Daily Debriefing

Research released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals that colleges may receive more applications if they prioritize spending on amenities over academic funding, according to Inside Higher Ed. Researchers concluded that prospective students value increased spending on student services, facilities and athletics. Spending on academics such as instruction, libraries, and academic support are less tangible and therefore less attractive to many incoming students. Only students who applied to competitive colleges said that they value spending on instruction and academic support most, according to Inside Higher Ed. As a result, the majority of second-tier schools gain from investments in consumption amenities such as luxurious dormitories.

Unlike some elite private institutions that were quick to participate in the online education craze, Yale University has delayed partnering with a company to provide MOOCs, or massive open online courses, according to Inside Higher Ed. Yale’s Committee on Online Education released a report in December on online education but provided no timeline for developing MOOCs, months after Brown University, Columbia University and Princeton University announced their partnership with for-profit online education company Coursera. Yale’s committee was formed to reevaluate the university’s existing online offerings, Inside Higher Ed reported. In the past decade, Yale has experimented with different forms of online learning, including releasing free class material online in 2006 and offering its first online courses through a summer session program in 2011.

The New America Foundation released a series of recommendations on Tuesday to improve the federal financial aid system for higher education, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Recommendations include expanding and preserving the federal Pell Grant program and reducing student loan debt. The report, commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, proposes solutions for streamlining higher education’s financial aid system. The report advocated measures to prevent the Pell Grant program from falling off of a “funding cliff.” To ensure the program’s security, the report suggests that Congress should consider Pell Grants as an entitlement by covering the program’s cost in the mandatory federal budget, instead of financing it through the appropriations process, according to The Chronicle. The report also seeks to reintroduce the year-round Pell Grant, redesign student loan payment options and cut tuition tax breaks, which would free up $160 billion over the next decade for other aid programs.

Compiled by Michael Riordan

Kurokawa contributes to leukemia treatment

A research team at Duke University, led by Dartmouth and Duke professors, discovered a treatment method that has brought researchers one step closer to a cure for drug-resistant leukemia. Pharmacology and toxicology professor Manabu Kurokawa and Sally Kornbluth, a pharmacology and cancer biology professor of at Duke University School of Medicine, led the team to discover a way to destroy a patient’s cancer cells using mutations within certain cells.

Kurokawa’s research focuses on chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of white blood cell cancer that can easily become resistant to drug treatments, he said. Gleevec is the most common drug used to treat this leukemia, but it can eventually become ineffective if cells become resistant. Chronic myeloid leukemia is caused by a specific oncoprotein called BCR-ABL, a mutated protein that makes a cell cancerous, according to Kurokawa.

BCR-ABL is only present in patients with this type of cancer.

The most common way to treat chronic myeloid leukemia is to use drugs that will inhibit the mutated protein. Kurokawa and Kornbluth focused, however, on using the protein to kill leukemia by targeting only cells that exhibit BCR-ABL, according to Kurokawa. This will prevent healthy, non-cancerous cells from being killed, since they do not have the BCR-ABL oncoprotein.

While traditional chemotherapy can affect healthy cells, the researchers’ new method only targets cancerous cells.

“Our idea was to approach BCR and not inhibit it,” Kurokawa said. “As long as activity exists, our gene therapy becomes activated.”

The gene therapy works even when the cancer cells become resistant to drugs, because it specifically targets the protein that actually causes the cancer, which is less likely to mutate, he said.

This new strategy could change the way oncologists use technology to treat cancer, pharmacology and toxicology professor Alan Eastman said.

“From a technological point of view, this is a really exciting approach,” Eastman said. “The strategy that only tumor cells will die because only tumor cells have the mutant protein is an exciting direction for the future.”

The team’s research is significant to the field because it only targets the harmful cells, pharmacology and toxicology professor Yolanda Sanchez said.

“This is a new way of thinking about cancer therapy taking advantage of the changes that the leukemia cells are dependent on,” Sanchez said.

This method is still being tested, and will not be used on a large scale in the near future, Kurokawa said.

This new form of treatment could be used to help chronic myeloid leukemia patients in smaller ways, such as “cleaning” bone marrow, he said, referring to a process in which cancer patients use their own bone marrow in transplants. The treatment is used when a bone marrow transplant canot be found for a patient, and it requires that bone marrow be removed, put through chemotherapy to kill the leukemia cells and then put back in the patient’s body.

