An unnamed Dartmouth alumnus will sell a collection of wine at Christie’s an international company that conducts art auctions and private sales on April 13, with part of the proceeds donated to the College, according to an announcement from the auction house. The total value of the sale is estimated to be between $1.6 and $2.3 million, and the donation to the College is expected to be between $390,000 and $530,000. Items for the auction have been collected from regions across the world, including Tuscany, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Languedoc and Spain, according to Charles Antin, a wine specialist at Christie’s and the auctioneer for the sale. This type of auction is unusual, as most consignors do not typically donate to charities, Antin said. Interested buyers will have the chance to taste some of the wine being sold at the live auction.
Yale University faculty members passed a resolution on Thursday objecting to the institution’s planned partnership with the National University of Singapore, Inside Higher Education reported. In the resolution spurred by Singapore’s historic anti-homosexuality laws and limited rights, such as freedom of speech restrictions faculty urged the administration to “respect, protect and further” non-discrimination and to promote rather than compromise its belief in civil liberty and political freedom. Yale President Richard Levin complimented the faculty on a civil and well-run debate but said he remains committed to the Yale-NUS project, according to Inside Higher Ed. Members of the Singaporean institution have indicated that they are willing to discuss human rights issues in relation to the new program, Inside Higher Ed reported.
Office supply company Staples, Inc. nominated Harvard University President Drew Faust to serve on its board of directors, The Boston Globe reported Friday. Questions remain among the Harvard faculty and Staples shareholders about the feasibility of Faust simultaneously holding both positions, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. University presidents who serve on corporate boards have come under scrutiny in recent years, with many critics concerned about potential conflicts of interest and lack of corporate experience. Despite the criticism, one in three presidents of the nation’s 50 wealthiest colleges held a position on a corporate board in 2010, according to The Chronicle. Staples Chairman Ron Sargent said that Faust will offer a “unique perspective” given her management and leadership experience, The Globe reported.
Brian Kim ’97, founder and chief investment officer of the Manhattan-based hedge fund Liquid Capital Management, pled guilty on Mar. 16 to all state and federal charges resulting from running a Ponzi scheme that led to the theft of $4 million. Kim is expected to receive a sentence of five to 15 years in prison when he appears before the New York State Supreme Court on Apr. 20, according to Kim’s lawyer, Justin Levine.
Kim was indicted on Feb. 15, 2011 for organizing the scheme, which defrauded at least 45 victims, according to a Mar. 16 press release from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.
In June 2008, Kim also stole $435,000 from the Christadora House, the Manhattan condominium complex where he resided and served as a board member, the press release said. Liquid Capital Management pled guilty as a corporate defendant to 26 felony counts, including grand larceny in the first degree, grand larceny in the second degree, scheme to defraud in the first degree, violation of the General Business Law and falsifying business records in the first degree, according to the press release.
The guilty plea will enable Kim to avoid the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, according to Levine.
“After extensive examination of the various documentary evidence that exists in this case, it was quite clear that had he gone to trial, he would have lost and most likely would have received a greater sentence,” Levine said.
On the eve of the 2009 Christadora House grand larceny trial, Kim used a false passport to leave the country and flee to Hong Kong, where he remained in hiding, Levine said. A bench warrant was issued for Kim’s arrest when he failed to appear in the New York State Supreme Court for trial on Jan. 4, 2011, the press release said.
“When Brian ran away, he filed a false application for a passport saying that his passport was lost, but it had actually been surrendered to the district attorney’s office so that he wouldn’t leave,” Levine said. “He then got a new passport, so he left and went to Hong Kong.”
Kim was subsequently charged with bail jumping by a grand jury and passport fraud in a federal indictment filed in the Southern District of New York, the press release said. Through the collaboration of officers from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Marshals Service and the People’s Republic of China, Kim was apprehended and sent back to New York on Oct. 12, 2011, according to the release.
“Today’s guilty pleas encompass criminal activity dating back nearly a decade and demonstrate our commitment to bringing to justice those who prey upon unsuspecting individuals and attempt to evade the consequences,” Vance said in the release.
