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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
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Steinberg ’15 remembered Trustees support new, stricter assault policy By SEAN CONNOLLY
The Dartmouth Staff
Courtesy of Kathryn MacNaughton
Friends called Blaine Steinberg ’15, who died March 7 after a heart attack, positive and friendly.
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Dressed in neon pink tights, a sequined shirt and a black cape, Blaine Steinberg ’15 sat in Dartmouth Broadcasting’s studio, describing her typical Sunday afternoon to the station’s general manager. Under the name D.J. Blizzle, Steinberg listed her daily routine: she would do CrossFit with her father and then watch her favorite sport of the season: football, hockey or baseball. “She was laughing the entire time, sitting there in her ﬂair,” said Kathryn Mac-
Naughton ’15, Steinberg’s close friend and the station’s general manager. “That moment really epitomizes Blaine’s spirit — her love of sports, her love of family, of being with her friends.” Family and friends remember Steinberg, who died March 7 after a sudden heart attack, for her positive demeanor and inclusive attitude. Her loved ones called her caring and driven. She built community wherever she went, and her competitive spirit drove her to work hard, with integrity. Steinberg, 20, of Wynnewood, Pa., was a natural
leader from an early age, said her father, Sid Steinberg. The captain of her high school’s soccer and lacrosse teams, Steinberg respected younger players, who “ﬂocked to her,” he said. She was also a camp counselor and a member of student government. Yet despite these commitments, Sid Steinberg, who would tuck a note into the lunch he packed for her daily, said his daughter prioritized time with friends and family. Steinberg’s friends recalled how she kept in touch with those back home, and SEE STEINBERG PAGE 2
Students found guilty of sexual assault involving penetration, oralgenital contact or oral-anal contact after use of force, threat or purposeful incapacitation of a survivor, as well as students motivated by bias or with prior records of sexual assault who commit these acts, would face expulsion from the College if a proposed disciplinary policy is enacted. Alumni, national sexual assault advocates and students expressed cautious optimism about the proposal, with many calling it a move in the right direction. The proposal, released March 14, would set a “strong presumption” that any sexual assault would result in expulsion, regardless of intent, means or a perpetrator’s prior violations. Current College policy says that students guilty of actual or attempted sexual penetration without consent or those guilty of repeatedly committing sexual misconduct “should be prepared to be permanently separated from the College.” The proposed policy includes stipulations and possible sanctions
for both individuals and organizations who aid or incite others to commit or cover up sexual assault and those who retaliate against a person involved in a sexual assault case. Possible sanctions according to the proposed policy include: organizational removal from College-owned housing, loss of College recognition, expulsion, probation and ﬁnes. Trained external investigators will review sexual assault complaints under the new proposal. Currently, Safety and Security conducts investigations to determine College sanctions. Three College ofﬁcials — the director of judicial affairs, the Title IX coordinator and a representative designated by the dean of the alleged perpetrator’s school — would determine sanctions for those found responsible, not a Committee on Standards panel, under the proposed policy. The proposed policy deﬁnes consent as “clear and unambiguous agreement, expressed in mutually understandable words or actions, to engage in a particular activity.” Consent can SEE ASSAULT PAGE 3
Hanlon’s spring class to Prosecution starts case against Gilbert dissect College budget B y MARINA ShKuratov
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Over 150 students, faculty and staff will learn about the intricacies of Dartmouth’s ﬁnancial planning process in the Ofﬁce of the President’s new program, “Inside Dartmouth’s Budget.” The program, launching this term, aims to promote greater understanding of the College’s budgeting process, College President Phil Hanlon said. The 166-person program consists of ﬁve two-hour ses-
sions that will run from April 2 to May 1. Hanlon, executive vice president and chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer Rick Mills and vice president for ﬁnance Mike Wagner will lead the program. Several professors have been involved in planning discussions and will participate in a panel on the last day of the course, Hanlon said. The series will focus on exploring Dartmouth’s costs and funding sources, College spokesperson Justin Anderson SEE BUDGET PAGE 5
The trial against Parker Gilbert ’16 began last week with the prosecution arguing that he raped a female undergraduate student vaginally, orally and anally after entering her room uninvited the morning of May 2, 2013. Gilbert, 21, is charged with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against the female undergraduate student, 19, and one count of criminal trespass. Gilbert, who was arrested May 15, is no longer enrolled in classes at Dartmouth.
He could serve up to 20 years in prison for each count of sexual assault. As a general practice, The Dartmouth does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault. Both sides agreed that Gilbert entered the complainant’s room early on May 2 and that penetrative intercourse occurred between them. A female ﬂoormate of the complainant was in bed with her during the night of the alleged attack, but she was under the inﬂuence of alcohol and anxiety medication, which she said sometimes induces memory loss. To preserve the complainant’s anonymity, The
Dartmouth has not identiﬁed this witness or other ﬂoormates of the alleged victim. Earlier that night, Gilbert and the complainant had interacted brieﬂy at Beta Alpha Omega fraternity. The complainant went to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center the afternoon of May 2, where she was examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner. Both sides also agreed that the complainant vomited when she saw Gilbert outside Psi Upsilon fraternity the following Friday night. Gilbert later sent her an email, saying he must have acted SEE GILBERT PAGE 5
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DAily debriefing Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., visited the Upper Valley on Saturday as part of his “Main Streets & Living Rooms” tour through New Hampshire, where he is considering running for the seat currently held by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., the Valley News reported. Destinations included a maple sugar house in Orford and a dairy farm in Piermont, as well as stops in Hanover and Lebanon. Brown emphasized his desire to address the biggest issues facing Congress, like health care and the economy. Brown was a Massachusetts senator from 2010, when he won the special election to ﬁll the seat left vacant after the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to 2012, when he lost the general election to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The Vermont House of Representatives is considering raising the tax on cigarettes by 50 cents per pack to $3.12, Vermont Public Radio reported. The approximately $5 million in new revenue would help fund the new Vermont health care exchange and several other health care programs. This tax isan alternative to the proposal Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., released in January, which would fund the health care programs by doubling the tax on insurance companies’ health care claims. Though the governor’s plan would raise $14 million, legislators raised concerns that consumers would bear the burden for the tax’s cost. Supporters of the cigarette tax increase said that because smoking brings higher health care costs, the plan is an appropriate way to raise revenue for health care programs and may also lower cigarette consumption. The last tobacco tax increase was by 38 cents a pack, in 2011. Despite an abundance of snow, New Hampshire’s 7,000plus miles of snowmobile tracks are likely to close soon due to a lack of maintenance funds, the Union Leader reported. The $1.7 million reserve the state uses to support trail maintenance ran out on Wednesday and, although private groups may continue to raise their own funds, the snowmobiling season will likely end in the next few days. Additionally, 85 percent of the system’s trails run through private property, and many must close when property owners begin logging and maple sugaring in April. – COMPILED BY THE DARTMOUTH SENIOR STAFF
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Friends recall Steinberg’s love, care FROM STEINBERG PAGE 1
