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In the last issue of the DAM I asked our class to share memories of the Ravine Lodge in light of the new lodge being completed. The lodge is near and dear to so many, and each person had many memories to share. As such, keep an eye out for more stories in the next issue and send me anything that you would like to add! Thank you to everyone who contributed their stories. “Dear Lodge, thank you for all the waterworks. At your hearth is where I fought back tears of both joy and sadness as I addressed my final section of trippees. You witnessed me ugly-cry many tears of pride and gratitude as I thanked my amazing trips volunteers one last time. During my last weeks at Dartmouth I snuck a few tears of love as I sat on your porch holding my best friend’s hand under the light of a full moon. And on your 75th birthday I was moved to tears by the stories that illustrated the spiritual connection that humans can have to a place. Dear Lodge, you make me cry in the best of ways, and I’m excited to stain your shiny new floors with many more of my salty tears,” Peety Kaur.
“After four years of studying, researching, interning and traveling as an undergrad, I graduated from Dartmouth and drove up to Moosilauke for the first day of summer lodge crew. I signed on to work at the lodge because I wanted to be present, to be patient, to be peaceful—at least for a summer. I wanted to spend just a few months focusing on beautiful, tangible, practical and nourishing work. Well, the lodge is not always peaceful, as I soon learned. That summer I baked hundreds of loaves of bread. I helped rescue a hummingbird from the lodge kitchen. I vacuumed cobwebs off the antlers of a taxidermied moose. I played piano on quiet afternoons while guests drank hot cocoa by the fire. I plunged into the freezing water of the Baker River after long nights spent washing hundreds of dishes. I drank coffee with strangers at 6 in the morning, listening to their memories of the lodge and the mountain. I heard about falling in love, raising children, elaborate pranks, lifelong friendships, with the mountain and the lodge as the backdrop for every story. Moosilauke is thousands of miles away now, and the majestic, crumbling lodge that I called home for a summer has been replaced by something safer and sturdier. But every so often, something brings me back to the old lodge for just a moment: a song, a sunrise, the smell of fresh baked bread. The memories will last as long as the mountain,” Claire Pendergrast.
“One of my favorite lodge memories was during Lodgeween, when it was freezing cold outside and we threw a huge costume party inside, dancing and singing on top of the fireplace mantle until I could barely stand or speak. Another was the food fight I started at 15X lodge prom when I threw a dessert pie in a friend’s face,” Adam Schneider.
In College news 2,270 students applied for early decision admission to the class of 2022, setting a new record number of applicants, 13.5 percent higher than last year. On December 14, 565 students were admitted. According to The Dartmouth, 13 percent of early-decision admits will be the first in their families to attend college, 10 percent are international students and 33 percent are students of color. In classmate news Kelsey Stimson and Sasha Dudding are currently attending Yale Law School.
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