This form of bone marrow transplant, however, still presents problems, Kurokawa said.

“There is a chance that there will still be leukemia in the cells, and then the leukemia reenters the body,” he said.

Only cells with BCR-ABL would be targeted using the new approach, which would remove all of the cancer cells in the bone marrow and not affect any of the healthy cells, effectively cleaning the marrow.

Eastman said that there are other problems with cleaning bone marrow. There is the potential that not all the cells with the mutant protein will be destroyed by the gene therapy and some cancer cells could survive.

“If you can’t get into all the cells, there is still a population that can succumb to leukemia,” he said.

However, Eastman acknowledged that this form of gene therapy could still be “extremely valuable” to certain leukemia patients.

The team began their research started at Duke six years ago, according to Kurokawa. While his lab at the Geisel School of Medicine is still small, he said he hopes to continue working to solve drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia.

Kornbluth could not be reached for comment by press time.

18 students join coed fraternities

Three coeducational fraternities accepted a total of 18 new members as Winter rush concluded on Tuesday evening.

Phi Tau fraternity, Alpha Theta fraternity and the Tabard fraternity accepted 18 new members as Winter term rush wrapped up on Tuesday night, according to Coed Council president Blaine Ponto ’14.

The coed houses offered fewer bids this term, a decrease from 25 students in the Fall.

“You always get fewer people than in the Fall,” Ponto said. “The other problem with coeds is that rush is always ongoing, especially in coed societies.”

Ponto said she prefers coed rush to fraternity or sorority rush, describing coed rush as a more personal process. She said that houses usually know new members personally before extending a bid.

Seven students attended Tabard’s “joining night” and were accepted as members of the house through its nontraditional rush process, which does not involve the selective deliberation of other Greek houses.

“I am proud that we are Greek and have non-selective rush,” president Amanda Duchesne ’13 said. “If you show up, you are a member of the house.”

In the past, the Tabard has welcomed prospective students through its termly “Meet the Tabard,” during which members and interested students mingle, play Twister and try hookah. At the end of the event, members present an alumunus’ perspective on his experience at the Tabard, which reflects the house’s stance on acceptance, according to Duchesne.

The Tabard hosted an open house for the first time this year, and served food and offered house tours. Duchesne said the event aims to increase interest.

“If people on this campus don’t know that we are this open, nonselective safe haven, then what is the purpose that we serve?” Duchesne said.

Both events yielded a higher turnout than anticipated, with about 20 students attending the open house and around 15 attending the “Meet the Tabard” event.

Eight students attended Alpha Theta’s second open house, and they extended bids to 10 students at the conclusion of its Winter rush last night.

“In the winter, we typically take in about five new members, so it looks like we’ll have a slightly larger winter pledge term than usual, which we’re excited about,” president Casey Bradshaw ’13 said in an email.

Alpha Theta conducts a more traditional rush process, and hosts an open house over two nights for prospective members to socialize and tour the house, she said. Students who receive bids can sink them right away or may choose to wait to accept them for up to four terms.

Hillary Purcell ’15 participated in Alpha Theta rush on Tuesday and said she enjoyed her experience.

“I know a couple of people from the house and I really like all those people,” Purcell said. “It was really relaxed.”

Phi Tau hosts open houses in a rolling rush style where students can meet members and sign the house’s rush book to be considered for membership, according to Phi Tau president Pavel Bacovsky ’13. The fraternity hosted two open houses on Jan. 15 and Jan. 18, and had two candidates sign their names.

“We try to show them that we are a community to be a part of,” Bacovsky said. “In general, we try to make them understand the closeness and the friendliness of the group.”

Phi Tau offered one bid, and, at press time, was still considering another candidate.

“This winter we had fewer people stop by, however we are not discouraged,” Bacovsky said. “We had a really great Fall class.”

Amarna accepted two new members for Winter term, vice president Steven Nugent ’15 said in an email. As an undergraduate society, Amarna hosts parties throughout the year to bring prospective students to the house. Amarna allows students to join whenever they are interested.

Representatives from Panarchy, an undergraduate society, declined to comment.