Taylor Magnuson ’15 said Steinberg’s friendship reminded her to value family ties. “Family was so important to her,” she said. “They’re such strong people, just like Blaine.” Over sophomore summer, Elizabeth Blackburn ’15 said she and Steinberg played tennis and, between rallies, they discussed their families. “It seemed like the longest water break ever, but maybe that’s because it was so meaningful to me — that it feels way bigger,” Blackburn said. “We just sat and talked about our sisters and about how close we were with them.” Steinberg was a “stop-and-talker,” said Felicia Wilkins ’15, Steinberg’s freshman ﬂoormate and a member of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Many students wave and ask “how are you” as they pass one another on campus, but Steinberg’s “presence would require you to stop,” Wilkins said. Steinberg, who joined Kappa her sophomore winter, had a genuine, caring nature that touched the people around her, said Rachel Ofori ’14, the sorority’s president. John Higgins ’14, a friend of Steinberg’s, agreed. “If you were with her in her presence,” he said, “you were just happier by nature, just from being around her.” Wilkins said the song “Lean On Me,” by Bill Withers, reminds her of Steinberg. “She wanted to be that person for everyone,” she said. After Torin Tucker ’15 died in early February, Steinberg insisted on connecting with the people she cared about. “She was talking about how you never know what’s going to happen in life,” said Matt MacDowell ’15, a friend who had lived on Steinberg’s freshman ﬂoor. Friends and family said Steinberg threw herself into her activities. An avid athlete and competitor, Steinberg played soccer and lacrosse in high school. A torn A.C.L. kept her off the soccer ﬁeld her senior fall, yet she coached and cheered for the team at many games and scrimmages, said Ed Marks, her soccer coach and high school history teacher. After the injury, “she was a lot sadder than she let on, but she channeled a lot of that into something so positive,” said Joya Ahmad, a friend since middle school. “She could put the hard stuff behind her. Or, if not behind her, she could ﬁnd a way to live with it and create a positive experience for other people.” Steinberg spent her adolescent summers at Camp Walden, a seven-week all-girls camp in southern Maine. She attended for seven years and became a counselor as soon as she could. Jill Steinberg, Blaine’s mother, went to Walden, as did her sister, Leigh. Sheltered from outside pressures, the setting teaches campers responsibility for one another, said camp director
Kathy Jonas. At Walden, in this environment, Steinberg thrived. “She came into herself, she blossomed into the amazing person that she came to be,” said Dani Chasin, who attended Walden with Steinberg. “She grew even stronger than she already was.” Carrie Wolf ’15 met Steinberg at Walden, after their mothers — both Walden alumnae — introduced the girls. Though they lived states apart during the school year, the two “never let geography get in the way,” Wolf said. They wrote each other peer recommendations when applying to Dartmouth, and at the College, they spoke every day, rooming together during sophomore summer. “She’s my day-to-day, she’s my go-to girl,” Wolf said. “There was this love and understanding and forgiveness that was so unique.” Dartmouth, Steinberg’s father said, reminded her of camp in its spirit and emphasis on the outdoors. Steinberg was recruited to play lacrosse, but two concussions during her freshman fall left her unable to compete, said Jess Frieder ’15, who grew up with Steinberg and is a Dartmouth lacrosse goalie. Though she faced a difﬁcult recovery and left the team her sophomore year, Steinberg found other ways to stay involved in athletics. As sports director for Dartmouth Broadcasting, she coordinated radio broadcasts and hosted the Big Green Scene, a weekly half-hour sports talk show. Last year, she interviewed Julie Foudy, an Olympic gold medalist who played for the U.S. women’s soccer team. It was the highlight of her time at the studio, WFRD morning show host Chris Garrett said. Last fall, Steinberg pursued her interest in sports reporting as an ESPN intern. “It was her dream internship,” Magnuson said. “I’m so happy she was able to conquer that.” Steinberg found time each day to watch sports news and complete her workout routine, calling her father after her workouts to compare notes, said Janine Leger ’15, who roomed with Steinberg last spring. “She just did it effortlessly because that was what she was passionate about,” Leger said. Steinberg’s passion came across in academics, too. She was a conscientious student who threw herself into her favorite subjects, friends and teachers said. Steinberg’s greatest impact at the William Penn Charter School, in Philadelphia, Ahmad said, came from her presence at student diversity club meetings. The only white student who attended, Steinberg shared an understanding of the way race and privilege impacted both her own experience and the experience of others, Ahmad said. Steinberg was the type of student who draws faculty to Dartmouth, said history professor Edward Miller, who
taught her in a Vietnam War course this winter. Steinberg, who studied history and international relations, cared about learning for its own sake, Miller said. She participated in discussions enthusiastically and reached out to others outside of class. Her father said Steinberg threw herself into everything she did with verve. “The glass for her was not half-full,” he said. “The glass for her was overﬂowing all the time, and that’s something that we cherished about her.” Last winter, Steinberg went on a Birthright trip to Israel through Dartmouth’s Chabad. She left with questions about her religion and was eager to learn more this spring by participating in Sinai Scholars, a national Jewish education program, at the College. Dartmouth’s spring Sinai Scholars program will be dedicated to her memory. Steinberg took pride in being Jewish, said Frieder, who attended Rosh Hashanah dinners with her at Dartmouth. Rabbi Moshe Gray met Steinberg when she began attending Shabbat dinners at Chabad. On the Birthright trip, which Gray led, they bonded over their love of CrossFit and sports. After discovering at a Jerusalem hotel that the attached gym was for men only, Steinberg was undeterred and decided to instead exercise in the hallway. Gray, Steinberg and other trip members sprinted and did handstand push-ups in the hotel’s narrow halls, while other guests were “not really sure how to deal with this rabbi upside down,” Gray said, laughing. On March 8, Gray hosted what he thought would be a small gathering of Birthright participants to honor and discuss Steinberg’s life, but students kept arriving. Around 60 people attended, he said, including former teammates and visiting friends from home. Veronica Leonard ’14, who gathered about 100 of Steinberg’s friends on campus for a memorial service in the Hillel sanctuary on March 10, remembered Steinberg’s ability to change a mood with a bright greeting or a smile from across the room. At the funeral in Wynnewood, held on March 10, approximately 1,200 people packed into Main Line Reform Temple. Her high school sent three buses full of students to the service, said Travis Larrabee, the director of Penn Charter’s upper school. Before the funeral, Gonsalves met several of Steinberg’s camp friends. Gonsalves told Kristen Levy, a Walden friend, that she knew several Walden songs because Steinberg sang them so often. Levy said she wasn’t surprised. “She was the type of person who brought her worlds together.” Steinberg is a former member of The Dartmouth business staff. A memorial service for Steinberg will be held on Thursday, April 3.
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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
Cautious optimism follows policy announcement FROM ASSAULT PAGE 1
be withdrawn at any time and must be voluntarily given, the policy says. Members of the Dartmouth community can comment on or submit suggestions to the policy by email or on Improve Dartmouth until April 14. Trustees expressed unanimous support for the proposal, which the College aims to enact by summer 2014, during the March 8 Board of Trustees meeting. Alumni, national sexual assault advocates and students said that while the proposal shows promise, there are still improvements to be made. Susy Struble ’93, founder of the nonprofit advocacy organization Dartmouth Change, said the proposal exemplifies the type of leadership she has hoped for. More work — like releasing comprehensive data about the frequency of sexual assault incidents — should be done, she said, and campus attitudes toward sexual assault should be better evaluated. The lack of openly available data has created a credibility gap between administrators and community members, she said. This makes it hard to assess if problems are being effectively addressed. “We want to know that whatever they are putting in place matches the problem,” she said. “That’s why our number-one thing is that we need independent analysis.” Occidental College professor Caroline Heldman, co-founder of End Rape on Campus and the lead complainant in Occidental College’s Title IX complaint, said the trustees’ decision is positive from a national perspective. At other schools, she noted, students calling for mandatory expulsion for sexual assault perpetrators have often faced resistance from administrators. She said it was impressive that the Board of Trustees was acting on the issue, as it has the most institutional power. Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault chair Will Scheiman ’14 said in an email that the proposal is, in part, a result of the collaboration between the SPCSA, Hanlon and Johnson. The group looks forward to hearing campus input at its April 4 symposium. Holli Weed ’14, who has worked extensively with sexual violence issues on campus, said she was not surprised by the announcement or its source. Many different groups, faculty, alumni and students have asked for change, she said. Arun Reddy ’17 said that while he supports the policy, he questions its eventual impact since it does not target campus culture. Other Ivy League universities, as well as other institutions facing Title IX investigations and Clery Act
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complaints, are considering similar policies. Harvard University’s policy has also been strongly criticized, The Huffington Post and The Crimson reported in partnership. At Harvard, penalties for sexual harassment depend on the nature of the offense and range from reprimand to dismissal. Unlike many American universities, including Dartmouth, Harvard does not have an affirmative consent policy. Affirmative consent defines sexual assault as occurring in the absence of enthusiastic verbal or physical consent. It must not be given as a result of physical coercion or threat of bodily harm. Swarthmore is reviewing its sexual misconduct policy and currently has an interim sexual assault and harassment policy, which places all responsibility for investigating and taking appropriate action on Swarthmore, not the complainant. Amherst College, which saw two former students file Title IX complaints against its handling of sexual assault in the fall, expelled a student this winter for committing sexual assault, a punishment that had not been used for sexual assault in over a decade. Josh Schiefelbein and Sera Kwon contributed reporting to this article.
