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The street in front of the Hopkins Center was painted in rainbow colors for Pride Week.

Helman recalls student life B y treeman baker

Bill Helman ’80, who will start as chairman of the Board of Trustees in June, said he still remembers the words that inspired him to stay involved with the College after graduation. On his first day at the College, Helman recalled,

then-president John Kemeny delivered a speech saying that the purpose of a Dartmouth education is enabling students to give back to society. “I felt, when asked, I would do anything I possibly could to serve and to do the best I could to make Dartmouth the best it can

be,” Helman said. His time at the College, where he majored in history and was a member of Phi Delta Alpha fraternity, was a formative experience, he said. “I grew up a lot on campus,” Helman said. “I SEE HELMAN PAGE 5

Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity’s canceled their annual “Phiesta” fundraiser last week, sparking vigorous debate at the College, with some arguing that the event was culturally insensitive and others disagreeing, often highlighting the event’s goal to raise money for cardiac health. Students reported being targeted for their beliefs, both in person and online. After canceling the event, A Phi and Phi Delt chose instead to raise money through an online crowd sourcing website, nearly reaching its $7,000 goal by press time. The houses raised over five times the amount earned last year, Phi Delt president Taylor Cathcart ’15 said. Last week, after several students approached Office of Pluralism and Leadership staff with concerns over the event’s potential cultural insensitivity, OPAL and Greek Letters Organizations and Societies asked organizers to cancel the event. Cathcart and A Phi

president Courtney Wong ’15 met with other members of their houses and Tabard coed fraternity members at 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss “Phiesta.” The Facebook event was canceled around an hour later that night. Daniela Hernandez ’15, who sent an email to GLOS director Wes Schaub, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, OPAL and the Panhellenic Council upon hearing about the event on Thursday, said that, although she had asked for the event’s name and advertising campaign to be changed, she did not ask for its cancellation. She added that, as news of the event’s cancellation spread, she has been the target of anonymous online comments on Bored at Baker and other sites. While there were nine pages of comments about her on Bored at Baker by Friday afternoon, she said, they have since been removed by moderators. Various College officials, SEE PHIESTA PAGE 3

Arts, innovation talk DHMC picked for national grant sees mixed response B y ERICA BUONANNO The Dartmouth Staff


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A ro u n d 3 0 f a c u l t y members and 15 students attended Monday’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” sessions, which discussed the Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator and an arts and innovation district that would centralize campus entrepreneurial and artistic endeavors. Some involved in the

College arts community expressed hesitation about the consolidation, noting a desire to separate artistic creativity from what they saw as financially-driven entrepreneurship. The Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator, which will be housed at 4 Currier Place, was designed to engage students in experiential first-hand SEE FORWARD PAGE 2

The National Cancer Institute selected Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a lead academic participating site for a new network of clinical trials, which will allow its Norris Cotton Cancer Center to boost efficiency and improve trial completion rates. Announced last week, Dartmouth will be one of 30 U.S. participants. The Norris Cotton Cancer Center is expected to enroll 74 patients annually into the program,

called the National Clinical Trial Network, said principal investigator for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center site Konstantin Dragnev. If that goal is reached by the end of the year, he said, the center will be reimbursed for each patient. Through the program, the institute will fully reimburse trial costs, said Robert Gerlach, the center’s associate director for administration and scientific affairs. In the past, the center had to request federal assistance for trial enrollment on a “milestone basis,” he said,

with funds coming in as more subjects enrolled and data was submitted. “As a lead academic participating site, NCI has contracted with us up front so it gives us a stable, steady stream of support to prepare and undertake studies and to activate them,” Gerlach said. Federal funding, he said, does not usually cover the entire cost of clinical trials. The National Cancer Institute plans to reimburse network participants at a SEE DHMC PAGE 5



DAily debriefing CAMPUS BLOTTER April 25, 1:04 p.m., Sanborn Library: Safety and Security officers discovered an intoxicated homeless individual in the basement of Sanborn. The individual had previously received a trespass letter. Hanover Police officers took the individual into custody. April 26, 1:30 a.m., Fayerweather cluster: Safety and Security officers and Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services responded to the Fayerweathers for an intoxicated female. She was transported to Dick’s House where she was evaluated and spent the night. April 27, 12:35 a.m., McLaughlin cluster: Safety and Security officers noticed four males carrying a pong table outside. Two of the males ran and the other two were identified and transported to Dick’s House, where they spent the night. The pong table had been taken from Tabard coed fraternity the previous weekend. Officers located the other two males, who had fled the scene. They were also admitted to Dick’s House due to their levels of intoxication. April 27, 1:28 a.m., Collis Center: Safety and Security officers took a complaint from a male student who said a student had approached him in Collis and threw a red beverage on him with ice in it. The student was identified. April 27, 4:34 a.m., New Hampshire Hall: Safety and Security officers and Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services responded to a call about an intoxicated female. She was transported to Dick’s House and admitted for the night due to her level of intoxication. – COMPILED BY JESSICA ZISCHKE


