The Dartmouth VOL. CLXXVI NO.40
BELLA JACOBY/THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
THE DARTMOUTH GREEN KEY
Table of Contents Editor’s Note
Renovations make Hood Museum more accessible to community
College sees increase in use of mental health services in recent years
Dartmouth Youtubers broadcast experiences to large audiences
Q&A with Two Friends artist Eli Sones
Waka Flocka Flame, Two Friends and MAX headline concert
Party atmosphere during Green Key weekend a concern for some
Surfing club forges a unique path two hours from nearest ocean
Verbum Ultimum: Rethinking Green Key
Ahsan: The Future We Always Dreamed Of ?
Allard: Trump Jokes in the Classroom
Regan: My Experience with Mental Illness
Good Sam policy seeks to balance safety with discipline
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The second floor of Robinson Hall is a grim place to be on the Thursday night of Green Key weekend. So many groups of drunk revelers have stumbled by the window of the office that we have lost track, and the sounds of distant music echo through the halls as we finalize our edits. Here we are, if unwillingly, against the tide of students taking “work hard, play harder” to heart. The college community is itself a tide — all-encompassing but suffocating at times. Academic and extracurricular commitments can drown us as we attempt to keep our heads above water. The fast-paced term washes over us, and it is necessary to take some time to catch our breath. Green Key provides us a time to step back from our usual obligations and enjoy our home at Dartmouth — whether through blaring music, quiet hikes, canceled classes or elevated blood alcohol content. The harsh Hanover winter has finally subsided, and the warmer weather engulfs campus like a tide full of promise. The theme of this year’s Green Key issue is “Against the Tide.” Whether attending your 9L lecture the Friday of Green Key or creating a surfing club in the middle of the woods, everyone swims against the tide in ways both big and small. We chose this theme to celebrate what makes Dartmouth’s community unique and the ways in which we break the mold of our little college on a hill. So for this Green Key, we encourage you to do just that and hope you’ll draw inspiration from this issue. Warmly, Charles Chen, Berit Svenson and Eowyn Pak
Renovations make Hood Museum more accessible to community in its very structure and is involved in constant conversation with scholarly work. “Art museums can start collecting the same 50 artists just to check boxes,” Stomberg said.” We’re going to be a museum that has its own personality that fits Dartmouth.” According to documents from the Rauner Special Collections Library, while the building has only existed since 1985, the College has been actively collecting art since 1796 — starting with a single woolly mammoth tooth. Even prior to Dartmouth’s founding, Eleazar Wheelock collected Native American artifacts. The College kept these holdings in Dartmouth Hall until 1811, when neighboring students destroyed many of the works with a cannon. After that, the College kept art in a variety of buildings strewn about campus, including Carpenter Hall, Wilson Hall and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Eventually, faculty decided it would be beneficial to have somewhere to store the vast collections, which then included Assyrian reliefs, a Picasso and a Rothko, among many others. They believed that “the absence of an art museum of real consequence is the source of the imbalance in the arts” at Dartmouth, citing a preference at the College for the sciences. Finally, the College decided to house its collections under one roof — which would eventually become the Hood Museum — in 1978. When the Hood opened in 1985, record numbers of students, faculty and community members visited the museum — 16,000 in the first three months, according to a 1995 Hood Museum Statement of Purpose. In a 1985 issue of the Valley News, one woman called it “the next best thing to visiting the Met.” The Hood has always been an academic art museum focused on supporting students, scholars and professors across disciplines, according to . When curating, the museum must keep this central goal in mind. “A big municipal museum might take a work of art simply because it’s beautiful and rare. We have to find something that’s beautiful, rare and historically significant and relevant to
the curriculum,” Stomberg said. On the physical level, the museum has changed significantly. Everything The goal of the museum was not just The Dartmouth Staff to be a place to display art. Literature in the new museum feels intentional. I’ve never thought much about how on the original Hood Museum stresses Walking through the museum, I’m art is moved. We can carry small pieces the museum’s academic bent and its struck by the never-ending hardwood, or move them on a cart, but what about priority of teaching even before the creating continuity through each the massive ones? Like “Guernica” or exhibit and gallery as well as the physical museum existed. “Water Lilies” or “Hovor,” a piece on According to the architects of the openness, the high ceilings, the yellow display in the new Hood Museum of new Hood Museum, “The Museum light. Art? The answer: a massive elevator, “A museum is already, for some is far more than just a place to go and one story high, that could fit at least see art; it is a place where one can go people, a bit of a barrier, because it eight normal elevators inside it. This and learn how to see art.” seems like this third space, so the last is my first point of contact with the While the museum enjoys nicer thing you want is for that to be more inner workings of the Hood Museum facilities and a larger collection than difficult,” Bianco said. of Art. when it first opened, this goal has not These new changes are only the When I go to meet John Stomberg, changed. The Hood was the first in the beginning — the renovation changed the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director country to have an “academic curator” both the façade of the Hood itself as of the Hood, I travel up to his office — a curator well as its identity in such an elevator, with gleaming d e d i c a t e d “The Hood Museum on campus. stainless steel-walls reminiscent of a to academic Stomberg … is neither old sci-fi film — beam me up, Scotty. prog ramming called this a This elevator certainly matches the and teaching nor new in its style “reorientation.” new Hood Museum: neutral greys, w i t h i n t h e but wonderfully The museum industrial undertones and a modern museum, a is now focusing aesthetic. The new building comes central tenet of and tantalizingly in on collecting after a 14-month renovation, when the the museum’s between.” different kinds museum completely closed down and identity as of art, including opened a satellite location in downtown a “teaching American Hanover. museum.” Four -JOHN GOLDBERGER, art, global This January, the museum reopened. faculty sit on ARCHITECTURE CRITIC contemporary, Over the course of two years, the the acquisitions photography and renovation cost $50 million and added committee to Native American six new galleries and three classrooms, ensure that the art with the totaling a 50 percent increase from Hood’s collections continue to serve creation of a Native American Art the previous square footage to 62,400 the academic community at large. In department within the Hood. square feet. Architects Tod Williams addition, the Hood has five teaching The new Hood is also focusing more and Billie Tsien designed the new coordinators and classrooms where on student and community outreach museum as a muted yet bold backdrop faculty can bring students to study and programming. The Hood has always to the art itself. learn about the museum’s collections. prioritized serving and integrating with The renovation aimed to increase These classrooms in the Bernstein the Upper Valley; literature describing the size and accessibility of the Hood, Center for Object Study are a notable the Hood’s original mission states, making design subservient to utility. feature of the new Hood. I go in “The Hood Museum contributes to The old Hood was designed by architect one such classroom to speak with an understanding and appreciation Charles Moore in the postmodern style, Kathy Hart, academic curator, and of the fine arts and of human culture and, while interesting, was dark and Juliette Bianco, deputy director of the in the community at large.” difficult to navigate. Academic curator museum. The high ceilings, warm grey On April 28, the Hood hosted Kathy Hart said that it was even difficult walls, large window and modern tables Family Day — a packed event for to find the front door. Now, the Hood ensure that all attention is on the object Upper Valley residents complete with opens up to the center of campus and for studying. juggling and art projects. Laughter is better connected architecturally and “This very room we’re standing in reverberated in the vaulted ceilings as physically with the Hopkins Center, is the result of years, if not decades, of children and their parents collaborated creating a literal corridor of the arts. thought from Kathy and other curators in making new works of art. The But what is the Hood Museum? The and faculty members how best to teach Hood’s opening event for students answer has not changed much over the with objects,” Bianco said. “You know, was so packed that food ran out in a course of the museum’s lifetime. At its what’s the height of the table and how few minutes and people were unable core, the Hood is a museum for learning does that facilitate the best way to look to weave through the mass of bodies that reflects the culture of the College at an object that’s sitting on the table?” in the Hood atrium. Other student programming includes the Hood interns, the Museum Club, Museum Curating 101 and the Hood after Five. “You can come in for five minutes or you can bring a book and sit for 6175 ROBINSON HALL, HANOVER N.H. 03755 • (603) 646-2600 five hours. How can the museum be CHARLES CHEN, Issue Editor BERIT SVENSON, Issue Editor more a part of [students’] daily lives? 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Charlotte Grüssing ’19, a Hood Programming intern, said she hopes that the new Hood will continue to integrate into the community and the lives of students. A key part of her role is bringing students from across campus to the Hood, showing them that the museum has something to offer everyone. “Collaborating with people just brings in a whole new audience. It also gets people to think about art differently. It makes it okay for art to be fun and engaging, to laugh in the museum,” Grüssing said. While an incredible resource, like many museums, the Hood must reckon with the means with which it has accumulated such a diverse and extensive collection in art from other cultures. For example, the British Museum’s famous Egypt collection came as a result of colonialism and imperialism. How did the Hood’s Assyrian tablets or its vast collection of Native American art get here? The Hood must come to terms with the power dynamics that facilitate its vast holdings, which likely did not come to the Hood as a result of a fair or equitable transaction. “It’s something that we have to wrestle with all the time. We are 100 percent legal, so we’re wrestling with the ethics,” he said. Stomberg said that the museum is struggling with how to make reparations for the past while maintaining the museum and its art from around the world used as important objects for teaching. He hopes that the museum and its artifacts can continue to facilitate discussion around this issue, with learning as the central goal. These questions are some with which the Hood, and the Dartmouth community at large, will continue to wrestle. How can we facilitate reconciliation while still exploring other cultures and learning? As the Hood continues to define itself on campus and in the world, perhaps the answers will become clearer. The Hood, along with museums all over the world, will need to remain in conversation with societal changes while simultaneously maintaining its founding goals. Architecture critic John Goldberger said of the new Hood, “The Hood Museum … is neither old nor new in its style but wonderfully and tantalizingly in between,” — not quite a museum, not quite a classroom, not quite modern, not quite antique. The study of objects exists in the space between observation and understanding the space between the real and the imaginary. It is in this liminal space that the museum finds its eternity on campus.