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senior staff columnist lorelei yang ’15
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Saving the SAT
No to the ‘Nuclear Option’
The new SAT still fails to address the test’s flaws. As the debate over the College Board’s imminent changes to the SAT continues, I cannot help but feel that many people ignore an important fact: the SAT, or any standardized test, better predicts factors like family income and parents’ education levels than it does academic success in college. Neither the current SAT nor the proposed new exam pass muster as predictors of students’ potential to be academically successful and intellectually engaged in college. Clearly, there is no easy answer— the debate persists even after academics and institutions have proposed myriad changes. One suggestion from Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, is to completely eradicate multiple choice exams. In an interview with Time Magazine, Botstein called multiple-choice exams like the SAT “woefully invalid” predictors of academic aptitude and future workplace challenges; instead, Botstein proposed a “rigorous but enlightening process” that combines pedagogy and high-tech software to reveal students’ capabilities. In 1999, Harvard University professor Howard Gardner — famed for his theory of multiple intelligences — argued for exams that tested “disciplinary” modes of thinking such as history, science, math and art over the SAT. Such exams, he argued, would be better metrics of students’ comfort with “the intellectual core.” He advocated for AP exams over SAT scores as measures of this quality. Fifteen years later, this might mean emphasizing SAT subject tests, AP exams and IB results over the SAT in the admissions process. State end-of-course tests, alternatively referred to as state tests, are another alternative. In 2001, this idea was narrowly defeated in North Carolina, where the state legislature failed to pass a bill that would have directed the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to incorporate the state’s end-of-course testing into admissions and placement decisions in UNC schools. Using state tests in admissions for state colleges could be a good choice for schools that admit a high proportion of students from in state; in these cases, using state exams would give admissions officers a better sense of an individual student’s scholastic competency against the state curriculum.
Another potential route is the one that Oxford University has traditionally used. While Oxford looks at students’ A-levels, it also has its own tests for various courses that students must take as part of their application process. For elite colleges that have the means and desire to truly customize their selection process for new students, this route has the advantage of forcing potential applicants to truly invest in a particular course of study and demonstrate their suitability for that course. Finally, a number of colleges have abolished the SAT as an admissions metric altogether. Over 150 test-optional and test-flexible schools are currently listed on the website of Fair Test, an organization that aims to improve standardized testing. These schools have various reasons for transitioning to test-optional or test-flexible status. Many are arts schools that weigh portfolios and non-academic accomplishment more highly than traditional scholarship, and others embrace the belief that exams are inherently flawed and therefore unreliable as predictors of students’ potential for achievement in college. Of course, none of these solutions are perfect. There are numerous issues with abolishing the SAT altogether, even if it is a flawed instrument. College admissions aside, Kathryn Juric, vice president of the College Board’s SAT program, argues that the SAT “gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their college-preparedness despite inconsistent grading systems through the nation’s high schools” and “provide[s] a national, standardized benchmark that neutralizes the risk of grade inflation.” To some extent, this is true. At the very least, the SAT provides admissions officers with a sense of students’ abilities to study for a set of question types. However, the SAT is unsatisfactory for those who believe that the mere ability to study for a test is not the best standard for college admissions. There are no easy fixes to the SAT in its current or proposed future form. In order for the SAT to stay relevant to colleges that value students’ capabilities as thinkers, the College Board must craft an exam that tests intellectual capability in and of itself, rather than one’s ability to work through a limited set of questions.
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Allowing a simple majority to overrule filibusters is unacceptable. Last fall, the rules of the U.S. Senate were fundamentally changed. This change will drastically alter how our government functions and threatens to destroy the checks and balances historically in place. It represents what may be the single greatest abuse of power in the last 200 years in our system of governance. Yet it has received relatively little media coverage. The change, allowing a simple majority to overcome filibusters on judicial nominations, a move known as the “nuclear option,” threatens the integrity of the Senate’s ability to give voice to minority party members, which has been vital to our democracy. In Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives have traditionally functioned in different ways. Based on how voting occurs, the House is controlled completely by the majority, and so if one comes from the minority party, then that individual has very little say in what passes the House. In the Senate, however, minority voices may be heard. In general, the Senate was a place where debate over bills could thrive, and each Senator could wield some significant influence on the bill’s final shape. Because bills required 60 votes to pass in the Senate, the majority had to work with members in the minority for bipartisan compromise. This functioned to mitigate the power that any one group could consolidate — one of the finest examples of checks and balances and division of power within our government. However, the Senate’s Democratic leadership recently fundamentally altered this, something which warrants the attention of every American. There has been a longstanding history of abuse by the majority in the Senate, through a tactic known as “filling the tree.” In this situation, the majority leader fills every possible avenue for amendments to the bill, effectively preventing minority members from altering the bill. This is not something new, but in recent years, there has been an unprecedented increase in its use. Rather than allowing real
debate in the Senate, this tactic simply alienates the minority party’s members by taking away their right to amend the bill. Regardless of your beliefs or party with which you lean, this tactic must be viewed as unscrupulous and antithetical to genuine debate. Although the minority in the Senate has continually had its voice eroded away by the usurping of members’ ability to make amendments, the minority still had one avenue available to them: the right to talk on the Senate floor. While this sometimes led to the dreaded “filibustering” of executive and judicial appointments, it at least provided a way for the minority (and a large minority — having to act together as a unit with at least 41 votes) to exert some influence on the majority and have its voice heard. This could prevent either side from “stacking the bench” on influential courts, as President Obama arguably tried to do with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second most influential court in the nation. And so this single last power of the Senate minority, which has served an important function despite frustrating both parties, has now been taken away, with the decision by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to use the “nuclear option” last fall. It allows a simple majority to control the Senate, rather than share power with a large minority. Interestingly, he himself called such a tactic in 2008 “a black chapter in the history of the Senate,” which had the potential to ruin the country. Yet this further disenfranchisement of the Senate minority is what materialized under his leadership. Whereas the Senate was once the bastion of debate where the minority could be heard, in one fell swoop the institution has been ruined by the actions of one man, who placed partisan politics ahead of the health and well-being of the nation. Invoking the nuclear option is more than just a rule change. It will undoubtedly alter how the Senate operates — permanently — and not for the better. It is a step down the road to autocracy — not democracy.
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128 Number of pitches thrown by Mike Concato ’17 in a 3-2 win over Kansas Sunday.
24 Points by the women’s track and field team at NCAAs, an all-time program high.
7 Consecutive goals surrendered by the men’s lacrosse team in the second quarter against Harvard.
12 Saves by women’s lacrosse goalie Kristen Giovanniello ’14 in a 12-9 win against Columbia.
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D’Agostino shines as track teams succeed at NCAAs
night for the 3,000-meter run to try to win her seventh overall title, the The Dartmouth Staff most ever by an Ivy League athlete. Abbey D’Agostino ’14 made his- Employing a similar strategy as she tory at the NCAA Division I Indoor did for the 5,000-meter, she won the National Championships in Albu- 3,000 in a time of 9:14.47, almost querque, N.M., becoming the first two seconds ahead of second-place woman in Division I history to win the finisher, University of Arkansas 3,000-meter race and 5,000-meter junior Dominique Scott. race national titles indoor in back- While the women’s distance medto-back years. As a result she was ley relay qualified with D’Agostino named the U.S. Track & Field and as the anchor, Dartmouth coaches Cross Country Coaches Association swapped in Markowitz after her 2014 Women’s Division I Indoor runner-up finish in the mile at the National Track Athlete of the Year, Ivy League Championships. Maran honor she received in 2013 and kowitz ran the lead-off 1,200-meter leg, and Giorin the fall crossdano replaced country season. “We weren’t sure how D’Agostino, Led b y the team would do running the final D ’ A g o s t i n o , overall, but my goal was 1,600 meters. t h e wo m e n’s to stick with the other “ W e team finished girls. I felt like I was we re n’t s u re with an all-time how the team program-high struggling behind but I would do over24 points, tying was actually able to stay all, but my goal Stanford Uni- close and hand off.” was to stick with versity for sevthe other girls,” enth place. The Markowitz said. University of Oregon finished - elizabeth markowitz ’16 “I felt like I was struggling befirst in the meet hind but I was with 44 points. All of the women competing left actually able to stay close and hand Albuquerque with All-American off.” honors. Megan Krumpoch ’14 fin- Although some of Giordano’s ished sixth in the 800-meter run and competitors had better personal the distance medley relay composed bests, the sophomore moved past runof Elizabeth Markowitz ’16, Jennifer ners to garner the final All-American Meech ’16, Kumproch, and Dana spot for the Big Green. In her first season focusing on the Giordano ’16 finished in eighth. D’Agostino won her sixth na- 800-meter run instead of the hurdles, tional title when she finished first in Krumpoch qualified for finals in the the 5,000-meter run with a time of event by finishing fifth in her heat. 16:20.39. She had aimed to stick with Her time was fast enough time to the lead pack, but the race started be the sixth overall qualifier. In the slow and freshman Erin Finn from finals she finished sixth with a time the University of Michigan took a of 2:06.84, earning her second Allbig lead. D’Agostino led the chase pack, slowly closing the gap as Finn tired. “There was a certain point where I heard my coach yell, ‘Don’t let her get too far ahead,’” D’Agostino said. “I was pretty confident that if I tried to close the gap slow enough, the race was long enough.” She returned to the track the next
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Women’s rugby sweeps Scotland tour
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The women’s rugby team kicked off its season with a training tour through Scotland over spring break. The team returned to the U.S. with a 3-0 record and experience that will help it in its 7s season this spring. The team entered the competition unsure what level of competition to expect, Allie Brouckman ’15 said, and was surprised to win all three games. She noted that the victories bode well for the remainder of the season. The Big Green played both university and club teams. The Big Green defeated the
University of St. Andrews 29-19, Stirling County women’s rugby club 14-8 and the University of Glasgow 33-7. The game against St. Andrews was back-and-forth at the beginning, but the Big Green eventually put the home team away. “It was a really fun game to play — fun getting our groove back,” Diana Wise ’15 said. “We were a little rusty, but we had some great plays and great team tries.” Stirling’s players, who came from the club team and the local university, were much larger than the Big Green’s, which made it a hard-fought game.
