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Town hall focuses on C3I Carol Folt resigns and anniversary celebrations as UNC Chancellor B y the dartmouth senior staff










Wednesday’s town hall addressed the College’s initiative to tackle sexual violence on campus.

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Around 70 members of the Dartmouth community crowded into Spaulding Auditorium on Jan. 16 for the quarterly town hall meeting. Executive vice president Rick Mills led the discussion, which focused on the new Campus Climate and Culture Initiative — or C3I — and the College’s 250th

anniversary celebrations. The next town hall will be held on Mar. 27 and will cover the College’s plan to build a new biomass power plant and the expansion of graduate housing in Lebanon. The 250th celebration co-chairs — Vice President for Alumni Relations Cheryl Bascomb ’82 and English professor Donald Pease — and Title IX coordinator Kristi Clemens joined him to

address items on the agenda. Clemens opened with a discussion of the initiative, a set of actions aimed at “creating a learning environment free from sexual harassment and the abuse of power,” according to the College’s official press release. The College announced the launch of the initiative on Jan. 3. SEE TOWN HALL PAGE 5

For mer interim College President Carol Folt announced her resignation from her position as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday. Folt also announced that she had ordered the removal of a Confederate statue on campus out of safety concerns. The university’s Board of Gover nor s acce pted Folt’s resignation but told her to step down by Jan. 31. In her original announcement, Folt had said she would leave at the end of the academic year in May. The statue, also known as “Silent Sam,” was torn off its base in August by students who protested its symbolism as a shrine for white supremacy. The status was never returned to its original spot on campus. The monument was originally erected on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 1913 to remember the “sons of the university who died for their beloved Southland 1861-1865,” according to the school’s website. It had been

built at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees expressed its support for Folt’s decision to approve the removal of the monument’s base and commemorative plaques. Folt was elected as UNCChapel Hill’s 11th chancellor in 2013, becoming the first woman to lead the university. Prior to assuming her leadership role at the oldest public university in the U.S., Folt had held a 30-year career at Dartmouth. A biology professor, she also served as dean of graduate studies and dean of faculty before being appointed as provost in 2010. In 2012, Folt became interim College President — the first woman to hold the office — following the departure of former College President Jim Yong Kim, who left to become president of the World Bank. College President Phil Hanlon succeeded Folt in June 2012.

Pine Park trails will After delay, construction begins close in February on indoor practice facility B y savannah Eller The Dartmouth Staff

Some of the College’s most scenic trails will be closed as trees are removed to improve the health of the century-old and dying Pine Park. The project is set to start at the beginning of February if weather conditions hold and will last two to four weeks, according to associate director of Facilities Operation and Management Tim McNamara ’78 A&S ’12.

The affected trails are part of Pine Park, an area of protected woodland north of campus and abutting the Hanover Country Club. Established in 1900 by Hanover residents, the park is a popular destination for students and town residents alike, according to Pine Park Association president and government professor Linda Fowler. She stressed that this land was “venerable,” as it is SEE PINE PARK PAGE 3

B y Charles Chen

The Dartmouth Staff

Following a long delay, construction officially began this past Monday on a new building on campus. Contractors began laying down hardpack to allow for the movement of heavy vehicles for the 70,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility to be located near Thompson Arena and Bernstein Field, adjacent to the Boss Tennis

Center. According to vice president of planning, design and construction John Scherding, planning for a new athletic facility began over five years ago with a feasibility study conducted in 2012. The permit was origionally denied by the Hanover planning board in 2016, but was ultimately granted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court in November 2018. Officials had identified

a need for indoor practice space for Dartmouth athletic teams, said Bob Ceplikas ’78, deputy director of athletics and recreation at the College. “As the northernmost Ivy League school, Dartmouth faces unique challenges regarding the need for indoor practice space,” Ceplikas said. According to Ceplikas, demand for Leverone Field House, currently the only multi-use indoor athletic





