The Dartmouth Commencement & Reunion Issue 06/12/2022

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Editors’ Note

Table of Contents Q&A with outgoing town manager Julia Griffin

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Hanover business owners share post-pandemic hopes

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Look back on news, 2018-2022

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International students on navigating Dartmouth

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Q&A with interim Dean of the College Scott Brown

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DOC makes strides to increase diversity, inclusivity

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Moosilauke Ravine Lodge serves as space for connection

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Photo Essay: Scenes from the Connecticut River

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Varsity athletes reflect on four years of Big Green sports

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Club, intramural sports promote spirit, community

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Hop symposium highlights Mexican composers

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Hood exhibition explores Native American art

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To the Class of 2022,

Lane: US Must Take More Ukrainian Refugees

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Over the past four years, you have faced numerous and unprecedented changes. In your sophomore spring, you experienced the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that scattered your class across the country and around the world. Following some disruptions and disappointments, you returned to campus your senior year and reunited with many of your peers for the first time since the pandemic, but for the last time as a class. Throughout your time at Dartmouth, you showed immense resilience — and the ability to not only adapt, but to learn and grow from each challenge.

Chun: Hanover Housing Crisis

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Reflection: Learning to Love Dartmouth

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Reflection: Here’s to the Sons and Daughters of Dartmouth

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Reflection: How Dartmouth Can Humble You

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Like the Connecticut River that flows beside Dartmouth’s campus, your college experience has been marked by a series of twists and turns, in which you did not always know where you would arrive next. On that note, we took a quote from the poet John O’Donohue as inspiration for this year’s Commencement and Reunions issue: “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” Within this issue, we hope to encapsulate these words that embody your perseverance, cleverness and inventiveness in so many ways. To do so, we have included a look back on the past four years of news and a photo essay, so you may remember and reflect. The Class of 1972 — who celebrate their 50th reunion this year — also offered their advice to you as you enter into this new chapter of life. Now, as you plan to embark on your next big adventure, you may feel uncertain and confused. Or, you may feel like you know exactly where you’re going. More likely, you’re somewhere in between. While we cannot predict the future, we think these few words from Dr. Seuss (with two extra from us) may be worth taking in: You’re off to Great Places, Today is your day! Your mountain [or river] is waiting, So … get on your way!

Congratulations, Class of 2022! Kristin Chapman ’24 and Thomas Lane ’24

EMILY LU, Editor-in-Chief LAUREN ADLER & ANDREW SASSER, News Executive Editors MIA RUSSO, Production Executive Editor

AMY PARK, Publisher

KRISTIN CHAPMAN & THOMAS LANE Issue Editors

PRODUCTION EDITORS LUCY HANDY & ZOORIEL TAN, TAN Design Editors

BUSINESS DIRECTORS EMILY GAO & BRIAN WANG, Advertising and Finance Directors

CAROLINE KRAMER & ANGELINA SCARLOTTA, SCARLOTTA Photography Editors GRANT PINKSTON, PINKSTON Templating Editor

SUBMISSIONS: We welcome letters and guest columns. All submissions must include the author’s name and affiliation with Dartmouth College, and should not exceed 250 words for letters or 700 words for columns. The Dartmouth reserves the right to edit all material before publication. All material submitted becomes property of The Dartmouth. Please email submissions to editor@thedartmouth.com.

Through The Looking Glass: Reflections from Graduating Seniors Former Executive Editor, Reilly Olinger

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Former Mirror Editor, Novi Zhukovsky

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Former Mirror Editor, Christina Baris

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Advice for Grads, from the Class of 1972 Senior Survey: The Class of 2022 in Numbers Senior Ads

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Q&A with outgoing Hanover town manager Julia Griffin BY Carly Retterer The Dartmouth

Hanover town manager Julia Griffin is set to retire this month, marking the end of her 25-year-long public service career, during which she oversaw the town of Hanover’s day-today operations, managed the town’s departments and ensured that they were responsive to the needs of local citizens. The Dartmouth sat down with Griffin in May to discuss her upcoming retirement, her experiences as town manager through the COVID-19 pandemic and her advice for the Class of 2022. How are you feeling about your retirement? JG: I’m definitely ready to retire. I have so much to do between now and June that I can’t even see myself clearly being done. I like being busy, and I’m going to be busy right up until the end getting everything organized and ready. What have you learned working as the town manager for Hanover for the last 25 years, and from working with so many people in the Hanover community? JG: Hanover is a city in town form. We are organized legally and politically as a town, but the College –– the presence of a large academic institution –– places service demands on this community that really propel it into a city with full service water and sewage and a fully staffed, 24-hour paramedic and ambulance service. This community has been able to do a lot because we have residents who are bright, welleducated, committed subject-matter experts and who are very motivated to focus on local issues. Whether that is sustainability or renewable energy, infrastructure improvements or creative programming, it’s just sort of a happening town, which makes it fun. And the main job as a manager is to prop that stuff up and support it with resources where they’re needed

to help make good things happen. There are so many amazing projects and so many really amazing partners. Being town manager has provided me the opportunity to do potentially important things for the community.

Howdoyouthinktherelationship between the town of Hanover and Dartmouth has changed over the last 25 years? JG: For many years, it was really a company town and there were deep connections between the College leadership and the community leadership. But that changed as we headed into the internet age because it gave people the ability to be more flexible about where they worked. That created the notion that you did not go to work at Dartmouth as a professional administrator for your whole life –– you worked your way to Dartmouth and then worked your way over from Dartmouth to Harvard University or Columbia University or something. The administration that I first worked with, when I came in 1996, was very much that earlier generation. That changed completely when former President Jim Wright retired and Jim Yong Kim came in as president — but even before that, at the middle management level, we were starting to see more turnover. People would come to Dartmouth for a few years and then move on to somewhere else. Not having a long-term connection to the community really changes the level of engagement between senior leadership and residents in town, which can lead to some decisions made that are different than the old generation of Dartmouth leaders would make –– for better or for worse. It’s changed the way we communicate and the kinds of things we worked on together. Can you talk about your experience in this leadership role since the Class of 2022 has arrived, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic?

JG: What a wild swing in your college experience for the Class of 2022 because of COVID-19. COVID-19 was the absolute: “We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.” For every person we made unhappy by a decision we made over precautions, we made somebody else happy, and I have never in my career felt so much in the middle of it –– people were upset. They were afraid of the virus, they were upset with the restrictions that we were implementing and there were gradations of anger and fear that spanned a wide range of issues. Because we were all operating in a knowledge vacuum and learning in real time by relying on the experts as to what was going on, we were trying to figure out how to weigh the best interests of the community as a whole, knowing that nowhere near everybody was going to be happy with whatever decision we made. On any given day, as we implemented the mask mandates, I had 30 emails expressing support and 30 emails saying, “How dare you?” At the town level, we were in the weeds trying to understand and unpack the emergency funding that was being made available to cities and towns through state management and through the federal government, what programs were fundable, what worked, what we could do and what we couldn’t do, what we could implement with the expenditure of those emergency funds. It was intense and scary. When I think about it right now, we’re more relaxed but we, all together, are traveling a really long passageway in the dark, and if everybody’s feeling stressed, anxious, angry, frustrated or relieved — or all of the above –– join the club! We are all involved in this, and we tried to protect people who were all in the same boat. How did the pandemic change your priorities and role within the community? JG: When I think about our own municipal operations, COVID-19 has been a game changer. It’s not

just the virtual component, but it’s all levels: what we prioritize, how we communicate and how we interact. We also, as a community, saw a need to come to the aid of our school districts and we were also experiencing all the challenges the College was experiencing. I only saw a piece of the challenge, but it brought me into contact with students on a new level. During COVID-19, what I was dealing with from parents and students was much more emotional. I was dealing with frightened and angry students and worried parents. In many ways, it was more exhausting because it was less concrete, and we were sharing the same concerns. The class about to graduate experienced the full range of lockdown. From, “You better take stuff home with you now because you may not be coming back after spring break,” to having all your stuff packed up and stored somewhere, to a strict 2020, to a less strict 2021 to now.

Do you have a particularly memorable piece of advice you received when you were graduating college? JG: I graduated from Wesleyan University in 1979 and then went on to do two master’s degrees at Yale. I can’t trace any particular piece of advice, but my commitment to public service was very much built in my undergraduate experience. What impacted me the most was not, as I said, a specific piece of advice, but some amazing faculty members who just inspired in me a sense of commitment to change the world. In my case, back in 1975 to 1979, when I was in college, there were just huge pockets of starvation happening around the world. Thousands and thousands of people were starving to death, particularly small children mostly in Southeast Asia and North Africa. I was so overwhelmed by the notion that children could starve to death anywhere because of either political strife, or financial instability or climate impacts –– whatever the

cause of the famine was. There wasn’t a way to save these children. It was shocking to me. So taking courses focused on international development with faculty who were assessing the current situation, but then proposing solutions was eye opening for me. But it was during that early experience at Wesleyan where they told me, “You, too, can change the world, Julia. You and any one of you in this class can change the world. Here are some strategies for thinking about how you might go about doing that.” What advice would you give the graduating Class of 2022? JG: I would say to Dartmouth students today that life is unfair on many levels. Don’t just go to your investment banking jobs and make a ton of money and drink beer on the weekends. Change the world. There are a lot of things you can be doing –– focus on what you can be doing to mitigate the effects of climate change, or even just volunteering for a board of an organization where you end up living. Let’s say you’re working as an investment banker, but instead of drinking during the weekends, you’re volunteering for the local Boys and Girls Club as a treasurer of their board or whatever. There are so many things that Dartmouth students can and should be doing, and these organizations are so hungry for bright volunteers who are willing to roll up their shirt sleeves and help. What keeps this community running is the volunteers. I feel like we need a whole lot more people to roll up their shirt sleeves and say, “What can I do?” What I’ve loved about working in a community this size is that you can really dig in and work side by side with people you know for a long time to get things done. It’s very tangible what we can do. You can see the impact. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

Hanover business owners share post-pandemic hopes, challenges BY Jacob Strier

The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Two months after the town of Hanover lifted its mask mandate, Hanover business owners reported ongoing supply chain challenges but shared their hopes for the near future. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a number of changes to downtown Hanover, including the closure of several restaurants in 2021 and the opening of Dunk’s Sports Grill, Impasto Italian Eatery and Hanover Scoops, a new ice cream shop. New retail locations also opened during the pandemic, including FatFace — a British clothing chain — and Rylee

Anne’s Boutique, a women’s clothing shop. In recent months, businesses have also faced inflation. However, other sectors, such as local real estate, have thrived, according to Linde McNamara, owner and principal broker of LindeMac Real Estate. McNamara explained that homes in the area are selling above market price with no contingencies or building inspections. During the pandemic, “sellers ended up not wanting to sell, but buyers were still coming into the area for the hospital and other companies,” she said. “When a house did come up, you would have 10 offers and 15 showings.”

McNamara said that the majority of her clientele during the pandemic included employees working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, professors coming to Dartmouth and people looking to live in a rural area as they transitioned to remote work due to COVID-19. According to McNamara, a market that favors sellers is good for business, but rising interest rates are now beginning to slow the competitive market, as they are affecting some buyers’ purchasing power. “If I had a crystal ball, I would say ‘please keep the market the way it is because sellers are happy and buyers are buying,’” she said. “Between

interest rates going down and the conflict in Ukraine, I think we are going to have a slow down with the market.” In retail, the market outlook is strong, according to FatFace store manager Doran Brandt. The Hanover location of the British clothing chain opened in July 2020 and is one of 22 U.S. storefronts, Brandt said. Brandt said that the store’s first year in Hanover was “tough” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that the past year has been “exceptional,” with a 45% increase in business over its first year of operations. In the next few months, Brandt said that he projects 15 to 20% growth due to the return of normal Dartmouth events, including

alumni reunions and Homecoming weekend. “We try to keep a positive outlook,” Brandt said. “With us opening in the heart of the pandemic, we were feeling the lowest of the low from the get go.” According to Brandt, FatFace plans on more collaboration with fellow Hanover businesses and with the College in the future, noting the possibility of “happy hours” at the store in the next few months. H a n ov e r f u r n i t u r e f i r m Pompanoosuc Mills’ design consultant Nancy Connolley said that more people have returned to the company’s SEE BUSINESSES PAGE 4


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showroom, but numbers [of people coming in] are “nothing” compared to what they used to be before the pandemic. “We used to have a lot more people from out of state,” she said. “People taking their kids to camp, to Dartmouth and to other educational institutions. [Hanover] is a stopping point, and that has cut back here in terms of on-site people.” Fortunately, Connolley said, business has been supplemented through online sales. As a salesperson, Connolley said she tries to reach her customers in “lots of different ways,” such as on social media. “We have branched out a lot more [online],” she said. “Even people who live in Hanover will sometimes order online.” Brandt reported a different experience at FatFace, highlighting an increase in foot traffic from residents of nearby towns like Enfield, Sunapee and Grantham, as well as visitors from outside of the Upper Valley. Both Brandt and Connolley, however, noted that supply chain issues still affect their businesses. Brandt said that at FatFace, which relies on merchandise distributors in the United Kingdom, there has been a “slight delay” in product deliveries. Shipments expected each Tuesday, for example, often arrive a week late due to international delays. At Pompanoosuc Mills, Connolley

said that the waiting period for the company’s hand-crafted wooden furniture has increased substantially. Before the pandemic, customers could expect to wait up to three months for an order to arrive. Now, she said she advises customers that furniture orders may take five months to be completed. “We have a labor shortage which makes production take a long time, and [some] people have lost their patience,” she said, adding that the company tries to be “upfront” with customers about timelines and the labor and material challenges facing the company. Hanover Scoops ice cream shop owner Kim Smith said that the store’s opening, which was planned for early May, was a “couple of weeks behind schedule,” but wrote in a follow-up email to The Dartmouth that the location opened on Saturday, May 28, with “wonderful” feedback from the community thus far. Smith owns and operates a number of other businesses in the Upper Valley alongside her husband Scott, including another ice cream shop called Woodstock Scoops in Woodstock, Vt. According to Smith, the pandemic affected their businesses in the Upper Valley in a number of ways. In Woodstock, the closing of a local ice cream shop led the Smiths to start their own in July 2021, filling a “void” in the small town left behind after the other shop’s closure. Smith said that she is optimistic about staffing despite the region’s

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labor shortages, adding that during the pandemic she hired a number of workers laid off in the local food service industry. “I feel like things are getting better,” she said. “With that said, the price of everything is increasing tremendously,” she added. At her other businesses –– women’s

clothing store The Ivy Edit in Hanover, and 37 Central Clothiers and Red Wagon Toy Company in Woodstock –– Smith said that she has not observed a difference in the number of customers since the lifting of local mask mandates in early spring. She said she observes people come in with or without masks.

In a follow-up email, Smith wrote that she believes people “still want to go out for social activities” like visiting an ice cream shop despite “current economic struggles.” “Everyone loves to go out for ice cream, and it is still a relatively inexpensive option,” she said.

A look back on news, from matriculation to graduation BY Ari Rojas

The Dartmouth Staff

2018-19 In October, the College responded to the town of Hanover’s safety concerns about the Homecoming bonfire by constructing a shorter fire with multiple fences around it. No member of the Class of 2022 made an attempt to touch the bonfire. According to theninterim director of Safety and Security Keysi Montás, Good Samaritan calls decreased in comparison to previous years. Just days after the Homecoming bonfire, students gathered on the Green once again for a candlelight vigil organized by Dartmouth Hillel and Chabad in remembrance of the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. During the interfaith service, rabbi Meir Goldstein spoke about solidarity, unity and healing. In November, a drive-by shooting on 1 School Street injured one man and triggered a full campus lockdown, causing Dartmouth students to question their sense of safety on campus. Also in November, seven women filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth alleging that the College had ignored claims of sexual misconduct by three

professors in the psychology and brain sciences department. In 2019, Dartmouth celebrated the 250th anniversary of its founding. With the help of its far-reaching alumni network, Dartmouth lit up Niagara Falls, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, among other national landmarks, with green lights. The government shutdown that lasted from Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019 marked the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. In Hanover, the shutdown put federally funded programs, such as the Women, Infants and Children service, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Section 8 housing vouchers in danger of running out of money, according to Hanover town manager Julia Griffin. In May, Democratic nominees visited Dartmouth’s campus, since New Hampshire would be the first state to vote in the primaries in the 2020 election. Amy Klobuchar spoke at the Tuck School of Business, Andrew Yang spoke at Beta Alpha Omega fraternity and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren spoke at BEMA, respectively. Also in May, the College hosted its annual Green Key music festival, featuring performances from Waka

Flocka Flame, Two Friends and MAX. In July, Dartmouth students, faculty members and Upper Valley residents joined together in a rally against the inhumane conditions within immigration detention camps along the southern U.S. border. 700 cities nationwide, including Hanover, hosted a “Lights for Liberty” protest in response to news of overcrowding and inadequate food access for children in these immigration camps. In August, the College announced that Dartmouth’s house communities would be clustered by location, with specific dorm groupings to become the turf of each house. The administration’s stated goal was to enhance communitybuilding among incoming first-year students. 2019-20 In October, construction began on the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society’s new building, located on the west end of campus. Touted for its sustainability, the building features a design intended to enhance its energy efficiency. The institute was funded largely by an $80 million gift from the Irving Oil Company. In November, the College celebrated the 100th anniversary of hiring its first

female professor, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood. Former College President Ernest Hopkins hired Hapgood to spearhead the creation of the Russian department. In December, Still North Books & Bar opened in the location formerly occupied by The Dartmouth bookstore. The store is owned by Allie Levy ’11. In February, students voted in New Hampshire’s presidential primaries. Bernie Sanders narrowly won New Hampshire with 25.6% of the vote compared to runner-up Pete Buttigieg’s 24.3%.ButtigiegnarrowlywonHanover itself with 25.9%to Sanders’s 19.9%. Incumbent Donald Trump easily won the Republican primary. Also in February, following a controversial email with the subject line “They’re bringing drugs…,” the College Republicans canceled a campus event featuring U.S. Senate candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner due to alleged security concerns. Chairman and covice chairman, Daniel Bring ’21 and Alexander Rauda ’21 resigned soon after. In response to the event that was in support of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the senior society Casque & Gauntlet hosted a discussion on “Diaspora Stories for Compassion and Healing.”

