coed fraternities could not be reached for comment.
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This week, 4,000 visitors are predicted to set foot on campus to celebrate the fall’s trademark event. Expectations are rising for Homecoming, usually the largest alumni, student and faculty gathering of the year. In addition to the traditional night parade, night ceremonies and bonfire on Friday, this year’s weekend will include a record 31 class mini-reunions, a tour of Jose Clemente Orozco’s mural and a fall lecture series titled “Executing Innovation: Beyond the Idea.” Alumni communications director Diana Lawrence said this year’s Homecoming will be “both traditional and modern.” “We’ve organized events that make it fun for everyone, no matter what their age or interests,” Lawrence said. “Alumni love coming back to reconnect with classmates and friends, visit with professors, enjoy the peak of fall foliage, root for their favorite team and see what’s new. You can feel the energy and excitement on campus.” On Friday, after religion pro-
fessor Randall Balmer’s first-year book lecture on “The River Why,” alumni, faculty and upperclassmen will begin to gather for an evening of tradition. On Saturday, the Hill Winds Society will lead a history and traditions walking tour, while alumni will attend a pregame tailgate. At 1:30 p.m., Dartmouth will play its Homecoming game against Yale University at Memorial Field. This year, the Classes of 1982 and 1987 will lead the night parade on Friday, which will include students from the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business, as well as 26 sports teams and several marching bands. President Phil Hanlon and his wife Gail Gentes will also ride in the parade. The Freshman Sweep will travel to each residential cluster to pick up students and join the crowd. “You not only walk all throughout campus, but you also walk through the center of town,” Abigail Munroe ’16 said. “People are waving at you because they know SEE SCHEDULE PAGE 20
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Local businesses prepare Freshman plan with time constraints B y Zachary hardwick for customer influx B y Jordan einhorn As hundreds of alumni, parents and other visitors flood in to Hanover to celebrate Homecoming, local businesses are increasing their staff and available products in expectation of the crowds. Because this year’s Homecoming falls on Columbus Day weekend, businesses and the College expect the attendance to be high. Dirt Cowboy Cafe owner Thomas Guerra said his cafe will be fully staffed. “It is tough work that is fastpaced all day,” Guerra said. “After the onslaught of people that day, it takes until Wednesday or Thursday to recover.” After 20 years of working during Homecoming weekend, Guerra said that he has refined his employee’s practices to handle the increased business, such as increasing the number of espresso machines and cash registers in use as well as having more staff members on the floor and having bakers begin preparing food earlier. Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows tends to be the weekend’s best seller but if the
weather is still warm, iced coffee also sells well. In recent years, the cafe’s pastries have increased in popularity among Homecoming visitors. Jennifer Packard, director of public relations for Blue Sky Restaurant Group, which runs Molly’s Restaurant and Bar and Jesse’s Restaurant, said increasing variety for clients is the company’s goal. The chefs of both restaurants are adding new specials for the weekend. One struggle that Hanover restaurants face during the weekend is estimating how many staff members will be needed to work the floor and avoiding being understaffed. “Historically, Molly’s and Jesse’s have an influx of guests as you would expect,” Packard said. “We try to find the best possible experience by giving one on one attention [to customers] from a member of the team.” In addition, the fall foliage adds ambiance that brings a great feeling to the town, she said. Toby Fried, owner of Lou’s ResSEE BUSINESSES PAGE 14
The big weekend of the term for freshmen has arrived two weeks earlier
less time to prepare for the festivities. Class council elections were held earlier and condensed planning time for the weekend. This is problematic since freshmen members of Student Assembly play a large role in planning the big weekend. Class president John French ’17 saw the rush of events as just another part of the job. “I feel like college is all about being ready to do a lot of things quickly,” French said. “I didn’t go into this just to be president, I expected to have work to do.” French will lead his class in planning and executing freshman Homecoming activities, including mapping out the route of the Freshman Sweep and the Almost immediately after arriving on committee to construct the traditional blaze and plan spirit stations, where freshman clusters gather before the Sweep on Friday afternoon. Gillian O’Connell ’15 said spirit stations play host to traditionally fun activities. “In our common room in Fahey, we had a pizza party, glow sticks and face paint before joining our class in the parade,” O’Connell said.
composed of 13 members this year, designed the freshman Homecoming T-shirt and orchestrated the construc-
two homecoming chairs are picked, but because of strong interest in the homecoming chair search, Jose Vazquez, assistant director for the Collis Center for Student Involvement and advisor to Class Council, decided to create a larger committee. “We just decided that it was a lot of work for two students,” Vazquez said. Planning for Homecoming started nizing teams for build crew, T-shirt design, cluster outreach and volunteer recruitment. Lauren Huff ’17, a member because of the importance of tradition. “I wanted to be a part of this team because I think it’s such an integral part of the Dartmouth experience,” Huff said. “It’s such a big tradition that is unique to Dartmouth and I wanted to be a part of making something like that happen.” For freshmen, Homecoming starts around 6 p.m. on Friday at the spirit stations. The Freshman Sweep begins at 7 p.m. at the River residence cluster and proceeds to every cluster to pick up all members of the class. The Sweep then morphs into the Homecoming parade through the streets of Hanover, which
eventually leads the freshmen onto the Green. Evelyn Weinstein ’16 said the were some of her favorite parts of her Homecoming. “It was this really awesome experience,” she said. “I went there with all my friends, and we all had on the same shirts. It was really positive. Hearing 4,000 people sing the alma mater was amazing. The signs even read awesome things like ‘run if you want to’ and ‘don’t While they wait to run around the mances from a capella groups. They will also hear other classes and alumni chanting their class year, the singing of the alma mater by the entire Dartmouth community and an address from College President Phil Hanlon. After the address comes the most anticipated part of the night: the lightthe special honor, and freshmen are encouraged to run around the blazing structure up to 117 times. Jean-Luc Beaubien ’17 said that Homecoming will help deepen the bond between the freshmen and upperclassmen. action between the ’17s and the other classes, especially considering the new six-week rule, so I think it’s going to be an amazing experience,” Beaubien said.
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HOMECOMING OPINION 2013
Staff Columnist Yoo Jung Kim ’14
Staff Columnist andrew shanahan ’14
Breaking with tradition
Just another weekend?