Vogele transitions into new position at Tucker

Religious and spiritual life director Rev. Nancy Vogele, who started her position on Jan. 1, said she wants to further communication and exploration through spiritual conversation at the College. Although she has not yet implemented new initiatives, Vogele said she wants to “listen first” and then respond to what the Dartmouth community needs.

Vogele said she wants to build a community in which students are free to explore and converse about serious matters. She welcomes anyone who wants to talk, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, she said.

“I really want to listen to what’s happening on campus,” she said. “To listen with what I call my spiritual ear, and to listen to how religion, spirituality and finding deeper meaning might be able to add to the conversations being had on campus.”

While Vogele is less than one month into her new position, she has already involved herself with Tucker Foundation programs, campus activities and students, Berthold Fellow for Faith and Service Rich Lopez GR’16 said.

“Tucker is catering to students in a very unique way,” Lopez said. “Tucker isn’t tied to any one religion per se. It isn’t burdened by needing to fulfill a curriculum.”

The Tucker Foundation sponsors social justice programs with ties to faith, Vogele said.

“All faith, as it deepens, needs to find an outlet, and there are infinite outlets,” she said.

Vogele described herself as a “bridge builder” between social issues and religious issues. Without inward reflection, an individual has nothing to inform his or her outward actions, she said.

Vogele wants to improve existing Tucker programs by making them more well-known and accessible to students while broadening the discussions of faith on campus. Because Vogele is not tied to one religious department, she is available to work with all students. She has attended discussions and met with students individually to discuss the recent bias incidents.

Vogele has volunteered with the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and the advisory committee for investment responsibility, she said. She spent the past 11 years working at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Junction, Vt.

“I think that she brings a great perspective because she’s a Dartmouth alumna herself,” Lopez said. “She’s returning at a time when there are certain issues on campus that need a different perspective.”

Pranam Chatterjee ’15, a participant in the Multi-Faith Council, said he hopes that Vogele will engage more students in discussing faith and beliefs, especially those who may not identify with a particular religion.

“She can relate to a lot of the struggles Dartmouth students may be going through,” he said. She brings a diverse perspective to religious life and campus because she was not born episcopalian and identifies as gay.=

Ariel Shapiro ’13, student director of the office of religious and spiritual life, said she expects Vogele will stimulate conversation on campus.

Shapiro said that Vogele is eager to improve campus dialogue.

“She’s used to working with people of all different backgrounds and ways of life,” Shapiro said. “I think that she has a real desire to learn from people.”

Shapiro pointed out a divide between students involved with religious activities and those that do not affiliate with any religion and said she hopes Vogele will help bridge that gap.

“I think Nancy is more than any of us in the religious and Dartmouth community could have hoped for,” Chatterjee said. “She’s something we really need. She can be a leader for us.”

Former Gov. Lynch talks bipartisanship

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch discussed the challenges the state faces in the future, including access to health care.

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Former Gov. John Lynch, D-N.H., outlined how New Hampshire could serve as a model for reform for the rest of the country in on Tuesday.

Invited by the Rockefeller Center as the inaugural Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, Lynch discussed the importance of bipartisanship in creating education, health care and economic policies in the state. Bass’ son, former Rep. Charles Bass ’74, R-N.H., introduced Lynch.

The challenges New Hampshire will face in the future include increasing accessibility to health care and ensuring that all students receive a proper education, regardless of geographic location or economic background, according to Lynch. He stressed the need for the New Hampshire government to set a tone of bipartisanship, and he is optimistic that Governor Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., will be able to deliver that goal.

“As a country, and certainly as a state, we need to remain optimistic that we can solve our problems if we can work together,” Lynch said.

Shifting from institution-based to home- and community-based health care will be a significant challenge, Lynch said. Medical practitioners are working together to improve preventative care and mental health care.

“We are much better today at treating people holistically,” Lynch said.

Health care currently consumes 18.5 percent of the gross state product, but it must be used effectively, Lynch said. It is necessary to lower costs through partnerships with the federal government and a more efficient use of funds.

Lynch said that his experience as CEO of Knoll helped him to establish credibility with businesses. He said that simple business models, such as ensuring that revenue exceeds costs, can be applied to multiple facets of government.

“I believe that we need to treat businesses like customers,” he said. “We want businesses to come to be successful so they can hire more people and keep unemployment rates down.”

During Lynch’s tenure as governor, New Hampshire was rated the safest state, the most livable state and one of the best states for businesses, he said.