In March, a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center employee contracted the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Hampshire. Shortly after, a second DHMC employee contracted COVID-19 from a Tuck mixer that the first DHMC employee broke isolation to attend. As the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the College made the decision to hold fully remote classes and send students home for the entirety of the spring term. All Ivy League athletic events were canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following the onset of the pandemic, over two-thirds of students enrolled in four courses during the credit/no credit grading system of spring term, and many others took gap years or terms. In April, the New Hampshire Supreme Court affirmed students’ right to vote in New Hampshire, allowing them to vote in the 2020 presidential election. According to a survey conducted by The Dartmouth, students overwhelmingly supported current President Joe Biden’s candidacy. On July 14, the lawsuit regarding sexual misconduct in the psychology SEE LOOK BACK PAGE 5


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and brain sciences department reached a final $14 million settlement. On the same day,the College released proposed amendments to its Title IX policy. In line with federal requirements, the proposed amendments limited what the College is required to investigate and mandated cross-examinations in disciplinary hearings. The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen in May sparked a rally on the Green against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The rally, titled “End the Killing Now: Distanced Sidewalk Vigil, Dartmouth Green,” gathered over 300 Upper Valley residents, Dartmouth students and faculty. Speakers at the protest called for a decrease in police funding, an increase in financial relief for jobs lost due to the pandemic and better health care for Black, Indigenous and other minority communities. Also in May, King Arthur Flour’s Baker-Berry Library location, which opened in 2011, closed for reasons unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and alumni expressed sadness about the cafe’s closure — the spot was a favorite for coffee and pastries on campus. 2020-21 In late August, the College announced that it would reopen in September, welcoming roughly half its student population back to campus. The decision went against the wishes of hundreds of Dartmouth faculty who had signed a letter urging the College to hold a remote, non-residential fall term. In November, students voted in the national election. Democrat Joe Biden won the state of New Hampshire with 52.7% of the vote, compared to 45.4% for Republican incumbent Donald Trump. New Hampshire’s Senate and both House seats also went to Democrats, but the state legislature was taken by Republicans, and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu was reelected. All four of Hanover’s state house seats went to Democrats, including one won by government professor Russell Muirhead. In December, an unidentified group of perpetrators used a BB gun to vandalize a menorah display on the Green. The College condemned the event as an act of anti-Semitic violence. During an unprecedented incident of violence on Jan. 6, a mob demanded the overturning of the presidential victory of President Joe Biden and stormed the Capitol, resulting in five deaths. February saw the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. At-risk health workers, older adults

in residential care settings and first responders received the vaccine first. Also in February, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life and the Office of Pluralism and Leadership organized the “Brothers and Sisters” vigil. The vigil, attended by 125 Dartmouth community members, honored Ahmaud Arbery on the one year anniversary of his murder, along with other victims of race-based violence, including Michael Brown, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin and Breonna Taylor. In March, the College saw a large COVID-19 outbreak with 143 active cases, putting 130 students in quarantine and 162 in isolation. That year, the student body came together to mourn and grieve the four students that had died that academic year. The first was Beau DuBray ’24, who died in November of 2020. Jonathan Cartwright ’24, a friend and classmate of DuBray, recalls that Beau had held “a philosophy of caring for everything around him.” Connor Tif fany ’24 died in March and was described as compassionate, warm, and motivated by those close to him. In May, Elizabeth Reimer ’24 died and is remembered by Kiara Ortiz ’24 as a kind and sweet person. Three of the four student deaths were by suicide. Lamees Kareem ’22 died due to a medical condition and is remembered as a compassionate friend to those who knew her. Kareem was involved in The Dartmouth, Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority, admissions office blogging and was a research intern at the Political Violence Lab. In an outpouring of grief, the members of the student body assembled on the Green in May in a spontaneous vigil. In another organized vigil in May called “Dartmouth Remembers,” over 1,000 Dartmouth community members gathered to commemorate the lives of the four students. There were multiple instances of graffiti on administration buildings and across campus in protest of these tragedies. 2021-22 In 2021, the fall term marked a pivot towards in-person learning with 634 in-pe r s on clas ses, compared to the 19 in-person classes of the summer term. In the fall, the Ivy League announced the return of competitions for varsity sports. In a victory over Harvard University rugby, the Big Green women’s rugby team brought home the team’s first National Intercollegiate Rugby Association

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The last four years of news as seen by the Class of 2022 during their time at Dartmouth.

championship. The Dartmouth football team shared an Ivy League championship title with Princeton University. 2022 marked another series of anniversaries for the College, which included the 50th anniversary of coeducation, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Native American Studies program and the 50th anniversary of the Black Alumni Association. I n J a n u a r y, D a r t m o u t h experienced its largest outbreak of COVID-19 cases on campus to date, peaking at 783 active reported cases. In February, the state of New Hampshire enacted a new law that restricts access to reproductive care. The law makes it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 24 weeks and requires anyone receiving an abortion to have an ultrasound. A l s o i n Fe b r u a r y, Ru s s i a began an invasion of Ukraine, sparking international outrage and condemnation. On Feb. 26, the Ukrainian Student Association organized a protest in reaction to Russian aggression. An estimated 150 students, faculty and community members attended the protest despite the winter storm conditions. In March, Gage Young and Hector Correa reached plea deals for their roles in the drive-by shooting on 1 School street in Nov. 2018. Also in March, the College unveiled the new Engineering and Computer Science Center and Irving Institute for Energy and Society located on the west end of campus. Construction for these buildings began in 2019. On March 30, the Student Worker Collective at Dartmouth, formed in January, became the

fifth recognized undergraduate union in the country following a unanimous vote. The SWCD was not voluntarily recognized by the College, whose recognition would have made the voting unnecessary. In May, prosecutors dropped a criminal charge against former Dartmouth student Carlos Wilcox ’23 for allegedly shooting a public menorah display with a BB gun during Hanukkah in December 2020. Wilcox alleges that Zachary Wa n g ’ 2 0 , a n o t h e r f o r m e r Dartmouth student, fired the gun while Wilcox purchased the gun and was present at the time the menorah was shot. Wilcox is required to pay a restitution fee to the College and complete community service. On May 7, the College hosted its 50th annual Powwow on the Green, organized by the Native American Program. The event featured dances, food and music to honor Indigenous communities. On May 8, the Pan-Pasifika student organization Hōkūpaʻa hosted its annual Lūʻau on Gold Coast lawn to celebrate Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture at Dartmouth. On May 10, the town of Hanover approved a new zoning district on West Wheelock Street by a vote of 775 to 565. The ordinance was proposed by student body president-elect David Millman ’23 and Nicolas Macri ’24 to help with the shortage of on-campus housing. On May 17, a leaked Supreme Court draft, which plans to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, sparked action from student groups such as Spare Rib, the Dartmouth Student Union and Planned Parenthood Generation Action. These groups helped to organize a reproductive rights rally on the Green, which was attended

by approximately 100 people. From May 18 to 22, Dartmouth hosted its annual Green Key music festival for the first time since 2019. The headlining Programming Board concert on May 20 featured performances from Saint Motel and KYLE, with opener Doechii.


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‘It was a learning experience’: International students on navigating four years of academics, challenges and growth BY DANIEL MODESTO The Dartmouth Staff

When Alex Bramsen ’22 stepped foot on campus four years ago, she had a lot to learn as a Zimbabwean student from Tanzania. While she eventually set up a bank account with help from the international student pre-orientation program and learned to file taxes through a session hosted by the the Office of Visa and Immigration Services, Bramsen admitted there was something they didn’t teach her: where the dining halls were. “I actually didn’t know where Foco was, so I struggled to find food because no one had told me where anything was,” Bramsen recalled. “So I just ended up going to Lou’s, because all that would pop up on Google Maps [were] the restaurants in town.” While many students might get a laugh from that story — Bramsen herself chuckled during our interview — it points to the added nuances that international students face from the moment that they first arrive on campus. Oftentimes, international students bear the brunt of issues such as housing and class selection as a result of their residency status and shaping their D-plans to ensure they take three in-person classes, according to Bramsen. Imagine filing taxes for two countries, or having to change phone numbers every time you cross an international border — for many students, this is reality. At the same time, however, international students noted positive experiences during their time at Dartmouth, offering reflections on college, academic interests and personal growth. International students: A profile According to the Office of Admissions, international students comprised 11% of accepted students from the Class of 2022, with Brazil, Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom among the countries with the most ’22s at Dartmouth. They represent anywhere from 11 to 15% of accepted students in any given class year, and the College offers an international student pre-orientation program through the Office of Pluralism and Leadership. Another group that provides a space for international students is the International Students Association. Outgoing ISA president Brandon Zhou ’22 said that, as a student group on campus, the ISA offers both advocacy and social support for international students. Zhou, who hails from Canada, noted the diversity within the international

student community on campus, emphasizing that they are not a “monolithic” group — and all have different involvements and interests. “I think we’re just such a diverse group of students on campus, and it’s been so cool to have that opportunity and privilege to interact with people who come from different backgrounds, people who are first generation low-income, people who represent different religions [and] ethnicities,” Zhou said. Zhou remembered he was “a bit stressful” his first time traveling to campus, especially having to do it alone. Zhou explained that the ISA aims to make the College more accessible to international students. The ISA advocated for controlled storage on behalf of international students during the pandemic, while on the social side, the ISA offers a “snack and taxes” event for students to fill out their tax forms together. Gregor Mattedi Sarmento ’22, an international student from Brazil, recalled that his decision to attend Dartmouth was based on several factors, including the ability to undergo his gender transition. However, upon arriving on campus for the first time, Sarmento described facing many culture shocks initially — from using English in academic settings, to absorbing American customs, to realizing that “Americans are not the most open people in the world.” Sarmento admitted that he chose not to completely adopt American culture. “I wasn’t willing to forget a part of my culture to fit in here, which I guess is the expectation of Americans that you will cut [a part of] yourself out so you can fit better,” Sarmento said. “I was never available to do that and I was never willing to do that. So I never did it.” The effects of the pandemic During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many international students scrambled to receive interim housing; some students who applied for interim housing were denied initially and then later accepted, adding to the confusion and uncertainty of their status. Bramsen recalled the stress of securing housing during the spring of 2020, in addition to being told by the administration that if she didn’t take classes during the summer, she wouldn’t be allowed to stay on campus. She said she eventually stayed with friends. “I feel very privileged to have friends that I could go to and stay with, so I made plans for that,” Bramsen said. “But a lot of my other friends didn't have that [option].” Zhou recalled that during the

early stages of the pandemic, the ISA helped international students stay connected as a group “that feels the impacts of [COVID-19] maybe a little bit differently or intensely than other groups,” adding that the organization also advocated to make sure international students had basic necessities like food, housing and transportation. In June 2020, the ISA sent a petition to the College “to extend concrete, impactful and rapid assistance” for unenrolled international students who were scheduled to leave their residence halls on June 10. Later that month, the College allowed some unenrolled students — mostly international students — to stay on campus during the summer based on “individual circumstances,” such as a student’s inability to return home due to closed borders. According to Sarmento, once the College decided to move classes online in March 2020, he returned to Brazil and stayed there until spring 2021. Since the United States had closed its borders to Brazilian nationals, he had to travel to Paraguay and then continue his trip to the U.S. For international students, class selection further complicated their visa amid the pandemic. Bramsen said that under her F-1 visa, she is a full-time student, meaning that her classes had to be in person. When Dartmouth announced that the College would switch to an online format in March 2020, many international students were unsure if their F-1 visa would be terminated. The following April, the Department of Homeland Security announced

that international students who took online classes in the spring would retain their F-1 visa even if they were taking classes remotely outside of the U.S. However, in early July, the Trump administration introduced an order that would have jeopardized international students’ visas if they took online classes in the fall. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology swiftly sued, with Dartmouth filing an amicus brief in support of the federal lawsuit. Less than two weeks after the Trump administration issued the order, they reversed their decision. Due to a lack of reliable internet in Brazil, Sarmento said that remote learning during the pandemic had a significant effect on his participation and grades. As a result, he took time off during the 2021winter term and had to pause his I-20 visa. In addition, he said he had to “beg residential life to give [him] housing,” since members of the Class of 2022 did not receive priority for housing during spring of 2021. For Bramsen, the pandemic rendered her unable to see her family for over two years — though she said she is “excited” to finally see them soon. “My parents are coming up, and they’re flying in … for graduation. They’ll be here until Commencement,” she said. Looking back after four years Despite the whirlwind experience of these last four years, both Bramsen and Sarmento shared some highlights of their time at Dartmouth. Bramsen

recounted her desire to pursue a liberal arts education at the College, which resulted in her becoming a geography major modified with environmental studies, in addition to two minors in chemistry and theater. Bramsen also directed a Studio Lab production during the winter of 2022, titled “Rivka’s Reading Rainbow.” Sarmento appreciated the ability to learn Mandarin as part of the Chinese language study abroad program in Beijing, in addition to learning other languages such as Russian during his time at Dartmouth. Furthermore, he appreciated the sense of community which he has gained at Dartmouth — such as among Novack Cafe workers and other international students, specifically the thirty or more Brazilian students on campus. Sarmento said that he underwent many changes during his time at Dartmouth, expressing that he’s “changed for the better.” “I’m less shy, more outgoing now, which I guess is definitely related to college because I had to speak a lot in class, which is something I never did in high school,” Sarmento said. “Just having to talk to people from another culture in another country, another language all the time just made me get out of my shell.” Bramsen reflected on her four-year journey as an international student. “Looking back, I think I think it’s been interesting. I do wish some things had gone smoother. But I think every time that it didn’t, it was a learning experience,” she said. “It definitely brought me closer to a lot of people and taught me a lot.”

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Q&A with interim Dean of the College Scott Brown BY KAIA CULOTTA The Dartmouth

Scott Brown is the interim Dean of the College, a two-year position he has held since August 2021, and the senior officer responsible for academic and extracurricular life. The Dartmouth sat down with Brown to discuss his experiences as interim Dean and how the College has changed since he served as an area director of residential life for the College in the early 90s. Brown also offered advice for the graduating Class of 2022, as well as his thoughts on how they have shown resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. How would you describe your experience as interim Dean of the College this past year? SB: Amazing. It’s super great to be back. I was here in the early 90s, so it was basically my first job, so this is a really personal and professionally transformative place. I’m a first-generation college student on my mom’s side, so I had no idea a place like Dartmouth existed. I really imprinted on the potential and possibility of being in this really intensive and intimate learning community, and I’ve always really looked forward to the opportunity to be able to come back. The things that are the same are that the students are incredibly smart, interested and interesting, warm and fun, generous and just really neat to be around, so getting a chance to see them develop over the course of my time here has been great, and hopefully I can help launch students to impact their future careers and communities. Right now, I’ve got a lot of students whose parents were young students when I was here

in the 90s and who have kids here now, so it’s particularly gratifying to see second-generation people that I’ve met who are just like their parents in the best ways. Can you talk about your experience working for the College in the 90s as an area director of residential life? How do you think the College has changed since then? SB: The best parts of Dartmouth are the same, but it really continues to evolve. It’s a very kinetic, dynamic, positive, restless place. So for example, when I was here, I was the only professional staff overseeing the east half of the residential life programs, and now you have a much greater amount of masters level folks. The house system is a pretty extraordinary achievement, particularly in how quickly it has come up. The campus has grown –– Berry Library had not been built when I left and certainly nothing since then, and also just the commitment to getting the best and brightest students nationally and internationally is even more apparent now than back in the 90s. So just the amount of horsepower in the student body is pretty extraordinary, and knowing that each one of you brings something special to the whole community, which has been broadened and deepened since I’ve been here, is great.

What advice do you have for the Class of 2022? SB: The question will never be, “What are you capable of doing?” But more, “What is it that you want to do?” And that’s really being a good critical consumer of your own happiness and really letting your values and interests guide

your decisions. Your twenties are a very exciting, turbulent time, and it’s also a time of great exploration and experimentation, and so they will always learn something in these first couple adventures that they have. But they should always pay attention to what they find important and exciting, and why and how they use that knowledge as they think about whatever decisions lie in front of them.

Can you recall a particularly memorable piece of advice you received when you were graduating college? SB: I was fortunate that I had lots of mentors and people who saw a lot more in me than I saw in myself and encouraged me to do the thing I was essentially doing anyway. And they said, “You can have a career where you’re doing this for the rest of your life,” so that equipped me with thinking about what is important to me, and then making decisions that give me an opportunity to pour myself into those new contexts. I’m the equivalent of an orientation assistant who has never left that role –– I just wear a tie now. The Class of 2022, as with every class present on campus over the past two years, has had their Dartmouth e x p e r i e n c e c h a n ge d a n d disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. How do you think the Class of 2022 has shown resilience in the past four years? SB: They’ve had nearly every curveball we could imagine thrown at them, and we really appreciate how difficult that has been. It is, objectively, a very difficult time to be in higher education, but it’s still their precious college years,

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Brown reflects on his time spent at Dartmouth and shares advice for the Class of 2022.

and having that disrupted by COVID-19 and national unrest is something that I know has impacted a portion of their college experience in a negative way. So, our hope is that they wouldn’t be who they are if they did not go through this journey together and still be able to rise to the challenges of a Dartmouth education. And this will make them that much more prepared to really make an impact on their future careers and communities –– because I think they really had to figure out what

was most important to them. They had to improvise, and they had to find ways to move forward when there really wasn’t a playbook, and as you can imagine, when you graduate from college it goes from [the] black and white of high school to a thousand shades of gray. I think the Class of 2022 is in a much better position because of these difficulties that they’ve managed so well. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

DOC makes strides to increase diversity and inclusivity BY ADRIANA JAMES-ROdil The Dartmouth Staff

Over the last four years, the Dartmouth Outing Club has undergone numerous changes to promote diversity — including creating and expanding its Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Equity subclub, renaming one of its subclubs for people of marginalized gender identities and hosting more discussions around ways to improve the club’s culture. According to the DIJE newsletter, the club is committed to addressing “the structural and cultural barriers to inclusion afflicting the DOC” to make the Outing Club “welcoming and accessible to all.” The sub-club was founded by former Ledyard Canoe Club president Gab Smith ’22 during

summer 2020. Smith said she started DIJE to help diversify the DOC. “Because I had a leadership position, I thought that would be a good time to [start DIJE] — especially because that is when all the [Black Lives Matter] protests were happening and everyone was concerned about [COVID-19], so people were more receptive to having change,” Smith said. “I had a lot of support.” Smith said that prior to the creation of DIJE, the DOC held a termly diversity and inclusion discussion for the entire club, though she noticed that Greek houses and other social spaces paid attention to the issue of diversity and inclusion year-round. She said these factors inspired her to approach the DOC president at the time, other

DOC officers and Outdoor Programs Office assistant director Rory Gawler about the idea, who helped her obtain resources and spread the word to the greater DOC community about DIJE. In addition to increasing the DOC’s diversity, Smith also wanted to make the student organization more inclusive to people who lacked experience in the outdoors. “I came in as a freshman, and I didn’t have that much experience outdoors, so I wanted to make people who didn’t have that experience feel welcome by having activities outside that they could enjoy,” Smith said. According to DOC president Abigail Johnson ’23, DIJE meetings are open to anyone. Johnson said that typical DIJE meetings consist of group conversations

in which anyone can address concerns about diversity, inclusion, justice and equity within the DOC. Johnson said that DIJE’s project groups work on ongoing initiatives for the duration of each term. One project group works on planning a termly event focused on diversity and inclusion in the DOC or the outdoors more generally. There is also a newsletter team, which creates the termly newsletter that highlights events, students and outdoor media to share with students and alumni. Over the last two years, DIJE has also been working on a demographic survey to figure out how many students are involved in the DOC, Johnson said. Former DOC President Abby Wiseman ’22 said that DIJE works with

all of the DOC’s subclubs to address relevant concerns. “They do a really good job of reaching out and working with specific subclubs to identify what challenges those subclubs have — whether that’s a higher barrier to entry or there is a tight-knit community, which is great but doesn’t really lend itself to new people getting involved,” Wiseman said.” In May 2021, the Women in the Wilderness subclub also changed its name to Viva Harding Outdoors Club (VHOC) to become a more inclusive space for people of all marginalized gender identities. “We are just trying to get more people involved in a space where they SEE DOC PAGE 8


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Moosilauke Ravine Lodge serves as space for connection BY ANGUS YIP

The Dartmouth Staff

Moosilauke Ravine Lodge –– a place loved and cherished by Dartmouth students, alumni and hikers alike –– has a rich history that makes it a special landmark within the Upper Valley. Students and alumni shared their appreciation of the Lodge in honor of its reopening to the public this spring. According to admissions officer and “unofficial Dartmouth Outing Club historian” Kevin Donohue ’21, Ford Sayre ’33 and his wife Peggy first renovated an old logging camp to be a ski camp in the early 1930s, though it burned down in 1935. Subsequently, the College built the Ravine Camp (later known as the Ravine Lodge) on the site, finished in 1939, under the direction of Ross McKenney, the newly hired woodcraft advisor to the DOC. Donohue explained that the Lodge fell into disrepair after World War II and “was pretty much abandoned” by the 1960s aside from its use during First-Year Trips. However, people began frequenting the Lodge again after it was “revitalized” in the 1970s. Donohue said that in 2016, the College decided to tear down the Lodge due to the high cost of renovations and built a new one in 2017 with improved accessibility features. Due to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lodge was closed to the public from March 2020 until the spring of 2021. Since the summer of 2021, the Lodge has begun accepting dinner and cabin overnight reservations from students, faculty and staff again and reopened to the general public earlier this spring, according to Donohue. Moosilauke Ravine Lodge manager Margaret Nichols ’20 said that since the Lodge has reopened to students, its staff has made an effort to welcome them back to the Lodge. Nichols added that since the pandemic, efforts have also been made to make the Lodge more accessible to students, such as offering free transportation to the Lodge as well as free accommodations to stay the night.

