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VOL. CLXXI NO. 43

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Construction plans to take shape Registrar shifts to

online major,minor declaration system

B y SEAN CONNOLLY The Dartmouth Staff

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As the College examines its community spaces, Novack Cafe will see slight renovations.

B y Kate Bradshaw Upcoming construction projects at the College rest on budgetary decisions expected to be made in Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting and the priorities of recently hired administrators, including incoming vice president of campus planning and facilities Lisa

Hogarty and incoming provost Carolyn Dever. Progress on the Dartmouth Master Plan, a major strategic planning effort addressing the ongoing development of campus buildings, landscape and infrastructure, has been put on hold until the newly appointed administrators begin, associate vice president

of Facilities, Operations and Management Frank Roberts said. “You’ve got to get all the people in place,” Roberts said. “Those are the folks that need to set the strategic direction.” Existing buildings that require support must take SEE CONSTRUCTION PAGE 3

To meet new requirements, ASB participants host events B y ELIZABETH SMITH

Participants in Alternative Spring Break trips have recently mobilized, hosting a dance party in Collis Common Ground and bake sales in Novack Cafe to raise money for program expenses. For the first time, this year the Tucker Foundation required each group to raise $300 toward the cost of its trip. Six service-oriented trips organized through the Tucker foundation, sending students to the Dominican

Sitting in the 1902 Room on Wednesday afternoon, Susanna Kalaris ’16 submitted her major plan with the click of a button. Over the past 18 months, the office of the registrar and computing services have worked to develop, formulate and implement an online major and minor declaration system to replace the previous paper card system. Members of the Class of 2016 who have completed five terms of classes could declare their majors through a Banner Student service beginning early February. Students enter their past and prospective major courses into the Program Planner, a supplement to the existing Degree Works system. Students can then view their submitted plans and declared majors elsewhere on Banner Stu-

dent. As of this week, around one-third of eligible sophomores have submitted a major plan, registrar Meredith Braz said. Braz explained that faculty members identified the transition to a paperless system as a top priority. The initiative is part of an effort to better integrate technology with the office of register’s services, like the ability for faculty to submit grades online. M ov i n g o n l i n e h a s streamlined the major declaration system. The prior system required students to fill out three cards: one for the office of the registrar, one for the academic department overseeing the major and one for the student to keep, Braz said. “Three cards led to problems,” she said. “With a central database, everyone is working with the SEE MAJORS PAGE 3

MAKE A WISH

Republic, Florida, West Virginia, Colorado, Ohio and Washington, D.C. On the trips, students work on community housing, health and education projects, said program manager for service trips Adam Knowlton-Young. In the past, Tucker required students to pay a $200 fee, for which the foundation offered $100 scholarships. The foundation also suggested that trip members raise $500 to help meet SEE ASB PAGE 5

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An interactive display in Collis Cafe asks students to share their wishes.


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DAily debriefing BROWN UNIVERSITY: International students comprise 17 percent of Brown’s applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the highest in the university’s history, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Domestically, the university also noted a jump in applicants from the West and Southwest. The Northeast, however, remains overrepresented. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Despite student concerns regarding a rape crisis and anti-violence support center at Columbia, administrators currently do not plan to change the center’s policies, the Columbia Spectator reported. Students have critiqued the center’s requirement that students present identification to a desk attendant and explain where they are going, which hinders confidentiality. CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell Police issued three crime alerts to the community in the past week, including an alleged rape, a knife threat and a drug-induced assault, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Police Chief Kathy Zoner said that the police force does not have a reason for the increased number of recent violent crimes. HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Michael Bloomberg will deliver Harvard’s Commencement address this spring, the Harvard Crimson reported. Bloomberg graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966 after earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Approximately 20 students were found responsible for plagiarism in a computer science course during the 201213 academic year, the Daily Princetonian reported. Lead instructor David Pritchard cited an increase in enrollment over the past several years as a possible cause of the spike in plagiarism. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: After a petition to impeach student body president Abe Sutton reportedly fell one vote short in the Undergraduate Assembly, the student government failed to release a finalized budget for the next academic year, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The petition claimed that Sutton was more focused on the title than the responsibility of his position. The Undergraduate Assembly usually finalizes budget decisions before spring break so as to not conflict with election season. YALE UNIVERSITY: Members of the Alcohol Recommendations Implementation Committee began meeting with students to collect feedback on recent alcohol initiatives aimed at reducing high-risk drinking, according to the Yale Daily News. The initiatives included asking the university to sponsor alcohol-free events and improve training on alcohol-related issues. — COMPILED BY SAMANTHA WEBSTER FOR DARTBEAT

