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Winter Carnival sees 43 incident reports


Rennie Farm reimbursement program launches By ALEX FREDMAN

The Dartmouth Staff









The Dartmouth College Marching Band performs on the Green for Winter Carnival.

By SUNPREET SINGH The Dartmouth Staff

A blizzard of activities occurred this past weekend as part of Dartmouth’s annual Winter Carnival, titled “Dartmouth College of Icecraft and Blizzardry: A M a g i c a l Wi n t e r Carnival.” Events such as the polar bear swim and the human dogsled race saw high participation



Five people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock M e d i c a l C e n t e r, s i x people were taken to Dick’s House and four people were arrested by Hanover Police. One of these students ran from Safety and Security twice while going to Dick’s House and was caught both times, later being SEE CARNIVAL PAGE 5


Tillman Gerngross Study focuses on immigration elected to NAE By PETER CHARALAMBOUS The Dartmouth Staff

By DEBORA HYEMIN HAN The Dartmouth Staff


numbers, David Pack, the associate director of the Collis Center for Student Involvement, wrote in an email. Safety and Security director Harry Kinne said that the department received 43 incident reports during Winter Carnival weekend, down from the 52 reports received during last year’s Winter Carnival.

On Feb. 6, the College announced a new “Value Assurance Program” to assist Hanover residents whose property values may be affected by contamination from Rennie Farm. During the 1960s and 70s, the College had a permit to dispose of animal carcasses used for medical research on that property. The program was created as part of a larger effort by the College to address the spread of the chemical 1,4-dioxane from Rennie Farm. Under the program, eligible residents who wish to sell their property will be reimbursed by the College if the property is sold below a determined fair market value. If there is no offer after 180 days, the College will purchase the property, said Ellen Arnold, associate general counsel for campus services and director of real estate. Forty-eight properties are eligible for the voluntary program, which will run until February 2022. “We’re excited about the program,” Arnold said. “Not only will it be beneficial for property

owners, but we think it will help the [housing] market in general in that area.” A real estate agent will assist participating owners in selling their property, Arnold said. In addition, an appraiser approved by the College will determine the property’s fair market value. If an offer is made for the property less than 180 days after its listing, the owner must inform the College. Arnold said that within five days of the offer, the College can exercise the right of first refusal, meaning it can opt to purchase the property if an offer is made by an outside buyer. Owners agree to this provision when they sign the release form required for entering the program, according to a program booklet released by the College. “If the College decides [it doesn’t] want to buy the property, then the owner is free to sell to the person who made the original offer,” Arnold said. She added that if the College

T hayer School of Engineering professor Tillman Gerngross is the most recent Dartmouth faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a nonprofit institution that offers “engineering leadership in service to the nation.” Last week, the NAE elected 84 new members. Ger ngross was elected

based on his founding of and leadership in two successful biotechnology companies, as well as for his discovery and manufacture of biophar maceuticals, according to a press release by the NAE. The newlyelected members are to be formally inducted on Oct. 8 at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. T h e NA E , fo u n d ed SEE GERNGROSS PAGE 2

Economics professor Ethan Lewis recently released a working paper about the economicimpactof the“bracero program,” a series of bilateral agreements which allowed lowskill seasonal Mexican workers to legally enter and work in the United States between 1942 and 1964. When the program was terminated, however, nearly 500,000 workers were expelled from the U.S. The paper found that the exclusion of braceros and their subsequent deportation

had little effect on raising either employment or wages of domestic farm laborers. Lewis co-authored the paper with senior fellow Michael Clemens and research associate Hannah Postel, both of the Center for Global Development, an international policy research institution. “We don’t find a lot of evidence supporting ... [claims] that by shutting down immigration, jobs open up for natives, wages go up,” Lewis said. “We found that when the bracero program ended, there was basically no increase in wages and no new jobs for

natives.” Clemens began researching the effects of bracero exclusion two and a half years ago while working with former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez on a possible bilateral trade agreement. During the process of creating a report, called “Shared Borders, Shared Future,” which outlined the possible agreement, Clemens researched the last bilateral labor agreement established between the United SEE IMMIGRATION PAGE 3