“ B e f o r e [ C OV I D - 1 9 ] undergraduates had to pay for dinner and overnight and find their own transportation here. Since [COVID-19], we've started the van program, and right now, dinner and overnight is still free for undergraduates,” Nichols said. “We hope to keep it that way.” Cabin and Trail chair Alex Wells ’22 said that since the reopening of the Lodge, the Dartmouth Outing Club has organized several activities at the Lodge including a “spring weekend” with several dinner and overnight trips, the DOC formal, band performances and contra dancing. Seniors recounted how the Lodge was a space where they forged important connections with the communities around them, influencing their academic and social circles at Dartmouth. They noted that despite the year-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the high energy at the Lodge has remained. Maya Khanna ’22 said she first visited the Lodge during her First-Year Trip, where she met up with other groups during the final night for dinner and stayed overnight. She said she also participated in a sunrike up Mount Moosilauke the next morning. She said that even though she had never done a hike that strenuous before, spending time with other ’22s and Lodj Croo — the volunteer team based at the Lodge for First-Year Trips — at the top of the mountain was a “magical” experience. “I really remember what it was like to share that experience of spending time together in a space where everybody cares about other people,” Khanna said, adding that the experience helped her feel “welcomed to the College and really cared about by the community” and motivated her to consider participating in the DOC. BothWellsandKhannaemphasized the sense of community that they have gained through their experiences at the Lodge since First-Year Trips. Wells said that he volunteered for Lodj Croo in his sophomore year, and it was a transformative experience for him. “It was really amazing connecting

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with the ’23s, and then also with the other upperclassmen [on Lodj Croo],” Wells said. “It was a really unique way to get some mentorship, and some of the things I learned ended up changing my academic trajectory, like taking classes based on suggestions from some of the upperclassmen.” He emphasized the numerous “special” experiences that he had while on Lodj Croo. “There were so many moments where we were sitting out on the porch, talking about our lives and really listening to each other and feeling connected,” he added. In particular, he recalled how at midnight on his birthday, his croo captains surprised him with a birthday cake. Wells also recalled other moments at the Lodge, including a snowball fight during the DOC formal in his freshman fall, an impromptu trip to the Lodge after a hike was canceled and listening to a “really cool and intimate” band performance where everyone “was

having a good time.” Khanna said that this spring, she has been to the Lodge at least every other week. “[The Lodge] is a space where my community and the people I care about — the DOC — really feel comfortable, and for us, [it’s] a way to get away from campus,” Khanna said. Beyond the space that the Lodge provides for her to spend time with her friends, Khanna added that the Lodge is “a space of intention.” She noted that there is no internet connection at the Lodge, allowing her to disconnect from her other commitments on campus. “At the Lodge, I can really take time to focus on the people around me and my own wellbeing … I always feel very present when I’m at the Lodge,” she said. “That [sense of presence] is something that I hope other students will continue to find there as well.” Wells expressed mixed feelings about the reopening of the Lodge to the general public. “It was really cool to connect with

other people, whether they're hikers or just passing through, or alumni from ages ago … but while it was only open to [the Dartmouth community], it really felt special to us,” he said. Donohue said that with the full reopening of the Lodge this spring, the Lodge feels like it’s “coming right back to life.” “I think people are flocking right back [to the Lodge],” he said. “The Lodge relies on First-Year Trips to establish a sense of place and draw people back, and the ’24s and ’25s didn’t quite get that, but I still see the same kind of connections being formed at the Lodge.” Similarly, Khanna expressed excitement about the reopening of the Lodge. “With the [COVID-19] restrictions being lifted this past spring, it almost feels like coming home one last time before we graduate,” Khanna said. “I think that’s been really, really special.” Maya Khanna is a former member of The Dartmouth staff.

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feel safe… I think subclubs in general have become more receptive to diversity and excited about doing it,” Smith said. Ledyard vice president Jordan Paff ’23 said that she joined the DOC during her freshman fall, but she did not think that the climate was welcoming. “The president and vice president were both men, and I felt like the space was very male-dominated, which made Ledyard a little bit less approachable,” Paff said. Paff added that since Smith started DIJE, she has been inspired to support women and people of color through

her leadership role in Ledyard. “The efforts of [Smith’s] presidency were really around getting women and people of color involved in paddling, and I’ve kind of carried on the torch with that. Obviously, as a white person, a lot of my experiences are more applicable to women, rather than focused on women of color,” Paff said. “However, I’ve been focusing on both of those in terms of how I lead my councils, which has been a huge emphasis of my term as VP thus far.” Ledyard has representatives from its subclub attend DIJE events to speak on Ledyard’s behalf, according to Paff.

Ledyard also hosts its own events focused on diversity and inclusion, such as Conservation on Tap. The event is held once per term in One Wheelock in the Collis Center for Student Involvement and shows films about river conservation projections, which often coincides with preservation of native lands where Indigenous cultures previously thrived. Paff said she sees the changing culture of the DOC reflected in the increased number of active female members in Ledyard from the Class of 2025 –– a sharp change from her first-year in Ledyard, during which there were mostly male members.

From April 13 to 19, the DOC held its first-ever “All Outside” conference with the purpose of making the outdoors more accessible and inclusive, gathering a turnout of approximately 90 people. The conference consisted of panels, beginner outdoor skill sessions, workshops, beginner outdoor trips and more. The DOC has also increased socioeconomic diversity by changing guidelines surrounding funding for break trips and individual outings, such as allocating a certain amount of money for food for each person on the trip. Smith said this adjustment is

meant to ensure more people can get into the outdoors without finances being a barrier. However, Smith added that individuals in subclubs must also take initiative when it comes to further increasing diversity and inclusion in the DOC. “It’s important to remember that just because there is a diversity and inclusion division doesn’t mean that people can’t be doing the work on an individual scale or within their respective clubs,” she said.


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Varsity athletes reflect on four years of Big Green sports

BY CAROLINE YORK The Dartmouth Staff

Two years following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic –– which led to the cancellation of all varsity Ivy League sports competition between spring 2020 and spring 2021 –– graduating at h l e t e s a n d a d m i n i s t r at o r s reflected on an unprecedented time in history for Dartmouth varsity sports teams. Multiple graduating athletes shared their sadness about losing one, or more, of their competitive seasons. While graduating athletes who participate in fall season sports lost their junior year competitive seasons, graduating athletes who competed in the spring lost both their sophomore and junior year competitive seasons. Baseball team member Justin Murray ’22 said that when the Ivy League announced that the 2020 fall season –– and later the entire 2020-2021 season –– would be postponed, he felt unsurprised but disappointed. “In my eyes, the Ivy League [conference] doesn’t understand how important sports are to [athletes],” Mur ray said. “Dartmouth offers a great education, but without sports some of us would have gone somewhere else to play our sport.” Interim athletic director Peter Roby ’79 expressed his “respect” for the Ivy League and Dartmouth’s decision to approach the pandemic with an abundance of caution. He added that the Ivy League aims to treat athletes the same as the rest of the student population. “A t h l e t e s a re n o t t re at e d differently [when it comes to] where they live on campus, what they study and in admissions,” Roby said. “It was hard to rationalize treating them dif ferently when it came to [COVID-19] protocols that were strict for all students.” In July 2020, the College announced that it would cut the men’s and women’s golf teams, the men’s lightweight rowing team and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. The College cited increased flexibility in adm is s ion s an d financial

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Multiple graduating athletes expressed discontent with only two or three full competitive seasons during their time at Dartmouth, although some noted silver linings.

challenges — specifically, budget constraints due to the pandemic — as the reason for the cuts. Varsity women’s swim team member Ashley Post ’22 said that her team advocated for the reinstatement of those teams until a lawsuit, citing that the cuts violated Title IX, brought all five teams back in January 2021. “When the team was cut, we stopped training for a while, but we got back in the pool when we were reinstated,” Post said. “Going through [COVID-19] and being cut brought us closer because we were working together with alumni to bring the team back.” During the 2020-2021 school year, the College operated at about half its normal student capacity to combat the spread of COVID-19. Since only two classes were given on-campus priority at a time, Murray said it was challenging to foster a cohesive team dynamic with only around half the team present and able to train together during this period. Murray added that he felt there

was a lack of bonding between the different classes until all four classes returned to campus for the first time in fall 2021. Some graduating athletes said they felt that underclassmen t o o k a n i n c re a s e d s e n s e o f responsibility when training and competing this year since they had to make up for their lack of experience in competing at the collegiate level. “The freshmen and sophomores really stepped up this year,” men’s hockey captain Harrison Markell ’22 said. “I think [Clay Stevenson ’24] was our most valuable player, and he was able to sign an NHL contract with the Capitals even after missing his freshman season.” Some teams showed significant improvement after the pandemic. Baseball went from a losing record of 15-26 in 2019 to a winning 2022 season of 24-19. Softball saw a similar trend, going from 13-27 in 2019 to an improved 20-24 record in 2022. Women’s tennis went 4-17 in 2019, but they came out 7-13 in 2022.

Markell said that even though some of his team’s wins and losses were not what the team would have wanted them to be, he believes his teammates trained through tremendous adversity and came out stronger after pushing through tough times. Equestrian team captain Claire Azar ’22 said that a silver lining during the pandemic was that she gained a newfound appreciation for riding. “ M y j u n i o r ye a r, we h a d practice but it was very casual,” Azar said. “I actually enjoyed it because it…was nice to have a break from [the sport] being competitive and I got back to enjoying riding.” According to softball team member Madie Augusto ’22, the break from competition reignited many of her teammates’ enjoyment of the sport. However, she said that the time off also gave athletes the time to reflect if being a collegiate athlete was really for them. “ Wi t h o u t t h e p a n d e m i c , [ s o m e p l a ye r s ] w o u l d h ave

pushed through, which would h ave i m p a c t e d t h e c u l t u r e [negatively],” Augusto said. “It gave players time to reflect on whether the game was for them –– by the 2022 season, everyone on the team was one thousand percent bought [into the sport].” Azar said that because the NCAA extended eligibility rules due to the pandemic, she plans to compete again for Dartmouth in the fall term. Roby said he feels grateful for all the hard work the graduating athletes have put in over the last four years and especially for their efforts in their final seasons representing the Big Green. “I want to say thank you to all seniors for how they’ve led through difficult times in past years, for the faith they held in the college, in each other, in coaches [and] in the athletic administration to get back to doing what they love to do,” Roby said. “I hope that they will appreciate what they’ve lived through and what they’ve done to stay focused and resilient –– I think that’s the silver lining.”


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Club and intramural sports promote spirit, community BY HEATH MONSMA The Dartmouth Staff

This year, members of the Class of 2022 participated in 33 club sports and competed in intramural leagues and events during all three terms. According to the Office of Campus Life, three-quarters of students participate in some form of athletics — and Dartmouth’s club and intramural athletes outnumber the varsity players by more than two to one. However, the College on the Hill did not always support athletics in the way it does today. Early in the College’s history, the administration hoped to discourage students from playing games, instead directing them towards “more useful” activities like manual, agricultural and academic labors, according to the first code of Dartmouth College law. Students protested this regulation beginning in the mid to late 1830s, when games of “football” –– which involved teams with far more than eleven players, and whose purpose was essentially to just control the ball — would break out spanning the length of the Green. Teams were often divided by class year or by whether the student was a “Social” or “Frater,” the two types of literary societies that provided social outlets on campus. Former student Joseph Bartlett Eastman, who graduated in the Class of 1843, wrote in a letter home that “There seems to have

been something of a contest at Hanover between the Quacks and the Juniors, but I imagine it will turn out to be ‘much squeal and little wool,’ as the devil said when he shaved the pigs.” Despite Bartlett’s prediction, sports grew among Big Green students. The NCAA’s founding in 1910 led to the concept of recruitment at the collegiate level — which prompted the creation of club and intramural teams so any student could play sports recreationally. Today, these teams still enjoy much popularity and success. In the spring term, the women’s club soccer team defeated Brown University to bring home the Ivy League Championship. Women’s club soccer coach Stephen Severson ’74, who has coached the team since 2003, said he felt proud of the team’s win. “We were looking over at Brown on the other field and they looked 10 feet tall and really strong,” he said. “We were a little nervous, but we came out with the win. They out-shot us 10 to three, but two of ours went in and none of theirs did.” Severson attributed a large part of the team’s unity and success to the graduating class. “They set a very admirable tone of encouragement but no harshness,” he said. “I really a p p re c i at e d h ow k i n d t h ey always have been while still being sufficiently directive when needed. Our team is pretty chilled out but

still has a good time.” Former women’s club soccer captain Sophia Greszczuk ’22 said that winning the Ivy League championship made her feel the same excitement for the sport that she had in high school. “I feel like it’s somewhat of a freshman thing [to join club sports] because you’re trying to make friends, and you’re trying to continue who you were in high school, but I came back my senior year because of the community,” she said. Severson shared that team bonding is core to his coaching philosophy, exemplified through his detailed website and game blog, texts to current and former players on their birthdays and team dinners at his house. “The team sees us [my family and I] as a resource outside of soccer,” he said. “It’s a really nice thing to step a tiny bit off campus and have a home-cooked dinner.” The men’s club soccer team also made it to the finals of the Ivy League tournament this spring for the first time in its recorded history. Former men’s club soccer team team captain Matt Schnell ’22 said that, especially after the tournament, he feels grateful for his relationships on the team. “We played five games in two days, which was exhausting, but driving down and staying in the hotel was so much fun,” he said. “It was my last real competitive soccer that I’ll probably play for a while, so I definitely tried to create

Graduating seniors, coaches and administrators share moments of joy from Dartmouth club and intramural sports.

a lasting memory that weekend.” In addition to their leadership roles on their respective club soccer teams, Greszczuk and Schnell both play several intramural sports. Greszczuk says that soccer and her intramural hockey team are her two favorite things to do on campus. “[Intramural hockey] has sparked a genuine interest in hockey among my friends, and we spent some great days out on Occom practicing,” she said. “We’d get all hyped up for games and wear our Hawaiian shirts or other matching outfits.” Schnell said he has organized and played for soccer, basketball, softball and flag football intramural teams over the course of his time at Dartmouth. “I’m a super competitive person, so we’re definitely there to win, but it’s also lower stakes, which allows us to have a good time,” he said. Intramural sports coordinator Mason Kaiser said he has done research for his graduate program i n d i c ati n g t h at i nvo l ve m e n t in intramural prog rams has significant positive effects on students’ happiness and success in the classroom. “The Dartmouth way is very unique, but it’s very taxing on students,” he said. “Putting something together to get students out of their dorms and doing something active is the most rewarding part for me.” Robert Crawford ’22, who said he has helped organize intramurals and played on the

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soccer, basketball, flag football, hockey and softball teams, believes that intramurals are extremely fun regardless of whether or not someone has played the sport before. “If you can get a team together of 10 friends, then you have a designated weekly time to hang out,” he said. Crawford said his last team, the Sachem Salamanders, made it to the finals of the intramural softball tournament. “I played baseball my whole life, and it was great to watch all my friends get into the sport that I love,” he said. Katie Smith ’22, who also played on the Sachem Salamanders, as well as in the intramural hockey league, said she thought the most fun part of her experience was when her team surpassed others’ expectations as an underdog. “We were mostly made up of people who had never played softball before,” she said. “Nobody expected to go far, so my most rewarding intramural memory was when we beat the GDX ’24 team in the semifinals.” Smith added that playing intramural sports during her senior year felt like a return to normalcy following the COVID-19 pandemic. John Weingart ’22, who said he has been playing intramural hockey, basketball, volleyball and flag football since his freshman year, added that intramurals gave him a sense of belonging on campus. “When I joined the freshman hockey team I barely knew how to ice skate, so I was just falling on my butt over and over,” he said. “Our team was really bad –– we lost like four games straight –– but when we finally won one game we popped a bottle of champagne outside of the rink and started spraying it in celebration.” Kaiser said he recognizes that club and intramural competitions are important to the culture of the Dartmouth community. “I wrapped up a softball tournament this past weekend, and there were three or four all-senior teams who had to take a minute knowing that this was their last game together,” he said. While it is easy to discount club sports and intramurals as low-level competition, the dedication that students put into them represents a grassroots spirit that is uniquely Dartmouth and is alive and well in the Class of 2022. Perhaps the sustained popularity of intramural sports at Dartmouth signifies the importance of community and quality time with friends –– two things that are important for all.