Series addresses arts and innovation FROM FORWARD PAGE 1

learning and will provide space for entrepreneurial ventures and events with up to 130 attendees, said office of entrepreneurship and technology transfer executive director Trip Davis. By building the innovation center near the Hopkins Center and the Hood Museum of Art, the College will create an area of campus dedicated to arts and innovation, Davis said. The Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator is slated to open at the end of spring term, and some curricular and co-curricular programs will start this summer. Programs include a six-week boot camp that teaches students about various aspects of starting a company, as well as hosting entrepreneurs as part of a “Founder’s Forum” initiative. The center will also help students build entrepreneurial and venture skills in different areas of interest, including arts, engineering, medicine and social sciences, Davis said. “Every artist is an entrepreneur,” Davis said. “We need to broaden the scope and definition of what is entrepreneurship and facilitate artists and student entrepreneurs with skills and spaces to create successful ventures.” Associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities Adrian Randolph said that another initiative involves “makerspaces” in the Hopkins Center that encourage

active learning among students in new ways, citing the Hop Garage as an example. “The Hop Garage is a classroom during the day, a sound studio during the afternoon and a concert hall during the evening,” Randolph said. The speakers also discussed new display spaces that will feature art galleries and new production and

“We do our job very effectively, and we do not need student to be pushed prematurely into a business model – students need a chance to explore.” - ESMÉ THOMPSON, STUDIO ART DEPARTMENT CHAIR performance labs. “We do not want corridors and lobbies to be simply empty neutral spaces, but rather be activated by possible learning activities,” Randolph said. Studio art department chair Esmé Thompson said the entrepreneurial ideas presented at the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” session overemphasized businessrelated aspects of the arts. Thompson said she did not feel included

in administrative discussions about combining the arts with entrepreneurship. “We do our job very effectively, and we do not need students to be pushed prematurely into a business model — students need a chance to explore,” Thompson said. “I really can’t buy into all these ideas proposed, but I guess I have no other choice.” Studio art professor Louise Hamlin said she fears that the goals of successful entrepreneurship are different from those of the studio art department. Attendee Walker Fisher ’14, a theater modified with computer science major, said he hopes administrative changes to the arts departments will not undermine technology’s role in the arts. “I found that traditional forms of art, like theater, did not develop my entire potential until I coupled it with computer science in the digital arts and made the self-creation process an instantaneous one,” he said. Theater major Xavier Curry ’14 said he felt that the initiatives presented at the event should be more focused on the arts and art students rather than a range of academic departments. The College should prioritize the arts, he said. The College, theater major Amber Porter ’14 said, should emphasize improving the current resources available to the arts department over starting from “scratch.”

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Attendees discussed the College’s arts- and innovation-related efforts at last night’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” event.




‘Phiesta’ cancellation sparks debate FROM PHIESTA PAGE 1

including Safety and Security, have contacted her, she said. Noah Smith ’15, a member of Phi Delt, said he was wearing a “Phiesta” T-shirt at Collis on Saturday night when an individual approached him from behind and poured an iced red Powerade on his shirt. According to Smith, the individual said, “Oh, I’m sorry, did I spill on your racist tank?” and then proceeded to mop up the spilled liquid, noting that he did not want to leave a mess for Dartmouth Dining Services staff. Smith called Safety and Security, who gathered statements from witnesses. Smith said a bias incident report has been filed and the undergraduate judicial affairs office and the Hanover Police Department have been notified. Guillermo Rojas ’13, the alleged perpetrator, said he spilled the drink by accident and apologized. “I’m all for open dialogue amongst groups, but no one deserves to be physically assaulted, period, let alone without the opportunity to engage in some kind of dialogue,” Smith said. “That’s just unacceptable.”

Smith said he felt the criticism of “Phiesta” to be misguided, noting that he did not find anything about the event to be racially offensive. The event, Rojas said, was offensive and culturally inappropriate. “I’m Mexican. I don’t like it

“I think that it’s really important that so many people are expressing opinions on both sides of the spectrum.” - COURTNEY WONG ’15 when people appropriate Mexican culture,” he said. Of 13 students interviewed, many lacked awareness of the details of the event and were uncertain about whether it was offensive. Some noted that the event’s cancellation underscores the sensitivity of the current campus climate, while others suggested that a name change could have been a better outcome than canceling the event outright.



