Meme of the Week: ‘Awesome People Reading’

Targeting a generation that often does not think highly of reading, the Tumblr “Awesome People Reading” re-establishes that it is cool to read. From Michelle Obama to Rosemary Clooney, photographs of celebrities reading at public events or in the comfort of their homes are featured on the Tumblr. Some celebs are shown reading books that fit the context of their situation, for instance, Muhammad Ali with “Psychological Warfare” before a fight and Dean Martin with “The Drinking Man’s Diet” as he sips a cocktail.

Staged photographs purposefully highlight the book’s content in order to reflect the reader’s personality. Marilyn Monroe is seen in different poses with “Ulysses” and “Leaves of Grass,” adding an automatic dimension to her photographed personality because of their associations. The covers of James Joyce or Walt Whitman’s books have built-in characteristics that shed light on their famous readers.

Those photographed with books are certainly affected by the book they have chosen to read, but the books are equally affected by those who have chosen to read them. So, do the subjects in “Awesome People Reading” make reading look hot, or are they more attractive because they are reading?

Now Playing in Hanover: ‘The Raven’

“The Raven” is a historical thriller about the pursuit of a serial killer whose crimes seem to mimic the plots of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) stories. When a detective (Luke Evans) discovers that a horrific double murder in Baltimore was committed in a style very similar to a death described in one of Poe’s works, he teams up with Poe to solve the mystery. Similar deaths in the style of Poe’s works continue to occur, however, and Poe also becomes a suspect. The murders begin to even threaten Poe’s own loved ones, and he has no choice but to use his own deductive skills to solve the case and save those closest to him. Marina Shkuratov

Directed by: James McTeigueWith: Cusack, Evans and Alice Eve111 minutesRated R

“The Raven” was the perfect mix of suspense, historical context and Poe’s original stories. I did not enjoy the gratuitous violent and gory scenes, but they were well-balanced with moments of clever humor. I was also not a fan of Cusack in his lead role, but the supporting cast did find success.
Sydney Ayers

Thrill seekers and literature nerds alike will enjoy this fictional tale of Poe’s final days, which follows a series of muders in Baltimore. The formulaic, gripping storyline and genuinely unexpected plot twists evoke director McTeigue’s now-classic film, “V for Vendetta” (2006). Fans of period drama will also appreciate the depictions of 19th-century newsrooms, taverns and theaters.

Shannon Draucker

A must-see, this mysterious historical fiction film highlights Poe’s most famous works and the possible effects his stories could have on people through a series of twisted Poe-inspired murders. In my opinion, Cusack plays a brilliant Poe, the ending of the film is shocking yet brilliantly tied to the beginning and overall it entertains with few boring or confusing scenes. I suggest seeing it more than once! Dana Venerable

Guest conductor Reynish brings ‘British Invasion’ to Hop

Exuding his characteristic wry humor, British conductor Timothy Reynish broke the invisible screen dividing the audience from the musicians as he walked onto the stage of Spaulding Auditorium for the Dartmouth Wind Symphony’s Saturday performance. Together with Wind Symphony conductor Matthew Marsit, Reynish brought a repertoire to the Hopkins Center on Saturday that lived up to the theme “British Invasion.”

The Stephen Fry of the classical world, Reynish incited laughter after the first piece of the program, a march composed by Frank Bridge, when he addressed the audience about the piece’s pace.

“The British march slowly,” he said. “That’s why we lost the war here. My other theory is that they lost it on purpose.”

Reynish could have been a battle commander as he conducted with his entire body, focusing the attention of both musicians and audience.

The Dartmouth Wind Symphony, comprised of both Dartmouth students and community members, rehearsed the repertoire for four weeks before the performance, but Reynish only joined them last week, according to Marsit. The program featured the works of modern British composers, including the world premiere of the rising young composer Daniel Basford’s “Partita in D.”

“In the beginning, the music was terrible, but then Matthew [Marsit] brought us up to concert level,” Nathaniel Schmucker ’15, an oboist in the Dartmouth Wind Symphony, said. “We [then] had eight hours with Reynish. With him, it kind of came together.”