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Commencement housing apps to open B y SARA M c GAHAN The Dartmouth Staff

While some families celebrate a Dartmouth acceptance by purchasing College gear, others pick up the phone, calling local hotels and inns to secure lodging for Commencement weekend. Over 12,000 visitors flock to the College each year for graduation, filling local establishments. Yet when rooms are booked and waitlists lengthen, applications for housing at the College, which will open later this month, accommodate the influx. The College allocates about 2,000 beds in residence halls to families of graduating students and College alumni, said assistant director of residential operations Patricia Hedin, who coordinates Commencement and Reunion housing. T he Commencement and Reunion office sends out housing applications during the first week of March, with Commencement housing applications due March 31. The nightly rate for Commencement and Reunion guests is $45 per person. While most of these rooms are filled by graduation weekend, a few rooms are usually still available at the start of Commencement, Hedin said. Upper Valley residents also contribute to the market, renting their houses to the families flocking into town. Mike Holmes, of Etna, and Steven McConnell, of Hanover, said that although they have never rented before, they decided to offer their houses for rent during graduation week this year and

posted advertisements on Dartlist. Late in February, Marian Ulrich reached out to the Upper Valley Listserv to advertise renting out her two-bedroom condo. Last year, she rented it to alumni who were visiting campus for a reunion. The frenzy to book area inns and hotels, however, starts far sooner. While most local hotels do not begin taking reservations until one year prior to the College’s annual Commencement ceremony, employees at several hotels said they typically receive calls inquiring about graduation weekend several years in advance. Families begin calling the Norwich Inn to book rooms for graduation almost immediately after their child is admitted to the College, Norwich Inn innkeeper Taryn Foster said. These eager parents, however, find themselves turned away — unless they establish a client relationship with the Inn, Foster said. Both Six South Street hotel and the Norwich Inn invite individuals to stay depending on their prior patronage. If rooms are still available, the hotels will open them up to the general public. However, this is rarely the case, Foster said. The Norwich Inn maintains a waiting list for Commencement weekend, and in her experience, has never been able to grant everyone on the list a room. According to Foster and Six South Street hotel front desk associate Katie Hayes, the two establishments begin the process of reserving rooms for graduation weekend a year in advance. Both hotels are usually full a month after starting this procedure.

Similarly, the Hanover Inn does not allow the general public to book rooms during Commencement weekend. The College allocates the rooms for graduation, Hanover Inn director of sales and marketing Alexandra Zullo said. Matt Henry, office supervisor of the Residence Inn by Mariott in Lebanon, said the hotel has already received calls about rooms for the Class of 2016’s Commencement ceremony. The Lebanon hotel, as well as the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Mariott in White River Junction have both filled up for Commencement 2014. Fairfield Inn and Suites assistant general manager Amanda Perreault said the hotel took longer than usual to sell out for graduation, possibly due to recently implemented changes, including a stricter cancellation policy, heightened rates and increased reservation deposits. Employees at several hotels said their rates tend to go up every year for Commencement. The Woodstock Inn, unlike many local hotels, allows individuals to reserve rooms earlier than one year in advance, reservations assistant Melanie Roesch said. The Woodstock Inn does not confirm reservations until publishing its rate. Seniors said their families began planning for the weekend far in advance. Jacob Walker ’14 said that his parents booked rooms for his Commencement at the Woodstock Inn last spring and faced no difficulty making a reservation, and Jonathan Brady ’14 said that his parents made their reservation at a bed and breakfast in Woodstock during the summer of 2012.

Corrections We welcome corrections. If you believe there is a factual error in a story, please email editor@thedartmouth.com. “Gil: Shifting the Blame” (March 5, 2014): Due to space constraints, an important section of this column about societal composition was inadvertently cut from the print publication in a manner that changed Gil’s column’s meaning. The section, found in paragraph six, has been replaced in the online version of the piece.

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As the College reserves rooms in the Hanover Inn, members of the general public cannot stay for Commencement.


