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Around 350 attend Dimensions A Phi, Phi Delt cancel ‘Phiesta’ By ZAC HARDWICK The Dartmouth Staff


An activities fair introduced prospective students to the College’s extracurriculars.










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Around 350 admitted students attended the third Dimensions program, associate admissions director Katherine Madden said. The two-day event consisted of academic showcases, student panels, nighttime tours, club events and the annual studentorganized show. The Dimensions program was altered significantly from previous years to span three April weekends and contained additional programming. At the show, current freshmen did not pose as prospective students. Dean of admissions and

financial aid Maria Laskaris said the College tried to fit as many events as possible in the two-day program without compromising the basic structure of Dimensions. Laskaris said the events aimed to allow prospective students to attend classes, spend time with hosts and other undergraduates and meet other prospective students. Various student groups hosted events for prospective students, including an event hosted by the Pan-Asian community and a “Voces Nuestras” panel with members of the Latina and Latino community. At the second annual event on

Dartmouth myths, legends and realities, 40 student facilitators talked in groups with around 200 prospective students. During a session for parents held at the same time, a panel of Office of Pluralism and Leadership representatives hosted a question-and-answer session before breaking into smaller groups. Parents raised questions about sexual assault, Greek life alternatives and support networks at Dartmouth. Monica Montgomery, a parent of a prospective member of the Class of 2018, said she was

The presidents of Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity canceled “Phiesta,” an annual philanthropic event planned for Saturday, after students raised concerns about the theme’s possible cultural insensitivity, A Phi president Courtney Wong ’15 said. “We take these concerns very seriously,” Wong said. “And we want to make sure that we respect the diversity of the broader community.” Phi Delt president Taylor Cathcart ’15 reiterated Wong’s comments, emphasizing that he supported canceling the event. “We felt that the possibility of offending even one member of the Dartmouth community was not worth the potential benefits of having the fundraiser,” Cathcart said. All proceeds would have gone toward cardiac care, according to the Facebook invitation. Dartmouth community members were invited to join Greek members on Phi Delt’s lawn of for a performance by campus band “Burn the Barn,” free virgin piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris, chips and salsa, homemade guacamole and Boloco burritos. Yesterday, upon hearing about the event, Daniela Hernandez ’15 sent an email to Greek Letter Organizations and Societies, GLOS director Wes Schaub, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the Panhellenic Council. In the email, Hernandez raised concerns, including those about racial insensitivity. “There are various problematic structures and ide-



Three honored for Donation follows rich history sustainability efforts B y MICHAEL QIAN

The Dartmouth Staff

B y KATE BRADSHAW The Dartmouth Staff

Handmade award trophies resembling cairns, stacks of rocks typically used to mark hiking trails, were awarded to studio art and Thayer School of Engineering professor Jack Wilson, Morgan Curtis ’14 and Dartmouth Dining Services associate director Don Reed for their “trailblazing” work at last night’s third annual Sustainability Awards,

a part of the College’s Earth Week celebrations. To open the ceremony, sustainability director Rosi Kerr ’97 noted that the sustainability office internship program has expanded to 30 interns. She also highlighted the sustainability sale, which earned about $45,000 and kept 800 refrigerators out of landfills, as well as the start of the student sustainability office.


In February 1904, Dartmouth Hall burned down in a smoky blaze. In response, Melvin Adams, Class of 1871, rallied the College’s New England alumni and raised enough money to begin rebuilding Dartmouth Hall within three months. Though the recent $100 million gift to the College was unprecedented, it follows a rich history of alumni giving, with Dartmouth’s donation rate sitting second highest in the Ivy League at 44.5 percent in

2013, behind that of Princeton University. For comparison, the 2005 fiscal year saw a total of $106,214,533 in donations. Ted Grossnickle, senior consultant and founder of Johnson Grossnickle Associates, identified three driving factors behind particularly large gifts — considerable belief in a college’s mission statement, trust in the institution’s leadership and a strong sense of connection to the school. Substantial gifts are usually given when leaders at a college have an “overpowering or overwhelming” vision that relates to

the donor’s own values, higher education fundraising expert Arthur Criscillis said. The recent donation also comes with a two-to-one matching mechanism, which requires the College to raise money on its own for any projects that it hopes to fund with money from the donation. If a proposal costs $30 million, for example, then Dartmouth must raise $20 million before $10 million can be accessed from the donated funds. Criscillis said such models are common among higher educaSEE DONATIONS PAGE 3



