Overheards

’16 Girl 1: We should go talk to the prof to try and get a better grade.’16 Girl 2: Yeah, we can double team him at office hours!’16 Girl 1: I hope no one makes that an Overheard.

’15 Girl: We hooked up three times, and he unfriended me on Facebook.

’16 pointing to the 1902 room: That’s the 90210 room!

’11 Girl: Sometimes, you just have to choose the best of the worst. Like when you walk into FoCo and everything looks like it’s already been eaten.

’14 Guy: I once drank 16 beers for a slice of pizza. Who does that?!

’15 Girl: Bourbon tastes like high school.

’15 girl: I was really annoyed. If he was good at pong, I would have actually hooked up with him. But he wasn’t.

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Creepy Alumns over Carnival

  1. DO NOT under any circumstances eat any of your meals in town, unless you want to dine alongside alums enjoying legality in Hanover with $2 margaritas or karaoke at Salt Hill Pub.
  2. If you see beer other than Keystone in the basement, don’t touch it. Alums will likely bring their own “nice” (read: Bud Light) beer to feel like they’ve matured since college.
  3. If anyone refers to you as the final year in their “Dartmouth Decade,” run, as fast as you can, in the opposite direction.
  4. Pay attention to tell-tale signs in their clothing, like expensive leather shoes in frat basements or, more obviously, wedding rings.
  5. Just give in and listen to their stories. Some of them are guaranteed to be interesting and sooner or later they drift into an EBA’s-induced sleep coma mid-sentence.

Alumnus’ movie showcases College’s skiing culture

Since its opening in 1957, the Dartmouth Skiway has come to symbolize a critical aspect of the College’s heritage, paying homage to the hostile weather of the Still North on which many students thrive. It comes as no surprise, then, that skiing plays a critical enough role that it has been memorialized in “Passion for Snow” (2013), a documentary that explores the impact that Dartmouth alumni have made on the development of the skiing industry over the 20th century.

The documentary was adapted from 2010’s “Passion for Skiing,” a nonfiction book by Steve Waterhouse ’65 Tu’67, who also served as the film’s executive producer.

“Along the way, I realized a lot of people don’t read books these days people go to theaters, they look online,” he said. “I knew we had to make a documentary out of this.”

The documentary, which has been an endeavor five years in the making, sought to combine a number of back stories that approach Dartmouth’s connection to skiing from unconventional angles. The film discusses Dartmouth skiers’ roles in World War II through their participation in the 10th Mountain Division, the development of commercial ski resorts and the emergence of skiing as the subject of filmmaking, according to Waterhouse, who co-wrote the script with producer Lisa Densmore ’83.

The film also discusses the College’s history with the development of adapted skiing for disabled athletes, notably featuring Paralympian Diana Golden ’84. Golden, who lost her right leg at age 12, joined the Dartmouth ski team in spite of her disability and eventually went on to become a decorated athlete and an inductee to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. At the beginning of her college career, Golden showed up to the team’s first practice and told coach John Morton that she wanted to join.

“He says, Well, we’re doing stair work right now,’ and Diana puts her crutches aside and starts hopping up the stairs on one leg,” Waterhouse said.

While the film offers a compelling visual representation of the emotional narratives featured in the book, it inevitably does not tell the full story.

“Whereas the book may talk about, say, 1,000 individuals, we could only cover maybe 50 or 100 at the most in the film,” Waterhouse said.

Percy Rideout ’40 assisted with the production of both the film and the book. He died on Jan. 25, two weeks before the premiere of “Passion for Snow.”

Rideout, a resident of Ashburnham, Mass. and a former captain of the Dartmouth ski team, served as captain the 10th Mountain Division, notably fighting in the Battle of Riva Ridge in the Italian Alps in 1945, according to his obituary. Rideout was interviewed three years ago for the film and plays an important part in its conclusion.