Don’t be fooled; there’s no correct Dartmouth track
I have a confession to make to the ’17s: I never ran all of the 14 laps during my freshthe collective effervescence of our class as we made our way through the campus was more intoxicating than a cheap can of beer could ever be. When we arrived, we waited eagerly as the choir sang and the president gave a futile speech in front of Dartmouth Hall through an ineffective sound system. We were still high-strung on the novelty hotter, the crowd began to push and jostle and we were soon separated from each other. intensity and the upperclassmen called for blood, the tradition quickly lost much of its initial exuberance. But we continued to run because everyone else was running. We ran because of everyone who had run before us, because of everyone who would run after us and everyone who was running with us. We ran because we were expected to carry on the tradition and because we didn’t want to miss out on what we were taught was one experience. And although the embers of that night have long since faded away, I think many ’14s are still running around those wellbeaten tracks of tradition and expectations. On a small campus like Dartmouth, there is a usual prescribed Dartmouth experience, maintained by traditions that we are expected to partake in, such as DOC Trips, the Greek system and sophomore summer. This isn’t necessarily bad. Tradition allows us to maintain a sense of solidarity and connectivity to the past. Yet I’ve seen many of my classmates become paralyzed by our relatively narrow Considering our student body’s unusually if they must endure all the aspects of the
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normative narrative of college experience due to the fear of missing out. They continue to run because everyone else is running, even if they must make themselves uncomfortable or circumscribed in the process. This way, students reluctantly force themselves to endure the unrelenting running mill of collegiate life. semblance of fun, so I left. In retrospect, the event was characteristic of the remainder of my Dartmouth career. I never attended Trips or Strips. I never went on an LSA or an FSP. I to rush. I skipped my sophomore summer. I still don’t know or care to know what the Salty Dog Rag is. I found the conventional path to be too limiting, too time-consuming and most of all, too uninteresting. In this sense, my path through Dartmouth has been unorthodox, but despite my unconventional journey, I’ve gotten all the things that a student could hope to get from his or her college experience, and I’m proud to call myself a daughter of Dartmouth. I’ve met fascinating people, made lifelong advantage of all that Dartmouth had to offer because I knew where I wanted to go, I knew what I wanted to do and I knew how to get it. By choosing to stick to my own path, I have encountered immense setbacks and disappointments but, most of all, happiness in knowing that I was on the course that was right for me. In truth, there is no set or correct iteration of the Dartmouth Experience. As long as you know yourself and what you want, happiness can and does exist beyond the traditional social expectations, and every such path is wholly legitimate in and of itself. There are so many things that Dartmouth offers to you, so many paths that you can take. It is you, whether that is through a common, much-trodden track or perhaps the one less traveled.
Let’s talk history. In 1895, College President William Jewett Tucker established the creatively named “Dartmouth Night,” an evening of speeches that celebrate the legacy of the College and her alumni. The event got moved outside and after a while, somebody must have gotten cold or wanted more linked with Dartmouth Night. One hundred and eighteen years later, we still do Dartmouth Night. Homecoming Weekend — now without a doubt a “thing” — may be the most important of our holidays. Homecoming is sacred, so much so that professors regularly cancel class for it (it’s almost as important as disturbances in Class of 1953 Commons, clearly)! A football game and, in a particularly inclusive nod to community, the presence of neophyte Dartmouthians receives honor in the annual running of the bulls/circle of burning death. Homecoming weekend reveals the best and worst of our community. Tradition, an oft-evoked notion, referred to nebulously by people attempting to justify all sorts of absurd and meaningless things, has the potential to awe during moments a term. What is fall without Dartmouth Night? in their Dartmouth careers. I remember running around the blaze in full view of Dartmouth past monumentally impressed.“This is college,” I thought— even if it seemed cultish and vaguely like the funeral of Achilles at the end of “Troy.” The fact that so many people associate this weekend both with collegiate culture in general and Dear Old Dartmouth in particular says a lot about our institution. Having been to other schools’ homecomings, I can honestly say that ours is cooler. Not only do we have marching bands and football, we also have a whole host of events, small and large, that happen exclusively here in Hanover. People are so eager to share the grandiosity of the event with friends and family that it is nearly impossible to send a picture or
the data leaving the Green. (Note: this is purely anecdotal and pre-LTE. Perhaps Verizon has stepped up since last year.) But along with welcoming students past and present, glorifying our singularly rustic identity and happily offering the potential of second-degree burns, Homecoming has its share of problems. Just as the weekend is emblematic of traditions we generally look at as “good,” the weekend also hosts many of the issues that fall under the critical glare of students, alumni and various national publications. When I poll friends, the second most anticipated part of Homecoming is usually some form of “drinking my face off.” What does it say about this student body when the response and welcome new members of our school” is criticized aspects of big weekends are criticized for a reason. I’m not saying “don’t have fun,” but while you’re attempting your circuit, decade or other ridiculous and embarrassing tradition, be careful. Homecoming was crystallized two years ago. I was walking with a friend past the smoldering ruins on the Green early in the morning and stopped to stare into the embers for a bit. There were about 20 others, ranging from veteran Homecomers in Class of 1961 sweaters, to a young couple who informed me that they met on their freshman fallen asleep from exhaustion. Nobody really talked much, but I felt as if there was a shared sentiment of wonder, uncanny among such disparate people, to be on a dark college quad in the middle of nowhere and for that moment to resonate in the same way for all of us. Happy Homecoming. Maybe, this time around, forget your tirelessly constructed criticisms of this school. Leave the frat basement or real value of this weekend and the reason it is not just another weekend lies in its ability to help us remember what makes us special and what connects us. I hope you embrace that wholeheartedly.
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over big weekends while making rounds. Check-ins are part of the
of Dartmouth’s most cherished traditions.
Homecoming, which also include organizing dinner parties and leading freshmen on the Freshman Sweep. Though some discontent
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consume too much alcohol,” he said.