DAily debriefing This week, The Dartmouth sat down with Russian department chair John Kopper to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The U.S. has begun stationing soldiers in Poland for military exercises, and are expected to run further military exercises in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. What does this deployment signify? Why now? JK: I think we’re mainly reassuring those countries, and Poland, that being in NATO means something. They’re nervous. Three of them are former republics and they see [Russian President Vladimir Putin] invading a republic and occupying it. Annexing part of it. Poland was behind the Iron Curtain. Although they don’t share a border with Russia, actually. None of the Eastern European countries do now. The borders are with Belarus and Ukraine. They still fear invasion because, historically, they’re enemies. Do you think the U.S. is escalating the situation? JK: No. Not at all. Putin is escalating this situation. This probably wouldn’t exist without one man. Maybe the whole thing. It’s a chess game for sure, and both sides are trying to get away with something, with an escalation that their allies and their populations accept without invoking a destructive situation, which would be war. Do you think the situation will escalate into an actual war? JK: I think it could. I can see a non-nuclear war breaking out in small areas, one after another. I don’t see a major conflagration. If a conflict is possible, what would the likelihood be? JK: Russia going into NATO countries would certainly force the issue. I don’t know how long NATO could get away with doing nothing without essentially doing nothing. It was brought into existence to fight the Soviet Union. It wasn’t dissolved when the Soviet Union dissolved, so if it has a reason to exist now, it would be to protect Europe from Russia. If it doesn’t, everyone will assume that means it can’t. This interview has been edited and condensed. — COMPILED BY JOSH SCHIEFELBEIN

CORRECTIONS We welcome corrections. If you believe there is a factual error in a story, please email “DOC trips selects leaders” (April 24, 2014): The initial version of this article misstated the number of trip leaders selected last year. It was 284, not 259. An earlier version of this article also mistakenly implied that the change in Croo leader title from “chief ” to “captain” applied exclusively to Croos working in the Second College Grant. In fact, the change applies to all Croos.



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Staff, students honored for sustainability FROM EARTH PAGE 1

Other recent efforts include the popup bike shop and the “Tap-a-palooza” campaign, which won funding for Dartmouth to develop water bottle fill stations across campus, including in Greek houses. Programming for Earth Week included a CamelBak sale, a sustainability and social justice dinner and a dinner hosted by Ecovores on global clean water. Today’s “Farm Fresh Friday” event, held on Beta Alpha Omega fraternity’s front lawn, will feature music and food from local vendors. At last night’s dinner, Wilson won the faculty award for his work on the $300 house project, which helps generate economic housing strategies in Haiti, and for incorporating sustainability into his architecture and engineering courses. Julia McElhinney ’14, who worked with Wilson as a presidential scholar, said Wilson has a hands-on approach to teaching sustainability, which he introduced to her in an introductory architecture class and an engineering class.

Wilson explained his interest in combining environmental solutions with local community needs, especially in developing countries. “It’s easy to say don’t use kerosene or charcoal,” he said. “You need to get to know communities and what they face to really help.” Reed won the staff award, presented by environmental studies professor Michael Cox. Considered the leading sustainability voice in DDS, Reed works to promote sustainability in vendor contracts. Because of his work, nearly a fifth of all food and beverage items at Dartmouth are regionally sourced. Curtis received the student award for her involvement in a range of campus sustainability initiatives, including the Big Green Bus, EcoReps, the divestment campaign and for building mentorship and community in the sustainability program. Sustainability, she said, has defined her Dartmouth experience. “I can’t imagine having gone through these last four years without the support of everyone here, with people who are so reflective, critically-thinking

and solutions-oriented,” Curtis said. Over the past four years, she added, she has seen a community form on campus around issues of sustainability. Environmental studies program chair Anne Kapuscinski said the awards ceremony highlighted the progress of the sustainability movement on campus. “People think that sustainability is just about protecting the environment, but it’s more deeply about the two-way interconnection between people and nature,” she said. She said a people-oriented and inspiration-based, not a defensive or reactionary approach to environmental concerns, can “achieve the dramatic transition to sustainability our civilization needs.” Award nominees were selected through an open, campus-wide process, after which the sustainability office narrowed down the candidates. A committee of eight student, staff and faculty members selected winners. The event concluded with a performance by the Aires, singing a sustainability-friendly rendition of “Come go Green with Me.”

