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TRIP TO THE ANTARCTIC 4-5
TTLG: FUNGI AND FAILURE 6 SAMI BURACK /THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
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Orienting a Better Community STORY
DIVYA KOPALLE/THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
Spring in New England means that melting ice is on everyone’s mind, with freezing rain, muddy walkways and a pervasive grayness in the air characterizing our day-to-day existence. At Dartmouth, breaking the ice is not just a mindset but a lifestyle, as we are pushed nearly every day to meet new people and build strong relationships. While being extroverted is often seen as a unifying commonality at our school, this week the Mirror acknowledges and celebrates the less publicized ways that students and professors break the ice. We explore high school orientation programs that bring low-income and minority students to campus, proﬁle a Dartmouth-led trip to Antarctica, examine the ways female campus organizations break the glass ceiling and acknowledge the inevitability of failure. We ﬁnd that breaking the ice, while challenging, can make waves in unexpected and powerful ways. And perhaps most inspiring of all is the fearlessness of the individuals who do the breaking. As we transition from winter to spring, we have to remember that sunshine, far away as it may seem, is just around the corner, and with sunshine comes the warmth that begins to break the ice. Sending you all the warmth and positive energy as we tackle week four.
4.17.19 VOL. CLXXV NO. 13 MIRROR EDITORS NIKHITA HINGORANI KYLEE SIBILIA ASSOCIATE MIRROR SARAH ALPERT EDITORS NOVI ZHUKOVSKY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DEBORA HYEMIN HAN PUBLISHER AIDAN SHEINBERG EXECUTIVE EDITOR JULIAN NATHAN
By Yuna Kim
How many times have you had to tell someone a fun fact about yourself ? It seems like we are constantly meeting new people, having new experiences or playing one icebreaker game or the other. Having strong support systems on campus helps us ease into the process that is “icebreaking,” and we can form these systems even before freshman year. Ta k e D a r t m o u t h B o u n d , for example. According to the Dartmouth Admissions website, Dartmouth Bound, a multi-day experience for rising high school seniors, gives prospective students an opportunity to learn about both the college application process and the college lifestyle. Dartmouth Bound is aimed toward students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, allowing them to explore the College on the Hill and, hopefully, build some lasting relationships. Mariana Penaloza ’22, who attended Dartmouth Bound the summer before her senior year of high school, said that the program provided her “a special opportunity” to navigate the “confusing” college application process. In particular, she shared that workshops covering topics ranging from financial aid, college essay writing and college courses were especially beneficial. “ B e c a u s e my p a r e n t s a r e Spanish-speaking monolinguals, they don’t really know how to help me understand the college application process,” Peñaloza said. “Dartmouth Bound really teaches students how to apply and when to apply, and it also gives students who won’t be able to do college tours an amazing opportunity to figure out what they’re looking for in a school.” Another program that aims t o h e l p s t u d e n t s o f d i ve r s e backgrounds succeed is the FirstYear Student Enrichment Program, which, according to its website, provides resources to help first-year, first-generation college students transition more smoothly into the Dartmouth lifestyle. Connor Hutto ’22, who
participated in FYSEP this past meaningful. fall, said the program was a defining “I think FYSEP is especially part of his college transition period helpful in assuring incoming because it helped him connect freshmen that they have a place with other Dartmouth students here, that they’re important here who shared his same concerns and and that they have people who feel struggles. the same way that they do and who “I personally think it’s incredibly have been successful in the same important to make sure first- shoes that they’re in right now,” generation students feel less isolated Alvarado said. on campus so that they don’t feel like Once on campus, the fight for coming to a place like Dartmouth inclusivity and community doesn’t was a mistake,” Hutto said. “So stop. The Coalition for Immigration many first-generation students Reform and Equality at Dartmouth come to college, feel like it was a is a group of students with the mistake and then drop out because mission of “advanc[ing] the rights they didn’t have the resources that of undocumented students at most kids just have built in within Dartmouth College and in the United their families.” States through raising awareness Similarly, Diana Alvarado ’22 said and educating the Dartmouth she found FYSEP community on to be quite useful immigration in helping her “I remember thinking: issues and the prepare for her This is the program undocumented time at Dartmouth ex p e r i e n c e, ” both academically that will help me according to a n d s o c i a l l y, become the best its website. especially as a J u a n version of myself.” first-generation, Quinonez first-in-family Zepeda ’22, college student. who is a part -DIANA ALVARADO ’22 “It took a lot of CoFIRED, of weighing to discovered decide whether the prog ram or not I wanted through his to do FYSEP, but ultimately I FYSEP mentor Jesus Franco ’20. realized that no matter how much He said CoFIRED has given him a my family loved me, there were meaningful opportunity to finally things my parents just ultimately fight for issues that he has always had couldn’t teach me,” Alvarado said. interest in but never got a chance “I remember thinking: ‘This is the to address, such as immigration program that will help me become advocacy and justice. the best version of myself that I “Before coming to Dartmouth, could be in college.’” I used to be very scared of how to Even after the initial transition approach immigration issues and period into his fall term, Hutto said how to fight for undocumented that he felt that FYSEP played a people,” Zepeda said. “Being a part role throughout his freshman year of CoFIRED has truly embedded simply because it gave him a sense in me this drive and dedication to of “perpetual community” on which fight for people all around the world he could always rely. Furthermore, who might be struggling with these Alvarado said that FYSEP gave her issues.” a sense of tight-knit community Whether it be before we get to and knowledge that other people Dartmouth, right before we start had gone through the experience our time here or after we’ve been on she faced. Having that community, this campus, we continue to break especially in a new environment the ice with the aid of the support such as Dartmouth, was especially systems that we cultivate.