Triangle House, an affinity house for LGBTQ students and allies, opened for tours on Monday.

Abena Frempong ’17 said she understood why students might be concerned about the event’s cultural sensitivity, but added that she thought a compromise could have been made rather than canceling it. Sarah Wang ’14 said the event’s cancellation underscores the current sensitivity of the campus climate. Though organizers of “Phiesta” may have had good intentions, Geovanni Cuevas ’14 said, they should consider how themed parties can perpetuate stereotypes. He said that the current campus climate likely impacted reactions to the news. “I think that the current climate suggests that microagressions and what would otherwise seem trivial incidences of ‘-isms’ we’re currently facing will not go by unnoticed or uncriticized,” Cuevas said. Wong said she was glad that people used the event to start a discussion. “I think that it’s really important that so many people are expressing opinions on both sides of the spectrum,” she said. “That promotes healthy dialogue about what issues need to be addressed on campus.”

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contributing Columnist Abhishek Parajuli ’15

Guest columnist ben hawley ’16

Ditch DDS

A Frightening Precedent

The College should replace DDS with an external provider. It’s time to replace Dartmouth Dining Services. Campus is rife with complaints about dining, but few effective remedies have been proposed. There is a simple, proven way for the College to vastly increase food quality and lower costs: bring in an external food provider and ditch DDS. Will it work? Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wellesley College are some peer schools with external providers. External providers dominate every major ranking of college food, and these providers cater not only to universities, but also to companies famous for their high quality of life, like Google, Oracle and Twitter. Dartmouth needs a culinary savior, and an external provider is the answer. First, there is intense competition among external providers, and we could be the beneficiaries. From 1999-2002, the external provider Bon Appetit Management Company served Penn. Penn students were not completely satisfied so they switched to a different provider, Aramark. In 2009, Bon Appetit won back the Penn contract. DDS is a monopoly, and monopolies rarely innovate because competition drives innovation. By introducing competition, we can make sure that DDS cares about our satisfaction. When I spoke with representatives from two of the best external providers, Bon Appetit and AVI, they highlighted the most important difference between them and internal providers like DDS. For external providers, innovation is not optional. If they don’t innovate and deliver, they die. If DDS does not innovate and deliver, it is targeted in another angry op-ed. The stakes are different, and, therefore, so is the quality of service. Bon Appetit and AVI Food Systems have food trucks at multiple locations so we could have options like The Box on our dining plan. The external providers also allow spending dining credit at local restaurants. Schools like the Washington University in St. Louis even offered free delivery from campus dining halls. It’s incredible what healthy competition can

deliver, and we should not settle for less. Second, this is the perfect time to make the change. Our campus is incredibly divided because we constantly talk about deeply polarizing issues. How do you foster a better climate? The best way to reach consensus on hard issues is to start small with issues we can agree on. Many students agree that DDS is not satisfactory, so let’s come together and change something to build trust and capital for other important topics at hand. Finally, Dartmouth today feels stagnant. Applications took a tumble. Rankings will likely follow. We are plagued by negative news coverage. It’s time to make changes in areas where we can make an immediate difference. We need to stop being crisis-driven and take initiative. Trying to reform DDS is like rearranging chairs on a sinking ship. Monopolies aren’t geared to provide value, so reforms are bound to fail or under-deliver. What we really need is a healthy dose of competition. Here is what you can do to help. First, DDS reports to Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, so write her a note requesting change. I, for one, have faith in the administration’s ability to treat a rational and realistic proposal with respect. Second, let’s start a student exploratory group on dining and invite external providers to present to us. We don’t have to wait for administrative approval to explore our options. This is our school, and we are the ones stuck with bad service. Armed with proposals from the best providers, we can make informed demands for change. Now, you may disagree with me that the food at Dartmouth is bad. You may even think it is good. That is irrelevant because the right question to ask is: Can it be better and at a lower cost? So far, there has been too much talk and too little action. Change must be felt to be believed. Let’s start with dining and institute reform that will affect — quite literally — every single student on campus.

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The decision to cancel “Phiesta” made little sense.