Show gives new side to College,’18s say FROM DIMENSIONS PAGE 1

impressed by Dartmouth’s network of deans and advisors for students. Jeff Choate, another parent of a prospective student, said some responses seemed to skirt around the topic, and added that he is interested in hearing more. He said, however, that he appreciated Dartmouth’s awareness of student issues. OPAL assistant dean and LGBTQ advisor Reese Kelly said he thought the event gave parents a unique opportunity to ask questions of individuals directly involved in supporting the student experience. A Thursday evening panel brought Sunil Bhatt ’14, Gisele Phalo ’17, Sebastian DeLuca ’14 and Priya Krishna ’13 together to discuss the opportunities they have found at the College, including doing research in the Artic and community service in Nicaragua. Hui Cheng ’16, one of the panel’s organizers, said she felt the event was necessary to give admitted students a candid image of the College. Around 20 admitted students attended an OPAL-hosted panel on “The Hidden Costs of Dartmouth,” during which undergraduates from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds provided anecdotes. Prospective student Claire Apuan said that she attended because she wanted to know if she would be ostracized at the College due to her socioeconomic status. “Coming to this event and getting to know the school really helped elimi-

nate all those rumors publicized by the media,” Apuan said. Prospective student Jessica Aquino said Dimensions made her decision clearer. At the “Dartmouth myths, legends, and realities” event, she said,

“Finally visiting and hearing from students, a member of the ‘Freedom Budget’ and Greek life members really opened my eyes that Dartmouth is not what it seems to be as portrayed by the media.” - PROSPECTIVE STUDENT JESSICA AQUINO she learned more about the “Freedom Budget” and the 2012 Rolling Stone article about fraternity hazing. Many prospective students, she said, worry about negative media attention focused on the College. “Finally visiting and hearing from students, a member of the ‘Freedom Budget’ and Greek life members really opened my eyes that Dartmouth is not what it seems to be as portrayed by the media,” Aquino said. Events for parents included a reception with faculty and staff and a

“Supporting Your Child” presentation that allowed parents to ask about the Dartmouth experience. Two evening song-and-dance shows brought about 150 prospective students, Madden said. Around 30 freshman performers sang popular songs with edited lyrics telling admitted students what it means to be a Dartmouth student and to not be afraid to come to the College. Admitted student Leonardo Placeres said he was not expecting current students to sing at the show, which he said was an innovative way to attract prospective students. “The show put Dartmouth into a better light — it gave it a different personality and a different color,” Placeres said. “You obviously know the statistics, you know it’s a great school but after the show you feel you know more about the school besides the academics and the typical things you can find online.” On Thursday night admitted students participated in an “After Dark” tour across campus. Later that night, they were encouraged to attend a party at Sarner Underground to meet the students who performed during the show. Dimensions programming will conclude this afternoon. Though the attendance was a drop from last year’s approximately 500 attendees, Laskaris said in a previous interview that around 1,000 students signed up for one of the three scheduled Dimensions. Krishna is a former member of The Dartmouth senior staff. Kate Bradshaw contributed reporting.


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Donations show support ‘Phiesta’ canceled after concerns raised FROM DONATIONS PAGE 1

tion donations and usually produce effective results. “It’s a way to heighten the impact of the gift that the donor made, and therefore further assist the implementation of the president’s vision for education,” Criscillis said. Other large gifts to the College were used to fund for the Black Family Visual Arts Center, the McLaughlin residence cluster buildings, Floren Varsity House and the Haldeman Center. Chief operating officer for advancement Ann Root Keith said Dartmouth’s average alumni donation is $4,384. The VAC, which opened in September 2012, was named in honor of Leon Black ’73 and his wife Debra, who contributed $48 million to the project. The center now contains the studio art and film and media studies departments, as well as a digital humanities program. Studio art professor Louise Hamlin said it is “heaven” to have adequate space for creating and displaying art of any scale. The VAC, studio art professor Colleen Randall said, has given students and faculty a collaborative space to share projects and ideas. “For the first time, they have a space of their own,” she said. The College also runs its own fundraising campaigns. In the early 1990s, the College spearheaded a large effort called “The Will to Excel Campaign,” which raised over $500 million. The College’s “Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience” raised $1.3