Kim began running the multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme from his Manhattan office in January 2003, according to court documents and Kim’s plea allocution. Kim duped members of the technology sector and other business professionals to invest in what he claimed to be “safe, stable and consistently profitable securities,” the release said.
He then allocated large sums of investors’ money to his own accounts and engaged in high-risk futures contracts, generating a loss of over $293,000 in 2010, according to a Feb. 14, 2011 press release from the New York District Attorney’s Office. Kim fabricated monthly performance statements with false account balances in order to mask his fraud and trading losses.
In May 2009, Liquid Capital Management was recognized as a “top 10″ fund on the BarclayHedge CTA Database, which features hedge funds that deliver consistently strong risk-adjusted returns, in the stock return index category, according to an Opalesque Industry Updates release.
Kim also worked as a derivatives expert for CNBC in December 2009. He spent more than $800,000 of investors’ money on luxury retail purchases and splurged on trips to Vermont and Atlantic City, N.J.
Kim expressed remorse to the judge, his victims and his family for his actions and their consequences, Levine said.
“He knows he has to go to prison and luckily he’s young enough so that when he gets out of prison, he may still have a bright future,” Levine said. “Let’s hope that he puts his intelligence to good instead of evil, as they say in the comics.”
During his time at the College, Kim majored in economics and minored in art history, according to The Aegis. Kim wrote for The Dartmouth and participated in the Entrepreneurship Society Finance Club, Japan Society and fencing team. Kim also rushed at Alpha Delta fraternity, but did not receive a bid, fencing teammate Matthew Richardson ’97 said.
As part of the United States’ long-term policy of fostering “effective and responsive governance” in Afghanistan, government professor John Carey spent a portion of March consulting with Afghan government officials and civil leaders on parliamentary electoral reform, according to Benjamin Barry, a foreign service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Carey was hired by the U.S. State Department to act as a mediator between Afghan interest groups as the nation prepares for its upcoming elections.
Carey met with members of Wolesi Jirga the lower house of parliament, or “the House of the People” and political and civil society leaders to discuss goals for change and share his expertise in electoral system reforms in democratic countries.
“Most of the Afghan politicians involved in this don’t necessarily have really broad knowledge about how elections work around the world,” Carey said. “Without necessarily telling them what I thought they should do, I was able to at least bring some information about other experiences about what’s worthwhile and what’s worked less well.”
Afghan and American leaders hope to achieve electoral reform to rid the system of flaws as Afghanistan prepares for its 2014 presidential elections and 2015 parliamentary elections.
Carey said he was concerned that Afghan President Hamid Karzai may run for a third term despite the nation’s constitutional restrictions to two-term presidencies.
Karzai and representatives of the executive branch were absent from the discussions Carey led with Afghan leaders, he said.
“For me, that is the big question mark,” he said. “It is very difficult to get things done in Afghan politics without the executive branch on board.”
Carey said Karzai has been “more of an obstacle than an advocate” for the types of electoral reforms being debated by other political leaders and civil groups.
Differences abound and consensus is difficult even among those who advocate for reform, Carey said.
“The project was to go and help Afghan politicians and other actors to talk about and reach some sort of consensus on electoral reform,” he said. “We didn’t get anywhere close to consensus.”
By engaging in open discussion about ideas for reform, groups can find overlapping interests to start the process of implementation, Carey said.
Following conversations with Afghan leaders, Carey spoke with members of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to facilitate communication between the nation’s leaders.
“My take is that the U.S, government before it withdraws to a greater extent wanted to make one more effort to encourage the Afghans to reform that electoral system to the parliament,” Carey said.
Because legitimate electoral systems are vital to voting and democracy, Carey’s “insight” on reforming electoral systems is valuable for emerging democracies, according to government professor Jeremy Horowitz.
During Carey’s stay in Afghanistan, a volatile political situation arose when American Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians and an assassination attempt was made on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
These circumstances and resulting security issues in Afghanistan were an obstacle for Carey, whose trip to the Ghazni province in southeast Afghanistan was canceled after the military closed air traffic, he said.