“We were nervous but were aggressive, especially in contact and on defense,” Wise said. “Defense is normally one of our weaknesses, but a lot of players played very aggressively and made some game-saving tackles. Since it was such a low-scoring game, we needed to be really good on defense.” Against Glasgow, the Big Green came out strong and dominated its host university. The team was able to play many of its younger players in the win. Audrey Perez ’17 and Aiko Laski ’17 both scored tries in the win. SEE W RUGBY PAGE SW 7
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The men’s lacrosse team dropped two games against No. 12 Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University over break. In one of its last non-conference game of the season, against the Nittany Lions (4-4), the Big Green (1-4, 0-1 Ivy) lost 10-6. Dartmouth fell to the Crimson (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) 16-7 thanks to Harvard’s 7-1 second quarter. The Big Green entered the matchup with Penn State after earning its first win of the season against Sacred Heart University. The Nittany Lions hoped to break a two-game losing streak. Playing strong teams, like Penn State, is a good opportunity for the Big Green to see where it stands, Phil Hession ’15 said. The teams traded goals, and a late goal from Penn State tied the game 2-2 as the first quarter ended. The Big Green fought back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead on goals by KC Beard ’16 and Mike Olentine ’14. The Nittany Lions came out firing in the second, trying to force Dartmouth back on its heels. Blair Friedensohn ’16 recorded two saves before finally giving up a goal with 12 minutes left in the half. The Big Green scored with 2:40 to play in the half to tie
the game. Coming from a time out, Beard fed Olentine for his second of the game. Dartmouth peppered the Penn State goalie with shots at the end of the half, but none could break the tie. “Finishing in crucial moments and really understanding how to win a complete game is something that takes time to develop at the Division I level, and those are skills we don’t necessarily have as a young team right now,” Hession said. The Nittany Lions roared back in the third quarter, outscoring Dartmouth 4-1. The two teams traded goals during the first 11 minutes of the second half, but Penn State found a rhythm and picked apart the Big Green defense. After the home team took a 5-4 lead, the Big Green managed one shot in about one minute of possession time. In the fourth quarter, Dartmouth could not mount enough offense to overcome the three-goal deficit, despite 14 shots. Yet the offensive fury did not translate into goals — the Nittany Lions actually increased their lead in the final frame, scoring three goals to the Big Green’s two. In the second game, the Big Green traveled to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard. The Crimson finished second to last in the Ivy League last year, ahead of
Dartmouth. The Big Green scored twice in the first quarter and earned a 2-0 lead. Hession won a faceoff, ran down the field at the goal and passed it at the last second to Jack McCormick ’17 who shot and scored his first collegiate goal. With two and a half minutes left in the first, Dartmouth’s second goal came after Cam Lee ’16 recovered a wide shot from Jack Connolly ’16, scoring 17 seconds later. “Our goal was to play at our potential for four quarters and after holding the Crimson scoreless in the first, we were off to a great start,” Robert Osgood ’15 said. The second quarter put the game out of reach for Dartmouth. The team surrendered seven straight goals, all from different players. The last three of the Crimson’s goals came when the Big Green was down a man. With just one second to go in the brutal quarter, Jake Weil ’15 cut the deficit to 7-3 with a man-down goal. The Ivy teams had near-level shot totals, faceoff percentages, ground balls and turnover. Harvard converted on four of six man-up opportunities, while the Big Green could not convert any of its five opportunities. The team hosts defending Ivy champion No. 3 Cornell University on Saturday.
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The baseball team challenged itself over spring interim when it traveled down south to two Big 12 diamonds in Forth Worth, Texas and Lawrence, Kan., to play Texas Christian University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Kansas. According to Collegiate Baseball rankings, TCU and Kansas are ranked 27 and 18 in the nation, respectively. The team tallied two wins in nine games, taking a win in the second game of the series against Nebraska-Omaha and the ﬁnal game against Kansas in a dramatic extra-inning affair. In Lawrence, the team met former captain and Kansas native Jack Monahan ’09, who led the team to an Ivy League Championship at the College. The speech he gave, co-captain Dustin Selzer ’14 said, provided the Big Green players with perspective, reminding them that many of their goals are still ahead of them. “He stood up and spoke and said that we came to Dartmouth to play baseball and to get a great education,” Selzer said. Monahan encouraged the players to focus on the Ivy Championship and use the spring trip as an opportunity to improve for the team’s ﬁrst Ivy games, Selzer said. The season-opening stretch harkens back to the 2-10 record Dartmouth accumulated in the opening weeks of the 2012 season, co-captain Jeff Keller ’14 said. The team had started its preseason by getting shut out in a three-game series against then No. 13 Louisiana State University. That same year, the Big Green went 14-6 in the Ivy League, taking two of those losses in the championship series against Cornell University. Facing tough early-season competition, Keller said, strengthens the team for the rest of the year. “Obviously when northern teams go south, their record is always really bad, but I think this is the best way to get better,” he said. “There is no pitching like TCU and no offense like Kansas in the Ivy League. We’re working to iron out the kinks. I’m feeling just as optimistic as ever.” The team opened this year’s spring training trip against TCU’s ace pitcher Brandon Finnegan, the NCAA’s strikeout leader, who struck out 10 Big Green batters. Finnegan
allowed just two hits over seven innings. Dartmouth had three hits in the top of ninth, scoring one run on a single by Nick Lombardi ’15 that brought the game to its ﬁnal score of 1-4. Louis Concato ’14 opened the series on the mound for Dartmouth, allowing 10 hits across six innings. “They had a lot of hits when I was pulled,” Concato said, “but a lot of them were round balls in the holes. They did have a couple of hard hit balls, but I was making the pitches that I wanted to.” In similar fashion to the opener, Dartmouth then took 5-1 and 8-0 losses against the Horned Frogs, a team ranked ninth in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine. Finnegan and the rest of TCU’s rotation, Selzer said, had deep talent and good command of the ball. Though the team did not enter the trip with speciﬁc expectations, the players were disappointed by the outcome, he said. Dartmouth’s offense started to pick up momentum against Nebraska-Omaha, going 1-2 in the series with a 12-5 loss, 10-3 win and 10-4 loss. The team’s ﬁrst loss was fueled by a devastating ﬁve-run ﬁrst inning for the Mavericks with only two earned runs. Mike Concato ’17 relieved Dartmouth starter Adam Frank ’15 after three runners scored, coming in with two outs and loaded bases. The team threw 22 balls that inning, wildness which contributed to strong offensive success from Dartmouth’s opponents, Keller said. “I think the big innings that we’ve had have all been somehow fueled by walks,” he said. “They had a couple of hits obviously, but I think where we get behind in counts is in walks, and that usually comes back to bite you.” Dartmouth went on to have a big inning of its own the next day, after coming into the seventh behind 2-1. Bo Patterson ’15 kicked off what would be the most electrifying inning of the trip with a bunt single, setting in motion an entire cycle of the lineup which ultimately yielded seven runs for the Big Green. “When Bo Patterson got a bunt and slid headﬁrst into ﬁrst base, the energy just started ﬂowing,” Selzer said. “Everyone just got excited. Hitting is such a contagious thing.” The Big Green slammed 15 hits that game. Duncan Robinson ’16 also made magic happen on the mound, pitching seven innings
and allowing just two runs on four hits. “It was without a doubt his best performance since he’s been at Dartmouth,” Keller said. The next day, Adam Charnin-Aker ’16 allowed just two runs on ﬁve hits in six innings in his collegiate debut, keeping Dartmouth within striking distance for at least the length of his time on the mound. His performance, Selzer said, was especially “gutsy” considering Charnin-Aker’s long rehab from Tommy John surgery two years ago. Robinson and Charnin-Aker’s strong performances boost the team as it pieces together a starting pitching rotation after losing four of its weekend starters last season to the Major League Baseball draft. There are currently four seniors on the team. Matt MacDowell ’15, who has anchored the revolving pitching staff all season and was praised by Louis Concato for his solidarity and dependability behind the plate, said he recognizes the limitations of the pen as it stands but is not without conﬁdence in his staff. “A lot of the guys are young,” he said, “so I think we’re getting some jitters out. They’re just getting a feel here in the ﬁrst couple outings.” Dartmouth’s ﬁrst game against TCU was the Big Green’s fourth of the season. By the time it opened the series against Kansas, it had nine games under its belt, but Kansas had 22. Additionally, players said transitioning from the turf in Leverone to outdoor ﬁelds posed an additional challenge. Adjusting to the wind, temperature and the sometimes wild bounces challenged a team used to practicing indoors. Dartmouth hung in through the ﬁrst few innings of game one against the Jayhawks, even taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the third. Dartmouth lost control in the fourth when six runs on seven hits put Kansas ahead for good. The outcome was similar the next day when Dartmouth took a 4-1 lead after a fourrun second inning when all nine batters hit. Despite a solo home run by Joe Purritano ’16 in the ﬁfth, the team gave up the lead with a grand slam by Kansas’s Dakota Smith. Throwing strikes earlier in the count, Lombardi said, would help the team avoid crushing innings.