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By The Dartmouth Staff
Tell us about your worst fall/slip on ice at Dartmouth. Jimmy Nguyen ’21: I slipped on some steps at East Wheelock. My wrist was kinda funky for a month. When asked, I told people I hurt my wrist from playing tennis ... a much “cooler” way to hurt your wrist than from ice. Divya Kopalle ’21: Outside Kemeny Hall after a Math 8 exam ... life just kicking me when I was down. Peter Charalambous ’20: I don’t remember the last time I fell. I’m usually oﬀ the in the winter. Sarah Alpert ’21: I got up early to study before a midterm, and on the path between McLaughlin and the library, I slipped and fell right on my wrist. I almost passed out from the pain, but Julie Lim ’20 found me and brought me to Novack and called Safety and Security (thanks Julie). Maggie Doyle ’22: My worst ice slip happened week one of winter term. I caught myself but split open my hand in the process. Novi Zhukovsky ’22: Haven’t had one yet! (Knock on wood.) Claire Callahan ’22: My sister warned me to be careful outside. I took a mental note, and then the literal ﬁrst step I took, I was suddenly ﬂat on my back. Justin Kramer ’21: I have fallen on ice so many times that I even wrote a Dartbeat article about it. The worst one, though, was deﬁnitely ﬂipping and landing on my backpack coming up the Foco ramp. What’s your favorite icebreaker game to play? Any funny stories? JN: “Rose, Bud, Thorn” is nice. Good for reﬂecting. DK: I’m sorry, but they’re all bad. PC: “If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?” I’d be a garlic press. SA: I recently did an ice-breaker where everyone had to say what vegetable they would be if they were a vegetable, no context provided. I found it funny
because I started picturing each person next to their vegetable, just wondering if they looked alike. MD: Two truths and one lie. NZ: Honestly, I hate icebreakers because I always panic when it’s my time to share. During O-Week, I accidentally said that my pronouns were “he, him, his.” CC: When two people go into the middle of the circle and someone on the outside gives an adjective, another gives a vegetable and the two people act it out. One is declared the winner. JK: The “Shoe Game” is an excellent icebreaker. Everyone puts one shoe in the middle and grabs a diﬀerent shoe before striking up a conversation with that shoe’s owner. Describe your ideal ice cream order. JN: Coﬀee ice cream, coﬀee ﬂavored anything! DK: Oreo and Moose Tracks. PC: Chocolate cookies and cream on a rainbow sprinkle waﬄe cone. SA: In the summer, black raspberry with chocolate sprinkles. In the winter –– because yes I still eat ice cream in the winter –– probably Oreo or something coﬀee-related. MD: Moose Tracks ice cream topped with cookie dough. NZ: Mint chocolate chip with Butterﬁnger crumbles in a cake cone. CC: Coﬀee ice cream with chocolate chunks in a sugar cone. JK: You have to start with the heaviest ice cream on the bottom and work your way up. So I’ll put my butterscotch ice cream on the bottom, then strawberry above that, then raspberry sorbet, then rainbow sherbet and ﬁnally lemon sorbet. I’ll take whipped cream too, but I’m eating that ﬁrst before touching the ice cream. What are you most excited for this spring term?