billion from 2002 to 2009 — money that helped complete several recent building projects, Keith said. Grossnickle and Criscillis said large gifts are typically restricted. Although the recent $100 million donation is not completely unrestricted, its missions to “support academic excellence” and “strengthen [the College’s] ability to cluster faculty around areas where Dartmouth stands to have a profound impact on the world,” allow the administration to considerable flexibility in its use. Since 2004, the College’s annual total giving has grown by an average of 7.76 percent per year. Last year, Dartmouth alumni, parents and friends made gifts totaling $163,756,387, with 66.3 percent of the money coming from alumni, Keith said. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Dartmouth College Fund. In recognition of this special occasion, Keith said, 46 women have pledged gifts of $100,000 each to join the Centennial Circle, a giving society which hopes to reach 100 women donors. Aside from directing money toward construction projects and renovation, Keith said, many gifts also endow professorships, which fund a professor’s salary. Government professor John Carey, who is currently endowed with the John Wentworth Professorship in the Social Sciences, said that the title is largely honorary but signifies the donor’s “selfless” act, as the donor did not choose to name the professorship after himself. The Dartmouth College Fund reports that over 5,000 alumni have contributed every year since graduation.


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ologies regarding a Cinco de Mayoinspired event, and I am sure that we, as a Dartmouth community, could learn from the extensive literature written about the Americanization of Cinco de Mayo and its construction as a drinking holiday in the United States, cultural appropriation and the inappropriate usage of cultural clothing, and the exploitation of groups of people and cultures for the sake of business opportunities,” Hernandez said in an email to The Dartmouth. While offended, Hernandez said she was not taken aback when she heard about the event. “As a Mexican-born, UnitedStates-raised, first-generation woman of color, it was sadly unsurprising that a culturally-themed party was seen as a casual venture for such a privileged institution such as Dartmouth,” she said. “I believe that social consciousness and cultural awareness is something that we need to work on as a community.” By press time, she had not received a response, she said. Hernandez’s email was not sent directly to the presidents of A Phi or Phi Delt, but Schaub later alerted them to the email, Wong said. OPAL director Alysson Satterlund said these kinds of events do

not represent Dartmouth’s values. “Events that mock and marginalize others certainly do not reflect our Principle of Community and do not reflect values of inclusion, respect and a care for others,” she said in an email to The Dartmouth. Thursday night at the Tabard coed fraternity, 15 Phi Delt, A Phi and Tabard members gathered informally to discuss the event once concerns were raised that “Phiesta” was “not necessarily the most politically correct event,” Tabard president Connie Gong ’15 said. The meeting aimed to encourage inter-campus dialogue and talk to both Greek and non-Greek community leaders as equals, Gong said. The meeting, Gong said, exclusively for members of A Phi, Phi Delt and Tabard. “We essentially wanted to open channels of communication more to Greek leaders to make sure the concerns of members both inside and outside of the Greek community could be addressed and taken seriously by the relevant people in positions of authority,” she said. Moving forward, Wong said the houses hope to organize a philanthropic event that people feel they can participate in without being offended. The houses will take precautions when organizing future events, she said, including talking to different

campus groups to ensure that these concerns are not raised again. Satterlund suggested discussing ideas with administrators and faculty members before moving forward with an event. Similar concerns were raised last summer after Alpha Delta fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority cohosted a “Bloods and Crips”-themed party, sparking national media attention. Tri Delt and AD presidents proposed a new Greek Leadership Council policy asking Greek organizations that receive complaints regarding community standards to adjudicate the accused individuals in-house or participate in mediation sessions with the complainants. GLC members approved the policy unanimously in February, adopting it into the organization’s bylaws. AD, Gamma Delta Chi, Epsilon Kappa Theta, Kappa Delta, Chi Gamma Epsilon, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Alpha Xi Delta, the Tabard, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chi Heorot and Bones Gate were co-sponsors of the event, according to the Facebook invitation. The Facebook event was canceled at about 9:30 p.m. yesterday. GLC, Panhell and the InterFraternity Council did not respond to requests for comment by press time.