DAily debriefing In the midst of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump said in a publicly-released letter that he would deny House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for her trip to Afghanistan, Brussels and Egypt. Trump’s letter comes following Pelosi’s proposal that he postpone his State of the Union address for security reasons. The letter — which was released within the hour that Pelosi and other House Democrats were scheduled to leave on Thursday — called the trip a “public relations event” and told the speaker that she was welcome to fly to Afghanistan on a commercial airline, but that the White House would not provide a military plane. The president has the authority to instruct the defense apartment to withhold military assets from congressional delegations, but military transport is typically provided for members of Congress. Pelosi’s spokesman said the purpose of the trip to Afghanistan was to thank American servicemen and women abroad. A Chicago court acquitted three police officers accused of protecting fellow police officer Jason Van Dyke after he shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager. The officers were accused of falsifying police reports about the shooting and “shooing away” eyewitnesses at the scene, facing charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson found that the state failed to meet the burden of proof and dismissed claims from the prosecutors that the officers had conspired and obstructed justice. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged the presence of a police “code of silence” in Chicago — a city where police have been accused of covering up the misconduct of their fellow police officers for decades. New England is likely to see a major snow storm this weekend, with weather forecasters expecting up to two feet of snow. The National Weather Service has declared a winter storm watch in effect for the weekend. Following the storm — which is expected to start Saturday evening and continue through Sunday afternoon — New Hampshire is expected to experience the coldest temperatures of the season. Monday’s high temperature is forecasted to be in the single digits above zero, and the low temperature is forecasted to be below zero with heavy wind chill. Road crews are preparing for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and wind amidst the cold temperatures. -COMPILED BY RACHEL PAKIANATHAN

New practice facility may open in 2020 through the town planning board site plan review and receive approval for facility on campus, far exceeds its any new construction, according to capacity. Hanover town manager Julia Griffin. The new practice facility Griffin said that though the is planned for completion in majority of Hanover residents would March 2020, though according be unaffected by the new facility, to Scherding, College officials are the town heard from concerned hoping to hasten construction as townspeople whose residences much as possible. would abut the new “We’re trying “It is a big industrial building to push as hard he people building, larger than we“ Theard as we can on the from s ch e d u l e, ” h e your average college were largely from said. “We would building constructed t h e i m m e d i at e love to have the vicinity,” she said. facility usable for abutting a “It is a big industrial as much of the neighborhood. building, larger winter term next your average There was a general than year as possible.” college building A c c o r d i n g concern about the constructed to Ceplikas, the impact of the large abutting a primary feature of neighborhood. the new facility is building on the way There was a a 56,000-square- their neighborhood general concern foot turf field, about the impact of feels or looks.” nearly three times the large building the size of the on the way their turf field in the -JULIA GRIFFIN, neighborhood feels Leverone Field or looks.” House. It will HANOVER TOWN In response to also include two MANAGER Hanover residents’ batting tunnels, c o n c e r n s , video filming Scherding noted platforms and a sports medicine that several changes were made to space. the design of the facility, including While the facility will primarily decreasing the number of windows, serve the varsity baseball, football, lowering the building’s overall lacrosse, rugby, soccer and softball height, agreeing to guidelines about teams, it will also provide additional building usage times and noise flexibility to varsity field hockey, level and limiting movement of club sports and recreational sports construction vehicles to Thompson in Leverone Field House, Ceplikas Lot. However, in December 2016, said. the town planning board voted 4-1 Planning for a new facility to deny the College’s application for continued with building design in a construction permit. the summer of 2015, but College “It’s pretty unusual for the officials ran into difficulty after planning board to deny a College meeting with the town planning application, but it is not unusual to board, Scherding said. have abutter concern or opposition As a private college, Dartmouth to College projects when the projects has to meet zoning laws but also go are happening on the periphery of FROM PRACTICE FACILITY PAGE 1

campus,” Griffin said. She added that for most Dartmouth construction projects that occur more centrally on campus, there is less concern. The College appealed the planning board’s decision in court. Though a New Hampshire court first ruled in the town’s favor, in November 2018 the New Hampshire Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s ruling, clearing the way for the College to construct the new facility. The New Hampshire Supreme Court also granted the College a “builder’s remedy,” removing the need to reapply for a building permit, Scherding said. Scherding said that the indoor practice space has a simple construction design and will include many prefabricated parts, which will allow an accelerated construction schedule. He also said that because of the new facility’s location, disruption to campus will be minimal and facilities near the new building like the Boss Tennis Center would be unaffected by construction. The new facility is fully funded by alumni gifts. Over $125 million — a combination of institutional support and alumni donations — have been invested in Dartmouth athletic facilities over the past 20 years, according to Ceplikas. Other athletic construction projects currently being undertaken include renovations to the ski team’s lockers in Robinson Hall and to the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse. The College typically grants naming privileges for new buildings to each project’s lead donor. For this new facility, the lead donor is currently anonymous but has reserved naming rights. Ceplikas said that for now, the facility will be known as the Dartmouth indoor practice facility.