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System streamlines major declaration FROM MAJORS PAGE 1

same information.” In the past, physical cards were occasionally lost, or the three different versions did not match, Braz said. Braz said her office has worked closely with faculty over the past two terms to implement the new system. Since December, the office has held several training sessions, which Braz said have been attended by almost all department administrators and several faculty members. “Some of the departments will have a question here or there,” she said. “There are always a couple of bumps when you transition from paper.” Faculty and students have mostly responded positively to the change, Braz said. Government professor Brian Greenhill, who came to the College in 2010, said he was surprised that the College had not transitioned to a digital format sooner.

“It kind of seems like a nobrainer,” he said. History department administrator Gail Vernazza, who said she understood the motivations for the transition, expressed concern about the online Degree Works system. It

“Three cards led to problems. With a central database, everyone is working with the same information.” - MEREDITH BRAZ, REGISTRAR does not account for nuances like concentration area planning, she said. “Our situation may be different due to the complexity of our major,” she said, adding that his-

tory students should meet with a faculty advisor to talk about their concentration and major plan. Vernazza said that with the current online format, some students have filled out their plans without taking into consideration major requirements, resulting in complete plan revisions. “I think down the road it will get better, the more we do it,” she said. Members of the Class of 2016 said the process was mostly straightforward. Stephanie Alden ’16, who filed her biological chemistry major this week, said though the system was initially confusing, it did not take her long to understand. Austin Boral ’16 said he was concerned that the digitized process may stop students from meeting with their advisors, which could be detrimental. He added that he liked the process in theory, but not in practice, noting that most of the College’s online infrastructure is “clunky.”

Recent projects focus on common spaces FROM CONSTRUCTION PAGE 1

funding priority, Roberts said, though ongoing maintenance has less of a visible impact than major construction projects. The money available for new structures depends on the amount needed for maintaining roofing, mechanical systems and smoke and fire detection systems. Facilities, Operations and Management recently hired a private company, VFA Inc., to conduct a survey of campus buildings and document their maintenance needs, Roberts said. Meanwhile, work will continue on capital projects approved last year, such as the construction of Kappa Delta sorority on Occom Ridge and the internal gutting and redesign of 4 North Park Street, the soon-to-be Triangle House, that will host the LGBTQ affinity program. The KD sorority house is expected to be completed in July, while Triangle House will open for residents in the fall. The two current housing projects are part of an ongoing initiative to improve residential options for students. Next year, the office of residential life will offer new living and learning residential communities, including a global village, an arts and innovation community and a number of design-your-own communities. The option to apply for some residences — including Triangle

House, the global village and an entre preneur ship-focused program – will be extended to first-year students for the first time as well, director of residential education Michael Wooten said. Wooten said he and other administrators are working to improve options for intellectual engagement and residential continuity.

“Frankly, when you have a 14 percent drop in your admissions numbers, you double down on what you’re good at.” - MICHAEL WOOTEN, DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION “Frankly, when you have a 14 percent drop in your admissions numbers, you double down on what you’re good at,” he said, adding that he believes two of Dartmouth’s strengths are its academic excellence and sense of community. The residential system should model these qualities, he said. Wooten said that he is eager to begin working with Hogarty,

who in her previous role as vice president of campus services at Harvard University led an initiative to make common spaces on Harvard’s campus more welcoming. Wooten said he believes Hogarty’s design experience will allow them to optimize Dartmouth’s campus for learning. “You should expect as an undergraduate student to be interfacing with all the learning possibilities of this campus,” Wooten said. “To do that, we have to design the place in that way.” Over the past several years, most construction projects have focused on academic and community spaces. The Collis Center renovations, begun in the winter of 2013, modernized Collis Cafe and introduced new student spaces. The Life Sciences Center, opened in 2011, and the Black Family Visual Arts Center, opened in 2012, provided new homes for academic departments. Recently announced renovations to Novack Cafe will add more tables, new upholstery, a color-accented wall and framed artwork to the space during the spring term. Director of project management Matthew Purcell said the current administration is committed to remaining fiscally responsible. “We’re charged with being misers, and we’re pretty good at it, I think,” Purcell said, “contrary to what you read otherwise.”

