Daily Debriefing

Returns on college and university endowments averaged 19.2 percent in 2011, a rate closer to pre-recession levels than the past few years, Inside Higher Ed reported. Despite positive returns, colleges are still recovering from their losses during the recent recession. Last year’s financial survey, conducted by The National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund, found that both small and large endowments had similar rates of return, though the gap between large and small endowments increased from last year, according to Inside Higher Ed. Experts attribute this difference to the fact that large endowments invest heavily in “alternative strategies,” such as private equity and hedge funds, and have more opportunity to invest in riskier, higher-return investments, according to Inside Higher Ed. Institutions are also keeping more cash on hand than usual to ensure liquidity in case of another financial crisis, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown made a $30 million donation to Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism to create a new institute connecting both universities, The Stanford Daily reported on Tuesday. Brown made the donation in honor of her husband, David Brown, a film director who passed away in 2010 at the age of 93. The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation is designed to connect graduate and postgraduate fellows working in journalism in New York City with multimedia technology experts at Stanford, according to The Daily. Of the $30-million, $12 million will go to each of the schools to hire a director for the institute while $6 million will be allocated to building an addition to Columbia’s journalism building, featuring a new, high-tech newsroom. In addition, the Brown Institute will give grants for graduate and postgraduate fellows, The Daily reported.

Pamela Gann, president of Claremont McKenna College, announced the resignation of a “senior administrator” on Monday, The Chronicle for Higher Education reported. The official admitted to reporting inflated SAT scores for the college’s incoming freshmen beginning in 2005, averaging a 10-20 point increase for each student. The inflated numbers were reported to a number of different organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. News and World Report. The misrepresented numbers could have an impact on Claremont McKenna’s national rankings, U.S. News director Robert Morse told The Chronicle. Claremont McKenna has not released the name of the official, but there is strong evidence to suggest that the offending official was Richard Vos, former vice president of the college and dean of admissions and financial aid, The Chronicle reported.

Green receives award for immunology work

Dartmouth Medical School professor William Green will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Immunologists in May.

The American Association of Immunologists plans to honor Dartmouth Medical School professor William Green with the AAI Distinguished Service Award at the annual AAI convention in May, according to Green. He will receive the award for his work in public advocacy in the medical field, as well as for his efforts to bring funding to fellow immunologists and medical researchers.

Green, who has been at DMS since 1983, is the chair of the microbiology and immunology division and served as the dean of the Medical School from January 2008 to September 2010. Faculty at the medical school said that Green is one of the leading voices at DMS.

“He is an outstanding leader and an excellent scientist,” DMS professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology James Gorham said. “He’s a very caring person. In the time I have known him, he thinks about the broader community and what is best for the people he works with and those around him.”

Gorham said Green’s work on the national level has also been reflected in his work at DMS.

“I think what he won the award for is his general attitude, which he displays here, encouraging junior researchers to carry out research,” Gorham said. “It’s not surprising to me that he won the award at a national level because I’ve seen him do it effectively at a local level.”

At the AAI, an international organization of immunologists that promotes access to immunology research, Green worked with the Committee of Public Affairs from 2005 to 2009. During his last two years, he served as the head of the committee. The Committee of Public Affairs primarily worked to educate the public and elected officials about the work done by immunologists and to explain how funding and regulatory issues affect immunology work.

Green said he is honored to be receiving the award.

“It’s a lot of extra work beyond our day jobs of doing science and teaching,” Green said. “Working for your professional society is putting some extra things on your plate, but I feel like it is so important that I had to put a lot of energy in it the last five years. When you get an award like this, it’s rewarding to feel that others feel like you made a real contribution.”

Lauren Gross, director of public affairs and government issues at the AAI, said that although the institution’s work is above and beyond what most researchers do, it is still important.

“Bill understands that you can’t just do your research,” Gross said. “You have to be engaged, and you have to be willing to speak up. He was able to engage all of the members of his committee, so they would use their best effort to advance the issues that were important.”