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Hop symposium highlights works by Mexican composers BY Sofia Ratkevich The Dartmouth

On May 26 and 27, the Hopkins Center for the Arts hosted the Music Mexico Symposium, an interdisciplinary event that showcased the past, present and future of Mexican repertoire. The symposium included presentations, discussions and performances intended to highlight the diverse history of Mexican musical traditions. “We wanted to do a conference where we could bridge the gaps between Mexico, Canada and the United States and bring together our art because art really does transcend borders,” Karina Sainz, associate producer at the Hop and one of the event’s producers, said. “We’ve got people coming from Mexico, from Texas, from the Bay Area, from Philadelphia, that all have the same thought of uplifting these Mexican composers that are here.” Symposium attendees were greeted the evening of May 26 with a welcome reception followed by the Mexican Chamber Music Concert. The concert borrowed both new and classic works from the repertoire of Mexican chamber music, including pieces by Carlos Chávez — founder of the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra — and Manuel Ponce — widely considered to be the father of Mexican classical music. The following day, attendees enjoyed a day of discussions and activities, culminating in a public talk on musical diplomacy with a panel featuring three Mexican composers: Juan Pablo Contreras, Nubia Jaime Donjuan and Rodrigo Martínez Torres. The event was hosted by Sixto Montesinos Jr., assistant professor of music and head of instrumental studies at Saint Mary’s College of California. The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Spring Concert rounded out the symposium with a performance in Spaulding Auditorium later that night, highlighting pieces by a host of Mexican composers, including Contreas, Donjuan and Martínez Torres. Sainz, who is Mexican-American, said she was able to sit in on a rehearsal for the Wind Ensemble earlier in the week. “In symphonies, typically, the percussion is super light and then they do this buildup, but not necessarily in [these Mexican Compositions],” she

said. “We are bold, we are loud.” Sainz added that it was interesting to hear the critiques that the visiting composers had for the ensemble, gently pushing the students to make stronger sounds — to crash their cymbals even louder. For Karsten Kleyensteuber ’23, who plays trumpet in the wind ensemble, being able to interact with some of the composers during rehearsal was a rewarding experience. “Having [the composers] there and getting their feedback on stylistic choices, or what their intentions were when they were writing the piece, is really nice to have because we can be more honest to what the composer was intending, especially when premiering a work,” he said. Kleyensteuber noted that the compositions were the most advanced that the ensemble had done since he joined his freshman year, and that the experience was overwhelmingly a positive one. “From a musical perspective, [the show] was really rewarding to play. I think as a group, we grew through it and it was very enriching to immerse ourselves in this canon of Mexican music,” he said. According to both Sainz and Dartmouth director of bands Brian Messier, who also produced the event, the symposium was an idea years in the making and was sparked before Messier was even working in his current role at the College. In 2018, Messier was working with a different group that coincidentally had a concert scheduled for May 5, or the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo — which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. At a time of political divide, when “the potential border wall was in the news,” Messier was inspired to research Mexican composers for the concert. “I started looking into, if I’m going to do a concert on May 5, what could I program that would be authentic — that would actually be by Mexican composers,” he said. “And I found that there really was not anything [available].” When these findings were corroborated by Mexican composers and conductors, Messier began commissioning them to compose authentic Mexican pieces. Messier expanded this practice after the transition into his role at Dartmouth and the Hop by launching a Mexican

and Mexican American Composition Competition which yielded 48 original compositions for wind bands. The Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble intended to perform a selection of the compositions on tour in Mexico in spring of 2021. While the tour was rescheduled for spring 2023 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the competition helped create the foundation for the symposium, which served as a catalyst for the Mexican Repertoire Initiative at Dartmouth. The initiative aims to create an open-source collection of authentic Mexican repertoire for wind bands. “We are viewing the symposium as a departure point. This is not just an opportunity to brag and pat ourselves on the back for what we’ve done so far, but really a start of the initiative and of the ongoing conversations and partnerships we want to have,” Messier

said. Overseen by Messier, the Mexican Repertoire Initiative is the first of its kind for Mexican compositions. Kleyensteuber has been assisting Messier with the initiative since fall 2021 and describes the project as providing a platform to enhance the awareness of and access to works by Mexican composers for musicians around the world. Kleyensteuber said he has been able to directly see the impact that his role has had on Mexican composers. In addition to building the physical opensource database, Kleyensteuber was tasked with reaching out to composers in order to build up the collection of repertoire on file. “Once people understood the purpose [of the initiative] and what it was going to be, the response was overwhelmingly positive,” he said about his outreach.

As of May 29, the initiative hosts an open source, searchable collection of 284 compositions by Mexican and Mexican-American artists. Each composition listed includes a recording and downloadable score, as well as the contact information for the composer should a viewer be interested in commissioning them. Now, Messier said he hopes that the collection and dissemination of Mexican repertoire will be more easily accessible. “What I’ve found is that there are a lot of people independently pursuing similar work [relating to collecting the Mexican Repertoire],” Messier said. “And a big purpose of the symposium and the initiative is to bring those parties together under one roof and facilitate deepening conversation about where there’s mutual or shared interests, mutual or shared resources and potential for collaboration.”

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Mexican composers Juan Pablo Contreras, Rodrigo Martinez Torres and Nubia Jaime Donjuan pose with the graduating Wind Ensemble students


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Hood exhibition explores time through Native American art

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Recent graduates and former Hood Museum interns curated “Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design,” on display now after being postponed for the pandemic.

B Y ALEXANDRA SURPRENANT The Dartmouth Staff

After several years of delay, Hood Museum of Art exhibition “Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture and Design” opened in January of 2022. The display was curated by former Native American art interns Dillen Peace ’19 and Sháńdíín Brown ’20 and displays art from historical through contemporary periods. The exhibition features Native American sculpture, ceramics and design. Brown explained that the exhibition was initially inspired by the concept of time in relation to Native American art. “We thought a lot about how the past brings us into the present and also the future,” Brown said. “We really wanted to honor traditional art forms while also exploring contemporary ideas and mediums.” This theme drove the exhibition’s design. “[Brown and Peace] are looking at the continuity of these artistic practices within Indigenous communities,” Jami Powell, curator of Indigenous art at the Hood, said. “They thought a lot about how artists are pushing boundaries and innovating, but still referencing and using traditional or historic practices from their communities.” The exhibition includes roughly 50 pieces from 16 tribes across North America, though most of the works originate from the Southwest. Some of the pieces are from the early 1900s, while others

are more contemporary works. As Native American art interns, Brown and Peace drew from The Hood’s permanent collection and also acquired new works on behalf of the museum. Both Brown and Peace said they were inspired to create the exhibition during their experience on the Native American and Indigenous Studies domestic studies program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. “[The domestic studies program] was my first real exposure to some of the contemporary artists that are in the exhibition, so it was really rewarding to return here and make some new acquisitions,” Brown said. “There’s a few pieces that are now in the Hood’s permanent collection from the exhibition made by incredible artists like Jason Garcia, Tammy Garcia and Kevin Romero.” On Wednesday, May 25, Peace and Brown held a discussion — titled Conversations and Connections: “Unbroken” — at the Hood Museum regarding the exhibition, which they curated before graduating, though the display was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Powell served as a mentor for the interns and also participated in the conversation. Brown identified the themes of “continuity” and “evolution” as integral to both the exhibition and the recent discussion. The title, “Unbroken,” underlines this concept of viewing the wide breadth of Indigenous art as deeply connected, rather than as

independent pieces of art. Peace and Powell highlighted the importance of including a diverse range of Indigenous art in the exhibition, in terms of both time period and medium. Powell emphasized that the recent discussion concentrated on the harmful implications of categorizing Indigenous art into narrow categories, particularly “contemporary” and “traditional.” “What we consider traditional today was once contemporary,” Powell said. “Within the space of looking at Indigenous art, people come with their own assumptions and expectations. When you use terms like ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary,’ it can be problematic and reify some of these stereotypes.” Through the exhibition, Peace and Brown aimed to create an open dialogue between older and more recent works of Indigenous art, rather than regarding them as entirely separate. Peace expressed that there is a dynamic relationship between these two types of works. “We were mostly concerned with looking at historical works in the collection,” Peace said, “but we also tried to pair [historical works] with contemporary works that were pushing the same kind of conversation or extending those underlying ideologies within the art.” For example, the exhibition includes a ceramic piece called “Pow!” by Tammy Garcia, a pueblo sculptor from Santa Clara,

N.M. Brown described “Pow!”as a canteen-shaped ceramic work with a comic book depiction of a woman with long nails and finger guns. “‘Pow!’ is a traditional coil form,” Brown said. “I think to myself, ‘what does [this work] say about native femininity?’ Especially since Garcia uses a contemporary medium of comic books in this traditional form.” In addition to contemporary works, older pieces in the collection also allow viewers to reconsider the categories of “traditional” and “contemporary.” Brown mentioned a corn effigy jar from the early 1900s as an example of reframing a dichotomous view, as some viewers of the exhibition may consider the piece to be contemporary, while others may view it as traditional. “In this exhibition, we look at how we define what is ‘traditional’ and ask: ‘what is your baseline of art, form or design?’,” Brown said. Peace emphasized the difficulty of curating and executing the exhibition, particularly during COVID-19. Throughout the process, Peace and Brown were sometimes working remotely from Santa Fe, collaborating closely with Powell. “We all had to work as a team. The show ended up switching galleries, and so there were some design details that had to be reevaluated in the time since I’ve been away,” Peace said. “Despite the gap in between what was planned initially and the exhibition today, it was really rewarding to come back

and see it all come together.” Today, Peace studies art at the University of Kansas, while Brown works as a curatorial fellow at Rhode Island School of Design. Like Peace, Brown also appreciated returning to Dartmouth both for the exhibition and the recent discussion, explaining that it raised important questions about the nature of “home.” “After [Peace] and I graduated on our own separate paths, we went back to Santa Fe. Now we’re both in different places,” Brown said. “It’s an interesting story of homecoming. And, what exactly does homecoming mean, especially since we’re both Navajo from the Southwest?” But while the exhibition and discussion had significance for Brown and Peace as individuals, they both hope it also impacted the Dartmouth community. Peace hopes that the exhibition can help visitors understand that Indigenous art can take many different forms, and that it is not limited to one single medium or time period. In other words, Indigenous art is not just “historic,” but is still being made today. “Native peoples are still here. We’re still present and we’re still actively shaping what kind of future we want,” Peace said. “We navigate a more globalized society with different influences, different factors and different contexts that we still have to work through. But we’re still here. Hopefully that presence comes through in the collection, especially in the contemporary works.”


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STAFF COLUMNIST THOMAS LANE ’24

CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST ELIZABETH CHUN ’25

Lane: The US Must Take in as Many Ukrainian Refugees as Possible

Chun: Hanover’s Housing Crisis: Whose Responsibility Is It?

We must not repeat our embarrassing response after Afghanistan.

My point is very simple: The United States needs to take in as many refugees from Ukraine as possible. President Joe Biden announced with his Uniting for Ukraine plan that the United States is willing to take in up to 100,000, so the actual number will likely be less. I hope that was just his first step, because there are currently at least that many just in tiny Moldova, a country bordering Ukraine, where the United Nations reports refugees now make up almost one in every five residents. Moldova has a GDP per capita of about 1/14th the size of the United States’, according to the World Bank. The United States has immensely more resources to do something about this crisis than anyone else, and yet we have stood largely idly by when it comes to refugees. Europe needs our help. If the U.S. is to live up to its extensive commitments to human rights and our claims to be the leader of the free world, we must do much better than a half-hearted hundred thousand. We must do more. Between 1990 and 1995, we let in an average of 116,000 refugees annually, large numbers of which came from the former USSR. The Soviet Union fell apart largely without armed struggle, and there was no major war driving those refugees out. If we could do that during peacetime, we ought to be taking in more now. Some may argue that admitting larger numbers of refugees would be expensive or otherwise difficult, and they are indeed right. But that doesn’t make it any less the right thing to do. We must be steadfast to what we know is just and give aid to those who need it. It’s not like these civilians chose to be uprooted from their homes. If the same were to somehow happen to us Americans, we would certainly hope that other countries would take us in. Fortunately, there is already an established Ukrainian community in several parts of the United States. My own family has been going to a Ukrainian restaurant in Minneapolis to celebrate my Slovak grandfather’s birthday each fall for as long as I can remember. The restaurant was founded by refugees who came to America after the Second World War and is still owned by the same family. On the other side of the Atlantic, the British government has begun a host family program, which quickly saw tens of thousands of volunteers offering to host refugees. While this particular program has run into many rollout hiccups and is not working as intended, it shows that the necessary motivation to help is there. The Biden administration should partner with the Ukrainian communities already here, ask the American people to step up to the plate and provide a streamlined process for them to do so that learns from the U.K.’s failures. If they can do those 3 tasks, I’m certain they would have no shortage of volunteers. While most Ukrainian refugees will inevitably remain in Eastern Europe, an expanded refugee admission program can function as a key pressure valve to take stress off of the areas struggling the most. The Uniting for Ukraine plan does take some key steps towards that goal — but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. While it does streamline the application process for prospective host families slightly, many complain it is still quite cumbersome and that the plan doesn’t do anything to help connect refugees with those required host families. Neither does it provide any financial support to host families — something even the flawed program in the U.K.

does. Nor does it direct government agencies to coordinate on an ongoing basis with eastern European countries on the frontlines to prioritize taking in refugees from the particular towns and cities that are most overloaded. As of the most recent numbers, only about 6,000 Ukrainians have been approved for resettlement in the U.S., which is frankly disappointing. If there is ever a moment for this to happen, it’s now. We are grappling with a situation in which we have accused Russia of perpetrating war crimes. There has been evidence of massacres of innocent civilians found in the town of Bucha, among other places and among other atrocities. The German intelligence service has been able to intercept radio communications from the Russian military, in which soldiers discuss their random killings of people passing by. In one conversation, a soldier discusses shooting a civilian on a bicycle. A body was later found in Bucha next to a bicycle. War crime trials are already ongoing in Kyiv, and several Russian soldiers have pleaded guilty to different crimes. While it’s true we don’t know all the details, at this point we do not need to know more. We must do more. Why am I so adamant? We have a very bad record of doing what is right when it comes to refugees. After our withdrawal from Afghanistan, neighboring Pakistan became home to about 300,000 Afghan refugees on top of the over three million the Pakistani government estimates were already there. In contrast, we took in only about 75,000. Pakistan’s GDP per capita is about a mere quarter of Moldova’s. They had even less resources to deal with the influx, and few batted an eye. While I still believe that the United States still can (and should) take in more Afghan refugees –– after all, we engaged in over 20 years of military operations there and should take ownership of the consequences –– there is an extent to which that opportunity has passed. But, the opportunity to live up to our ideals with the catastrophe in Eastern Europe right now is alive and well. We must do more. The choices we make right now are essential. We could measure that difference by how many lives we might save. But, as important as that is, how many lives saved is not the full picture. We need to consider everything we can save. By admitting more refugees, we can keep families together. We can ensure that little kids have as close to a normal childhood as possible. Our choices could mean elders get to live out their last years in peace and dignity instead of in misery. Some have already been denied those last years altogether, such as 96-year-old Holocaust survivor Boris Romanchenko, who was killed by a Russian shell hitting his apartment in Kharkiv. It could mean that young people like me — and our now-graduating Dartmouth Class of 2022 — get to celebrate the school graduations they’ve worked so hard for, albeit probably not from the school they originally anticipated. How many Rosh Hashanahs and Yom Kippurs can we save this fall? How many family Christmas celebrations this winter? How many weddings and honeymoons? How many birthdays and anniversaries? How many first days of kindergarten? How many moms won’t have to give birth in hospital basements and bomb shelters? I could go on and on. Refugees need our help, and we must do more. I can’t think of anything else more worthy of our immediate efforts right now.

Hanover’s current housing shortage comes with a high cost to our community. Dartmouth and Hanover must both be part of the solution. The town of Hanover –– and the Upper Valley at large –– has long suffered from a serious affordable housing shortage. Indeed, a 2021 study by Keys to the Valley, an Upper Valley housing organization, found that the Upper Valley is projected to need another 10,000 housing units to meet its growing housing demand by 2030. Not only does this housing shortage pose a threat to Hanover’s economy by preventing workers from finding housing, but it is also detrimental to the social mobility of lowincome families and prevents Hanover from flourishing into an inclusive, economically integrated community. To this end, we as a community need to act to address this housing crisis. Furthermore, as the owner of many properties that are promising for development, Dartmouth must be at the center of the solution. In the past, there have been various attempts to address Hanover’s housing shortage, such as the relaxation of restrictive zoning and regulations in areas that are already served by expensive infrastructure, such as water and sewer, but could be much better utilized than they are now. Most recently, Article 11 –– a residential housing ordinance –– was passed at the annual Hanover Town Meeting in early May, which should increase housing capacity on West Wheelock Street by allowing for more extensive redevelopment and higher density use. This kind of progress undoubtedly represents an important step in addressing Hanover’s housing shortage. In fact, the increased housing on West Wheelock Street is projected to open up housing for a whopping 329 more individuals –– enough to house all of the students at Dartmouth College who do not get on-campus housing each year. Still, these relaxations in zoning need to be coupled with concerted efforts to also start building housing on currently undeveloped properties. After all, Hanover is a center of residential and economic activity in Upper Valley, and its alreadydeveloped areas can only be built out so much while avoiding overcrowding. We need to look to new areas for housing. Who is responsible for driving these initiatives? Part of the responsibility certainly falls on the town of Hanover. It is up to the town to ensure that Hanover is an economically prosperous, socially inclusive community. But more subtly, part of the responsibility also falls on the College. A little-known reality is that Dartmouth owns many of the empty or underutilized properties in Hanover that are ideal for future development –– including the Rivercrest property, Lyme Road and the Sullivan/Gibson tracts (also known as Sand Hill). While all of these areas could be potential locations for new housing, it would not be possible to develop them without agreement and cooperation from Dartmouth. While Dartmouth has

proposed various plans to use these lands to build new dormitories that will help address its own student housing shortage, many of these plans, such as a proposal to develop undergraduate housing on Lyme Road South, are less than ideal. Students do not want to commute to the site, and many townspeople do not want the land developed at all. Thus, I believe that Dartmouth and the town of Hanover should establish a public-private partnership and consider plans to develop the aforementioned Dartmouth-owned lands — not into student dormitories, but into housing for Hanover residents. While Dartmouth is the owner of these lands, the help and resources provided by the town of Hanover will drive the formation of more comprehensive, expert-based plans and allow for better engagement with hesitant town residents. It is key that town residents feel that any new development is done with their needs in mind and not forced on them from above. Ultimately, Dartmouth’s properties will be put to good use –– better than the creation of student dormitories that are too far from campus. Townspeople may still object that they do not want these lands developed. Indeed, many are concerned with maintaining Hanover’s rural charm and aesthetic. However, there are ways to maintain rural character while also building housing. For instance, dimensional and aesthetic standards can regulate the layout, lot size and exterior appearance of new housing to match older styles. Another objection is that Dartmouth itself may not be interested in having its lands developed –– even if it receives compensation for this development. After all, doing nothing with its land right now preserves the possibility of being able to do something more appealing with it down the road. Even so, the reality is that Dartmouth, too, has something to gain. Building residential housing on Dartmouth’s underutilized properties that are slightly farther from campus will help alleviate D a r t m o u t h ’s s t u d e n t h o u s i n g c r i s i s by lessening the competition between students and residents for space close to Dartmouth’s campus. This solution will also help Dartmouth in attracting and maintaining the young faculty and scholars it needs to develop its academic programs in the long term. After all, it’s not possible to teach in Hanover if you can’t live in the area. But perhaps most importantly, I urge Dartmouth to realize the immediacy of Hanover’s current housing shortage. Addressing this housing shortage is imperative to both the economic and social mobility of Hanover. While the solution will not be a simple one, Dartmouth’s cooperation is not only an important starting point, but an integral one.