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Staff Columnist Yoo Jung Kim ’14

Breaking Boundaries

An interdisciplinary mindset is conducive to success in the sciences. The Life Sciences Center occupies the northern end of campus, next to the Remsen and Vail buildings of the Geisel School of Medicine. Fairchild, Steele and Wilder Halls make up their own physical sciences clique. Sudikoff and Moore Halls are just off the center of campus. Though the departments’ physical separation may reinforce the illusion that the subjects taught and studied in those buildings are distinct from one another, in reality, it is often difficult to impose rigorous boundaries between physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, et cetera. Scientific knowledge flows back and forth between seemingly distinct disciplines. Even among scientists and engineers, these delineations are constantly revised, deconstructed or reinforced. One of the best and most difficult aspects about being a pre-med is being required to take a number of science courses across disciplines. Chemistry taught me how to understand the reactions in organic chemistry, which allowed me to understand the processes of protein interactions in biochemistry, which helped me piece together the mechanisms of molecular diseases in my senior seminar. Physics taught me the basics of optics, which helped me see how corrective lenses could correct for myopia and hyperopia. Computer science taught me how to access and organize information, which enabled me to mobilize various online databases available for my biology research. Despite difficulties, I enjoyed taking classes outside my areas of comfort and expertise, and I now possess a broad base of valuable scientific knowledge. One of my personal idols, chemist Paul Lauterbur, exemplifies the necessity of an intersectional approach. He famously said that all science is interdisciplinary. To prove his point, he underscored in his 2003 Nobel Laureate lecture that he, though a chemist, would be sharing the prize for physiology or medicine with a physicist. In his words, the formal categorization of scientific knowledge exists for administrative and didactic convenience rather than ontological reality. In fact, this interdisciplinary nature can be observed in Lauterbur’s scientific contributions, which made the development of magnetic reso-

nance imaging possible. He combined concepts from different fields to create a successful, novel technology. Lauterbur’s career trajectory itself highlights the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to science. Lauterbur was observing a mouse tissue sampling study via NMR in a biology lab when he first devised the idea of imaging with NMR. He then consulted with local mathematicians to see whether his theories were feasible, and they validated his ideas. To test whether his theory could be realized through radiofrequency coils, he consulted a physics textbook, “The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism,” by Anatole Abragam. With this, he completed a series of experiments that confirmed his ideas. Lauterbur succeeded because he did not strictly categorize his work and was comfortable using ideas from other fields. Following the publication of his work in “Nature,” Lauterbur invited several scientists from multiple disciplines to share data and collaborate on projects. Lauterbur could slip between chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics and combine many ideas from these fields. He could then encourage collaboration among various scientists and caught the attention of businesses to develop machines with tremendous applications in medicine. And while many approached him after his success to say that they or their mentors had come up with similar ideas in the past, Lauterbur distinguished himself from the rest by actually realizing his idea — thanks to this revolutionary mindset. Many upper-level science courses, particularly in a field as broad as biology, require extensive knowledge of other disciplines. Fortunately, Dartmouth departments offer a number of opportunities that encourage cross-disciplinary thinking and application. In addition, many new exciting applications in the sciences are already creating interdisciplinary collaborations. All Dartmouth science majors should seek instruction outside of their own immediate majors to become more capable of linking seemingly disparate ideas together. We must remember that an interdisciplinary scientific education leads to innovation and success.

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Don’t Touch Dimensions To the Editor:

On Wednesday, an article in The Dartmouth announced that this year’s Dimensions show for admitted students would not include the traditional “fake prospies” of previous years (“Over Dimensions, freshmen will no longer pose as prospective students,” March 5). As an applicant for this year’s Dimensions show, I urge the admissions office to reconsider this decision. I applied for Dimensions because I love Dartmouth and want to share my excitement with prospective students. I love talking to them. Whenever I meet one, I make sure to engage them in conversation and encourage them to apply or enroll here. I want to help convince prospective students that Dartmouth is the place for them. My goal is to share pride for the school I love. Going undercover as a “fake prospie” would be the perfect opportunity to do so, because through this, I could play a role in helping craft the next generation of Dartmouth students. While I did not attend Dimensions (I applied early decision), many friends who did rave about the show. Multiple friends said that after Dimensions, they decided to attend Dartmouth, even before attending other admitted student programs. The undercover students were the highlight of the weekend. Dimensions was apparently unlike any other college’s program. My friends loved the undercover student stunt because the “fake prospie” role is a fun, unique way to facilitate discussion in a naturally awkward situation. It is not a malicious deception. Rather, it is a surprise for prospective students to discover and enjoy.