“We have Percy coming on and saying, Well, there’s no question in my mind it all started in Hanover,'” Waterhouse said. “He says it in a very confident way, and that’s how his words end the film.”

Diane Boyer ’78, the first female chairman of the board of SnowSports Industries America, a trade association that represents the interests of the snow sports market, was also interviewed for “Passion for Snow.”

“I was always a skier Dartmouth enabled me to ski and follow my passion while I was in school,” Boyer said.

Boyer discussed the importance of skiing as a defining tradition of the College community.

“Skiing is an intrinsically Dartmouth tradition,” Boyer said. “Where most people would be whining on a cold, snowy, blustery day, a lot of Dartmouth folks are reveling in the fact that they’re in this climate.”

In addition to the vast number of skiers interviewed for the documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Buck Henry ’52, whose credits include “The Graduate” (1967) and “Heaven Can Wait” (1978), provided narration for the film even though he was completely unfamiliar with the subject matter.

“Buck hates snow, he hates the snow and he doesn’t ski,” Waterhouse said. “But he agreed to do it, and I think he’s done a brilliant job.”

Beyond the film’s upcoming premiere in Hanover, Waterhouse hopes to submit his film to festivals.

“The festivals we would expect to be interested in this are ones that focus more in sports, primarily winter sports,” Waterhouse said.

Regardless of continued success beyond the Dartmouth community, however, the film’s creators said they simply hope that the film will memorialize the College’s skiing traditions for future generations.

“Perhaps it will become a longstanding tradition to show the film at Winter Carnival, as that is where the story begins,” Densmore said in an email.

“Passion for Snow” was a collaborative effort that included Baker-Berry Library, Rauner Special Collections Library and the Hood Museum of Art.

The documentary will premiere tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Moderately Good Advice with Gardner and Kate

Dear Gardner and Kate,

Last week’s column seemed so weird. I read the first half and stopped. Why so melodramatic?

Regular Reader Rhonda ’13

Gardner: Sometimes we feel the need to write with flowery metaphorical language when answering your questions. Actually, we never feel the need to do that. As a regular reader, you should know better. I implore you to go back and read the rest of last week’s column, as what you chose not to read may have been the best semi-original content we’ve ever produced.

Kate: And yes, we included this question just so we could self-promote how much we liked last week’s column. It’s all downhill from here.

Dear Gardner,

I’ve noticed that most of the attractive girls in my class aren’t interested in me and pay more attention to older guys. What am I doing wrong?

Freddie Freshman ’16Gardner: Don’t worry, Freddie, there’s a good chance that you’re not doing anything wrong. You have a problem that afflicts many Dartmouth students, known as being a freshman boy. I won’t attempt to identify the root causes that lead to this problem, but I will tell you that it gets better. Keep waiting out those lines of four and telling yourself that those same girls will one day come to you looking for that same affection that they’re currently denying you. It may not be true, but we all need something to believe in.

Dear Gardner and Kate,

A guy whom I like recently took me to dinner at FoCo. Is this a date?

Confused Carla ’15

Gardner: While it’s tempting to reject this idea immediately, I’ll explore the variation within FoCo dinners that could lead to classification as a date. If you sat on varsity side, or the dark side as some call it, it was definitely not a date. It’s nearly impossible to get to know someone when you have to step over 10 backpacks and squeeze between the men’s crew team and the women’s lacrosse team before you even sit down. JV side is a grey area. If you were at a high table, then date status depends on the ratio of time you awkwardly sat while your “date” got food versus the time you spent conversing. Dinner in the NARP castle definitely qualifies as a date. It offers peace and quiet in rooms that most of campus doesn’t know exist. Also, if he surprised you with a churro at any point during dinner, it was definitely a date.