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Her Spell on Them Remains: Learning to Love Dartmouth STORY

By Selin Hos

I remember the first time I visited Dartmouth. It was a random Monday in February, and the air was brisk, nipping at my face as I walked across campus. It was a couple of days before my 16th birthday, and I had just finished visiting a number of other colleges. Dartmouth was the only one that still had piles of snow on the ground, though on that particular day the sun was out, beckoning. I turned to my family, making an off-hand joke that we had brought the sun up with us on this visit, and we watched as the light glinted off of the windows of Baker-Berry. The sunshine bouncing off of the pure, powdery snow seemed to bring the campus to life, instilling a vigor and energy into the air. Despite the cold, the campus was distinctly alive. Everywhere I looked, the campus declared its presence. The students, in particular, radiated energy, and I watched as they threw snowballs and pushed one another into the mounds of snow that lined the campus. They were everywhere, ducking in and out of buildings, eager to escape the cold. As they walked, they laughed, teasing and swearing at one another. They were the living and breathing heart of Dartmouth, the very source of its vitality. After all, our campus without its soundtrack of playful shouts across the Green and the ensuing laughter would be a very dead one indeed. It isn’t lost on me that I am now one of the students that I had seen all of those years earlier. In fact, I can almost see the anxiety and longing in the eyes of the prospective students and parents as they pass by on a tour, watching as I study underneath the historic Orozco murals. They’re trying to glean what I wished to all of those years ago — what is it that makes Dartmouth, well, Dartmouth? Sometimes I wish I could answer the question in their eyes, although I’m not quite sure that I would be able to. I could give them the canned, superficial answer that we’re a school of great integrity, with superior academics and athletics, all housed under the sublime backdrop of Mother Nature. And though this is undoubtedly true, it could never begin to capture all that it means to be at Dartmouth. It would gloss over the little moments — the long nights spent in the library, and the even longer ones spent on frat row. So once again I’ll ask: what makes Dartmouth all that it is? Could I even answer that question? Could you? Our

answers would be different –– after all, no two Dartmouth experiences are ever exactly the same. I’m convinced, though, that there’s something that unites them all. For a school that is still so deeply intertwined with the ways of the past, there must be something that is shared between us — something passed down from one generation to the next. Whenever I look at pictures of Dartmouth from the past, I’m struck by how much has seemingly changed — and just how much simply hasn’t. The buildings, for one, were here long before us, and they will be here long after. If only these walls could whisper, for truly they’ve seen it all. They’ve watched on, listening for 250 years to the trials and tribulations of students, and have stood tall and strong as wars — both cold and hot — have ravaged the world outside of Hanover. At their core, even the students were the same. I’ve seen pictures of students from the 80s as they, like us, walked around in shirts emblazoned with Greek letters and played pong with handle-less paddles. Not much has changed, and yet, everything has. The pandemic has altered not only the world as we know it, but also Dartmouth as we know it. A culture survives by perpetuating itself in the next generation, but this was an opportunity that was taken from the current student population. Of the four grades on campus, the ’22s, ’23s, ’24s and ’25s, only one of them got to know the Dartmouth that generations of students have known and loved — the “normal” Dartmouth. Until this spring, the Class of 2022 was the only class of the four here now to enjoy all four of Dartmouth’s seasons — and the challenges and delights that come with each. What followed March 2020 was a mess, with everyone spread out around the world taking online classes, enduring hybrid living and often intense isolation. These were the defining characteristics of the past few years, ones spent in a perpetual limbo with the threat of catching an unknown virus, or being sent home, constantly lurking overhead. It is hard — impossible even — to build a life on that kind of uncertainty. After all, aren’t we meant to “find ourselves” in college — usually under the guidance of the upperclassmen who seem to have already found their way? But that wasn’t possible under such conditions, and so we went, year after year, without

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learning the traditions that defined the classic Dartmouth experience. The only things we had to go off of were the scattered remnants of the ’22s freshman year. Even now as I look back upon my first year here, I can’t help but notice how all of my memories are tinged with a sense of fragility, or of the understanding that it could all be taken from us at any moment. This year was one of urgency, of living as though each moment was the last —

and making up for lost time. But the world keeps turning, and we’ve adapted to this new Dartmouth. As we begin to rebuild, we should be aware of this unique opportunity that has been presented to us. Perhaps in the turmoil of the past few years, there have been some traditions that have been lost to the wind. But very rarely is there ever destruction without creation to balance it. The loss of the old traditions only make way for the

creation of new ones. We’ve been given an opportunity to shape the Dartmouth that we hope to see — and it begins now with what we do and what we say. One of my friends, Adam Tobeck ’25, once mused that we were all just “adding to the vast history of those that came before us.” So we are, our every moment weaving together with others’ to add to a story that will long outlive us. Personally, I find that rather beautiful.

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Here’s to the Sons and Daughters of Dartmouth STORY

By Gretchen Bauman

At the end of orientation last September, I opened my phone to read the article I had heard about countless times during my first week and a half on campus: Rolling Stone’s infamous “Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy” published in 2012. It’s not my place to confirm or to deny the claims made in the article. However, the idea of the “Dartmouth Man” discussed in the piece has stuck with me. Over the course of this year, I’ve reflected on what it means to be a “Dartmouth Man,” extrapolating, for those of us who do not identify as a man, to consider what it means to be a “Dartmouth Student.” Though many years have passed since the events written about in the Rolling Stone article transpired, there remains an almost mythological, ideal Dartmouth student that exists in our collective campus consciousness. As proof of this, when I listed off the traits of this ideal student to my friends, all of them agreed, and many even finished my sentences for me. There are more traits of this ideal student than I could enumerate here, but none is more prevalent, or harmful, than the ability to balance. Life at Dartmouth is filled with contradictions. The ideal Dartmouth student is involved in seemingly every club on campus, but also maintains a near-perfect GPA. Without neglecting these extracurricular and academic commitments, the ideal student somehow also still has time to sunbathe on the Green, “daily dip” in the river and, of course, attend every possible party, all while taking hundreds of pictures that later appear in a perfectly curated Instagram post. This ideal of extracurricular involvement and academic success is theoretically a positive one. In moderation, these are not unhealthy goals to pursue. Unfortunately, Dartmouth is famous for its lack of moderation. I, like many other students on this campus, have been both a chronic perfectionist and an overachiever since I was 11 years old. I already place immense personal pressure on myself to participate in extracurriculars and perform well academically. The ubiquity of the ideal Dartmouth student only compounds these personal pressures, causing me to constantly fear that I am not over-achieving enough. No matter how many clubs I join or how late I stay in the library, I continue to urge

myself to always take on more. After all, in the long run, what’s a few fewer hours of sleep? If seemingly everyone else can balance untold commitments, why shouldn’t I be able to? An inability to balance would only indicate that I am not cut out to be a true Dartmouth student — a failure too embarrassing to confront. This distressingly negative mindset, unfortunately, is shared by many students. During winter term, I brought up this topic with a friend of mine who is involved in a wide range of clubs, someone who I believe exemplifies the Dartmouth stereotype. Yet, even she expressed the same fear that she is not balancing enough commitments. This ideal, clearly, remains out of reach for every student. Thus, each of us, no matter how involved, continue to propel ourselves past the limits of what the human body can feasibly balance. At a school containing literally thousands of overachievers, it is physically impossible to win the competition for “biggest overachiever” or “most involved.” But as we drag ourselves through each term only to add on more and more commitments, it seems that we have collectively decided to either win this impossible game, or drive ourselves to exhaustion while trying. It is easy to recognize that an attempt to live up to this ideal is both unhealthy and futile. In turn, this recognition begs the question as to why we haven’t moved away from it. Why can’t we accept that there is no correct way to be a Dartmouth student, and instead pat ourselves on the back for the effort required to merely make it through each term? The most obvious answer is that for the overachievers — the majority of the student body — this is antithetical to their entire way of being. But another answer is that we are willing to cling to this impossible ideal because it represents another tradition, of which Dartmouth has countless. Each night, the bells of Baker-Berry toll the alma mater, a song which discusses letting “old traditions” fail. Yet Dartmouth students seem to live in fear of this. From the language that we use to our big weekends and even our pong rules, traditions are celebrated and remain a constant feature of life. Furthermore, being in on these traditions confers a sense of power. After achieving an elusive Dartmouth acceptance, being baptized in its traditions is a way to feel as though

you belong in the Ivy League. Understanding Dartmouth’s traditions bonds you to every other Dartmouth student. No matter how isolated you feel, traditions remain the common denominator. Ultimately, the ideal of the “Dartmouth Student” persists, despite its unhealthiness, because striving for it serves as a way for each of us to belong.

Our exhaustion while attempting to balance every commitment we’ve taken on becomes a uniting experience. When we darty before returning to the library, or get two hours of sleep after running between four club meetings, we can brush it off as “so Dartmouth,” and everyone will understand. It’s clear that no matter the harms of this ideal, we’ll never entirely abandon

it. After all, the lyrics of the alma mater that we have repeated endless times remind us that we are all the “sons of old Dartmouth” and the “daughters of Dartmouth.” The creation of the community echoed in this song both sustains us and also pushes us ever further in an attempt to finally realize an impossible myth: that of the true Dartmouth student.

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How Dartmouth Can Humble You STORY

By Ally Burg

As my freshman year concludes, nostalgia is hitting me in unexpected waves. I was taking a shower in my dorm that I will reside in for just a few more days, and it was suddenly my first night here –– in that same shower –– when I was unable to turn it on. Just last night, I sat at Ice Cream Fore-U with my best friends and, all at once, I was back in 21F, when I made that journey with the same girls who I barely knew at the time. Minutes ago, I rummaged through my backpack in search of statistics notes, only to find the interview questions that I wrote for my first article in this very publication. As I am taken back to these moments, I am reminded of who I was when I unpacked last fall. I was so unsure. I was unsure of where the dining hall was, unsure of what I wanted to study, unsure of who I would befriend — and overall unsure of myself. Yet, even with all my uncertainty and insecurity, I was also a total know-it-all. Like a lot of us here, I had never truly failed academically before. Sure, I may have crashed my car or been excluded from a house party, but academics were always my strong suit. In high school, I was accomplished — I had a multitude of achievements under my name, I had never failed a test and I had never even received the inevitable college rejection letter, as I applied and got into Dartmouth early decision. By the end of my senior year, people would congratulate me and I would thank them blindly, unsure of what I was acknowledging. Even so, when I got here, I was intimidated by the Dartmouth name alone –– I was still in shock that I was attending an Ivy League institution. I didn’t feel like I was of that caliber; with everyone I met, I wondered what amazing thing they must have done in order to get into an Ivy. Regardless of this imposter syndrome, I was ecstatic –– I was happy to be in a new environment with kind people who seemed to understand me well. As the textbook overthinker I am, I was sure I had thought up every possible excitement and worry alike. However, I had failed to consider a seemingly obvious part of college: the actual classes and

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work itself. Dartmouth is not just a prestigious name to put in an Instagram bio –– it is also really challenging. Last fall, I was warned to take layups, but, again, I was a total know-itall. I thought I wasn’t the type of person who needed to take layups their freshman fall, as I would obviously be just fine if I worked hard enough. And I did work hard. I worked really hard. I read my Math 8 textbook from cover to cover, taking meticulous notes and attending an embarrassingly large number of office hours. Yet, I failed my second midterm, I didn’t finish the final and I didn’t get an A in the class. That fall, I felt as if everyone around me was somehow doing it all. I didn’t want to compare myself to other people, but I couldn’t help but focus on everything I wasn’t doing in comparison. I mean, we are at Dartmouth for goodness sake –– everyone here gets A’s, has unbelievable inter nships stacked up, takes four course terms and, all the while, balances extracurriculars, research and a social life. It’s just the culture here

–– and from the surface, everyone not only does it all but also gets it done with incredible ease and skill, or at least so it seems. Even as I did things I should have been incredibly proud of, with this perception of our student body, I felt as if I just couldn’t keep up. A few weeks ago, I heard back from a summer program I applied for. I worked for days on this application, bringing up clothes from home to wear to the interview and even taking a methods class to apply. Despite this, I didn’t get it. I felt slightly defeated –– I had never been rejected from an internship or job before. In a moment of vulnerability, sitting on my hallmate’s floor, I brought up this rejection to my friends, who all fit into this Dartmouth stereotype of somehow managing everything. Well, or so I thought. My one friend who was their high school’s valedictorian and does everything so effortlessly? They were struggling a lot in their QSS class. My other friend who is a whiz at government and willingly studies in the stacks? They didn’t get into debate. My friend with the insane

research job for this summer? They sent fifty emails to get a research position and got one response. To my surprise, my friends thought I was the one that was able to do everything. All this time, I was so caught up in thinking that everyone was effortlessly perfect that I forgot that none of us are machines. We are all going to fail tests, get rejected from internships and make a ton of mistakes. That’s what college is all about. Being at a college like Dartmouth, with its prestige and fame, it is very easy to forget that everyone, myself and my peers included, are still just students trying to learn. Learning that we are not expected to do everything right. Learning that it is okay and expected to fail. And fail again. And fail some more. As a freshman, I spent quite some time focusing on my setbacks before realizing that they weren’t actually shortcomings. Yes, my math class certainly humbled me, but I also learned differential equations and how to study more effectively. My internship application left me disappointed, but also with a much stronger resume, and I love my

methods course. And when I finally did get the good grade in a STEM class –– something I never thought twice about in high school –– it felt all the sweeter. I’ve had to work a lot harder than I ever have before and, although it doesn’t always pay off in the way I want it to, I have learned a lot in the process. As I think back to that girl who scribbled down those interview questions for my first article, I remember specifically picking to write an interview-based piece because a ref lection seemed daunting. How could I reflect when I barely knew myself ? Well, the truth is I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, or who I will be friends with down the road, or admittedly how to get to the Co-op — but I am certainly not the girl I once was. This past year, I have learned Java data structures, policy implementation, how to play pong and how to rollerblade. Most importantly, even at this big-name school, I have learned that I am going to fail, and so will everyone else. But –– you know what –– we’re going to succeed, too. Dartmouth has humbled me, and I am grateful.


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My Dartmouth Five: The Lessons I Learned STORY

By Reilly Olinger

It’s an unfortunate truth that the older you get, the more you understand the way older people think. As I sit here in the midst of grinding through essays that I promised myself I wouldn’t procrastinate and munching on the measly scraps of food left in my senior apartment, I’m reminded of something my friend’s dad said to me years ago — the days go by slow, but the years go by so fast. It’s among many of the “old people'' sentiments that I used to roll my eyes at, but that now hit a bit harder than I’d care to admit. When I listen to Landslide by Fleetwood Mac or catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror to see a smile that looks a lot like my mom’s, I realize I’m starting to get it. In the

haze of getting through the term, the week or the next class, I feel like I haven’t really stopped to think or reflect on these feelings — but what better place to reflect than the Mirror section? I learned a lot at Dartmouth — more than I’ll discuss in this paper, for the sake of having a good ‘Top Five’ list. Lesson one: Living in the woods has its pros and cons. The sky full of stars over the golf course is almost beautiful enough to make me forget that I couldn’t hack it in a full-time wilderness life. I took diligent mental and physical notes during First Year Trips leader training, trying to equip myself to protect my new children against the wild forces that

could await us during our walks around the Organic Farm. Luckily for my ’25’s I didn’t have to purify any water or fight off any wildlife besides a few curious squirrels. A few weeks ago I mistook a bear sitting outside a dumpster at my work as a dog and tried to catch it. I haven’t been able to live it down — but in my defense, black bears look a little like Newfoundlands if you aren’t wearing your glasses (which I was not). Lesson two: Take pictures (even if they’re ugly). Freshman year, teeming with self loathing, I hardly let anyone take pictures of me. What exists in my camera roll are the products of an awkward Foco photo shoot, unflattering frat bathroom

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selfies and some blurry Green Key pictures. Unsurprisingly, I look completely fine in each photo, and I love having them — especially the stupid candids. Lesson three (still deeply in progress): Ask for help when you need it. Dartmouth has really been the best of times and the worst of times — but, in all honesty, there were a lot of times that I made it worse than it had to be. I’m eternally grateful for the friends who kept checking in on me after I went MIA for a week, the professors who understood without many words what I meant when I said that the “past few weeks had been kind of tough” and the incredible nurse who picked up the phone when I called the crisis line at 1 a.m. — I honestly don’t know if I would be here without you. If I could roll back the clock, I would be more honest with people, including myself. My ego led to the end of friendships with people I canceled on one too many times without explanation and panicked week eight emails to some of my favorite professors who I had finally worked up the nerve to admit my failures to. Looking back, I feel like I’ve been afforded too much kindness — but I’ve genuinely appreciated every ounce of it. Lesson four (this one’s a little trite): Fake it until you make it. Looking back on 17-year-old me, I’m actually really proud of myself. I was incredibly shy in high school — my gummy earbuds almost permanently sewed into my head, blaring the loudest screamo music I could find in an attempt to ward off small talk. If I could meet my teenage self, I imagine she would be shocked to learn that I not only chat with strangers, but that I actually enjoy it. I participate in my classes, even when I’m not 100% sure of the answer. Most importantly, I don’t actually mind if people don’t like me. I no longer feel the need to

manufacturer a sort of prepackaged personality to appeal to new people — I’ve found wonderful friends who don’t just mind my extended analysis on the Fast and Furious franchise or my love of stupid puns, but actually seem to enjoy it. Lesson five: It's okay to be wrong. Beyond these lessons in character, I’ve learned a lot in the classroom too — what a regression is (something I think about more than I expected to), how public schools are funded (something I have way more opinions on than I expected to) and what a Bildungsroman is (something that I probably would have never learned if not for the LIT distributive requirement). In a way, a lot of my beliefs have become a bit weaker, convictions I once held so strongly muddled by new experiences and perspectives. But I think it’s a good thing. I wonder how I’ll reflect differently on my college experience four years from now, if I’ll look back on this. While I technically still have to complete one more term at Dartmouth (my D-Plan, like many, complicated by COVID-19), I’m excited to walk across the graduation stage on Sunday. The last four years, as difficult as they sometimes were, are something that I’ve really treasured. The late nights in Robo editing this paper, the early morning Novack study sessions and the daily dips I took into the Connecticut River this spring have brought me so much joy — and brought me closer to the wonderful people that I claim the privilege of being friends with. I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve met here. And while I’m ready to leave Hanover for whatever lies ahead, I hope that I can keep some of them with me. Reilly Olinger is a former News Executive Editor of The Dartmouth and a member of the Class of 2022.