Lynch said that despite the lack of sales or income taxes, New Hampshire still has many benefits to offer.

Raising the compulsory age of education from 16 to 18 in New Hampshire caused the state to have the lowest dropout rate in the nation. The increase in education levels has a double benefit because it offers new opportunities to individual students while also increasing the skills of the workforce, a boon to businesses, he said.

“Students must work on understanding the strong relationship between education and jobs and economic development,” Lynch said in an interview. “Education drives jobs, and more education drives better jobs.”

New Hampshire businesses have expressed a need for better educated and more highly skilled workers. Technology should improve education by raising quality and lowering costs, he said.

While in office, Lynch initiated Project Running Start, which allows high school students to take courses offered at local community colleges for credit toward both high school and college. The program helps students graduate college earlier and save tuition.

“The challenge is to make higher education more accessible and affordable to a greater number of people,” Lynch said. “I think we do a good job of educating our students K-12 and beyond.”

Ronald Shaiko, associate director of curricular programs at the Rockefeller Center, said he thought Lynch’s view on leadership demonstrates the importance of compromise and working with competing interests to develop public policy.

“If there were more politicians out there like him, we’d be in a better place,” Shaiko said.

George Zabel ’15 said that he agreed with Lynch’s focus on communication.

“I thought it was really interesting how he emphasize face-to-face communication as a key aspect of bipartisanship,” Zabel said.

Stephanie Alden ’16 said she agreed with Lynch’s education initiatives.

“I think that he made a lot of good points about how education can be a tool toward economic development and the benefits that it can provide both to individuals and to businesses,” she said.

Lynch, who elected to not seek a historic fifth term as governor, said he will probably return to the private sector. He said he would like to teach at the College at some point in the future.

“I would like to teach a class about the differences and similarities between being the CEO in the private sector and CEO in the public sector,” he said.

Lynch served as governor of New Hampshire from 2005 to 2013.

He was named Dartmouth’s inaugural Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor. Lynch will participate in classes and meet with students throughout the year, according to the Office of Public Affairs.

**The original version of this story incorrectly stated that Lynch will have an office in Baker-Berry Library and that he served as governor from 2009 to 2013. He assumed his position in 2005.*

Miller: Transferring Insight

I think it is fair to say that most Dartmouth students do not get to have a “first year” of college twice. However, as a transfer student from Cornell University, I have had exactly that experience and it is interesting to compare different facets of these two years. Though my first year at Dartmouth is not complete, after four months on campus I feel as though I have been around long enough to get a pretty good feel for things.

The summer before Cornell was one of great excitement for me inexperienced and overwhelmed as I was with mailings coming in every day about every possible thing, somehow Cornell’s pre-orientation trips, called Outdoor Odyssey, were lost in the shuffle. Unlike the DOC First-Year Trips, Outdoor Odyssey does not garner universal participation from the freshman class. Of the 3300 freshmen I lived with last year, I only ever heard from four or five people about their trips. A brief perusal of the Outdoor Odyssey website reveals that in 2009, the program ran a record 23 trips with 183 “trippers.” If the 2009 class is comparable in size to the 2011 class, that is a participation rate of merely five or six percent.

Now fast forward to the summer before Dartmouth, and it is like comparing apples and oranges. I was bombarded with emails and news specifically about DOC Trips, told that something like 95 percent of incoming students participated and became sufficiently excited to sign up for one of the many options. I settled on extreme hiking and loaded up the car. My gear, juxtaposed with all the regular old boring dorm supplies, was quite a sight. Three ring binders? Check. Mountaineering framepack? Check. Lined paper? Check. Hiking boots and compass? Check. My friends at home started to wonder if I was really going off to college or simply fulfilling my middle school dream of wandering into the wilderness to live off the land.

The contrasts were only beginning, though. Arriving on campus, the regal old academic brick buildings beside the Green seemed oddly out of place beside the Croo with pink and green hair, dancing on the lawn of Robinson Hall to “Call me Maybe” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” What ensued was not a perfectly blissful four days (3 a.m. wake up time for a hike of Beaver Creek to Mount Moosilauke’s Peak? These trip leaders were definitely on a different level than me), but it was pretty close.

The first night, when the Croo members started to give unbelievably detailed instructions on using Advil and Band-Aids, and then broke into a slew of songs, I knew I was going to enjoy Trips.

