No One Even Likes Frat Basements Anyway

No One Even Likes Frat Basements Anyway

Alternatives to socializing in fraternity basements
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I like to think that I am a relatively social person, but for some reason the social scene at Dartmouth doesn’t always appeal to me. It can be really fun to occasionally go out to frats and play pong or dance with friends, but most of my favorite nights in college have been really low key nights hanging out in places other than frat basements. Here’s a list of ways to have fun at Dartmouth that do not include hanging out in fraternity basements.

1. Star Gazing

Considering I’m legally blind, understandably I don’t tend to appreciate stargazing quite as much as the average person. However, laying out on the grass in the middle of the night with a bunch of friends can only be described as magical.

2. Having a picnic

I absolutely love finding a nice spot to picnic with some friends. It is so much fun to pack cute foods and be outside enjoying how beautiful Dartmouth’s campus really is. I tend to get pretty stressed about school, so sometimes taking a few minutes to eat a meal outside and appreciate where I am can be refreshing.

3. Going Hiking

New Hampshire is absolutely amazing and there are an infinite amount of places to go hiking. Whether it be a quick sunrike up Gile or a longer full day excursion, it is always fun talking to friends and getting some fresh air.

4. Making Pizza

Home cooked meals is one thing I miss a lot at school, so I absolutely love making home cooked “family” dinners with my friends. Pizza night was our most recent and it was super easy and delicious. I used to never consider myself a cook, but recently I have become quite domestic and I am pretty excited about that.

5. Going Swimming

Literally swimming at night, especially during the summer term, is for sure one of my favorite things to do at Dartmouth. The water is so quiet and peaceful. I love being with a group of people I am comfortable with, so that no one is uneasy with everyone jumping in and just enjoying the silence together.

6. Skiing

New England winters are horrible, but one great thing about going to school where it is freezing is the skiing. There are plenty of cute new England ski resorts close to campus that makes day trips during the winter super easy for students.

7. Netflix and Chill

Some of my absolute favorite nights is just hanging out and watching Gilmore Girls or other light hearted movies on Netflix. Whether it be 20 of my closest friends watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, or just my two roommates and I watching a movie with copious amounts of ice cream, I absolutely love these slumber party-esque nights.

8. Going to the farmers market

One great thing about New Hampshire is that there are literally farmer’s markets everywhere. While it can get quite expensive, farmer’s markets are charming and quaint. I love how valued farm to table groceries are, and I really enjoy being able to support them despite my college student budget.

9. Paddle Boarding

When the weather is beautiful, paddle boarding is such a great way to get out of the library and into the water. I personally love it because the water is so open and calm. I can go pretty much wherever I want with complete confidence that I won’t run into anything. It’s a great way to get to know people and a moderate workout.

10. Apples and Blueberry Picking

Apple and blueberry picking are exciting and fun activities to do in a group. I find it really relaxing and the fruit is literally amazing. I also love coming home with so much fresh produce. It’s always fun to bake with the fruit afterwards, and feed friends some homemade baked goods. The fruit is so natural and the experience as a whole is always memorable.

11. Hanging out with friends

At the end of the day I am pretty much happy doing just about anything with my closest group of friends at college. They are all so extraordinary, and I am so happy to have them in my life. They make Dartmouth feel like home, and I really don’t think I would have survived here without them.

Cover Image Credit: Sarah Cohen

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support

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First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,

Haiden

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