There is still work to be done in advocating the importance of immunology, according to Green.

“I would just like to encourage my colleagues to consider putting in some energy in working with societies to get our word out,” he said. “The public in general does not have a great idea of how the National Institutes of Health and immunologists work. Given the funding difficulties of the budget, now more than ever we need to work on getting our message out and emphasize how important and crucial this funding is.”

An immunologist of Green’s caliber is a valuable asset to DMS, Dean Wiley Souba said.

“Being recognized so prominently by his peers in the AAI says a lot about Dr. Green and the impact of his public policy leadership and his dedication to research and academic medicine,” Souba said. “Dr. Green’s leadership has clearly made Dartmouth Medical School and the discipline of immunology overall stronger. He’s a wonderful role model, and he embodies the type of outstanding faculty we’re fortunate to have teaching our medical and graduate students.”

Profs. say Greek houses need reform

The persistence of hazing at Dartmouth goes against the College’s principle of community and its core values, according to members of the College faculty interviewed by The Dartmouth. Many professors expressed their concern that students are participating in activities that are detrimental to their wellbeing and academic performance. Most professors said they are aware that some form of hazing occurs on campus, and that they have a responsibility to help students effectively combat hazing.

Recent hazing allegations by Andrew Lohse ’12, published in a Jan. 25 opinion column in The Dartmouth, have initiated an important discussion of unhealthy behavior on campus, according to faculty members.

Hazing does not reflect the kind of institution that the College strives to be, according to women and gender studies professor Annabel Martin.

“There is a Grand Canyon chasm between the type of culture that that type of activity symbolizes and what we as Dartmouth faculty would like to see in our students,” Martin said. Any action that singles out students in a humiliating way constitutes hazing, according to religion professor Susan Ackerman ’80. Pledges being forced to carry lunchboxes, dress in costumes or sirens red hats worn by new members of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity are still being hazed, she said.

“None of that is specifically harmful or endangering, but I find those unnecessary because they single out people and humiliate them,” Ackerman said. Binge drinking, sexual assault and hazing are interrelated and constitute unhealthy “anti-social behavior,” theater professor Peter Hackett ’75 said.

The recent focus on fraternity hazing distracts from these broader issues, which are more prevalent on campus, anthropology professor Seth Dobson said.

The willingness to undergo hazing can be explained by the bonding experience it creates and effort justification, psychological and brain sciences professor Rick Gibbons said.

Effort justification is the idea that people place a higher value on things they work harder to obtain.

“There are other ways to get people to value membership besides making them suffer,” Gibbons said.

The effects of hazing impact students’ academic performance and the atmosphere on campus, according to women and gender studies professor Michael Bronski. Dartmouth’s reputation as the Ivy League’s “party school” interferes with classroom performance, and it is distracting for students who wear costumes or flair flashy or unusual items of clothing to class, he said.

“The frivolousness of it diminishes the classroom,” he said. Martin said that while some professors believe that a student’s personal life is separate from his or her academics, they are actually closely connected.

Professors can help address these problems by using their authority as a tool for advocacy, according to Hackett.

“There needs to be a much stronger response from those of us who are in positions of responsibility on campus because people are getting hurt,” he said.

Professors have an obligation to use their experience at the College to help students feel comfortable speaking publicly about hazing, according to history professor Annelise Orleck.

“We have a responsibility to say that this is not a healthy environment for students, even if students aren’t ready to give it up or come forward,” she said.

The “culture of silence” that surrounds hazing, sexual assault and alcohol and substance abuse on campus is dangerous, art history professor Mary Coffey said in an email to The Dartmouth.

“It concerns me that students don’t feel safe speaking up, or worse, that they circle the wagons’ every time someone blows a whistle and ostracize the whistleblower,” Coffey said.

