Daily Debriefing

Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing literacy in under-served communities such as Native American reservations, announced a new partnership with Dartmouth in a blog post on Friday. The partnership, titled Many Paths, will create a multimedia mentoring program to help guide Native American high school students through the college admissions process. Dartmouth students participating in the partnership, which the Native American Program will run, will produce weekly videos about applying to college, student life and the benefits of higher education. Dartmouth students will also use Skype to conference call students at the St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, Ariz. The pilot program will begin in February, according to the announcement.

A number of college presidents are collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by serving on the boards of companies run by university trustees, according to a Sunday article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Stanford University President John Hennessy earned approximately $720,000 last year for serving on the Google and Cisco Systems boards, and Donna Shalala, president of University of Miami, made nearly $500,000 in 2010 for serving on three companies’ boards, two of which are run by university trustees. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earned $286,835 in 2010 for serving on the board of IBM, while the RPI board includes two IBM senior vice presidents. According to 2010 data collected by The Chronicle, about one-third of the presidents of the nation’s 50 wealthiest colleges served on a corporate board. Experts interviewed by The Chronicle said potential conflicts of interest generated by these arrangements could have negative effects on the universities involved.

Laura Cousineau became the College’s new director of the Biomedical Libraries on Monday, according to the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries blog. Prior to her arrival at Dartmouth, Cousineau simultaneously served as the assistant director for program development and resource integration, a professor in the College of Medicine in the pediatrics department and a professor in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She previously served as Head of the Lilly Library at Duke University. Cousineau was named the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year in 2008 by the Southern Chapter of the Medical Libraries Association, according to the blog. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in business management, holds a masters of library science from North Carolina Central University and received the Diplome Superieur de la Langue Francaise from the Sorbonne, the blog reported.

Students share cultural experiences

Thirty-six students shared their cross-cultural experiences with a crowd of about 300 at the third annual Student Forum on Global Learning held in Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center on Monday afternoon. The student presenters covered an array of issues ranging from immigration to sexual identity to clean water preservation. Many had traveled abroad to conduct research, with their work covering six continents.

Provost Carol Folt and Seeds of Peace Educators’ Program Director Daniel Noah Moses said the students’ experiences across the globe reflected Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to finding common ground among all people.

“In so many ways, the stories that our students will share are pictures of their own transformative learning,” Folt said.

Javed Jaghai ’12, who was born in Jamaica, explored the role of the Jamaican media in shaping cultural attitudes toward gays and lesbians in the country. Jamaican gay rights activists have tried to emulate American activists’ efforts, but the attempts have been unsuccessful because the Jamaican people tend to view homosexuality as inferior to heterosexuality, encouraging gay Jamaicans to hide their sexuality, he said.

“Telling Jamaicans they are homophobic constantly through many types of media might have an impact on how Jamaicans on the whole understand themselves,” Jaghai said.

Yanjiao Chen ’12, an intern at the American University of Kuwait, researched the differences between American and Kuwaiti women majoring in computer science. Only one out of ten computer science majors at Dartmouth are women, compared to over half of the computer science majors at AUK, Chen said.

The female American students tended to be intimidated and discouraged by male demonstrations of academic skill, while the Kuwaiti women tended to be inspired to study harder as an act of rebellion, according to Chen.

“You forget how important these freedoms are to be able to walk around and not be stared at,” Chen said. “To not have people judge you and look at you saying, Why are you out?'”

Returning to Dartmouth underscored the cultural differences between women, Chen said.

“I realized that what was missing was that there are so many girls here who act not because of personal affirmation but they act because they want social gratification,” she said.

Tara Kedia ’12, Campbell Miller ’12, Gurveen Chadha ’13 and Ryan Tincher ’12, participants in the Paganucci Fellows Program, discussed working with Financial Access at Birth, an economic project that seeks global financial inclusion.

In a collaborative effort with the Tuck School of Business and the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the four students traveled to Ghana to explore the possibility of establishing bank accounts with $100 initial deposits for every newborn.

A variety of publications, including Forbes and The Economist, entertained such an idea in the past, “but nobody had gone to make it work,” Kedia said.

Working in tandem with ACCION International, a microfinance and microlending organization, the group determined that Ghana’s stable government and economy and the success of comparable projects in the region made it the ideal location for the experiment.

“[Ghana] is forward-looking, and they do want new innovations in the process of development,” Chadha said.

The goal was to provide opportunities for upward mobility to the poor and “not disincentivize work in Ghana,” Miller said. “Most of the money would be used for basic needs, like education.”

The forum was held in conjunction with Martin Luther King Day celebrations to underscore King’s message of unity, Christianne Wohlforth, acting director of the Dickey Center, said.