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Dartmouth & Me: Midnight in 1902 STORY

By Novi Zhukovsky

I’ve got just over a week here until graduation and I’m sitting in the 1902 Room in Baker-Berry, thinking about a lot of things. I glance away from the list of ideas for this reflection I’ve been mulling over for hours and I scan the room. My eyes come to rest on the paintings of former College deans that decorate the muted yellow walls. Their faces are interesting — some look tired, pensive; others serious and intimidating. Some seem hopeful, too. I imagine them turning in their picture frames, looking right at me, clearing their dusty throats to tell me something. But what? What do I want to hear from them? “Congratulations, you made it”? No, that’s not quite it. I squint and look closer. “You’re doing great”? Gah. I turn away, and peer through the south window, which faces Sanborn Library. I can see the dimly lit alcoves and warm green chairs. The view elicits a sharp feeling of nostalgia — the kind that makes me swallow and feel a bit sad, though I’m not sure exactly what I am sad about. If you knew me freshman year, you’d know that Sanborn was my place. I was practically a squatter — claiming Alcove III right after morning classes and sitting until dinnertime, occasionally walking through 1902 on my way to KAF for a bathroom break or coffee run. These paintings have looked over students for centuries — they saw me then, and they see me now. I’m sure they’re whispering about how different I look — how differently I walk, dress, speak even. I guess that’s what’s making me feel sad. If you knew me freshman year, you’d know that I’ve changed a lot. I’ve had freshman year professors walk by me without recognizing me and acquaintances forget they met me. If I could try to sum my freshman year self up in a single word, it would be disciplined. I was exceptionally, triumphantly, unfailingly disciplined — even when it led to harm. The most obvious was the way I treated my body. Freshman year was the year I starved myself. The worst part was just how good I was at it — denying myself and my body the nutrition it

so desperately needed. Exercising to depletion; entering each meal on the brink of exhaustion, filling myself up just enough to stay upright. And always cold. So cold. That winter was the hardest period of my life. And I don’t mean academically; my disciplined demeanor meant that I was always at least two weeks ahead of most of my readings, studying before the professor would even announce an exam. But it was the coldest winter of my life. What they don’t tell you about being grossly underweight is that your body becomes desperately inadequate. I lost the ability to feel and maintain warmth — a sensation exacerbated by frigid Hanover winters. Looking into the window of Sanborn, I remember my ritualized exit from the library into the wintery night — not leaving until I had a cup of warm tea in my hand, covering my body in layers of sweaters and literally bracing myself before stepping outside. I can still feel it, even now: the angry cold air piercing my skin and filling up all the interior cavities of my insides with a vengeance, as if to say: “This is your fault. You did this to yourself.” I don’t need to drag you along this horrible scene much longer. You get the gist. Fast forward a few years, I’m no longer at war with my body, and can, thankfully, retain warmth. I’ve even begun to love the winters — in an ironic twist due to COVID-19, winter is the only term I’ve been on campus for all four years. There are a lot of things that helped catalyze this change: Realizing that my loving mother was genuinely afraid for me and my health shocked me back to reality, disconnecting from certain family members who made my life feel unstable and unsafe and finding generous and loving friends. Obviously, those are all oversimplifications, but I think above all, once I chose to pursue happiness as fiercely as I had chosen discipline, things began to fall into place. I did not plan on divulging all of these memories in this reflection. But it feels right. Necessary, even. Freshman year was the year that I lost myself. And this would not be an honest reflection if I did not mention it. But

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through the process of reclaiming my identity, I fell in love with this absurdly beautiful, challenging school. And, in turn, she helped me to love myself. I’m no longer a person categorized by discipline. One could say I’m even a bit messy. My senior spring has been the pinnacle representation of this newfound sense of self. I have made fantastically impulsive decisions — participating in the senior tradition of daily river dips, reading original poetry at Lingerie, even writing very personal and emotional reflections for Mirror — all of which have been more meaningful to me than I have yet to acknowledge. In many ways, I am like my high school self again — surrounded by people I love and who love me back, focused on my academics, but more so for the sake of learning than grades, funny, silly and a little bit reckless. If our lives are defined by great love affairs, Dartmouth is certainly one of mine. She has housed and (yes) fed me through so many stages of life these past four years — and I’ve seen her grow and change alongside me. I love her trees and how they bloom, change colors, get covered by snow and then regrow in the springtime;

how she looks when I gaze at her from across the Green on a dark, hazy night; the rhythm of her terms; the energy within the walls of her library. I’ve felt exceptional cold here, but I’ve also experienced profound warmth — warmth that I initially created by myself out of sheer will, but which is now supported by my friends, my professors and the College herself. If Dartmouth is one of my great loves, she has certainly been my most tumultuous relationship. She’s made me feel unwanted, undeserving and at times, so lonely — whether that was the result of getting rejected by too many clubs to count, feeling out of place in Greek spaces or just being generally trapped in Hanover, a place that is very difficult to escape. But the thing about Dartmouth is that she will never give up on you if you don’t give up on her. Her resources, her people, the land she sits on, are there for all who are lucky enough to call themselves her students. As our motto reads: “Vox clamantis in deserto” — a voice of one crying in the wilderness. Cry, and she will listen. Help will come to those who seek it, sometimes in the most unexpected of ways.

I’m still sitting in 1902; the hum of studying students fades to the background and I feel like I am the only person on this campus. I imagine these walls are listening to my thoughts and that I am listening to theirs too. I realize that these paintings, with their paternal presence, have protected me all along. They, as well as students and professors of the past and present, comprise a community and a history to which I will be forever linked. Now I can hear it clearly, what I want those visages to tell me. “We love you.” They tell me that they’ve loved me this whole time, even when I didn’t love myself. They tell me to forgive myself, to revel in who I have become and not linger on who I was. They tell me that these walls will always be here to house me and my thoughts, regardless of whether I am a student or not. They tell me to live the life they’ve heard me think of and seen me write about. They tell me I’m ready. I am ready. And I love you too. Novi Zhukovsky is a former Mirror Editor of The Dartmouth and a member of the Class of 2022.


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Good Grief: The Love We Only Find in Loss

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STORY

By Christina Baris

During the summer between high school and college, I could tell that I was supposed to be sad about leaving home. I saw all my friends give their teary-eyed goodbyes, but when it came time for me to hop in my parents’ overpacked SUV, everything just felt right. The truth was, I couldn’t wait to leave high school. I mean, it was high school, after all. Eighteen years in my hometown was more than enough, and I — who usually clung to routines until my fingers were calloused and bleeding — was ready for change. Birds

can sense when it’s time to migrate. They recognize the familiarity of the earth’s magnetic field and track the position of the sun; that is to say, they can feel it in their tiny, little bird souls. Apparently, so too can melodramatic eighteen-year-old girls. And here I am again: melodramatic as ever but twenty-two this time, attempting to put my college experience into words. Eighteenyear-old me would have hoped that I’d write something fun — something about how I left high school

and got so much cooler and smarter and hotter and had the time of my life. Maybe parts of that are true (I’ll let you guess which parts), but that’s not the essay I’m going to write. Instead, I’m writing about grief and the ways it has shaped my final year of college. I was living on a farm in Sharon, Vt. last May when my mother told me the news about my father’s diagnosis. I had long since dropped my neuroscience minor, but I didn’t need a Ph.D. in brain science to know that the words “stage IV glioblastoma” meant that my life would never be the same. I was always overexaggerating events in my life; one bad test grade meant that I was dumb, or one pimple meant that I was ugly. I had a habit of making mountains out of molehills. But this news was a mountain that could put Everest to shame. Some parts of grieving are predictable, like the denial. When I first heard the news, I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would. I just felt bad for that hypothetical girl whose father was dying from brain cancer, hypothetically. But that girl wasn’t me; she couldn’t be. I woke up the next morning and recalled a horrible nightmare I had, but that was just a bad dream. “Just a bad dream,” I kept repeating to myself. It had to be. Some parts of grieving are completely and utterly unpredictable, like the things I did to cope: I drove for miles on bumpy dirt roads with the music on full volume, stopping occasionally to pull off to the side of the road and just scream. I obsessively googled journal articles on brain cancer until the pit in my stomach grew too large. I spent a lot of time talking to cows (which is only ever-so-slightly less weird considering I was living on a farm. Turns out, cows are pretty darn good listeners, despite the occasional, interrupting “moo.”). I stopped doing some things that were good for me, and I started doing a few that were not so good. I took the spring and the summer to be completely unhinged in my grief, and I arrived back on campus in the fall determined to have the

most normal senior year possible: no more COVID-19 restrictions and no more talk of cancer. I didn’t tell many people about what was going on. I didn’t like the pitiful looks I knew I’d receive — like I was some three-legged, one-eyed, abused puppy. I didn’t like the way people would talk or the way rumors would spread. I didn’t like it when people asked me how I was. How do you think I’m doing? I also didn’t like it when people didn’t ask me how I was. Don’t they know what I’m going through? How could they not care to check up on me? Most of all, I just wanted to pretend that none of this was real — and the less people knew, the easier it was to pretend. As guilty as it feels to say this, senior year was one of the best — not just of college, but of life. Some days were so perfect — like the days when the sky was my favorite shade of blue, and I wanted to drink the air and let it intoxicate me. There were moments I wished I could pause and live in forever. On those nights, I’d go to bed with my ribs still toughened from laughter, my cheeks still sunburnt from sunbathing on the Green and my skin still damp from the Connecticut. I’d get so good at pretending that I’d forget what was really happening. For weeks, I’d forget. But then I’d stop too long at a traffic light and be reminded of the daily drives to high school with my father. Or I’d stare too long at the night sky and be transported back to the nights when he’d teach me about the constellations. Or I’d see a grandfather with his grandkids, and my heart would break for the future children of mine who will only get to know him through my stories. On those nights, I’d go to bed writing elegies in my head. Those self-help books warn you about not letting your grief become you, but I don’t know why. I am a completely different person than I was a year ago. There’s a version of me who’s still in that farm house in Sharon and believes in a kinder world, but she’s not the girl writing this essay. In the past year, I have watched cancer turn my father from a man who could climb Half

Dome in Yosemite with ease, to a man who struggles up staircases. That experience has changed me, and I have let it. My grief has made me angrier but more compassionate. It has made me sadder but kinder, more resilient and more courageous. This new version of me stands up for herself a lot more; she likes herself a lot more. She cries a lot more, but she smiles a lot more, too. My grief is as much a part of me as my freckles or hazel eyes, and for all the pain that it has caused, it has also shown me the depth of my love. I hate what I’ve had to go through; it is cruel, senseless and unfair. There’s not a day that I don’t wish I could change things somehow, but I can try to appreciate what it has taught me. Nothing could have prepared me for the immense mass of my grief; no one could have shown me how exactly I was supposed to carry it. While I haven’t found ways to lessen the weight of that burden, I have found ways to get stronger. Some days are really great, and others suck monumentally. To keep going, I just have to hope that the good days will outnumber the bad. As I’m writing this, there’s a flock of birds above me — set into motion, perhaps, due to hunger, or horniness or maybe a menacing kid with a stick. But I’d like to think they just knew it was time to go. That is to say, they felt it in their tiny, little bird souls. Maybe it’s my aversion to change, or maybe it’s my inability to sense the earth’s magnetic field, but this time I can’t tell that it’s time to go. I want roots to grow from the tips of my toes and plant me in Pine Park forever. Leaving feels so final, and I am so awful at goodbyes. Maybe leaving is difficult this time because I know that the hardest parts of my grief are ahead of me, and this campus has been my shelter from reality for the past year. That thought scares me, but it does not stop me — because I know my best days are ahead, too. Christina Baris is a former Mirror Editor of The Dartmouth and a member of the Class of 2022.


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Passing the Baton: Advice for Grads from the Class of 1972 BY Thomas lane

The Dartmouth Staff

50 years ago, members of the Class of 1972 were preparing to embark on a new chapter of their lives, just as the Class of 2022 is now. Looking back on their time since graduating Dartmouth, members of the Class of 1972 offered their advice to the Class of 2022. Some of their responses have been edited for clarity and length. Bill Shaffer, nonfiction writer (Boulder, Colo.): When I graduated in 1972, the accepted roadmap was to go to graduate school immediately. Upon graduation, I applied and was accepted in the MBA program at Harvard. With a gap period before I would start there, I took an interim job at IBM. In 1972, IBM was the Apple or Google of its time, the No. 1 admired company in the world. I loved the work. It was an exciting time to be in computers. I never went to Harvard and spent a great career with Big Blue. As a footnote, I retired in 2015 and have embarked on a second career as a writer. Unsurprisingly, my current book project is a history of IBM. Joe Davis, geologist (Dallas, Texas): 1. Don’t give up your dreams or ideals. Hang in there and trust your gut, but realize it might be difficult. 2. Never trust someone in a brown suit who is making you promises. Bill Kirby, professor at Harvard Business School (Lexington, Mass.): I recall the words told us as freshmen by College President John Sloan Dickey in 1968: “You are here to work, and your business here is learning.” College is but the beginning of your higher education. A lifetime of learning is the surest path to making a difference for yourselves and the world. Evan Rose, physicist (Los Alamos, N.M.): Take those forks in the road. Intriguing life paths are found in the backcountry. Opportunities pursued earlier are enjoyed longer. Jon Einsidler, finance (Longboat Key, Fla.): 1. Life will throw you curves. The difference between the majors and minors is the ability to hit a curve. 2. Don’t ever get stuck driving behind a gold car. Lawrie Lieberman, education, investments and software (retired) (Bozeman, Mont.): The only thing predictable about the future is its unpredictability. Follow your heart on tough decisions and tune out external noise — you live with the consequences of your actions, not your hordes of advisors. Strive for balance between family, work, community and, especially, having fun and smiling!

Phillip Gioia, pediatrician (Auburn, N.Y.): All you need to do is care for all sustainably, using your compassion, territory and humility.

Jeff Wallace, software-as-a-service entrepreneur (Boulder, Colo.): Machiavelli was correct about the large role that Fortuna will have on your life. We now call it luck. You must be prepared to take advantage — be bold, as Machiavelli advises — of the opportunities that come your way. Yet, be wary: taking advantage of opportunities today will close off some opportunities tomorrow. When you look back at your life, you will see how your decisions progressively narrowed what you could do. Know this is just the way life works. Anonymous: Always have a dog. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, your dog will remain as constant in his/her love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. Jack Anderson, trial attorney (Tucson, Ariz.): Do what you love doing! If that’s not necessarily your occupation, find a hobby that you love. The French painter Ingres played the violin, an activity that refreshed and rejuvenated his mind and allowed him to be more creative in his painting. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about in 50 years. Charlie Schudson, judge, professor and author (Sedona, Ariz. and Ellison Bay, Wis.): I would share the advice I gave my sons: “Follow your heart, do your best, help others.” Now, however, I would add: Do not attempt to answer important questions in a sentence. Instead, understand the question. Ponder it thoughtfully, research it thoroughly, listen to others carefully, and then dig deep inside and answer the question — with confidence and humility, knowing that you’ve probably offered some helpful guidance, but that you may be wrong.

and therefore forgive often and quickly both others and yourself, so that we may progress. Be honest to yourself, and remember to treat others as you would have them treat you.

Jeffrey Gilman, hydrogeologist and water resources manager (Lafayette, Calif.): Approach each day with open eyes and an open mind and strive to learn something new. Experiential learning counts just as much, if not more, than book learning. P. David Engle, attorney (retired) (Mass.): The summer after my freshman year I signed up for Dartmouth ProjectMexico.Itbeganwithhitchhiking from Hanover to Nuevo Laredo — plus a near-miss by a tornado in Texas. We spent the summer building a small school in a very poor village outside Mexico City. As our truly wonderful experience came to an end, I asked my workmate, John — who had just graduated — what was next for him. He said his only plan was to meet a girlfriend at the WhiskeyA-Go-Go in L.A. — and, he added, she had several very attractive friends. It was one of those watershed moments when, as Frost would say, “two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” The allure for an 18-year-old of a rambunctious youth and rock and roll in 1969 California was powerful, but that little birdie on my shoulder kept saying “if you blow off getting that Dartmouth education, you’re a damn fool!” That’s how I became a proud member of the Class of ’72 instead of a brain-addled, underemployed guitar player in southern California. Some adventures just aren’t worth the cost! Stay open to opportunities for adventures that take you out of your comfort zone. At the same time use your common sense to recognize and

avoid activities that are ill-conceived or unacceptably dangerous. Find excitement and fulfillment in your lives, and when making major decisions, weigh the pros and cons thoughtfully.

Patrick Mattimore, (retired) (Thailand): Plan to spend at least part of your life living in a foreign country. I have spent the last 15 years living in France, China, Vietnam and Thailand. They have been the best years of my life and I wish I had moved overseas sooner. Jack Manning, lawyer (retired) (Missoula, Mont.): 1. Go out of your way to develop strong basic principles for yourself. When you aren’t sure what to do, go back to your principles. My law partner Walter Mondale taught me that. He told me that Hubert Humphrey had taught it to him. 2. No matter how hard you are working or how bad things are, try to do at least one fun thing every day. Chuck Leer, recovering lawyer and real estate developer (Minneapolis, Minn.): Fifty years ago, our mantra was “don’t trust anyone over thirty” — we’re inspired that you’re asking us elders for advice. Live a life of gratitude — one day at a time. Remember your friends, too — the Dartmouth bonds are a gift lasting a lifetime. The planet desperately needs you to lead the way — go for it! Neal Traven, epidemiologist (retired) (Seattle, Wash.) 1. Life is not a zero-sum game; your success doesn’t require someone else’s failure. 2. Virtual reality is not reality; similarly, watch events with your eyes, not through your phone. 3. I don’t care what anyone says — the

music of my youth was the best, and it’s not even close. Alan Unis, child psychiatrist and telemedicine physician (semi-retired) (Spokane, Wash.): When I first learned about Dartmouth College, I was struck by its motto, “Vox clamantis in deserto.” I interpreted it as the College being in the wilderness and that we would struggle, cry out, to live up to its academic expectations. It conveyed to me an intimidating and somewhat foreboding prospect. What I quickly learned was that the College was a lush oasis of intellectual pursuit, where I felt respected in spite of my relative ignorance. My motto during my undergraduate years was not the strident “vox” but rather “Manus quiete in vinea laborat,” or “hands quietly working in the vineyard,” except on select weekends. OnlyaftergraduationdidIappreciate that the “deserto” wasn’t Dartmouth at all! Rather, the wilderness was the rest of the world, and our Dartmouth experience gave us vox! I cannot tell you how many times I have thanked Dartmouth College for developing in me the intellectual and moral basis for the challenges I faced. I hope your experience was like mine and that your voices will be a much needed whirlwind in our challenged world. Wayne Scherzer, actor and talent manager (New York City, N.Y.): Cherish these moments at Dartmouth. You will understand them to be more precious than you can now imagine as time whisks by. Jim Borchert, sourcing manager at Dartmouth College (Cornish, N.H.): Take your work and your responsibilities seriously, but try not to take yourself too seriously.