Value Assurance Program announced

professors Ivan Gorlov and Olga Gorlova. Last October, a Collegeexercises its option to buy the property, contracted geology firm notified them it will pay the owner the same amount of the presence of 1,4-dioxane in their well. offered by the outside buyer. For residents who sell their property The College said that the source of at less than 95 percent of the fair market the pollution in the Gorlovs’ well is the value, the College will reimburse the family’s septic tank, not groundwater difference between the market value contamination from Rennie Farm. and the sale price, according to the For this reason, the Gorlov property program booklet. For residents who sell is not listed as eligible under the value their property at between 95 and 100 assurance program, Arnold said. The percent of the fair market value, the Gorlovs, however, disagree with the College will reimburse the difference College’s conclusions. and provide compensation for the real “Theevidence[theCollege]provided that our well was contaminated by our estate commission. If the owner disagrees with the septic tank are not really convincing,” fair market value determined by the Ivan Gorlov said. appraiser, he or she can challenge the Gorlov also expressed concerns with value by receiving a second appraisal, the value assurance program, claiming said Tom Csatari, an attorney from the program offers Dartmouth the Downs Rachlin Martin, the law firm opportunity to profit from the situation. “My major concern is that facilitating the program. [the program] “The goal is clearly [states] that both to provide “The goal here is Dartmouth will some liquidity [and] decide how much to provide some really to be a good your property assurances to folks neighbor and try to Gorlov said. who are there, that protect the neighbors costs,” “And the decision they don’t need to will be done by worry about losing out there.” Dartmouthany of the value of appointed their properties,” -TOM CSATARI, realtors.” Csatari said. In an email In 2 0 1 5 , ATTORNEY FROM statement, Gorlov 1,4-dioxane was DOWNS RACHLIN said that the detected in the concept of “fair private well of the MARTIN market value” Higgins family, is too vague, whose property is located near Rennie Farm. While allowing Dartmouth to sell property the College has provided the Higgins [it purchases] at a higher price. He with bottled water since the discovery, added that he and his wife would have the family, claiming negligence in the refused entry into the program even if cleanup effort, is finalizing preparations they were made eligible. to bring a federal lawsuit against the Csatari, however, said that he College, according to the Valley News. disagrees with Gorlov’s assessment of Classified by the Environmental the program. Protection Agency as “likely to be “The goal here is really to be a carcinogenic to humans,” 1,4-dioxane good neighbor and try to protect is used as a purifying agent in the neighbors out there,” he said. pharmaceutical production. Exposure “Dartmouth is not interested in to the chemical may lead to short-term purchasing and owning the properties health effects such as headaches, nausea, out there. But the College feels this is dizziness and eye irritation. Long-term the right thing to do.” effects can include increased risks of Csatari added that the College’s liver cancer and other liver-related ability to exercise the right of first refusal on the properties with outside offers is illnesses. Although the College claimed meant to protect owners from potential responsibility for polluting the Higgins’ low-ball bids. well, it has denied culpability for “It’s absolutely not the case that polluting a second private well, which the College is trying to make money,” belongs to Geisel School of Medicine Csatari said. FROM RENNIE PAGE 1

CORRECTIONS We welcome corrections. If you believe there is a factual error in a story, please email Correction appended (Feb. 16, 2017): The original version of the Feb. 15 column, “Shivers in the Trunk” stated that Dartmouth ended need-blind admissions. The article should have stated that the College ended need-blind admissions for international students. This column has been updated to reflect this correction.


Professor joins national nonprofit more effective care. Gerngross is also the co-founder and current chairman of Arsanis, a company that offers a new way to deal with multi-drug resistant bacteria, one of the few areas of modern medicine Gerngross said is not progressing as much in comparison to others, such as oncology. Avitide, for which Gerngross serves as board chair man, a company h e c o - fo u n d e d w i t h fo r m e r graduate student Kevin Isett, former postdoctoral student and researcher Warren Kett and Jon Sheller ’09, develops technology to