I have never received a more confused look purely because of the complaints, but because in my life than when I tried to explain to my the theme was actually offensive in and of itself. Argentine host mom today that, back in the A closer look at what exactly the event was U.S., my fraternity’s charity event was canceled to consist of shows that this is ridiculous. The by my college because the name “Phiesta” was only two aspects of the event plans that can be deemed offensive to Latin American culture. reasonably interpreted as references to Hispanic There is a well-known concept in free speech culture are the name “Phiesta” and plans to law that says that if the standard for banning a serve virgin piña coladas and guacamole. certain action or type of speech is the offense Exactly what standard do College officials of another member of society, then we hand mean to set by suggesting that this constitutes all decision-making power to the single most a valid reason to cancel the event? Should all easily offended member of our society. This is events that feature puns in foreign languages the precedent that Greek Letter Organizations be banned as cultural appropriation? Does the and Societies and the issue lie in the chips Office for Pluralism “Exactly what standard do and guac, or are the and Leadership have College officials mean to set by menu and name each set with regard to the harmless separately, suggesting that this constitutes “Phiesta” cancellayet when combined a valid reason to cancel the tion. somehow constitute For any readers event?” racial insensitivity? who may not have What we have paid attention to recent campus events, Greek here is an instance of well-meaning students houses Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and Alpha Phi trying to combat the very real inequalities and sorority canceled the second annual “Phiesta” prejudice that still exist in America, but overeager cardiac care charity event as a result of heavy in their desire to spot incidents of discrimination. pressure from administrators following the Social justice is still an important cause in 21stcomplaints of several students. century America, but brash attacks of this nature One of the most commonly circulated com- solely serve to alienate the majority of people plaints stated that “mocking ‘Mexican Culture’ from the root causes and cast the movement in by drinking on Cinco de Mayo and prancing a bad light. The way forward for Dartmouth around in sombreros while consuming tropical is to be found in discussion and outreach from drinks and eating burritos, is not acceptable different corners of campus, not just attempts and will not be tolerated.” Valid points all, and to castigate anyone who steps out of line. if these actions were to occur that could be a The events of the past week could have gone serious case for inquiry. very differently if, before filing numerous com However, the statement must be considered in plaints with the administration, the dissenters context of the non-alcoholic, charity event that had taken the time to discuss these issues with both Phi Delt and A Phi planned to repeat for the event’s organizers, particularly with the a second year, which does not coincide with or several members of Latin American descent even reference Cinco de Mayo. It’s also worth who played a large role in organizing ”Phiesta.” noting, at this point, that last year’s event bore We now have a system that encourages this no resemblance to the cartoonish depictions of sort of “gotcha” activism wherein the emphasis is racism described by the complaints. not on understanding, education and discussion, If not because of the misled offense of a tiny but attempts to “catch” anyone who missteps in student group, the only other possible argument the maze of modern political correctness by, for on behalf of the administration’s decision on example, giving a campus event a name that is this matter is that the fundraiser was not wrong a pun in another language.




National grant supports Peers call Helman ‘natural’ leader DHMC cancer research FROM HELMAN PAGE 1


rate of about $4,000 per patient, an increase from the prior rate of about $2,000. As a lead academic participating site, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center will be able to more effectively review clinical trial proposals, Gerlach said. The National Cancer Institute set up a new review system, called the Central Institutional Review Board, that allows sites to submit trial proposals to a panel of experts independent of the College. “Our institutional committee may only see a couple of these studies each year out of the 100 that they are reviewing, but nationally the committee that’s been formed by the NCI has developed expertise in the particular area, which expedites the review,” Gerlach said. Dragnev said that, although the review process is independent, the College will be held responsible for the trials’ results. Gerlach said the new system can approve clinical trials in two months, in contrast to the four months approvals previously took. The grant spans all areas of adult oncology, but focuses on increasing efficiency and enhancing participation in Phase 3 clinical trials, Dragnev said. “This year being the transitional year, we will focus on mostly completing trials that were designed two or three years ago in a more expeditious fashion,” he said. “At the same time designing trials that will utilize the system in a more rapid manner, such as trials in breast cancer and colon cancer as well as trials in non-small cell lung

cancer.” The old process required multiple steps to begin a clinical trial, Dragnev said, and by the time the trial had finished, scientific advances often made the question under review obsolete. Gerlach said the center’s first trials under the new system will focus on blood cancer malignancies and gynecologic cancer. The grant also enables the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to bring in new clinical trials from the 29 other institutions receiving National Cancer Institute grants, Gerlach said. “A big advantage of this new system will be that the NCCC can offer patients the opportunity to enroll in new cutting-edge clinical studies that will eventually be brought to the center by the National Clinical Trials Network,” he said. Norris Cotton Cancer Center interim deputy director Christopher Amos said that the College’s selection shows it has one of the country’s strongest cancer research centers. Patients will also be able to find and enroll in the center’s trials more easily, he said. Gerlach said that the recognition will help the center attract enough patients to effectively hold Phase 3 trials, which require more patients to statistically show that new treatments are effective. These trials, according to the National Cancer Institute, are “the gold standard for establishing new treatments.” The grant will last five years, Dragnev said, but will be renewed if the National Cancer Institute finds that sites are continuing to enroll patients.