Kate: The only way that I would say a FoCo date is definitively romantic is if you are two very lonely freshmen or if he aggressively forced the DDS employee to swipe his card twice one meal swipe and one DBA. If you did have a double swiper, refuse all future FoCo advances because you do not want to date this person. In general, a person who believes that FoCo is the best place to have a DDS-sponsored date is not someone you should be dating. FoCo has all the facetime and eavesdropping potential of KAF, while terminating the possibility for friendly loitering. It lacks the bro-y nonchalance of the Hop and the hook-up convenience of the East Wheelock snack bar. I will not even dignify it with a comparison to Collis, because even in its current diminished state such tomfoolery should never besmirch the pages of The Mirror.

Dear Kate,

I’ve been “spending a lot of time” with a guy this term, but I’m not really sure on our relationship status. What should I expect for Valentines Day?

Desperate Danielle ’14

Kate: Since I am not sure if “spending time with” for you means drunk makeouts or acting as his plus-one for Lou’s with his parents, I can’t conclusively predict what your V-Day will hold. You should probably just try to rid yourself of any expectations. Relax and stop flinching whenever someone mentions “Valentines,” “single’s awareness day” or “chocolate.” Alternatively, you could take action. I assume you, like most Dartmouth students, are cripplingly afraid of rejection and are terrified of being seen as the more invested half of the your non-relationship. Sadly, since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, you can’t frame the date as a casual Friday night dinner because you’re “tired of FoCo.” Instead, find or create some sort of holiday deal that you can take advantage of. The scene you create at Molly’s when they refuse your photoshopped Valentine’s Day coupon will help get your first instance of public humiliation out of the way early.

Dear Gardner and Kate,

One of my friends is trying to convince me to do the Polar Bear Swim with him. Should I do it?

Chilly Charles ’15Gardner: While the decision is up to you, the answer is no. Natural selection has spent hundreds of thousands of years getting rid of people, like your friend, who think it is a good idea to jump through the ice and into the water of a frozen pond. Your friend will probably make some dumb statement like, “Come on, when are you ever going to do something like this?” Please respond, “Never, because I’m a normal person and not a moron like you.” Still, there are two groups of people who will decide to take the plunge and join the ranks of morons everywhere. The first, more heavily represented group is freshmen who want a new profile picture to show their friends from home how cool and hard they are for going to school in New Hampshire. The second are seniors, who buy into the idea that you need to do outlandish things while still in college. You, Charles, fall into neither of these groups so the choice should be clear.

Kate: I will fully admit to falling into the second group Gardner has outlined above. I’m not too brainwashed by four years at Dartmouth to deny that the Polar Bear Swim is a terrible idea. However, I would argue that the most poorly thought out decisions make the best stories. In all honesty, the Polar Bear Swim isn’t a great story wow, tell me again how cold the water was! but it’s nice to have in the arsenal. Also, Rauner Library saves a lot of the pictures, so I want some kid who has my job there in 30 years to be faced with my very pale bikinied self when putting together exhibits.

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The Bucket List

It was one of the coldest days of the term, bright and clear despite sub-zero temperatures. Skating on Occom Pond seemed the quaint sort of winter activity that would make a beautiful but cold day enjoyable. I had skated as a child on a pond in my town, one of those charming New England situations where there’s a fire pit to warm your hands and your friends’ mothers serve you hot chocolate. I remember very clearly the last time I skated because the experience was so shameful. I was around thirteen and at the birthday party of my friend’s little sister. All the seven-year-olds sped around the ice rink, jeering at my friend and me, since we refused to move very far away from the wall.

However, I packed my skates this term and was ready to get back on the ice. That cold Thursday seemed perfect for me to make my collegiate ice debut, as barely anyone else was on the pond. The bitter weather had conveniently given me an excuse to obscure my face, but the lack of other skaters was even more ideal. Few would witness my certain failure.

After struggling to squeeze my feet into the same skates I had worn at 13, I tottered onto the glimmering pond. Clutching a hockey stick in an attempt to maintain my balance, I slid my feet back and forth in stiff, jerky motions. I steered as clear as I could from the pickup hockey games that began to form as the afternoon wore on, skating up and down the side of the pond and making small, safe circles. Occom seemed much bigger now than all those times I had run around it.