This was Reynish’s first time guest conducting at Dartmouth. Marsit first met Reynish when they were colleagues at Cornell University. Since then, they kept in touch, and Marsit has been programming much of the music Reynish has been advocating, according to Marsit.

Reynish joked that his collegiate allegiances have changed since his years at Cornell with Marsit, however, explaining that “Dartmouth beat Cornell at ladies’ lacrosse.”

A household name in the world of wind music, Reynish began studying the development of the American wind band movement while on the Churchill Traveling Fellowship in 1982, he said.

“I never really heard of wind [music] in 1981,” he said. “We then hosted concerts in Manchester, England, and I was blown away by American bands. For five weeks, I toured around America for ideas and took a lot of the music back and since then I’ve been doing more and more wind ensembles.”

Reynish has emerged as one of the leading conductors of wind ensembles in the world.

“[Reynish] changed the shape of wind ensemble worldwide,” Marsit said in his introduction of Reynish at the performance. “His name may not be well-known in America, but [it is] in the U.K. and [has] spread throughout Europe.”

Reynish has given classes, lectured and guest conducted all over the world, according to the Hopkins Center program notes. Before coming to Dartmouth a week ago, he was in Hong Kong and North Dakota, he said,

“People ask me how I keep fresh when I move around,” Reynish said. “But that’s one of the most exciting aspects. I work with all my friends.”

Reynish considers Marsit one of his “most important mentors,” he said. Marsit joined the Hopkins Center in 2009 as the director of the Dartmouth Wind Symphony, and he previously held conducting positions at various other institutions, including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Dartmouth’s Handel Society.

“[Reynish and I] were at Cornell as colleagues, but he was truly my mentor,” Marsit said.

At first glance, the program may have seemed puzzling because of the repertoire of lesser-known, more contemporary composers, but the first half was a success, consisting of Frank Bridge’s “Pageant of London,” Daniel Basford’s “Partita in D,” Timothy Jackson’s “Passacaglia” and Kenneth Hesketh’s “Masque.” The second half equally exceeded expectations, showcasing Guy Woolfenden’s “French Impressions” and Adam Gorb’s “Dances from Crete.”

“There was a wide scope of music types,” Angela Jin ’15, a member of the Dartmouth Wind Symphony, said. “The audience might not have appreciated the music to the full extent as we did because we really immersed and worked on the music.”

All except for Bridge are contemporary composers and close friends and associates of Reynish. Woolfenden, for instance, was Reynish’s best man at his wedding, he said.

“They’re all friends except Frank Bridge,” he said. “I don’t know why he didn’t like me that much. When did he die? 1941. I was three years old. We could have still been friends.”

The program included the premiere of Basford’s “Partita,” which Reynish commissioned five years ago when he met Basford, a student of Adam Gorb in Manchester. The piece is based on the letters in the word “dance,” according to Reynish. Each movement contains a little recurring theme based on the notes D, A, C and E, he said. The piece has not been published but will be published near Christmas, according to Reynish.

Jackson’s “Passacaglia,” which followed Brasford’s piece in the concert, was originally written for 32 horns, he said.

“How stupid is that?” Reynish said to the audience playfully before performing the piece. “So I told him, it’s never going to be played, so why don’t we play it as a wind band?”

Woolfenden’s “French Impressions,” however, stood out in the second half of the concert as the highlight of the performance.

“I really liked the French Impressions,'” Schumucker said. “The first movement is beautiful. The second is more like circus music and more fun to play.”

Reynish, who has written a series of articles on the importance of programming, developed Saturday’s repertoire with Marsit over a long time to get the order of the performance right, according to Marsit.

“My goal was to come up with a program that [Reynish] commissioned or inspired,” Marsit said. “I look at this as a tribute to his career.”

Reynish has commissioned many works for the Wind Symphony, including the Basford piece that premiered on Saturday. These selections were among roughly 26 pieces commissioned as part of the William Reynish Memorial Project, a memorial to Reynish’s son who passed away while mountain climbing.