Safety organizations are preparing for Homecoming weekend by adding extra crews and increasing collaboration. Safety and Security, Dick’s House and Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services will work with Hanover Police and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to ensure the security of campus and handle medical emergencies. Safety and Security director Harry Kinne said the department will once
to call us. We also want to make sure that people who are attending social events watch out for each other.” Throughout the weekend, Safety and
Mountain Security, a Vermont-based security company, on Friday night. “This is our biggest weekend,” Kinne erybody in the department working, plus a number of outside law enforcement agencies that come in to assist,” he said. Kinne estimated that Safety and Security will see around 60 to 70 reports over the weekend, involving both medical emergencies and alcohol intoxication. Safety and Security will
“Periodically, we have people that a very dangerous thing to do. The heat is so intense, and we never know when be additional lighting, barricades and ropes to prevent students from getting too close. Kinne said students who try to touch Police. To promote effective communication between the department and safety organizations, the department will use a trailer from the county’s emergency operations center as a home base. Though Friday is the biggest night for campus security, Kinne said excessive alcohol consumption is the main threat to student safety. “We experience a lot of people who
working each night from dusk to dawn,
said she will never forget finding two students, “naked [with] the light off,” while checking a lounge over a previous Homecoming several years ago. comfortable situations every year
missing out on festivities, most take pride in the role they play in guiding freshmen through one
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in vehicles and on foot, and extra foot patrols will be conducted in the residence halls. “We don’t really slow down until 6 a.m. on Sunday morning,” Kinne said. said the group will work with Safety and Security and Dick’s House throughout the weekend. “Homecoming is a particularly big weekend just because there are so many events happening,” he said. “We’re increasing our training right before Homecoming, just to make sure everyone is up-to-date.” EMS will staff extra crews, including some at the inpatient department at Dick’s House. “With Homecoming naturally comes more alcohol-related incidents,” he said. “Not only just high levels of intoxication, but injuries resulting from intoxication.” Both Thomas and Kinne encouraged students to reach out to their respective departments in the event of any emergency.
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people can do is everything in moderation, watch out for each other and call Safety and Security if anything is out of the ordinary,’” Kinne said. As a student-led organization, Dartmouth EMS seeks to be as strong of a resource for students as possible. “We’re all students helping students, so we hope that people aren’t hesitant to get help from us if they need it,” Thomas said. “We’re happy to be a resource for everyone on campus, especially for big weekends like this.” Dick’s House could not be reached for comment.
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While Dartmouth is abuzz planning Homecoming, alumni are eagerly looking forward to being back on campus and attending the myriad of events and reunions. Alumni communications director Diana Lawrence said that the College expects about 4,000 alumni and friends this year. This year, the classes 1982 and 1987 will lead the parade, which
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includes representatives from nearly all living classes. College President Philip Hanlon and his wife Gail Gentes will also walk, along with the marching band, cheerleaders and 25 sports teams. Thirty-one class years are also holding mini-reunions over the weekend, setting a new record. Maynard Wheeler ’61, who is organizing the Class of 1961’s mini-reunion, says his class has a group of 26 members reuniting. “When we come home to Dart-
mouth, there’s a sense of sameness and welcoming there,” Wheeler said. “The Green hasn’t changed at all.” Nine Greek houses will also host alumni receptions. Carl Tetirick ’70, a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity, said he is most looking forward to seeing his daughter, a 2013 graduate, and attending his fraternity’s tailgate reunion. SEE REUNIONS PAGE 16
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Amidst the revelry that takes place during Homecoming lies something that is not very often considered: the high volume of waste that the weekend generates. Former Eco-rep and member of the 2013 Big Green Bus crew Patrick Saylor ’16 said he sees a few areas in which the big weekend creates a negative impact on the environment, including the bonfire and the amount of waste accumulated. Saylor said that the waste comes from more than the alcohol consumption, as there are a number of waste-producing events held on campus. “It becomes an issue of evaluating what your priorities are at any given moment,” Saylor said. “If you value both sustainability and various traditions across campus, it can definitely create a conflict of interest in terms of decisions and actions that you end up taking and the resulting degree to which they’re sustainable as well.” Environmental impact may increase during Homecoming because of conflicts in ideals and the shifting of priorities. “It’s hard to simultaneously really appreciate the bonfire and be entirely focused on being as sustainable as possible,” Saylor said. Vicky Pan ’16, an Eco-rep and a member of several sustainability groups, said she respects the tradition of the bonfire. “It looks really cool,” Pan said. “It’s a really special moment. That’s
a lot of wood we’re burning, but it’s a tradition that we do every year.” Jack Stinson, of Stinson’s, sees a noticeable increase in the amount of alcohol purchased during Homecoming weekend. “I don’t want to blame everything on the alumni, but one of the things that is so unique about the College is that alumni do come back to visit and celebrate,” Stinson said. “We’ve got a lot of older classes popping back and maybe not drinking a lot, maybe one beer a night, and one beer each [for] 5,000 people adds up,” Stinson said. The additional alcohol sales lead to considerably more waste in terms of cans by the end of the weekend. “Most of the frats I know don’t recycle at all,” Pan said. “Most frats, I know for a fact, just throw the cans out. They just put them into bags and leave them on the streets. It’s so bad.” Andrew Roberts ’14, social chair of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity, said his house uses sustainable practices, including using zero-sort bags for recycling and utilizing kegs instead of beer cans whenever possible. Additionally, Roberts said that Homecoming weekend actually only produces “about two weekends’ worth of trash total.” “You typically don’t see older alumni staying up in the basement until 5 a.m. or really try to play pong because they used to play a game with only four cups back in the day, so I’d say Green Key is a bigger environmental risk than SEE ENVIRONMENT PAGE 17
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Beer cans collect outside of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
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When the Class of 2017 runs Night to celebrate their inauguracurrent celebrations. More sports
President Phil Hanlon will be in 1977.