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Trees will be removed to improve Pine Park

to be closed,” he said. “It just wouldn’t be safe in there with that amount of the oldest of Hanover’s conserved land. dead standing timber.” Fowler said she received a report During the tree removal, the golf course parking lot, freshmen hill, from a hiker about dead trees along the Cathedral Aisle trail and several other Cathedral Aisle trail this year, prompting access trails will be closed to the public. her to call in the College’s forester for Fowler says students and residents will an assessment. After meeting with still be able to use the park, but access College and Hanover officials, the Pine Park Association will be restricted in conjunction to those trails not “It’s definitely with the two in use. maintenance Known for going to change the entities decided unusually old white pine trees character of the park.” to hire a logging company to remove in some areas, the affected pine the maturing -TIM MCNAMARA ’78 trees. forest has recently According to received notice A&S’12, ASSOCIATE McNamara, the for declining DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES time frame of health among its the project will oldest or storm- OPERATION AND be decided this damaged trees. MANAGEMENT week, based on the At least four to number of trees five acres of the park held a large number of dead or needing removal and the logistical dying trees, McNamara said. The cause effort involved. Once the project is completed, of the die-off was most likely a recent increase in the needle cast fungal disease the Pine Park Association will begin as well as stressors like tree overcrowding evaluating ways to revitalize the logged areas. One option is to cultivate the and wind damage, he said. New Hampshire forest health natural successor species of pines programcoordinatorKyleLombardalso — hardwoods and hemlock. Young assessed the forest and recommended seedlings will have to be protected from the removal of diseased trees. He said invasive species encroachment and deer that while the death of older pines grazing, according to Fowler. However the park is conserved in followed the natural progression of the forest, too many dead trees would the future, McNamara says the popular become a safety issue to recreators in natural site will not go back to the way it was. the park. “It’s definitely going to change the “The problem with doing nothing is that all the trails would eventually have character of the park,” he said. FROM PINE PARK PAGE 1


Beginning in February, trails in Pine Park will be closed for two to four weeks as unhealthy, diseased trees are removed.






Breaking News! Just Kidding.

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Overuse of breaking news headlines contributes to desensitization and distrust. Breaking news! Donald Trump is at his MarA-Largo Club. Breaking news! Donald Trump is serving NFL players fast food. Breaking news! We have a breaking news epidemic. Constant access to local, national and international news is a reality for the vast majority of Americans — and news sources are capitalizing upon it. Americans are living in an information age that leaves them ever-hungry to remain connected to news at all times. The last few years in particular have seen Americans consuming more news than ever before. A study conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that the average American spends somewhere between 24-72 minutes with news a day. The desire to stay informed, in tandem with a dynamic national and international climate, has created a very gullible population that is always on edge, waiting for the next big piece of news to drop. This gives news networks an easy audience to capitalize on and suck in with attention-grabbing headlines on the TV screen in a coffee shop, on the lock screen of people’s phones or perhaps emblazoned on the newspapers that lie on their front steps. Unfortunately, this has created a host of problems that the public must contend with. Desensitization is perhaps the most disconcerting consequence. That is, the inability to be alarmed by life-endangering disasters. Some of us have lost the ability to cry when we see the death of a young child on the front page, or to be concerned when there is a terrorist attack near our hometown. The loss of these emotions is not so much due to drastic content change as it is a by-product of plastering President Donald Trump’s vacation plans and national emergencies under the same headline of “Breaking News.” Urgent news, in its true form, should be lifeendangering information that needs to quickly grab viewers’ attentions. With the obnoxious overuse of the “breaking news” headline also comes a burden of psychological and physical consequences. People are programmed to react to emergencies with a fight-or-flight response, and historically, “breaking news” headlines have elicited such a response. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule when breaking news affects a part of the world other than our own. Today, breaking news rarely affects anyone but the members of the United States government and are often insignificant updates regarding the