“I was relieved to leave when I did, not because I had finished my job and the system was on its way to reform, but mainly because of the security situation,” Carey said.
Carey said that issues of “physical security” eclipse the need for electoral reform and will likely take precedent over reform efforts.
“It will be a long time before it’s clear whether or not there is going to be electoral reform in Afghanistan,” he said. “There are so many challenges to governance in Afghanistan that are so much bigger and more existential than if they get their electoral law for the parliament.”
On March 29, Carey presented his findings at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the presentation included leaders from government agencies, including the State Department and United States Agency for International Development, as well as think tanks, democracy promotion organizations and universities.
In addition to his work in Afghanistan, Carey is currently studying legislative transparency across nations by comparing their legislative processes, according Christian Sherrill ’13, a presidential scholar working with Carey on the project and who compiled data for Carey’s March presentation.
“I am principally interested in learning how governments work and learning how people can protect themselves against their governments to the point that governments are truly public serving,” Sherrill said. “I think that’s really the purpose of [Carey’s] projects as well.”
While Carey previously concentrated on legislative electoral reform in Latin American countries, recent stabilization of Latin American democratization efforts encouraged him to shift his focus to the Middle East and North Africa, where the Arab Spring offers opportunities for budding democracies, he said.
In 2011 and 2012, Carey co-authored a number of articles about election systems in the Middle Eastern and North African countries and enumerated the criteria for evaluating democratic election systems: inclusiveness, minimal distortion of the balance of party power, incentives to build coalitions, individual accountability and simplicity.
**The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Carey was in Afghanistan in February, when in fact he was in Afghanistan in March.*
Roddy Young, the Office of Public Affairs’ vice president for communications, has been appointed as the vice president for communications and marketing for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system, according to Justin Anderson, director of media relations for the College. Young, who has been working for the College since June 2011, will assume his new post on April 23, he said in an interview with The Dartmouth.
The position of vice president of communications and marketing is a newly created role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which is comprised of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s campuses, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, according to Young.
“This is a fabulous opportunity to work with the [Dartmouth-Hitchcock] team and to build on the relationships I’ve established at Dartmouth,” Young said.
Prior to Young’s appointment, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s public affairs office lacked “one particular set leader” and instead was overseen by Executive Vice President Stephen LeBlanc, Vice President of Regional Development Deanna Howard and Vice President for Government Affairs Frank McDougall, Young said.
In his new position, Young will promote Dartmouth-Hitchcock Chief Executive Officer and President James Weinstein’s vision of creating a sustainable health system and making Dartmouth-Hitchcock a leading national health care model, he said.
“There is an ongoing debate about how health care decisions should be made, and I am excited to take on this issue through the communications platform at Hitchcock,” Young said.
Young, who left his position at OPA on Friday, said his experience at the College will help with his transition to his new position at Dartmouth-Hitchcok.
“My work at the College and my interaction with individuals such as Jim Yong Kim and Al Mulley [’70] will be employed at DHMC,” Young said. “There will be a lot of interlinking between Dartmouth and DHMC that will help in the storytelling of both organizations.”
Anderson, who worked with Young at OPA, said the new position provides an opportunity to strengthen the relationship and facilitate collaboration between the College and DHMC.
“He has an incredibly positive attitude and energetic approach, which I am sure he will bring to DHMC,” Anderson said. “It’s an exciting time for the enterprise, and it’s a really great opportunity for him.”
When Young began work at OPA, he gathered the office’s employees and asked each person to tell him about him- or herself, Anderson said, emphasizing Young’s interest in people and individual stories.
Prior to joining the College as vice president of communications, Young was a senior vice president with TMG Strategies/MSLGroup, a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm. He was the chair of the MSLGroup’s Reputation Management Practice and the director of TMG’s media relations team. Young has also worked in the government, education and business sectors and served as press secretary for both NASA and the office of former Representative Esteban Torres, D-Calif, according to Young.
Andy Tannen, senior vice president in the corporate practice at MSLGroup, said he worked with Young on two project proposals during the last two years before Young left for Dartmouth.