The argument that hazing is an issue that students can avoid if they are uninterested is incorrect, Hackett said. The impact goes beyond fraternity walls, he said.

The faculty voted unanimously to abolish the Greek system three times in the 1990s to no avail, Bronski said.

Students need to think about why they want to belong to fraternities and sororities, Martin said.

“What needs do they fulfill?” she said. “How can these needs be fulfilled differently, in healthier ways where students aren’t brutalized, harassed and treated so poorly and so disrespectfully?”

Professors suggested various actions that the College community could take to combat hazing.

“I would call on alumni, particularly those of Greek organizations, to put pressure on them to enforce the principles of community that this campus is supposed to be based on,” Orleck said.

Dobson said that the administration should continue its current efforts to mitigate binge drinking. Mentoring and bystander intervention are two ways in which the College can combat binge drinking and hazing, according to Martin.

Several professors suggested that the College only allow co-ed student social groups on campus.

Hackett, who was a member of the College’s last all-male class and experienced the College’s transformation into a coeducational institution, said he is skeptical of the need for single-sex social spaces since the College has been coeducational since 1972.

Bronski also said that the division between males and females seems like something out of “Edwardian England.” He said he questioned the relevance of single-sex fraternities, “a club system that started in the 1880s, when men and women were actually separate, and it made perfect sense for women to have their sewing circles and men to have their men’s clubs.”

Given the clear problems of binge drinking, sexual assault and hazing at Dartmouth, it is time for the College to seriously consider eliminating single-sex social spaces, Hackett said.

Ackerman suggested that all Greek houses should have non-exclusive membership.

“I understand that not everyone can be in singing groups because not everyone can sing,” Ackerman said. “There’s no reason we can’t have a rule that [the membership of] all social organizations has to be open to everyone that wants to be in them.”

One obstacle to abolishing the Greek system is that the College’s faculty and students have difficulties envisioning a Dartmouth without fraternities and sororities, according to Bronski. He pointed to Williams College and Grinnell College, both of which successfully eliminated their Greek systems after becoming co-educational.

“We always come to this debate,” Bronski said. “The faculty say get rid of it, the students say, Don’t you dare,’ and the administration says, We’re making it better,'” he said.

Recent recommendations by a Committee on Standards subcommittee to require a student to testify if named as a witness to a hazing incident are admirable, Coffey said.

“I feel that nothing will change on this campus as long as peer pressure prevails in matters of student discipline,” she said.

Although shocked by the graphic nature of Lohse’s allegations, many professors said they were aware that hazing happens on campus.

“I’ve been here 21 years, and I don’t think any of us who have been here that long are surprised,” Orleck said.

Ackerman said that none of the allegations were “unbelieveable” to her.

“It’s hard not to go down the route of questioning the accuser because [the claims] seem so extreme, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t happen,” Dobson said.

Dobson who has never been a member of a fraternity and stressed that he had an “outsider’s perspective” said that in general, he would not find the existence of hazing to be surprising. However, he said that he would be surprised if he found out that students of his were actively involved in hazing.

“If I’m being intellectually lazy and buying into the Animal House’ sort of stereotype, then it wouldn’t surprise me, but if I’m more thoughtful and think about my students then it would,” he said. “It’s such a dehumanizing thing that you have you’re basically acting like an animal.”

Bronski said he has heard a range of opinions about fraternity and sorority life from students. Most students are positive about their experiences, but there is a clear and distinct minority who do not enjoy it, he said.

Gibbons cautioned that the community should not “overreact” to Lohse’s claims if no evidence has been found that directly points to hazing, he said.

There needs to be proof “other than hearsay or people saying everyone knows,'” he said.

Coffey, who was a member of a sorority at a Big Ten university, is not in favor of the Greek system, she said.

“I have seen firsthand what goes on in these philanthropic’ institutions,” Coffey said. “I know all too well the hypocrisy of their public image and rhetoric, and I don’t believe that the modest social support they offer offsets the exclusivity, abuse and code of secrecy that enables and even encourages all forms of rule-breaking.”