web of political drama engulfing the institution. CNN is perhaps the biggest over-user of breaking news headlines. Their abuse of the phrase served as the butt of Hasan Minhaj’s joke at the 2017 White house Correspondent Dinner. Minhaj pointed out that “[CNN has] got some really weird trust issues going on with the public.” Minhaj drew attention to a very real consequence of constantly scaring the public — a decline in the trust citizens have toward the media. As a result, CNN is knee-deep in the territory of “fake breaking news.” What will happen when CNN really needs to get the attention of the public? Will America trust the validity of the breaking news? While CNN may have been accused of such actions years ago, its consequences are felt more harshly by news consumers today because people are ingesting news with every turn of their head. News phone apps such as BBC and CNN capitalize on this, with their eye-catching red banner headlines. The United States’ political climate today is a perfect habitat for news agencies to draw in their targets. American citizens, obsessed with the volatility and drama of national politics, are vulnerable prey. Each week there is a different issue riling the country up, whether it is a sexual abuse account, an update from the 2016 Russian interference or a new executive order introduced by President Trump. In this polarizing time, Americans look to the news, not necessarily because they want to, but because the country is constantly changing. Spending hour after hour reading the flashing headlines causes many to forget the absurdity of political decisions such as a zero-tolerance immigration policy or travel ban on majority-Muslim countries. What is the next step? I believe there is value in creating regulations for what can constitute a breaking news headline. News agencies must ask: without this information branded as breaking news, will the public be at any loss? I also advocate for humanity-based reporting — for news sites to remember the real consequences that arise from an incorrect determination of urgent information. While citizens may be waiting anxiously for a Mueller investigation update, does that necessitate a breaking news story? News sources and its readers must work together to remain informed, but not paranoid. Citizens need to have confidence that news agencies are publicizing true “breaking news.” Believe me, this epidemic is not fake news.

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Question the money. But don’t waste it.

On campus these days, it’s hard not to notice that drives alumni donations — and both seem the grandiose energy that Dartmouth’s 250th to be at play. anniversary has ignited. The festivities launched Dartmouth is not alone in this attitude of on Jan. 10 with speeches by College President pleasing wealthy alumni for the sake of driving Phil Hanlon and the 250th co-chairs, vice in donations — it’s how American higher president for alumni relations Cheryl Bascomb education tends to function. Lighting up major ’82 and English professor Donald Pease, in the landmarks across the country and world does lobby of Baker Library. A new initiative, the nothing for a Dartmouth education, but does Call to Serve, was announced, setting a goal for everything for the alumni community in New the Dartmouth community to achieve 250,000 York City when they see the Empire State hours of community service by the end of the Building light up green, just for them. year. In the spirit of the liberal arts, eight new There is much to be said about the level of courses and 20 symposia have been created extravagance necessary for many members of to foster reflection amongst the community the Dartmouth community to unite behind on Dartmouth’s past and future. Exhibitions, their alma mater. By investing so much in its projects and performances under this same brand image in ways that do not directly add theme abound for the rest of the year. And very to the value of a Dartmouth education, the soon, the long-awaited opening of the newly College inherently nourishes a culture wherein renovated Hood Museum of Art will bring in alumni and students exalt the level of wealth a year of special programming and exhibits to and prestige associated with the College instead continue the celebration. of the experience fostered on this campus. If All this intellectual and creative flourishing Dartmouth were to remain exactly as it is — designed to honor Dartmouth’s legacy is not offering the same education and the same without at least some degree of pomp and opportunities — and the only changes were circumstance. Greenlighting Day on Jan. its U.S. News ranking or the budget allocated 12 sent flashy signals as landmarks in major to its New York or D.C alumni groups, it’s cities ’round the girdled plausible to assume that far earth were illuminated “This will be a year fewer alumni would want in green. Celebrations to send their children here. across the country will full of meaningful This kind of emphasis and bring alumni together for reflection and set of priorities should not champagne, hors d’oeuvres celebrations of pride, be encouraged — but the and nostalgic speeches financial support offered — all artfully designed to but it will also be a by alumni sustains the seduce donations out of the year full of seemingly Dartmouth education pockets of alumni looking students experience today. back on their Dartmouth meaningless and This year in particular, experiences with rose- ostentatious displays students ought not to let colored glasses. this spending go to waste. of wealth.” This will be a year full of While being cognizant meaningful reflection and of the incentives behind celebrations of pride, but it will also be a year Dartmouth alumni’s donations and full of seemingly meaningless and ostentatious acknowledging Dartmouth’s flaws, students displays of wealth. Don’t be fooled, though — still have a responsibility to learn, engage with these grandiose gestures and the many, many this community and take away as much as they glasses of champagne that Dartmouth will be can from their time here. serving to generous alumni mean more than The toxic environment highlighted by they seem. These gestures bring alumni back the recent lawsuit left many members of to their college days to remind them of all that this community upset and disappointed, Dartmouth has done for them; they remind and it shed light on just how much needs to them of how proud they are of their alma change for Dartmouth to become a safe and mater; and ultimately, they encourage them to inclusive environment for everyone the College make generous donations to an institution they welcomes onto its campus. And there are plenty feel indebted to. All this grandiosity is targeted more reasons to condemn Dartmouth as an and purposely meant to catalyze the generosity institution, but think carefully before boycotting that will give back to Dartmouth’s present and the College’s offerings or refusing to engage — future students. it does relatively less to send a message to its Giving alumni reason to be proud of their administration and more to potentially hurt alma mater is especially important right now. students for whom a Dartmouth education The $70 million federal class action against the would not be possible without alumni support. College came at a pivotal moment, creating a As the College celebrates its 250th anniversary, public dialogue on just how deeply entrenched exhibitions, lectures, performances and new sexual assault is at Dartmouth — moments courses give students the opportunity to deepen before its 250th anniversary. Many alumni are their understanding of the College, their roles angry and unwilling to give to an institution here and how they can utilize their experiences that has allowed such injustices to occur. It’s and education to create a better and more clear that damage control is underway and forward-thinking Dartmouth. that the celebrations will be playing a big role in detracting everyone’s attention elsewhere. The editorial board consists of opinion staff This leads to the question of whether it is columnists, the opinion editors, both executive editors Dartmouth’s reputation or sense of community and the editor-in-chief.