JN: Seeing the leaves grow back around Occom Pond. DK: Whatever rogue event Foco has. PC: Fly ﬁshing when it gets a little warmer. SA: Sitting on the Green forever and ever and ever. MD: Warmth. NZ: I’m excited to do fun activities outdoors like going to the lake, visiting the O-Farm, having dinner on the Green! CC: Kayaking on the Connecticut and sunbathing on the green. JK: I can’t wait for my two Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. Also, Spikeball. Tell us about a time you tried to break the ice when you ﬁrst met someone. JN: The ice is never broken when I
ﬁrst meet someone. Awkward dude problems. DK: I usually just ask people if they have a Soundcloud. PC: I have a running Google Doc of corny jokes to break the ice. SA: My best friend is pretty introverted, so it took me a while to know whether she hated me or wanted to be my friend. Eventually I ﬁgured it out. MD: On DOC Trips, we hit a conversation lull, and my leader just asked “So, do any of you have interests?” For some reason, we thought that was the funniest thing in the world. NZ: During O-Week, I got the freshman plague. Really badly. Basically, I couldn’t speak. So every time I tried to introduce myself to someone new, I would have to repeat myself ﬁve times. CC: I love asking random questions. I
have an endless arsenal: what would be your ﬁrst selﬁsh purchase if you won the lottery, what outﬁt best represents your soul, etc. JK: Freshman fall I introduced myself to someone at a kickback as the UGA — that (understandably) was not very well received. What makes you chill with fear? JN: Case studies. #econsnake. DK: Snakes. PC: Drowning in a pool of diet orange jello. SA: Spiders! MD: I’m deathly afraid of ﬁsh. NZ: Long Foco lines. CC: Being in a car driving through treacherous, winding mountain roads. JK: Gluten, especially breadsticks. That stuﬀ gives you nightmares when you
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By Maggie Doyle
Author Jon Krakauer once wrote, “Antarctica has this mythic weight. It resides in the collective unconscious of so many people, and it makes this huge impact, just like outer space. It’s like going to the
moon.” In February 2020, a group of Dartmouth alumni will get to experience the magic of Antarctica firsthand with Dartmouth Alumni Travel. On the “Antarctica in Depth: Crossing the Antarctic Circle” trip,
travelers will sea kayak, wildlife watch and camp overnight on the Antarctic peninsula. I have to admit I’m jealous. I, like Krakauer and so many others, hold Antarctica to mythic standards. I’m
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fascinated by its total extremeness, traveling to the Antarctic peninsula, and my reverence is only intensified which is the northernmost part by how few people have the chance to of the mainland. In the past, the go. Environmental studies professor trip has been led by professor of and director of the Institute of environmental studies Lauren Artctic Studies Ross Virginia, Culler, who shared her experience the Dartmouth faculty member with the expedition. accompanying the Antarctica “Those trips are pretty cool trip, is one of the lucky few to because everyone has in common have experienced the ice-covered that they went to Dartmouth, and continent. that’s a great starting point,” Culler “A lot of people go down one time said. “The oldest folks on the trip and that’s it, but a lot of people go were Class of ’58, which is really down once and then, we call it ‘still cool, and there were some younger stupid,’ you keep coming back ... in alumni too...[It’s] a whole collection part because of all the people you’ve of really interesting people who’ve connected with,” Virginia said. done really interesting things with “Eventually you become a part of their lives.” this growing community, year after Culler said that alumni self-select year after year. It’s addictive in many into experiences like this. ways.” “[They V i r g i n i a h a s "You're the only are] an been to Antarctica adventurous people that have 21 times but says group of his most defining ever been in that people who experience was his place, and you're just value nature first impression of it and the overwhelmed by how o u t d o o r s in 1989. “The helicopter vast and majestic it is and the dumps you out and remoteness but also how isolated flies away ... you’re of a place like the only people, you are there." Antarctica.” and maybe the only people that have Professor ever been in that -ROSS VIRGINIA, Culler’s place, and you’re just ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES r e s e a r c h overwhelmed by how f o c u s e s PROFESSOR vast and majestic it is primarily on but also isolated you the Arctic, are there,” Virginia but she’s said. “I just remember [feeling] been to the Antarctic a total of five frozen, if you will, in getting started times. She, like Virginia, said she because it was overwhelming, the believes traveling to Antarctica is a emotional experience.” life-changing experience for those He tells me this with broad hand who have the chance. gestures and a warm smile in his “I pictured it as this all-white, no office, which is covered with Arctic life, but then there we were, and it and Antarctic paraphernalia. He was raining, it was above freezing ... doesn’t bring it up, but his staff with all of this wildlife and all of this biography on the trip brochure says life, and that was really surprising,” that a portion of the McMurdo Dry Culler said. “It’s alive ... it’s not just Valleys has been renamed “Virginia a snow-covered continent.” Valley” in honor of Virginia’s Culler also spoke wonderingly of “lifelong efforts in conducting long- the wildlife they were able to see on term ecological research.” the continent. This will be Virginia’s first time “The boat would anchor, and leading the Dartmouth alumni we would take these smaller boats trip to Antarctica and his first time to some of the islands and onto