The support resources and efforts by students and the administration to combat binge drinking and hazing on campus are laudable, but they “don’t go far enough,” Hackett said.

“It’s going to take men this is largely a men’s problem standing up and saying no when they see anti-social behavior going on, even if they get punched in the nose,” he said.

The Greek system at Dartmouth is rooted in tradition and a sector of alumni and current students see it as the kind of social environment that they would “like to belong to,” Martin said. However, due to Dartmouth’s rural location, it is important that the College devote more resources to creating alternative social and living spaces for students, she said.

Other professors felt that aspects of the Greek system can be valuable to students.

“I’ve always been very critical of knee-jerk reactions against the Greek system because I think there are more positives than negatives to it,” Dobson said. “It’s just that the negatives can be so jarring sometimes that they taint the whole system.”

Gibbons agreed that the Greek system “certainly has a place” at Dartmouth. He added that research assistants who worked for him spoke highly of their fraternities and sororities and portrayed membership as a positive experience.

The administration has an ethical obligation to ensure that students are not ill-treated, Bronski said.

Alumni express mixed reactions to hazing case

Despite the strong hazing accusations recently leveled by Andrew Lohse ’12 against his former fraternity in a Jan. 25 opinion column, alumni interviewed by The Dartmouth said they generally do not view hazing as posing as significant a threat to the College community as Lohse suggested. Several alumni said that although they experienced a wide variety of fraternity initiation activities while at Dartmouth, they would not characterize those activities as hazing.

John Mathias ’69, former Alumni Council president and a former member of Phi Delta Alpha fraternity, said he never participated in or witnessed any initiation activities that he would consider hazing.

“I was actually the rush chair at Phi Delt, and we didn’t haze our pledges, period,” Mathias said. “Certainly nothing that even approaches what was in the paper.”

Mathias said that although he is not able to speak for other fraternities, he is certain that stories of hazing would have reached him through campus conversation. He also said that drinking beer as part of a pledge initiation “wouldn’t surprise him,” but that fraternities did not engage in activities similar to what Lohse described.

“If you have to chug a beer, is that hazing?” Mathias said. “If you have to chug two beers, is that hazing? Those things happened, but whether those physically degrading things happened or not, I never saw it. I didn’t do it, and we didn’t do it.”

John Daukas ’84, president of the Association of Alumni and chair of the ad hoc Committee to Support Greek Letter Organizations, said that during his time as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity now Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity and throughout his work with CSG, he has not considered hazing to be a major campus problem.

In 2010, CSG members met with College President Jim Yong Kim, former President James Wright, College deans and administrators involved in overseeing the Greek system, fraternity and sorority presidents and Greek organization members and reported their findings in May 2011, according to Daukas. Although the committee identified a number of challenges facing Greek organizations, including poorly maintained physical plants and binge drinking, the report did not conclude hazing as an issue.

“We didn’t hear from anyone that we spoke with that hazing was a problem,” Daukas said. “We did a good deal of outreach, and it wasn’t an issue.”

Daukas described pledge term activities in the early 1980s as mostly light-hearted and humorous. Many fraternities made pledges carry awkward objects such as a wrench, sledgehammer, lunchbox or cane. Some new members carried “pledge kits” with miscellaneous trinkets. Daukas recalled that while he was a pledge, he carried a book that all the members of the house had to sign, an effective method of learning the names of older members.

A less benign practice that was falling out of favor during Daukas’ time at the College the “pledge raid,” in which brothers would kidnap pledges, drive them away from campus and drop them off in far-flung locations or at women’s colleges. Many fraternity members called for an end to the practice due to its hazardous nature, according to Daukas.

“My attitude about hazing, and I hope this is still the case, is that the sort of people who went to Dartmouth had enough self-confidence that they wouldn’t put up with hazing,” Daukas said. “Dartmouth students should be capable of just saying, I don’t need this garbage.'”