I believe I improved in my hour and a half on the pond, though as I was bragging to my friends, my blade got caught in a crack and I hit the ice. Skating that day gave me a blister on the inside of my right foot and soreness in shin muscles I didn’t know existed. It reminded me that it’s important to occasionally do things you’re terrible at.

I know we’re all very busy pretending we don’t care what other people think about us, while, for the most part, adhering to the activities and spaces where we are “good” at something. It all feels very safe and predictable, but guess what: it’s boring. Imagine all of the beautiful insights we could have, the amount our egos could shrink, the appreciation for our peers’ talents that we could develop if we started doing things we’re bad at.

What better time to do this than Winter Carnival, the awkward runt of the big weekend family? We’re all so bundled up we don’t know who’s who, and it’s not like many alumni are going to be around. My top suggestion for all you awkward dancers out there (I feel your pain) is the Carnival Masquerade Ball and Dance Group Competition in Sarner Underground on Saturday at 8 p.m.

For Pete’s sake, the theme is “Very Grimm,” so let’s go with it.

Some Carnival traditions fade away, others endure

Since the first Winter Carnival in 1910, snow sculptures, ski races and parties in fraternity basements have defined the celebration. Over the years, though, due to the introduction of coeducation, decreased student participation and safety concerns, some Carnival traditions have been lost, alumni said. Overall, alumni said that they feel Winter Carnival has become a less important event to current students.

Before the College began accepting female students in 1972, women from outside Dartmouth played a major role in Winter Carnival.

Many men brought dates, and there were always several dances held over the weekend. It was difficult to find accommodations for all of the visiting women, according to Howard Frankel ’60.

“The guys in fraternities had to leave for the weekend because all the girls stayed there,” Frankel said. “It was hard to find a place for the girls to stay on campus, so sometimes guys got kicked out of their dorms and had to scrounge for a place to stay.”

In the years immediately following coeducation, finding a date for Winter Carnival was still a major part of the weekend, Rick Kimball ’78 said.

“I was in the third coed class, and the ratio of men to women was about five or six to one,” Kimball said. “There was a mad scramble to have a date that might come up from Smith [College] or Mount Holyoke [College] or even a high school sweetheart.”

The weekend’s concerts were a major incentive for women to visit the College, according to Frankel. During his time at Dartmouth, Duke Ellington and the Weavers, a famous folk band, both played at Carnival. Fraternities also hired bands to play at events throughout the weekend, Frankel said.

While the snow sculpture in the middle of the Green remains a central part of Winter Carnival, the entire campus used to be covered with sculptures, Robert Rohn ’83 said.

Through the 1980s, fraternities and residential clusters built their own creations for the festivities, he said.

“It was fun to go to the frats and go down Webster Avenue and see all the sculptures,” Rohn said. “Some of them were pretty good.”

Students constructed sculptures related to the Carnival’s theme, according to Kimball.

“One year, we had a Dr. Seuss theme, and the campus was covered in sculptures of Dr. Seuss characters,” he said.

Tom Hazen ’57, a member of Gamma Delta Chi fraternity, said he helped construct his house’s sculpture, which won the campus-wide contest in 1957. Creating sculptures was a time-consuming process.

“You put a little structure in with some wood and things and then carved it out,” he said. “You’d use water to make it icy.”

The snow sculpture on the Green was a more significant aspect of Carnival in the 1980s than it is today, according to Scott Stuart ’81, a former chairman of the Winter Carnival committee.

“The snow sculpture was a very big deal,” Stuart said. “Lots of kids would participate in building it over the course of a couple of months. It was probably 30 or 40 feet high.”

The 1987 snow sculpture, which was nearly 48 feet tall, even briefly held the Guinness World Record for “Tallest Snowman.”

Some traditions, including the ski jump on the Hanover Country Club golf course and Psi Upsilon fraternity’s keg jump, during which participants attempted to jump over kegs while wearing ice skates, were discontinued because of safety concerns, Rohn said.