“Three years ago, we got together with different offices on campus,” Wohlforth said. “Students didn’t have many opportunities after doing an internship or off-campus program to share what they learned with the Dartmouth community.”

The Student Forum on Global Learning was modeled on Wellesley College’s Tanner Conferences, a program that devotes a day to student presentations on international understanding, according to Wohlforth.

Nashua welcomes new unified DHMC campus

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center opened its new Nashua facility for its first day of full operations on Monday, according to Sanders Burstein, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua’s medical director. The new facility, built in 18 months, combines three separate Nashua branch locations to better emphasize collaboration within and between teams of doctors, Burstein said.

The combined facility includes five new service offerings in endoscopy, neurology, occupational health, hematology/oncology and a shared decision-making resource center, according to the DHMC Nashua website.

The decision-making center, which will offer booklets and DVDs, aims to let patients more fully participate in their receipt of health care, Burstein said.

“The [new] building promotes teamwork,” he said. “We’ve located health care teams that often share patients side by side to promote collaboration.”

The Nashua care facilities were previously composed of three individual branches Nashua East, West and Squires. The old facilities were between 30 and 40 years old, according to Burstein.

Burstein said he is looking forward to treating patients in the new, unified location.

“I’m mostly excited we’ve been able to bring our group together in one place,” he said. “It’s a welcome feeling people are going to love coming to work here, and patients are going to love having their care here.”

The entire project cost $48 million, but the facility itself cost $35 million, Burstein said. The remaining $13 million went to equipment, furniture and computers, he said. The DHMC Board of Trustees granted approval to the Nashua branch and financed the project through a bond, he said.

In designing the building, architects kept DHMC leaders’ goal of providing a state-of-the-art facility for New Hampshire’s residents in mind, project manager Romeo Moreira said. Moreira is an employee of MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, the firm that designed the building.

Throughout the construction process, focus groups and steering groups met to discuss how construction would reflect the hospital employees’ ideals and how it would welcome patients, Burstein said.

Patricia Spaloss, a Nashua resident who worked for DHMC for 29 years as the southern region director of ancillary services before retiring in 2001 and is currently a patient at the Nashua facility, participated in a monthly steering group to discuss the facility’s interior design, specifically its color, fabric and art.

“I offered a patient’s perspective of how I felt it would work,” she said. “I think it is absolutely beautiful. It’s a warm, spacious and welcoming center.”

Burstein used online resources, including a weekly blog, to communicate with physicians and staff members throughout the process, he said.

MorrisSwitzer architects met with executive groups at Dartmouth to figure out a master plan to meet the needs of physicians while following New Hampshire building code, Moreira said.

“We developed a schedule, and we tried to keep to that schedule, but we had ups and downs,” Moreira said.

Construction of the facility began in April 2010 after nine months of pre-construction, according to Ken Grassett, the project’s superintendent. Grassett, of Harvey Construction Corporation, managed construction for the facility.

Harvey Construction Corporation was able to maintain an “aggressive” schedule by constructing the facility’s structural steel before finalizing the overall design, Grassett said.

Grassett said he was impressed with the building’s attention to detail, specifically in the shape of the lobby and the number of reception areas that greet patients.

“They’re in tune with what they want the patient to see and how they want the patient to feel in the building,” he said. “It’s a stressful time, going to a medical facility.” Parts of the building, including fiberglass placed between walls to increase patient privacy, automatic lighting and a more powerful ventilation system, cost less than the amount initially budgeted, which Burstein attributed to the current state of the economy.

“For less money we got higher quality materials,” Burstein said.

About 300 employees occupy the new building, but additions to the staff will be made as new services are made available, Burstein said. The staff is projected to grow by 15 to 20 primary and specialty caregivers and 40 to 50 support staff in its first three years of operation, according to the medical center’s website.

Despite these additions, there was “some consolidation” in terms of shared services like patient registration and appointment secretaries, he said.

“Some happened through voluntary early retirement last fall,” he said. “There’s always turnover in every business, and some people were not rehired that left.”

Students participate in resume drop

Career Services winter resume drop saw a record-high 625 students apply for internships and jobs in various fields.

Last week, a record-high 625 students participated in winter resume drop, submitting their resumes to Career Services in hopes of being selected for one of 103 entry-level jobs and internships available through the recruiting website DartBoard, according to acting co-director of Career Services Monica Wilson, who manages the recruiting program.

The number of students who applied is about the same as last year’s 615 winter applicants, according to Wilson. However, individual students appear to be applying to more internships and jobs, as the total number of resume submissions increased from 5,841 last winter to 6,866 this winter, she said. The surge in submitted resumes marks an 18 percent increase.