Everyone on my trip was from different parts of the country, as well as extremely nice and easy to talk with. We hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail, pitched tarps, cooked food together and saw what is arguably some of the most beautiful backcountry in the United States. At Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, I encountered for the first time another one of the rare and elusive transfer students.

I came away from Lodge feeling like I had some real friends, people with whom I would like to talk and eat with once back on campus. As orientation began, I felt that I knew about two dozen people who I was comfortable enough to greet and speak to.

My mom and little sister happened to come to visit near the end of orientation and were amazed that while walking the relatively short distance into town from my dorm, I had four or five people say hello to me and use my first name. While I enjoyed having my mom and sister think I was a flourishing social butterfly, in truth I do not think this experience was all that unusual for people after Trips.

And so with maybe just a little more insight than your average Dartmouth student, I hope I can convey just how special Trips really are to Dartmouth. It is a program which really does set the stage for your next four years.

Liou and He: Intolerance is Real

Last Wednesday during lunch, a student we did not recognize approached our table at the Class of 1953 Commons and spoke to us in gibberish, mocking Chinese. As we were reacting with confusion and shock, he approached a second table with two other Asian students and repeated a similar phrase before leaving the dining area. Recovering from our initial reaction, we had two questions on our minds first, can we justify this to ourselves as an actual wrong? And second, did this really just happen at Dartmouth?

Similar events have happened to both of us outside of Dartmouth, but we passively dismissed them with no harm to our emotional psyche. What makes this event different, and perhaps more offensive, and why do we feel the need to react with more than confusion and shock? In the grand scheme of things that can be labeled as “racial bias incidents,” is this legitimate enough to warrant reporting? Is this incident “not a big deal?”

Why are we even asking ourselves these questions? If the Dartmouth community is as strong and close-knit as we often advertise, then these uncomfortable questions have no place falling on the shoulders of those who have been undeniably mistreated. The community is not united when sons and daughters of Dartmouth do not think twice about mistreating each other, verbally or otherwise, across all lines of difference. Furthermore, when we hide behind a line of questioning that is critical and dense, we convince ourselves that there is a way to close this case as an isolated incident instead of acknowledging that it is part of a larger problem that Dartmouth should own as its reality.

Some might say that we are painting with too broad of a brush, that this incident is not part of a larger trend at Dartmouth. They may criticize that we are projecting the actions of the irresponsible few onto the courteous many. By and large, students do not engage recklessly with each other. But if we do, in fact, pride ourselves on the community we build with one another, incidents like these, isolated or not, have no place here. As a community, we should all hold each other accountable. Offenders should feel accountable to the people they offend. The people who are offended should, without hesitation, hold accountable those who have offended them. Even bystanders should act accountably, for if we care about Dartmouth, we should also care about each of its constitutive parts. If we are the Dartmouth community, we should not let any one of us violate the sacred common space that allows us to live, learn and grow together.

The easier reaction is to “other” this problem, to detach oneself or evaluate it objectively. It is more comfortable to break down a negative experience that one member of the Dartmouth community has and attribute to it a list of perfectly logical explanations, excuses and criticisms, or worse, to not engage at all. In doing so, however, we no longer are community members who stand side by side but become the interrogator versus the interrogated, or the apathetic. Through this power dynamic, we risk losing the notion of community altogether and become disjointed, unequal parts that do not comprise a united whole.

After much reflection, we decided to file a bias incident report so that our experience would enter an administrative log that documents all incidences of mistreatment, harassment and violence. We hope that our experience becomes tangible evidence of the intolerance one can encounter at Dartmouth. We also want to hold accountable the student who demonstrated a blatant disregard for our community’s values, as we know that he can strive for better. After the incident, many administrators asked if we were okay. We do feel personally okay. What we are not okay with is the idea that this could happen to our fellow community members. We are not okay with the instinctual and skeptical criticism that defines how we process situations of bigotry. We are not okay with complacently aligning what happens at Dartmouth to what happens in the “real world.” We should hold this special place, our home, to a higher ideal and believe it can be free of intolerance, as it is this optimism that precedes any institutional or cultural process of change.

Men’s squash falls to Rochester

The No. 8 Big Green men's squash team took on the No. 5 University of Rochester squad on the road last weekend, losing 4-5.