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For some students who are off campus this term or competing in athletic events over this the weekend, Homecoming is just a distant thought. Approximately 500 students are taking an off-term this fall, according to the Registrar. Homecoming is starts off with Dartmouth Night, an event introduced by former College President William Jewett Tucker in 1895 to promote class
spirit and welcome the freshman class. Kate Bradshaw ’14, who is currently on an English foreign study program in Dublin, said her favorite event is the bonfire. “I’ve especially loved seeing the shift that’s happened over the past couple years as the crowds heckle less and cheer more for all the freshmen running around the fire,” she said in an email. Shannon Draeker ’16, who is participating in the language study
abroad program in Beijing, said she is upset that she will not be able to see the freshman class run. “My favorite event from last year’s Homecoming was the bonfire for the tradition of it and the sheer number of students who participated in it,” Draeker said. Dartmouth Night is just the first of many school-sponsored activities during Homecoming weekend. SEE ABSENTEE PAGE 20
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Each year, Dartmouth’s campus population swells to accommodate for Homecoming. Though many students believe that the raging unique to the College, a survey of other Ivy League institutions indicates that peer schools celebrate their fall weekends with a variety of festivities. Dartmouth’s Homecoming festivities, due to the small school size and active alumni, feature close contact between current students and returning graduates. Peer institutions’ large graduate school populations and frequent alumni reunions result in a different experience. For example, Princeton University celebrates Reunions in place of Homecoming. Harvard University and Yale University come together over the annual Harvard-Yale football game and their respective class reunions. At Brown University and Columbia University, Homecoming is celebrated in less gaudy fashion than at Dartmouth, with a strong alumni presence but little interaction between the student body and alumni. Cornell University offers the closest resemblance to Dartmouth’s Homecoming. Sophomore Jack Pollack said the festivities include Homecoming football game and a major concert. “There are always tons of alumni, from decades back all through
the recent graduating class,” he said. “The football game is always packed, with students, alumni, and families cheering for the Big Red.” Pollack said that a major difference is that “fraternities don’t have massive parties or anything. The night for students is basically a coming together at the concert.” This year, Cornell will host Third Eye Blind for its annual Homecoming concert. The University of Pennsylvania, for its part, has planned an “art and culture” theme to welcome returning alumni on Homecoming Weekend. Events include the Taste of Penn, the Penn-Princeton game and the festival on the Green. At Penn, there is usually a divide between the Homecoming festivities for current students and alumni, sophomore Will Meadows said. Student-organized festivities end, as opposed to an overarching set of events or alumni connection. “The football game and the festival on College Green are the main events,” he said. “There isn’t really an overlap between what the alumni and the undergraduates do, though.” At Brown, a lack of interest in college sports, combined with a smaller Greek scene and the presence of parents on campus due to Family Weekend, minimize homecoming’s said junior Sam Davidoff-Gore ‘15. “The thing to know about Brown’s homecoming is that it is the SEE PEERS PAGE 16
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Students seeking Homecoming weekend celebrations outside of Greek life will be offered a selection of both, including the Homecoming bonfire and an a cappella showcase. This year’s Homecoming will differ from past years since the
new policy prohibits freshmen from entering Greek houses until after the weekend “I hope that the college could organize more alternatives,” Karolina Krelinova ’14 said. After the bonfire, Collis After Dark will host a midnight breakfast with live music from Reckless Breakfast.
Every Saturday morning of a home football game, Alumni Relations hosts lectures delivered by Dartmouth professors. Adjunct Tuck School of Business Professor Chris Trimble will speak at 10 a.m. in Alumni Hall. To accommodate freshmen’s SEE NON-GREEK PAGE 15
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Originating in September 1895, Dartmouth Night and its iconic of campus culture, despite some changes from celebrations of the past. Described as an event that “disturbed the slumber of a peaceful town” and “illustrated the success and ability of Dartmouth graduates,” Homecoming has always — as its namesake implies — welcomed the success and presence of alumni. “I would say a clear parallel is that Dartmouth Night and Homecoming were just as big a deal then as they are now,” Dartmouth for Life director Daniel Parish ’89 said. “I can remember standing in the middle of the Green and looking around, the same way [students will] this fall, looking around seeing thousands of people light up by light from the Although the College has let some of the “old traditions fail”, Dartmouth Night still exists to preserve its original intention of strengthening what former College President William Jewett Tucker referred to as the “Dartmouth Spirit.” In the
class would stay out and guard the roving groups of upperclassmen that would try to come and knock parts of it over, Parish said. The culture on campus is healthier and more inclusive than when he was a student in the late 1980s, though there are still students who do not feel as integrated into the College community, Parish said. “I loved my time as a Dartmouth student, but having been here off and on for more than two decades, I look at the range of opportunities and the range of ways students can engage with one another now,” he said. “I think it’s a stronger sense of connection and community than when I was a student.” Former history professor Jere Daniell ’55 said the campus culture has reamined largely the same. While he drew several parallels between the College’s past and present, he said there was less of an emphasis on binge drinking 60 years ago. Dartmouth’s academic culture has also changed dramatically over the past 60 years, becoming “more SEE CULTURE PAGE 20
Students gathered inside Collis Center to drink cider during Dartmouth Night last year.
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WHY DOES OUR BELOVED TRADITION OF OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF HAZING? BY MARIAN LURIO It’s just word association: when somebody mentions “Homecoming,” the first word that pops into my mind is “bonfire.” Running around the bonfire stands out as one of the highlights of my and many other students’ Dartmouth experiences thus far. It’s a Dartmouth tradition that dates back over a century. While most freshmen enjoy running around the bonfire, this tradition has come under fire (no pun intended) in recent years. A giant mass of freshmen running circles around a colossal bonfire amidst a fair amount of heckling by their older peers seems to fit the Greek Letter Organization and Societies’
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definition of hazing. According to the 20122013 GLOS handbook, hazing is defined as an action or situation involving new members of a group contingent on their membership in the group that would be perceived by a rational person as likely to produce discomfort, harm, stress or embarrassment. Furthermore, the handbook states, it does not matter whether or not the participants participate in the activity voluntarily. It’s hazing nonetheless. In my conversations about the bonfire, I have never spoken with someone who has felt humiliated or harmed from their experience running with their class. Of course, you will need immediate medical treatment for those third-degree burns you’ll sustain if you touch the fire. While the bonfire ritual itself is not a hazing activity, the way many students choose to interpret the situation can lead to harmful behavior said Aine Donovan, director of the Ethics Institute. The GLOS handbook probably goes a little too far erring on the side of caution in its definition of hazing. “The intention behind it is a really good one—it kicks off the fall season, past classes are back,” Donovan said. “The bad part is upperclassmen can go off the tipping point of doing something really stupid like encouraging them to do something that’s harmful,” The danger of rituals surface when people have to prove themselves to be part of a community. However, this is a phenomenon that is rampant in all institutions and students need to have more active roles in shaping campus life. “Our students really respond positively to dialogue and we don’t have enough opportunity for that,” she said. Jamie Choi ’15 expressed nostalgia over
running around the fire amidst friendly jeering from older students. “I still laugh when I think about the upperclassmen who ran after me for an entire lap begging me to touch the fire,” Choi said. While some people believe that the heckling
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said. “There is no punishment or social stigma attached to not participating,” Dewey said. “I had a great Homecoming and did not run around the bonfire.” The bonfire is the first time freshmen can see the strength of the Dartmouth
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community because it is one of the few events that almost the entire student body as well as a large number of alumni attend, Dewey said. “Being an athlete the first year this rule [new hazing sanction] was instituted, I was disappointed,” Dewey said. “Obviously people do not want to look stupid,
but dressing up is a fun tradition and lets athletes bond as a grade on the team and show their pride for their team.” The bonfire is a tradition embraced by most of the Dartmouth community. There seems to be a flaw in the GLOS rules that this mostly harmless tradition would fall under GLOS’s definition of hazing. “The administration is having an identity crisis —tradition or political correctness,” Xander Greer ’16 said. GLOS director Wes Schaub did not respond to requests for comment.