“He’s one of the smartest people I’ve met, and I’ve been in the business for 30 years,” Tannen said in an interview with The Dartmouth. “One of the pitches I worked on with him was for on going crisis communications for an insurance company. Roddy is smart, calm and level-headed, and for a crisis you need someone like that.”
Mike Huckman, senior vice president at MSL New York, who worked with Young while he was stationed in the Washington, D.C. office, said Young is “strategic and well-connected,” and should excel in his new position.
Young said his background, especially his work in public policy, is cumulative and relevant to his new position.
“I have worked with organizations facing tough challenges regarding the way they present themselves in the world,” he said. “While I haven’t worked in the hospital industry, what I bring is perspective and what I can learn is what [the DHMC team] already knows. It will be mutually beneficial.”
Anderson said that OPA has not yet determined how it will adjust to the departure of Young.
“The details of the transition are still being worked out, and we expect to be in a position to share that information soon,” he said.
This year’s candidates for Student Assembly president and vice president submitted petitions on Friday that stated their intent to run in the election to be held on Monday, April 16. The number of candidates six for president and four for vice president is the most in recent memory.
The majority of the candidates said they hope to increase communication between the Assembly and the student body, as well as to make the Assembly more effective and relevant on campus.
The known candidates for president are Max Hunter ’13, Suril Kantaria ’13, Erin Klein ’13, Elise Smith ’13, J.T. Tanenbaum ’13 and Rachel Wang ’13. The candidates for vice president are Julia Danford ’13, Troy Dildine ’13, Sahil Joshi ’13 and James Lee ’13.
The Elections Planning and Advisory Committee has not officially announced the candidates, as their petitions are first handled internally and sent to the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office to determine eligibility, according to EPAC Chair Richard Stephenson ’12.
Hunter, a modified theater major from Bedford, N.Y., said he will focus on conveying students’ frustration with the administration.
“I would not be the administration’s choice, but I hope to capture this voice of the students,” he said.
Hunter said he believes that recent administrative actions reflect “a fundamental lack of understanding on how to approach basic issues,” making it necessary to return to the “drawing board” on many recent decisions.
The student body needs to hear from College President Jim Yong Kim, rather than from Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson or Chairman of the Board of Trustees Steve Mandel ’78, about important events, he said, citing Kim’s decision to communicate with the student body in a timely manner about voting for the Aires in “The Sing-Off” but not about issues such as hazing.
Hunter does not have past experience with the Assembly.
Kantaria, a government and economics major from Glastonbury, Conn., said he intends to “revamp” the Assembly to more effectively address campus issues and convey student opinions.
In order to address “structural problems,” Kantaria said he plans to create Assembly liaisons that “represent different student groups” at meetings.
He said he will enhance communication, accountability and transparency of the Assembly by providing a “drop-box” for student input and releasing detailed reports on Assembly activities. He also plans to introduce a forum between students and administrators, facilitated by an electronic tool through which students can post questions and concerns, he said.
Kantaria is a member of The Dartmouth Staff.
Klein, a health and human biology major from Park Ridge, Ill., said she wants to make the Assembly more effective at supporting student interests, which it is currently “failing” to do. In order to facilitate more effective leadership on campus, Klein said she hopes to design “leadership summits” that would bring together Greek, athletic and community leadership “to discuss focused issues.”
She said she plans to bring campus leaders back to Hanover early at the beginning of the next academic year in order to work on “creating community standards and setting goals” for the year. Because the administration has failed to respond to many campus issues, there is a need for a grassroots effort to make student needs known, Klein said.
Klein was involved in the Assembly during her freshman year but stopped participating because she “wasn’t impressed by the organization,” she said.
Smith, a geography major from Chicago, seeks to use a presidential role to “rally” the College’s sense of community, she said.
The Assembly needs to work with students and organizations more effectively, and this communication must come “from the bottom up,” she said.
To implement such a structure, Smith said she plans to contact all communities at Dartmouth and demonstrate that the success of one group “betters us all.”
Smith’s commitment to the Assembly during her three years at the College distinguishes her from the other candidates, she said.