Though many students submitted resumes through DartBoard in this round of recruiting, she said the high level of participation may be more a sign of peer pressure than a true indicator of interest in the opportunities.

“We have so many students that come in and say, We’re participating because we think we should or because my friends are doing it,'” Wilson said. “I think students should participate when they have a sincere interest in the opportunity they’re applying for. They shouldn’t use the recruiting program as practice.”

The deadline for submitting resumes for the 74 internships and 29 entry-level jobs was Jan. 12 at 11:59 p.m., according to Wilson. The same number of jobs and internships were offered last winter.

Employers will review all applications Career Services does not pre-screen them and notify selected students of on-campus and phone interview opportunities beginning on Tuesday, she said.

Career Services forwarded this information to a variety of employers, including Goldman Sachs, Bridgewater Associates and CarMax, according to the DartBoard website.

Wilson said that there is no way to tell precisely how many students in total took advantage of this round of recruiting because employers often tell students who are on off-terms or studying abroad to bypass DartBoard and apply directly.

Career Services has delivered applications from students to employers for over 20 years but only began using the DartBoard website in 2008, Wilson said.

Aly Perez ’13 applied for seven consulting positions through this round of Career Services recruiting, though she said she wanted to participate “more for the experience than looking for a specific job.”

To avoid a last-minute crunch, Perez devoted many hours over winter break to perfecting her resume and cover letters. She estimated she spent four hours per day for a over week working on her applications.

“I think getting the experience of knowing how to write a good cover letter and learning how to mold your resume for the position I think that’s really important,” Perez said. “We have these resources. I think you really might as well take advantage of them.”

Even if she does not get an internship, Perez said she values the recruiting process.

“If [an internship] doesn’t work out, I think I would just want to get a better sense of what consulting’s all about and what interviewing for a professional job is all about because that’s something you don’t get a lot of practice doing here at school,” she said. “We’re always in class and don’t get the real world experience.”

Although she applied for five internships through DartBoard, Hannah Hoyt ’13 said she recognized the high level of competition involved in Career Services recruiting and made sure to apply for summer opportunities elsewhere.

“There’s only a limited amount of places that go through Dartmouth for jobs,” she said. “There’s a reason that Google and Facebook don’t go through Dartmouth for jobs they just have the top of the town come to them.”

Having applied for internships outside of Career Services recruiting, Hoyt said she saw the merits of the College’s resources.

“It’s a lot harder to apply for jobs outside of this very regulated, organized environment,” she said. “When you send an application for a nonprofit, there’s no deadline for when you hear back.”

There are approximately 20 more internship and job opportunities with submission dates in the upcoming months, and there are “likely more to come,” Wilson said. She stressed, however, that the recruiting program is not the only service Career Services provides.

“Career Services does offer many other resources to help students find other internships and jobs,” she said. “The recruiting program is very high-profile, but I want students to understand it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. We literally have hundreds, if not thousands, of other internships not on the recruiting program.”

Dartmouth community celebrates civil rights

Dartmouth students participated in a wide variety of celebrations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dartmouth began a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend with a series of events, including the 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil Processional, that will continue throughout the entire month of January. This year’s celebration, titled “The Content of Our Character,” focuses on celebrating the civil rights movement and the continuing relevance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The candlelight vigil, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was a march across campus to pay homage to King and his contributions to the civil rights movement. The event featured an address by Robert Wallace, president and CEO of BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc.

On May 23, 1962, nearly 50 years ago, King delivered a speech to seniors in Dartmouth Hall regarding the state of the United States civil rights movement in the United States. A multimedia presentation of King’s speech played every hour today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in Dartmouth 105.

“One day we will win our freedom,” King said in the speech. “We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory.”

Yesterday’s events included the MLK Day of Service, the Student Forum on Global Learning, the Diversity Peer Leadership Program’s Social Identities Workshop, Sharing Dreams for the Future and a keynote address by Herman Boone. The Tucker Foundation sponsored this year’s service project, held in Collis Common Ground, where participants made quilts for global refugees with Our Savior Lutheran Church and Student Center.

“It’s our fourth year here at Dartmouth,” Jill Williams, a member of the church, said. “[U.S. President Barack] Obama asked that MLK Day be a day of volunteerism and public service, and we’re just doing our part.”

At the Student Forum on Global Learning, students reflected on their experiences working and doing research in a global context and the benefits of cross-cultural links. Presentation topics included “Boosting Maternal Health and Reducing Child Mortality,” “American Dream or American Illusion: New Threads in the National Tapestry” and “Reality Show: Documenting Cultural Life through Art and Film.”