“We’re just kind of getting beat later in the game when we give up big innings,” he said. “When you throw two balls and try to come back with a fastball, he’s probably going to hit it hard, but we are getting better, so there’s hope for the future.” Dartmouth’s Mike Concato answered Lombardi’s call when he opened for the Big Green in the ﬁnal game of the tour against Kansas — his ﬁrst-ever college start. He took the mound in 30-degree weather after a dusting of snow the night before. Mike Concato pitched a hitless ﬁrst inning before a narrowly fair ball was bunted down the third baseline by Kansas’s junior Connor McKay in the second. In the third, Mike Concato, with mounting pressure of two runners in scoring position, took the team seamlessly out of the inning by striking out right-ﬁelder McKay. He also helped bring the team out of a dangerous eighth inning by foiling a sacriﬁce bunt attempt and throwing out the go-ahead runner at third, taking the teams tied at two into the ninth. He was relieved by Robinson after an impressive 128 pitches. Collectively, the team ﬂew around the ﬁeld throughout the ﬁnal game of the trip — Keller slid into the wall trying to pluck a foul from the air before stealing second on an all-out sprint in the seventh, and shortstop Matt Parisi ’15 sacriﬁced his body on a reaching dive to try and stop a ball from reaching the outﬁeld. Michael Ketchmark ’17 scored on a sacriﬁce ﬂy deep to center by Selzer after banging out a triple of his own to help Dartmouth take the lead in the fourth, and second-baseman Thomas Roulis ’15 ran deep into center to snag a ﬂy ball for a crucial out late in the game. In the top of the 10th with two outs, Patterson walked, stole second and scored on a line drive by Adam Gauthier ’16 to right ﬁeld, beating a wild throw to the plate. Robinson stymied the Jayhawks in the bottom of the 10th to give Dartmouth the win. Despite its less than perfect record as it returns to Hanover, Lombardi said, the team will use the experience of the trip to bolster its upcoming Ivy League play. “We may get beaten up a little bit, but it’s making us stronger,” he said. “We’re not a team that’s going to give in. We’re a team that’s going to take the hits and grow from them.”
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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
Big Green athletes in action over spring break Men’s hockey swept in ECAC second round
Gillis ’16 finishes eighth at Zone diving champs
The men’s ice hockey team finished its season March 15 after a two-game sweep at the hands of the Union College Dutchmen. This was the second consecutive year in which the Dutchmen (28-6-4, 18-3-1 ECAC) eliminated the Big Green (10-20-4, 7-13-2 ECAC) in the quarterfinals. On March 14, Union ripped 18 shots at Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant ’16 in the first period, hitting 42 for the entire game. The Big Green survived the early onslaught to get to the second frame tied 0-0. Union broke into the scoring column in the middle frame and added two in the third to seal the 3-0 win. The decisive moment came when senior Daniel Carr netted a penalty shot to give Union a 2-0 lead. He added an empty netter just over a minute later to seal the game. The second game felt very different, as the Big Green outshot the Dutchmen 35-31. The Dartmouth men held a 2-1 lead after the first period on the strength of two power play goals by Brandon McNally ’15 and Tim O’Brien ’16. Yet the lead did not last. Carr tied the game with his third of the weekend with just 1:15 left in the second. Just over nine minutes into the final frame, Union scored and then, with 52 seconds left, added an empty net goal to seal the game and the series.
While other students were busy taking winter term finals, Brett Gillis ’16 traveled to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to compete in the NCAA Zone A competition for the one-meter and three-meter dives. Gillis finished eighth in the competition in the one-meter dive with 605.55 points. In the three-meter dive, Gillis also finished eighth, with 655.5 points. In the one-meter dive, Gillis was sixth in the preliminary round, making it to the finals, where he finished eighth in the 18-person field. He finished third among Ivy League competitors, behind Harvard’s Michael Mosca and Princeton’s Nathan Makarewicz, who took first and seventh, respectively. Makarewicz was just 5.1 points ahead of Gillis. At the Ivy League championships two weeks earlier, Mosca finished first, Gillis second and Makarewicz in 12th. In the three-meter dive at the Zone competition, Gillis was behind Mosca again, finishing as the secondbest Ivy League diver. Gillis bested two divers that beat him at Ivy championships, where he finished fifth. Last year, Gillis finished 27th in the one-meter preliminary round and 19th in the three-meter preliminary round, as well as 10th in the platform..
Women’s lacrosse bests Columbia at home
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The women’s lacrosse team won on Saturday against Columbia University 12-9 at Scully-Fahey Field. The Lions (2-4, 0-3 Ivy) looked to redeem themselves after a winless 2013 Ivy League performance, while the Big Green (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) sought to retake the Ivy League crown after finishing second last spring. The win kept Dartmouth undefeated against Columbia, making the historic record between the two a convincing 17-0. Dartmouth entered the second half with a 5-1 lead although both teams were even in shots at 9-9. Kristen Giovanniello ’14, who ranks third among Ivy League goalies in save percentage and first in saves, had eight saves in the first half. Jaclyn Leto ’16 dominated the first half, with three consecutive goals through the middle of the period. She added one more in the second half in addition to an assist, tying her career high in goals and points. In the second, the Lions narrowed the lead to 7-6 with 18:28 to go. Yet the Big Green retook control of the game, scoring four unanswered goals. The team travels to the University of Vermont for a Wednesday matchup and continues Ivy League play at Brown University this coming weekend.
Men’s rugby travels to California for training tour The men’s rugby team embarked on its annual spring training tour over the break, this year heading to California to take on the University of California, California Polytechnic State University and Santa Barbara City College. The marquee matchup of the trip was a March 18 St. Patrick’s day showdown with the PAC rugby conference champion Cal Bears, defending runners up at the Varsity Cup National Championships. Missing star Madison Hughes ’15, playing for the U.S. National 7s team in Tokyo with the U.S. National 7s team, the Big Green struggled offensively, falling to the Bears 99-7. Cal jumped out to a huge early lead, scoring the first 47 points of the match. Dartmouth’s only try came from Kevin Clark ’14 with a conversion by Tyler Moragne ’14. The next day, the team played Cal Poly and fell 29-15. After a back-andforth first half, Cal Poly headed into the break with a 17-10 advantage but scored 12 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. The second XV also had two matches on tour falling to Cal Poly 7-5 and Santa Barbara City College 36-22. — Compiled by Jake Bayer, Brett Drucker and Blaze Joel
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Teams combine for six All-Americans
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“He is confident competing with the best.” he said. first three years at Dartmouth, as Assistant coaches took another an NCAA qualifier and Ivy League group of runners to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the team trained for a week. champion. Geoghegan took to the track Dartmouth runners competed in the Shamrock Invitaagain Saturday tional this weekand came back “There was a certain end to open the from his fourth point where I heard my outdoor season. place finish at the Ivy League Hep- coach yell, ‘Don’t let her Big Green athletes competed in tagonal Cham- get too far ahead.’ I was events such as the pionships to fin- pretty confident that if javelin, hammer ish fifth in the I tried to close the gap throw and steeple country with a slow enough, the race chase, which are time of 4:04.17. was long enough.” not a part of the Geoghegan is indoor season. now a two-time The highlight of All-American - abbey D’Agostino ’14 the weekend for athlete, after finboth teams was ishing with AllAmerican honors in cross-country the first place finish by Anna Kikut ’16 in the 200-meter race. in the fall. Geoghegan’s performance at Both teams return to Hanover to NCAA championships better rep- host a tri-meet with the University resented of his skill than the Ivy of Massachusetts at Lowell and the Championships, head coach Barry University of Vermont at Memorial Field on Saturday. Harwick said.