counters the welcoming atmosphere the community should create, many students seem to be taking these concerns into consideration, Choi said. “I noticed last year that there were significantly more students with supportive signs, cheering on the freshmen,” she said. While the College should not condone unreasonable or cruel activities, GLOS’s definition of hazing is too rigid, Choi said. “Some of the practices defined as hazing, and therefore technically banned, are activities that a group of friends might decide to do on their own in order to get to know each other better or to foster group bonding,” Choi said. The bonfire is different than hazing because it is a tradition and rite of passage to represent your class rather than an initation into the school, Tori Dewey ’16
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Dartmouth’s bonfire, now a sturdy 30-foot structure made up of 280 six-by-six by 96-inch timbers, used to merely be a giant junk pile made up of ladders, barrels, tables and other scrap materials. Though bonfires have evolved over the years, their basic function as rallying points for the College and Hanover community remains unchanged.
Dartmouth’s first bonfire celebrated a baseball victory, and started the tradition of freshmen building bonfires after each home game. “In those days there were certain things freshmen had to do,” former Dean of the College Ralph Manuel ’58 said. “Building the bonfire was considered a oneyear investment for a three-year dividend.” Freshmen were sent out to find
wood and trash that could be used as fill, sometimes with unexpected results. Manuel recalled a story about students who went to tear down a barn for bonfire materials in 1982, but accidentally tore down the wrong one. For the most part, however, contacts within the Hanover community facilitated finding material for the bonfire. After the dean’s SEE BONFIRE PAGE 18
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people who met their wife at our restaurant, what they wrote on mat. We have to keep them.”
students since 1947. “Our waitresses that have been here since Lou’s time love to recognize faces and hear stories,” Fried said. Lou’s tries to keep old favorites
like crullers. While students are more concer ned about eating healthy, alumni are eager to have the big portions that they remember. As returning alumni bring their business and love of the College back to Hanover, they also bring their memories from their time at the College. “We hear stories about people who met their wife at our restaurant, or the talk about what they wrote on the back of a placemat,” Fried said. “We have to keep the traditions alive for them.” Booked a year in advance for Homecoming weekend, Six South Street Hotel also increases employees for the weekend. “We increase staff for the weekend because we are sold out,” general manager Jennifer Sargent said. “We prep the staff with additional training to be ready for the high volume. For Homecoming and other big weekends people are friendly and excited to be here, which makes it a pleasure.”
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same weekend as Family Weekend, so there is overlap – but for most people, at least in my circle, homecoming is a non-entity,” DavidoffGore said. “As for ragers, there isn’t really anything out of the ordinary since it’s also Family Weekend.” Princeton refers to its homecoming as “Reunions Weekend,” which will include guest speakers, the annual P-rade and a nighttime While Harvard and Yale do weekend, students celebrate the
annual Harvard-Yale football game, commonly referred to as the Game, with parties and tailgates. “The Game is the real deal,” sophomore Bryan Moore said. “Alumni from years and years back all show up to root for their team, festive events for current students, alumni and families.” The Harvard-Yale game is widely in college sports. This year will mark the 130th game between the two teams, with Harvard on a winning streak that extends back to 2007. Approximately 80,000 fans at-
tend the game, with many more unable to enter the stadium. There’s such a crowd on Gameday that cell phone service goes out for hours at a time,” Moore said. Columbia will celebrate a homecoming picnic, a carnival and a football game against Penn. Last year, over 1,200 people attended Columbia’s festivities. “There aren’t many events that bring together the current students and the graduates, but alumni sometimes program events of their own, like get-togethers with the football team,” alumni communications associate director Lisa Palladino said.
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“Such a high percentage of people who are students at Dartmouth are in the Greek system that it is really what they think of when they come back,” Tetirick said. Tetirick also expressed excitement over the newly-inaugurated president. “I’m glad to see a graduate of Dartmouth as president,” he said. “The relationship between alumni and [the] College is very good.” For several alumni, Homecom-
“I’m glad to see a graduate of Dartmouth as president. The alumni and the College is very good.”
Students at Cornell University watch their own Homecoming football game.
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ing is a time for family members to connect over shared experiences, Krista Corr ’86 said. “My father was a ’49, so I’ve been coming to Homecoming for pretty much my whole life” she said. Corr is helping plan her class’s mini-reunion. Corr said she laments the fact that many members of her class did not begin attending reunions
until much later after graduation. “What I’m finding in my class is that there are a lot more people who have come back the past couple years, mostly because they have kids who are looking at Dartmouth or are going to Dartmouth now,” she said. “My big desire is just to have more people come up and enjoy this fun weekend.” Ralph Manuel ’58 said the Homecoming experience has changed over the years, especially in regards to freshmen running around the bonfire. “Nobody expected you to do it every single time,” he said. “Now it’s a class activity.” Classes that support scholarship programs also get a chance to meet the students whom they helped fund this weekend, and Wheeler said he looks forward to talking to these students, whose participation across campus varies from sports teams to the arts. Chuck Sherman ’66 said his class will meet with the students it supports financially as well, including two interns at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. “I am also looking forward to meeting ’16s, who are invited to a reception with my class in the faculty lounge, where we’re having our mini-reunion,” he said. “I always enjoy interacting with the undergraduates. That’s probably the best part.”