The Social Identities Workshop included an interactive exploration of individual identities and provided a forum for discussion about the relationships between individuals and communities, as well as the ways in which one can claim an identity, according to the College’s website.

Sharing Dreams for the Future, sponsored by the Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color and Women of Color Collective, included activities for children that encouraged them to think about their futures. Every Monday, DACC helps young black children from the Upper Valley interact with other black children and college students, member Jennifer McGrew ’13 said.

“For MLK Day, we played them a clip of the I Have a Dream’ speech and asked them if they learned about Dr. King in school,” McGrew said. “We told them that he made it possible for us to come to Dartmouth.”

The group members also painted pictures of their dreams to share with the rest of the children and attended the candlelight vigil together.

This year’s keynote address was given by Herman Boone, civil rights activist and coach of the legendary T.C. Williams Titans football team. The team was portrayed in the film “Remember the Titans (2000)” which depicted the 1971 merging of three schools to form the newly-integrated T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Boone was given the job of head coach over popular white coach Bill Yoast, who became assistant coach. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, achieving a 130 record, and went on to win the state championship, according to Boone.

Professor Jamie Horton said he attended the candlelight vigil in order to “honor the life of one of our greatest activists and human beings.”

Kate Huffer ’15 attended three Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events for her Writing 5 class and detailed her reactions to them in a written response. She said she decided to watch King’s Dartmouth Hall speech because of its connection to the College.

“We read [King’s] book Why We Can’t Wait’ in class,” Huffer said. “It was really interesting to see how many of his ideas [in the speech] were the same as in the book and how much he had accomplished over just one and a half years.”

Events celebrating the life and work of King will continue throughout the month of January and include a community lunch panel featuring Dartmouth Alumni of the Civil Rights Movement and the Social Justice Awards. The panel, which takes place at noon on Thursday in Collis Common Ground, will feature four alumni sharing their experiences as activists working in the voting registration efforts of the civil rights movement. The awards ceremony, which will take place on Jan. 27, will feature a panel discussion with this year’s honorees.

Boone tells own story of equality

Former T.C. Williams High School football coach Herman Boone delivered the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day keynote address on Monday.

Herman Boone, the former high school football coach remembered for coaching the T.C. Williams High School Titans to an undefeated season and the Virginia state championship in 1971, delivered Monday’s keynote address at Dartmouth’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The film “Remember the Titans (2000),” in which Denzel Washington portrayed Boone, immortalized the historic 1971 season.

The film is an accurate representation of not only that season, the first after the forced integration of three Alexandria, Va. schools, but also the racially charged context in which it took place, Boone said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

“If you look at it closely, that movie isn’t about football,” he said, “It’s a movie about incredible young boys from Alexandria who decided to celebrate their differences instead of seeing them as a problem which must be solved for them.”

Boone said he sees his 1971 players, including Gerry Bertier, Julius Campbell, Petey Jones and Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass, as responsible for diversity as we know it today.

“Diversity isn’t about skin color or sexual orientation,” he said. “It’s about your God-given right to be an individual.”

He said the dynamic of the team that inspired the movie, in which the Titans went 13-0 and ended the year ranked second in the nation, was challenging as a coach and as a civil rights activist because of the consolidation of three rival schools.

“The parents had three different color clothes on in the stands,” he said. “After the game, the Hammond [High School] people would stand together, the [George Washington High School] people would stand together, and the [T.C. Williams] people would stand together, and I’d be left alone in the middle. The parents were the reason that the process of consolidation took so long.”

Boone also said that the team dynamic, accurately depicted in “Remember the Titans,” was key to his success as a coach.

“Winning brought people together,” he said. “Winning was a byproduct of integration. A lot of the guys didn’t like each other. Heck, I didn’t even like most of them, but they respected each other and that respect led to trust, which was the emotional glue that held the team and the community of Alexandria together.”

Boone faced several challenges, not only because he was entering a predominantly white conference, but also because he was given the head coaching job over Bill Yoast, an immensely popular and better-qualified coach destined for the Virginia Football Hall of Fame, according to Boone.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said.

In one instance, a toilet was thrown through Boone’s window in an attempt to force his resignation, and in another, his neighbor’s house was bombed in a mistaken attempt to kill Boone.

Boone said he was greatly influenced and inspired by King, whom he met on multiple occasions. Boone first became interested in the civil rights movement in the early 1960s while coaching at E.J. Hayes High School in Williamston, N.C. His players left practice early to protest in town and Boone decided to join them, even though it meant risking his job. When King came to the town later that year, he wanted to see Boone, whom he called the man with the “strength to speak out.”