he said. Engineering professor emeritus in 1964 as part of the National Elsa Garmire, elected to the NAE Academies of Sciences, in 1989, said the College should be Engineering and Medicine, has a proud that Gerngross is one of the mission to contribute to the wellfirst members to become a member being of the nation by forming a of the NAE based on the work he group of scientists to advise to the did while at Thayer. Using herself government on matters regarding as an example, Garmire added that engineering and technolog y, since many College faculty were as well as by furthering the elected to the NAE based on work engineering profession, according they did outside of Dartmouth or to the NAE website. According prior to coming to Dartmouth, the to senior program officer for fact that Gerngross’ election was media and public relations Randy based on his work during his time Atkins, members of the NAE at Thayer distinguishes him from search for “identifiable, other College NAE members. o u t s t a n d i n g “What [being elected to “I think we should be very contributions or proud of the fact that we have accomplishments” by the National Academies of now an engineering school scientists in all fields of Engineering] says to the outside that can actually create engineering, including members of the National world is we have another one electrical, civil and Academy, and that’s very b i o e n g i n e e r i n g. To of [the] profession’s best, most exciting,” she said. be considered for the talented and most creative Engineering professor NAE, an individual must emeritus Robert C. Dean Jr., initially be nominated engineers on our faculty.” elected to the NAE in 1977, by a current member said that unlike some awards of the org anization, given to scientists, the NAE subsequently confirmed is an “ongoing, continuous by three other members -JOSEPH HELBLE, THAYER SCHOOL OF operation that lasts for years and then voted on by the ENGINEERING PROFESSOR AND DEAN and years,” and that the entire NAE, according to number of Thayer professors Atkins. who are inducted into the T h aye r d e a n a n d NAE recognizes the “quality professor Joseph Helble said create a cost-effective purification of the engineering school.” He Gerngross’ election to the NAE solution for biopharmaceutical added that Thayer should have an is the “highest professional products. Finally, Gerngross serves active operation to get Dartmouth honor that engineers accord one as board chairman for Alector, professors inducted to the NAE. another,” making Ger ngross’ a company he co-founded with Helble said that his office election a recognition of his neuroscientist Arnon Rosenthal oversees and coordinates efforts work as an educator, scholar and that studies the immune system to push for more Thayer faculty entrepreneur. In addition, Helble and genetic deficiencies present to be inducted to the NAE. said the honor draws attention to in human bodies to address Because of the NAE’s peer Thayer. neurodegenerative diseases such nomination-based system, when “What it says to the outside as Alzheimer’s. Thayer nominates faculty for world is we have another one Gerngross said he was able to other exter nal awards from of [the] profession’s best, most create these companies by listening difference professional societies, t a l e n t e d a n d m o s t c re at i ve to the needs of people and building accumulating those awards could engineers on our faculty,” Helble technologies that will help them then lead to recognition by the said. meet those needs. NAE. During his time at Thayer, “It’s remarkably easy — you G e r n g r o s s a g r e e d t h a t Gerngross founded five companies just listen to people,” he said. nominations to the NAE are that he said fill a “specific gap” “You just listen to what people beneficial for the engineering h e s aw i n t h e b i o t e ch a n d are telling you and then you ask school, which is “measured by the pharmaceutical industries. the question, ‘Well, if that’s what outside” by such accomplishments. GlycoFi, Inc., a biotechnology they want, what are they going to However, he said that he did firm that Gerngross co-founded need to get there?’” not do anything to pursue this and for which he served as scientific H e a l s o c a l l e d t h e nomination, and that it has not advisory board chair, created pharmaceutical branch “a very changed his life or the way he will a specific type of glycosylation noble enterprise,” emphasizing its go about his teaching and scholarly that has “the benefit of being potency as a means to impact a vast pursuits. Instead, he said he hopes ver y ef ficacious, ver y safe,” amount of people, though drug to impact the NAE by helping it to according to Gerngross. The companies have done “a poor job move its focus toward the impact company was sold to Merck in articulating what they actually academia has on the rest of the — one of the world’s largest do.” For example, Gerngross said world, making, for instance, the pharmaceutical companies — in that while doctors may be able to number of lives that are touched 2006 for $400 million. Adimab, impact up to 40,000 people, one the gauge for impact rather than another biotechnology company drug that is able to significantly the number of papers published. that Gerngross co-founded and change outcomes could impact “We use very inadequate metrics for which he currently serves as millions. to measure impact, and I would chief executive officer, makes it “If you want to help people, like to move the conversation possible to engineer antibodies there’s no better place to be than into a more meaningful realm that look exactly like human in drug discovery because one where really people’s lives that are antibodies, so that scientists are drug can change the outcome of touched become the center of that able to target pathogens to develop so many people for a long time,” conversation,” Gerngross said. FROM GERNGROSS PAGE 1




Research looks back at ‘bracero program’