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The initiative does not introduce wholly new procedures, according to Clemens. Rather, it combines preexisting rules into one comprehensive policy. “It was very clear that we needed to have one policy to rule them all, rather than having the consensual relationships policy over here and the staff policies over here,” Clemens said during the town hall meeting. During the town hall, Clemens also discussed the new Title IX sexual violence prevention course, which is mandatory for all Dartmouth faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars. The online course, called “Bridges: Building a Supportive Community,” is provided by EverFi, a digital institutional training firm that Dartmouth has utilized since 2002. Dartmouth undergraduates’ sexual violence prevention training module is provided by the same service. Clemens said that out of the 6,600 people expected to participate in the course, 21 percent have already completed the training. “I think it really demonstrates that our community is committed to supporting members, to stopping inappropriate behavior and to becoming more wellinformed,” Clemens said. All faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars must complete the interactive module by Mar. 13, according to Clemens. Mills said the initiative unites the Moving Dartmouth Forward and Inclusive Excellence initiatives as a three-pillar effort. He reiterated that the new plan has as its foundation a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which explores the ramifications of sexual harassment in learning environments. The institutionalization of this new policy reflects a national trend, Mills said in an interview with The Dartmouth after the meeting. “There is heightened awareness for situations that have persisted far too long — not just at the College, but in our society,” he said. Clemens closed her presentation with remarks about the Title IX office’s responsibilities. She emphasized the wide variety of services the office can provide, most of which do not involve an investigation. Bascomb and Pease followed Clemens’ talk with a discussion of the College’s sestercentennial celebrations. “This is about celebrating an enduring institution, but we’re not looking at just our history,” Bascomb said. “We’re asking how our history informs where we are today and how it inspires where we will be in the future.” Pease added that the College’s infrastructure “places the liberal arts