Through all of his performances and commissioned pieces, Reynish said he hopes to establish that there are great pieces for wind bands to perform.

“The trouble is it’s either education or entertainment or ceremonial marching or universities doing horrible avant-garde stuff,” he said. “The wind band suffers because of these perceptions.”

Those who missed the opportunity to hear the Dartmouth Wind Symphony perform on Saturday can hear them perform again this term at the President’s Study Break Concert on the Green on May 31.

“It’s about getting [wind music] accepted as a serious medium of music,” Marsit added. “Audiences see symphony orchestras as a more serious endeavor, but band music often doesn’t have that same perception. It is entertainment, but it can also be very fulfilling and enriching.”

Friday Night Rock expands repertoire with Danny Brown

Hip-hop artist Danny Brown performed in Fuel for

Friday Night Rock, typically known for bringing alternative and indie rock performers to campus, expanded its traditional repertoire this weekend by bringing in Danny Brown, a 30-year-old hip-hop artist from Detroit. This unusual “Saturday Night Rap” proved to be a wild success the performance’s organizers even had to turn away crowds throughout the night due to the limited space in Fuel.

Brown’s enthusiastic audience periodically joined him during the show, and members were particularly enthused when he sang “Blunt After Blunt,” which Brown prefaced by appealing to the joint-lovers in the crowd. The crazy-haired and provocative rapper Brown, who entered the stage with a beer in hand while donning a sweatshirt with angel wings, performed an incredible set with the volume on his microphone turned up to an almost distorting level.

Brown, who has previously opened for acts such as Childish Gambino, enjoys the opportunity to perform at colleges and expand his fan base, he said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

“Colleges are cool I want people to have fun at the end of the day,” Brown said. “I just want to sound as good as possible and please the people listening to [my] music.”

Brown’s unique musical style and inflammatory lyrics made him an interesting choice for Friday Night Rock one of his hits, for instance, is called “Blueberry (Pills and Cocaine)” but this risky decision garnered overwhelmingly positive reactions.

Jake Rosenwald ’15, one of Friday Night Rock’s venue managers, said he was very pleased with the turnout and open-mindedness of Saturday’s audience. Brown’s unique and somewhat bizarre musical style, which has been compared to the likes of Odd Future’s frontman Tyler, The Creator, is far from a surefire crowd pleaser, but the audience embraced it well.

“We were definitely worried about his provocative nature,” Rosenwald said. “But it went over really well. You have to keep an open mind when it comes to his new kind of hip-hop and rap music.”

As a performer whose lyrics are extremely personal, graphic and explicit, many wondered if he would be an appropriate act for a show on First-Year Family Weekend. After the positive reactions to the first song or two, however, it was clear that almost everyone in the room enjoyed his style and unique lyrical choices.

Brown, whose latest mixtape “XXX” was voted the best rap album of 2011 by Spin Magazine, has cultivated a serious following in the underground rap scene. Although his unique style is easy to characterize as a nuanced form of hip-hop, Brown doesn’t consider his music to be anything different than what might be heard from the popular rap artists on the top of the music charts.

“What I do is just hip-hop I’m not doing anything crazy,” Brown said. “I just experiment and try to just be progressive with the genre.”

Brown performed a lengthy but incredible set of songs, which mostly included tracks from his two mixtapes “XXX” and “The Hybrid.” He also included fun and refreshing freestyle rapping in his performance.

“We do freestyle as a way of having fun on stage and not to make things seem so rehearsed.” Brown said. “We do that as something to keep it free.”

Although Brown brought an enormous and raucous turnout to “Saturday Night Rap,” the two opening acts American Mob (Ian Macomber ’13) and The Graduate (Gabe Redel-Traub ’14) were also impressive. For Macomber, who has been making music for almost five years, it was his first “real” performance, but with his confident stage presence, it was hard to tell. Macomber and Rede-Traub even garnered an audience of almost the same size as Brown’s.