levels of bracero labor. “That set up a natural experiment States and Mexico — the bracero approach,” he said. This paper bears some relevance to agreements. He began his work by attempting the current political climate, in which to compile data about the flow of the federal government is considering temporary labor into the United States deporting undocumented immigrants from the 1940s to the 1960s. However, and building a wall on the Southern he soon ran into issues finding reliable border. While the exclusion of bracero data on the topic. “Nobody had ever compiled how labors bears resemblance to the many braceros there were in each current policies discussed, substantial state at each time,” Clemens said. differences exist. Lewis noted that Mexican labor “There were books that could tell you how many braceros there were overall is currently utilized by a much more in each year, how many had left and diverse set of industries including returned to Mexico each year, but not retail, manufacturing, construction and what parts of the United States they farming. In addition, Gabrielle Clark, were in each year.” Furthermore, Clemens discovered a former Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard that the University, preexisting added that research on the the bracero bracero program program commissioned by was legally the Department contracted of Labor was though a flawed. bipartisan H e fo u n d agreement. that the main “The big U.S. government difference is evaluation of the that we don’t program was have state done by Rufus regulation of von KleinSmid, mig rations who was one a ny m o r e, ” of the charter Clark said. members of a S h e eugenicist group, added that the Human Betterment COURTESY OF ETHAN LEWIS the labor from the program Foundation. The Economics professor Ethan Lewis cowas highly o r g a n i z a t i o n authored a study on bracero labor. regulated by advocated for the states. blocking all “That means there were official Mexican immigration based on the idea that Mexicans were genetically contracts,” she said. “These contracts were backed by the states. If the inferior to white Americans. In order to find usable data, Clemens employer reneged on their contractual enlisted the help of Postel, who gathered guarantees … the U.S. government and digitized data about the flow of actually assumed liability.” Despite these differences in current bracero labor into the U.S. Postel spent two years gathering information from situation and that of the 1960s, both 10 archives in Washington, D.C., the Clemens and Lewis think that lessons Eisenhower Presidential Library in can be learned from the bracero Kansas and the Truman Presidential program and applied to the current Library in Missouri. The study was the political situation. “Policymakers cannot be so first to digitize this data. Clemens and Lewis began working confident about what effects they’re together to interpret the data in the fall going to get from those actions in labor of 2016. This month, they released their markets,” Clemens said. He said that just as the policy makers working paper, which is the first major study, to their knowledge, to accurately of the 1960s had misplaced confidence analyze the effects of the exclusion of that they were going to see an economic Mexican labor during the 1960s using boost, current policy makers cannot be so confident that they are going to get a complex economic model. “Our approach was ‘Let’s look at the desired results from their actions in the whole country and compare those labor markets. Lewis shared a similar states where these bracero workers were sentiment. “I want the message to be that concentrated,’” Lewis said. They used states with historically closing down borders does not tend to low levels of bracero labor as a control be a good way to help U.S. workers,” group to contrast with states with high Lewis said. FROM IMMIGRATION PAGE 1





Yossarian Lives

Camelot and Democracy

Political humor is the essential, necessary balm of a trying era. Vice President Mike Pence was apparently among the last people to learn that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had lied to him about his contacts with Russian operatives. Pence read about Flynn’s deceptions while reading the newspaper. “That’s comforting: at least our next president reads the newspaper,” Seth Meyers quipped. Meyers, one of a slew of politically savvy late night talk show hosts, exemplifies both the trend toward in-depth comedy and the increased necessity of political humor as our country endures a period of polarization and what some see as a slide toward autocracy. Political humor has been an essential component of American democracy from its inception. It started with newspaper cartoons and later came to include books, television, films and songs. From Joseph Heller’s iconic satire of American defense policy, “Catch-22,” to the Capitol Steps’ songs mocking both left and right, we depend on comedians not just to poke fun at a variety of political figures and ideas but also to impart uncomfortable truths that may otherwise find difficulty entering the national dialogue. Heller’s novel, now over 55 years old, remains not only shockingly funny but also endures as one of the foremost critiques of the American military, its treatment of soldiers and the way it wages war. Like Heller’s protagonist, bombardier Capt. John Yossarian, political humor remains alive and well, ever dodging out of the sticky situations that would end its reign. Today, we have numerous political comedians who are both widely watched and remarkably influential. Largely led by veterans of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” today’s host of late night comedians embrace a style of humor that relies upon research, fact and actual reporting. While John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is correct in saying that he and his peers are not journalists, their function can be remarkably similar. They use fact and wit to create arguments, dissect the news and, often, reach people who might not frequent conventional news media. More than that, however, political comedians help to provide solace and laughter to those increasingly upset by an administration that seems all too willing to engage with its most corrupt, authoritarian and discriminatory tendencies.

President Donald Trump seems willing to exact vengeance upon his opponents with the same zeal Heller’s Lt. Scheisskopf utilizes in pursuing “people with minds.” To Trump, the case against his critics is “open and shut. The only thing missing [is] something to charge [them] with.” It is an unfortunate comparison, but an apt one. When Trump and his cronies gripe ad infinitum about “fake news,” it falls to comedians — outside the mainstream media and Trump’s sphere of influence — to call him on his absurdities. But mainstream political comedy is hardly above reproach. While there is a great deal of diversity in viewpoints — from Stephen Colbert’s leftist Christianity to Meyers’ analytical liberalism to Samantha Bee’s progressive feminism — that diversity is primarily left-of-center. No major late night comedians are center-right, though some — most notably, Jimmy Fallon — are aggressively apolitical. But comedy typically serves to react to the government of the day. Former President Barack Obama met harsh criticism during his White House tenure, as did George W. Bush before him. Bill Clinton, 16 years out of the presidency, remains the butt of frequent jokes. And in this day and age, politically critical comedy is more essential than ever; few, if any, great political comedians have ever made an impact through wanton praise of the powerful. Well-researched mockery is deserved by our present administration. Much like Major Major Major Major in “Catch-22,” Trump has come into office “too late and too mediocre” — the former in that he has come to power in an age in which myriad forms of media exist to criticize his worst impulses, the latter in that almost all of his impulses contend for the title of worst. And, again like Major Major, “people who [meet] him [are] always impressed by how unimpressive he [is].” He is ripe for mockery, and — with data-driven, fact-based, very non-“fake news” techniques — many comedians have leapt to hold Trump and his administration accountable. So let’s laud our political comedians. They give us cause to laugh, but also to think, and that is essential. The editorial board consists of the opinion staff, the opinion editor, both executive editors and the editor-in-chief.