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College sees increase in use of mental health services in recent years B y ANDREW CULVER The Dartmouth Staff
C u r r e n t l y, t h e C o l l e g e ’s counseling service sees a quarter of the total student body, according to Mark Reed, the director of the health service. He said that use of Dartmouth’s on-call counseling services has increased by 60 percent over the last six years, and mental health-related admissions to Dick’s House have increased by 45 percent over the same period. On campus, students seeking mental health and wellness resources have two main sources: the Counseling Center and the Student Wellness Center. Student Wellness Center director Caitlin Bathlemes said that these campus resources work with health resources outside the Dartmouth community to form a “network of care” to find the best fit between what a student needs and what a given service can provide. Bathlemes added that the Student Wellness Center primarily focuses on “upstream health,” finding ways to “prevent anxiety levels from shooting up,” reduce “high-risk behaviors” and creating a culture among Dartmouth students which “supports wellbeing.” The center offers sessions helping students “shift gears” to “implement new practices which support their health.” The counseling center, which has nine clinical counseling staff, helps students with more urgent health needs in addition to connecting them with longer-term counseling resources in the community, Reed said. According to Reed, students can either schedule a “triage” appointment, which usually requires a wait of three days or contact of an on-call counselor available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Counselors meet with students, assess their needs and then determine the best way to move forward and what resources the student may need. In addition to counseling sessions, Reed added that Dick’s House allows students with serious mental health issues — or any which require more personal and constant care and attention — a place to recover without leaving campus. “Having the infir mar y is wonderful — students can stay there, and it’s free [with the exception of alcohol-related admission],” Reed said. Reed said that the D-Plan and Dartmouth’s fast-paced 10-week
terms add to the strain that students feel and underpins the need for mental health services on campus. He added that the quarter system may create more sources of anxiety and stress than a traditional semester plan. With only 10 weeks of classes, a mental health issue that causes a student to miss a few weeks of class can be detrimental to their ability to complete the term, he said. “I certainly believe that the 10week terms allow less time to recover [than a traditional semester does],” Reed added. Bathlemes agreed, saying that the “fasted-paced term and D-Plan” act as “constraints” on students’ ability to “fully thrive.” Bathlemes said that finding time to slow down and reflect is vital during each 10-week term. In addition, Reed said the larger structure of the D-Plan creates added challenges for sustaining relationships. He said that he was unaware of any other schools at which students may not see each other for multiple consecutive off terms. The D-Plan can not only impact relationships with peers but can also affect the ability for the College to provide effective counseling and match students with resources at home or wherever they may be traveling during off-terms, Reed said. Miriam Heyman, chief inclusion officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation, conducted a study of a number of the College’s mental health leave policies, as written, and criticized Dartmouth’s requirements and restriction sur rounding medical leave. According to the College’s Student Affairs website, “students who have withdrawn for medical reasons must secure the recommendation of the appropriate personnel at the College Health Service stating that they are fully capable of meeting academic responsibilities.” Heyman said the policy feels “exclusionary and not helpful,” potentially compounding mental illness issues by creating an environment of social isolation for students on leave. She added that the policies also specify a maximum duration and number of leaves, overlooking the fact that the “trajectory of mental illness varies from one person to the next.” Regarding how Dartmouth could improve its support of students on medical leave, Heyman recommended assigning each student on leave a personal contact
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Dick’s House’s counseling service has nine clinical counseling staff that serve a quarter of Dartmouth students.
person or counselor on campus who would be able to remain in touch with the student about their health but would most importantly make students on medical leave still feel like a part of the Dartmouth community. “You are still a student of the school even though you are home for a term,” she said. Heyman noted that the College’s written policies reflect institutional support for and commitment to students with mental illness. While she acknowledged that she has not been on Dartmouth’s campus to see how these policies play out, she emphasized the importance of written transparency on the part of the College, saying that the current “lack of transparency ... is deeply problematic.” However, Reed said that he thinks the administration has been showing increasing commitment to improving mental health resources on campus. The average national ratio of students per counselor is around 1,500 to one, Reed said. With a ratio of around 700 students per counselor, Dartmouth sits well above the national average but is still on the lower end of the spectrum among its Ivy Plus peers. With increasing percentages of students utilizing mental health resources, Reed explained that mental health is a prevalent
topic of discussion, and that the administration has responded by including the health service in the current “Call to Lead” capital campaign. Reed said that in his approximately 30 years working at Dartmouth, this is the first time that counseling services have been included in a capital campaign. The administration has promised five new counseling positions to be established by approximately 2022, with two of these new counselors to be hired as soon as possible, according to Reed. The first is already slated to start this summer, and the counseling office is currently in the process of hiring a second. He added that the new counselors would effectively amount to a 50 percent increase in the health services counseling staff, potentially decreasing wait times for appointments and increasing the number of students the counseling office can assist. Additi o n a l l y, Reed n o ted that colleges often increase their mental health resources after tragic instances of suicide and severe mental health crises. Reed said that it was encouraging to see the administration commit to improving counseling resources on campus in order to prevent tragic incidents of this type. Reed also stressed the importance
of continuing to devote significant time and resources to mental health outreach within the Dartmouth community. During the Student Assembly election this spring, all four candidates agreed that the College must solve the deficit of mental health counselors on campus. Student Assembly presidential candidate Tim Holman specifically addressed the “2-week” waits for appointments at Dick’s House and called for the administration to add new counselors in four to six months to offset this issue. Studies have shown that over 60 percent of students who commit suicide are not seen by counseling services, according to Reed. He added that ensuring students feel comfortable using the counseling center’s resources is extremely important and that the center spends roughly 300 to 400 hours each term working on outreach initiatives in the Dartmouth community to further this end. With one of the highest utilization rates among Ivy League universities, Dartmouth’s mental health resources are no doubt in high demand, Reed said. He added that if the College plans to continue with the high intensity 10-week quarter system and D-Plan, Dartmouth should continue to commit more resources to mental health services on campus.