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ing, visiting castles and practicing near Arthur’s Seat, a historic peak in “The rookies we put in were ab- Edinburgh. solutely fantastic,” Brouckman said. The players enjoyed experiencing “They went in all over the place in the rugby culture in another country, terms of position and time and they Wise said. In Scotland, club teams have sponsors and play were extremein large stadiums. ly flexible and “It was played fantasti- “It was really great to be in an environment where really great to be cally.” in an environ T h e n e w rugby is so celebrated. ment where rugby players’ success, Rugby is still an up-andis so celebrated,” Brouckman said, coming sport in the Wise said in a text bodes well for fu- States, so it was fun to message. “Rugby ture seasons. play in an area where is still an up-and The team’s rugby has been around so coming sport in biggest challenge the States, so it was adjusting long.” was fun to play to differences in in an area where rules and style. In - Diana wise ’15 rugby has been Scotland, teams around so long.” play by U-19 rules for scrums, which means that teams The team transitions to 7s this can only advance the ball one and a spring, as opposed to 15s, which it half meters in a scrum and rotate 45 played in Scotland and in the fall. degrees. There are no limits on moving Brouckman said that the aggressiveness of the Scottish teams will benefit or wheeling the scrum in Ivy rugby. Additionally, Brouckman said that the Big Green come 7s season because the Scottish teams were “very aggres- the game is much quicker and wide open than 15s. sive” and “ball hungry.” “We were not as used to that from The team heads to West Point, N.Y., our fall 15s matches,” she said, “but it for a series of games against various definitely made us up our game in the opponents, including the United States Military Academy, who defeated them ruck.” Outside of the games, the players in the ACRA National Championships enjoyed their time abroad sightsee- in the fall.
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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
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WITH NICK RUPPERT ’16
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This week, I sat down with Nick Ruppert ’16 of the baseball team. Nick missed almost all of last season with a broken hand, but has returned strong and earned the starting job in center field for the Big Green. The team posted a 2-7 record during its nine-game road trip over spring break. It played tough opponents in the Midwest, facing off against the No. 27 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the No. 18 University of Kansas Jayhawks, as of the latest College Baseball poll.
What do you think playing big name competition (like Kansas and TCU) early on does for the team? NR: It helps a lot. Our coach always says our weaknesses stick out like a sore thumb when we play really good competition. It allows us to pick out what is good and what is bad, to focus on improving and being consistent with what we’re doing right.
What has been your favorite part of the trip so far? NR: Spending time with the guys without school. Since baseball is such a mental game, it’s difficult to focus when you have a “Offensively, we struggled lot of other things going on. We’ve a little bit at first, but we been playing know and trust ourselves also in some really cool well enough that we can parks.
How does it feel to be back after missing most of last season with an injury? NR: It’s nice being back in a con- have a lot of success in Have you done sistent routine and the Ivy League. We’ve anything speto be back on the been successful in the cial on the trip? diamond. I did get past based on good to play over this preparation and coaching, NR: Yeah, in Kansas we had summer, but it’s and history tends to dinner hosted by not the same with- repeat itself.” the, parents of out teammates. Jack Monahan The chemistry we have makes the games more fun, ’09 [a former catcher]. They hosted a easier to play and easier to deal with barbecue dinner and had a few profesfailure because we know we have each sors from the area and longtime Dartmouth baseball alumni and fans there. other’s backs. That was a really awesome experience What did you during off-season to have a team dinner like that and get all dressed up and everything. to prepare? NR: The majority of the summer was spent regaining strength in my hand What are your predictions for the and getting back to playing consistently. rest of the season? Because baseball is an everyday game, NR: I think that there is a ton of potenit’s not easy at first and takes a lot of tial and a lot of talent, especially returnreps to get back into the swing of things. ing talent. We also have some young guys that are figuring out what type of It seems like you have been one performers they need to be. I think that of the more consistent offensive things are coming together. The results players so far this season. What aren’t there yet, but it’s a process and it do you think has enabled you to is good to hash out things early. I think personally be successful early on? it’ll be good for our Ivy season because NR: Actually, I don’t know that I’ve we’ll have a better understanding of been that consistent, but I’d say that what types of players we all are and majority of our lineup has not been what is going to give us our wins. performing to the level that we know we could and it’s just the type of thing Do you think Ivy League Chamwhere you need your teammates and pionship games are in the team’s coaches to have your back. If there’s future this season? ever a time to struggle it would be early NR: Absolutely. We have guys that in the season because you can hash are figuring it out on the mound and out what you’re doing wrong and fix it starting to throw a lot more strikes. before Ivy League play starts, which is Offensively, we struggled a little bit at the most important part of the season. first, but we know and trust ourselves well enough that we can have a lot of success in the Ivy League. We’ve been What was the spring trip like? NR: It’s obviously been great for team successful in the past based on good chemistry, which is important when you preparation and coaching, and history have a lot of games together. It gives tends to repeat itself. us a better feel for what our strengths and weaknesses are so we can be better This interview has been edited and condensed. prepared for Ivy season.
B y austin major and freddie fletcher The Dartmouth Staff
For varsity athletes, spring break means one thing: training trips. Since we are looking to beat varsity athletes, Austin and I figured we should go on training trips of our own. With teammwork taken care of, we struck out on our own paths to prepare physically, mentally and, most importantly, emotionally for the upcoming spring (which won’t likely arrive until Derby or Green Key, unless College President Phil Hanlon sold his soul for a sunny Dimensions weekend). I headed to South Florida. The whole training trip mentality was new to me, but I figured I could jump into it. My goal was twofold; get tan and get fit. I had dreams of running miles every day outside, eating healthy and recovering each day by the pool. I exceeded expectations in the “recovery” period and succeeded in building my tan, which I’m sure will evaporate on contact with Hanover temperatures. But, the Vitamin D and sunlight felt amazing. In terms of running, I probably deserve a gentleman’s C. I planned on logging miles every day but generally ran only one. Who knew how hard it would be to run in 85 degree weather? Also, the last time I ran outside was ... a long time ago, and pavement hurts your whole body, even if you don’t fall. Outside of running, my workouts consisted of
schooling some kids on the black top (I only had about 15 years on them and 2 feet of height). As far as eating goes, the tropical drinks caused more problems that the food (I mean, seafood is healthy no matter what, right?). One, called the “bucket of fun,” didn’t help. I did eat a protein bar, though, so that’s something! Well, that was pretty much my training trip, and sadly now we’re to the cold and gray New Hampshire “spring.” Austin assures me that his spring break was equally eventful. Instead of pursuing the senior year spring break shenanigans, he traveled back to the Bluegrass state to study the art of bracketology. He put in the hours. For once in his Dartmouth career, he really did his homework. Then he picked pretty much by seed and is currently losing to his mother in his family’s pool. Ohio State University over University of Florida for the Final Four? Fat chance. When I prodded him about his usually exceptionally mediocre cardio routine, he said he did a lot of carbohydrate loading ... but that was pretty much it. Which is supposed to precede some draining physical activity. So unless you count hanging out at his sister’s house downtown by the bars for three days and not waking up in time for the McDonald’s breakfast menu as physical activity, it appears that he missed a step. His one physical highlight —
which he said counted because it involved traveling some distance and receiving a T-shirt at the finish line — was what the Louisville, Ky., travel authority calls the Urban Bourbon Trail. Participants go to bars around the city and drink bourbon that you couldn’t usually afford unless Mom and Dad foot the bill. His only comment on the outing was “making mom the designated driver probably inspired the comeback performance in the bracket.” The tournament isn’t over yet, buddy. You might be able to keep your dignity. We’ll call these successful training trips. Sure, things didn’t pan out quite as we would have liked when the option to sleep in and eat food other than FoCo fare appeared. We are only human. What did you expect? But, loyal readers, we are here to promise you big things for our senior spring. As you would expect from two seniors, we are completely and totally dedicated to the work we have before us. We will pursue excellence in our fields and pass both on the field and in the classroom. Our family members have emphasized that if we don’t graduate they’ll lose their deposit on the bed and breakfast they booked for graduation. This term, we will get our time in at the Lev (right after Ultimate Frisbee at 3:30 a.m.), eat sort of right and dedicate ourselves to the highest standards of degeneracy before we fade into the Dartmouth history books.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: GETTING THE BALL ROLLING
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After finishing last in the Ivy League last season, the men’s lacrosse team lost to Harvard in its Ivy opener.