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Longing for the Kennedys and the days of America’s past glory. In a 1963 interview with Life magazine, the the importance of the words uttered at the newly widowed Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy bully pulpit. Our president is now a man who reflected on her husband’s days in the White refuses to even tell the truth. This is not just the House. “At night before we’d go to sleep, Jack deterioration of the president’s office. This, in liked to play some records; and the song he loved all likelihood, is the degradation of American the most came at the end of this record.” The democracy. record she referred to was the soundtrack of Alan Larry Diamond’s article in the Journal Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s broadway of Democracy best captures the threat musical, Camelot. facing Western democracy. He calls this “Don’t let it be forgot new authoritarian trend / That once there was a “If America still “democratic recession.” spot / For one brief shining Diamond describes an moment that was known / longs for the days of alarming trend in rate As Camelot.” of global democratic Camelot —for the “There will be great Around 2006, days of an exceptional growth. presidents … But there’ll “the expansion of freedom never be another Camelot America — it must and democracy in the … This was Camelot … first ask itself if it has world came to a prolonged Let’s not forget,” Jackie halt.” Since then, “there reached the point Kennedy said. has been no net expansion T he splendor of of no longer being in the number of electoral King Arthur’s fictional democracies, which has exceptional.” realm is comparable to oscillated between 114 and the magnificence that 119,” resulting in a decline described the Kennedy Era. Unofficially, in both “electoral and liberal democracy.” it was America’s royal family, with its most Particularly dangerous is that the United States prominent member commanding from the lacks immunity to these global trends. Diamond great white mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue. cites legislative gridlock and polarization as At his side was the gracious and exquisite wife, signs of democratic recession, along with descended from a lineage of wealthy socialites falling approval rates of Congress, low civic from the Hamptons. Together, they symbolized participation and low transparency around the an America that previous first couples could impact of money in politics. not. Their lives pointed to an optimistic vision Diamond’s article was written in 2015, of the future, a vision in which theories of which means it does not account for democratic exceptionalism were finally realized. In the recession exacerbated by a Trump presidency. Kennedy era, the American empire seemed to But if the past month has revealed anything, it be an unstoppable force for good, yearning to is that democratic recession could very well turn bring peace and prosperity to every corner of into a democratic depression. The people whose the world. very values and aspirations are recognized in a Most importantly, though, America was the democracy must save the institution from demise. foremost exemplary democracy. The different While the constitution provides a stringent parts of the system would work harmoniously system of checks and balances, if enough to create equal opportunity for every social politicians form coalitions that dispense with class and racial group. The postwar expansion the rules, anything is fair game. Republicans period was the largest economic boom up to lawmakers remain relatively lax on Trump’s that point, with standards of living — even for first disastrous month in office. They have not blacks, women and the poor — rising across pressed him to release his tax returns, nor have the board. Political capital slowly shifted away they tried to discredit any of his outrageous from the hands of white males, as social justice statements. Obvious signs of potential conflicts movements gave minority populations new of interest for Trump, notably his refusal to voting power. And even in the fog of the Cold establish a blind trust, are blithely pushed under War, the United States still commanded a nuclear the rug. Even serious matters of national security, arsenal unlike anything the world had ever seen. such as Michael Flynn’s communication with In short, Kennedy’s empire was vast, prosperous Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., are not enough and protected, just like the fictional Camelot. to merit serious investigation, according to Jason But like any good fairytale, there is a point Chaffetz, the Republican congressman whose where reality begins to destroy the facade of committee would lead any such investigation. perfection. The head of the world’s empire of If America still longs for the days of Camelot democracy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in — for the days of an exceptional America — it 1963. Five years later, Robert F. Kennedy, his must first ask itself if it has reached the point younger brother and a leading candidate for the of no longer being exceptional. American Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in exceptionalism has become, at times, a partisan 1968, was killed in Los Angeles, California. issue, making it harder or even impossible to Indeed, the American public (at least, discuss this matter. But one thing is certain: some of it) reflects wistfully on the Kennedy the current trend cannot continue. Unless days, especially since the current president is Congress becomes serious about checking the the antithesis of grace and poise. The office executive branch, or people actually exercise of the presidency is insulted, daily, by a man their civic duty, then it is only inevitable that — President Donald Trump — who refuses future generations will one day look back in to respect the institutions made long before sober remembrance of the “one brief shining him. He is a man who cannot comprehend moment” there was an America.




