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Ode to the Hanover Country Club
A newly minted alumnus writes in (and sends a lovely picture):
This email may be a few weeks late, but I enjoyed reading your staunch defense of the Hanover Country Club. I’m an alum (‘17) who has never picked up a driver, let alone played a round of golf, and still believes that losing the golf course would tear off one of Dartmouth’s most beautiful places. I remember when, my freshman fall, an upperclassman first led me on a run up Rope Ferry Road to the course and Pine Park. After a few visits, I fell in love with the whole area. Coming from Minneapolis, a city with a trail system that runs through parks, skirts lakes, and winds along the river, I felt at home on HCC’s rolling hills and Pine Park’s snaking paths.
I ran on the club grounds around three days a week during 15X and loved every moment. During my rough times on campus, I’d jog or walk the course to let the fall leaves, clear blue sky, or pine-green mountains free my mind. Few places like it exist anywhere. The HCC is a campus jewel-awash in color during the fall, sparse and silent in the winter, and an earthly paradise of green during the spring and summer. How could we ever give up anything so beautiful?
Addendum: Was John Keats writing about the golf course?
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth
A joy forever until Phil Hanlon gets his hands on it.
Addendum: I have reproduced the above photograph as it was sent to me. Would a psychoanalytically-inclined member of the Art History department note the heavy shadows in the foreground of the pastoral image as indicative of an encroaching threat?
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…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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