“I’m pretty psyched to open for someone who was on the XXL top freshman list,” Macomber said before his performance, “There are some pretty awesome rappers on it.”

Although Macomber and Redel-Traub have very different styles than Brown, the opening acts served as a smooth and fun transition into Brown’s performance.

With the incredible success of the first “Saturday Night Rap,” Friday Night Rock may be more open to expanding their traditional genre of bands to incorporate more acts like Brown in the future.

“Whenever and if ever there’s a cool rapper that we think will be a lot of fun, [Friday Night Rock] is totally open to it,” Rosenwald said. “I think everyone had a great time, and it was a lot of fun. Danny Brown is an amazing performer and [Friday Night Rock] enjoyed having him.”

Daily Debriefing

The Dartmouth women’s rugby team held the fourth annual Cully’s Run, a 5K race that benefits the National Eating Disorders Association and Headrest, on Sunday afternoon. Cully’s Run is held annually by the rugby team in honor of Katy Cullinan ’08, a former member of the team who committed suicide in August 2008 after struggling with an eating disorder, according to rugby player Allison Brouckman ’15. Brouckman and Leandra Barrett ’15 organized this year’s event, which attracted roughly 300 participants and the involvement of many organizations on campus, according to Brouckman. Joseph Carey ’15, a member of the Dartmouth men’s cross-country team, posted the fastest time in the event, finishing in 17:13. Cully’s Run participants were recommended to donate $10. The race began at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse and brought runners and walkers around Storr’s Pond Trail.

Education Trust and the National Association of System Heads released a report on Thursday that showed mixed results in their efforts to increase college attainment levels and close the performance gap between underrepresented minorities and their peers, Inside Higher Ed reported. The community and four-year colleges in the report, which totaled more than 300, collectively enrolled 42 percent more low-income students and 23 percent more ethnic minority students in the 2009-2010 school year than in 2005-2006. Most institutions in the report, however, saw limited success in reducing the gap for underrepresented minorities and increasing student persistence and college completion. The report cited San Diego State University and Florida State University as examples of colleges making good progress in closing the racial and socioeconomic gap, Inside Higher Ed reported.

On Wednesday, 12 California State University students declared a hunger strike to protest tuition increases and cuts to courses and enrollment, according to The New York Times. The students pledged to not eat solid food for a week or longer if the administration does not meet some of their demands. The 23 California State University campuses have lost approximately $970 million in state financing since 2008 and have increased tuition to $5,427 from $2,772 in 2007, The Times reported. The faculty members’ union has supported student protests and voted to authorize a rolling strike on campuses. Faculty members expressed discontent with the increase in class sizes and the universities’ recent trend of hiring part-time lecturers with high salaries, according to The Times. California State University will face another $200-million cut if voters do not approve a tax increase in November, The Times reported.

Beasley earns Guggenheim grant

French and women and gender studies professor Faith Beasley was one of 181 scholars, artists and scientists in the United States and Canada awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in April. Beasley will use the fellowship grant to complete her sixth book, “Exotic Encounters: Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal,” which she said will explore the relationship between France and India in the 17th century.

The Guggenheim Fellowship, intended to help scholars pursue research and artistic creation, is awarded on the basis of prior achievement and future promise. The average fellowship grant of around $37,000 varies for each recipient based on the “Fellows’ other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans,” according to the Foundation’s website.

This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants, the website said.

“I was shocked,” Beasley said. “There are very few grants out there for mid-career professionals, and as a result, there are thousands of people who apply. I never thought that I was going to get this opportunity.”

Beasley’s new book builds on the findings of her second book, “Mastering Memory: Salons, History and the Making of 17th-Century France,” which identified women’s influence on 17th century France as deliberately excluded from historical records. In her new book, Beasley argues that the salon culture, which was dominated and created by women, played an important role in the dissemination of information about India, she said.

“It’s an exciting feeling,” Beasley said. “I think the best part about the Guggenheim Fellowship is that it is a recognition of my past work as well as my potential for the future. For me, it reaffirms that the work I have done for the past 25 years has had an impact and encourages me to continue.”