THE DARTMOUTH NEWS
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
Floormates of alleged victim testify in first week of Gilbert trial FROM GILBERT PAGE 1
“inappropriately” and intoxication was “no excuse.” Throughout the week, the prosecution argued that the female undergraduate student told Gilbert to stop during the alleged assault, that her demeanor changed following the alleged attack and that she was too frightened to sleep in her own bed for the rest of spring term. The defense argued that the intercourse between Gilbert and the complainant was consensual, pointing to the fact that the alleged victim’s roommate did not hear sounds indicative of sexual violence and that the complainant went back to sleep instead of seeking help after the alleged assault. The alleged victim testified on Tues-
day and Wednesday, and said she woke up to Gilbert raping her and addressing her with derogatory, gender-specific epithets. “I never heard anyone speak to me with that much hatred in their voice,” she said. “I was terrified.” The complainant said that though she had consumed three shots of vodka in her room and a few beers at Beta that night, she was not inebriated at the time of the alleged assault. The complainant said she could tell Gilbert was intoxicated during the alleged attack by the way he spoke to her. During her cross-examination by defense attorney Cathy Green, of Green and Utter, the complainant said she “thankfully” does not remember every detail of the alleged assault, and
Hanlon to lead five-part program on College budget
the discussions to students, as many are likely interested in the College’s fiscal said in an email. It will also examine priorities. higher education funding trends, how On March 8, the Board of Trustees universities allocate resources and how approved a $1 billion operating budget broader economic trends change access for the 2015 fiscal year and a capital to higher education, Anderson said. budget of $54 million, which will be used “The budget touches everyone’s to fund projects like replacing Memorial Dartmouth experience, whether you’re Field’s west stands and a renovation of a faculty member, staff member, stu- Alumni Gym. dent, or a parent,” Hanlon said. According to the College’s financial While particistatements, Dartpants will not remouth’s annual ceive credit, they “We hear a lot about operating expenswill be expected what Dartmouth es grew around 15 to complete readpercent — from ings and do in- should be doing with $724,951,000 to class work Han- its money, and it $835,273,000 — lon said.. between 2008 would be nice to talk After the proand 2013, the gram was first about the constraints most recent year advertised via the actual decision available. Meanemail on March while, its revenues 5, its 100 spots makers face.” grew around 24 — 50 for students, percent over the 25 for staff and same period, from - MAHNUM SHAHZAD ’15 25 for faculty — $670,817,000 were immediately in 2008 to filled, Anderson said. The Office of the $833,491,000 in 2013. President added 66 extra places. Hanlon said he hopes the program When he served as provost, Hanlon will boost participation in dialogues led a similar, for-credit course at the Uni- around the budget on campus, includversity of Michigan in fall 2012. While ing among students. If students better budgets are similar across institutions, understand budget decisions, they can he said, the 50-student Michigan course advocate for funds in areas important also addressed considerations relevant to them, Hanlon said. to a public university, like public and “We hope to educate a critical mass political support. of people about how every individual Mahnum Shahzad ’15, who is en- can influence the budgeting in a positive rolled in the course, said she expects it to way,” he said. provide more transparency surrounding In advocating for potential improvethe College’s priorities. ments to the College, he said, students “We hear a lot about what Dart- could be helped by understanding mouth should be doing with its money, constraints on financial resources and and it would be nice to talk about the the decision making process. constraints the actual decision makers After the program ends, the sessions face,” Shazad said in an email. will likely be broadcast, Hanlon said. Skye Herrick ’17, who is not taking Assuming interest continues, the the course, said she approved of opening program will be held in future years. FROM BUDGET PAGE 1
that it “felt like static.” She confirmed that though she thought both she and Gilbert had shouted during the alleged attack, she does not remember the “exact decibel” of the defendant’s voice. The complainant also confirmed that Gilbert had engaged in cunnilingus during the alleged attack. When the alleged victim discussed the morning of May 2 with a friend later that day, Green said, the complainant said she was unsure whether the alleged attack “counts as a problem” and that it was “probably [her] fault.” The alleged victim agreed that she had made those statements and said she had felt that way at the time. In her redirect examination by assistant county prosecutor Paul Fitzgerald, the complainant said approaching a friend or undergraduate advisor immediately after the alleged assault had not occurred to her. “That wasn’t even in my mind at the time,” she said. “I believe I described how I felt during the whole incident as static in my head. I was focusing on the corner of my bedroom. I was just scared and in pain, and nothing else even popped into my mind.” The prosecution also called a male floormate of the complainant who had spent time with her on the night of May 1. The male student said that after going to sleep, he woke up around 3:30 a.m. to a “very heavy pounding” on his door. He opened the door to find a “visibly very angry” and intoxicated Gilbert, he
said, who accused the male student of being in Gilbert’s room. Gilbert, who lived in the same residence hall, soon realized he was in the wrong room and left, the male student said. The prosecution also questioned a female friend of the complainant who slept in the same bed during the alleged attack. The witness said neither she nor the alleged victim had been sober that night. During her cross-examination by defense attorney Robert Cary ’86, of Williams and Connolly, the witness confirmed that she does not remember hearing sexual activity in the morning of May 2. The complainant’s former roommate testified Thursday. The alleged victim and her roommate shared a two-room double, and the witness’s inner room could be accessed by walking through the complainant’s room. The witness said Gilbert opened the door connecting their rooms, said nothing and closed it. The complainant’s former roommate said she then heard whispering followed by “heavy breathing,” which she associated with sexual intercourse. The witness, who had not been drinking, said the only phrase she heard distinctly was the alleged victim saying, “don’t push me.” The witness is a member of The Dartmouth staff. In a cross-examination, the witness confirmed that she did not hear crying, loud noises or expressions of pain on the morning of May 2. She confirmed that she did not remember hearing anyone
fall to the floor. On Friday, the prosecution called four of Gilbert’s former rugby teammates. Christopher Banks ’16, a former teammate, said he had been drinking with Gilbert on May 1. Gilbert sent Banks a text message reading “I was wasted” the next day, Banks said. Banks said he was not keeping close track of Gilbert on the night of May 1, and does not recall seeing him speak to the complainant at Beta. In his testimony Friday, Hanover Police chief Frank Moran said he first met the complainant on the afternoon of May 13, when she reported the alleged assault to Hanover Police. Moran said that in a brief overview of the alleged attack, the complainant made one reference to yelling. In her subsequent in-depth account, the complainant did not say she yelled, he said. During his cross-examination by Cary, Moran confirmed that the complainant said she “kept on yelling ‘stop’” during the alleged attack. He also confirmed that the complainant told him she took three shots of vodka in her room that night, that Gilbert had asked her to engage in fellatio and that she went to Dick’s House after a friend’s recommendation. Court resumes at 9:30 a.m. Monday, when the prosecution will continue its case against Gilbert. The defense is expected to present witnesses early this week.
THE DARTMOUTH EVENTS
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
DARTMOUTH EVENTS TODAY All Day Book arts workshop, Baker Library, Rooms 23 and 25
4:00 p.m. Biology department special seminar, “The Role of an Individual Species in Shaping Traits, Community Structure and Ecosystem Function,” Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center 201
6:00 p.m. Workshop, “Tools and Techniques for Facilitating Groups,” Rockefeller Center, Class of 1930 Room
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3:30 p.m. Physics and astronomy space plasma seminar, “Mission Accomplished: A Summary of BARREL,” Wilder 111
4:00 p.m. “Synthetic Oleanane Triterpenoids: From Bench to Bedside,” with Karen T. Liby, DHMC, Borwell 658 West
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THE DARTMOUTH ARTS
Ted Baehr ’69 reviews movies for moral value
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Ted Baehr ’69 promotes Christian values in American entertainment.
B y Maya Poddar Ted Baehr ’69 is founder and chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, a nonprofit that lobbies the entertainment industry to produce content aligned with Christian teachings. He is also publisher of Movieguide, a magazine affiliated with the Christian Film and Television Commission that features original reviews for movies and television shows based on their moral and Biblical content. Baehr, who studied comparative literature at the College and received a law degree from the New York University School of Law, has written several books on the subject of American mass media and Christian values. Why did you choose to come to Dartmouth? TB: My father came to Dartmouth, and my son came to Dartmouth. My father was a star in Hollywood during the 1930s. His stage name was Robert Allen — he had a couple of Westerns and won the Box Office Award in 1936. When I was at St. Paul’s [School in Concord], we used to come by and drive up to Dartmouth. A couple of the people were big friends of his from the Class of 1928 and 1929, so it was fun. Did you participate in the arts at the College? TB: I grew up on Broadway. My father was a star, and I grew up backstage at the theater doing all the nefarious things that you hear about when you live that lifestyle. My first year at Dartmouth, I decided I didn’t want to write an exam for my French class with [professor] John Rassias. Instead of doing that, I said I wanted to write a play and [Rassias] said, “Okay, we’ll try.” I wrote a play called “L’Institution.” It was a good excuse to go to several girls’ schools around the area, because at that time we weren’t coed. A good friend of mine, Tom Herman ’69, directed the play, and we had a lot of fun.