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policy have been mixed among ’17s. “Some people are a little bit upset, and some people see it as a good thing since they get to bond more with each other first,” Sales said. Although many students interviewed shared this reaction, they all agreed that the week after Homecoming would likely see an influx of ’17s heading out to
Webster Ave. “I feel like it makes sense why they chose those dates, but it’s unwise because it will make partying go all through Homecoming weekend and the week after,” Gabrielle Bozarth ’17 said. She added that the policy has not negatively impacted her experience. Greek presidents met with the Greek Leadership Council last Friday to discuss Homecoming and the following week, GLC moderator Elliot Sanborn ’14 said.
tradition, we want to make sure that the tradition goes on,” Kinne said. First-year undergraduate advisor Gustavo Mercado ’16 said he discussed safety procedures with his residents prior to the weekend, informing them of the increased presence of Hanover Police and of the College’s policies and disciplinary procedures. “I do think that Hanover police being present at these events is a major deterrent for these types of traditions,” Mercado said. “However, if people really want to keep the tradition alive, I doubt Hanover Police would be too
off-putting.” In addition to patrolling the stadium during the game, Hanover Police will
to prevent people from getting too close and getting burned. While the barricades are put in place to deter rambunctious students, they also shield Moran said. The police also put temporary and portable lights along the Green in order to prevent thefts or assaults by perpetrators who take advantage of the darkness, he said. In the context of previous years, recent Homecoming celebrations have
tended to feature less chaotic student behavior. “It may have something to do with people being a little bit more moderate with their drinking earlier in the night,” Moran said. “Some of it also deals with the deterring factor of having security and police present.” Because of the vast participation in revelry throughout the weekend, the police must allot a certain amount of security to react to sudden problems on campus. “Crazy things happen,” Moran said. “People do weird things. We need to be to problems.”
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Homecoming would be,” Roberts said. Bill Mitchell ’79 has a potential solution for this waste. Mitchell recently published a column in The Dartmouth regarding his campaign to “Ban the Can” or ease up the policy on kegs so that they become more attractive to fraternities. Using self-collected data from surveys and fraternity spending, Mitchell discovered that 1.7 million beers are consumed annually at Dartmouth, 75 percent of which is in the form of cans, creating 19.8 tons of waste. “A disproportionate share of
that waste comes on the high holy weekends,” Mitchell said. Currently, fraternities must inform the College when they are using kegs, making it an unappealing option to students. Mitchell believes that these regulations should be lifted in order to discourage the use of cans and the waste they create. Pan supports the move toward kegs from a sustainability standpoint. “If we’re going to do something about it, there should just definitely be something that’s long-term,” she said. “I think not just for Homecoming but for our school in general, that’s something that the administration should look into.”
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office cut funding for bonfires in 1971, the Dartmouth athletic department decided to place costs temporarily under the cheerleading budget. Joe Walsh’84, who served as one of two upperclassmen supervising bonfire construction, remembered that then-athletics associate director Ken Jones coordinated the delivery of railroad ties, handled communication with Upper Valley contacts and organized transportation for students sent to retrieve these materials. Bonfire construction typically took three to four days, with the bulk of the work being done in the afternoon. Throughout the years, changing standards have caused bonfires to become more regulated. Bonfires are now required to be extinguished by 2 a.m. in compliance with the New Hampshire Air Pollution Control Commission. Other regulations include the requirement to obtain a permit and the limiting of burning material to wood. Walsh noted that safety was probably the biggest change in Dartmouth bonfires. “Nobody wore hard hats or safety belts,” Walsh said. “We rode
on the back of the dump trucks going out to the barns and getting the fill and we rode back on top of the fill.” Patrick Connolly ’85 said bonfires were subject to fewer regulations when he was at Dartmouth, which had both its advantages and disadvantages. “A lot of safety measures have gone into place that make sense which were not standard practice 30 or 40 years ago, so I think a lot of safety measures make sense now, and there are things common in workplace and in bonfire that were not as common then,” Connolly said. Bonfire safety standards were reviewed further following the explosion of the bonfire at Texas A&M University in 1999, which killed 12 students and injured 27. A document entitled “Bonfire Construction Safety Policies and Procedures” prohibits students who are not working on the bonfire from climbing up the structure, limits the number of students allowed on top of the bonfire and restricts lighting the bonfire without adult supervision. T he tradition of running around the bonfire possibly gained popularity following the administration’s decision to restrict the
height of bonfires in 1990, which led to students placing a wooden sign of their class year on the top of the bonfire. “I guess the class feels it bonds them, but my concern is that it’s pretty dangerous,” Manuel said. “As Dean, I had to deal with instances when students were seriously injured.” Dartmouth students did not always support the bonfires. Some said that by focusing on the football team, the bonfire demonstrated commitment to male athletics over other activities, encouraged traditions that ignored the diversity of the student body and negatively impacted the environment. Connolly acknowledged that there had always been some critics, but said that Dartmouth bonfires foster a sense of community among students. “You saw alums there who had graduated 50 or 60 years ago, you saw parents and children, you saw little kids with Dartmouth shirts. You really felt like you were a part of something bigger,” he said. “It is a magical thing to see the huge pyre of flames and to see it reflecting off the windows of the Hopkins Center. That you won’t forget.”
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East Wheelock clusters, picking up students along the way. The entire class marches as a group onto the Green, cheered on by upperclassmen and alumni. Freshman UGAs are required to do one three-hour round through
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residential clusters to check on the safety of their students. UGAs patrol the dorms from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in pairs. Looking for loud music, breaking up parties with underage drinking and checking bathrooms, lounges and laundry rooms for students who may be sick or unconscious are among their duties.
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Because rounds prevent UGAs from participating in some portion of the Homecoming celebrations, the assignment of shifts is contentious. “There is definitely a little bit of a squabble,” Porter said. “Of course, the seniors always want the best shifts because it’s their last Homecoming — we consider the best shifts to be on Thursday night, so you can still partake in the Homecoming festivities on Friday and Saturday.” Rachel Funk ’15, a freshman UGA in Fahey residence hall, explained that seniors’ demands may go unanswered. “Oftentimes it is just completely random — [UGAs] just pick numbers out of a hat,” Funk said. Some UGAs also dislike rounds because they produce resentment among residents. “The problem with things like rounds is that they end up being one of the things that make us seem like RAs at other schools,” said Sebastian DeLuca ’14, a UGA in the Gold Coast cluster. “Residents end up not liking their UGAs and see them as enforcers rather than what they really are, which is people trying to strengthen residential communities.” UGAs worry that they will run
into more dangerous drinking situations than usual due to the new policy that prohibits freshmen from entering fraternities until after Homecoming. “In fraternities, it’s traditionally harder to get access...to hard alcohol, because there [is] a culture around drinking beer as opposed to taking shots,” DeLuca said. “The problem is, since that won’t be an option, there’s going to be a high volume of people still partying, but they’re going to be in the dorms. So a lot of UGAs, myself included, feel that there is going to be a lot more high-risk drinking thanks to this new policy.” Funk noted that the problem is an old one. “It’s not as though this is a new concern,” Funk said. “We don’t know if there’s going to be anything worse this year.” Ultimately, UGAs said they find some humor and surprise in their rounds that make their task more bearable. “The funniest thing as a UGA is trying to figure out who is super enthused about Dartmouth and who is just totally drunk,” DeLuca said. “With flair [and] with the bonfire, you can’t tell half the time who is ragingly drunk or who is just really excited.”