Winter Carnival incident reports consistent with previous years FROM CARNIVAL PAGE 1

taken into protective custody by Hanover Police and then transferred to Grafton County jail, Kinne said. T h e re we re 1 1 i n c i d e n t s regarding violations of liquor laws, which was consistent with previous Winter Carnivals, as there were 15 in 2014, six in 2015 and 11 in 2016, he added. Kinne said that he thought that there were overall less reported incidents this year, including the number of safe rides called, medical emergencies and alcohol violations. He added that Safety and Security tried to be more visible and mobile this Winter Carnival, in order to prevent people who may have been drunk from experiencing hypothermia, especially considering the snowbanks created by the weekend snowstorm. The weekend saw the return of classic events such as the polar bear swim, the human dogsled race and the ice sculpture contest, as well as the addition of new magic-themed events such as wand making, broomball and “Fantastic Birds.” Pack wrote that a record number of students, over 500, participated in the polar bear swim this Winter

raptors to campus from the Ver mont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont. Chen said that the opening ceremony this year had higher attendance than previous years, as it was moved from the top of the Hopkins Center to Collis “Over time the snow Common Ground, where of students came sculpture migrated to being hundreds and ate Harry-Potter themed the College’s responsibility, food such as butterbeer, when in reality it should be snitch cake pops and cauldron cupcakes. handled by students.” The students also organized and built a snow sculpture on the Green -ERIC CHEN ’17, WINTER prior to Winter Carnival. CARNIVAL COUNCIL CHAIR Chen said that there was controversy surrounding last year’s Winter Carnival to the weekend’s high snowfall and because there was no official the fact that the swim was held at sculpture. He added that he was happy to see students, rather than Occom Pond. “Last year the polar bear swim the administration, lead the snow was held in a kiddie pool in front sculpture creation. “Over time the snow sculpture of Collis, which wasn’t really the same as having it in Occom Pond migrated to being the College’s responsibility, when in reality it this year,” he said. Pack also said that 20 teams should be handled by students,” participated in the ice sculpture he said. He added that Collis was not contest, over 100 people attended the wand making event Saturday involved with the sculpture this afternoon and over 100 people year, so the students picked up the stopped by the “Fantastic Birds” responsibility. In addition, this year’s Winter event, which brought owls and Carnival. Winter Carnival Council chair Eric Chen ’17 said that people actually had to be turned down for the polar bear swim, since the event had to end by 5 p.m. Chen attributed the high participation


Students and community members gathered at the Occom Pond Party.

Carnival poster was more popular among students than those from previous years because it came across as more artistic than the more generic ones from the past, Chen said. Winter Carnival Council chair Audrey Scott ’19 said that the relatively cold weather and fresh snowfall right before Winter Carnival weekend allowed many students to participate in the 99¢ ski day, when tickets to the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme cost 99 cents. She added that last year many hills were closed due to a lack of snowfall and that this year students had access to the Skiway for the entire weekend. However, Scott pointed out that the snow also prevented certain events from occurring, such as the scheduled free ice skating day on Sunday. An ice skating rink was created for the first time on the

Green this year, but no one was able to ice skate because the snow could not be cleared in time, she said. Other events such as broomball did take place on the ice skating rink despite the snow, she added. Chen and Scott agreed that this year’s theme of magic was appealing to many people and that it fit well with the new housing system. “We tried to incorporate [the theme] into as many events as possible,” Scott said. William Roussell ’20 said that the snow enabled him to participate in many events during Winter Carnival, such as skiing for the first time and participating in the snowball fight, which occurred Sunday night. “The snowball fight was a perfect way to end Winter Carnival,” he said.