The “fake prospie” surprise seems similar to the “safety show” during Dartmouth Outing Club first-year trips that turns into an impressive, entertaining and ice-breaking array of original songs. The moment I realized we did not actually have to take notes for two hours about how to learn first aid was the moment I started having fun. I had missed all of the Robinson Hall lawn dancing, but at that moment, the program, consisting of upperclassmen shepherding around awkward ’17s, turned into an absolute blast. Similarly, a ’16 friend of mine said that the moment the “fake prospies” revealed themselves when he visited Dartmouth was the moment he knew Dartmouth was the place for him. The main argument against the “fake prospie” stunt is that it is not conducive to a truthful, welcoming environment. At the “safety show,” however, I did not feel the slightest bit offended or duped. The “fake prospie” stunt, much like the “safety show,” reveals Dartmouth’s sense of humor, not some fundamental commitment to deceit. The announcement has already triggered immense backlash. A post on the Class of 2017’s Facebook page aimed at rallying support against the decision garnered an impressive 200 likes, the support of roughly a fifth of the freshman class. I hope that the admissions office will change its mind and reinstitute the “fake prospie” method of welcoming members of the Class of 2018 to Dartmouth. A reversal of the decision would keep Dartmouth right where it belongs, unique among the Ivies. We are the smallest, the wackiest and the best. Let’s keep it that way. Raphael Sacks ’17


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Programs work to make trip minimum with dances, burgers FROM ASB PAGE 1

program costs. However, Knowlton-Young said that in his experience, groups rarely met the $500 goal. This year, while each student must still pay the $200 fee, groups are also required to raise $300 or split the remainder out-of-pocket, regardless of which program they participate in. Students can also apply for a $100 scholarship to mitigate their individual program fee, KnowltonYoung said. Katie Chung ’14, who participated in the Dominican Republic trip last year and will co-lead the same trip this year, said that because the $500 fundraising goal was not enforced last year, meeting it was not a priority. She said her group did not make an organized effort and that not all trip members were engaged in the process. The shift this year, Chung said, caused her group to change how it approached raising money. This year, the group traveling to the Dominican Republic organized a dance party alongside members of the Florida trip, during which students learn about migrant worker issues.

The two groups hosted the “Noche de Sabor,” or “Night of Flavor,” on Feb. 21. The event included salsa, merengue and tango dance lessons led by trip participants and ended in a dance party, said Goodwill Batalingaya ’16, who is also leading the Dominican Republic trip. Tickets cost $5 for singles and $8 for couples. The event raised $429 dollars in total for the two trips, Batalingaya said. Chung said her group will supplement the funds raised at the dance event with a doughnut sale in Novack this Friday. Knowlton-Young said that the most successful fundraisers are ones, like “Noche de Sabor,” that incorporate the themes of a specific trip. More common, he said, are food sales in well-trafficked spots on campus, like Novack. This term, different Alternative Spring Break groups have sold ramen, Wendy’s hamburgers, Indian tacos and baked goods. Sarah Ogren ’16, who will participate in the Washington, D.C., program, said that her trip divided its members into three groups, each responsible for raising $100. Her team sold Wendy’s hamburgers last Saturday. The Denver group

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Students sold ramen in the library to raise money for their Alternative Spring Break trip.

will also host a bake sale, Shannon Cleary ’16 said. Tucker will pool the money raised by the groups to alleviate costs, including expenses for books, transportation and accommodation, for all six programs, Knowlton-Young said.

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DARTMOUTH EVENTS TODAY 4:30 p.m. “Hope in a Dark Time: Visual Politics in the City of Great Peace,” Chin-Sung Chang of Seoul National University, Carpenter Hall 013

7:00 p.m. Film screening, “War Horse” (2011), Loew Auditorium

7:00 p.m. Performance, Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, Hopkins Center, Moore Theater

TOMORROW 3:30 p.m. Physics and astronomy colloquium with David Lowe of Brown University, Wilder 104

3:30 p.m. Jones seminar, “Mechanical Loading Decreases Osteolysis and Tumor Formation via Effects on Bone Remodeling,” with Maureen Lynch of Cornell University, Spanos Auditorium

7:00 p.m. Film screening, “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), Loew Auditorium

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Coeducation enhanced Ensemble to showcase modern dance College performing arts B y MARLEY MARIUS