A Latin class studied centuries-old books at the Rauner Special Collections library.

learned how to communicate, how to get along. I learned how to write, how to argue, how to win, how to lose.” He said he did not focus on a single subject in college, instead choosing to experiment and explore a variety of classes, regardless of his familiarity with a subject. He said that the close relationships he formed with professors positively impacted his time at Dartmouth. Helman said his advisor, history professor Charles Wood, made him choose a major his junior year because he was taking such a wide range of classes. After graduation, Helman went to Harvard Business School and then began work at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners. He said that he wrote to 20 different companies asking for a job and continued to look until Greylock Partners offered him a position. Music department chair Steve Swayne, who served on the presidential search committee that Helman chaired, said Helman’s tenacity, passion and thoroughness will serve him well as the Board’s chairman. He said that, during the search that eventu-

ally selected College President Phil Hanlon, Helman was well-informed about all the candidates. Helman’s experience matching CEOs with companies were beneficial during the presidential search, dean of graduate studies and engineering professor Brian Pogue, who also served on the search committee, said in an email. “He was relentless in his search for the perfect fit for Dartmouth,” Pogue said. Helman said he interviewed over 100 potential candidates, and that it was obvious to him that Hanlon was the best choice. He agrees with Hanlon’s focus on affordability, continued academic excellence and the improvement of student life, Helman said. “Given that Bill was the one to find Phil,” Pogue said in an email, “I am certain that the two of them will get along ideally and will complement each other to ensure that key decisions can be made and things get done.” Helman said that, compared to his time at the College, students are more career-focused and face greater pressure to earn good grades. Paul Elmlinger ’80, a friend of Helman’s while at the College, said

his inclusiveness and ability to listen make him a strong leader. “He had an uncanny ability to be the type of guy you wanted to hang around with socially but who also struck you even back then as somebody who was a leader, both during and who would be a leader after he got out of Dartmouth,” Elmlinger said. “He had a natural style that compelled people to listen to him.” Helman’s career path shows he is creative and unafraid of taking risks, Elmlinger added. “He is a traditionalist in many ways,” Elmlinger said, “but at the same time he is never one to be bound by or have his decision narrowed by tradition.” Helman said his goal is to create “an improved student life, one that does not hold Dartmouth back, but allows it to reach its full potential.” He added that he tries to return to Hanover at least twice a month to get the pulse of campus by speaking with as many people as possible, whether they are students or faculty, about their vision for an ideal Dartmouth. “We can all agree that Dartmouth is terrific,” Helman said. “But we might also agree that Dartmouth can be more terrific.”






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TODAY 12:00 p.m. “War Stories: Big Banks, Big Data and the Internet of Things,” Tuck School, Frantz room

12:00 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, “A Photographic Journey: From Walker Evans to Luke Fowler,” Hood Museum of Art

3:30 p.m. Physics and astronomy space plasma seminar with Dr. Aaron Breneman of University of Minnesota, Wilder 111

TOMORROW 4:15 p.m. Computer science colloquium, “Filter and Follow: Measuring and Explaining the Efficiency of Social Media,” Steele 006

4:15 p.m. Lecture, “Historic Change or More of the Same?” Carson L01

4:30 p.m. Panel, “Basic @ 50: The Future of Computing,” Hopkins Center for the Arts, Moore Theater

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Xavier Curry ’14 Soul, funk and folk artist B y RACHEL HEIN

