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Mindy Kaling will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address in June

Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Hulu 2017 Upfront Presentation at La Sirena on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Award-winning actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling will deliver the Dartmouth College 2018 commencement address in June, the school announced today. (Click through to read more at the Valley News website, and find a full story in Thursday’s paper.)

I’m currently in the midst of a Mindy Project binge on Hulu so let me just say …


Kaling follows several other TV personalities who have delivered addresses in recent years, including Jake Tapper in 2017, Shonda Rhimes in 2014 and Conan O’Brien in 2011. 

Conan was one of three Dartmouth speakers on NPR’s list —  first published in May 2014 and updated in July 2015 — of the best commencement speeches, ever. The list includes 350 speeches dating back to 1774. The others from Dartmouth were Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, in 2002, and Elie Wiesel, in 2006.

The full list of Dartmouth’s commencement speakers, plus a bunch of other facts, is here.

Watch Tapper’s, Rhimes’ and O’Brien’s speeches in the videos below.

RELATED: Mindy Kaling to Speak at Dartmouth Graduation

‘The Godfather’ author’s papers, typewriter gifted to Dartmouth College — and the collection’s on display starting next week

Mario Puzo at work in his office on the Paramount Lot, 1969. (Photo by Bob Peterson. Courtesy of Dartmouth Library.)

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: You can go see a collection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records — including a typewriter that he probably wrote The Godfather on — at Dartmouth from April 5 to June 30.

Via Julie Bonette, a Dartmouth College media relations officer:

A selection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s papers that were recently gifted to Dartmouth College will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. Diana and Bruce Rauner ’78 donated the papers to Dartmouth Library, where they will be permanently housed after the exhibit.


The collection is comprised of about 50 Bankers Boxes and includes draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records from Puzo’s long career as a novelist and screenwriter—even the 1965 Olympia typewriter on which he likely wrote The Godfather. The protagonist of the book is portrayed as a Dartmouth graduate, and both Hanover and Dartmouth appear in many of Puzo’s writings; Puzo spent summers in New Hampshire as a child. More information can be found in the following Dartmouth News article.

Dartmouth football hires ex-NFL coach Dave Shula

Dartmouth College’s football team has added a new man to its roster: Former NFL head coach Dave Shula, who is joining the squad as an assistant coach.

Shula, himself a Dartmouth alumnus, has “agreed to guide the Big Green’s receivers for head coach Buddy Teevens, a close personal friend,” according to Valley News reporter Tris Wykes.

Shula is the oldest of five children of the legendary Don Shula, who coached the NFL’s Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after winning a league-best 347 games. David Shula coached that league’s Cincinnati Bengals from 1992-96 and previously worked for the Dallas Cowboys and under his father with the Dolphins, with whom he became the youngest assistant in NFL history at 23.

The team begins its spring practice on April 10.

Read more on Shula’s hiring and experience here.

We found Megan from Hanover, the contestant on this weekend’s ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’

Geisel School of Medicine student/’Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” contestant Megan Bunnell and her boyfriend Eric Schlobohm on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover. (Courtesy photo)

Hey, it’s Megan from Hanover, N.H.!

The other day we wrote about the mystery Megan after I heard her compete this weekend on the NPR show’s Bluff the Listener segment. (I like the show a lot.)

A friend forwarded her our post, Megan reached out to us by email, and ta-da, now we know Megan Bunnell, the unofficial Upper Valley representative to public radio weekend listeners across the nation.

Megan, who completed her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College in 2013 and is now Geisel School of Medicine ’19, was very kind to answer my questions, and guess what … being a contestant on WWDTM is a bit of a nerve-wracker! Here’s a bit of what Megan shared:

It was pretty much exactly what I expected — except the segment was a lot longer (maybe 3 minutes of banter) and ultimately pared down to just that 🙂


I was definitely a bit nervous about saying something that I would regret on air! I did say that I did NOT want to be a pediatrician, which was disappointing for my pediatrician father, but he already knew that :). (Host Peter Sagal) talks really fast and I think the hardest part was trying to think quickly and respond appropriately … I tried to keep it brief, as you heard!


Generally I think Bluff the Listener is the easiest game but I felt like mine was pretty hard! They gave me a choice about which game to play and I chose that one since I am not as “up” on my current events as I should be.

You can listen to the episode below, or skip right to Bluff the Listener at this link.

*spoiler alert below* (for all the real diehard public radio gameshow fans out there who would appreciate a spoiler alert)

Megan, a self-described “lifelong fan and now finally a contestant/winner,” chose Peter for the voicemail. “Wish Carl Kasell was still around,” she said. “Would have chosen him!”