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DIVYA KOPALLE /THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
the continent, where we got to visit penguin colonies and see different kinds of wildlife — we saw seals, whales, all kinds of birds.” If you are a ’19 who will be an alumnus by the time the cruise leaves — and you have $10,000-$17,000 to spare — act quickly. Though the trip is still about a year away, according to Virginia, the slots on the ship originally allocated to Dartmouth are almost sold out. Virginia said this popularity reflects a broader trend. “A lot of people have this on their bucket list, to go to Antarctica,” he said. “People are curious, because
they know things are changing … [they’re] motivated to get to these places, so the number of tourists to Antarctica has been increasing steadily.” Some, like Clara Goldberger ’22, have expressed worries that the increasing tourism to Antarctica isn’t a good thing. “Obviously I would love to go to Antarctica,” she said, “but also going on a cruise to Antarctica is going to contribute to the decline of the ecosystem, and I don’t know if it’s fair for me, just wanting to see Antarctica, to be like ‘Yeah, I’ll
totally go.’” Though there are some concerns about the environmental impact of this increasing tourism, Virginia believes that if it’s done responsibly, increased tourism can actually help Antarctica by increasing awareness of issues around climate change. If you’re not a ’19, don’t have $10,000-$17,000 or are reading this after spots have sold out but are still envious of the alumni embarking on the Antarctic expedition, good news: Virginia said they’re hoping to bring along two to three Dartmouth undergraduate students.
Culler described Antarctica’s potential future impact. “[It is] a bellwether of what’s to come,” she said. “When we’re looking at changes in some of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems, because it’s warming so fast, the responses we’re seeing there are responses we expect to see in other parts of the world as Earth continues to warm.” Similarly, Virginia punctuated Antarctica’s relevance to the world, especially in the context of climate change. “For most of us, Antarctica is just this far, far away place,” Virginia
said. “The way we’re becoming more connected to it here is sea level rise. As the Antarctic ice shelves continue to break up, and more ice from the ice sheet is being capped off into the ocean and melting, that contributes to sea level rise.” In light of these startling realities, Dartmouth’s trip to Antarctica isn’t just an exciting opportunity — it is an expedition in pursuit of truth, and of change. “It’s important to step back and think about, ‘What is Antarctica?’” Virginia said. “In our imagination but also in reality.”
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TTLG: Failure & Fungi — Accepting Imperfection STORY
By Corinne Vietorisz
It was 6 p.m. on the first Friday much everything else. I followed of fall term my senior year. It was the perfect narrative of the overa gorgeous end-of-summer day, achiever, which culminated in and campus was buzzing with the the blissful suburban pinnacle of excitement of everyone’s return getting into my dream college. and the start of a new year. Most Seeing as how all of you got of my friends were already drunk. here too, it’s safe to assume that I was lying on the floor of the over the course of your childhoods Life Sciences Center laboratories and teenage years, you also did having a panic attack. something “right.” The lab was You probably pushed empty, and I was “I followed yourself, worked hyperventilating on the perfect hard and had it pay the cold tile floor off in the form of narrative of staring up at the an awkward, overlyfluorescent overhead the overfirm handshake with lights. On the lab achiever, which College President bench above my Phil Hanlon in the head, the microscope culminated first week of your was still turned on, in the blissful freshman year. Most and a pile of fungusDartmouth students suburban covered tree roots are well-acquainted sat in a bucket next pinnacle of with success in some to the scope. For the getting into my form. beginning of my lab However, while work for my biology dream college.” I lay on the LSC thesis, I was already floor, I certainly was supposed to have collected a not succeeding. In my breakdown gazillion fungus-covered root tips and terror at the possibility of not from a bucket of samples by the meeting expectations, I felt failure end