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Dartmouth Youtubers broadcast experiences to large audiences B y CASSANDRA THOMAS The Dartmouth Staff
Plummeting acceptance rates, viral “Ivy Day” reaction videos and the recent college admissions scandal that spotlighted bribery at top institutions are all indicative of a nationwide fascination with prestigious colleges and the lives of the students who attend them. Though some criticize this magnetism, students have tapped into an audience of viewers interested in the “Dartmouth lifestyle” using their video-making capabilities on YouTube. A small but well-known cohort of Dartmouth students has made a niche for themselves in the YouTube community, amassing hundreds of thousands of views combined and giving insights into the Dartmouth experience through their own unique lens. While most YouTubers on campus created their channels before becoming Dartmouth students, their acceptances incited them to change gears toward college content. For most, their new Dartmouth-related content caused an increase in views, subscribers and internet popularity. Joelle Park ’19, whose channel, Joelle, sits at about 6,900 subscribers, is one of the oldest YouTubers on campus. Park says she has watched new trends in the vlogosphere reflected in new Dartmouth students who began producing college content well before she would have as a high schooler. Park said that the idea of sharing personal information like standardized test scores, lists of extracurriculars and
prospective schools was a “foreign” concept to her. As a freshman, she didn’t even reveal what college she attended to her channel. “I would never have dreamt about sharing that with people because that’s so very personal,” Park said. “Ideas of privacy and security are very different now. I’ve learned to be okay with sharing more.” Younger YouTubers like Hannah Burd ’22 and Josh Ocampo ’22 began producing college-related content as high schoolers, guiding their viewers through the admissions process with tips, personal narratives and recounts of college tours. Burd’s channel, called Hannah Likes Science, has around 13,000 subscribers, while Ocampo’s heyitsjoshco has around 7,000. According to Ocampo, a successful college channel is defined by “milestones” like standardized score reactions, college decisions and videos related to college essays. As Burd and Ocampo recorded their college admission journeys, their channels began to swell with popularity and a few videos went viral. Ocampo’s video called “Underrated Colleges You Should Apply to Based on Your Dream School” received 82,000 views and Burd’s reaction to being accepted into Dartmouth garnered over 300,000 views. Burd, Ocampo and Park each described the careful balance it takes to run an account that is heavy with college content without being an official admissions representative. College YouTubers take on the challenge of creating videos seen by thousands
without the expertise of a professional filmmaker or admissions counselor. “I’m at the point where I’ve been trying to figure out for a long time the kind of content that I want to make because I don’t think solely college content is sustainable or, to an extent, moral, because I’m not a college admissions counselor,” Burd said. “People ask me for advice all the time, but I’m not very qualified to give advice. So that becomes kind of a moral dilemma for me.” In addition to creating videos that are useful and interesting for their audiences, student YouTubers must figure out how to balance videomaking with the normal demands of college life. Park said that she has put herself on a strict schedule and does her best to push out one video per week. Burd has also acquired creative techniques to keep making videos while taking a STEM-heavy course load. “[On weeks with light school work] I try to bulk-record, bulk-film and edit when I have the chance.” Burd said. “So, a lot of the videos that I post end up getting scripted or filmed at the same time — I just change my outfit and maybe change the angle a little bit.” In her videos, Burd gives her viewers an insider’s perspective into the life of a Dartmouth student, offering advice and information that is often overlooked. In her video called “Things You Forgot to Consider When Picking a College,” Burd reflects on the advantages and drawbacks to going to school in a rural area, Dartmouth’s alumni network, and the party scene — all things which are “relevant and significant parts of the
college experience,” according to Burd’s video. Besides sharpening her filmmaking and storytelling skills, Park also feels that, as an Asian-American female on campus, it is important to share her story to diversify the voices of Dartmouth YouTubers. Park said that her sister, who graduated from Dartmouth in 2017, passed down many valuable pieces of advice that she carried closely throughout her college experience. She hopes that her channel can be a way of “paying it forward,” standing in as the same kind of guide that her sister was to her. “One thing that I love about YouTube is the accessibility and visibility for minorities,” Park said. “I am very open to talking about the things I don’t like, especially with issues of race and privilege. I’m very vocal about those issues on my channel because you’re not going to hear them from an admissions director.” Delving into issues of race and privilege, Park published a video called “Things I Hate and Love About Dartmouth.” In the video, Park outlines her experiences with lack of action by the administration, “institutionalized social exclusion” in spaces such as Greek houses, and racism. “There are some cases of people saying or writing the most abominable things,” she said. Aside from their online presence, Dartmouth YouTubers see tangible effects of their channels play out on campus. According to Burd, every day of orientation week in the fall, multiple
Q&A with Two Friends artist Eli Sones In the days before this year’s Green Key concert, The Dartmouth sat down with Eli Sones, one half of the LA-based DJ group Two Friends, best known for their extensive collection of “Big Bootie” mixes. A Los Angeles native and long-time music lover, Sones began pursuing music seriously while in high school and has continued evolving artistically ever since. Working alongside his childhood best friend and fellow DJProducer Matthew Halper — the other half of Two Friends — Sones has learned about the importance of conenction and cooperation throughout his musical career. Over the course of the interview, Sones shared his insights as a musician who is well-versed in collaboration and creation.
music to people who are new to Two Friends? ES: Over the years, it’s definitely gotten a little harder with each year to give a specific description. We’re always evolving, and I would say we’re more of a melting pot of a bunch of things. At the core, you could classify us as part of the electronic music and dance music realm, but we have a lot of other elements. There are a lot of pop elements, we’re influenced by a lot of stuff in alternative rock, hip hop and we include a lot of live elements in our music — 90 percent of our songs feature some type of guitar that Matt records and we work a lot with saxophonists and trumpet players — so Dartmouth will definitely have some special guests come out on stage with us. Our music is just fun, energetic, but with a little more depth, and hopefully resonates emotionally with the audience.
How would you describe your
How long have you and Matt
B y JORDAN MCDONALD
The Dartmouth Senior Staff
been working together? What do you feel like you’ve learned from working together? ES: Matt and I grew up together in Los Angeles. We went to middle school and high school together, so we’ve known each other since we were 12 years old, and now we’re 25, so for literally more than half our lives. We were best friends right away in middle school and throughout high school, and it actually wasn’t until the very end of high school that we decided that we should mess around with music. We both had an interest in music — Matt played guitar, was part of the choir, and I was, at that point, starting to mess around with DJing and making some mashups. So we both knew we had an interest in music and potentially had complementary skill sets. Whenever people ask for advice, the biggest two things are put in the hours and make it fun, because if you can do those two things, there’s no stopping you. In our case,
having each other and having our relationship as friends rather than just business partners made it super easy.
people approached her having watched her videos. Ocampo recalled an instance when a girl reached out to him who had discovered her university through his video, “Underrated Colleges You Should Apply to Based on Your Dream School,” and attended on a full ride scholarship. “I’ve come to realize how many people you can influence with YouTube, and with a channel,” Ocampo said. “I’ve gotten so many messages from students who were going through the application process about how I influenced their decisions to come to Dartmouth or apply to Dartmouth.” Similar to Park’s acknowledgment of her struggles at the College, Ocampo also addressed negative aspects of attending Dartmouth. In his video “Dartmouth Freshman Winter Term Reflection,” Ocampo delivers a playby-play of what he called “the worst term of [his] life” due to sickness, falling behind and the intensity of his first New England winter. Though all Dartmouth YouTubers struggle to juggle their popular channels with busy lives on campus, they said they keep making videos as creative outlets that can positively impact their viewers. “It’s really nice to have a community who will listen to you,” Burd said. “It’s easy to shout into the void of the internet, but when you have a community already there who’s willing to listen and interact with you, eventually you recognize the same names. You get to know people and get to help people, and that’s just a really great feeling.”
songs to ever be touched or reworked. You want to go about it where you can keep some elements from the original song that makes it what it is, but then inject some fresh new elements.