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Verbum Ultimum The Dartmouth Editorial Board

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Busting the Myth

An Accurate Representation

We need to get rid of the myth of “the Dartmouth experience.” When hundreds of potential members list of items to tick off. No experience of of the Class of 2018 arrived at the College Dartmouth is truer or more valid than your this week, they went to events advertising own. Until we give up the fantasy that there the D-Plan, attended classes and saw the is some ideal experience, some blueprint annual Dimensions show — this time, unin- to which we must conform in order to be terrupted. Each of these events purported happy — to be “real” Dartmouth students to give the prospective students access to — we can never stabilize from the year that various “dimensions of Dartmouth,” or has shaken our campus community. windows into the Dart This ideal has mouth experience. created a schism in the “The Dartmouth The prospective stustudent body because experience is not made dents’ high spirits come it casts all who do not at the anniversary of by joining the right Greek subscribe to it as existlast year’s canceled house, getting a 4.0 or ing outside the norm. classes and after a year welcoming new students Those who believe that of controversy that has with dyed hair and wild they have been unable rattled the student body, flair.” to enjoy “the Dartfaculty and administramouth exper ienc e” tors alike. Little seems feel cheated. Some to be cleanly resolved give up on chasing it — despite substantial all together, feeling defeated. When, really, effort on the part of students and admin- they’re free. Those who believe that they istrators to grapple with these issues, both are living the ideal Dartmouth experience, formally and informally. As we reflect on or something close enough to it, feel the these events, there is one concept that keeps need to protect it. Any attempt to alter recurring: maintaining “the Dartmouth Dartmouth, to revise this ideal, produces experience.” knee-jerk defensiveness. The myth of the We spend our four years here grasping at Dartmouth experience underpins our this vague, amorphous concept, this mythic conversations about campus culture and ideal. But to move forprecludes any realistic ward from division, we dialogue. must destroy this con- “Why do we chase and W hy d o w e cept. The Dartmouth defend this ideal that chase and defend this experience is not made does not, and should not, ideal that does not, and by joining the right exist? Why should we should not, exist? Why Greek house, getting a want to all have the same should we all want to 4.0 or welcoming new experience?” have the same experistudents with dyed hair ence? The beauty of and wild flair. Treating Dartmouth isn’t that these facets of campus it provides its students life like boxes to check with one clean experioff eliminates curiosity and diversity of ence, the beauty is that there are thousands experience, key tenets of our college-aged of possible experiences. The myth limits years. and misleads students, of which Dartmouth It’s time to kill the myth. has such a rich variety. With all this mul There is no perfect or correct way to tiplicity, why should we claim to provide experience Dartmouth. There is no check- one marketable experience?

Cartoons have come to better reflect society and everyday life.

When I was growing up, my favorite cartoon was “Hey Arnold!” The show focused on the titular protagonist, who lives with his grandparents in their boardinghouse, and his fourth-grade friends and the boardinghouse’s other residents. Many of the show’s characters defied common character tropes, such as Helga Pataki, the schoolyard bully who lived constantly under the shadow of her prettier and more successful older sister. Though the show’s characters were distinctive and offbeat, at the end of every episode, misunderstandings were resolved, sickness was cured and love was never gained, as if someone always pushed the reset button back to the status quo. And as we grew up, Arnold and Helga would remain in their fourth-grade selves, never changing, never learning and never growing. Since the end of the 1990s, however, a number of shows have broken the monotony of the episodic format as well as the dichromatic shades of racial and cultural representation. “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” released in 2005, was one of the first and most successful children’s Western animation series to feature a storyline that built upon itself for three seasons. It was also one of the first American cartoon series that adapted various Asian and Native American cultures, which either had been ignored or mediated by gross stereotypes in popular media, and displayed them as something more. Five years later, Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” came on the air. The show’s primary setting — a seemingly saccharine candy kingdom set a millennia after a nuclear holocaust that wiped out most of humanity — precludes it from the most obvious forms of cultural representation found in “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” But one of the most striking things about “Adventure Time” is the range of difficult topics it explores, albeit not without humor.

Unlike some of the troubles that Arnold faced, the tribulations that “Adventure Time” characters go through are sometimes real, long-lasting or permanent, like the dissolution of a relationship, an unplanned pregnancy, parental abandonment, dementia, loss of a limb or the death of a loved one. Many members of the “Adventure Time” creative team have made their own cartoons, such as former storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, who became the first woman to create a show for Cartoon Network with “Steven Universe.” The cartoon follows a boy and a team of intergalactic female warriors, and the show is not shy about offering visual gags of its inspirations, such as the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda and Revolutionary Girl Utena. The cast of characters demonstrates a greater racial diversity than what is found in most other children’s cartoons. For instance, two of four main characters — Garnet and Amethyst — are British-African and Hispanic, and Steven’s potential romantic interest is of Indian heritage. The genre of children’s cartoons has grown up to engender more diverse cultural representation as well as topics once considered to be too sensitive. Characters have begun to embody a more diverse racial palette, and creative teams have demonstrated that they are not afraid to tackle more weighty issues. As the media and our cultural definition of diversity continue to develop, cartoons will more and more reflect the problems and the demographics of the viewers themselves. And although I will always fondly remember the cartoons that we grew up with — “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Rugrats,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” et cetera — the newer lessons and characters may hopefully better prepare the youngest audience members for the variety and the vagaries of life.

