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The nice thing about Hanover is that you can easily explore it by foot. Here are a few ideas for walking tours that will expose the quiet and not-so-quiet corners of the campus.
From Serenity to Fraternity and Back Again
If you're standing at the center of the Dartmouth Green, head towards the left corner of Baker Tower. You'll soon be at the front door of Sanborn House which houses the English Department and the poetry collection of Sanborn Library. Tea is served at 4pm on weekdays. A perfect opportunity to re-read Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken.
Exiting Sanborn Library, take a right and follow North Main Street to the corner of Webster Avenue, known locally as Fraternity Row. Quiet in the morning and especially lively on Wednesday and weekend nights, many of Dartmouth's 27 Greek organizations are located on Fraternity Row. There is one quiet residence on Webster Ave- Dartmouth's President lives in a brick house at the end of the road directly across from Alpha Chi Alpha.
At the end of Webster Ave., you can turn right onto Occum Road and follow the loop around Occum Pond. In winter time, you can often find students ice skating, or during Winter Carnival, jumping through a hole in the ice for an icy swim. Next to the Hanover Country Club, you can stop by the Dartmouth Outing Club house. Occum Road loops around to become Rope Ferry Road. Rope Ferry Road will turn into North Main St. and bring you back to the Dartmouth Green.
What's a BEMA?
Once again standing on the Dartmouth Green, you can walk towards Dartmouth Hall, the center white brick building in a row of three white brick buildings. Pass between Dartmouth and Wentworth Halls, home to some of Dartmouth's Language departments, and follow the road to the left of North Fayerweather hall. A paved road up a hill to the left will lead you to Shattuck Observatory, a stone tower near the stump of the Lone Pine featured on the Dartmouth Seal.
Near the far corner of North Fayerweather and running behind the back of the Riply, Woodward, and Smith dorms is a path that leads to the BEMA. Contrary to the stories told to freshmen, it doesn't stand for Big Empty Meeting Area. Instead, its a greek-style ampitheatre, perfect for a few minutes of quiet reflection on a fall afternoon.