What are some of your biggest musical inspirations? ES: Musically, early on, I’d say W hat do you think live Avicii was probably one of our performance adds to your biggest inspirations, just for getting music? What’s special about introduced to dance music. He was a hearing Two Friends live? pioneer in terms ES: I guess that of making the easiest way to “Whenever people ask the electronic music see it is to come world a little for advice, the biggest to a show and more accessible two things are put in see what it’s all to America about. We just and to people the hours and make it try to make our w h o w e re n’t fun, because if you can perfor mances necessarily super super highdo those two things, familiar with the energy, a lot u n d e r g ro u n d there’s no stopping of fun, where parts of the genre. you.” people can sing He brought along. We play electronic music originals, we into the mainstream and on pop radio; play remixes, we play our favorite he kind of opened a lot of doors, so parts of the Big Bootie mixes, we’ll he was pretty influential starting out. have our special guest — usually saxophonists, sometimes singers, How would you say social media sometimes trumpet players — come has influenced your work? join us for a few songs. It’s really ES: It’s had a huge impact. At the just, a high-energy party. We love end of the day, the number one performing and we’re really excited to priority for us is going to be the come to Dartmouth for the first time. music, but I do think that social media, branding and showing your How often do you perform on personality and putting out good, college campuses? Would you interesting content is super valuable say there’s anything unique especially today, when there are a about college audiences? lot of very talented producers who ES: It’s definitely a lot. We play at a all deserve attention. I think for lot of fraternity parties and college us, we found that sweet spot where events. The fun part is going to it doesn’t feel like a chore, where visit college campuses we otherwise we have to create an unauthentic wouldn’t have an opportunity to visit brand. It’s pretty natural, and we’re or check out, so we definitely feel not exaggerating. We try to keep lucky to get an experience of a lot people engaged and feel like part of the country and a lot of different of our Two Friends community, campuses. It’s hard to really categorize even in the periods where it might all colleges, it really depends. We be a month or two between songs. graduated college four years ago, so We love interacting with everyone we’re not that much older, so a lot and having that personal connection of the stuff that we remix or that we rather than making it feel super include is stuff that we loved listening corporate, which you can get if to growing up and in college, so it still social media presence is coming resonates with people. I don’t want from management. Anything you to rank colleges they’re different in see online, that’s us. their own ways but we do love it all. You and Matt have gained a lot Is there anything you’re looking of popularity from remixes in forward to in performing at particular. What’s the key to a Dartmouth’s Green Key? good remix? ES: We’ve never been, so anytime we ES: I think when we go about our get to go somewhere for the first time, remixes, it’s about trying to find it’s always really exciting. We’ve been a balance of something where hearing a lot of hype about Green hopefully the original song resonates Key, and when we actually originally with people in got booked for some way and “We’ve been hearing this, they asked they get that a lot of hype about us to keep it a initial little bit secret before of familiarity Green Key ... The other they announced to get their foot acts in the line-up are the lineup. It was in the door, and pretty funny; we then we want awesome, so I think we re g e t t i n g to kind of spin it’s going to be a really bombarded with it on its head fun night.” a lot of messages and put our Two saying, “I hear Friends’ touch rumors, can you on it. I think that’s always the goal: No guys confirm?” and we just didn’t matter what, we have to be original. want to say anything, but now we’re We’d never remix a song we don’t obviously out and we’re super excited. like. All of the songs in our remixes The other acts in the line-up are are songs that we like, so it adds an awesome, so I think it’s going to be a element of it being a little scary; a lot really fun night. I’m excited to make of people don’t want their favorite our debut.
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Waka Flocka Flame, Two Friends and MAX headline concert
B y LEX KANG, jordan mcdonald and savannah miller The Dartmouth Staff
This year, Waka Flocka Flame, Two Friends and MAX will headline the Green Key concert. Read below for proﬁles on these artists — and what students should expect to see at the concert tonight. Waka Flocka Flame A few weeks ago, the College’s Programming Board announced that this year’s Green Key headliner is Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame. If this name does not immediately register for you, here is what you need to know. Emerging onto the mainstream rap game in the early 2000s, Waka Flocka was signed with 1017 Records — better known as 1017 Brick Squad — and Warner Bros. Records in 2009. Christened with the moniker “Flame” by none other than Atlanta rap royalty Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka has long enjoyed the respect of hip-hop’s Southern pantheon. Though today his aﬃliation with Brick Squad has since dissolved, Waka Flocka luckily made a name for himself early on that has followed him throughout his career and shifts in aﬃliation. A master of the infectious and all-consuming trap anthem, Waka Flocka’s hit songs, such as “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands,” are best known for their raucousness. Setting the tone for the
rest of Green Key weekend, Waka Flocka’s set will likely include many of these fan favorites. A testament to the timelessness of this particular genre of “turn-up” music and Waka’s own musical sensibility, his songs promise to invigorate audiences even an entire decade later. At its best, trap music narrates social circumstance while demanding audience engagement. The subgenre is, perhaps, deﬁned by its sonic allowance of the expression of pent-up energies. Tracks like “No Hands” have the ability to surpass any inhibitions or awkwardness and bring audiences to elevated levels of freedom and excitement — a musical power that ﬁts Green Key’s needs perfectly. Energetic and brash in the best way, Waka Flocka’s style of music is sure to hype up the crowd and generate intensity. That being said, the Programming Board released a statement on its Instagram page addressing the complex relationship between language and identity as it relates to Friday’s show and presumably Waka Flocka’s set. Its post reads, “Think before you sing along: not all words belong to all people. The n-word doesn’t.” For the sake of the event and the enjoyment of all in attendance, one can only hope that people will heed this message. Either way, Wacka is sure to drown out the noise. Two Friends A collaboration between friends Eli Sones and Matthew Halper, Los
Angeles-based DJ duo Two Friends ﬁrst won mainstream attention in 2014 when their remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” gained traction on SiriusXM. With a masterful balance of innovation and preservation, Two Friends’ EDM remixes bridge the gaps between musical genres and imagine new possibilities for songs. Their ability to blend songs seamlessly — putting songs in a new light and rediscovering their potential — can be seen in their extensive collection of hour-long “Big Bootie” remixes and their infamous combinations of throwback songs and recent charttoppers such as Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” and Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF.” The duo began producing EDM music in high school as Sones began to take an interest in electronic music production, while Halper was more of a classical, acoustic musician, playing guitar and singing in the school choir. Their musical backgrounds and their resulting appreciation for more traditional forms of music have a clear, noticeable impact in their music and distinct musical style; they often incorporate musical accents from trumpeters and saxophonists, who also make appearances as guest performers in their live concerts, a surprise worth looking forward to for Green Key. Furthermore, their versatility in music not only allows them to bring together unlikely musical combinations but also lets them make their music stylistically inconsistent, transcending the restrictions of musical genres. They were originally a progressive
house group but explored other genres extensively, and in 2016, they represented their music as a part of the “soul house genre” — their take on house music that highlighted bass, piano and saxophone. Today, they admit that they likely have already moved on past the boundaries of that musical label. Regardless of the diﬃculty in categorizing Two Friends’ complex music into one distinct box, what remains indisputable is that their music and live performance presence strives to be energetic and fun and will be a valuable contributor to Green Key festivities.
MAX Opening the Green Key concert is Maxwell Schneider, known professionally as MAX. A pop singersongwriter, MAX is known best for his smash hit “Lights Down Low,” a song that was released in 2016 but received a platinum certiﬁcation from the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than a million copies in 2018. Born in Hells Kitchen in New York City, MAX spent much of his young adulthood involved in the arts in some capacity. As a teenager, he starred in the Broadway musical “Thirteen, a New Musical” and modeled in national ad campaigns alongside celebrities like Madonna. He got his start as a songwriter working for Disney Channel, penning a song for the show “Shake It Up.” He continued to explore acting on the Nickelodeon
show “How to Rock” and in the network’s original movie “Rags.” MAX continued to work as an actor until 2015 when Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz signed him to his record label DCD2 records, which allowed MAX to focus more exclusively on his career as a solo artist. In 2016, MAX released his ﬁrst complete album that was accessible to all (“NWL,” an album he released earlier, was only available to those who helped fund the album) “Hell’s Kitchen Angel,” featuring songs like “Mug Shot,” “Gibberish” and of course, “Lights Down Low,” his claim to fame. “Lights Down Low” was originally released with “Hell’s Kitchen Angel” as an additional single; however, the song became a sleeper hit after MAX revisited the song and added a new collaborative element with rapper gnash. MAX has also been a part of several other successful collaborations, including “Team” with Noah Cyrus and “Love Me Less” with Quinn XCII, who performed at Green Key last year. Though he has only been a solo artist for a short time, MAX has amassed some award nominations. In addition to going platinum, “Lights Down Low” peaked at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. He was also nominated for Breakout Artist and Original Song at the Streamy Awards and Best New Pop Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. All in all, MAX is an up-and-coming artist sure to get the party started this Green Key.