Beasley will take a sabbatical for the next 12 months, working on her book full-time. Beasley plans to spend most of her time in the United States but will travel to Paris for three weeks in July to finish gathering research from the archives of the National Library of France. While she will not be teaching at the College, Beasley will continue to advise senior theses.

Both College faculty and students interviewed by The Dartmouth said that Beasley’s reception of the Guggenheim Fellowship was well-deserved.

“I am delighted that the Guggenheim Foundation has recognized Faith Beasley in this fashion,” Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Humanities Adrian Randolph said in a press release. “Her past work on gender and literature in 17th-century France has led her to this fabulous new project that recasts European developments in light of early modernity’s global character. Beasley’s success is a sign of the vitality of the humanities at Dartmouth.”

Brooke Elmlinger ’13, who has worked with Beasley since the fall as a Presidential Scholar, said that Beasley was a “source of inspiration to humanities scholars and a testament to the thriving nature of the humanities themselves.” Elmlinger asserts that the Guggenheim Fellowship recognizes the innovative nature of Beasley’s work and validates her contribution as a researcher.

“[Professor Beasley’s] research on France’s encounter with India at the 17th century casts a new light on the way we think about Enlightenment thought, literature and material culture of that time period,” Elmlinger said in an email to The Dartmouth. “Much scholarship has been done on the court of Louis XIV and its influence on the mindset and cultural production within France, yet there are so many questions yet to be answered on the relationships between French culture and other cultures like India.”

McKenzie Bennett ’13, a student in Beasley’s “French Culture and Politics” course, said that Beasley’s award reflects the high level of undergraduate teaching at the College.

“I feel like [Beasley’s] reception of the Guggenheim Fellowship speaks to how fantastic and impressive she is as an academic and reflects the kind of professors that the College provides students in helping further our knowledge,” Bohannon said.

Logan Brog ’15, who is also in Beasley’s course, agreed with Bohannon’s sentiments.

“Learning from professor Beasley is really incredible because I know that this is a unique class that is not being taught elsewhere,” Brog said. “It is not possible to go to another college or university and learn about the 17th century dialogue between French salons and India.”

Other Dartmouth professors who have received the Guggenheim Fellowship in the past decade include studio art Professor Enrico Riley in 2008, computer science professor Hany Farid in 2006, government professor Linda Fowler in 2005, music professor Larry Polansky in 2004, studio art professor Susan Walp in 2004, economics professor Douglas Irwin in 2002 and history professor Bruce Nelson in 2002.

Panel discussions take look at legal questions

University of New Hampshire Law Professor John Greabe ’85, former Rep. Paul Hodes ’72, D-N.H., and United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. discussed each of the three branches of government’s role with respect to constitutional law in a packed panel discussion held at the Rockefeller Center on Friday.

The panel, titled “The Separation of Powers: A Debate,” was one of the concluding events of “Law Day,” designed to commemorate the importance of law to the Dartmouth community.

Each panelist spoke from the perspective of one of the three branches of the U.S. government. Greabe spoke from the perspective of the judicial branch, Hodes represented the legislative branch and Verrilli spoke on behalf of the executive branch.

The panelists debated the extent to which their respective branches uphold and enforce the constitutionality of the law.

Hodes discussed how “political polarization” has affected the nature of the legislative’s branch approach to issues of constitutionality. He spoke specifically of the 2010 Affordable Care Act because of its relevance to current court battles.

Hodes said that members of Congress and congressional leaders have recently focused more on sending political messages than on advancing legislation. This means that Congress failed to provide “guideposts” to how laws like the Affordable Care Act should be interpreted by those enforcing and judging them, Hodes said.

“We’ve got a congress whose job it is to make law and should be setting the guideposts, and with this law in particular it seems that Congress’s role was abdicated,” he said.

Greabe discussed the case of Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review, allowing courts to strike down both legislative and executive acts. Greabe said that this decision essentially affirmed the judiciary’s role as having the final word on constitutional matters.