The Big Green men’s squash team put up a good fight against the University of Rochester squad on Jan. 27 at the Lyman Squash Center in Rochester, N.Y. Though the Yellowjackets (8-5, 4-0 Liberty League) came out on top with a final score of 4-5, the Big Green men (5-5, 1-2 Ivy League) were happy with the overall quality of the match.

“We went out and tried our best and actually had a very good day,” head coach Hansi Wiens said.

The No. 8 Big Green knew beforehand that the No. 5 Yellowjackets was the dominant opponent.

“We were the underdogs and didn’t expect to win,” Kyle Martino ’16 said.

Martino contributed to the men’s score, beating Rochester senior Oscar Lopez 3-1.

Martino attributes his win to his ability to outlast his opponent on the court, and said he has focused on conditioning and building endurance.

“It was a combination of just focusing on what I needed to do and applying my training,” Martino said.

The Yellowjackets were ahead throughout the match, but the Big Green made sure the win did not come easily.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t pull off the win, but it was cool to see us get so close to beating a higher-ranked team,” co-captain Chris Hanson ’13 said.

Hanson put up points for the Big Green by defeating his opponent, senior Andres Duany, 3-1. Though Hanson lost his first game, he overtook Duany in the remaining three and clinched the win.

“My opponent made some mistakes at critical moments,” Hanson said. “But I went out with the right game plan and executed it.”

The top eight nationally ranked squash teams are all positioned quite close, so each match carries different expectations of play, Wiens said.

“The closer and closer to higher ranked teams, it more so just depends on the day’s playing,” Wiens said.

Because the Big Green was already ranked below the Yellowjackets, the match’s outcome did not alter Dartmouth’s ranking.

“They’re all very tough players so the close match was a testament to how hard we’ve been working,” Hanson said.

Hanson said he tries to encourage his teammates throughout the match.

“It’s tough trying to watch your teammates play while trying to prepare for your own match,” Hanson said.

Wiens encouraged his team to fight with all their strength and to make the Yellowjackets work as hard as they possibly could.

“I tell my players to be proud to be on the court and keep your chin up,” Wiens said.

Wiens started preparing for the team’s matches next weekend against Cornell University and Columbia University on the bus ride back from Rochester, and spoke to the players about their individual matches and what they need to improve.

“We lost 5-4, but it looks like we’re on the right track,” Wiens said.

The Big Green will concentrate on their mental game and focus on endurance, rather than each individual point. To prepare for upcoming matches against No. 6 Cornell (11-2, 2-1 Ivy League) and No. 10 Columbia (6-5, 1-2 Ivy League), players will watch recordings of the Rochester match.

Martino said he wants to work on technical aspects, such as knowing where to be and how to move on the court more efficiently.

“I’m going to remind the guys over and over to put in hard work and trust in that,” Hanson said.

Although Cornell will be a tough opponent, the men look forward to playing the Big Red. They expect Columbia will be less of a challenge, for Dartmouth has consistently beat them in past years.

“They have some strong players, but I believe we’re stronger,” Wiens said.

The Big Green seeks to move up in the rankings after next weekend’s matches, Martino said.

If Dartmouth can overcome the Big Red, the men’s team may move up to a seventh-place ranking. The team aims to stay in the top eight to ensure a place at the College Squash Association’s National Championships.

“We’re pretty much set in the top eight,” Hanson said.

The Big Green will play Cornell at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Columbia at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Berry Squash Center.

“It’s going to be our big weekend at home so it would be great to see a lot of support from our fans here,” Hanson said.

Big Green tennis teams open on a mixed note

Despite the snow on the ground, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s tennis teams have both kicked off their spring seasons with January matches. The men’s (0-2) and women’s (1-1) teams have both competed in two contests so far.

The Big Green men began with the Dartmouth Kickoff Classic, hosting matches against Clemson University this past Friday and Purdue University on Saturday at the Boss Tennis Center. Dartmouth and its opponents agreed ahead of time to call off any matches still in progress once one side secured a victory.

“We opened this year with two very good teams and both were from very strong conferences, so these were two good tests to see where we are,” Alexander Centenari ’13 said. “Both matches were close, particularly Purdue, and we gained a lot of good experience, especially for some of the younger guys.”