The first time you talk to Xavier Curry ’14 you won’t want the conversation to end. But the first time you hear him sing, you’ll wonder why you chatted so long instead of requesting a serenade. Curry has had a strong presence in Dartmouth’s music community for the last four years, singing in the Aires a cappella group, Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol. Curry recorded his first album during his junior winter and is currently working on a second. Though a cappella existed at Curry’s high school, he was not interested in the style until he heard the Dodecaphonics perform at a Washington, D.C., meet-up for accepted students. The talent and dedication of Dartmouth’s a cappella groups convinced him to audition his freshman fall, Curry said. Though the process was rigorous — Curry remembers returning to his dorm room after the sun had risen the morning after auditions began — he was glad to join the Aires, which he describes as his main outlet for singing on campus. Instead of going home after his freshman year to work a summer job or relax on a beach, Curry spent the KELSEY KITTELSEN/THE DARTMOUTH STAFF break preforming with the Aires on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” a musical com- Singer Xavier Curry ’14 plans to finish his second album. petition for a cappella groups. Filming for the show took the entirety of the New York City over winter break. through writing his own songs and summer and exposed Curry to the ins Despite his passion for singing, performing with a band. and outs of show business, he said. Curry is not a music major. In an ef- Davis said Curry has always been “It has shaped the way that I write, fort to expand his creative horizons, he a dependable member of the Aires, and the way that I sing and practice pursued a major in theater instead. someone who can foresee challenges for the rest of my life,” Curry said. “Theater gave me a new vocabulary and work ahead of time to troubleshoot Though he had only been singing to talk about art,” Curry said. “I love obstacles. In his solos, Curry’s energy with the group for a year at the time, performing, and it was a great chance lights up a room, Davis said. Curry wrote three arrangements for the to learn a new set of skills.” “Vocally, he is virtually flawless, a show, including a remix of R. Kelly’s Curry’s immersion into theatrical true seasoned performer,” Davis said. “Ignition,” Aires musical director Nate arts combined with his singing ability Despite his talents, Curry remains Davis ’14 said. earned him a part in Dartmouth’s humble about his accomplishments, “Xavier was so involved even as a production of “Rent” his freshman longtime friend and fellow theater freshman,” Davis spring, which put major Camille Van Putten ’14. She said. “Right from him “on the map said she only found out via Facebook “Vocally, he is the get-go, he reas a singer,” Curry that Curry sang the national anthem at ally put his stamp virtually flawless, said. a 2012 re-election campaign event for down.” In order to jump- President Barack Obama in Durham. a true seasoned In the show’s start a career in mu- Van Putten said Curry has an fast-paced work en- performer.” sic, Curry spent an upbeat stage presence, rich voice and vironment, songs off-term his junior thorough knowledge of pop sensibiliwere expected to be writing and ties and aesthetics. - NATE DAVIS ’14, aires winter performance-ready producing his first “Our artistic pursuits grow and musical director in only a matter of album, “Escaping change as we get older, but Xavier has hours. The Aires, Dawn.” Released so much to give,” Van Putten said. “I Curry said, learned on iTunes in March, hope he keeps his artistic integrity over to “give 100 percent really fast” and “Escaping Dawn” includes 10 tracks the next few years.” always be prepared to perform. and follows a conceptual story. Curry Besides his membership in the Ai- said he is proud of the finished product. res, Curry sings with the Dartmouth By the end of spring, Curry plans Gospel Choir and has participated in to finish a second short album. He is Dartmouth Idol twice. He placed third taking a songwriting seminar this term with Xavier Curry ’14 his freshman spring and among the top and expects to use material from the six finalists this year. class for the project, which Curry called My favorite 1990s pop song is: “Say My This past winter, he also toured more experimental and less concept- Name” by Destiny’s Child. My favorite Pop-Tart flavor is: blueberry. with a group called Dartmouth Idol based than his previous effort. All-Stars, put together by Idol orga- With graduation approaching, If I could choose an actor to play me in a nizer Walt Cunningham. The group Curry plans to move to New York movie: it would be Forest Whitaker performed in Washington, D.C. and and pursue a career in music, ideally in a futuristic drama.

the final word

Redbone plays at Hop

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Blending soul, funk and folk, Martha Redbone will perform with a four-person band of rootsacoustic players Thursday evening in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium. Redbone recently released a new album, “The Garden of Love — Songs of William Blake,” for which she puts 12 poems by the British Romantic poet to music. The album was produced by Grammy award winner John McEuen and has received positive reviews in The New Yorker, Village Voice and Smoky Mountain News. Redbone previously released two other albums, “Home of the Brave” and “Skintalk.” In her latest album, Redbone, raised in Brooklyn and Kentucky, infuses Blake’s poetry with her own Appalachian background, creating a unique sound, she said. Blake’s poem “A Poison Tree,” for example, reminds her of home, she said. Redbone described Blake’s poems as “pure inspiration.” She said she loves both the poet’s language and meaning in his work. Through her music, Redbone said she strives to convey messages of compassion and peace. She considers her songs like children, she said. “Each one has a message and a

particular music,” Redbone said. “Each one reminds me of something.” In her show at the Hop, Redbone’s band will include Aaron Whitby, Redbone’s husband and collaborator, on piano and background vocal, Alan Burroughs on dobro and background vocal, Fred Cash on bass and Teddy Kumpel on guitar, banjo and background vocal. While on campus from Tuesday to Thursday, Redbone will visit classes in the African and African-American studies, Native American studies and religion departments. She will also participate in a post-performance discussion. “It is a real treat to me to have that much time to stay in one place,” Redbone said. “We usually leave the city next day, so you never get a chance to soak it in. It is exciting to be able to meet people and build a connection and share our music.” Jared Boyce ’16, who plans to attend Redbone’s concert, said he is drawn to her style, a “mixture of country and jazz themes.” He also praised her harmonizing abilities. Marco Barragan ’16 said he also planned to attend Redbone’s concert. “The soulful manner in which Martha Redbone sings and the joyous melodies of her music make a perfect combination,” he said.


