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Three cheers for women making sports history in the Upper Valley

Callie Brownson, left, and Wendy Wannop. (Courtesy photographs)

Rounds of applause are in order for Callie Brownson, of Dartmouth football, who is launching a new and unprecedented phase in her career, and Wendy Wannop, of Woodstock field hockey, who has led her team through a milestone number of wins!

Brownson was recently named as Dartmouth football’s offensive quality control coach, making her the first known full-time female football coach at the D-I level. Wow!

Check out this video that Dartmouth football produced, showing head coach Buddy Teevens discussing Brownson’s path to joining the team and the players’ reaction to finding out she had been offered a job.

And Wannop, the longtime field hockey coach at Woodstock Union High School, celebrated her 200th career win last Wednesday.

The Woodstock Union High School field hockey team celebrates coach Wendy Wannop’s 200th victory, a 3-2 overtime defeat of Windsor at MacLeay-Royce Field in Windsor, Vt., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)

Cheers to Callie and Wendy, and good luck on the rest of your seasons.

Dartmouth sociology professor says we’ve been conditioned to love fall

Too soon?

(Brett Critchley/Dreamstime/TNS)

Kathryn Lively told the Huffington Post that we humans are “conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things. As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.”

It may not feel like fall right now, and tomorrow’s not gonna be much different, but the National Weather Service mercifully reports that “much cooler air” will arrive shortly after that, so I’m sure we’ll all be super basic by the end of the week.

Read about our autumnal obsession and the science that Lively says drives us at the HuffPo piece.

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.