at the fore.” “The rubric for the 250th celebration is honoring the past [and] inspiring the future, which can be understood as the deepest interaction between a faculty member and a student, or the most profound of interactions between administrators and the stuff of this institution,” he said. The programming includes a yearlong portfolio of events, academic and service initiatives and celebrations, according to Bascomb. Among these initiatives, the Call to Serve honors Dartmouth’s legacy of leadership in public service, she said. The project calls on Dartmouth students, alumni, faculty and staff to contribute a collective 250,000 service hours this year. Bascomb also showed pictures from the College’s Jan. 12 “Greenlighting Day,” during which 13 notable landmarks were lit up in green, including the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls. Pease discussed plans to re-argue Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, or the landmark “Dartmouth case,” on Jan. 31 in Washington, D.C. The famous Supreme Court case allowed Dartmouth to maintain its status as a privately-funded institution. Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal ’91 will assume Daniel Webster’s role and argue the case before Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Greg Garre ’87 will assume the role of former secretary of the College William Woodward. “If the Dartmouth College case had not been decided as it was in 1819, the Dartmouth as we know it would not exist,” Pease said. “Daniel Webster honored a past in order to perform an action that we’re still dreaming into our present.” On March 1-2, Garre and Katyal will argue the case again before a judicial body comprised of Dartmouth alumni. The two-day conference will also feature presentations by constitutional lawyers and paper presentations by students currently enrolled in College Courses 24, “Daniel Webster and the Dartmouth College Case.” In an interview with The Dartmouth, Mills said he felt these various initiatives included in the 250th anniversary celebrations capture the College’s mission heading into its next 250 years. “Dartmouth could not have stayed for 250 years without adapting and changing over time,” he said. “The obligation is to keep those things from the past which are worth keeping, but to look ahead and change.” Mills concluded the meeting by briefing routine updates, including the re-opening of the Hood Museum and the construction of the new Thayer and computer science facility. No audience members raised questions at the event.









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Marie Kondo’s new show doesn’t have to do more than ‘spark joy’ B y JOYCE LEE

The Dartmouth Senior Staff

When I returned home for the winter holidays this past November, my parents announced on the drive back from the airport that we were moving out of the home we had lived in for the last 14 years. I reacted as anyone might after an abrupt announcement that they were losing their childhood home: nervous laughter, and then an incredulous “What?” As you might imagine, it’s not easy to get rid of 14 years of clutter and baggage — especially in the case of my parents, who had mounting collections of items that were presently useless but full of potential future use. I found myself repeating to them over and over again, “But do you like it? Does it make you happy?” In essence, I was asking them if their items sparked joy. Toward the end of December — and the end of my exhausting break of sorting and packing and unpacking — Netflix released “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” featuring the Japanese cleaning guru who released two bestsellers about “the life changing magic of tidying up.” She’s also the originator of the term “spark joy,” a question she asks about each and every item that clutters our living spaces. Does it

spark joy? Does it give you a feeling of immense happiness? If it doesn’t, it’s not worth keeping. There has been think piece after think piece about Kondo and her desire to get rid of the things in peoples’ lives that don’t “spark joy.” Some have called her a pseudophilosopher, someone just telling people to clean up but to also make it profound. Others have hailed her as a source of their peace, someone who has taken the tedious, joyless act of cleaning and made it something else to add to their self-care kit. There might not be much more for me to add, except I ended up having to move over the winterim, and I used the term “spark joy” unironically with my parents to tell them how to clean up their own lives, as if I was my family’s own Marie Kondo. Kondo’s TV venture feels only natural considering the success of other shows in the self-help genre such as “Queer Eye.” In a way, Kondo and the guys from “Queer Eye” share a distinct quality in emphasizing self-improvement, but on your own terms. You can keep or lose as many items as you’d like, as long as you end the day surrounded by things that give you complete happiness. It’s why “spark joy” has joined the millennial zeitgeist, alongside terms like self-care, wellness or