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How does science inspire music, and vice versa? Emerging composer Fay Wang, whose work has been played by everyone from the China Philharmonic Orchestra to Bang On A Can All-Stars, leads a musical ensemble in the premiere of a Hop-commissioned work created in collaboration with Dartmouth’s Department of Biological Sciences. This year, as Dartmouth microbiology scientists shared their view of life through a microscope, Wang created a work capturing the beauty and intricacy of the biologist’s world. | 603.646.2422 Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH








Softball sweeps to go to Ivy Champ. B y josh schiefelbein The Dartmouth Staff

The softball team won an explosive doubleheader against Harvard University Monday, earning a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series against the University of Pennsylvania. After splitting Sunday’s doubleheader in Hanover, the team traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, knowing that a two-game sweep would put it through to the championship. Dartmouth (29-16, 18-2 Ivy) came through under pressure, as the offense exploded for 8-2 and 9-2 wins against the Crimson (28-15, 14-3 Ivy) to clinch the North Division and the right to host Penn (18-19, 13-6 Ivy) next weekend in a best-of-three series. “I’m very proud of this team,” head coach Rachel Hanson said. “They fought with their backs against the wall and they competed every pitch.” Thanks to great pitching by Harvard junior Laura Ricciardone, the Big Green was held to just two runs on Sunday in Hanover. The team did not have to wait long to surpass that, however, as it exploded for three runs on three hits in the top of the first against the Harvard junior on Monday. Ricciardone would only last two innings in the contest before being pulled. “We kept the line-up the same. We believed in the hitters,” Hanson said. “The girls believed in themselves. We went through a little bit of a silent stretch, but they kept competing and believed they would hit the ball and they certainly did so today.” The outstanding run support eased the task of Kristen Rumley ’15, who picked up her 16th win of the season. Rumley pitched six innings and allowed just five hits and two runs before being relieved in the final inning by Morgan McCalmon ’16, who struck out two of four Harvard batters. Kara Curosh ’14, Chloe Madill ’17 and McCalmon were responsible for all eight runs and eight of Dartmouth’s 10 hits. Karen Chaw ’17 also contributed at the plate, picking up two RBIs. “We could’ve easily given up after losing the first game on Sunday, but we didn’t and we battled back to win,” Curosh said. Dartmouth started with a three-run first inning after McCalmon’s single to right field scored Curosh. Madill scored on an error before McCalmon made the game 3-0 on a sacrifice fly by Chaw. Rumley continued to silence the Crimson, allowing only two base runners in the first four innings, neither of whom reached second base.

Dartmouth continued to pile on the runs, leading the game 6-0 by the time Harvard picked up its first run in the bottom of the sixth. An RBI double by Chaw in the fourth scored McCalmon and a pair of solo shots by McCalmon and Madill pushed the Big Green lead to six after five and a half innings of play. A double by Crimson junior Katherine Lantz plated junior Andrea Del Conte in the bottom of the sixth. Lantz reached home as well on a double by junior Emily Gusse to cut the score to 6-2. Curosh and Madill scored in the top of the seventh to make it 8-2 before McCalmon ended the game, striking out the first two Harvard batters and catching a line drive from Del Conte for the final out. Game two started in a similar manner to the first. Ricciardone did not start in the circle, as freshman Taylor Cabe got the starting nod. She did not fare much better than Ricciardone did, however, as Katie McEachern ’16 put the 12th pitch of the game over the leftcenterfield fence to give the Big Green an early 2-0 lead. McCalmon got the start for Dartmouth and came out firing, keeping the Crimson offense at bay for the first four and two-thirds innings before being replaced by Rumley, who closed the game with a four-out save. A home run by Maddie Damore ’17 in the top of the second pushed the Big Green lead to three, where it stayed until the top of the fifth. Curosh led off the inning with a single on a seven pitch at bat. After a Madill strikeout, McEachern ripped one down the rightfield line for a double. McCalmon then took the second pitch she saw and hammered it into centerfield for a double of her own.