of the first week. It was at deeply and profoundly. Until this moment that I realized failure Dartmouth, I don’t think I truly could be a possibility. knew failure. You are probably thinking, This was not the first time I “What kind of psychopath has a failed at Dartmouth. Looking mental breakdown over fungus- back, I think the first time I failed covered roots?” I’d say, me. I would was in my freshman fall during most certainly have a breakdown a performance with my improv over fungus-covered roots. But this group, the Dog Day Players. moment was about far more than Joining an improv group was an the sheer amount of lab work I absolute shove out of my comfort had to complete. It was my deep, zone, and leaving that zone was gut-wrenching terror at even the something I certainly did not do in slightest possibility of failure. high school. Then, during this one Like many people at Dartmouth, show, as a part of a group in which I grew up as a hyper-perfectionist my sole purpose is to be funny, I kid who never turned in homework was distinctly not funny. I flopped. late, never made a mess and It felt like my entire self-worth never lost a game of sharks and hinged on the fact that I was unable minnows (a fact of which I am to turn a scene about gremlins still particularly proud). I rarely running a business office into pushed myself out of my comfort anything even remotely humorous. zone and would work my a— off I cared so much about the group just to avoid any possibility of and my newfound opportunity to doing less than I was “supposed enact my secret love for comedy, to” in school, sports and pretty but I felt like I had left my comfort
zone only to get smacked down to the floor with a baseball bat. Another moment that stands out to me--perhaps my first true sob-heaving failure--is when I was in SART 25, “Painting I” during my sophomore fall. I care deeply about creating art and pushing my creative boundaries, so I placed a lot of importance on the work I made in the class. I spent dozens of hours on the first painting of my final series and created a piece I loved and was incredibly proud of. During our class critique that day, I proudly hung up and explained the labor of love that was my finished product. My professor stared quizzically at it for a few seconds, paused and matterof-factly told me, “I don’t like it.” She then proceeded to explain why it was a fairly simple painting with little color creativity. The second I left class, one might say I lost my f—ing sh—. How could I put so much effort and time into something just to have someone else reject it? To have them invalidate all of my effort and skill in three minutes? Why was I not perfect? This was the general mindset with which I entered my senior thesis: Aim for perfection. Even after that first Friday breakdown, I got shot down again and again by the fickle reality of doing science. Repeated and massive failure is literally inherent to the scientific process. One particular winter evening, an experiment on which I had spent dozens of hours failed before my eyes. Once again, I sat hyperventilating and ugly-crying on the floor of the LSC bathroom at 11 p.m. I was no longer panicking at the fear of failure like I had been in the fall. I was panicking because this time, I had actually failed. I could no longer avoid it. No matter how many hours I put in, no matter how much I cared about and loved science, no matter how much I tried, I was not perfect.
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I firmly believe that these knowing that I can produce moments have made me a better something funny and that every person. Failure not only humbles other person in the group always you but makes you realize what has my back. I am still incredibly you truly care about and pushes proud of that painting, and my you to pursue artwork has that. The past grown and four years at “The past four years at evolved since D a r t m o u t h Dartmouth have made my sophomore have made fall into a body me realize me realize that you of work that that you experience your biggest encapsulates e x p e r i e n c e failures in what you care my artistic your biggest voice. Although failures in about the most.” I ultimately what you care dropped a whole about the portion of my most. Those thesis, I’m still failures hurt you so much because producing a project that I’m really you care. I’m incredibly grateful excited about and interested in. that Dartmouth has pushed me I’m not going to pretend that out of my comfort zone in many I’ve now totally accepted myself ways, and by pushing me out of and overcome my failures. I still my comfort zone, has allowed me struggle every day to accept to fail. who I am. But my failures at I’ve grown greatly out of these Dartmouth have helped me grow failures. Flopping in Dog Day in ways I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t shows taught me how to improve challenged myself. So go ahead, and work better with the other take your time at Dartmouth to members of the group. My improv bomb a show, screw up a painting, skills have grown exponentially cry on the bathroom floor. You since those failures, and I am don’t have to be perfect. I’m not able to confidently walk on stage either.