In its first match of the spring season, the Dartmouth men lost 4-0 to Clemson. On the doubles side, Cameron Ghorbani ’14 and Brendan Tannenbaum ’16 dropped their match 2-8 to the Tigers (5-0) at the number one spot. Alexander De Chatellus ’13 and Erik Nordahl ’16 fell 6-8 to their opponents at the number two spot, clinching the doubles point for Clemson. At the number three spot, team captain Centenari and Brandon Debot ’14 were leading their opponents 7-6 when the match was called.

In singles competition, Centenari dropped his match 2-6, 3-6 at the number one spot, while teammates Christopher Kipouras ’15 and Nordahl also fell to their opponents in straight sets at the three and four spots respectively. When the matches were abandoned, Ghorbani and Justin Chan ’16 were both defeating their Clemson challengers.

“This weekend was a really good learning experience in terms of seeing how to deal with all the different things that can come up during a dual match, and also showed us the level we’ll have to compete at to beat good teams like them this season,” DeBot said. “I think we showed that we can compete at this level but definitely have some work to do to come out on top in matches like these later on.”

In their second match of the season, the Big Green men lost a heartbreaking match 3-4 to Purdue (7-0, 0-0 Big Ten). In doubles competition, Centenari and DeBot won their match 8-2 at the number three spot. Tannenbaum and Ghorbani and De Chatellus and Nordahl dropped their matches at the first and second spots to put the Boilermakers ahead 1-0.

In singles play, Centenari won in the second spot in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Kipouras and Chan also won in straight sets in the number three and six spots, respectively. While securing three points in singles, the Big Green could not pull out a win against the Boilermakers.

Centenari said that the team will learn from these losses and move forward.

“Losses are always tough, but are often the best ways to figure out some glaring weaknesses,” Centenari said. “Everyone has things they can improve on, and we are ready to train hard and smart this week to get ready for next weekend.” The Dartmouth women’s tennis team also had a setback to start the season, dropping its opening match of the spring season 2-5 against Boston College on Jan. 19 in Hanover. The Eagles (2-0) swept the doubles matches, putting Boston up 1-0. The Big Green, however, won two matches in singles competition. Janet Liu ’15 bested her opponent in the number one spot when she was forced to retire because of an injury. Akiko Okuda ’15, competing at the number three spot, scored Dartmouth’s other point of the day, defeating her opponent in a third set super-breaker 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

The Big Green women bounced back from their loss against the Eagles with a decisive 7-0 win against Binghamton University at home on Saturday. Melissa Matsuoka ’14 and Sarah Bessen ’16, as well as Suzy Tan ’16 and Julienne Keong Si Ying ’16 both cruised to 8-1 victories in the number two and three spots, respectively. In the number one spot, Okuda and Katherine Yau ’16 bested their opponents 8-4.

“Our matches against Binghamton and BC were really valuable,” women’s captain Sarah Leonard ’13 said. “BC is a very good team, and it was good for us to start our season with solid competition.”

In singles action, Ying made quick work of her opponent, winning 6-0, 6-0 at number six. Yau, Liu, Okuda, Matsuoka and Tan all coasted to victories winning in straight sets.

“We will continue to work on improving our doubles play, court positioning and movement,” Leonard said. “I’m excited for us to continue improving and to showcase our talents against really good competition as we move forward.”

Both teams will be back in action on Friday. The men will host Old Dominion University at 2 p.m. while the women will take on the University of Wisconsin at 6 p.m. in Boss.

Q&A with theater prof. and former principal artist Horton

Theater professor Jamie Horton, who recently appeared in

Joining a star-studded cast including Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones and working under famed director Steven Spielberg, theater professor Jamie Horton recently appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film “Lincoln” (2012) playing the part of Rep. Giles Stuart, D-N.Y. While this was Horton’s first experience working on a major motion picture, he has already accumulated a wealth of experience as an actor, director, writer and producer over the course of his career. Horton worked as a principal artist for the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company for over 20 years before coming to the College. He is currently directing “The Liar,” an upcoming production by the Dartmouth theater department. Caela Murphy: You were a principal actor and director for the Denver Center Theatre before coming to teach here in 2006. Can you tell us about what your role at the company was like?