B y AIMEE SUNG

This article is the second in a two-part series about female students’ impact on the arts at the College leading up to and just after coeducation. When 200 women joined the Class of 1976, the male-dominated Dartmouth community reacted with mixed emotions — some welcomed the female students, while others displayed hostility. The music and theater departments, however, largely avoided the eye of the storm. Renowned for the strength of its teaching professors and state-of-the-art Hopkins Center facilities, the theater and music departments benefited from female students’ participation. As early as 1968, year-long female transfer students participated in Dartmouth’s theater productions, and following coeducation, women joined ensemble groups like the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. Martha Hennessey ’76, who participated in Dartmouth theater productions at the College, said the department was insulated from turbulence elsewhere on campus. She could participate in a full range of productions, from musicals like “Guys and Dolls” to plays, includingWilliam Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor Lost” and Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” “There was never a single time I felt unwanted in the arts department,” Hennessey said. Arts summer programs, playwriting contests and interfraternity play competitions promoted experimentation in the arts on campus. Theater professor Joseph Sutton ’76, who studied theater at the College, described the department as “very dynamic” and inclusive of women in productions. “We never struggled to cast women’s parts,” he said. Sara Hunter ’76 still remembers participating in “Spoon River Anthology” her freshman fall, a theater department production following coeducation. Hunter also played a lead role in Beta Theta Pi fraternity’s production for an inter-fraternity play competition. “I remember a big football player in a tutu on stage with me,” she said. “Theater was a wonderful way to make friends.” Hunter also wrote a play for the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Competition titled “Alice’s Adventures in Dartmouthland,” a parody of “Alice in Wonderland,” in which the protagonist navigates the trials of a recently coeducated College. Students directed and performed the plays before a packed crowd and panel of judges in the Hopkins Center, she said. Instead of Alice’s climatic croquet game with the Queen of Hearts, Hunter’s characters dueled in a game of pong, she said. Female students also started new

groups in the arts, such as the Dartmouth Distractions, an all-female a cappella group that later became the Decibelles. Since women could not join the Dartmouth Glee Club at the time, Jody Hill Simpson ’74, a transfer student from Middlebury College, Hennessey and Hunter began their own group with 12 original members. Starting in fall 1993, the group toured with the Glee Club and performed between acts at concerts on campus, Hennessey said. After initial success, members added shows at fraternities, performed in termly a cappella concerts and co-hosted Spring Sing, an a cappella concert featuring Dartmouth and other schools’ collegiate singing groups, with the Dartmouth Aires. The group began to be viewed as “ambassadors of coeducation,” Hennessey said. Former College President John Kemeny invited the women to perform at reunion events, though not all the alumni were happy to see them, she said. Hennessey, however, fondly remembers singing for Theodor Geisel ’25 at one such performance in Alumni Hall. Outside the Hop, female students encountered hostility from their peers. Simpson recalled seeing signs telling “co-hogs,” a derogatory term for female students, to leave Dartmouth. In classes, some professors would ignore female students, she said. Fraternities could be especially unwelcoming. A friend of Hennessey’s was urinated on at a fraternity, and another had her hair cut off when she fell asleep on a fraternity’s couch, she said. “It became a cool thing to be antiwomen among the frats,” Hennessey said. During her senior year, Hennessey was physically assaulted in a fraternity basement. Someone grabbed her keys as she was trying to leave, threw her against the house’s fireplace and beat her, she said. In spring 2012, Hennessey transformed this traumatic experienced into a scene for “Undue Influence,” a dance ensemble production about sexual assault and violence on campus. Theater professor Peter Hackett ’75, whom Hennessey had worked with as a student, directed and produced the show. Though “things weren’t always good,” Simpson said she enjoyed her time at the College. Forming the Dartmouth Distractions allowed her to excel as a singer and performer, despite some resistance to the group’s formation, Simpson said. Sutton said he could not imagine Dartmouth remaining a single-sex school, he said. “It was a very exciting time, and I think that the women who were in those first four classes were some of the bravest people I’ve ever known.”