Peter Heed, prosecutor and trial attorney (Keene, N.H.): From my father upon my admission to Dartmouth: “Do not let your studies limit your education.” Mark Stitham, psychiatrist (Kailua, Hawaii): As an adult, child and forensic psychiatrist of 47 years, all you need to know is: “don’t sweat the small stuff … and it’s all small stuff.” Chris Denton, attorney (Elmira, N.Y.): Never use Google. Life Techniques In all things observe, adapt, innovate, and teach. Quietly honor excellence in all that you do. Give without expectation of reward for the best success is that which goes unheralded for it can be repeated often without the burden of expectation. Remember that all life is trial and error,

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Senior Survey: The Class of 2022 in Numbers BY Emily lu, andrew Sasser and PHILIP SURENDRAN

For the seventh year in a row, The Dartmouth conducted a survey recording the opinions and experiences of Dartmouth’s graduating class. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2018, the Class of 2022 has experienced four years that, while similar in some respects to those of the classes that have come before, have been characterized by significant disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following four sections describe the Class of 2022’s views on campus issues, student life, national and local politics and their plans postgraduation. Campus Issues The Class of 2022 holds overall negative views of the College’s administration — albeit slightly more positive than those of the Class of 2021. Seventy-five percent of the Class of 2022 has either an unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable view of the administration, compared to 83% from last year. Views of the Class of 2021 represented a sharp drop in approval ratings of campus administration from previous years. Views of College President Phil Hanlon also improved. While 60% of the class still reported an unfavorable rating, Hanlon’s net favorability rating increased by 23 percentage points from last year. Other administrators, including

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Provost David Kotz and Dean of the College Scott Brown, are viewed more favorably by the Class of 2022. After former provost Joe Helble left the College in July 2021, Kotz served as interim provost before being appointed provost in January. Forty-six percent of the class registered favorable views of Kotz while 12% hold unfavorable views. Kotz’s net approval is similar to that of Helble’s last year, as 50% of the Class of 2021 approved of Helble while 18% disapproved. Brown, who was appointed dean in the summer of 2021, on the other hand, has significantly higher approval ratings compared to those of former Dean of the College

Kathryn Lively. While 81% of the Class of 2021 reported unfavorable views of Lively and only 9% approved, numbers this year have essentially flipped for Brown — 9% reported disapproving views and 50% hold favorable views. Faculty members continue to hold overwhelmingly positive views in the eyes of the graduating class — 95% of seniors reported favorable ratings of Dartmouth faculty, up from last year’s 88% approval rating. The Department of Safety and Security also saw an increase in net favorability rating, jumping 19 percentage points from last year to an overall positive rating with 43% reporting favorable views

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and 36% holding unfavorable views. Views of Dartmouth Dining however, dropped significantly among the Class of 2022. This change comes after several new Dartmouth Dining locations opened up on campus in the past year, including Irving Cafe and Cafe@Baker, but also amid staffing shortages and unpredictable hours at various dining locations. Seventy-two percent of the Class of 2022 holds negative views of Dartmouth Dining while 21% reported positive views, compared to the 53% approval, 40% disapproval ratings among the Class of 2021. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Class of 2022 has been impacted by COVID-19 policies for a larger portion of their Dartmouth experience than their predecessors. This year’s ratings of the COVID-19 Task Force fell slightly, as 52% registered unfavorable views and 29% reporting favorable views — 47% of last year’s seniors viewed the task force unfavorably while 35% saw them favorably. Still, a majority of seniors — 54% — reported being either somewhat or extremely satisfied with the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an improvement from views held by the Class of 2021, in which only 41% registered somewhat or extreme satisfaction. The senior class also holds strongly negative views of the College’s allocation of resources for mental health. A whopping 91% of seniors reported being either somewhat or extremely dissatisfied with the College’s resources and policies. Only 9% identified as somewhat satisfied, and no respondent felt extremely satisfied with the allocation of resources for mental health on

campus. Views of the College’s mental health policies have notably declined for the past two years — 44% of the Class of 2020 were satisfied, and 30% of last year’s seniors reported satisfaction. Satisfaction with the College’s s e x u a l v i o l e n c e p r e ve n t i o n resources is on a similar downward trajectory, as 65% of seniors now reporting dissatisfaction with these policies. While the majority of the Class of 2022 holds unfavorable views, this was not true of previous graduating classes — the Class of 2021 reported a nearly even split on satisfaction, and 58% of the Class of 2020 were satisfied with the College’s resource allocation on sexual violence prevention. Views of the College’s resource allocation saw similar declines among both male and female students. Among female students of the Class of 2022, 26% identified as satisfied and 67% dissatisfied, while 43% of last year’s female students reported satisfaction and 57% were dissatisfied. For male students, 39% registered satisfaction and 53% reported dissatisfaction, a decline from last year’s 58-42 split in which the majority of male students were satisfied with the College’s policies. Views on the overall Dartmouth educational experience, however, have improved. A notable 94% of seniors identify as being extremely or somewhat satisfied with their Dartmouth education — a jump from the 81% of the Class of 2021 who reported satisfaction, which was the lowest satisfaction rate since The Dartmouth began sending out the senior survey in 2015. Despite this growth, the 56% of the Class of 2022 who considered themselves likely to donate to the College in the future is only a slight increase from the Class of 2021’s 52%.


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Student Life Members of the Class of 2022 continue to value academics as the most important element of their Dartmouth experience. Seventyeight percent of respondents characterized academics as very important, and an additional 20% rated it as important. Social life was a close second, with 92% answering that it was important or very important, followed by extracurricular activities at 78%, Dartmouth traditions at 57%, Greek life at 54%, outdoor activities at 50% and paid employment at 50%. Somewhat less important for members of the Class of 2022 were remote learning at 45%, academic research at 42%, study abroad programs at 36% and politics at 22%. Least important were varsity sports at 15%, affinity/ religious groups at 14% and house communities at 10%. Senior s overwhelming ly indicated that academic interest and post-graduation career were important factors in their academic careers, with 97% and 94%, respectively, indicating that these were somewhat or very important in their major selection process. Members of the Class of 2022 also reported considering perceived easiness and parental/familial influence in choosing their majors. Forty-three percent and 42% of seniors, respectively, indicated that these factors had some amount of influence over their major choice, though very few — 3% and 12%, respectively — ranked them as very important. The Class of 2022 resembles previous classes in ter ms of romantic relationships. Thirty-one percent of respondents reported that they did not date anyone at Dartmouth. The plurality, 42% reported dating one person; 19% reported dating two people; and 8% reported dating three or more people. Unlike the previous class, 36% of this year’s seniors report having engaged in sexual activity for the first time at Dartmouth — Politics D urin g th eir time at the C o l l eg e, th e C l a s s of 2022 experienced a highly charged political environment. Their first two years coincided with the tail end of the Trump administration, including an effort by former President Donald Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 election leading to his supporters storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Other major political movements included demonstrations on gun violence and reproductive rights, along with widespread Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer. The Class of 2022’s sophomore year saw the beginning of the

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up from 30% last year but down from 43% among members of the Class of 2020. Fifty percent report having engaged in sexual activity before Dartmouth, down from 59%; the remaining 13% report never having engaged in sexual activity at all. One Dartmouth tradition that routinely receives attention is the Dartmouth Seven, a set of seven locations where students are challenged to engage in sexual activity. Forty-two percent of students reported completing at least one of the Dartmouth Seven, up from previous years — 35% and 27% for the Classes of 2021 and 2020, respectively. Among those who reported completing any of the Seven, the most popular sites were BEMA at 71% and the BakerBerry Stacks at 65%. Hanlon’s lawn followed at 40%, significantly up from 20% for members of the Class of 2021. Thirty-one percent reported completing Dartmouth Hall or the center of Green. Only

25% and 19% claimed that they completed at least one of the seven at the Top of the Hop and the 50-yard line of Memorial Field, respectively. Greek-affiliated students tended to report completing any of the Seven at a higher rate than unaffiliated students, at 43% for the affiliated and only 18% for the unaffiliated. Between fraternities and sororities, 51% of those in sororities reported completing at least one of the seven, in contrast to only 36% of those in fraternities. One percent of the Class of 2022 claim to have completed the entire Seven; all three such respondents to our survey were affiliated with sororities. The Class of 2022 also resembles previous classes in terms of alcohol and drug usage. 26% of seniors reported drinking for the first time at Dartmouth, 67% reported drinking before Dartmouth and the remaining 7% re ported having never drank alcohol at all.

With regards to drug use, 37% of seniors reported using some drug or substance for the first time at Dartmouth, while 30% reported never having used any other drugs or substances. Among those who did drugs while at Dartmouth, marijuana was the drug of choice, with 94% having used it at some point during their time in college. Other drugs had much lower usage rates among those who reported using drugs: 52% reported having used tobacco, 28% reported having used cocaine, 25% reported having used non-prescription medication and 14% reported having used LSD. When asked to rate the importance to their Dartmouth experience of five traditional D a r t m o u t h eve n t s — F i r s t Ye a r Tr i p s , H o m e c o m i n g, Winter Car nival, Green Key and sophomore summer — a strong majority of seniors ranked First-Year Trips as important or very important: 69%, somewhat

COVID-19 pandemic, in which policies such as mask mandates

to their senior survey just months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to previous classes, the majority of seniors identify as liberal: 39% describe themselves as very liberal and 36% describe themselves as somewhat liberal. About 17% of the Class of 2022 holds moderative views, whereas 7% identify as somewhat conservative and 1% identify as very conservative — a sharp drop from the 8% of last year’s seniors who described themselves as such. Percentages of liberal and moderate students otherwise remains fairly consistent compared to years prior. The Class of 2022’s political views did not appear to change much over their time at Dartmouth.

When asked about their political views pre-Dartmouth, most of the class similarly identified as having liberal views, with 73% reporting either somewhat or very liberal views, 19% holding moderate views and 6% holding conservative views. 67% of the senior class reported that all or most of their closest friends share their political beliefs, while 27% said some and 6% said that few or none share similar political beliefs. Considering the majority liberal views of the class, it is not surprising that seniors generally viewed liberal-leaning institutions more positively than conservative ones. Still, President Joe Biden was the only figure or group who received a net positive favorability

particularly polarized. In addition, this class also recently witnessed the leaking of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Nearly two years into a new Democratic administration, this year’s seniors are not optimistic about the future: almost 80% reported that things in the country were “off on the wrong track,” while only 6% indicated that things were “headed in the right direction.” This is a notable decline from last year’s graduating class — in which 30% indicated optimism — and more on par with the Class of 2020, who responded

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higher than the 66% for the Class of 2021. Green Key and Homecoming followed at 64 an d 63%, res pectively. T he importance of the sophomore summer experience decreased dramatically for members of the Class of 2022, with only 31% ranking it as very important or important. This may have been due to the decision to move all classes online over the summer of 2020 during the pandemic. Winter Carnival placed last, with just 27% of seniors finding it to be important or very important. Members of the Class of 2022 remained busy during their off-terms. Many held a paid or unpaid internship — 74% and 42%, respectively — while 41% engaged in paid or unpaid research and 38% said they traveled. More than a third took advantage of paid employment or Dartmouthsponsored internships, research, fellowships, employment or other opportunities. Only 30% engaged in volunteer/non-profit work. In terms of culinary preferences,member s of the Class of 2022 preferred Collis Cafe, with 35% ranking it as their favorite Dartmouth Dining Service location. The Class of 1953 Commons and Courtyard Cafe were also popular, with 30% and 29% of seniors ranking these as their first choice. Less popular were The Fern and Ramekin Cafe, with 4% and 2% ranking them first. Least popular were Cafe@ Baker and Novack Cafe, with less than 1% of seniors ranking either location as their favorite choice. about whether or not members of the Class of 2022 contracted COVID-19 while residing on campus or locally in the Upper Valley. A majority — 61% — reported that they contracted COVID-19 at least once, and this figure jumps to 73% among students who are affiliated with a fraternity, sorority or genderinclusive Greek house. rating, with 52% of seniors reporting favorable views and 35% registering negative views. Biden’s net favorability of 17% is a notable drop from ratings of last year’s seniors, in which Biden had a net positive rating of 32%. Seniors seem split on the Democratic Party, as 42% reported positive views while 44% reported unfavorable views. In contrast, favorability of the Republican Party is significantly lower: only 9% viewed it favorably while 82% registered negative views. Former President Donald Trump received the lowest net favorability by this year’s seniors, with 3% reporting favorable views and SEE SENIOR SURVEY PAGE 24


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an overwhelming 91% reporting negative views. Dartmouth students continue to view the other two branches of the federal government unfavorably, though these views have become even more negative over time. For Congress, 9% view it favorably and 65% view it unfavorably, a decline from last year’s seniors who reported 13% favorability and 57% unfavorability. The sharpest year-on-year decline in favorability, however, was among views on the Supreme Court. A year of extended controversy over the nation’s highest court, including revelations of the participation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife Gini Thomas in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade after decades of precedent, may be responsible for the 54-point drop in net favorability — from a 35-37 split among the Class of 2021 to just 11% approval from the Class of 2022, while 67% disapprove. This is the second year of decline

in favorability for the Supreme Court, which had already become more polarized among the Class of 2021 than the previous year due to contentious approval processes of Trump-era Supreme Court appointees Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. On a more local scale, the New Hampshire state gover nment is generally unpopular among seniors, as 10% of the Class of 2022 reported favorable views while 36% hold unfavorable views. Similarly, New Hampshire Gover nor Chris Sununu, a Republican, polled at 11% favorable and 50% unfavorable. The Town of Hanover received 15% positive views and 63% negative views from this class. Wall Street also remains disliked by seniors, with 20% reporting favorable views and 63% reporting unfavorable views. Among the 17% of seniors working in banking or finance, 56% hold positive views of Wall Street — though still lower than the 77% of last year’s seniors working in the same field who reported positive views.

Post-Graduation Plans The majority of the Class of 2022 will join the workforce following graduation, with 77% reporting that they plan to work immediately after Dartmouth. The second largest group will seek higher education: Those planning to attend graduate, medical, law and business school comprise 12%, 5%, 2% and 1% of the class, respectively. Four percent of seniors remain undecided as to their post-graduate plans at the time of the survey. Compared to the Class of 2021, there was a 14% increase in those looking to enter the workforce immediately after

graduation. COVID-19 has had less of an impact on this year’s seniors compared to last year’s; only 31% of students indicate that COVID-19 had an impact on their plans, a 24% decrease from last year’s seniors. Te c h n o l o g y / e n g i n e e r i n g, banking/finance and consulting remain the most popular industries for seniors headed directly to the workforce. The most common field this year is technology/engineering with 25%, followed by consulting at 23% and banking/finance at 17%. Technology/engineering jobs decreased by 3% from the Class of 2021, while consulting and

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banking/finance increased by 7% and 1%, respectively. Other popular fields among this year’s seniors include government/politics at 9% and academia/research at 8%. In terms of long-term career goals, the distribution across various fields becomes more even. Public service/non-profit work and government/politics are the most popular, with 28% of seniors wanting to work in either field 10 years from now. Other popular fields for seniors in the long term are technology/engineering at 13%, academia/research at 10%, health at 8% and education at 7%.

PHILIP SURENDRAN /THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF

Geographically, most of this year’s seniors will remain in the U.S., while about 10% will move abroad — a figure similar to last year’s numbers. Among those moving abroad, the majority will head to Europe (9%), with less than 1% of students moving to Asia or elsewhere in North America. Within the U.S., New York and Massachusetts remain the top two states in which seniors will land at 31% and 15%, respectively. Other popular jurisdictions include Washington, D.C. at 13%, California at 7% and Illinois at 4%. While only 6% plan to remain in either New Hampshire or Vermont, a higher 14% plan to remain in the Upper Valley in the short-term. Seven percent of students reported remaining to finish courses required for their degree, 3% reported beginning employment and 2% reported wanting to spend more time with classmates. S eve n t y - e i g h t p e rc e n t o f the Class of 2022 anticipates graduating with no debt. Among those graduating with debt, 25% anticipate graduating with less than $10,000 and 24% with between $10,000 and $19,999. Seventeen percent anticipate graduating with more than $40,000 in debt. Thirtyseven percent expect to receive some financial assistance from their parents after they graduate — a 6% decrease from the Class of 2021. In terms of anticipated annual starting salaries, 30% of this year’s seniors entering the workforce expect to make more than $100,000 annually and another 26% anticipate making between $75,000-$100,000. Twenty-three percent expect to make between $50,000 and $75,000

and 20% anticipate making below $50,000. This distribution appears significantly higher than the average salary for college graduates, which is about $50,000, according to a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers salary survey. The Class of 2022’s high starting salaries may be in part driven by the industries that they choose to work in. Forty-three percent of those going into technology/engineering reported having annual starting salaries of greater than $100,000. Similarly, 42% of those going into banking/finance or consulting reported annual starting salaries of over $100,000. No seniors in either field reported starting salaries below $50,000. In other fields, the starting salary appears to be much lower. No seniors going into government/ politics, education, public service/ non-profit work or publishing/ media reported starting salaries above $75,000. Methodology Notes: From Wednesday, May 25 to Sunday, May 29, The Dartmouth fielded an online survey of Dartmouth senior students on their opinions and experiences at the school. The survey was sent out to 1,143 seniors through their school email addresses. 139 responses were recorded, resulting in a 12.1% response rate. Using administrative data from the College’s Office of Institutional Research, responses were weighted by gender, race/ ethnicity, sexual orientation, Greek affiliation and international student status. Weighting was done through iterative poststratification (raking). Survey results have a margin of error +/- 7.7 percentage points.


A-L

Congratulations,

Class of 2022!

BEAM LERTBUNNAPHONGS /THE DARTMOUTH STAFF


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Rachel Ackerman

Tobi Adedara

Rachel, We are so incredibly proud of everything you have achieved in the past four years and of the extraordinary young woman you have become in the process. Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone! Love, Mom, Dad, and Noah

T, we are extremely proud as you say farewell to this place that has been home for the past four years! We are thankful to God, and excited about all that the future holds for you! Love, Dad, Mom and Dara.