Michael Collette ’84 proposed the keg jump in 1980, Rohn said.

“I think he just thought it’d be fun to do,” he said. “It was pure creativity.”

In 2001, the College banned the keg jump after reported injuries and potential legal problems. The College alleged that alcohol had been served to minors at the event and refused to provide insurance to participants the following year.

“Some people actually did get injured jumping kegs the first few years,” Rohn said. “Probably the College decided they didn’t want the liability.”

In the 1980s, the event began to raise money for charity. Local businesses and individuals sponsored specific jumpers.

Daily Debriefing

Despite continued conversation in Congress about an impending budgetary crisis for the Pell Grant program, the Congressional Budget Office released a report Wednesday stating that the grant currently has a budget surplus and that future shortfalls will be much smaller than expected, according to Inside Higher Ed. The Pell Grant, the federal government’s student aid and loan program, has a $9.2 billion surplus for 2013, due to eligibility changes and the elimination of loans for graduate students. The Pell Grant will be $2 billion over budget in 2015 rather than the $8.7 billion shortfall that was previously predicted. While future budgetary concerns remain and Congress foresees the need for a long-term plan to maintain the Pell Grant’s solvency, the report has alleviated imminent concerns about a potential crises in the next few years, Indside Higher Ed reported.

Students and faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College have published documents that criticize the actions of Jack Ohle, the college’s president, on a website titled GustieLeaks, Inside Higher Ed reported. Modeled after WikiLeaks, the site features anonymous posts detailing years of confidential administrative letters and survey results to call for Ohle’s immediate removal. According to online users, Ohle has undervalued the student body, poorly managed the school’s financial resources and undermined dealings with faculty. The online tool has allowed students, faculty and alumni to cooperate in gathering evidence of Ohle’s wrongdoing, including evidence that he had violated school policy twice as the former president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Members of ScienceWorksForU.S. and other academic re-search institutions urged Congress on Tuesday to stop across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect next month, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. According to the research group, the automatic spending cuts would reduce federal support of university research by an estimated $95 billion over the next nine years. The cuts were created to reduce the federal deficit and were supposed to be implemented last month, but have been postponed until March 1. The coalition of national university researchers, however, aims to eliminate the research funding cuts altogether and claims that reduced support would cause the loss of scientific and medical research crucial to the country’s economy, according to The Chronicle.

Compiled by Axel Hufford

Greater security for major weekend

Over Winter Carnival weekend, Safety and Security and Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services will increase campus presence and patrol in anticipation of greater activity and potential hazards caused by the cold weather, Safety and Security director Harry Kinne and Dartmouth EMS executive director Nick Valentini ’13 said. Hanover Police treat Winter Carnival as an ordinary weekend and do not expect to change or increase patrols, Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone said.

In the fall, Dartmouth EMS a student-run organization that works with Safey and Security, Dick’s House and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to respond to campus health emergencies treated a relatively high number of first-year patients, Valentini said. Last spring term, the group began analyzing the calls it received to look for any noticeable trends, Valentini said.

The data showed that 51 percent of calls that Dartmouth EMS received were from freshmen experiencing trouble in their dormitories, he said. While the data is from a short period of time, the trends are troubling from a public health perspective.

“It could just be a function of freshman fall there’s a huge learning curve there, but it’s obviously something we’d like to reduce,” he said.

The College established new alcohol and hazing reduction policies during Fall term but has not yet released its statistics on student health and drinking.

When the policies were first introduced, Dartmouth EMS and others were concerned that students would fear punishment as a result of the new policies and be less likely to call for help, he said.

“There’s been a lot of talk about new alcohol policies, but people are happy to see us,” Valentini said. “We’re student-to-student, helping out peers.”

During Winter Carnival, campus’ emergency health responders are concerned about increased levels of alcohol consumption, especially given possible weather-related hazards. Kinne said that the weekend is usually Safety and Security’s second busiest of the year after Homecoming.