Boone, who is half African-American and half Cherokee, said that meeting King spurred a change in him. Boone “came as a colored boy, and left a black man,” he said. He added that meeting King allowed him, as a member of the “black elite,” to see what life was like for people who did not have the luxuries that he enjoyed.

In his speech, Boone detailed the life story of King because, in his mind, “today we gather not to remember his death, but rather his life.”

He also stressed the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a time to serve those who are less fortunate than us, especially at Dartmouth. Boone also challenged Dartmouth students, as future leaders of the world, to “speak up and speak out” against injustice.

“I have dedicated my life to the visions and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King and above else have tried to make a difference,” he said.

He praised College President Jim Yong Kim for “raising the bar for diversity here at Dartmouth.” He added that “it is the responsibility of Darmtouth College to ensure that all students have their inalienable right to human dignity.”

Boone said he wanted to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Dartmouth because he wanted to “share the experience of what it was like sitting beside him, shaking his hand and continue his philosophy of love,” he said.

He said he sees King as one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

“Without him, young people, especially minorities, would not have the opportunity to become president, leaders of their communities or make a positive mark on society,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of young people to continue his legacy. I take the opportunity to keep his dream alive every day and every chance I get.”

Afro-American Society president Joan Leslie ’12, who introduced Boone, said she hopes that the speech, entitled “Content of Our Character,” will “really encourage all of campus to branch out more and cause people to think about where we stand on viewing other people based on the content of their character.”

She said she was excited to introduce someone who helped improve race relations in the United States, noting that his purpose “extends far beyond the gridiron and the turf.”

Boone coached the father of Mike Olentine ’14, who is a member of the lacrosse team. At a reception for Dartmouth athletes today, Olentine raised his hand and introduced himself to Boone, who remembered his father immediately. Olentine’s father played offensive line for the Titans in 1974 under Boone, who jokingly remembered the 5’4″ lineman “blocking guys twice his size.”

“It was a really cool experience to meet the man my dad talks about so much,” Olentine said. “I can finally put a face and a person to all of those funny stories.”

Boone continues to work as an advocate of social justice for those oppressed in society, having visited a hospital for injured troops just before coming to Hanover.

Following Boone’s address, Kim noted the kind of “special courage” it took to not only protest against injustice, but to get disagreeing people to work together and be successful.

“What strikes me about Coach Boone is how courageous he was,” Kim said. “He was not only building character, but taking them to a place where they were able to perform greatly.”

Michael Appeadu ’12, who attended the keynote address, said he was moved by Boone, adding that he believed the speech was “very motivational with the combination of Dr. King’s life and Boone’s galvanization of us to embrace diversity.”

At the end of his keynote address, Boone said, “You cannot grow unless you are challenged; you cannot be challenged until you are outside your comfort zone; you cannot grow and be challenged unless you embrace diversity.”

UNH dispatches Dartmouth behind four goals from Moses

Paul Lee '12 and the Big Green ice hockey team return to ECAC play this Friday against Cornell University.

Dartmouth played its final non-conference game of the season against UNH on Saturday in Manchester.

University of New Hampshire senior forward Stevie Moses notched four goals to propel the Wildcats to a 4-1 victory over the Dartmouth men’s hockey team in Saturday’s Battle for the Riverstone Cup at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

UNH (8-11-2, 5-8-1 Hockey East) snatched the cup back from the Big Green (7-7-2, 4-4-1 ECAC), which took the title last season with a 5-4 victory that broke a two-year Dartmouth losing streak in the series.

This year, the Big Green faced a Wildcats squad that went 1-5 in its six games leading up to its game against Dartmouth. UNH still proved to be the stronger team, however, in front of 5,301 boisterous fans.

“It’s an exciting game,” captain Mike Keenan ’13 said. “It was definitely a UNH crowd … We expect that, and we know UNH has a big following. No one gets rattled by it.”

Dartmouth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off the stick of Matt Lindblad ’14 before conceding four unanswered goals. Doug Jones ’12 and Taylor Boldt ’12 each registered an assist off of Lindblad’s tally.

Big Green players were penalized seven times throughout the game, including four times in the first period, granting UNH an abundance of power play opportunities. Dartmouth goaltender James Mello ’12 pushed away 28 shots on the afternoon but allowed Moses to drill two power play goals and even one short-handed goal.

Capitalizing on a two-man advantage at 15:03 in the first stanza, Moses knotted the game at 1-1 with his first power play goal of the game.

The Big Green was able to maintain the tie throughout the rest of the first period.

“We knew coming in that UNH was good,” Mello said. “It allows us to gauge where we stand with other hockey teams that we don’t get to play. We played well and discovered some things we need to tweak we need to get back to the basics.”

