Friday, April 25, 2014

Take A Look

Crouthamel Lounge photos courtesy of Dartmouth
I always learn something when I stop by the blog Dartmo. The Buildings of Dartmouth College. A recent post offered thoughts on the display in Floren Varsity House's Crouthamel Lounge. From Dartmo.:
The old idea of the trophy room for intercollegiate athletics seems to be shifting toward something closer to a museum, with text and graphics (reproductions of historic images, not originals) arranged to tell a story. Objects are displayed in support of the story rather than as the spoils of victory. 
The Friends of Dartmouth Football Timeline, Video Archive Kiosk and Memorabilia Exhibit at Floren Varsity House is an example.
The display was created by Charles Gibson of Charles Gibson Design with able help from Jack DeGange, former Dartmouth sports information director (and co-author of that book over to the right ;-). For a little more on the display, visit the Charles Gibson Design website.
The Daily Pennsylvanian has a lengthy and detailed story about the concussion problem. One of the ways Dartmouth football has addressed concerns about concussions is by eliminating to-the-ground tackling in practice. Interestingly, a statistical breakdown of game films shows that the Big Green has tackled better since it stopped tackling in practice. Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens and defensive coordinator Don Dobes credit more work on tackling drills, such as this one from a 10-second video I shot at yesterday's practice:

The digital age has made blogs, websites and video easy to access on the Internet. It has been a problem, however, for one of our local treasures. The Fairlee Drive-In, about 20 minutes north of campus, very nearly had to shut its gate because the shift from film to digital required a new projector it couldn't afford.

Going to the double-features at Fairlee is a tradition not just for those of us who are raising our families here but also for students in town for Dartmouth's Sophomore Summer. Many of them have never been to a drive-in, and almost certainly not one with an attached motel, food truck and vintage/cherished "dancing hot-dogs" commercials. There's nothing quite like packing a light picnic and chatting up neighbors and old friends while your kids are tossing a frisbee or football around the grassy field before the first film begins. In our case, the kids were often asleep in the back of our '84 VW vanagon by the time the second feature started, and we'd carry them up to bed when we got home. Those are cherished memories.

With the cost of a new digital projector prohibitive, the Fairlee Drive-In tried a Kickstarter campaign last year that came up short, and those of us who pledged to help were afraid the cause was lost. But, lo and behold, there was just enough support that the owners took the plunge and bought the necessary projector anyway. They've got another Kickstarter campaign going now to take some of the sting out of the process and you can help here.

If you are going to be around in the summer, if your Dartmouth student is looking for some innocent fun, or if you just want a wicked cool T-shirt (with the logo below), take a look. And thanks, from all of us in the Upper Valley!