Of all the critical grumblings that accompanied Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gastby (there were many), those about its soundtrack seemed to best capture the source of the film’s problems — historical inaccuracies aside, there was a sense that maybe executive producer Jay-Z and Luhrmann didn't really "get it" when it came to interpreting what your high school English teacher insisted was the Great American Novel. The choice, for example, to title a Fergie song meant for the film "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" was both hilarious and sad in equal measure —what your high school English teacher would call “foreshadowing.”
While Dartmouth has been exceedingly lucky in recent memory not to be home to any of the roughly 1,800 annual drinking-related deaths of college students, President Hanlon's initiatives to curb what he called "extreme behavior" have taken the form of the widely-discussed hard alcohol ban and the implementation of several catch-up measures in sexual assault prevention and response — a smart phone app, for example, centralizing resources for victims. Moving Dartmouth Forward, as the plan is holistically known, has shown us the gap in "getting it" that exists between administrators and students at the College, with each group talking past the other in an invariably unhelpful, often hysterical tone.
Wary of the endless stream of op-eds, press releases, lunch conversations, and Yik Yaks that Moving Dartmouth Forward has spawned, we at Mouth wanted to highlight a different side of the debate over student life, socializing, and "extreme behavior" the plan is meant to address. Rather than speak to the specifics of the plan, we wanted to give voice to the frustrations, small wisdoms, and uncomfortable lessons about the institution from the students who love it. Sure, a little party never killed nobody, but God forbid we measure our success at Dartmouth by nothing more than having made it out of here alive.
In this issue, we present a story of sobriety at the hardest-drinking Ivy; an evaluation, amidst Hanlon's calls for the creation of an "arts and innovation district," of the state of the former when resources are so lopsidedly distributed to the latter; a series of one-sided conversations, crackpot theories, and diatribes from the dim corners of campus; a feature from senior Studio Art major Jordan Craig; and much, much more.
We hope you like it.
Editor-at-Large, Robinson Hall (Second Floor)