Party atmosphere during Green Key weekend a concern for some B y Anne George
The Dartmouth Staff
Green Key is one of the most anticipated weekend of the year — the Programming Board’s concert featuring national headliners, the Frat Row block party and free food from local restaurants can feel like a muchneeded reprieve from the monotony and isolation of attending college in the woods. However, since the ﬁrst Green Key concert in 2013, the town of Hanover has expressed concern about concert security, crowd behavior and pressure on emergency services, according to a message published online by the Programming Board. Because of these concerns, town manager Julia Griﬃn said that in 2017, Hanover mandated that there must be a physical enclosure around the concert venue and a method of limiting access to Dartmouth students and their guests. The Programming Board began giving out wristbands in 2017 to students and their guests that would allow them to enter and exit the concert grounds as they please. Concert director Monica Lee ’19 explained that this year, students can pre-register non-Dartmouth students and claim up to three guest wristbands. She added that each guest wristband is associated with a student in order to deter them from selling their wristbands to high schoolers in the area, a practice that has been common in the past. Griﬃn said that parents in town feel like the party culture that surrounds Green Key can have detrimental impacts on their children. She said she believes that these fears are not unfounded because unsafe situations that involve high school students arise every year. “They worry that their children will somehow sneak out of their home or say they are going to a friend’s and then turn up at a Green Key event,” she said. “The next thing they know, they’re getting a call from the Hanover police department that their intoxicated child is in the emergency room.” Lillian Daley, a town resident, said that when she was a Hanover High School student, a number of her peers attended a Green Key performance by Kesha in 2009 by obtaining tickets through the College and said that, looking back, she regrets not attending. However, Daley added that she understands why the College has made the event exclusive to Dartmouth students. She recalled that her alma mater had a similar concert weekend and that it was a great experience to share with her peers. “I am really glad that I was able to participate in a lot of sporting events through the College growing up, but I can understand why it would be nice for the Dartmouth student community to have this [to themselves],” she said. Griﬃn also said that parents in the area don’t appreciate how visible illicit activities are during Green Key weekend. “Parents drive by the front lawns of fraternities and sororities and see the pong tables out front with red cups strewn everywhere,” Griﬃn explained. “It spells alcohol. We hate to see the College portrayed that way. What we worry about is the image of drunk
students and pong tables and raunchy parties.” In addition to the safety concerns, Griﬃn said that there are always noise complaints because of the ampliﬁed sound from the concerts. The town has required the College to revise its procedures signiﬁcantly over the years. Any student organization that wishes to host an event during Green Key has to ﬁrst have its proposal vetted by the College and then submit a permit to the town for approval. Griﬃn said that this year the town denied concert permit requests from the East Wheelock housing cluster, Psi Upsilon fraternity and Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Griﬃn said the East Wheelock cluster did not understand that it needed to approach the College for approval ﬁrst and wanted to host performers on Thursday night. Psi Upsilon and Theta Delta Chi’s Saturday night concert proposals were rejected because of its proximity to the School House neighborhood, which already deals with noise from the Thayer School construction project, according to Griﬃn. “We have also had some real problems with the outdoor concerts hosted by these two fraternities in the past, sort of blowing people right out of their homes with the level of sound,” she said. Daley said she is surprised to hear that there have been noise complaints during Green Key. “I grew up a mile away from downtown Hanover, and the noise was never an issue where I lived,” she explained. “Now, I live closer to town and I have actually never heard anyone complain. My guess is that people that live right next to campus might be impacted, but the vast majority of Hanover doesn’t really hear that Green Key is going on.” Griﬃn added that she does not understand why the College chooses to have one “big, blowout weekend,” and explained that despite it being a tradition, Green Key weekend has evolved from its origins. The Green Key Society was formed in 1921 “with service to Dartmouth as its sole function and purpose” and began hosting a Spring Prom in 1929 because the College felt that there were not enough social events in the spring. According to the 1951 Green Key handbook, the College refused to allow the event anymore after a number of student organizations mishandled it. Once the Green Key Society was given the responsibility to organize the Spring Prom, it created a student loan fund from the proceeds. “Every year there are discussions about what is the purpose of Green Key,” Griﬃn said. “The Green Key Society is originally a service society, and the weekend used to be focused on the community service aspect of Dartmouth. The College has wrestled with that.” Despite these concerns, Lee said she believes that Green Key is what students make of it and that the entire campus should not have to face repercussions for some of their poor behavior. “The Programming Board’s contribution to Green Key Weekend is the concert, and we want to continue to bring great musical talent and put on a great event,” she said.
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The town of Hanover has expressed concerns about Green Key weekend since the ﬁrst concert in 2013.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
THE DARTMOUTH GREEN KEY
Surfing club forges a unique path two hours from nearest ocean B y ANNA MAY MOTT The Dartmouth Staff
The granite of New Hampshire doesn’t exactly call to mind beaches, breaks and surfboards. Some of the most common reactions to the words “Dartmouth Surfing Club” is “How?” And yet there are those who know better. Among them are Max Bond ’20, Hinun Crespin ’20, Hannah Nash ’18 and Sheppard Somers ’19. The surfing club took its first steps in the spring of 2017, when the four decided there was enough interest to form a community of surfers at Dartmouth. While surfing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering activities near Hanover, a two-hour drive from campus will take you to a coastline littered with breaks like North Hampton, Rye Rocks, and the Wall. Transportation and gasoline, however, still stood between students and the waves. “You’d be surprised how many people at Dartmouth surf but don’t express it,”Bond said. “The people that are surfers usually come from Hawaii or California … They don’t have cars out here, so it’s hard for them to go surfing.” Bond and the other founders of the club were already heavily involved in the Dartmouth Outing Club and had seen the extensive resources the Outdoor Programs Office could provide. As funding and transport were impediments to many students’ surfing, they set their sights on becoming a DOC sub-club. “Once people realize how much
they can tap into [with the DOC], they start to realize the opportunities,” said Bond. “Me, [Somers] and [Crespin] sort of realized, ‘Wow, if we started a surf club, we could be leading break trips to California, Hawaii, all around the world, to go surfing, and the DOC would pay for it.’” Their first challenge was proving there was a desire and a need for a surfing club. The founders had interested students sign a petition attesting that they would attend surfing club events. At their first few meetings, leaders in the club had to take and report attendance as proof of an active and invested member base. By Bond’s memory, attendance of the club’s very first meeting exceeded 20 hopeful surfers. But interest itself wasn’t quite enough. Bond, Somers and Nash had to prove that surfing was distinct enough to justify an independent club. Early in the process, according to Bond, they were told to join Ledyard, Dartmouth’s canoeing and kayaking club. It was only after discussion with OPO that it was agreed the two water sports should be separated, Bond said. “I think that there are similarities, and it’s not necessarily true that it makes no sense for them to be combined,” Somers said. Ledyard is a large, established club, she added, with resources and endowments, “but the way the DOC was going at the time, it didn’t make sense.” While the surfing club was in its infancy, there were several new branches shooting off from the DOC.