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Theater department’s winter musical ‘Urinetown’ opens tonight By JOYCE LEE

The Dartmouth Staff

A play about a dystopian society oppressed by a malevolent corporation during a harsh drought in which residents must pay to urinate does not seem to have much potential for laughs. However, the Dartmouth theater department’s presentation of the Tonywinning musical “Urinetown” promises a satirical play that is not only a laugh but also a look at contemporary issues

through the lens of a theater production. Director and theater professor James Horton said that he has been fond of and fascinated by “Urinetown” since he first saw the production in 2003. He had been looking for a musical that was fun and also had an “underbelly and a message.” “‘Urinetown’ was the perfect fit for me because it has a very satirical tone and is a very funny musical with a really important issue at its heart,” Horton said. “The notion of sustainability and


Dartmouth’s production of the Tony-winning musical “Urinetown” runs until Feb. 26.

how we as human beings manage our resources to take care of our planet ... is very large and figures especially largely for me at this moment.” Horton said that as the director, he made decisions to emphasize the musical’s nod to the work of Thomas Malthus, a scholar who wrote about the “Malthusian trap,” or the unsustainability of improvements in standards of living given rapid population growth. He said that it was a challenge for the production to bring this secondary theme into the foreground of the story, but this winter’s production attempts to do so by inserting Malthus’ quotes into the program and using barrels in the set. “We’re trying to bring the theme to life in a small way,” he said. “The whole set is also built on barrels and human waste — barrels of waste and oil and chemical waste and nuclear waste. There’s an idea of producing [all of that] and not figuring out a way to mediate the situation and how to responsibly take care of it. That is the principal artists’ choice that is connected thematically.” Associate scenic designer Julie Solomon ’17 said that when the design team first began speaking about the show, Horton was interested in how sustainability is a very important topic that is often lost within political discussion. “He was interested in ways we could play up that theme, and so something that came out of this discussion was the idea of toxic waste,” Solomon said. “So the set is made up of 55-gallon barrels. It’s very urban and grungy, and we’re building off this idea of environmental destruction and waste.” Solomon’s involvement with “Urinetown” is a two-term independent study under scenic designer Michael Ganio. She has been working on the production since the fall term,

researching, designing meetings and doing initial model work, which involved making small toilets, which were ultimately not used, and the barrels that will be in the production. This term, Solomon said that she has been heavily involved with creating props for the play. For these, she has been collaborating with Ganio, finishing the prop designs he begins. Set design is only one of the many aspects of the production that involves the work of students. The set management team of the production is also the class Theater 41, “Stage Management,” taught by theater professor Kathleen Cunneen, who has 25 years of stage management experience. A member of the set management team, Maya Frost-Belansky ’20, said that she feels like she is part of taking something new and vague and turning it into something focused when she works on the set. The initial process of set management began with planning rehearsals and the schedules and then taking “blocking notes” during rehearsals, which consist of recording where actors walk and come on as well as making the theater space a place where the actors can work. “Now that we’re in the space, it’s called ‘calling the show,’ which is telling the board operators and backstage crew what they need to do,” she said. “We’re putting all of the technical aspects together to work in conjunction with the actors to create the show.” The stage management team includes Frost-Belansky, Annie Furman ’19, Nic Bergen ’20, Cameron Buxton ’19, Jordyn Fitch ’20, Kerrigan Quenemoen ’20 and Veronica Williamson ’17. Quenemoen said that she works on the second act of the show, directing the technical light and sound cues as well as actors’ entrances and exits.

“It’s the unseen magic that sort of appears, and it’s what we’ve been working on for the past week,” she said. Quenemoen said that one of the interesting parts of the process has been watching Horton’s direction of the actors so that they are able to understand the relevance of the musical to current events. She said that directing choices regarding character development has also been interesting, as it draws on real-life inspiration from political figures in society today, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Frost-Belansky said that an important theme of the musical is the definition of power and corruption. She said that she enjoyed the musical’s message that to be passive in the face of oppressive powers is to put oneself in a position of powerlessness. Horton said that it is crucial that the theater department produces works of art that speak to the public and to current events. He said that in trying to contextualize the play, there will be a panel discussion entitled, “Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of ‘Urinetown’” at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the top of the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Horton, Dartmouth music professor Steve Swayne and University of Massachusetts-Amherst theater scholar Daniel Sack will be on the discussion panel. “The play is all about that — a dystopian moment,” Horton said. “Where the resources and water is gone and the people are forced to pay to pee, which is a strange concept for a funny musical. The idea for the event surrounding [the moment] is to contextualize what we feel as artists and academics in this country’s history. How does this play, which deals with a dystopian moment, echo what’s happening in our country right now?” “Urinetown” is running in Moore Theater until Feb. 26.


On Feb. 21, there will be a panel discussion titled, “Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of ‘Urinetown.’”