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Breaking the Glass Ceiling One Club at a Time TTLG
By Josephine Kim
Everyone knows that Dartmouth When Williams came to to the 1990s. This organization is did not admit women until the Dartmouth, she said she noticed relationship-oriented, offering one1970s. While this fact is well- the different dynamics between to-one mentorship and regularly publicized, its far-reaching gender-integrated and female- organizing company events. implications regarding the dominated spaces. In certain WIB presidents Erika Ogino ’20 treatment of women on campus classes, she felt more comfortable and Natalie Garcia ’20 explained are less frequently discussed within expressing herself, but other times that there is a need for a femalethe student body. she felt the need to constantly focused group because business Make no mistake, Dartmouth has explain or justify her “truths” as a is a male-dominated field. She made progress in the struggle for black woman, she explained. said that WIB not only supports coeducation. The H i s t o r i c a l l y, students but also fulfills initiatives Thayer School Williams said, to improve workplace diversity. of Engineering “I would say the p h i l o s o p h i c a l According to Ogino, companies was the first [Aquinas Women’s discussion about will approach WIB asking to hold national research faith, religion and events to connect specifically with university to Group] breaks God has been its members. reach gender the glass ceiling portrayed as being “[Companies] come to us and parity in 2016, driven by “great want to host events specifically to in terms of good, with a graduating male Christian recruit women, so they’ll come in class that was faithful Catholic p h i l o s o p h e r s . ” and be like, ‘Let’s do a women’s more than 50 discourse ... But the Aquinas breakfast. Connect us with your percent women in Women’s Group members. Can you promote this a year when the speaks to a more event?’” Ogino said. “And we’re national average -KRISTI WILLIAMS ’20 w e l l - r o u n d e d able to fulfill that role for them that for the share of p h i l o s o p h i c a l the CPD isn’t able to, because they women receiving discourse by have to cater to all students.” engineering bachelor’s degrees highlighting female members of In student panels as well as was less than 20 percent. One of the Catholic church like Edith presentations with alumnae and the newest clubs on campus is Stein and Teresa of Avila. local business owners, Ogino the Women in Media club, which “I would say that [Aquinas explained how WIB addresses brings together women with an Women’s Group] breaks the glass questions such as, “How are women interest in the film and journalism ceiling in terms of good, faithful supposed to navigate workspaces if industries. And of course, the Catholic discourse ... where a business has a ‘fratty culture?’ undergraduate population at sometimes it may feel like men How have current students and Dartmouth is approximately equal telling you how to live your life alumnae navigated spaces where in its gender ratio. ... versus having other Catholic they are the only females? Who can But it would be incorrect to women tell you give me feedback say that life at Dartmouth is as what it is like on my cover kind to women as it is to men. going through that “[Companies] come letter or interview Organizations on campus that experience, to live to us and want skills?” exclusively offer membership to it and have that as A n o t h e r to host events self-identifying females seek to their truth.” organization at combat this stigma and provide a The idea of specifically to Dartmouth that platform through which women sharing truths is recruit women ...” has given women can support each other as well as a simple one, and a space to break their personal and professional yet it makes all into the malegoals. the difference in -ERIKA OGINO ’20 dominated world According to Kristi Williams ’20, giving women a of business is the Aquinas House Women’s Group platform to share Smart Woman hosts open-door discussion groups helpful advice and experiences with Securities, an organization that within the College’s Catholic each other. Women in Business is focuses on the hard skill sets community. Weekly, women come another female organization that in finance. SWS is headed by together to discuss philosophical provides a similar platform. WIB presidents Caitlin McGrail ’20 issues, women’s role in the church helps women interested in business and Ama Kyerewaa ’20 this and what it means to be a Catholic connect with resources and an year. Members of SWS can join woman. alumnae database that goes back “mentorship families” with other
students to talk about internships, me that wants to do finance,” the recruiting process and Kyerewaa said. navigating the economics major. Female organizations on McGrail shared how difficult it is Dartmouth’s campus are ingrained to feel comfortable as a woman in in the culture. They send out finance. blitzes to the campus events listserv, “ Pa r t i c i p a t i o n they hold weekly is mostly by men. and their “It’s really helpful meetings So it’s really members are our helpful to have to have this space friends. We forget, this space where where we can sometimes, how we can practice much progress stock pitches and practice stock they make toward learn finance. Less pitches and learn breaking the glass stressful,” she said. ceiling, first on finance.” Kyerewaa added our campus, yes, that the group but later on in reinforces self- -CAITLIN MCGRAIL the wider world confidence. where these women “Just being there ’20 proceed to enact and seeing a huge change. Perhaps group of women organizations together really passionate about like this will continue to develop finance is also really fulfilling and at Dartmouth, and with this empowering, because you know institutional change, perhaps that all along it’s not just only cultural change will follow.
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Spring Into Action PHOTO
By Naina Bhalla