In addition to participating in the Assembly, Smith works in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, is on the Alumni Council and was the only student representative in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership’s recent search for a new director.
Tanenbaum, a mathematics and social sciences major from outside of Albany, N.Y., said he believes the Assembly needs to divert attention away from itself and focus on student groups at Dartmouth.
He said his key goals are to “refine, refocus and reform,” which can be accomplished by abolishing the “redundancies” of Assembly committees that address issues already covered by other groups on campus. He plans to send representatives from the Assembly to join existing groups and give them a “direct line of communication” with the Assembly, which can advocate on the behalf of these groups, he said.
Wang, an economics major from Madison, Wis., said she wants to “strengthen student voice, especially with the administration.” She said she hopes to create a forum where student leaders can come together because the current Assembly committees sometimes “recreate the wheel” by seeking to choose leaders when they already exist and can be sought out, she said.
Wang also seeks to improve the transparency of the Assembly, possibly by holding office hours in “a public place like Novack,” she said.
Wang served as a voting member of the Assembly during her freshman year and has since been involved in other student governing groups including the Council on Student Organizations and the Undergraduate Finance Committee.
Vice presidential candidate Danford, an English major from Rollinsford, N.H., said she is running with Kantaria in the upcoming election. Kantaria’s experience in student government coupled with Danford’s “fresh voice” maximizes their effectiveness, she said.
Danford said her experience as an undergraduate advisor has made her aware of campus issues and inspired her desire to face them.
Dildine, a neuroscience and government major from Tulare, Calif., said the Assembly currently lacks legitimacy.
“There are still a lot of students on campus that don’t know a lot of the roles of what [the Assembly] does around campus and don’t see it as being representative of the whole student body,” he said.
In order to increase the diversity of the Assembly, Dildine intends to encourage representatives from each student organization to attend the meetings and grant them voting rights, he said.
Joshi, a government and economics major originally from Boston, learned about the “inner workings” of the Assembly during his time on the Assembly’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Committee.
He said he hopes to use the “existing human capital and structural capital” of campus organizations to make the Assembly a “switchboard” for other groups on campus.
The Assembly needs to be more “proactive” and take an “action-based approach rather than a purely policy-based approach,” Joshi said.
Lee, a government and geography major from Virginia, has been involved with the Assembly since his freshman fall. This involvement has given him “a better sense of the issues” and an understanding of the infrastructure of the Assembly, he said.
Lee said he wishes to bring a “community feel” to the Assembly that he said he believes it lost after his freshman year. He also hopes to leverage the Assembly’s abilities to inform the administration about student needs given its “history of not being able to fully capitalize on its abilities,” he said.
The candidates will participate in an Assembly-sponsored debate on Tuesday, debates on Wednesday and Thursday and another sponsored by The Dartmouth on Friday.
Lee is a former member of The Dartmouth Senior Staff.
Topics ranging from parental divorce to the use of offensive homophobic slurs were discussed at the inaugural “Talk It Out” event, in which speakers addressed how homophobia had affected their Dartmouth experiences, on Friday. As the event came to its end, the closing remarks of Community Director Josiah Proietti were interrupted by shouts from four members of the audience, which included approximately 200 students lining the walls and even the floor of Bentley Theater in the Hopkins Center. The students criticized the College’s administration for lack of involvement in the LGBT community, focusing specifically on Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s departure from the event after the first two of the four speakers delivered their speeches.
Christian Brandt ’12, the first speaker, said it is important for him and other members of the LGBT community to feel safe sharing their concerns without having to worry about criticism.
“As Dartmouth students, we are conditioned by our own experiences here while simultaneously creating them,” Brandt said.
Tuition dollars fund the perpetuation of homophobia and heteronormativity unless students collectively work to combat it, he said. In order to end campus homophobia and heteronormativity, students must stop making excuses for the inappropriate behavior of their friends.
The second speaker, a male member of the Class of 2013 who wished to remain anonymous, said he spent his freshman fall in a state of euphoria because he felt that his sexual orientation was completely embraced by the Dartmouth community. His comfort changed one night when he was walking across the Green to a fraternity and a stranger accosted him by calling him the word “faggot.”