Daukas said that hazing detracts from the community-driven purpose of Greek organizations, which should help foster lifelong friendships and serve as campus social spaces.

“The theory that I’ve heard about how going through traumatic events all together will make them closer I think that’s a load of junk,” Daukas said. “I love the Greek system, but it is not a place for doing dehumanizing and embarrassing things.”

More active alumni involvement could help minimize hazing on campus, according to Daukas.

“If hazing is going on, there’s got to be a rapid cultural shift,” he said. “Some people may say, It’s always gone on, it’s always been this way,’ and they’ve got to get out of this mindset.”

A more recent alumnus and a former member of Alpha Delta fraternity, John Harlow ’04 said that he was “surprised” by both the level of peer pressure and the graphic content that Lohse described in his editorial.

“I never experienced being made to do things I didn’t want to do,” Harlow said. “I don’t think it’s any secret that Dartmouth students drink more than is healthy, which goes for Greek organizations too, but the details [of the editorial] seemed pretty bizarre and foreign.”

Harlow said that initiation practices could theoretically be valuable experiences for new members but that in practice they often do not serve a beneficial purpose.

“The idea behind it is positive, because you’re asked to spend a lot of time with these people some who you know, some who you’re just getting to know and you have a common bonding experience,” Harlow said. “But [fraternities are] run by 21 and 22-year-olds which is usually a great thing at Dartmouth, [and] I really cherished the amount of student run organizations where there were opportunities to be a leader but people can make big mistakes at that age, and when there’s a bunch of alcohol involved, there’s going to be consequences.”

Clark Griffiths ’57 Th ’58, who was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity as an undergraduate and has advised the organization as the trustee since 1962, said that Lohse’s allegations were unmerited and that the house has met the expectations of the national organization and of the College.

Griffiths acknowledged that some initiation activities take place at SAE but said that Lohse’s motivation for making such accusations against his former fraternity was his anger at being suspended from the chapter, the national organization and the College.

“Our policy has basically been that you don’t have brutal hazing, to a certain extent, for years and years,” Griffiths said. “Hazing was a thing associated with Hell Night,’ which happened just before you were actually initiated. It’s never been a very good thing, but I think that what’s been published was exaggerated because he was ticked off at the fraternity and at the College.”

Griffiths said that SAE started a new alumni advisory committee in April, which has been investigating the allegations. The brothers have been “very responsive” to the committee and that the committee is under the impression that the allegations were false, according to Griffiths.

“I don’t think that hazing was an issue at all in the last initiation,” Griffiths said. “I can’t really speak to what happened prior to that, but I don’t think that it was ever quite as bad as Lohse made it out to be.”

Griffiths described his Hell Night’ in 1954, which he said was “nothing terribly serious.”

“The paddling wasn’t that bad freshmen used to have to run through a line of seniors to be paddled,” Griffiths said. “You would also be blindfolded and they would put an oyster in a cow’s stomach and you’d eat the oyster from the stomach. It was pretty goofy stuff.”

He also described how new members would take a trip during their pledge term, which he remembers as “spectacular.”

“I played the accordion and my friend played the bagpipes, and he had to wear a kilt, and we had to go down to Smith [College] and get our pictures taken in front of five dorms playing our instruments,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths said SAE pledges are increasingly engaging in service work, including serving meals at David’s House, which Griffiths sees as a much more positive process than hazing. He also said that Lohse’s actions should not represent the character of the fraternity as a whole.

“We’ve had some great brothers and some not-so-great brothers,” Griffiths said. “Lohse falls into the category of not the kind of guy we really wanted.”

Liz Leonard ’04, who was unaffiliated while at Dartmouth, said that students occasionally discussed hazing, but since fraternity members were usually secretive about pledge term activities, there was a lack of serious, ongoing campus dialogue about the issue.