Greabe sought to “outline the range of views” of how federal judges should exercise the power of judicial review, he said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

“There always has been, and always will be, a disagreement over how much deference the judiciary should show to the other two branches of the federal government in exercising the power to say what the law is,” Greabe said.

Verrilli said that a great deal of friction persists between the three branches of government. He highlighted the issues that arise when the legislative and judicial branches attempt to exercise power that those of the executive branch believe to belong exclusively to the president.

“There are times when the justice department will actually do something that might seem quite contrary to your notion of separation of power,” he said. “And the executive branch will actually go into the Supreme Court and challenge the laws that Congress has enacted.”

Verrilli added that these issues are “very difficult to resolve” because courts can rarely “resolve them on the basis of a clear plan.” He added, however, that discussing these issues is valuable because it involves discussing fundamental questions about the Constitution’s structure.

A career panel, “How Do You Combine Public Service with a Law Career,” was held in the same room immediately following the event. This event featured Verrilli, Nixon Peabody associate Lea Threatte Bojnowski ’01, Patton Boggs of counsel Todd Cranford ’85 and Vermont Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan ’90.

The attorneys discussed their experiences working in the public sector of law.

“I became a prosecutor because I wanted to try cases regularly and because I wanted to have a positive impact on the community rather than fight over money through civil litigation,” Nolan said in an email to The Dartmouth. “All other lawyers must as required by our code of ethics zealously represent their clients within ethical boundaries even to the detriment of society.”

Bojnowski said the panel was a great opportunity to both hear other attorneys’ stories as well as interact with students by answering their questions about law.

Students interviewed by The Dartmouth also said they enjoyed the event.

“I thought the panel was pretty useful and interesting,” Ryan Tincher ’12 said. “It touched on a number of different areas of law.”

Parker Hinman ’13 said the speakers were “insightful.”

“It was interesting to hear how the view of the law and Constitution varied so much depending on which branch of government you come from,” Hinman said.

Both panels were sponsored by the Rockefeller Center, the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association as part of a series of Law Day events that are hosted each spring term, Joanne Needham, the coordinator of public and special events for the Rockefeller Center, said.

Needham said she was satisfied with the turnout for both events.

“The panels were quite successful,” Needham said. “The first panel was full, even overflowing, and there were great questions from the audience. The second panel was targeted to a smaller audience and was well-attended for the intended audience.”

Event looks at homeless experience

Student and faculty panelists spoke about their experiences with and research on homelessness as part of “A Night Without a Home” on Thursday night. Originally, the group planned to sleep on the Gold Coast lawn until 10 a.m. on Friday, but the event was cut short due to rain, according to Shanee Brown ’12, student director of Dartmouth’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.

The audience, fluctuating between five and 20 members, heard discussions, poems and presentations. The group then watched two movies about homelessness, Brown said.

Several panelists recounted their personal experiences with homelessness.

A female member of the Class of 2015 who wished to remain anonymous due to the personal nature of her story spoke of her life on Atlanta’s streets from September to November 2010.

The student, who lived on $2 per day, did not have access to a shelter because she was neither pregnant nor a mother, she said. She slept in a park or under a bridge, cushioned with clothes and pillows from donation boxes, during this time, she said.

She drank a single cup of coffee and consumed cocoa for calories each day and relied on weekly church meals. She could not walk the one and a half miles to the capital area of Atlanta for food stamps due to a lack of energy as a result of her diet, she said.

She turned to half-eaten hamburgers and leftovers discarded by tourists, she said. When she began to ask pedestrians for change, she received between $20 and $100 per day, she said.

“Eventually I realized I couldn’t go on with my pride,” she said.

The student found a place to stay through a “random act of kindness” when a stranger asked if she needed help, she said. Despite this, her biggest resources were other homeless people, including Georgia State University students no longer able to pay tuition and drug addicts, she said.

“Homelessness does not have a face,” she said.

Torrese Ouellette ’12 reflected on months spent living with his family in a Super 8 Motel. Before he came to the College, his mother had neither constant work nor health insurance, he said.