Carnival weekend involves risks ranging from slips and falls to hypothermia in addition to the standard dangers of excessive drinking, Kinne said. Both Safety and Security and Dartmouth EMS will increase patrols throughout Winter Carnival.

“Very cold weather and alcohol don’t mix,” Kinne said.

In order to run two 24-hour crews, Dartmouth EMS will increase staff over Carnival weekend, Valentini said. Dartmouth EMS staff will be on call and forgo part of their own Winter Carnival experience, he said.

“It’s always a sacrifice for our members to take the shifts, but we split it up,” Valentini said. “Our membership is committed.”

Safety and Security officers will be stationed at events such as the Polar Bear Swim and human dog sled race during the day and will run extra nighttime patrols to monitor parties and potentially inebriated students walking across campus, Kinne said.

In the past, the majority of Winter Carnival arrests involved alcohol or students pulling fire alarms. During the 1980s and 1990s, however, College visitors committed most of the weekend’s illegal activity.

This article has been revised to reflect the following corrections.

**An earlier version of this article misstated that EMS would focus on freshman activities over Carnival weekend and that the College’s new alcohol policies were implemented to address freshman drinking habits. EMS responds to all campus emergencies and does not focus on a specific group.*

Skiers hope for Carnival glory

After a three-year losing streak to the University of Vermont over Winter Carnival weekend, the Dartmouth ski team hopes to regain dominance in the division with a win. The annual races will be held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and the Dartmouth Skiway from Feb. 8-9.

Dartmouth will host most of the schools in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, including Boston College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, the University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Williams College, St. Lawrence University and UVM.

Team members said they are excited to have the home field advantage for the Carnival races.

“It’s a blast,” cross-country ski team member Sam Tarling ’13 said. “It’s the best race of the year when we do it on home snow.”

Sara Kikut ’16 said the team will benefit from competing in slalom at the Dartmouth Skiway.

Younger members of the team said they were looking forward to their first Carnival.

“I think we have better skiing to look forward to,” Lizzie Kistler ’16 said. “It sounds like a really fun event.”

Women’s alpine coach Chip Knight said the weekend is traditionally a good experience for the team.

“Dartmouth Carnival is the oldest on the circuit,” Knight said. “It makes it very exciting when there’s a lot of people there to cheer us on.”

After placing second overall at the UVM Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vt., and finishing second overall at St. Lawrence’s Winter Carnival, the team expects to continue the momentum through Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival competition.

“It’ll be the first carnival this year that we’ll be at full strength,” Knight said. “We’ll try and win the darn thing of course.”

Members of the Class of 2016 have greatly contributed to the strength of the women’s alpine team, he said.

Alpine skier Ben Morse ’14 said that the new members of the team are doing “exceptionally” well.

Dartmouth earned 189 points in total at UVM, with the women’s team receiving 111 points and the men’s team posting 78 points.

The younger members of the women’s team ranked within the top ten in their heats at UVM. Kistler led the team with a fourth-place, two-run time of 2:08.69. Aylin Woodward ’15 finished in fifth place with a time of 2:08.80. Abby Fucigna ’15 finished with a time of 2:09.11 in ninth place.

At UVM, the men’s alpine team placed within the top 20 of their division.

Hunter Black ’15 finished in 11th place with a time of 2:04.67. Morse finished with a time of 2:05.85 in 21st place, and Robert Overing ’16 was the rookie leader with a 19th-place finish and a time of 2:05.44.

Despite finishing second at St. Lawrence, the women’s slalom team ranked within the top 10 in their heats. Kistler led the women’s team with a sixth-place finish in giant slalom and a third-place finish in slalom. Kikut secured a seventh-place finish with a time of 1:31.02.

The men on the alpine ski team were well represented at St. Lawrence by Black, who placed fourth in his heat and Morse, who placed 12th.