How did you integrate your law and theology background with an interest in media? TB: Well, we do analysis [at The Christian Film and Television Commission]. We don’t do thumbs up or thumbs down. We’re an advocate in the industry. There are a lot of groups in Hollywood that are advocates, and we’re listed with the guilds. We advocate the Christian faith. Movieguide exists to do two things. One, it helps people teach their children discernment. We analyze films and help people understand everything from the semantics and the syntactics to ontology and epistemology. Second, we collect all that data and produce a massive economic report to the industry. We show people what does well at the box office and highlight our point of view. Movies with faith and values do much better at the box office. We have a good run at influencing people to make movies that appeal to our audience. How did your time at Dartmouth affect what you do now? TB: When I was at Dartmouth, I was very salacious. I was a very different type of person entirely. I did a lot of nefarious activities. I took almost a year off to do study programs. The thing that built me was probably the comparative literature major. That gave a base of analysis and probably influenced me later. After Dartmouth, I went to NYU law school. After NYU law school, I worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office. A friend of mine, Peter Fonda, asked me to help finance a couple feature films. Somebody gave me a Bible, and my life turned around from one direction to another. I went to a seminary in New York. Then I went off to do “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (1979) on CBS-TV. We won an Emmy Award — I said, “How can we be more intentional?” “How can we make a difference?” So that’s how I went into it. This interview has been edited and condensed.
‘Muppets’ plays to laughs from parents, not kids
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Indeed, “Muppets Most Wanted” seems to deal primarily with issues of The Dartmouth Staff identity and self-worth, topics that are The Muppets puppet characters, a surprisingly deep and not necessarily mainstay of American pop culture long welcomed by the film’s audience. Up before current Dartmouth students until viewers meet Constantine, Kerwere born, were effectively rebooted mit is locked in an internal struggle, with “The Muppets” (2011). Infused wondering why the troupe won’t follow with meta-humor and modern sensi- his lead and stressing over Miss Piggy’s bilities, the film brought the lovable push for marriage. scamps back into the cultural zeitgeist. While not exactly comparable to The film’s follow-up, “Muppets Ivan Denisovich, Kermit is a sad, sad Most Wanted” (2014), seems to have frog when he is abandoned by the done away with all of that. The half- friends who cannot tell him apart from hearted effort relies too much on the Constantine — despite it being very, reputation of its main characters and very obvious — and sent to the Gulag. lacks any attempt to build on estab- This contrasts with Kermit’s straight lished tropes. man role in past films — it isn’t easy Movies “for children” have to being green, after all. walk a fine line between entertaining The film also takes potshots at youngsters and appealing to their Europe via Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty wallet-wielding chaperones. It is a Burrell), an Interpol detective stuck in symbiotic relationship — you cannot an office straight out of a John le Carré get to the former without appeasing novel and about as French as La Tour the latter — and as such, most weave Eiffel. Jokes concerning Napoleon’s in elements that appeal to either audi- extensive train travel, absurdly small ence, so that parents don’t treat trips cars and government-mandated paid to these movies as $10 two-hour naps. vacations went over the heads of both “Muppets Most Wanted” appeals children and adults in my screening. to parents all too well, with nary a joke The film’s best reference of this kind, except some slapstick humor for the however, is an allusion to Ingmar kids. The bulk of the humor derives Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” (1957), from the movie’s elaborate plot, which complete with the Swedish Chef, who involves skewering European politics plays chess with Death. and power norms as well as various Otherwise, there is something identity crises. empty and ni Picking up hilistic about right where the “Movies ‘for children’ “Muppets last movie left have to walk a fine line Most Wanted” off, “Muppets that not even a Most Wanted” between entertaining score by Bret begins as the youngsters and appealing McKenzie of fuzzy g ang “Flight of the to their wallet-wielding hires Dominic Conchords” or Badguy (Ricky chaperones. It is a a procession of Gervais) to symbiotic relationship celebrity guests manage its can reconcile. international — you cannot get to Expect aptour. True to the former without pearances by his name, BadMcKenzie’s appeasing the latter.” guy is working “Conchords” with Constancounter part tine, the world’s most dangerous Jemaine Clement, Christoph Waltz, criminal and a doppelganger to Salma Hayek, James McAvoy and Kermit the Frog. In a devastating Tom Hiddleston. mix-up, Constantine frames Kermit As ill-tempered Statler and Waldorf for his crimes and takes his place in might say, “The movie isn’t half bad, the Muppets’ troupe, Meanwhile, the it’s mostly bad.” real Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is sent to a Gulag in Siberia and guarded by Rating: 4.6/10 the increasingly obsessive Nadya (Tina “Muppets Most Wanted” is currently Fey). playing at the Nugget.
THE DARTMOUTH ARTS
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
Phoebe Bodurtha ’15
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Phoebe Bodurtha ’15 brought the 2014 Dartmouth Idol audience to a roar when she sang “Defying Gravity,” from the Broadway hit “Wicked,” at the show’s finale. Nabbing a first-place finish was no feat of luck. Bodurtha has sung since middle school and had performed in Idol twice before. Since her first Idol performance, Bodurtha has built on her understanding of her voice’s tone and range and worked to overcome performance anxiety. This time she felt more confident about singing onstage, she said. “Particularly this year, I had a very healthy outlook in that I was there solely for the performance aspect, and I knew that I was pushing myself,” Bodurtha said. “I tried to have a positive attitude and not let anxiety get to me before I performed.” Bodurtha began performing at the age of 13. Her first large audience included spectators at the 2007 Maccabi Games conference, a U.S. sports conference for Jewish athletes, who listened to her perform the Israeli national anthem. Though nervous, she sang with poise. “I was crying and bawling leading up to this thing,” she said. “But after I had a positive experience with that, I became more passionate about singing and performing.” In high school, Bodurtha sang in an all-female a cappella group but did not pursue formal vocal training. She also ran a choral and a cappella group for students from two charter middle schools in New Haven, Conn. Arts classes were not offered during daytime instruction, Bodurtha said, so she started an after-school club with a friend for students interested in singing. The group’s members performed two notable concerts at a Mets game and a benefit event in New York City, Bodurtha said. At the Mets game, the middle school students sang during the opening ceremony, while Bodurtha sang the national anthem. As a freshman, Bodurtha joined the Dodecaphonics, a coed a cappella group. She also dances in Fusion Dance Ensemble and participated in Sheba Lite during her sophomore summer. Rachel Gray ’15, who befriended Bodurtha when they lived together on the same freshman floor, said she was
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Phoebe Bodurtha ’15 won the 2014 Dartmouth Idol earlier this month.
blown away the first time she heard Bodurtha sing. Bodurtha had told some friends on her floor that she planned to try out for Idol and gave them a short preview, singing “Mercy” by Duffy. “She has a very soulful and strong voice that you don’t expect from this little person,” Gray said. Dodecaphonics member Katelyn Onufrey ’15 described Bodurtha as a light-hearted addition to the group, someone who comes to practices ready to have fun. “She’ll come up with fun dances just to make us laugh,” Onufrey said. “She’s always encouraging us, making us feel really good about ourselves. She’s always so humble about her talents.” Rory Page ’16, another member of the Dodecaphonics, said that though Bodurtha stands out as a soloist, she has no problem adjusting to sing background parts in other songs. “[Bodurtha’s] got a big personality,” Page said. “In practices, she’s definitely not afraid to let it fly, in the sense that she creates a relaxed atmosphere. She breaks things down.” Bodurtha is an Arabic major at the College, and her interests span Middle Eastern politics, computer science and the arts. Yet she hopes to pursue more
arts classes in the future, especially theater and acting classes. “I think I realized that I put arts second to other academic pursuits,” Bodurtha said. “I should put more focus and devote more energy and time to singing, which is something that makes me really happy.” This term she will take voice lessons and intern at a law firm in New York City. Tanya Budler ’15, close friends with Bodurtha since freshman trips, said Bodurtha connects her audience to the emotional core of the music that she sings. “I’ve seen her grow to the point where she brings people to tears with her singing,” Budler said. “She’s never lost herself at Dartmouth — she’s just reaffirmed herself here.”
the final word with Phoebe Bodurtha ’15
Favorite food on campus: Collis quiche and King Arthur Flour baked goods. The most played song on my iPod: “All of Me” by John Legend. If I could travel back in time, I’d like to meet: Benjamin Franklin.