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Hanover Diary: Bears Everywhere
Where? Look out in our neighborhood in Hanover. We receive regular visits from a big male and two females: one with three cubs and one with two. No bird feeder is safe.
In Henry David Thoreau’s day only about 30-40% of New England was forested, and Massachusetts was open farmland save for 28% wooded countryside. Today the region is back to 80% forest cover; deer abound. A great victory for reforestation. In fact, a few years ago New Hampshire hunting licences ceased to protect breeding does; now hunters leave bucks alone and go after Bambi’s mom to control the population. Bears are on the increase, too, and I expect that after a hard winter they are coming into town in search of food.
Addendum: Yesterday morning at 6:15am, two white-tailed deer strolled down the middle of our street. By the time I could retrieve my iPhone, they were passing by German Professor Bruce Duncan’s house.
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…