“It’s sort of crazy when you have an idea of what the school is and who you are,” he said. “It’s amazing how fast that can all crash down.”
Following the incident, the speaker said he questioned his decision to attend Dartmouth.
“I’ve spent a lot of time at this school trying not to be defined by my sexuality,” he said. “But I think now that I’m a junior … I’m going to spend my next year just trying to be me.”
A female member of the Class of 2013, who wished to remain anonymous, said she used to be homophobic even though she now identifies as a lesbian.
“What we need is to create an inclusive environment with our words and our actions,” she said. “We cannot be a campus that conditions the marginalization of issues that affect my daily life. We really need to talk it out.”
Kurt Prescott ’12, the final speaker, related his struggle with coming out, which coincided with his parents’ divorce. He said his experience was worsened because 90 percent of Dartmouth students have married parents, a statistic much higher than the national average.
“My hope is that what I say will engender discussion afterwards,” Prescott said. “Talk to your friends, because the people that need to hear this the most are not in the room.”
Johnson introduced the event and said that her responsibilities include building a more “inclusive” community, she remained at the event for two of the four “Talk It Out” presentations. Following her departure, a group of four audience members including Stew Towle ’12 and three individuals who wished to remain anonymous said their attempts to meet with Johnson to discuss grievances proved unsuccessful.
“The administration needs to be held accountable for their inaction,” yelled one student member of the audience, posing the question, “Where is Dean Johnson?”
One student said that although she complained to Johnson about being called a “faggot” by members of Alpha Delta and Chi Heorot fraternities as she walked home to East Wheelock, Johnson told her to “come back when [she] was more cooperative.”
Maia Matsushita ’13, who organized the event, said she approached the group of students after hearing rumors about their plans.
“I think it did call attention to the fact that Dean Johnson left early, which I think should have been addressed,” Matsushita said in an interview with The Dartmouth.
At the event’s start, the four students distributed a list of their demands, which included making all Greek organizations coeducational and implementing gender-neutral bathrooms in all campus buildings.
“LGBTQ students at Dartmouth have been marginalized for far too long,” they said. “If you want to make a difference, if you are committed to activism for the LGBTQ community on campus, it will be necessary to put your reputation on the line and to insist on radical change that starts now.”
Towle said his group’s protest was inspired by the concern that students would leave the event feeling that they had done their part to prevent homophobia and therefore not continue combatting the issue on campus. Members of the group said they wanted students to know that in order to make change, they must actively demand cooperation from the administration.
“We are not in the position of power,” Towle said. “This is particularly the job of those in a position of power, a position of privilege.”
Towle said the issue of homophobia has touched his life because he spent the first half of his Dartmouth career “living the dominant male paradigm” of joining a fraternity and sleeping with women.
“How can we as queer individuals come together and change things so the next person who comes to Dartmouth like me doesn’t feel the need to be that heterosexual frat boy?” he asked.
Sharang Biswas ’12, who attended the event, said that homophobia affects everyone on campus, though it should not occur in a college community.
Although Biswas said he did not experience outright homophobia until this year, many of his friends complain about the lack of acceptance of the LGBT community at the College, he said.
“I don’t think [homophobia] is a huge epidemic, but it’s definitely there,” he said, citing an incident in November when derogatory words were found written on a window of a common room in Fahey-McLane residence hall, home to a gender-neutral wing.
Justin Sha ’15 said the event made him realize the true pervasiveness of homophobia, which he called a “hidden truth” at Dartmouth.
“It definitely made me see things in a new light,” he said. “I felt like these issues were definitely prevalent but unspoken.”
Matsushita said she was inspired by the annual “Speak Out” event against sexual assault and felt there was a “hole” in the campus dialogue surrounding homophobia. She said she hopes “Talk It Out” planned a few weeks before Pride Week this year becomes an annual event.
The Dartmouth baseball team had a productive weekend playing in its first home conference games of the season, going 3-1 in two doubleheaders. The Big Green (8-14, 4-4 Ivy) swept the University of Pennsylvania (14-12, 5-3 Ivy) Saturday afternoon before splitting a doubleheader with Columbia University (12-16, 5-3 Ivy) on Sunday. The loss on Sunday snapped Dartmouth’s 28-game home winning streak, stretching back to April 2010.