In 2015, club Nordic split off from the winter sports club, and in 2016 the climbing team similarly diverged from the mountaineering club. This trend continues now — Bond speculates it has made OPO leerier of granting new interest groups independence. The more divided the DOC becomes, the more its funding will be scattered between sub-clubs, watering down the club’s financial power. Clubs such as Ledyard that had already been around for nearly a hundred years in 2017 might not have made it through the same gauntlet the surfing club had to run, particularly when it came to the next challenge they faced: risk management. “They were on us about everything,” Bond said. “Like, everything. They were concerned about shark attacks! ... Every time I’ve gone surfing here, I’ve never been concerned about sharks.” According to Bond, the surfers were also required to demonstrate their knowledge and surfing ability in order to prove they were qualified to supervise trips and train new leaders. The whole process took several terms, but they ultimately made it to approval. As for that same historic club they were originally told to join, Bond said he doubts the same could have been said. “If they were starting now, I don’t think Ledyard would even become a club,” Bond said. “I don’t think whitewater kayaking would make it through risk management. It’s way too risky.” After two years as an official division of the DOC, the surfing club has grown
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considerably, according to Bond. They are now large enough to run break trips and host feeds — club meals prepared and shared by members. To accommodate their new growth, Bond said club leadership has expanded and formalized. As for the actual surfing, Crespin said that scheduled day trips have gone from several times a term to once or twice a week. This spring, the club has started river surfing on standing waves in white water rivers around Hanover, which helps bring the activity a little closer to home. In addition, Crespin said that their first break trip took eight surfers to California this winter. A major club goal going forward is making surfing more accessible to beginners, as most current members arrived at Dartmouth already reasonably experienced. The club was first cleared to run beginner trips this fall, according to Somers, but they have to wait to run them until it is a safe temperature for inexperienced surfers. According to Bond, to start getting new
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people involved, the club needs more wetsuits in a wider variety of sizes, particularly in the spring when water temperatures are low. Additionally, the leaders of the club said that the club is still looking to increase its visibility, as a fair number of students still don’t know there is a Dartmouth surfing club. Club president Hinun Crespin ’20 has been reaching out to group like Women in the Wilderness and People of Color Outdoors to try and arrange beginner lessons, going out in the next few weeks as the water warms. Newcomers are also strongly encouraged to go to club feeds. “It’s really about reaching little niche clubs and seeing who would want to surf,” Crespin said. “There’s so many people here who don’t know that they can surf at Dartmouth, and it’s really good to branch out and kind of show people what we can do.” Incorporating beginners into highly specialized and sometimes dangerous activities is a struggle faced by many DOC sub-clubs, and it’s one that takes time and resources to win. According to Bond, Ledyard and Dartmouth’s mountain biking club are examples of clubs that have been successful at attracting and teaching novices. With more time, leaders and gear, the surfing club may follow their lead. That surprise and bemusement often expressed at the words Dartmouth surfing club remains part of the reason they lack new membership. “A lot of people just don’t realize that surfing exists everywhere,” Bond said, who himself learned to surf on Lake Erie in Ohio. “Anywhere there’s water, and enough fetch to create waves.”
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
THE DARTMOUTH GREEN KEY
THE DARTMOUTH EDITORIAL BOARD
STAFF COLUMNIST SAJID AHSAN ‘20
Verbum Ultimum: Rethinking Green Key
The Future We Always Dreamed Of?
An ill-defined tradition opens up opportunities to forge new ones.
For every fall, winter and spring term in the Dartmouth calendar, there is a single weekend reserved for celebration by the Dartmouth community: Homecoming for fall, Winter Carnival for winter and Green Key for spring. However, whereas Homecoming is a time to rekindle the Dartmouth spirit by reconnecting alumni with their alma mater and welcoming freshman into the community, and Winter Carnival showcases the achievements of Dartmouth’s winter sports teams, the College touts Green Key as a weekend to “celebrate the arrival of spring” — a purpose that is hardly Dartmouth-specific. Though at one point Green Key had a community service focus, its emphasis on social service has since slipped away. Now, the weekend more closely resembles earlier traditions of excessive drinking, substance abuse and revelrous traditions such as inebriated, rowdy chariot races across the Green using makeshift chairs and students as “horses,” as well as hazing of the freshman class. Traditions strengthen the community and are what reinforce a sense of belonging. Whether accepted or not, Green Key has become Dartmouth tradition and is here to stay in the foreseeable future. It’s up to us to bolt through a closing door and take advantage of redefining Green Key’s main purpose as more than just gratuitous binge-drinking to unify more of the community under Dartmouth values and reflect those values for the years to come. Alongside the fact that Green Key lacks a physical emblem of the celebration to tie it to Dartmouth, such as the Homecoming Bonfire and Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture, such a nebulous assertion as “the celebration of spring” as the purpose behind Green Key lends itself to the perpetuation of negative aspects of traditions — most prominently, heavy drinking culture. This is not to say that the other two big weekends are without binge-drinking or violent elements. For instance, this past Winter Carnival had three arrests in addition to reports of property damage, theft, disorderly conduct and a motor vehicle accident that weekend. Homecoming has had a consistently high record of incidents in recent years, with Safety and Security responding to 66 incidents in 2015, 42 in 2016 and 30 in 2017. In fact, Homecoming is typically the most active weekend for Safety and Security. However, the most heavily publicized activity of Green Key — the Green Key concert performed by an outside artist on Gold Coast Lawn — is in and of itself more prone to heavy drinking as evidenced by the correlation of heavy drinking and similar alcohol-related incidents that occur at other schools during their spring concerts, like the University of Pennsylvania’s Spring Fling or Cornell University’s “Slope Day,” which has also historically had issues with “uncontrolled alcohol consumption.” With drinking so closely tied to outdoor spring college concerts and the outdoor concert promoted as the main Green Key activity,
there is more pressure on the student to partake in it in order to be involved and bond with the community. Additionally, the details and investment leading up to Green Key are only privy to a subset of the entire student population. Whereas the Collis Orientation Team sends out campuswide blitzes asking for help from all students to build the Homecoming Bonfire and to create ice sculptures for the outdoor showcase and contest during Winter Carnival, opportunities to help with Green Key are not advertised to all of campus. Key information, such as the Green Key artist lineup, is even kept secret until the few days that precede the concert. In this way, Green Key neglects the chance to make the weekend feel like a more open and unified event. To be clear, there are many positives about Green Key. More than a few students look forward to the weekend to enjoy the warmer weather and de-stress in the midst of a rigorous term. However, drinking culture at Dartmouth has become the most dominant social presence to the extent where it has morphed into the thing most associated with Green Key. But it has the opportunity to be more than that. It is precisely because the meaning of Green Key lacks a larger, established Dartmouth component that it is open to the creation of new traditions that reflect Dartmouth values, and students should take advantage of this opportunity during their time here. And already, students have forged new Green Key traditions. As recent as within the past decade, a student created Brewhaha: An annual studentrun event held during Green Key at Dartmouth’s Organic Farm that has free live music and food and is open to all Dartmouth students. Any Dartmouth student can also be more involved in the event by signing up to volunteer via Brewhaha’s posting on the public Facebook event page. Brewhaha puts an emphasis on local foods and drinks which are “more palatable forms of sustainability” that serve as an example of a public “gateways into a more sustainable and green lifestyle,” as Green Greek intern Dan Lafranier ’17 puts it. To go against the tide might be to find out what creates it. To evaluate the values, or lack thereof, rooted in our tradition and the social norms that sweep the rest of us with it. To simultaneously strengthen Green Key’s connection to Dartmouth and improve the experience for the Dartmouth community at-large by forging the traditions and legacies we want to leave. Though our time here is short, Dartmouth’s indelible spirit resonates with some of us, and we want to reflect the aspects we have come to love. The opportunity to redefine Green Key is ours for the taking and creativity boundless. The question that then remains is, what matters to us? And how will we show it? The editorial board consists of opinion staff columnists, the opinion editors, the issue editors, both executive editors and the editor-in-chief.
Innovation can become a tool of economic exploitation.