Just over a minute into the second period, Moses drilled a short-handed goal past Mello to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. Moses notched his second power play goal at 15:50 in the second stanza before finishing Dartmouth off with another goal at 7:27 in the third period.

Moses leads UNH with 26 points on the season and has scored 16 goals so far, the most in the Hockey East conference.

He has been a consistent, dominating force for the Wildcats offense this season, as the second-highest goal-scorers on the team have registered just six goals each.

“[Moses] is really fast and skilled, and one of those electric guys that is a really good player,” Keenan said. “He had a strong night. We played in the same league growing up I have always played against him.”

Underclassmen Lindblad, Eric Robinson ’14 and Tyler Sikura ’15 lead the Dartmouth squad in scoring with 11 points each. This was Lindblad’s second goal of the season, to go with nine assists. Robinson and Sikura have both scored seven goals on the year.

“We have some skilled younger guys,” Keenan said. “It always helps when we get contributions from all the classes. Having Dustin Walsh [’13] injured puts a damper on our offense and really hurts.”

Walsh, who missed time earlier this season to a hip injury, recently re-injured his hip and has sat out the past two games. He is currently tied with Jones for third in total scoring on the team, posting 10 points this season, after netting 10 goals and tallying 20 points last season.

The Big Green returns to the road this weekend, confronting No. 9 Cornell University on Friday and No. 12 Colgate University on Saturday. The Big Red (10-4-3, 7-1-2 ECAC) currently sits atop the ECAC standings with 16 points, while the Raiders (12-8-2, 6-4-0 ECAC) are tied with Princeton University for fourth with 12 points. Dartmouth sits in a tie for 10th place in the 12-team league, but a string of good results could see it move up the standings quickly. Places four through 11 are separated by just three points.

“We have the skill and the talent we just need to put it all together,” Mello said. “The only thing that is going to hold us back is ourselves. I think we’ll be just fine on the stretch going into the playoffs, and hopefully we’ll hit it at full speed.”

Dartmouth finished third in the ECAC standings in the 2010-11 season, behind Union and Yale University. The Big Green advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC tournament where it fell to Cornell, 3-0.

Earlier this season, Colgate shut out the Big Green, 4-0, at Thompson Arena, while Cornell pulled off a 3-2 victory against Dartmouth, also in Hanover.

Keenan said the Big Green is ready to avenge its earlier losses on Friday and Saturday.

“We look forward to next weekend to try to turn things around,” Keenan said. “We definitely need to be more disciplined and stay out of the penalty box. Both teams have good power play units, so we can’t put them on the power play.”

Eyewash series brings experimental film artists to campus

This winter, moviegoers can rinse their eyes of mainstream cinema with the EYEWASH film series, a unique film experience that film curator and film and media studies professor Jodie Mack likens to the cinematic version of attending a live concert. The series, created by Mack, brings four experimental film artists and curators to present or perform their works in Loew Auditorium throughout winter term.

The series is named after animator Robert Breer’s short film “Eyewash” (1959), which was inspired by his experimentation with the motion of film and what the eyes can perceive when single frames of objects are shown at high speeds in film, according to Mack.

Amy Beste, a film curator from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, kicked off the series Jan. 12, by showing 10 short films associated with Chicago design firm Goldsholl Design Associates. The films in Beste’s series ranged from advertisements to experimental films and included a Kleenex ad, abstract color animations and video clips from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” (1966).

Experimental film encompasses a wide variety of approaches to and techniques of creating films that veer away from traditional motion picture or documentary practices. As demonstrated in Beste’s screening, artists will physically manipulate the film reel or film images during the series so they do not follow the traditional narrative.

“Experimental film is kind of like poetry.” Beste said in an interview with The Dartmouth. “It can operate in this kind of layered, deep time.”

Beste’s work highlights the achievements of both commercial and avant-garde film, as well as other film categories. While avant-garde film is often seen as a reaction to commercialism, Beste’s series displays how both genres complement each other in spite of their conflicting motives.

Dan Streible, another curator who will screen a collection of films on Feb. 2, aims to revive and preserve films in his work. He runs the Orphan Film Symposium, through which he screens recovered films, according to Streible.

“Motifs in the corpus of Orphan Films presented at the biennial Orphan Film Symposium include unexpected historical events or evidence, as well as subject matter outside of the conventional or mainstream,” he said in an email to The Dartmouth. “The thing that inspires me is how much rediscovery there is to be done among the thousands of hours of films in archives.”

Mack said she views EYEWASH as a way to blur the line between film studies and fine art, and she urges students to think about film in new and creative ways.

“I see my own work as a bridge between film and media and studio art,” Mack said.