Dartmouth was successful in all phases of the game against Penn and backed up strong pitching performances with solid hitting. The Big Green won the games by scores of 6-3 and 11-2.
Dartmouth jumped out to an early lead in the first game, scoring a run in the bottom of the first after a sacrifice fly from Thomas Roulis ’15 scored captain Joe Sclafani ’12, who was on third after leading the game off with a triple. The triple was the 17th of Sclafani’s career, breaking a Dartmouth record that had stood for 29 years.
Penn fought back and managed to build a 3-1 lead by the top of the fourth. The Dartmouth bats responded by scoring two in the bottom half of the inning on a Sclafani home run to left field to tie the score at three apiece.
Dartmouth starter Mitch Horacek ’14 shut down the Penn offense over the last three innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. In seven innings of work, Horacek gave up six hits and struck out seven while walking only two.
With the Penn offense stalled, it was only a matter of time before the Big Green hitters came through and regained the lead. The team took advantage of an opportunity in the bottom of the sixth when a dropped third strike and an error put the first two men of the inning on base. Sclafani tallied an RBI single for his third hit of the day, and Roulis singled home two runs to add more insurance.
While the first game was a back-and-forth battle, the second game of the double-header was a solid rout.
The Big Green jumped ahead early again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on a double to left-center by Jeff Keller ’14, and the lead was never in jeopardy for the rest of the game.
In the fourth, Dartmouth grabbed two more runs on a Nick Lombardi ’15 shot to left field for his first home run of his collegiate career. The Big Green added three more the next inning, highlighted by a two-run double from first baseman Dustin Selzer ’14.
If that wasn’t enough, the Big Green added another four runs in the bottom of the seventh, giving the team an 11-0 lead. The patience of the Dartmouth hitters paid off as the first three of the inning walked to load the bases for Lombardi, who drove in two with an RBI double to left-center. Sclafani later singled home another run, and Ennis Coble ’13 rounded out the scoring when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Starting pitcher and last week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week Adam Frank ’15 said he was impressed with the variety of ways in which his team was able to scrape runs together.
“Not only did they get a lot of hits through for themselves, but they knew what situations needed a sacrifice hit in order to move runners,” Frank said. “That is one of the great things about our team, we are all unselfish and want the best for each other.”
Three runs were all that Frank would need. The freshman pitched seven shutout innings before giving up two runs in the eighth when the game was safely out of reach.
In his first seven innings of work, Frank allowed only two hits, both in the third, and got out of the second-and-third jam with no outs thanks to an impressive leaping catch in center field by Jake Carlson ’12.
Frank credited much of his success on the day to his ability to mix his pitches, keeping the Penn hitters guessing.
“No pitch was particularly dominant, but I was able to use all three of them [fastball, change-up, and curveball] to keep the Penn batters off-balance,” he said.
It is much easier to pitch with a lead, and Frank said he was appreciative of the relaxation offered by his hitters’ success.
“Pitching with a lead is a lot easier than pitching in a 0-0 ball game because you know you have some breathing room if a runner gets on base,” he said.
After Frank was lifted, Mike Dodakian ’14 came in and recorded the final five outs of the game with few issues, freezing the last batter on a called third strike to finish the victory.
Every Big Green batter reached base at least twice in the second game while collecting a season-high 11 walks in addition to 11 hits.
Sclafani led the team overall, going 5-for-8 on the day with four runs scored and four RBI.
The first game on Sunday saw a disappointing result for the Big Green, as the team dropped the opener of its doubleheader against Columbia, 4-3, the Big Green’s first home loss in almost two years.
“I think the media and the fans made a bigger deal about it than we did,” Sclafani said. “Playing at home always gives us an incredible amount of confidence because of the overall success we have had here since the park reopened four years ago. The way we look at it is that we started another streak this afternoon.”