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STAFF COLUMNIST SYDNEY ALLARD ‘21
STAFF COLUMNIST JOSEPH REGAN ‘19
Trump Jokes in the Classroom
My Experience with Mental Illness
Trump jokes are low-hanging fruit. They’ve wonder that we don’t often hear contrarian been made before — they’re overdone, easy, views shared by our peers in class. College should be a challenging trite and, after two years of constant digs at the President and everyone in his circle, they environment that pushes the boundaries of our perspectives. I think it’s well within the just aren’t funny anymore. So why do we still tell jokes about how proper role of a professor to communicate unqualified he is, how his or her political views and to challenge those of orange, how despicable? “The problem with Because they bring us students. But those views should be presented as together. When we poke political jokes, fun at Trump, we instantly however, is that they opinions and backed up es tablis h a c om m on with facts. My favorite are isolating.” ground. classes have been those The problem with that changed my mind or political jokes, however, is that they are challenged one of my fundamental beliefs. isolating. While nearly everyone you meet on “Arab Political Thought” with visiting a college campus is likely to hate the President government professor Ezzedine Fishere passionately, the reality is that roughly 63 pushed me to consider whether rationality million people voted Trump into office, and is fundamentally incompatible with religion. he still has a 42 percent approval rating. Jokes A class with government professor Michelle about the President or his politics — jokes Clarke has made me think, for the first time, that convey that you find him and his beliefs really, about the possibility that democracy despicable — isolate anyone who doesn’t feel could be fundamentally flawed. Government the same. professor Jennifer Lind’s writing seminar, Many of my professors have made digs in “Nationalism in War and Reconciliation,” class at the President, the Republican Party made me consider the value of traditions and whatever of their antics CNN is covering — even offensive ones — and of forgiveness. that week: the Mueller Report, Stormy Good professors challenge our views, but by Daniels, Russian collusion, etc. I can’t count discussing them, not by laughing at them. the number of times that While offhand jokes might a professor has featured “We should leave help professors win a few one of the President’s laughs, real discussions classes challenged tweets in a slideshow turn professors into role for the sole purpose of and disoriented, not models and mentors. getting a laugh, made a sly patting each other on Long after the laughter comment about Russian dies down, students will collusion or groaned about the back for making remember the professors “this administration.” the same jokes time who changed their These jokes convey that respected and again and laughing worldviews, professors “think like us.” their views and taught That they, too, are liberal- at anyone who thinks them how to think. minded and can relate to differently.” By making jokes that a younger generation. assume all students share While more often than the same anti-Trump not these jokes land well, for the precious few views, professors turn classrooms into echo students who don’t passionately hate Trump, chambers where the only people willing jokes like these are needlessly isolating. They to speak up are those who share prevalent take for granted that the common view of views and the few contrarian students are the classroom is anti-Trump, so much so not convinced, just silenced. Professors, more that Trump and his supporters should be than anyone, should be pushing us to think laughed at. Imagine how scary it would be more deeply than easy jokes and soundbites to speak up in class and share a pro-Trump allow. We should leave classes challenged perspective knowing that 80 percent of your and disoriented, not patting each other on classmates likely disagree with you. Add to the back for making the same jokes time and that the knowledge that your professor thinks again and laughing at anyone who thinks you and your views are laughable, and it’s no differently.
My experience with anxiety and that I had a diagnosis, I knew what I was depression is like the cinders that drift slowly up against. Looking back, it was like I had down through the dark after a fireworks been knocked down for a while, and now I display. Where there had been light, noise, was getting back up to continue the fight. excitement and people, there is darkness, The hardest thing with mental illness is silence, sadness and loneliness. I felt it the the hardest thing with anything important: worst during my senior fall. You have to keep going if you want to go This column’s purpose is to address anywhere with it. The second-hardest thing mental illness by talking about my is realizing how long you went without experience of hitting my lowest point in a getting help and how many relationships way that allowed me to bounce rather than you damaged or destroyed by maintaining a crash. The reason I am writing this column poisonous relationship with yourself. People is because I almost crashed, and I hope to inflict pain when they are in pain. Maybe help other people experiencing the lonely that is not true for you, and you may believe terror of “almost” crashing or help them I am wrong, but that was definitely true for get back on their feet afterward. me. My pain was that I could not escape Anxiety and depression are illnesses. from depression and anxiety no matter Such a simple fact, and yet it took me 21 what I put into myself or what situations years to accept it. I think we often mistake I put myself in. I believe that James Joyce sadness for mental illness. But sadness is a said it best when he wrote, “Think you are part of life. Anxiety and depression are not. escaping and run into yourself. Longest Or, at least, they should not be, but they are way round is the shortest way home.” If a part of my life. Anxiety and depression you think you need to escape from yourself can make you sad, but they are not just and your state of mind, you need help to more powerful negative feelings. Anxiety to change. Change is growth. and depression gnaw away at your ability The reality is that I cannot defeat anxiety to regulate feelings. My and depression, but I senior fall, I had come can strengthen myself. to define happiness as “I think we often So, I make my bed every the absence of sadness. mistake sadness for morning. I no longer Right around the point spend time with and give when I realized I had mental illness. But attention to people who given up on happiness sadness is a part do not matter to me. I as attainable without of life. Anxiety and let myself feel what I feel suppressing its opposite and no longer suppress was when I realized I depression are not.” the feelings I would needed to get help. And rather not have. I define I did. my value based upon Some things cannot be self-esteem rather than beaten alone, and mental illness is one of achievement and the attention of other them. Something in me always felt empty, people. I sometimes fail to do these things. and for the longest time, I had considered My struggle has taught me that failure myself the problem and gotten nowhere. The does not mean success is not an option. A first step toward real healing was admitting made bed does not solve anything, but the that I had a problem, rather than thinking reason why does. Why I make my bed or that I myself was a problem. The second do the other things is because anxiety and step was going to get a diagnosis. The third depression prey upon and encourage a lack and ongoing step is consistent self-honesty. of self-worth. I make my bed because I have When you go to get help, you receive sheets self-worth. I care for myself by reminding of paper that ask you questions: “How myself what I care about with actions that often do you feel like getting through the reflect those values. And I do my best to day is impossible?” I answered “Every day” be consistent. My struggle is mine, but it because it was the honest answer. It hurt does not mean I fight alone, and it does not to see what I already knew because seeing mean that I fight in the only way one can. it somehow made it more real, but it also Instead, this is my simple story of healing. validated my struggle as legitimate. Now It is an ongoing story.
Professors’ political jokes silence students with contrarian views.
Mental illness does not resolve itself.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019
THE DARTMOUTH GREEN KEY
Good Sam policy seeks to balance safety with discipline B y KYLE MULLINS
The Dartmouth Staff
Two students stumble down Main Street one night in the fall of 2018. At the bright lights of the Irving Oil gas station, one collapses, having had too much to drink. Their companion, concerned for their now-unconscious friend’s safety, makes a Good Samaritan call to Safety and Security and carries them to the road in front of Collis. Today, the Good Sammed student has hospital bills that total over a thousand dollars, hours in a local juvenile court diversion program, an arrest record and a rejected undergraduate advisor application — but no criminal charges or on-record violations of the alcohol and drug policy. Such is the complicated situation surrounding Dartmouth’s “Good Sam” policy. Designed to alleviate students’ hesitation to make an emergency call for another student’s safety, the policy states that “students and/or organizations that seek assistance from [the Department of Safety and Security] and/or emergency services and the individual(s) assisted will not be subject to College disciplinary action with respect to violation of the Alcohol Policy and/or the use of other drugs.” “[We want] the focus to be on students getting the medical help they need, rather than being super focused on what the judicial consequences might be,” said director of judicial affairs Katharine Strong, who was involved in an institutional review of the policy in 2017. Yet students can still face legal trouble when outside Safety and Security’s jurisdiction — for example, the road in front of Collis, which is in the jurisdiction of the town of Hanover, not the College. Arrest records in the town of Hanover are publicly available online. Additionally, nothing in the policy prevents a student from racking up expensive hospital bills at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A Good Sam call is also log ged by the College, and that log can be used by other departments and offices “for purposes of determining eligibility, m e m b e r s h i p, c e r t i f i c a t i o n , employment, internship and/ or associations with Dartmouth College.” According to data from the Student Wellness Center, there were 117 Good Sam calls in the 2017-18 school year, a drop from 131 in 2016-17 but still an increase from 96 in 2015-16. Fall term tends to have the most calls due to a larger student population on campus and the new class of firstyears, according to Wellness Center director Caitlin Barthelmes. What initially happens when a student makes a Good Sam call from campus is fairly straightforward, according to interim director of safety and security Keysi Montas. Initially, Safety and Security may take no action — “we might let them go, walk them to their dorm and have them sleep it off on their own,” Montas said. Sometimes, Safety and Security puts the intoxicated student into the custody of a sober friend. They provide the friend with a sheet of care instructions “with the clear understanding that, if the person gets worse, call us back.” If Safety and Security is unable to make a determination regarding a student’s intoxication level, Dartmouth Emergency Medical
Services is called in to make the determination and advise Safety and Security as to what the best next step would be — including if the student should be taken to Dick’s House. When a student arrives at Dick’s House, they are assisted by a nurse, who then determines whether the student is “medically stable enough” to be at Dick’s House or whether they need to be transferred to DHMC, said Dick’s House associate director Bryant Ford. “If someone’s blood alcohol level is acutely high, they might need medical attention,” Ford said. “If a student is unresponsive — significantly unresponsive — we are not equipped to deal with them here.” He added that if a student sustained a significant injury, such as a fall, that may also be better handled by DHMC. Finally, if a student is incoherent, throwing up, unable to stand or in even worse condition, Safety and Security will call an ambulance and transport the student directly to DHMC, which is better-equipped than Dick’s House to address heavy intoxication. DHMC senior director of external relations Rick Adams said in an email statement that “once a patient comes through our doors, they are treated like all other patients, regardless of how or by whom they are brought to us.” DHMC does not track statistics related to the Good Sam policy. It is the cost of an ambulance ride and a stay at the hospital that raises a red flag for some students. When the collapsed student near Collis, who was granted anonymity for this story for privacy reasons, was taken to DHMC, he received an initial bill of over a thousand dollars — though most of it was covered by insurance, according to the student who was Good Sammed. The student that made the Good Sam call, who was also granted anonymity for this story for privacy reasons, said that he tried to convince Safety and Security to take the unconscious student to DHMC in a Safety and Security vehicle instead of an ambulance to save money. However, it is College policy to provide transport to the hospital in an ambulance, according to Montas. “In order to provide continuity of care, when it is determined that a person needs a higher level [of] medical care at the hospital, that transfer must happen via [a] trained and equipped carrier (i.e. ambulance),” Montas wrote in an email statement. “That is … something that they do not clarify at all [in public information about the Good Sam policy],” the student that made the Good Sam call said. “If your friend is in a condition where you think you have to Good Sam them, then there will be repercussions because he or she will have to go to the hospital … you’re not going to Good Sam your friend unless they’re unconscious, really.” Matthew Shearin ’19 agreed, stating that the bill that comes with being Good Sammed policy is “not light.” “That could be another detriment, especially to students here on financial aid,” he said. June Dong ’22 said that she is concerned for students who may utilize the policy too often, given the costs associated with hospitalization. “If you were okay, then it’s kind of annoying to have that extra cost put on you when you weren’t in a dire situation,” Dong said.
