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FallOn CampusFavorite Class: WRIT 5 - Food For Thought
This class looked at food from every possible angle: agriculture, regulation/policy, marketing, nutrition, animal rights, and much more. This class drastically changed the way I think about food and where it comes from.
WinterOn CampusFavorite Class: WGSS - Gender in Islam
Professor Ayubi is one of the best professors in the WGST department and led an incredible class on themes of gender/sexuality in Islam. Even those not interested in religion as a major couldn't help but be fascinated in this class.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: WGST 16 - Contemporary Issues in Feminism
This class was intense in that it revealed systems of oppression and violence that exist all around us. The objective of the nal project was to make a difference in public awareness of those systems.
For most of the summer I worked at a day camp, but the most important part of my summer was the weeks I spent in Haiti, visiting the little boy I hope to adopt at the orphanage where he lives. It is and has been the highlight of my last 4 summers.
FallOn CampusFavorite Class: SART - Drawing 1
Drawing I is an opportunity for students without much experience in the visual arts to get comfortable in the studio. It's time consuming, but a great creative outlet, and the results at the end of the term are worth it.
The focus on both global current events and Dartmouth-specific feminist issues covered in this class made for an engaging curriculum for both newcomers and veterans to the WGSS department.
SpringOn CampusFavorite Class: WGSS - Gender and the Global War on Terror
This class takes a closer look at militarization and it's effects on gendered violence around the world in the context of the American attempt to declare a "War on Terror."
A Definitive Ranking of Pizza in Hanover
In my humble opinion, no city, town, or village is complete without good pizza. Luckily for us here at Dartmouth, there is good pizza to be found in Hanover if you know where to look!
- No. 1
C&A's pizza has been around Hanover for so long that it is almost more of a historical landmark than it is a pizza restaurant. It is located across the street from the Black Family Visual Arts Center (BVAC), but in all the time I spend at BVAC, I have never seen anyone go in or out of C&A's before. The first time I tried C&A's pizza I was shocked to learn that they even deliver anymore. The few times I have attempted to place an order, no one answered the phone. To be perfectly honest, I have no idea how they are still in business! Anyway, back to the important question at hand: how does their pizza actually taste? All the pizzas I tried were plain cheese (I have to control some variables and respect the scientific method, you know), and C&A's cheese pizza did nothing for me. It was reminiscent of amusement park pizza: super greasy, and with uneven crust that was crunchy where it shouldn't have been and chewy in strange places. I was dissapointed, but luckily C&As isn't our only option. On to the next one!
- No. 2
I'm sure you have all heard of, if not tasted, Domino's Pizza before. The appeal of fast, cheap pizza at all hours is not lost on me, but I just can't bring myself to compromise on taste. A lot of people love Domino's garlic crust, and it is not bad, but it's not the best in Hanover. Unfortunately, the addition of the brand new Domino's store in Hanover pushed out a veteran pizza place, Everything But Anchovies (R.I.P), that had been around for decades. Domino's gets the middle score for its accessibility, low cost, and relatively decent pizza, taking those two qualities into account.
- No. 3
Ramunto's Brick and Brew
If you have read my blog author bio, then you know I was biased going into writing this article. I have tasted pizza from all three establishments in this article, but I order Ramunto's at least once a week, if not more. Every night, you can get a 99 cent slice of cheese pizza past 9pm if you walk into the restaurant. Their delivery is reasonably fast and pretty affordable, but the real reason they are the winner by a landslide is that their pizza is just so good! The crust is fluffy and they use generous amounts of cheese with just the right amount of sauce. They also offer a dizzying array of different types of pizza to choose from, but even if I am only judging from plain cheese, Ramunto's is the clear winner. Nothing will help you get through finals more than a hot Ramunto's pizza delivered right to your door (or to the library, it's up to you!).
Diggin' the DOC
One perk I just discovered (and have been making good use of this summer!) is the Dartmouth Outing Club, and even more specifically, renting cabins!
Can you handle the heat?
It is pretty well known that Hanover has gorgeous autumn colors and snowy white winters, but no one really talks about the weather during the summer.
Is it expensive to be a student at Dartmouth?
As someone who won't receive financial aid but whose parents aren't eager to provide spending money, I'm wondering how students manage expenses for activities, day-to-day items, and outings. I'm also wondering if the College provides many free events?
5 books to read on the Green in spring!
I am obviously still caught up in how beautiful the weather is on campus during spring, and I have been constantly looking for more ways to enjoy it.
- No. 1
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This is the story of two Ghanaian half sisters who are separated at birth. One lives a life of luxury married to an Englishman on the Gold Coast of Africa, while the other is sold into slavery and sent to the United States. The book follows their families for eight generations through Mississippi plantations, the American Civil War, and Jazz Age Harlem. The subject matter is heavy, but it's an absolutely riveting read.
- No. 2
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief is about a young German girl named Liesel Meminger after she is given up by her mother to live with a new set of parents shortly before the start of World War II. The story is narrated by Death and follows Liesel as she learns to read and as her new family shelters a Jewish man from the Nazis. I have read this book at least five separate times, and I have yet to tire of it. Again, the subject matter isn't very light, but this book is definitely worth the emotional toll.
- No. 3
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian is an expert storyteller, and in this novel he weaves an intricate web of mystery surrounding the disappearance of Annalee Ahlberg, who is known for sleepwalking. Her husband and children desperately attempt to find their missing wife and mother. The unexpected twists and turns of their search will have you on the edge of your seat (or picnic blanket).
Good Riddance, Snow!
As someone who came to New Hampshire from Florida, I was very intimidated by the cold weather.
- No. 1
Wearing shorts and sandals. I cannot stress to you all enough how much of a relief it is not to have to put on a jacket to go outside.
- No. 2
Studying on the green.
Or any other outdoor space on campus! It is very face-timey, so you might get a little distracted, but your body needs that Vitamin D after the eternal winter.
- No. 3
Biking, running, hiking, climbing, rollerblading...
All of your favorite outdoor activities are now so much more enjoyable now that the temps are above 50 degrees.
Secret Fun Stuff To Do on Campus
Some prospies are a little shocked with how small the town of Hanover seems when they visit, and worry that there won't be enough things to do in their free time.
- No. 1
Hidden in the basement of the HOP, the jewelry studio is open to students to learn how to make their own jewelry. You can pay for materials using your DA$H and take home your creations when you're finished. Jewelry studio staff are always available to help you if you don't have a lot of experience with jewelry making.
- No. 2
Ceramics Studio and Woodshop
Very similar to the Jewelry Studio in location (basement of the HOP) and logistics (you pay for materials with DA$H and get to keep your creations), the Ceramics Studio and the Woodshop are open to all students to learn how to throw and glaze pots or build any sort of wooden contraption you can imagine. The only difference here is that students do need to complete a safety orientation in order to work in the Woodshop. Need new decorations for your dorm? Build a shelf or make a bowl! Some people have gone into the Woodshop with ambitious projects like building a boat or a musical instrument and have finished them!
- No. 3
Student Wellness Center
Student Wellness HQ is in Robo and offers a massage chair, safe sex bar, and more, but the Student Wellness Center also offers free activities for students like yoga classes, puppy-petting de-stressing sessions, lots of free food, and wellness classes like Koru Mindfulness and meditation. I personally recommend the Koru Mindfulness class. I took it my freshman year and I learned so much about meditation that I still use on a daily basis.
I did an IronMan!
This weekend I did the craziest thing I have ever done: my first full IronMan triathlon! It was a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run - 140.6 miles total - and it was the best-worst day ever, but mostly the best!