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To the Editor: This Saturday, our houses had planned to hold an event called “Phiesta” in order to raise money for cardiac research. Last year, we raised over a thousand dollars together. It recently came to our attention, however, that some students had expressed concerns to the administration about the event’s theme. We responded immediately — we had not intended to offend or exclude any portion of our student community. After meeting with the directors of the Greek Letter Organizations and Societies office and Office of Pluralism and Leadership, we decided to cancel the event. We also organized a discussion at Tabard coed fraternity on Thursday evening, where those who took issue would have a chance to speak with us directly. At the meeting, we first worked to clear up misconceptions about what our plans had been for the event: we were

not planning a “Mexican-themed” party, and there was to be a strict no-costume policy. After opening the floor, it became clear that better communication is needed between the diverse groups on campus — and not solely with the administration — in order to move Dartmouth forward. We believe that this conversation was a productive step toward better communication between student groups. As members of the Dartmouth student community, it is our responsibility to teach and learn from each other. Our hope is that in the future, these kinds of concerns can be voiced directly to those involved, so that they can take action immediately and collectively to address them. We are open to any further questions and concerns the community may have. Taylor Cathcart ’15, Phi Delta Alpha fraternity president

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Softball prepares for decisive series B y josh schiefelbein The Dartmouth Staff

With one weekend left in the softball team’s regular season, the North Division race is heating up for a spot in the Ivy Championship Series. Harvard University and Dartmouth have been on a collision course all season for a winner-take-all series this weekend for the Division crown. Meanwhile, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University are battling for the South Division title, with Penn the likely favorite to take on the winner of the HarvardDartmouth matchup for an Ivy League title. “We’ve been winning all season, so there’s no reason to change anything now,” pitcher Morgan McCalmon ’16 said. The team will play to its strengths, power hitting and power pitching, she said, as well as focus on staying calm. Between the two teams, Harvard and Dartmouth own a combined 28-1 conference record, the sole loss from a Brown University upset of Dartmouth in the final game of last weekend’s series in Providence, R.I. Harvard was supposed to have closed its season against Dartmouth, but chronic bad weather throughout the spring has repeatedly canceled, postponed or suspended the Crimson’s games. Harvard still has two games remaining against Cornell University as well as a game against Penn that was suspended in early April at the end of the sixth inning with the score tied 8-8. Harvard has been successful bouncing back from such game cancellations, defeating Princeton twice after its two-game series was postponed for half a month. Dartmouth will have little margin for error against the Crimson and can only afford to lose one game out of a possible four, assuming Harvard clears its remaining Ivy League games. If the Big Green loses more than one, Dartmouth’s championship hopes rest on Cornell and Penn upsetting Harvard. To win, Dartmouth’s pitching aces Kristen Rumley ’15 and McCalmon will need to maintain their current level of play in the circle. “I think for us it’s just going in with the confidence we’ve had all season,” head coach Rachel Hanson said. “Our pitchers are the best 1-2 combo in the league, and I’ve full faith that they’ll pitch very well. And I trust we’ll get timely hits as well when we

B y dan bornstein The Dartmouth Staff


The softball team looks to return to the ICS for the second year in a row.

need to.” Rumley holds a 15-6 record, and has pitched 12 complete games, while McCalmon owns a solid 8-4 record. Both have been recognized for their outstanding play by being named Ivy League player of the week multiple times each. Rumley also leads the league with 166 strikeouts, a shocking 61 ahead of the second place hurler. “There’s always a little bit of nerves, but they’re not really bad,” McCalmon said. “I think it’s more excitement than anything. Rumley and I have been working hard all season to get to this moment. I’m really excited to get out there and show everybody




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7.26 K/Game 5.19 what Dartmouth softball is and what we’ve been doing all season.” Rumley and McCalmon’s Harvard counterparts can be just as deadly from the mound. Junior Laura Ricciardone has gone 17-5 with 11 complete games, leading the league with 17 victories, and freshman Taylor Cabe is 7-6 with six complete games. Combined, Cabe and Ricciardone have allowed just seven home runs on the season. As a result, another key factor for