When asked about the costs of a Good Sam call, Ford said that he “would hate for finances to get in the way of a student needing medical attention, especially if it can help save a life.” He clarified that Dick’s House and the College have no control over what the hospital charges. “No one goes into a night thinking ‘I’m going to end up with a hospital bill,’ but I do think students may engage in behaviors that are pretty high-risk,” Ford said. “If that is the case, we want to make sure we’re getting them the proper treatment, and in some cases that proper treatment means going out to DHMC.” Montas was more blunt with his words: “If you drink to the point at which you need an ambulance, because your life and health might be at risk, a thousand dollars is pocket change to me,” he said. Montas also stressed that violations of other College policies or New Hampshire law in the course of a Good Sam call can result in additional penalties. “If you are drunk, and before we get there you break something and you punch somebody, the Good Sam call will exonerate you for the alcohol violation, but not for the property damage, not for punching somebody,” Montas said. Strong noted that the Good Sam policy was expanded in 2017 to cover intoxication via substances other than alcohol. She cautioned, however, that the Good Sam policy only applies to substance use. “What there would be consequences for are things like possession of drugs, dealing, that larger … impact of drugs on the community,” Strong said. She added that there has never been a drug-related case in which a student had been reprimanded for other related violations, and that often, the office of judicial affairs will call a student in for a “Good Sam Plus” conversation about policy concerns. “They are not judicial conversations; they are Good Sam conversations,” Strong said. “We want to help the student to understand the policies that we want them to follow in the future.” This entire process may go differently if one is not on College property, like the students on Main Street that fall night in 2018. “The Good Sam policy doesn’t apply to Hanover Police,” Montas said. “Jurisdictionally, when you talk about the geography, it is complicated.” He gestured around his office, located above Dick’s House. “I can say that this is Dartmouth property. You get down the sidewalk and the road, that’s town property. You go across the street, that’s Dartmouth property,” he said. “We are an intertwined mesh.” This distinction means that if a Good Sam call is made from off campus, Safety and Security will contact Hanover Police. The two organizations often respond together if the situation involves a community member. However, as soon as local law enforcement is involved, students are open to legal responsibility. The anonymous student who made the Good Sam call said this is an area of misunderstanding among Dartmouth students. “[This] is something they do not clarify or explain,” he said. “If I had known, I would have just taken [the unconscious student] up the steps into Collis.” Hanover Police captain Mark Bodanza said that the department tries to adhere to the “tenets” of the Good Sam policy.
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Dartmouth tends to see the most Good Sam calls in the fall term.
“We want people to be able to feel like there are barriers removed, even fears removed, but we also understand that we have to balance that with our law enforcement mission,” Bodanza said. The student who was Good Sammed was charged with unlawful possession and intoxication. Through a program through Valley Court Diversions Programs, however, he was able to avoid a criminal trial and a criminal record. “[The diversions program] circumvents a court finding on their record,” Bodanza said. Intended as an incentive to change behavior, as soon as the program is completed successfully, the charges are removed. The diversions program is not free, however. The student who was Good Sammed said he paid $280 to participate and said that getting to and from the program is “very inconvenient” because of the bus schedule. Bodanza clarified that the record of the arrest is still present in online, publicly-available police logs because an arrest record is distinct from a criminal record. However, the arrest record would not surface for employment purposes and background checks unless the individual applied for a law enforcement job or a job that required a security clearance. Regardless of whether or not a Good Sam call is made from on or off campus, most students that are Good Sammed still have to complete the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students — or BASICS, program — administered by the Wellness Center. Consisting of a brief survey followed by an interview with a Wellness Center staff member, the program is “evidence-based” and the “gold standard” in prevention education, according to Barthelmes. “Part of the conversation is helping the student think through their decisions around alcohol and other drugs,” Barthelmes said. “We also recognize that those decisions don’t happen in a vacuum, and so it’s also a space for students to really think through their values, who they want to be in the world and whether or not their choices with substances are aligning with what they want to be doing.” A l l s t u d e n t s wh o h ave a Dartmouth report for an alcoholrelated incident, including Good Sams, are invited to complete the program, though it is not mandatory in every case. Unlike the diversions program, the BASICS program is free of charge. There are other downstream consequences of a Good Sam incident. While they are protected from violations of the alcohol policy, students may be required to report a Good Sam call on applications for College-related organizations or activities. The student who was Good
Sammed in the fall applied to become a UGA this spring and was required to report the incident on his application. He was rejected explicitly because of the incident, according to the email he received from the UGA Selection Committee, which stated that “because your incident has happened quite recently (within this academic year), we feel it would be difficult for you to serve [as a UGA] the coming year.” The Office of Residential Life states on its website that the majority of candidates that have legal or College policy violations will be disqualified, but adds that “Residential Education values the potential for students to learn from their mistakes” and that they may seek an explanation from the student. The Good Samaritan policy is listed under sanctions that must be disclosed. The UGA Selection Committee did not reply to requests for comment. Ultimately, the Good Sam policy can only function if students are willing to make Good Sam calls, and some students indicated that misconceptions around making the call can be prohibitive. “I think it only works if people know about it, and I think a lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about what’s going on,” said Alec Cobban ’19. “A lot of people have the feeling that if they call in a Good Sam, it’ll blow back on them, which, in the theory of the Good Sam policy, shouldn’t happen.” Shearin expressed doubt that the policy is effective given its coexistence with the College’s hard alcohol ban, which he suggested may lead students to believe they would be punished for possessing hard alcohol if they called a Good Sam. “If there’s been hard alcohol involved, hard alcohol in the room, not wanting to get in trouble or get on probation is a huge deterrent [to calling],” Shearin said. Outgoing student body vice president Nicole Knape ’19 said that educating students about the “intricacies” policy would go a long way, and pointed out that members of the Student Assembly tabled in Collis the Wednesday and Thursday afternoons before Green Key from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to answer student questions. “If representatives from Dick’s House were to do the same around campus every so often, I think it would be helpful,” Knape suggested. When asked whether the Good Sam policy works as is, however, she declined to comment. Dong said that if she were in a potential Good Sam situation, she would appreciate the call, despite her doubts about the policy. “I would want someone to put my health first, my wellbeing first,” she said. “Ultimately, you can’t buy your life back.”