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It was only a matter of time: Dartmouth* weighs in on Hanover’s call for changes to the school’s bonfire safety

*Memes For Cold AF Teens, that is, which is basically the voice of the campus, IMO.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes for Cold AF Teens.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes For Cold AF Teens.

Not long after the Valley News broke this story on Monday, Dartmouth students took to Facebook to turn the news into a witty meme.

Never change, kids.

RELATED: Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

John Brady, left, a staff supervisor for the annual homecoming bonfire build at Dartmouth College, hammers in a nail as Cam Wright, center, a freshman at Dartmouth, holds a ladder in place and Christian Murray, also a freshman, sets a nail on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the college in Hanover, N.H. Wright and Murray said it will be their first year helping out with and experiencing the annual bonfire. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Remember Dartmouth Memes for Touch the Fire Teens? The Valley News reports today on the town of Hanover’s reaction, which is basically:

No touchy. 

More specifically, the town has said that it is unwilling to issue a permit for the college’s annual homecoming bonfire unless there are some significant safety upgrades.

Here’s the text of a letter that Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin sent to college officials last month:

And, yes, as you can see in this video from The Dartmouth student newspaper, touching the fire (or, in this case, pretending to) is a thing. We wrote about it in 2016, when arrests were up compared to the previous year.

Find a full story about the town’s demands in Tuesday’s Valley News.

p.s. Dartmouth Memes with the hot take.

Mindy Kaling gave a shout-out to a Dartmouth meme group in her commencement address, lol

Actress Mindy Kaling, a Dartmouth alumna, delivered the college’s commencement address on Sunday afternoon. You might have heard she was in Hanover this weekend, especially if you follow either Kaling or Dartmouth College on Twitter. The famous grad posted this pic outside her old dorm room on Saturday.

And then, on Sunday, she did something pretty epic: She acknowledged a Dartmouth meme Facebook group in her speech. Wigs flew.

Dartmouth Memes for Cold AF Teens, a collegiate meme group that actually is pretty dang funny, scored a shout-out from Kaling her address. From the speech (jump to 5:02 above if you wanna watch it go down):

I bet none of you remember a time before the internet. Hell, you probably don’t even remember a time before the Facebook page, “Dartmouth Memes for Cold AF Teens.” Yeah, yeah. I know about that. Made me feel like a real creep researching it. “Hello, I’m a 38‑year‑old woman who wants to join your teen Facebook group. It’s for research, I swear!”

In a post made to the meme group’s page shortly after, Class of 2020 student and group admin Luke Cuomo tagged Kaling and said, “Mindy, I will make you admin if you join the group.” He included a video excerpt of the moment Kaling mentioned the page.

The page’s banner and name also was changed to “Mindy Kaling Ultimate Fan Club” in honor of the recognition.

It’s Mindy’s world, we’re all just living in it. #living

Actor, writer and comedian Mindy Kaling delivers the main address at the Dartmouth College Commencement on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Hanover, N.H. Kaling graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001. (Jennifer Hauck/The Valley News via AP)

RELATED: Check out the Valley News‘ full coverage of Dartmouth’s commencement ceremony here.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College is conducting an Upper Valley housing survey

You can take the survey, which was shared on the listerve by Ronald G. Shaiko, at this link:

It’s 25 questions long (so, like, 3½ Lucky 7 News Quizzes).

Housing has been in the news a lot recently. We profiled developer Mike Davidson over the weekend (and this morning followed up about his negative reaction to a Lebanon city councilor’s comments in that story).

Earlier this month we had a story about development in WRJ, where new apartments are renting in the $700 to $800 range, while residence at an assisted-living facility will start at $8,400 a month.

Affordable housing is difficult to come by even if you’re buying, according to this story from April: “Real estate agents say they can’t recall a time when the balance between supply and demand has been so far out of whack. … Moreover, the further down the pay scale, the more difficult it becomes to find affordable housing in the Upper Valley.”

That’s because, according to Twin Pines Housing Trust estimates from March, the Upper Valley generally has a less than 3 percent vacancy rate. Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern professor and director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, argues that a healthy rate is 6 to 7 percent.


The apartment building at 18 Mahan Street in Lebanon, N.H., on May 8, 2018, is one of the properties owned by developer Mike Davidson’s Execusuite. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

‘Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour will be in Hanover this weekend

You can see him in the flesh!

Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts will host “An Evening with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour” on Sunday. The event will include a custom reel clip and a live conversation with the actor, who also is a 1997 Dartmouth graduate, according to a news release.

From the release:

On May 13, the Hopkins Center presents an evening with this beloved son of Dartmouth, including a compilation of his work and a conversation about his two-decade journey as an actor—from treading the boards at Dartmouth as a theater major to his work in television and film. He will also share stories about preparing for his starring role in the upcoming reboot of Hellboy, due out in January 2019, and other future projects.

Harbour currently plays the role of Jim Hopper, the chief of police in fictional Hawkins, Ind., on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. He recently wrapped filming on Hellboy, in which he will play the title character. (He also recently returned from a trip to Antarctica to see penguins.)

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Spaulding Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $8 with a Dartmouth ID; otherwise, $15. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.