Curosh and McEachern scored to push the Big Green lead to 5-0. Harvard did not go quietly, however, as it got to McCalmon in the bottom of the frame. After allowing runners to reach first and second with two outs, Hanson pulled McCalmon for Rumley. After the junior threw a wild pitch and the two runners advanced one base, Lantz singled to right to bring them home and cut the Dartmouth lead back to three. A quick foul out ended the fifth inning. “Every game, there’s some amount of pressure on Morgan and me but we handle it pretty well,” Rumley said. “We both knew going into today that we would throw our game and if we didn’t, the other would have our back.” When the game seemed to be getting close again, Dartmouth’s offense came through and made sure the Crimson could not rally. Eight consecutive batters reached base to start a four-run top of the sixth for the Dartmouth women. Rumley helped her own cause with a double to left before Damore singled up the gut. Megan Averitt ’15 grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to plate pinch runner Alyssa Loyless ’17. The top of the order continued to produce before McCalmon grounded out to end the big inning. Rumley allowed two hits over the next two innings, but the Crimson never threatened the Big Green’s 9-2 lead. Rumley struck out Harvard senior Shelbi Olson on four pitches to end the game. The team returns to Hanover to host the Ivy League Championship Series against Penn next weekend in a rematch of last season’s championship series, which the Quakers won. Two games will be played on Saturday, and a third on Sunday if necessary.


The Big Green offense rebounded to score 17 runs in a sweep of Harvard.

B y phoebe hoffmann I’m not sure how closely you follow NCAA politics, but in an attempt to better the well-being of student-athletes, the NCAA recently approved a few new rules. Football players are now required three hours of rest between preseason practices, but the most important and controversial rule is one that would provide Division I athletes with unlimited meals and snacks. The details remain vague and, while conceptually it’s a great idea, we must think about it in real terms. Imagine every athlete at Dartmouth (34 teams with over 1,000 athletes) getting free meals paid for by the NCAA. Let’s broaden the scope to every Division I sport in the U.S., and now funding and the rule’s practicality get a little hazy. While this rule change is creating some uproar, it does bring forward an incredibly valid issue: the nutritional needs of student-athletes. As with other aspects of studentathlete life, balance is vital. We take into account everything that goes into our bodies to maximize athletic performance. Dartmouth Peak Performance and dietitian Claudette Peck meets with sports teams and individuals — both athletes and non-athletes — to discuss reaching nutritional goals. “Athletes need a bit more help in the planning process to get their goals achieved,” Peck said. “They often need to talk in detail about what foods and when, as it helps them to make better decisions with limited time.” Have you ever wondered why many athletes carry around a jar of peanut butter? It’s the classic pre-practice snack. A spoonful on a rice cake or an apple provides us with a filling, protein- and fiber-packed snack with fewer calories than many alternatives. Sure, it’s fatty, but it releases energy slowly, sustaining us physically throughout practice. Small snacks on days packed with classes and practices help keep athletes going during those mid-afternoon energy slumps. Just as every individual has different nutritional needs, Peck said, different sports require different meal plans. While lightweight rowers need to stay below the maximum weight cutoff before race-weekend weigh-ins, they try to make it up afterward and get the

nutrition they need before their race. In season, the football team often sits with their coaches at FoCo to ensure that they’re consuming the proper calories to achieve the desired weight for their position. To be an offensive lineman, peanut butter and eggs aren’t enough — but eating pizza, chicken, salmon and several burgers in one dinner is unheard of for many other athletes. Luckily, for most, there is a happy medium. When it comes to finding this balance, Peck emphasizes the “more important issue is that the athlete is wellfueled every day, and that the body has been trained to receive and utilize food with regularity so that performance at practice and on game day is consistent.” A standard list of go-to foods, like hummus, grilled chicken and eggs can provide a solid foundation for an athlete’s regular diet and many options can be added in for variety. On an individual level, our diets change due to allergies, sensitivities or stress levels. Teams’ diets can fluctuate depending on the intensity of training during different terms. In our fall season, the field hockey team, exhausted from long days of physical activity, often jokes about going for third and fourth dinners at FoCo, thankful for the all-you-can-eat dining hall. Being in- versus out-of-season can affect an athlete’s daily nutrition. The immense array at FoCo presents many nutritious offerings for athletes on all ends of the spectrum. However, for those athletes who can’t find the time to get to FoCo, Peck suggests foods like egg and cheese sandwiches, smoothies and peanut butter from the Hop, Collis and even KAF. When the dining halls seem too far away, keeping a store of protein supplements, Gatorade, chocolate milk and granola keeps athletes prepared for any sudden hunger attacks. Whether you’re a varsity athlete who needs energy to practice or a student looking to focus in the library, your diet can play a significant role in accomplishing your goals. As athletes, we attempt to maximize our performance in a number of different ways, but at the end of the day, eating healthy, balanced meals and snacks can make the difference between good and bad days on the playing field. Inside the Locker Room is a weekly column, alternately written by Phoebe Hoffmann ’15 and Sarah Caughey ’15.

The Dartmouth 04/29/14  
The Dartmouth 04/29/14