By experimenting with music in unconventional time signatures and exploring a wide range of modern movement, the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble will perform the winter showcase “Diversions and Sports” tonight, headed by two-time guest director John Heginbotham. The performance will feature three new works by Heginbotham, in addition to the reprisal of a piece choreographed by fall guest director Rebecca Darling. Darling’s work is “smooth and silky,” ensemble dancer Kemi Mugo ’15 said, while Heginbotham’s is more “athletic and punchy.” The show will draw heavily on local community contributions. In one piece, titled “The End,” Upper Valley residents will join the ensemble to dance to music composed by digital musics graduate student Carlos Dominguez. Heginbotham first worked with Dominguez a year ago, when he and two of his peers were asked to perform live music for the ensemble’s concert last March. Heginbotham called Dominguez flexible and rigorous. “I felt like that combination of things could work well for this piece,” Heginbotham said.

Serving as the concert’s finale, “The End” looks at how individuals relate to community and the future, Heginbotham said. Each performer utilizes nine distinct dance moves in the piece executed in various comnbinations, Mugo said. Besides Darling’s piece “DisCONNECTed,” the winter showcase also includes “Sports and Diversions,” a work set to Erik Satie’s absurdist 1914 work “Sports Et Divertissements” and “3 in 5/4,” a piece performed to three popular songs written in the unconventional 5/4 meter. Scott Smedinghoff, a graduate student in the mathematics department who will play the piano during “Sports and Diversions,” said that the creative process has been collaborative, in part because of the ambiguity of the piece’s tempo markings. “This music is kind of weird,” he said. “Satie clearly had a great sense of humor, so I’ve told John some of my ideas on how I want to play [the piece] and how it might go with the dancers, and he’s listened to that. There’s been a lot of back and forth.” Heginbotham said that “3 in 5/4” was easiest to choreograph, often a sign, he said, that he is doing something right.

“I like the movement that came out of it,” he said. “I like how the dancers perform it, and it taught me things about music, so I’m really excited about that one.” Radiohead’s “15 Step” is featured in “DisCONNECTed,” a parallel that Mugo thinks will intrigue audiences in its paring of song to choreography. Despite the occasional difficulty to get every ensemble member “in the same room at the same time,” Heginbotham said that preparing for tonight’s show has been delightful. “[The students are] all really enthusiastic, they’re all super hard workers and they’re all interested in creating this thing together.” A native of Alaska, Heginbotham danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group after graduating from The Juilliard School in 1993. He now serves as a lecturer at Princeton’s Lewis Center of the Arts and a founding teacher of Dance for PD, an organization offering dance classes for those with Parkinson’s disease. He returned to Dartmouth this January after having directed the dance ensemble last fall and winter. The ensemble performs tonight at 7 p.m. in Moore Theater.

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Baseball team goes 1-2 on season-opening trip to FIU B y GAYNE KALUSTIAN The Dartmouth Staff

Last weekend’s three-game series against Florida International University brought the baseball team its first win of the season. In the games in

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Miami, the Big Green (1-2) was shut out on Friday 11-0, beat FIU (11-1) on Saturday 3-0 and took an 11-7 loss on Sunday. Dartmouth is the only team to defeat FIU, which was in the receiving votes category in the latest NCAA poll. The 3-0 victory, infielder Matt Parisi ’15 said, hearkened back to the Big Green’s eight-game winning streak at the beginning of last season. “It feels awesome,” he said. “I know we were one of the last undefeated teams left last year, and now we know how to feels to be on the other end of

that. It was good to get a win in the series.” Several players, including Parisi, pointed to the difficulty of transitioning from Leverone Field House’s turf field to the dirt in Miami. Parisi said this may have contributed to the team’s fielding difficulties in the first game, when it committed three errors. Parisi, who committed only six errors in 40 games last season, had two errors in the first game. “Their field was particularly choppy,” co-captain Jeff Keller ’14 said. “There were some horrible bounces. A couple balls bounced right over guys’ heads. You really want more of a pristine surface for your first game.” Last season, FIU’s field was one of the most error-prone in the NCAA, Parisi said. In the series opener, an 11-0 loss for the Big Green, the Panthers fielded two pitchers that struck out 11 Dartmouth batters across nine innings. FIU’s starter Mike Franco allowed just five hits in the first seven, utilizing off-speed pitches to keep Dartmouth off balance at the plate, Keller said. “Guys were getting 2-0 sliders and 3-1 change-ups,” he said. “They were throwing more off-speed pitches than any team I’ve encountered in my four years here.” Meanwhile, on the mound for the