mindfulness. The exploitation of cluttered. In concept, the show can these terms for an industry that get repetitive and a little dull; Kondo has grown to be worth almost $4 flits into each family’s lives dressed in trillion have made many people an immaculate white blouse, her face — myself included — skeptical perpetually smiling. She delights in about the authenticity of these messes and earnestly encourages terms. But without them, how can the families with the help of her we also talk about the anxiety of translator. Her persistent positivity constant consumption, of feeling would ring hollow if she didn’t also overwhelmed by feel so genuine. a generational I found “[Marie] Kondo never myself watching expectation t o a c h i e v e tells anyone that they the show, not o p t i m i z e d are wrong for having because I was happiness? incredibly In her show, a messy house; there invested in it Kondo visits a is a crucial element or because I diverse group was desperate of families in of empathy running to see how the the Los Angeles beneath all of her homes would a r e a , e a c h interactions with the eventually turn with their own out (not terribly particular set families.” different, of troubles that because all they manifests in a had done, really, messy household. The first family was clean), but because there is a is young, with two toddlers and kind of serenity in seeing normal, parents who are having trouble ordinary people who don’t have communicating about cleaning. particularly dramatic problems or The second family is empty-nesters stories attempt to be more mindful who have decades worth of items in about their living spaces. It feels like storage. The third family has had all of those ASMR-oriented videos to downsize, having moved to L.A. on YouTube, where some people from Michigan, and so forth. All of cook or clean with the camera on, them are diverse in ethnicity, class, and people tune in because they age and circumstance; all of them just want to feel less alone, to put have reasons for why their lives themselves at ease. and living spaces have become so Maybe that says something about

our own voyeuristic tendencies, but it feels less har mful and fetishizing than reality TV shows like “Hoarders,” which takes people’s mental illnesses and puts them on display for viewers to speculate and judge. Kondo never tells anyone that they are wrong for having a messy house; there is a crucial element of empathy running beneath all of her interactions with the families. In the end, it’s hard to evaluate the TV show as pure entertainment, partially because it is so tied to Kondo’s branding and “spark joy” philosophy. Some might criticize the show for not bringing more complex issues to the forefront, such as how some people develop attachment to objects out of their instinct for survival and how complaining about the excess in our collection of items is a sign of remarkable privilege. Indeed, this is the criticism that’s followed Kondo through most of her stint in America. But using these examples of generational trauma and socioeconomic privilege might be giving Kondo more weight than she ever intended to give herself. Her method of cleaning can feel like it’s overemphasizing its own profundity, but in the end, it’s recommended for people who are sometimes a little overwhelmed by how much stuff they have — for people like me, people like my parents.

Weekend Picks Three things you should see this weekend +theater


Ana Tijoux & Flor de Toloache

National Theatre: “Barbershop Chronicles”

“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

Friday, 8 p.m. at Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center for the Arts

Saturday, 8 p.m. at Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center for the Arts

Sunday, 4 p.m. at Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center

Ana Tijoux, a Chilean-French rapperturned-folk singer with a “tart jazzy voice,” and the “post-mariachi” all-female band Flor de Toloache are teaming up for a music-filled evening featuring their Latinx roots. Ana Tijoux got her start with political rap hits like “1977,” which was featured on the TV series “Breaking Bad.” But she’s since turned to exploring classic Latin American songs through acoustic instrumentals. On the other hand, Flor de Toloache mixes classic Mexican mariachi music with genre-bending influences of hip hop, soul, jazz and salsa. The dual billing is a musical marvel, not to be missed. -Joyce Lee

Hailed as a blockbuster in the United Kingdom’s top theater, “The Barbershop ChRonicles” takes place in — you guess it — a barbershop, but it also alternates between London and four African cities as the play shows us how the barber shop becomes a place for African men to talk about their lives and hair preferences. Written by Nigerian poet and playwright Inua Ellams, the production features 12 actors who discuss issues of migration, race and masculinity in between talking about soccer. The production also contains elements of song, chanting and movement to help transition from the different characters and countries. -Joyce Lee

This film special looks at how American Indian singers, songwriters and musicians have contributed to the creation of American rock music — most significantly with the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian musician Link Wray. Notable contemporaries including Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones and Tony Bennett talk about how various notable contributors to the rock genre also had Native American roots that were mostly unidentified during their careers. The film will show how Indigenous music was essential to the creation and sustainability of American music, and how it has gone mostly unrecognized. Discussion with the director will follow after the film. -Joyce Lee