The game began as a pitcher’s duel both teams were held hitless through the first three innings. The Lions got on the board in the fifth and sixth, building a 4-0 lead heading into the home half of the seventh.
Down to its last at-bat, the Big Green refused to give up, stringing a set of singles together that chased Columbia’s starting pitcher from the game and brought the score to 4-3. Columbia managed to work out of the jam and stranded the tying run on third, handing the Big Green its fourth league loss of the season.
“It was great to see our team have a little bit of fight and mental toughness and resilience,” Sclafani said. “We just worked towards getting one guy on at a time and came really close to pulling it out.”
The second game against Columbia proved to be another offensive explosion for the Big Green, with the team cruising to an 11-3 victory.
The teams traded blows in the third, but Dartmouth came out ahead, 2-1, thanks to another Sclafani triple.
After giving up a two-run home run in the top of the fifth, the Big Green regained the lead for good on a Selzer grand slam to left-center. Dartmouth tacked on two more runs in the seventh when Selzer hit another home run, this one a solo shot to left. Selzer added two more insurance runs in the eighth on a double to center.
The offensive hero of the second game, Selzer went 3-for-5 with seven RBI and two runs scored, making him the first player on the team to drive in more than four runs in a game this season.
Michael Johnson ’13 was strong on the hill for the Big Green, giving up three runs over six innings of work while striking out an impressive 10 Columbia batters. Johnson was relieved by Max Langford ’12, who pitched a clean three innings while surrendering only one hit.
The win kept Dartmouth atop the Red Rolfe Division heading into next week, when Ivy League division play begins.
This Wednesday, the Big Green has a home game against the College of the Holy Cross at 3:30 p.m. before heading off on a weekend road trip to Brown University for a four-game set.
“What should we call me when a guy I barely know calls me babe?,” “When I see someone getting the same froyo flavor/toppings as me?” and “When I pronounce something wrong and someone calls me out on it, even though they understood what I was saying?” are all phrases that can be found on Whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com.
Most people’s interactions with this website relate to their linking to one of the aforementioned entries on a bestie’s Facebook page a reminder that one’s idiosyncrasies can be summed up by a three-second film clip. We lead lives of shared experiences and look to this website to explain what we ourselves would rather not admit. In the case of these short-action clips, the more personal, the better, which is exactly why the Dartmouth edition, “WhatshouldDcallme.tumblr.com,” is even more fitting.
For how long will we be captivated, however, by a website that fills the void of our own words by recreating shared experiences in cheap, three-second thrills? WhatshouldwecallTHAT?
An indie comedy film directed and written by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” follows the journey of Jeff (Jason Segel), a depressed but good natured 30-year-old slacker who spends most of his time smoking weed, only venturing outside his room in his parent’s house to search for wood glue. Along the way, he encounters a series of comedic and unexpected events including meeting his older brother Pat (Ed Helms), who, angry and wound up, tries to cope with a failing marriage and his wife’s possible infidelity. Meanwhile, their mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) plays the role of a woman who never truly put her life back together after her husband died 17 years ago and must deal with the feeling that most of her life has passed without much adventure. Katie Tai
Directed by: Jay and Mark DuplassWith: Segel, Helms, Sarandon83 minutesRated R
Maybe this just isn’t my kind of film, but I was not impressed. The plot wanders aimlessly, and the dialogue feels unscripted, creating an indecisive plot. And while I liked Segel in his other films, I thought his normal comedic routine felt old and tired.
A serious and introspective drama punctuated with several laugh out loud moments, the film is the bittersweet tale of two men who are lost in their lives. Segel and Helms have a wonderful chemistry that only serves to accentuate their performances, which are a far cry from the usual bufoons these two play. Sarandon’s storyline seems superfluous and tacked on to increase the film’s already short runtime. Varun Bhuchar
As if to make up for the unoriginality of the plot, involving a widow going through a midlife crisis and her son whose wife is having an affair, the film is driven by Jeff, who sees mystic “signs.” Jeff’s thick-but-deeper-than-you-think character is unconvincing at times, as is the quick-fix resolution to the film, but the music added a lightness and simplicity that brought out the comic aspects. Carla Yoon