“I remember people saying that they were sworn to secrecy,” Leonard said. “Part of the bonding experience was that nobody knew about it.”

Leonard said that the campus rumors related to hazing did not amount to the level of Lohse’s allegations. She remembered hearing that one organization’s pledges were forced to drink milk as fast as they could until they were sick, which she described as “not something you can condone” but not as traumatizing as the graphic activities described in Lohse’s article.

Leonard also said that alumni, whether they were affiliated or not, maintain such a high degree of loyalty to Dartmouth that they typically remember their undergraduate years as more happy than they actually were.

“It’s been almost ten years, and all of my friends look back with rose-colored glasses,” Leonard said. “It was -12 degrees at noon when I was a senior, but you tend to brush those things off. Whether you were entrenched in the Greek system or not, you look at it as just another experience.”

Satterlund picked to lead OPAL

Alysson Satterlund has been selected to lead the Office of Pluralism and Leadership after working at a number of universities in California.

Alysson Satterlund, the current director for student organizations and interim director of the Women’s Resource Center and PRIDE Center at California State University, Sacramento, will assume the position of director of the College’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership on Feb. 15, according to Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson.

The selection process for the new OPAL director involved a national search conducted by a committee composed of students, faculty and staff, Johnson said. The committee narrowed the choice down to three “top-notch” finalists, but Satterlund was the “clear consensus candidate,” Johnson said. Satterlund’s experience working with minority groups including LGBT students and students of color influenced her selection, according to Johnson.

Satterlund worked in higher education for 17 years prior to her selection, teaching for four years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and three years at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She also worked at California State University and as dean and special assistant to the chancellor at the City College of San Francisco in California, which Satterlund described as “a big experience in collaborating,” according to an email from Johnson to Dartmouth staff. In this position, Satterlund oversaw 95,000 students and coordinated bi-annual meetings of the San Francisco Higher Education Consortium.

Satterlund’s expertise and leadership will move OPAL in a positive direction, helping it to evolve as an organization, Johnson said.

“In addition to her expertise in organizational management and communication, I think she’ll bring a leadership style that encourages a collaborative work environment,” Johnson said.

Steve Silver, OPAL’s International Student Programs director, is “very enthusiastic and excited” to have Satterlund take part in OPAL, he said.

Satterlund will help OPAL focus on its two complementary goals creating an inclusive community for students and “building bridges between students across the spectrum,” according to Johnson.

“[OPAL] is one of the places where different students can connect to the campus and connect to the institution and engage,” Johnson said. “In order to be the well-rounded students we want them to be, they need to be able to communicate across difference.”

As OPAL director, Satterlund said she plans to emphasize the organization’s role in building communities and bridging the gaps between groups at Dartmouth.

“One of the things I loved when I was visiting campus and doing research was this idea that OPAL, along with other partners, was really there to build a community,” Satterlund said. “I’m just so thrilled to be a part of what comes next and to help shape that in collaboration with others.”

In her new position, Satterlund will aim to bring together different groups on campus to help the organization’s mission of community building.

“I would want [OPAL] to be something that students and community members could look to and be proud to be associated with and support,” Satterlund said. “My vision is a community working together for the benefit of themselves and others.”

Christian Brandt ’12, who interviewed Satterlund for the position, said he believes Satterlund to be a “good candidate” for the position. He added, however, that he thinks the College’s choice to abolish the position of OPAL director was a “huge mistake,” and a new director for OPAL was long overdue. The official OPAL director position was effectively removed in August 2009 when former director Sylvia Spears became acting dean of the College. Following this transition, Samantha Ivery, the College’s advisor to black students, assumed the duties of OPAL director in addition to her previous responsibilities. When Ivery left the College in June 2011, Pam Misener assumed the role of interim director of OPAL.

“They should have never gotten rid of the position,” Brandt said. “It’s about time they hired a new director.”