Dartmouth to win is the consistency of its lineup — which had been on a roll, scoring early and often, until being shut down by Brown in the second half of last Sunday’s double-header and by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell on Tuesday in a 1-0 affair. Karen Chaw ’17 and Katie McEachern ’16 tie for the team’s leading home run hitting with six each, tying them for second in the Ivy League, followed by McCalmon with five. The team leads the League in runs scored, hits and batting average in the League. Harvard has one heavy hitter, senior Kasey Lange, who has six homers on the year and is tied for second in the league in batting average and RBI. Additionally, senior Shelbi Olson, while not a home run hitter, leads Harvard in hits with 48. Last year, the Big Green won the North Division by three games over Harvard with a 15-3 regular season record.The Big Green clinched the Division during its final series against Harvard and ended up taking three out of four from the Crimson despite dropping the first game. The final weekend series between travel partners also provides the lone opportunity for a home-and-home series of back to back doubleheaders. The Big Green will head down to Cambridge for a pair of games Saturday afternoon before returning to Hanover to take on the Crimson in the final twin bill of the regular season on Sunday. “We have shown this all season that we are a championship caliber team,” catcherAlex St. Romain ’14 said. “We just have to go in with that mindset of believing in ourselves, having fun the way we usually do, and that will lead to our success for sure.”

When Rita Jeptoo tore through the blue finish line on Monday, winning the Boston Marathon, it probably came as no surprise that another Kenyan distance runner topped the field. Distance running is deeply embedded in certain regions of the country’s culture. Jeptoo trains in the town of Iten, the home base for many past Olympians and marathon champions, considered the mecca of running. Prize money from professional races is a huge boost to the community’s economy. Iten’s high altitude makes it an ideal destination for elite runners, as training at a higher altitude leads their bodies to use oxygen more efficiently. World half-marathon champion Lornah Kiplagat seized this opportunity and created the High Altitude Training Center, which attracts professionals from all over the world. I observed Kenya’s running culture first-hand my sophomore spring, when I took a trip to the Kip Keino High Performance Training Center in the town of Eldoret (which, like Iten, is home to many Kenyan running legends). Kip Keino, its founder, rose to prominence after his upset victory over American Jim Ryun in the 1968 Olympics, taking home the gold in the 1,500 meter race. Keino is now the chair of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya. Kenyan runners vying for the Olympics train on that compound. When I entered Eldoret in 2011, a sign at the town’s entrance read: “Welcome to Eldoret, home of champions. Only champions go to London.” It was just months until the Olympic trials would determine who would qualify for the 2012 Summer Games. Keino told me he started the training center as a way to give back to his country. He sees it as part of his obligation to do whatever he can to ensure that Kenya continues producing world-class runners, which he knows has

brought great global recognition to his country. Keino, as head of the Olympic Committee, could easily have decided to live in an upscale part of the capital city. But he has stayed in his hometown, where he can work directly with the runners. S o m e r u n n e r s a t t r i bu t e d their success to Brother Colm O’Connell, an Irish missionary who traveled to Kenya in the 1970s and has since trained many of the top runners who attended St. Patrick’s School. The Guardian even called him the “godfather of Kenyan running.” The combination of school and training is a great example of how academics need not be sacrificed in pursuit of an athletic career. Indeed, balancing athletics and academics has helped some Kenyan runners enter elite universities. The Kenya ScholarAthlete Project, started by Kenyan Olympian Mike Boit, prepares top students for an education at elite American universities, including SAT instruction and guidance through the application process. It has thus far helped 103 Kenyans gain entry into the most selective colleges in the U.S. The value of the program, in my view, is its ability to recruit talented student-athletes from even the most remote parts of the country. Students from these isolated regions would otherwise likely have no access to an American education, not because of their academic ability, but because they simply don’t have an understanding of the U.S. application process and the opportunities for financial aid. Kenya’s strength in competitive running brings national pride and global respect. Instead of just recognizing that Kenya happens to produce world class distance runners, though, let’s appreciate the people, like Kip Keino and Mike Boit, who are working behind the scenes to build a culture of athletic excellence. Their loyalty to their country’s youth is something that American sports can learn from.

The Dartmouth 04/25/14  
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