The men and women’s Nordic ski team also competed at St. Lawrence. Carly Wynn ’15 secured a third place finish in the women’s three-kilometer prologue, while Megan Killigrew ’13 and Haley Piske ’16 finished 17th and 28th, respectively. Six members of the men’s Nordic ski team finished within the top 12 in the three-kilometer prologue. Thomas Rabon ’16 led the team with a fifth-place finish and was followed by teammate Scott Lacy ’13, who finished sixth.

Both the Nordic and alpine ski teams found the extended winter break helpful for pre-season training, and the Nordic team trained for an additional two weeks in Utah, Nordic ski team coach Cami Thompson said.

“It was nice to have race preparation, not just two weeks of training,” she said.

The men’s alpine ski team also gained valuable experience from the Colorado training trip, men’s alpine ski team coach Peter Dodge said.

“It gave us an opportunity for more training and everyone had fun,” he said. “It was a good way to see the team come together.”

Dartmouth enjoys cozy relationship with town

The College and Hanover share a warm relationship, while other universities suffer tense interactions with their surrounding communities.

Thanks to its major role in town life, the College’s relationship with the town is stronger than those of peer institutions such as Harvard University or the University of New Hampshire, Hanover town manager Julia Griffin said.

There are very few complaints filed with the town regarding the actions of Dartmouth students, and Hanover does not maintain a special file for complaints against the College.

“If there are a dozen serious complaints to the police or to the zoning department in a term, that’s what we would consider to be a crazy term,” Griffin said.

The vast majority of complaints concern students who live off campus. Complaints include inadequate maintenance of rental properties, improper trash disposal and health violations as a result of overcrowding. Police also regularly receive calls about student parties, although complaints are rarely filed with the town as a result, Griffin said.

“The police get called all the time about parties, but it’s not by the hundreds,” Griffin said. “It’s not a chronic problem.”

The majority of cases that the Hanover Police Department responds to involve alcohol, according to police press logs.

Other universities face strained relationships with their surrounding communities. Just across the state in Durham, N.H., the home of UNH, residents are not as cordial with those affiliated with the university, Griffin said. She said she believes the College enjoys a better relationship with Hanover because many residents are in some degree affiliated with the school.

“People are pretty tolerant so long as they aren’t woken up by a loud party at two in the morning,” Griffin said.

Other institutions, such as Harvard and Duke University, have less positive relationships with the cities where they are located, according to reports in their school newspapers.

Last September, the Cambridge Police Department began a series of crackdowns on parties held at finals clubs, leading students to worry about restraints on the social scene, The Harvard Crimson reported.

Students at Duke have had a tense relationship with members of the surrounding community, especially following the rape accusations leveled at lacrosse players in 2006, according to The Chronicle, Duke’s student-run newspaper.

Similarly, the relationship between Stanford University students and local police has become tense in recent years due to police crackdowns on underage drinking.

Yale’s relationship with the city of New Haven, Conn. has been more complicated. In the past, the president of the university did not even live in New Haven, but the university has recently attempted to improve its relationship with the city. Yale donated money to help renovate New Haven buildings, and, in 2010, Yale created the New Haven Promise to pay tuition for local high school students who attend college or university in Connecticut, The New York Times reported.

Hanover residents, in contrast, enjoy having the College nearby.

Many residents appreciate the employment opportunities at Dartmouth, said Julia Coffin, a nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Without the College’s proximity, she would not hold her current position.

Shannon Campbell, a nurse at DHMC, said she likes to take advantage of entertainment options at the Hopkins Center because it can be difficult to find other cultural opportunities nearby.

Resident Cathy McGee said that she and her husband frequently attend events at the Hop.

“Dartmouth is where we get our entertainment,” she said. “There is a great theater with amazing programs.”

But Coffin said, there is only one problem with living in Hanover.

“My only complaint is that sometimes I get mistaken for a college student,” Coffin said. “But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s actually kind of nice.”