The director position was likely cut as a result of surveys sent out to campus in which OPAL ranked “extremely low,” Brandt said. He added, however, that the low rankings may have been the result of OPAL’s lack of resources, and cutting the director position only worsened the problem and presented a “double-edged sword.”

Brandt said that Misener did not apply for the position of permanent OPAL director.

“I’m almost positive she didn’t want to run,” Brandt said. “She wasn’t one of the three finalists, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t want to be the director.”

Brandt is “optimistic” about OPAL’s potential for the future, particularly if the organization can better integrate itself into the Dartmouth community.

“I’d like there to be a really concerted effort for OPAL to move in a direction that makes it much more accessible to the general student body,” Brandt said.

Satterlund’s perspective will be helpful because the environments she has previously worked in differ from that of the College, according to Brandt.

“In some ways I’m glad that this director is coming from outside the Ivy League,” Brandt said. “A director coming from the Ivy League wouldn’t really have brought that many new ideas.”

Satterlund received both her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from California State University, Chico, and received a PhD from UNC, Chapel Hill in interpersonal and organizational communication, according to the email. She also holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, according to the email.

Women’s swim team comes back to earth in loss to Tigers

Dartmouth swept the top spot in all four diving events against Princeton University on Sunday, but both the men and women lost to the Tigers.

Despite coming up short in their Sunday meet against Princeton University, the Big Green swimming and diving teams had a good showing in their final home meet of the season. The women’s team (7-3, 3-3 Ivy) lost to the Tigers, 175-125, while the men (4-4, 2-4 Ivy) were defeated 171-124.

Head coach Jim Wilson said he was pleased with the Big Green’s ability to win numerous events in the meet, especially considering that the contest against Princeton was the teams’ third in three days following the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

“Our women held their own and did pretty well,” Wilson said. “We had a grueling weekend with a half a day Friday and a full day Saturday. We ran out of gas a little bit, but we still performed well.”

Valerie Orellana ’15, Albert Roth ’13 and Meredith Sweeney ’14 all won their individual races against the Tigers, while the Big Green was also able to sweep the 400-yard freestyle relays. The women’s team of Christine Kerr ’14, Sasha Alcon ’15, Siobhan Hengemuhle ’15 and Mary Van Metre ’14 won the women’s race by just over a second, while the men’s team of Dylan Gabel ’14, John Hill ’12, One June Chang ’13 and Zach Doherty ’13 won the men’s 400 relay with a time of 3:10.16.

Wilson was encouraged by the Big Green’s ability to compete well against a team of Princeton’s caliber.

“We knew going in that Princeton is the top team in the Ivy League, having won the Ivy Championships last season,” Wilson said. “We knew it was going to be tough. The men found that pretty early as the Princeton men set the pool record in the first event the 200-yard medley relay.”

The majority of Dartmouth’s success came in the butterfly and freestyle events. Orellana won the 200-yard butterfly and finished third in the 100 fly. Roth touched second in the 200 fly and won the 100 fly for the second meet in a row. Kendall Farnham ’14 and Kelsey Pinson ’12 finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.

In the freestyle events, Hengemuhle earned second place in the 50-yard freestyle, while Alcon and Chang took second in the women’s and men’s 100 free, respectively.

In other events, Roth won the 200-yard individual medley for the second time this season with a time of 1:53.28. Joseph Chance ’13 came in third in the event, just 0.2 seconds behind the Tigers’ Oliver Bennett.

“Roth did a super job,” Wilson said. “I thought he swam very well.”

The 200-yard backstroke was also a good event for the Big Green, with Sweeney winning on the women’s side and Matt Long ’14 and Michael Ahern ’12 taking second and third, respectively, on the men’s side.

The diving team had another strong showing in the meet, led by Erica Serpico ’12, who won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

“Winning both boards bodes really well for the Ivy Championships [Feb. 23-25],” Wilson said. “She’s a former Ivy League champion, and if she can get back to form, she may win it again.”

