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Winter Carnival ca. 1955
Perhaps this weekend’s Carnival revellers can take a few moments to compare their experience with that of the College’s students almost 60 years ago. Check out the fantastic snow sculptures in front of all the fraternities, the ski jump on the golf course, the wooden boards that passed for skis back then, and the overall formality of people’s dress.
Different people at Dartmouth, different times, but all the buildings will be instantly recognizable.
Addendum: This video show scenes from Carnival from the 1930’s-1960’s. Care to guess about the triple prize for the best fraternity snow sculpture in 1938?
“A keg of beer, donated by the Dartmouth Outing Club, plus $50 with which to stage a celebration, and an entire month’s supply of cigarettes for each man in the winning dormitory.”
Some things do change.
Addendum: Dartmouth Now has put together a classy presentation entitled Five Things You Should Know About Winter Carnival History.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…