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recollection of the Homecoming weekend as being something really different than the others.” Despite the hazy memories, Hanlon remains excited about this year’s Homecoming and the rest of “I’m looking forward to the fun.” Hanlon and his wife Gail Gentes plan to attend at least two more
“One of the things I consistently heard from students is their experience was the
Homecoming events — the football game against Yale University and the parade. They plan to bring one of their two dogs to the parade. “We’ll see how that works,” Gentes said. “She’s never been in a parade before, and she’s not very well-behaved, but she likes to ride in cars, so I think it’ll be okay.” Gentes said she is most anticipat“I’ve heard so much about it,”
Gentes said. “You know, we met a lot of students over the summer, and one of the things I consistently heard from students is their favorite As Hanlon relives his past memories, Gentes will be forming entirely new ones: a 1974 graduate of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., Gentes never attended any sort of homecoming events. “I went to a small women’s college, and as far as I know, we did not have a homecoming,” she said. “There were no football games and I quite honestly did not participate much in the athletics there.” Though the large turnout of Hanlon’s class members at the inauguration two weeks prior makes it unlikely that many will return again, Hanlon remains excited to back to campus. “They have such love for the institution,” Hanlon said. “That’s clear right off the bat, but they’re also interested in what’s going on, concerned about some things, excited about some things. It’s always fun to sort of catch up with them.” Vespoli echoed Hanlon’s sentiments about Homecoming’s importance for the alumni and the rest of Hanover. “It brings the community together,” Vespoli said. “All the students. All the different classes.”
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There will be well over 20 gatherings, including the Dartmouth versus Yale University football game. Some students away this term expressed a sadness at not witness-
ambitious in terms of scholarship,” he said. Since Daniell’s time as a freshman, in the College’s efforts to compete, Dartmouth has launched a rigorous revision over the admission of students, as well as hiring and retention of professors, he said. Further more, demographic changes including the integration of women in 1972 have added new diversity to a previously “homogenous” student body. In the past the all-male College students brought dates from out of town for the weekend.
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“Homecoming is a so are most weekends. I think it is more important to some of the alumni and just an excuse for current students to party.”
ing the traditional field rush during halftime. Though Dartmouth traditions have remained important to students and alumni over generations, some current students who will miss Homecoming are not as affected.
Jill Horing ’15, who is currently studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, said one weekend does not compare to how great an experience her study abroad has been. “I’m a little sad to be missing it, but to be honest I hadn’t give it much thought,” Horing said. “Homecoming is a fun weekend to be at school, but then again so are most weekends. I think it is more important to some of the alumni and just an excuse for current students to party.” Bradshaw expressed a similar sentiment, saying that though she is nostalgic about missing the weekend’s festivities, the opportunity to study abroad was worth missing one big weekend. Nicholas Parillo ’15, who is also on the English FSP, said that both Homecoming and study abroad programs are about meeting new friends and pushing the limits of one’s comfort zone. “In forcing me out of Hanover and into a small group of people I mostly didn’t know previously, I think my FSP experience represents the spirit of Homecoming,” he said. Off-term students are not the only ones missing out on Homecoming. Men and women’s cross-coun-
try, soccer, golf and equestrian teams have off campus games over Homecoming weekend. Jeffrey Lang’17, who is missing his first Homecoming to play in a golf tournament at Temple University, said missing Homecoming will be rough, especially after hearing stories from upperclassmen during trips. “It’s a huge bonding point for the class, so to miss it will make me feel slightly removed. Hopefully, I’ll get a couple snapchats though to make me feel like I’m there,” Lang said in an email. Corey Delaney’16, a member of the women’s soccer team, will miss Friday and Saturday due to a game against Yale. “I am upset that we are missing Homecoming because we are missing out on a Dartmouth tradition. We should be playing in front of our home crowd on Homecoming, especially with parents and alumni coming to Hanover,” Delaney said. However, the majority of students will be present throughout Homecoming weekend to welcome the Class of 2017 and celebrate the return of the school year. “Homecoming means a bonfire, football, lots of fun, lots of noise and a really tough Monday,” Draeker said.
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“That sea of humanity on the Green with people watching the away by that each fall,” Parish said. “Part of [the change in campus steps Dartmouth has taken over the last 25 years or so to create a more positive community dynamic.“ David Sloper’60 said that he remembers that school spirit was at a all-time high during his own homecomings. “It was very contagious,” Sloper said. “We felt very good about Dartmouth. We were better than everyone else. We felt like it was one of the best places to go.”
Alums embrace and sing the alma mater on the steps of Dartmouth Hall.
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it’s coming. You’re just proud to be whatever year you are.” After making its way around the Green, the crowd will take a break in front of Dartmouth Hall for the night ceremonies with speeches from Hanlon, alumni relations vice president Martha Beattie ’76, football tri-captain Bronson Green ’14 and field hockey co-captain Jennifer Weissbach ’14. Finally, at 8:30 p.m., the freshmen will circle around the bonfire, which will be adorned with their class number. Far from “just a pile of wood”, the bonfire is a symbol that helps increase older students’ interest in the freshmen, Munroe said. “It’s this little spark, and it grows into this whole thing that is engulfed in flames,” Munroe said. “People probably remember their first Homecoming and they remember what it was like to be a freshman. They’re excited that you’re going to experience this for the first time, because they know how exciting it was for them.” As a freshman, Munroe was surprised at the amount of support her class received as they ran around the bonfire. “I was told that when I ran
around it, people were going to yell mean things at me and that I needed to keep going,” Munroe said. “There were actually a lot of people who made signs like ‘Keep going,’ [or] ‘We love you ’16s.’ It’s amazing that even though it’s the freshmen who start out running, you feel like the whole school’s around you.” Asha Pollydore ’17 said she is a little wary after hearing that some freshmen run a 100 laps plus the number of their class year. “I plan on maybe only going 17, and I will probably be dying after that,” Pollydore said. “But I’m still pretty excited. It’s going to be all 1,117 of us doing something together, and that’s just great class spirit. I want us to just get a little closer as a class.” Deep Singh ’17 said he only wishes that the bonfire will be “big and warm.” “Honestly, it doesn’t really matter too much what the ceremony looks like,” Singh said. “It’s kind of like a ceremonial dance around the bonfire as we celebrate the unity of our brethren. I think just the idea that there’s going to be a lot of people there, we’ll be able to make more friends and extend our friend groups is appealing in itself.”