Jake Parker Allen

Emily Andrews

Our precious baby boy is now a Dartmouth graduate. We couldn’t be more proud of you and love you so much. Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid nor discouraged for the Lord will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9…now GO BE GREAT! We love you Jake, Dad, Mom, Alexis, Justin, Brady and Bryce

Emily, Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. We’re so proud of you. Now go make your own magic. All our love, Mom and Dad


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Emily Appenzeller

Elise Avila

Congratulations on your achievements at Dartmouth. We are so proud you! A host of wonderful opportunities await you as you move on to you next adventure. We love you to the moon and back, Mom and Dad

You did it! Through your dedication and perseverance you have earned your spot among Dartmouth’s alumni. We are so proud of you and will continue cheering for you on your many journeys! Love, Mom and Dad

Zachary Bair

It has been our greatest joy to watch you grow and achieve so much these past four years. Wherever your journey in life may take you, never forget your way home. We love you beyond measure! Mom, Dad & Gabby

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Tanner Bielefeld Pruitt

Russell (RJ) Brandon

How is it possible this little baby is graduating from college? Tanner, we are in awe of all you’ve accomplished and so grateful for all who have helped along the way! We are excited to see “The Places You’ll Go!” Love, Mom, Craig, and the whole Louisville Crew

RJ - We are so proud of you and the amazing young man you have become. We know that you will continue to great things. Follow your heart! We love you so much!!

Abby Bresler

Madeleine Brown

It’s been such a joy to watch your investment and pleasure in your courses, ways you’ve stretched, causes you’ve championed, friends you’ve made – all with your signature style and thoughtfulness. Love you so much; couldn’t be prouder!! Mom and Dad

What an incredible journey! Dad and I are so proud of the person that you are and of your many accomplishments. May your next chapter at Dartmouth continue to be filled with remarkable discoveries, adventures and friendships.

Love - Mom, Dad, Jack, Grace & Indi

Love, Mom & Dad


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Alex & Foster Burnley

Frankie Carr

We are so proud of you! We can’t wait to see what your future holds! Love, Mom, Dad, Tory, Tori, Sam, Blake & Meemaw

Ryan Cashman

Congratulations Ryan! You have worked hard over the last four years and accomplished so much. We are so proud of you and look forward to your bright future. We love you and will always be here for you! Love Mom, Amanda, Jenna, Lauren & Lola

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Andrew Cave

Casimiro Cosme

We are proud of your accomplishments and the person you have become. May the great times at Dartmouth always be remembered. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Love Mom, Dad & Billy

Congratulations Cas on your graduation from Dartmouth College! We are so proud of you and wish you continued success! Love, Dad, Mom, Carlos Jr. and Zavion

Ray Crist

Patrick Dennis

Congratulations Ray! We are incredibly proud of you and so happy for you and all of your classmates. With lots of love from the Fam - Mom, Dad, Alexa, Tyler and Booker

Congratulations Patrick! You are off to your next grand adventure with the Big Green and Psi U now forever part of your souped-up ride. We are bursting with pride and excited to watch your journey unfold. You are simply riveting! We love you so, Mom and Dad


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Ali Dickstein

Robert Kerns Doherty

We are so proud of you, Ali!

We are very proud of you but no more so today than any other day. You have a kind & generous heart and a good head on your shoulders. Congratulations on your achievements & for making the most of your time at Dartmouth! Love, Mom, Dad, Kaitie & Ian

With Love, Mom, Dad, E, Xan and Big Lou

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Lauren Dorsey

Maggie Doyle

Congratulations on a great four years at Dartmouth. We can’t wait to see where your curiosity and enthusiasm will take you next. Love Carol and Bob and all your sisters

From your first day of pre-k to your Dartmouth graduation, we’ve always been so proud of your love of learning and the truly beautiful friendships you’ve built. What a gift to have seen all your joy and growth over the last four years. The world’s your oyster sweet girl. We love you - Dad and Mom


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Christin Ealer

William Eaton

Christin, congratulations on your graduation! We are so proud of you and what you have accomplished during your time at Dartmouth. Wishing God’s continued blessings as you embark on this next chapter. Love, Mom, Dad, Jenni, Andrew, Luke and Cooper

Congratulations Will! We are so proud of you and your fun-loving, compassionate and high-energy spirit. Your gusto, work ethic and smarts will take you far in life. To know you is to love you. Love, Mom and Dad

Savannah Eller

Brandon Feng

“You’re off to great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss

Happy graduation! You proved that anything is possible. We are overwhelmed and proud. Remember “Think Big and Dream Large”. Can’t wait to see the places you will go. We’ll continue to be cheering you on. Love, Mom & Dad

We are so very proud of you!


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Gabriel Gever

Saige Gitlin

Congratulations to our lifelong learner! We are so proud of you. Love, Mom, Dad, Rebecca & Gigi

From your copious outdoor adventures to the many late nights that brought you to sunrise in preparation for a test- we marvel at your incredible accomplishments! We love you and can’t wait to witness your next chapters. Mom, Dad, Zach, Lola and Ollie

Maria Goldman

Congratulations Maria! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, John, Sara, and Oscar


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Katie Goyette

Darren Gu

Happy Graduation Katie!! We are so proud of your accomplishment. It wasn’t always easy when you had to do all of your work remotely, but you thrived anyway. Keep finding joy in your life. Love the Fam

Congratulations, Darren! We are so proud of your achievements! We wish you the best in your new chapter of life. Always believe in yourself and your dreams. We will cheer for you wherever you will be! Love, Mom Dad & Katie

Cam Guage

Kris Hammon

Cam - We are so proud of you! Oh, the places you’ll go (but remember your jumper cables). Can’t wait to see what you do next!

CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation! You are a rockstar. We are so proud of your perseverance and academic, musical and athletic abilities. Wishing you health, happiness and success in your future endeavors. With all our love, Dad, Mom and Niklas.

Love, Mom Dad Lex Jack and Nate


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Jacob Hanssen

Isabella Rose Ferrari Hedley

We are so proud of you, Jake! Continue to strive for those immortal words from your middle school librarian...“Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”

Dear Bella, We are so proud of you & all your accomplishments. Wishing you success in all your future endeavors. We LOVE you, Grandma Polly & Grandpa Larry

Love, Dad, Mom, and Abby

Katherine Augusta Hoover

Peachy: We are so proud of you, sweetheart. Congratulations on 4 amazing years at “College”. Even a global pandemic couldn’t ruin it! We’re excited to watch what’s next unfold & wish you great adventures and success in this new chapter. Couldn’t love you more — Dad, Mom & Joey


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Nathan Hwang

Sabrina Jain

Congratulations Nathan! You have met every challenge with enthusiasm and have demonstrated your awesomeness! Go show the world what you can do. We know you are capable of anything!!

With hard work and perseverance, you made it! Double Major! We are so proud and excited for you as you take the big step into the professional world. It’s going to be exciting! We love you! - Mom & Dad

Love Mom, Dad, Caleb, Lila

Jonah & Friends

Julie Jones

Congratulations to graduating friends of Frank, BG, and the entire Class of 22 from the Hirsch family

Julie, we are so proud of you and excited for your things. Love you more! Mom, Dad, and Allie


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Lucas Joshi

Wylie Kasai

Lucas! We are so very proud of you and love you so much! Congratulations!! Love, Mom and Dad

Watching graduation will be a lasting memory for our family. The day will surely be captured in hundreds of photos by your aunts! Dad will be in our hearts while celebrating this day of your college achievements…. Love, Mom

Benjamin Keeter

Benjamin, We are so proud of you and what you have accomplished. Keep shooting for the stars. We know your future is bright! Love, Mom, Chris and Dad


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Kaitlyn Kelley

Tim Kim

To our precious Kaitlyn, we are so proud of you! As this chapter comes to a close we can’t wait to see what your future holds. May God bless and keep you! Your whole family is so happy for you! Love Mom, Dad, & Jordan

Kyoung Tae (Tim), We are more than happy and proud of what you made and achieved for last four years in great school. And with our heart, wishing you have a great next journey with full enjoyment and happiness. Love Mom and Dad.

Anoush Krafian

Kira La Scola

Ability Is What You Are Capable of Doing. Motivation Determines What You Do. Attitude Determines How Well You Do It. Anoush... Ability, Motivation & Attitude have taken you far, may you continue to reach for the stars & achieve all your goals and dreams. Best of luck at Duke next year!! Love, Mom, Dad, Araxi, Nairi & Knar

Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises, Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove We showed up for it. You believed you could and you did! You are not done yet We love you our Sunshine! Mom & Dad


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Zachary LaPorte

Peter Leutz

From the mountains and river on your freshman trip To mealtimes at FOCO and your ice hockey ‘ship To the Skiway! To Phi Delts! And of course to Pong! You displayed your Green pride all along. We hope all your dreams come true. Congratulations Zach - we are so proud of you! We love you! Cooper, Sydney, Dad, and Mom

“She’s shopping for her son. He doesn’t have a blazer and she’s worried he needs one. I hope he tries it on and never outgrows it.” Peter, you’ve got the blazer. And you’ll never outgrow our love. Mom…Dad & Nina

Katie Lutz

Dearest Katie, we are so proud of the woman you have become. What you have accomplished has made it possible for you to reach for the stars. May all of your dreams come true! Love Mom, Dad, Alex and Whiskey!



M-Z

Congratulations,

Class of 2022!

BEAM LERTBUNNAPHONGS /THE DARTMOUTH STAFF


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Abby Mans

SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2022

Clifford Harrison Markell

Congratulations on your graduation, Abby! We are so so proud of you. May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on.

@Dartmouth_MIH #2 @Dartmouth_Grad ‘22 Congratulations on yet another accomplishment! Proud of you!

Love, Mom, Dad, Henry and Peter

Love, Mom & Dad & all your fans

Ryan McCann

Landon McDermott

Congratulations, dear son, on your graduation from Dartmouth College. You make us so proud, every day! We can’t wait to see your next adventure. We love you!

Landon, you have proven over the past 4 years that you are ready to take the next step in life. Your family is so proud of your accomplishment’s in a world that doesn’t makes things easy. GO BIG GREEN!!

Love, Mom and Dad


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Keegan McHugh

Ben McLean

Keegan - we could not be prouder of you and this HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!! The Dartmouth chapter has ended, but so many more to come. Look out NYC!!! Love you Mom, Dad, Keeley and the rest of our Family.

Congratulations Ben! We are so proud of you! Like the hill winds and magical smell of the Baker Library Stacks, the gifts of critical thinking you have developed will be with you always. Use them to make the world a better place. Best wishes for a life filled with worthy challenges, adventures, and learning. Love, Mom & Dad

Sarah Minnigh

We have seen you smiling, crying, fearing, and stressing. We watched you fight through, becoming a confident woman. Be limitless, fearless, and remember how far you have come. We are all proud of you! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Ella, Christina


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Anand Mittal

Dominique Mobley

Congratulations Anand! We have watched you grow with pride and joy from a baby contemplating his next move to a confidant young man. We wish you joy and success in every step ahead. With love, Dada, Mom, Dad and Adi

You’ve made the most of the last four years. You’ve made Dartmouth your own. The juice was worth the squeeze! Time for the next great adventure. The Best is Yet to Come.

Jason Montima

John Moreland

Jason: Thanks be to God for you and for your achievement! We are incredibly proud of you. You are destined for great things. As you begin this new chapter, continue to believe in yourself. We love you!!! Mom, Dad, and Brendan

Dear John, Congratulations on four incredible years! Your infectious energy and boundless positivity are contagious! We cannot wait for the next chapter! Wishing you all the happiness and success. We are so proud of you! GO BIG GREEN!!!! xoxo, Mom, Dad, Stephen, Mimi, Bakie, Gramdad, Grammy, Murphy & Max

Love - Mom, Dad, Jasmine, Darryl ’19. MobleyTeam. Yes!


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Mia Nelson

Amelia Paige Ockert

Mia MF Nelson! Felicidades! You did it! We are all so excited to share in your graduation day, and we are so proud! Your whole family in Colorado is stomping their feet and shouting your name! So much love to you! xo

Wow! What a road traveled, and what an amazing place you arrived at, with so much ahead to continue exploring, embracing, and believing! We wish you abundant blessings always! With immense pride and all our love...Dad, Mom, Jonathan, Benjamin

Gavin & Öykü

Charlie Palsho

You Did It... such an accomplishment especially during these last two years! Best wishes to you and all your friends! Congratulations and Şerefe! Love, your families XO

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso Can’t wait to see what your next chapter holds! You make us so proud, we love you so much, Mom & Dad


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Christian Perales

Lucy Ranieri

Congratulations Christian Cordello!!!!! I’m so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. I look forward to seeing what great things you will do next. Love, Mom

L-U-C-Y! Gimme a L! Gimme a U! Gimme a C! Gimme a Y! What’s that spell? LUCY! It has been such a pleasure to witness your story from your CCS days culminating with the woman graduating today. We are your biggest fans! Love, Mom, Dad, JJ, JH, Nana & Gma

Carson Reich

Mary Sophia Reich

Congratulations Carson! You successfully completed this chapter of your life. We are very proud of you for reaching this monumental accomplishment. Continue to chase your dreams and live a proud life. Your Family

GIVE A ROUSE & CONGRATULATIONS!!! Education is a wonderful tool to reach your goals and to help others. We know you will do both with passion and conviction. We are sooooo proud of you!!! Love, Mom, Paul, Hedy, and Uncle Ethan. xoxo


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Katie Reisman

Beckett Richardson

You fill us with pride, joy, and laughter everyday. You bring wonderful things to everyone around you and we know life has wonderful things in store for you. Congratulations!!!

So proud of you, always and forever. Love, Mom & Dad

We love you! Mom and Dad

Cate Rozelle

Congratulations Cate!!! From the Choates to 7 West--and so many places in between--this Dartmouth experience has been quite an adventure! You will take these memories and these friendships with you as you embark on your next adventure. We Love You!


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Peter Scalise

Eric Schemitsch

Congratulations, Peter! As we gather on the Green to mark this occasion, we want you to know how proud we are of you, and thankful for lifelong friends you’ve made and fun times you’ve had along the way, Love, Mom and Dad

Congratulations Eric! Your studies have led to this moment; graduating from Dartmouth College. Beyond academics, you make us proud of the man you’ve become. Integrity, fairness, openness, leaderwords that describe you. Always learn and care. Love yourself. We love you.

Jack Schifino

Abby Schill

From your Freshman trip through graduation, you embraced every opportunity, faced every challenge, and made memories you’ll forever cherish. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. Overwhelmingly proud of you son. Mom and Dad

We’ve loved watching you make the most of your college experience, from the rugby pitch to the classroom and beyond. We couldn’t be more proud of you, we love you, and we’re behind you 100%. Love, Mom & Dad


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Alex Schmidt

Laurel Semprebon

Alex - Follow your dreams and they will lead you to happiness and success! Always believe in yourself ! Nothing can stop you! We are all so proud of you and all that you have accomplished! Love, Mommy, Daddy and Christopher

To my dearest Laurel, I am so incredibly proud of you and the courageous and persevering young woman you have become. Your future students are beyond fortunate to get to know and learn from you in the classroom. Continue to shine on so brightly and pursue all of your passions without fear. I am so in awe of you and love you so much. - Mom

Madeleine Sharp

Congratulations on your graduation from Dartmouth! We are so proud of your accomplishments as a student and collegiate sailor. We look forward to having you home for the summer and we know that you will continue to excel at graduate school next year.


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Sean Simons

Alexandra Simpson

You’re a special kid! Love, Your Family.

Alex, we are so proud of you and this major milestone at Dartmouth. You received a wonderful education and made lifelong friends along the way. Cheering you on! Love, Mom

Gabriella Smith

Kristina Strommer

Gabriella Smith. Congratulations! You’ve achieved a real milestone. You are a shining star and have always made us proud! Wishing you many more successes in the future. May God continue to bless you always. Love, Mommy, Daddy and Avery.

You never cease to amaze us with your intelligence, dedication, humor & kindness. We are so, so proud of you. We know you will miss Dartmouth but can’t wait to see what your future holds. Con Mucho Amor, Mamá y Papá


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Scotty Tamkin

Sydney Towle

Congratulations Scotty Tamkin! May your memories of Dartmouth always put a smile on your face. Keep dreaming big, your future is bright! We are so proud of you! With love, Mom, Dad, Jacob, Lily, your Grandparents & your entire family

We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Congratulations! We love you! Love, Mom and Austin

Hye Rine Uhm

Dhruv Uppal

Rine, you are graduating! I am so proud of you and cherish our time together in Hanover - all the way from DCCCC to Dartmouth Class ‘22. Dream big & have a wonderful life! Love, Mom & Minnue

We are super proud of you, not only for what you have achieved but also for what you have become loving, caring & giving individual. Cheering for you on your next exciting chapter! Love, Mom Dad & Aahan


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Lucy Turnipseed

Lucy Turnipseed

Congratulations, Lucy-Pie! Keep up your independent, diligent, inquisitive engagement with the world! Love, Granny

Congratulations, Slush! We are so proud of you! UAW. We love you, Glommy and Grace

Lucy Turnipseed

Lucy Turnipseed

Congratulations, Skissy! I muv you! Mer. Love, Tummy

Congratulations, LuLu! So proud of all you are and will be! Keep sharing your light with the world. I love you! Glomma


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Lily Waddell

Lily — We are so incredibly proud of all that you have accomplished at Dartmouth. You possess such strength, integrity and humility. On to Boston and your next chapter. We will continue to be your biggest champions! Love, Mom, Dad, Emma & Tucker

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Jack Wagner

CONGRATULATIONS, JACK! Today is your day! You’re off to Great Places! Your mountain is waiting, So...get on your way! (from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss) So proud of you Jack! We love you, XOXO Mom & Dad, Michael, Nicole, Peter & James, Joey, Alex, Catherine

Alex Wang

Jessica Weil

Filled with joy and pride to see you reach another mile stone. Mommy will continue to cheer on your accomplishments, achievements and the amazing person you become. Stay cool!

It has been a joy to see you thrive during your years here at Dartmouth. Sending you all our love from the family! And special shout-out from your mom for graduating as the first Rockapella legacy!


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Una Westvold

Campbell Whalen

Stay true to your wonderful self Una! We love you! Mamma, Pappa, Eva, Susanne and Fia

Congratulations, kid! We are so proud of you, and could not love you more. Now, go set the world on fire!

Edie Wilson

Veronica Winham

You wanted to go to Dartmouth College since you were in Grade 4, now you are graduating and we couldn’t be more excited and proud. The granite of New Hampshire is part of us all! Love Dad, DJ Sunny & Nos

Veronica we are so proud of you and so excited for the next chapter of your grand adventure. We love you with all our hearts.


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Connie Zhang

Haley Zierden

We are so proud to see you grow up from a little baby to the star you are today. Your determination and grit has gotten you so far. Can’t wait to see what your bright future holds! Love you so much! Mom, Dad & Lisa

Поздравляем тебя с окончанием университета и желаем успехов в твоих следующих начинаниях! We know how hard you worked for this and are so proud of you! We are excited to see what the next chapter brings... Love, Mom and Dad

Elliot Zornitsky

Elliot Zornitsky

Elliott, You have never ceased to amaze us and expect you never will !!!! Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished these past 4 years, can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for you and what you hold in store for it! Love, Dad and Michelle

Congratulations Elliott on your incredible commitment, tenacity, and risk taking four years! No family could be more proud of your journey and what you have achieved. Congratulations and much love! Mom, Phil, and Alexander


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