Mack hopes the two departments can work together and encourage students to integrate the technical and visual aspects offered by both. She described the type of film shown in the series as a homegrown process. To put it in the language of college students, Mack said, she compares these “microfilms” to microbrewed beer local, fresh and made in high-quality, low-volume batches.

Filmmaker Xander Marro, who will show her homemade film as part of the EYEWASH series on Jan. 26, combines her background as a painter and her “interest in making pictures move,” she said in an interview with The Dartmouth. Experimenting with new types of film projects allows Marro to merge these interests with her fascination with experimentation.

“The idea of making experiments is something that has always informed my practice across disciplines,” she said.

Marro incorporates animation, puppets and collage in her films and explores themes of spirituality and materialism, which she relates to the material quality of art. Most recently she created a set of films exploring the culture of New England and its spiritual history, going back to the Salem Witch Trials, according to Marro.

Peter Burr is the final filmmaker participating in EYEWASH and will screen his work on Feb. 23. Like the other artists in the series, he combines many approaches in his work. Burr plans to present what he calls a “metanarrative,” showing past film works in a new context as part of a larger presentation, Burr said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

“It is a live performance, so the audience affects that,” Burr said. “It adds this dimension of chance and excitement.”

The risks and singularity of a live performance are rare in cinema, and Burr aims to give the audience that experience with “a kind of virtual world” that he will realize on screen, he said.

Burr, like the other artists, said he embraces the ability to create or recreate a place, feeling or dimension in the films he screens.

“It’s kind of difficult to tell reality from imagination,” he said.

Everett combines dance and science in Brain Storm

Courtesy of the Hopkins CenterIn Brain Storm, performers communicated the trauma of neurological disorders through dance, mixing art with science.

As the lights dimmed and dancers filed on stage, an enormous overhead view of a brain lit by neon hues transformed the backdrop of the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater during the world premiere of Brain Storm, an Everett Dance Theatre production performed on Jan. 13 and 14. Brain Storm, which combines neuroscience and education with the arts, consists of eight performers and blends elements of video, dance and song.

“Every time she has a seizure, she smells something burning,” a husky man’s voice said from an overhead speaker as the performance began. “Now, if we can provoke that smell by probing the surface of the brain, we’ll find the source of the seizures.”

Mimicking a surgeon’s probe, a penlight flashed over the brain, simulating a medical examination.

“I can see the most wonderful lights,” a soft female voice cooed from another overhead speaker. “Did you pour cold water on my hand, Dr. Penfield?”

As the doctor and patient conversed, dancers from behind the screen acted out the exchange between the real-life Dr. Wilder Penfield a late Canadian brain surgeon famous for mapping the regions of the brain and his patient with an otherworldly air, despite the scientific nature of the dialogue.

The show’s premiere follows a two-year residency at the Crotched Mountain School a charitable outpatient facility for patients with disabilities located in Greenfield, N.H. and over a year of rigorous production work. The final product includes influences from discussions with neuroscientists and medical professions, as well as the performers’ personal experiences.

Combining all these elements “did not follow a direct route at all,” co-artistic director and Brain Storm performer Aaron Jungels said in an interview with The Dartmouth.

“We did a lot of research,” Jungels said. “We worked with scientists at Brown University, talking to them about their research of the brain. We did the residency at Crotched Mountain. We also ran a series of “brain cafes” in our hometown that became a sort of starting point for Brain Storm.”

These brain cafes free public events held in Providence, R.I. were events that the dance company used to interact with local community members. Many audience members shared stories with the Everett performers of their personal experiences with brain disease and trauma or those of friends and relatives, Jungels said.

Jungels co-founded Everett with his sister Rachel Jungels and his mother Dorothy Jungels in 1986, according to the group’s website. Rachel Jungels serves as co-artistic director of Brain Storm with her brother and also performs in the production.

“People from the community would approach us with their stories and ask us to do a piece about it,” Rachel Jungels said in an interview with The Dartmouth. “It was a great little series of workshops that brought together a lot of people from the community. They were usually sold-out events. People were really interested.”

One of the group’s goals in the production was to remove the stigma associated with psychotic diseases and brain traumas, Dorothy Jungels said. Everett received such positive feedback from the audiences at their brain cafes that the performers were optimistic for the same result in Brain Storm, she said.

“The audiences [in the brain cafes] were always moved, and not everyone has a relative or were suffering themselves from similar things that we touched on,” Dorothy Jungels said. “They were witnessing a story in a scientific and artistic way, so it was really a dialogue between both. It truly removes stigma and opens people up to discussing their stories.”

In rehearsals, Everett performers found traction in certain elements that then became building blocks for longer acts such as the use of rolling scaffolds, Dorothy Jungels said.