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Faculty, Hanover community express sense of isolation B y troy palmer
The Dartmouth Staff
This year, as for decades, Homecoming will mark the construction of center of the Green. Bright-eyed ’17s will conquer their fears, a purported half-marathon and their classmates’ respect as they complete the 117 requinumber of alumni will descend upon Hanover, misty-eyed ’14s will wield posters proclaiming the freshman class the new “worst class ever,” and the following ’17 footsteps behind the doors of Greek houses. Despite preferred celebration of all things Dartmouth over the course of Homecoming weekend, integral portions of the larger Dartmouth community seem to remain absent. Namely, both the faculty and the Hanover community seem left by the wayside in the weekend’s celebrations. Speaking with professors and members of the local Dartmouth Night and Homecoming remain celebrations of students and alumni. Ultimately, it may simply be impractical to develop an all-inclusive Homecoming celebration. Faculty roles at the College are quite disparate, and as a result, differences might produce a cacophony of competing ideas. For music professor Melinda O’Neal, the
ideal Homecoming weekend would be anchored by campus-wide musical endeavors. “If Homecoming were up to me, I’d plan a music festival, construct a very large pavilion on the Green and teach everyone how to sing a work by a Dartmouth composer commissioned for the occasion so we had one in-common musical experience sharing substantial vocal repertoire together,” O’Neal said. “But that’s just me.” Given the variation in the ideal inclusive Homecoming from one faculty member to another, it makes sense that there is no formal incorporation of faculty. Even so, passive participation is common among professors and members of the local community. Some, like government professor Michael Herron, take advantage of the novelty of the weekend by turning it into a personal holiday. Others, like biology professor Lee Witters, use the weekend as an opportunity to reconnect with past students when they return in droves for Homecoming. Despite this, faculty members’ attitudes toward Homecoming are largely apathetic. Traditionally, professors seldom seek involve themselves with the orchestration of the weekend, and most seem content to leave planning and coordination to the devices of the student body and alumni association. In Professor Witters’ words, Homecom-
ing is quite simply “a social occasion directed at students and alums.” Some professors choose to incorporate the weekend into the academic setting. In a few subject areas, the traditions of Homecoming offer a context in which topics covered in class can be explored.
to provide a distinctly “Dartmouth” spin on material taught at all colleges. Nichols said in an email that “Homecoming offers an opportunity to discuss anthropological perspectives on rituals and conspicuous consumption that is very immediate for students, and also to acknowledge Dartmouth’s own complex history.” Similarly, chemistry professor Jon
of alumni and student families places customers on the doorsteps of local
up and the local economy is left with its own victory to celebrate. For Morano Gelato, the increase in business is particularly marked. Selling campaigns at football games, including the Homecoming game, paired with weekly discounts for Dartmouth students further boost sales. “We expect a decline in sales with the coming of fall – it’s a slow season. But during Homecoming, we anticipate a
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Dartmouth-centric celebrations – or at least ones that draw a crowd – seem welcome, if not encouraged by the Hanover community. On the celebration proclaimed Dartmouth Night and Homecoming weekend, the infrastructure of the Dartmouth community seems to be absent. Perhaps the laundry list of celebrated items should be amended to include the faculty and local community. But even so, they seem content with the status quo. Though we may fail to encompass everyone with our antics, at the very least, we put on a spectacle for them to enjoy.
for teaching in his chemistry courses. “I often quiz my general class with a “I ask them to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide released or to calculate the energy equivalent of gasoline and how far a car could travel with it.” chemistry courses this fall, Kull’s luxuries as a chemistry teacher enable him to take it one step further. “I usually try to blow something up in a demo to add to the general excitement,” he said. Much like faculty, Hanover locals do not turn out en masse to observe the mother of all shmobs encircle a pile of burning timbers, but they play a role in their own right. The annual pilgrimage
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The ’17s guide to homecoming weekend
B y jake bayer The Dartmouth Staff
For the first big weekend of any Dartmouth student, I cannot stress the importance of coming entirely prepared. You are freshmen after all, and this is your initiation into the Dartmouth community. Here is a checklist of essential items to keep with you to fully enjoy the magic of Homecoming.
Many traditional Homecoming events involve intense physical activis more vague than the others because the feeling that Homecoming brings is one of comfort and school spirit.
Autumn comes early and hard in Hanover, so you will need some insulation from the elements— a fracket. A clever amalgam of frat and jacket, this beloved article of clothing should be as hideous and bright as possible because that pile of black Patagonias and North Faces at TDX look far too similar, especially to inebriated party-goers. Even though freshmen are less likely to lose their jackets while dorm-hopping from pregame to pregame, I’d bring it along as practice for next weekend when frats open.
cops. In order to maximize fun, keep some electrolytes on you at all times and stay hydrated.
The Dartmouth class jersey is a long-sleeve green shirt with your class number emblazoned across the front. Freshmen don these shirts to all match as they parade around town and circle the blazing fire. It also allows other members of the community to know why you don’t seem to understand what’s going on.
by your professors and the very scary looking state troopers, one or more of you will certainly still try. In that case, be prepared to be tackled with a force that would make even a linebacker quiver in fear. You’ll need these band aids to patch up those oh-so-nasty knee scrapes and grass burns.
You’ll want whiskey, because unlike the usual weekend of rubbing alcohol vodka, rum that even a pirate could afford and gasoline tequila, Homecoming is a time to indulge yourself with a good whiskey. Dartmouth is a classy Ivy League school and sipping on a whiskey neat is an easy way to feel as successful as the alumni from Hanover. Plus, whiskey and apple cider is possibly the tastiest way to drink responsibly for Upper Valley residents.
Homecoming is also a time to show off to your friends at other schools just how awesome Dartmouth is. You’ll want to bring a device that can
contacts. Remember ’17s: pics or it didn’t happen.
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