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Big Green, Adam Frank ’15 and Louis Concato ’14 were hurt by a pair of five-run innings, in the second and sixth, respectively. All five runs charged to Concato were unearned. He pointed to the mental pressure that built up during the inning, when a series of errors by Dartmouth loaded the bases. “There were two outs, but then a few runners got on,” he said. “I kind of lost focus a little bit.” Mike Dodakian ’14, Concato and Keller cited the dramatic change in pitching staff as a major difference this season. The team lost four of its starting pitchers — Mitch Horacek ’14,

Michael Johnson ’13, Cole Sulser ’12 and Kyle Hunter ’13 — to the majors. While in the past the team had a set rotation that led them to expect to win the Red Rolfe Division each year, Dodakian said, this year the team will have to work harder and create new opportunities. Dartmouth is currently the six-time defending champion in the Red Rolfe Division. Regardless of the shift, Dartmouth’s pitching staff shut down FIU the next day, allowing just six hits between sophomore pitchers Beau Sulser ’16 and Michael Danielak ’16. Dartmouth’s first run came in the

top of the first, when Thomas Roulis ’15 plated Keller on a single to center field. Keller scored again in the sixth after stealing second and advancing to third, and scoring on a sacrifice fly from Nick Lombardi ’15, who would go on to score Dartmouth’s final run in the eighth. The team’s offense showed it could move men into scoring position throughout the game, Keller said, scoring one run in three different innings. During the final game of the series, Dartmouth scored two in the top of the first but spent most of the game chasing down FIU, which led the Big Green 9-2 after a devastating six-run third inning. After Dartmouth put up one in the sixth, FIU’s catcher Aramis Garcia hit a two-out home run, bringing in the Panthers’ last two runs in the eighth. In the ninth, the Big Green scored four runs, three of which were knocked in on a double down the left field line by Keller. The team, Parisi said, showed its ability to mobilize offensively while a few freshmen came in and capitalized on their opportunities. The team plays next on March 14, when it will head back down south to Fort Worth, Tx., to take on the No. 21 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

As men’s tennis takes down Ball State, Indiana, women beat UMass

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The men’s and women’s tennis teams continued their strong season with three wins last weekend. The men defeated Ball State University and Indiana University, winning 6-1 and 4-1, respectively, and will travel to Virginia over break. The women beat the University of Massachusetts 7-0 and will head to California. The Big Green women (3-2, 0-0 Ivy) didn’t drop a single set in the win against the Minutemen (5-5) in Hanover. Taylor Ng ’17 won her singles match 6-1, 6-0 and took her doubles match with Katherine Yau ’16 8-2. The most games surrendered by any Dartmouth player was six over two sets. Over the break, the team will play four matches at San Jose State University, Fresno State University, Long Beach State University and California State University, North-

ridge. The women are strong competitors and were able to execute and play well, women’s coach Bob Dallis said. On Friday, the Big Green men (11-3, 0-0 Ivy) defeated Ball State (5-4) 6-1, recovering well from a tough 3-4 defeat against the University of Memphis. The Big Green made short work of the Cardinals in doubles, winning the three matches 8-4, 8-4, 8-2. In singles action, four Dartmouth players won in straight sets. The closest matchup was the fourth slot, where George Wall ’17 dropped the first set 3-6 only to roar back with a 6-0 set and a 10-7 clincher. The next game for the men came Sunday when the Big Green defeated Indiana 4-1 (8-7). Dartmouth looked to avenge its 6-1 loss to the Hoosiers from last season. “We were a lot more confident coming into the match against Indi-

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ana this year,” Cameron Ghorbani ’14 said. “We knew it was going to be a tough match and we really embraced the challenge. We jumped on top of them by winning the doubles point and were able to stay focused throughout singles.”

Reversing last year’s outcome was a great feeling, head coach Chris Drake said. “The team’s toughness has come a long way,” he said. The Big Green went 2-1 in doubles matches to earn the first

point, then 3-1 in singles to seal the match with two unfinished. The Big Green win came from the bottom three slots with victories from Wall, Ghorbani and Brendan Tannenbaum ’16. Over break, the men will travel down the Atlantic coast to Virginia to play the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary. Depending on the weather, the matches will likely be the team’s first outdoor competition, Drake said. Last year, Dartmouth beat ODU (8-4) 4-3 in Hanover. The most difficult match will be against the Rams (11-6), which the Big Green will play the day after Richmond. “We’re playing some good teams and it will be our first time playing outdoors all season which is always a tough adjustment,” Ghorbani said.


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