Jamie Horton: I was a principal artist there as an actor and a director for 23 seasons, and it was one of the most extraordinary periods of my life. To have an artistic home for over two decades was a great gift. It was a wonderful place to grow and to experiment, to fail and to get back up on the stage and give it another try. I learned an enormous amount, worked with very talented people over a long period of time and made terrific friends. CM: How did you end up with a role in “Lincoln”? What was the process like?

JH: I was in a play called “Eurydice” a few years ago, acting with students here on the Moore [Theater] stage. Genevieve Adams ’11, who played my daughter, had a friend who came up to see her in it named John Goracy. He said that [the producers of “Lincoln”] were looking for men about my age to take part in this massive casting effort that they were making around the country, and asked if I would be interested in submitting a tape. I said, Absolutely.’ This was a fantastic opportunity to work for Steven Spielberg and to be associated with the picture. I sent in a tape and promptly forgot about it as one should, as an actor. I was having a coffee with Genevieve at the end of the term, and I got a call from my agent to say that they wanted me to play a small part in the movie.

CM: What was it like to be involved in such a critically acclaimed film and to work with so many famous and talented actors? What did you take away from your experience working with them?

JH: I was able to watch the work of very gifted actors. As an actor myself, it’s always eye-opening to have the opportunity to watch an actor of the caliber of Tommy Lee Jones, and there were multiple actors on this picture of whom I could say the same thing. The opportunity to watch those people at work was like a master class on acting for the camera to me. To watch Steven Spielberg compose a shot, and to listen as Tony Kushner’s screenplay came to life you’re working with people who are at the top of their game, and that is an amazing opportunity. The other thing is that it whetted my appetite to do more.

CM: After acting in “Lincoln,” would you consider auditioning for roles in any other major films?

JH: Yes, I’m definitely going to be trying to do some more of that. I have an agent in New York, and we’re going to be speaking about the possibility of me auditioning for other projects that would fit with my teaching schedule. I’m very eager to keep that up.

CM: You’re currently preparing to direct “The Liar,” an intricate comedy by David Ives. What was the reasoning behind selecting this play? What are you looking forward to about this performance?

JH: We were looking for something that would complement “Angels in America” well. “Angels in America” is a play of extraordinary importance that is dark and disturbing in many ways. It’s a brilliant piece by Tony Kushner, who I met on the set of “Lincoln.” We were looking for something to really set off from that production. “The Liar” is a farce, written by one of today’s greatest writers of comedy. It seemed to fit together really well with “Angels in America” as a season, and I was really taken with the play. It’s a great deal of fun; it’s extremely witty and silly. We have a marvelous group of actors, so I’m very excited about it. CM: Before you began teaching at Dartmouth, you worked with the National Theater Conservatory’s MFA program as an adjunct teacher for 20 years. What inspired your passion for teaching your art?

JH: As an actor, I’ve worked with some of the greatest teachers. The National Theater Conservatory was designed so that the students became a part of the theater company in their second and third years. I soon found that I loved the process of working with these talented students and helping them to develop their skills and their craft. I worked often as an adjunct teacher with these students, many of whom have gone into our business. Quite honestly, watching somebody grow and develop is one of the greatest thrills of being a teacher. It’s the same reason I came to Dartmouth.

CM: What other upcoming projects are you working on?

JH: I’m going to be shooting a small film with colleagues here at Dartmouth, a screenplay written by Tabetha Xavier ’10 called “White Lies, Blue Dream.” I directed some of Tabetha’s plays when she was a student here, and I’m working on that in the next few months. I am also working as a producer on a movie called “Disaster Rep.” It’s a low-budget feature that I’m discussing with various people about its production sometime in the next year. I’m involved as both a writer and a producer in that.

CM: What connections exist between the theater department and its alumni?

JH: We have three Dartmouth grads Thom Pasculli ’05, Kate Mulley ’05 and Matt Cohn ’08 who founded a theater company called Vox Theater. Those founders and the other alums who participate, all of whom we’ve established a relationship with, are now off and running in their own professional careers and coming back to work with us here. We also invite our graduates back to work with us on a wide variety of projects. Josh Feder ’08 is currently working on this production of “The Liar” as an assistant director. Theater professor Carol Dunne has involved dozens of Dartmouth students in her company. Establishing and maintaining relationships with the talented people that come through our program is just very exciting for all of us in this department. In terms of the next 10 years of my career outside of Dartmouth College, I have no doubt that the associations that I make here at Dartmouth will become an important part of that.