The Westletter: Week of 4/2/17


THE WESTLETTER for the week of 4/2/17

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Our next West House COMMUNITY DINNER will be TONIGHT at 6pm in the Fahey Lounge, catered by Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant. From 5-6pm in the Fahey ground floor lounge we’ll have a wine & cheese reception (with soft drinks, and beer, wine, and cider for 21+).

Also, for those (particularly ‘20s) who have questions about ROOM DRAW, representatives from the Housing Office will be visiting the Community Dinner starting at 6:30pm to answer any queries you have.

House Professor’s Teas

On Friday we had a productive discussion regarding the future of West House space for our HP Tea. The schedule for future House Professor’s Teas is available here. There will be no HP Tea this week – our next Tea will be Friday, April 14, with Alix Fitzgerald ’07, for a discussion about entrepreneurship at the leading edge of the personal finance industry.

Alix Fitzgerald ’07 is a Senior Product Manager at Betterment, a company leading the market in automated “robo-advising” for investors, based in New York City.

Invite your student group to DINNER at the HP’S Residence!

Over the past term we’ve had a wonderful time hosting the West House first-year floors for dinner at the HP’s Residence on Webster Ave. This term we’d like to extend this to all student groups: For any Westian who is a member of a student group (musical group, sports team, activist group, outdoors club, anything!) and would like to extend a dinner invitation to your group (including all students, not just West Housemembers), please contact (Note that the most we can host our residence is about 25 or 30). Looking forward to seeing you in our home!



We’ll be continuing House IM sports this term – it’s looking like there will be House leagues in volleyball and softball and/or kickball. Watch this space!


For Spring term we’ll be doing an order for more House merchandise; current ideas are fleeces, hoodies, T-shirts, baseball hats, PJ pants, and blankets. Every Westian will be able to order the specific item and size you like.

The time has come for the College to design a set of six official insignia to represent all the House Communities staring this fall. Towards this end, the West House Executive Board has begun accepting prototypes for the official West House Insignia – please send email to with the subject line “West House Insignia Ideas” and it will be passed to the Exec. Your submission can be a complete design or a sketch of a concept: feel free to use words where your artistic skills come up a bit short. Ideas that were submitted during the open call for input last spring have already been passed to the Executive Board and will be considered fully as part of this process.

The House Executive Board will review your submissions and create a portfolio containing the most promising ideas. This portfolio will be used as a starting point and inspiration for a professional design team charged with developing a coherent set of six insignia for the HouseCommunities. To help guide your creative process, please see this document with a few basic guidelines for the House Insignia plus some samples from other institutions. Please submit your ideas by Monday, April 10.

One final note, if you happen to like the design concept behind our interim “elm tree” insignia representing the majestic tree between Fahey and Russell Sage – please let us know that too! One possibility is that our official insignia could build on this idea.


For next academic year, Dartmouth Libraries (led in part by our West House Library Liaison, Laura Barrett) will be hosting an exhibit in Baker-Berry called “House Communities at Dartmouth: The First Year”. West House will have our own case and the opportunity to highlight all the activities and growth of community that we’ve had in this inaugural year. We are looking for students to join our House Historian, Alexis Colbert ’19, in curating and developing the exhibit.

There will be a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, April 5 in the Rauner Library Bryant Room from 3:30 to 5pm. Come represent West House, and learn about creating compelling exhibits, gathering oral histories, and digital archiving.

Free HOP tickets

West House has available free tickets for House members to attend world-class performances at the Hopkins Center each term. A full list of shows for Spring term is available here. If you’d like tickets, please contact Pamela at

Brad Mehldau, piano

Tue Apr 04 2017 – 7:00 PM

Supremely expressive jazz pianist blends diverse influences—from classical to pop—into shapely impromptu musical creations.


Our next Exec Board meeting of the term will be TONIGHT at 8:30pm in the McLane Seminar Room. All are welcome!

This term we will be holding elections for the student Exec Board for 2017-18, to be run in concert with the SA elections on April 18. If interested, in running for the Exec Board, please contact current Chair Noah Manning ’17 at