Do you know that I have a serious love for tradition? It's true, even though I went to a decidedly untraditional school. You can read my laments about Sarah Lawrence not having enough campus tradition from 2007 me here.
So, one of the things that most appealed to me about coming to work at Dartmouth was their love of tradition, and I was quickly able to participate in that history during Homecoming this year, which was a delight. On Friday and Saturday mornings, I staffed the Baker Tower tour group, and helped bring alumni and their families up and down to see the newly renovated clock tower, and it's incredible view.
And, it was pretty neat to see the backs of the clock faces. All of the material for the restoration was sourced in the United States, and much of the work was done by hand. It's a pretty incredible thing to have witnessed, and I'm really glad to be able to see the copper before it oxidizes!
It was also really cool to see the bonfire being built during the days before Homecoming. It's really quite the feat of engineering that it's able to safely burn so tall!
And of course, seeing the first years running around the bonfire was a blast. It was so warm even outside their circle that I have no idea how they managed to do it for those 20 laps. Troopers, all of them.
I'm so glad to have celebrated my first Homecoming (even if we lost our football game to Harvard), and I can't wait for many, many more!