SPORTS Tearing Up the Playbook with Sam Stockton ’19 It’s the Caps’ Year, Again Well, it’s February, and, once again, the Washington Capitals are head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the National Hockey League. In fact, the Capitals have the second most points in the league, have only lost three times in 2017 and have scored five or more goals in 11 consecutive home games. Furthermore, they are at the top of every NHL power rankings. They lead the league in’s “Simple Rating System,” which rates the relative strength of every team in the NHL. They are second in goals against average and rank among the best in the league on the power play and penalty kill. With this much success, how could the Capitals possibly lose? Before we let Alex Ovechkin hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, it’s worth noting that people have seemingly praised the Capitals every year since Ovechkin first made the playoffs in 2008. Yet despite the consistent success, Ovechkin has never even made it to the Eastern Conference finals, let alone the Stanley Cup Finals. I grew up in Washington, D.C. and have watched the excitement around this team build since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005. I think Caps fans find themselves in a unique bind. They are at once Golden State Warriors fans and Cleveland Browns fans. The Capitals are not a storied NHL franchise, yet they have emerged as a consistent contender in recent years. This can make a Caps fan feel like a fair-weather fan. At the same time, the Capitals have never won anything. The Ovechkin-era Capitals have never made it past the second round of the playoffs, and the franchise’s only trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998 ended in an embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. So on top of being a fair-weather

fan, you’re the fan of a team that can’t win. The Capitals have come to a point where they are dismissed as a “regular season” team. The criticism is fair, and the Caps have to recognize that this narrative will be leveraged against them until they beat it and actually win something. As a lifelong Caps fan, I can only imagine that rooting for the Caps is like being in love with someone out of your league who constantly drops heavy hints that the two of you are about to get married. Then just as you’re going out to a fancy dinner, and the champagne comes to the table, your date knocks over everything that was on the table and leaves abruptly before you’ve even ordered. But they do the same thing the next year, and you fall for it all over again. Every year, the Caps have one of the best records in the league. They play lights-out hockey down the stretch, but come playoffs the team just can’t finish the job. Last year’s run is a perfect example. In 2016, the Caps were the best the NHL had to offer from the very start of the season. They looked unbeatable. In the first round, they took down the Philadelphia Flyers, making it look about as easy as a six-game NHL playoff series can look. Then they found themselves matched up with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Heroics from T.J. Oshie in Game 1 had the league buzzing: was it finally the Caps’ year? Then the Caps dropped three straight. From a 3-1 hole, Washington showed herculean strength to hold off the Pens in Game 5, sending the series back to Pittsburgh. There, the Capitals fell behind 3-0, only to rally back to force overtime. They dominated the overtime period, got a heroic diving shot block from Jay Beagle to keep the game alive. However, the Penguins’ Nick Bonino found a rebound and blew it past Braden Holtby to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 win in Game 6. Season over. There was no doubt in my mind that the Capitals would have won a Game 7 in Washington, and if that’s not proof that loving something can mess with your head, I don’t know what is. This year’s Caps have filled all the voids that plagued previous Caps teams. They have found a playmaking center to play behind Nicklas Backstrom in Evgeny Kuznetsov. In Oshie, they have a talented winger to play on the first line with Backstrom and Ovechkin.




hearing about it. I don’t care about Charles Oakley or James Dolan — as far as I’m concerned, they’re both in the wrong. The only debate I want to hear about the Knicks is whether the next Knick to win a title has been born yet. (2) Here is your mid-February reminder that the professional baseball season is ridiculously long. The season ended in the wee hours of Nov. 2 when Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez at first to clinch the Chicago Cubs’ first title since 1908. Now, in mid-February, the Major League’s 30 teams are back in training after just a few short months off. After how good the World Series last year was, I, for one, am excited to see everybody

get back at it in 2017. (3) It came out this week that Bill Belichick will be narrating a documentary on World War II to be released on PBS in the spring. I cannot explain enough how much I love this idea. Because I love Belichick and know he has strong military ties, I think it will be a compelling program, but more importantly I’d like this to open the door for more figures from the sports world to narrate documentaries. Tell me you wouldn’t listen to Brett Favre voice over a Civil War program or Ovechkin narrate Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. This is a growth market, and I’d like to see it tapped into.




varsity sports teams competing this Saturday, one of the busiest sports days of the term

Ivy League men’s basketball teams, including Dartmouth, are 2-6 in conference play

the women’s tennis team’s record after winning the ECAC Indoor Championship




the ranking of the women’s lacrosse team in the Ivy League preseason poll released last Friday

shots on the season for the women’s ice hockey team, last in the ECAC and 557 shots fewer than league leader Colgate University

men’s basketball’s season-high FG percent last Saturday against Brown University

The Caps have four lines that can score goals and three defensive pairings that can present challenges to an opponent in all three zones. I don’t see one reason the Caps shouldn’t win the Stanley Cup this year, but I’ve said that before. Musings of the Week: (1) I think I speak for everyone outside the City of New York (and probably most people within it) when I say I don’t want to hear another word about the New York Knicks. Somehow the Knicks have built up this mythology about being a great franchise with a storied history who play in this “Mecca of basketball” without actually doing anything on the court. I’m sick of

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