Women’s swimming team fueled by first-years’ performances


really special,” Leko said. “We’re incredibly close out of the pool, and we’ve had a great season so T h e D a r t m o u t h wo m e n’s far.” Holden agrees that while the swimming team hasn’t been much of a contender in the Ivy League in underclassmen bring a lot to the the past few seasons, but a strong program, the upperclassmen have freshman class and a solid start done a stellar job in leading by to the 2018-19 season provide example. “T he junior s and senior s significant optimism for the future have really bought in to what of the program. So far, the team stands at we’re trying to do, and they’re 4-4, a huge improvement from a contributing [significantly],” disappointing 2017-18 season in Holden said. The team is led by three senior which it went winless and finished in last place in the Ivy League captains in Laura Barthold ’19, Grace Herron ’19 and Caroline championships. “Our team is more competitive Poleway ’19. Holden believes that this year than it has been in the captains and the class as a whole are largely the past,” responsible for coach Jamie “Our team is more the program’s Holden said. competitive this year turnaround. “I feel really “The whole p o s i t i v e than it has been in the senior class has about where past. I feel positive done a good job we are as a about where we are as a buying into the team.” program and W i t h a team.” with proactive victory over l e a d e r s h i p, ” C o r n e l l Holden said. U n i v e r s i t y -JAMES HOLDEN, While it a l r e a d y WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND will be difficult under its belt, to replace the its first league DIVING COACH t h re e s e n i o r victory since c a p t a i n s 2012, in and the addition upperclassmen to three leadership next other nonyear, the Big conference victories, the team is in position Green’s young talent leave it for much better results throughout in great shape for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Additionally, the rest of the season. “We’re moving in the right it appears that the program will direction,” Mackenzie Stumpf ’21 only continue to improve, as Leko anticipates a solid recruiting class said. T h e m o s t p o s i ti ve as p ec t coming in for next season. “ C o a ch H o l d e n c a m e t o about the team’s success is that it has been fueled in large part by Dartmouth a few years ago and underclassmen. Mia Leko ’22 won continues to recruit better and all three of her events in the meet better classes,” Leko said. “We against Cornell and has been a have some really good swimmers huge contributor for the team this coming for next year.” Holden is excited to watch the season. “Mia has been great,” Stumpf team continue to grow, echoing a said. “She’s obviously fast, but she similar sentiment. “We expect a lot of them to works extremely hard in practice and motivates us all to put more come in and contribute right away to push the team to the next level,” effort in.” H o l d e n a l s o p o i n t e d o u t Holden said. “It’s a good follow-up Susannah Laster ’22, Ashley Post to the current freshman class.” However, the Big Green still ’22 and Zoe Wortzman ’22 as three additional first-year women who have some business to take care of this season first. The are contributing at a high level. “I think our freshman class is team has a home meet coming The Dartmouth Staff

up in the end of January, as it will host the Tate Ramsden Invitational. Previously known as the Dartmouth Invitational, the name was changed to honor late Dartmouth swimmer Tate Ramsden ‘17. The team will host the meet on Jan. 25 and 26. After that, the team has another home meet against Columbia University the next weekend. While Columbia will present a difficult test for the Big Green, Dartmouth is 2-0 in Hanover this season, as it already has convincing victories over the University of Connecticut and the University of New Hampshire in the friendly confines of Karl Michael Pool. In the Connecticut meet, which took place this past Saturday, the Big Green won in an impressive 154-83 blowout. Following the Columbia meet, the team has almost three full weeks to prepare for the annual

Ivy League championships, which itself, but I do not expect us to be will take place from February 20- the last place team this year.” 23 at Princeton T h e University. With “Coach Holden came to team still the elusive Ivy has some Dartmouth a few years League victory work to under its belt, ago and continues to do to if it the team’s first recruit better and better wants to since 2012, it ascend to can now set its classes. We have some the top sights on passing really good swimmers of the Ivy more Ivy League League, coming for next year.” opponents in but it’s the conference certainly hierarchy. trending -MIA LEKO ’22, SWIMMER “ I ’d l i k e t o in the right think that we direction. could beat one or If the potentially two or team’s three Ivy League y o u n g teams this year,” t a l e n t Holden said. continues “But we’re to progress trying to focus on the things we as expected, look for the Big Green can control: racing and practicing to become much more competitive hard. The scoring will take care of in the coming years.




years since men’s basketball won its Ivy opener, defeating Harvard 81-63

points scored by men’s track and field en route to taking first at the 50th Dartmouth Relays

members of men’s soccer team selected in MLS superdraft




alums Jayne Jones ’86 and Dave Gavitt ’59 inducted into Ivy League Legends of Basketball

goals scored by men’s hockey in their shutout of defending champions Princeton

straight firstplace finishes by women’s track and field at the 50th Dartmouth Relays

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