His mother suffered a severe cardiac arrest and was evicted from her home while in the hospital during Ouellette’s sophomore year, he said.

“I’d be playing the Dartmouth game, and I’d rush home after class and work and call my mom to figure out what to do,” he said.

Ouellette said he often blamed himself for not doing enough to help his mother.

“I can tell myself I was sending money and calling her every day,” he said. “She on some level did not feel anyone was caring about her. I know in my heart that I didn’t do enough.”

Other panelists included students and faculty members who have researched homelessness locally and abroad.

Christian Brandt ’12 researched homelessness in Denmark through the anthropology department last summer.

“From my experience, even within a society with such a strong welfare system, it’s as important to deliver food and clothes as it is to distribute knowledge, friendship and interpersonal relations,” Brandt said.

Angela Dunnham ’13 discussed the “lifelong process” of support needed to help people after they leave homeless shelters. Dunnham worked with the Burlington Housing Authority in Burlington, Vt. through her “Policy Analysis and Local Governance” course last year, she said.

Ronald Shaiko, associate director of the Rockefeller Center and a government professor, lead a discussion of Rockefeller Center research on homelessness featuring Nina Brekelmans ’12 and Michael Sanchez ’13, two Policy Research Shop students.

Brekelmans researched shelter services in Vermont and New Hampshire and found that child care programs, including transportation and child care services, helped improve long-term stability after an individual or family left a shelter.

“You hope when people leave shelters they leave for good, but it’s hard to ask shelters to do more,” she said. “They’re already doing so much.”

The topic of homelessness permeated English professor Jeff Sharlet’s journalistic work, he said.

“Homeless people are not beneficiaries, they’re not sponges,” he said. “They’re citizens. Homelessness is always part of the story even when I set out to write about something else.”

Throughout the event, panelists spoke about volunteering on Alternative Spring Break and summer programs. Stew Towle ’12 and Yomalis Rosario ’15 recited poems during the event.

Two movies “Homelessness in America” (2004) and “The Soloist” (2009) followed the presentations, but rain caused organizers to stop the projection of “Dark Days” (2000) before its finish, Brown said.

A Safety and Security officer who walked through the demonstrations throughout the night asked Brown to put away the tent that several group members set up, Brown said.

Director of Safety and Security Harry Kinne could not be reached for comment by press time.

The group subsequently left the lawn, which Brown called “a disappointment.”

Events like “A Night Without a Home” help students consider issues of which they were previously unaware, James Doernberg ’15, an attendee who has participated in several Habitat for Humanity builds, said.

He was not “super optimistic,” however, of the event’s ability to increase campus knowledge, especially as attendance decreased throughout the night, he said.

“You need to have things like this to get the conversation started, but we need a way to make it bigger, more seen,” he said.

Maryam Zafer ’12, who attended and led Alternative Spring Break trips to San Francisco that educated students about homelessness and poverty, said that although bringing the issue to Dartmouth is “great,” an “obvious criticism” of the event is its limited scope. The event was advertised in campus-wide blitzes as a night “outside in solidarity with those living without a home.”

“You’re not entirely homeless until you feel that sudden sense of hopelessness and despair,” she said before the event. “In terms of actual empathy for people, I don’t know how much an event like this will develop that.”

The “intellectual empathy” developed by the event, however, brings the issue to campus, a first step the College needs, Zafer said.

Brown based “A Night Without a Home” on a similar event at St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus, where her sister attends, she said. There, homelessness is “more pressing” given the school’s New York location, according to Brown.

“We get very consumed in our Dartmouth bubble,” Sage Dalton ’12, a chair of Students Fighting Hunger, said. “My hope would be that it would increase compassion of our students for those around us.”

Dartmouth’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the Upper Valley Haven, the Haven Homework Club and Students Fighting Hunger sponsored the event, which cost between $500 to $600, Brown said. A bake sale at the event raised $110, which went to the Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity for purchase of building supplies, according to Rachel Newton-Padin ’14, the event’s chair.

Rosario is a member of The Dartmouth Staff.