One of the earliest dances in Brain Storm symbolically depicted the struggle to communicate with the victims of brain disease and trauma, Dorothy Jungels said. In the number, three pairs of dancers perform in a ballroom dance, but they push and fall into each other, one dancer physically propping up the sagging weight of the other to lead the dance.

“It’s representative of a struggle, not a happy dance, not a ballroom dance, but a balance of forces really,” Dorothy Jungels said. “They’re pushing against each other, but they’re not walking away. They’re staying engaged.”

In many numbers during Brain Storm, dancers would act out the thoughts of an individual, sometimes working in harmony but other times tangled in a chaos of miss-firing signals. Occasionally, a performer would break out of harmony with the group and either attempt to sing or act out the chaotic effects of brain trauma or disease wreaking havoc in his or her brain. Some numbers were visually overwhelming, as the collaging of video imaging and live dance production provided intrigue on all corners of the stage.

At the end of the performance, the audience gave the performers a standing ovation, and most of the audience remained for the 20-minute question-and-answer session that followed the production. The audience’s questions were largely about the abstract representation of brain functions in the dances.

Prior to the shows on Jan. 13 and 14, the Everett performers were involved in a number of outreach and education events. On Jan. 12, there was a panel discussion that included Dorothy and Aaron Jungels, as well as Jeffrey Cohen, Stephen Lee and Thomas McAlister, all professors of neurology at Dartmouth Medical School.

Brain Storm was funded with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, according to Aaron Jungels.

Francfort: Is Athletic Compensation Too High?

In the past few months, Occupy Wall Street protesters and many Democratic leaders emphasizing inequality in America have turned to the controversial topic of executive pay. Occupy protesters have been bashing the high salaries that management personnel of many large companies receive while most Republicans have defended this compensation as being fair and necessary for corporate success. The focus on executive compensation intensified last week after Apple CEO Tim Cook received a $376-million restricted stock option, half of which would become unrestricted in five years and the remaining amount in 10 years. Upon hearing this figure, I had to pause for a moment to think about the scope of this number. Paying any individual this amount of money seems excessive, but it happens all the time and not just in the business world. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Albert Pujols, a Major League Baseball first baseman, had signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels worth $240 million. Why, I wonder, has there been so much controversy and debate lately over the amount CEOs and other corporate managers are paid and not over the massive contracts that have been signed by many sports stars over the past few years? This is the result of a double standard that is rarely discussed but ought to be.

Athletes and corporate executives have many commonalities. Both occupations require specific skill sets that place many tough demands on the individual. Athletes tend to be drawn from a pool of physically superior men and women who, depending on their work ethic and the popularity of their sport, can use their natural physical talents to entertain thousands or even millions of fans over the course of a season. Corporate executives are required to have a demanding skill set in a different, but still ultimately similar, sense. They must perform under substantial pressure from both a board of directors and shareholders to run a successful company. At the end of the day, the implications of an executive’s decisions will be far greater than just a win or a loss in a sporting match. Their performance will affect the livelihoods of all those whose jobs and lives are influenced by the company they lead.

Additionally, the product that athletes offer is no nobler than that which a CEO can offer. Although sports are an integral part of the lives of millions of Americans and billions of people worldwide, sports, at their core, are nothing more than a form of entertainment. They bring joy and despair to fans, sometimes at the same time. But they do not produce material goods, nor do they result in substantial progress for our civilization. On the other hand, CEOs, especially the good ones, can bestow substantial benefits on our society. Through their leadership, the companies they oversee may develop critical new drugs that improve life expectancy or may invent revolutionary objects that allow for a higher quality of life. In this way, it is evident that corporate executives are much more important to society than athletes.

Some would argue that athletes and corporate executives differ because many executives aren’t up to par with the salary they may be receiving. Sure, at times poor corporate executives can receive the same undeserved exorbitant pay as superior executives. But so can athletes like Albert Haynesworth, who promptly turned from being an All-Pro National Football Player to having no job after signing a $100-million contract with the Washington Redskins in 2009. Companies and teams alike will do what they believe is in their best interest at the time. If a corporate executive or athlete’s performance does not warrant his or her pay, that will be reflected in his or her next offer. But the contributions that talented athletes make to our society aren’t even in the same league as the offerings of a good corporate executive.

So before we allow ourselves to cry foul over the executive compensation in this country, let’s make sure that we have our values straight. For those who believe that corporate managers are overpaid, please remember the benefits that CEOs like Steve Jobs and, hopefully, Tim Cook offer us and how much greater value those benefits offer to society than any sports achievement Albert Pujols may accomplish.