Ethan Canty ’15 won the 3-meter event on the men’s side and placed second in the 1-meter to teammate Ryan Shelley ’15.

Overall, women’s captain Galen Barry ’12 said she was happy with the team’s performance against the Tigers.

“Our divers did remarkably well,” Barry said. “Princeton has some of the best divers in the country, and the women got first and second against them, which was huge. The [Christine and Danielle Kerr ’14] had standout performances and Meredith Sweeney won the 200 back in a really close race, which was really exciting.”

Next weekend, the teams will hit the road for a set of non-conference contests. The women’s team travels to Boston to swim against Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, while both the men and women will compete against the University of Connecticut next Sunday in Storrs, Conn.

Decisive fifth games prove unkind to Dartmouth squash

The men's squash team could not overcome a pair of five-game losses in its 6-3 loss to the University of Rochester on Sunday.

The No. 7 Dartmouth men’s squash team fell to No. 4 University of Rochester, 6-3, on Sunday at the Berry Sports Center. Despite the loss, head coach Hansi Wiens still found reason to be optimistic and said that it was a good day overall for the team.

“Everyone played really well against Rochester,” Wiens said. “I am really happy with the way things are going at the moment.”

The Big Green (6-4, 1-2 Ivy) was led by its top two players on Sunday, as Chris Hanson ’13 at the No. 1 spot and captain Nick Sisodia ’12 at the No. 2 spot both notched wins in their matches. Hanson defeated Rochester junior Andres Duany in a five-game thriller, splitting the first four games before prevailing 11-9 in the decisive fifth game. Sisodia had less trouble at No. 2, defeating Yellow Jackets senior Benjamin Fischer in four games.

“Chris outlasted and out-strategized [Duany],” Sisodia said. “I ended up playing pretty well and won 3-1.”

Stephen Wetherill ’12 had the only other Big Green victory of the day at the No. 6 slot, taking down junior Oscar Lopez in the minimum three games.

Sisodia said the Big Green was expecting tough matches but was hoping to play for an upset against a top-ranked team like Rochester (7-4, 4-0 Liberty).

“We knew it would be a battle,” Sisodia said. “[After Wetherill’s win], we knew if we won a match or two we could come close to winning.”

The close battles at the No. 7 and No. 8 positions were the difference makers in the match. Both matches went to five games and each were decided by just two points. But in the end, victories by Karm Kumar over Fletcher Pease ’14 and Mohamed Abdel Maksoud over Alex Kurth ’13 proved decisive, allowing Rochester to pull away and win by a 6-3 margin overall.

Wiens said the men’s team had a few chances to win games at the beginning and is getting closer to winning matches against teams like Rochester.

“I am happy about the result on Sunday it’s a good tone for the last bit of the season,” Sisodia said. “I’m excited to finish out my last season with the Big Green. I’ll miss it.”

The last home matches of the season will take place on Feb. 10 as the men take on No. 2 Yale University and No. 13 Middlebury College. Shortly after that, the men will ideally head to the College Squash Association Championships Feb. 17-18 in Princeton, N.J.

“The guys are fit and focused,” Sisodia said. “We are ready for a run at nationals.”

Wiens echoed Sisodia’s positive outlook for the remainder of the season and noted that having the men’s team ranked in the top eight in the country means anything can happen.

“I am sure we can upset one team,” Wiens said. “We are getting closer to being one of the top teams in the country.”

The Ivy League is the most competitive conference for squash in the nation, boasting five of the top seven schools in the most recent national rankings. Rochester, Trinity College and Franklin & Marshall College are the only schools not in the Ivy League likely to be in the top ten nationally by season’s end, according to Sisodia and Wiens.

“The team is looking good,” Sisodia said. “We had a bit of a scare against Williams College barely squeaked it out. We are hoping to be a little more convincing than that.”

Dartmouth will hit the road to take on Cornell University this Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y., before travelling to New York to tackle Columbia University on Sunday.