Daily Debriefing

Returns on endowments declined by an average of 0.3 percent across 831 private and public higher education institutions for the 2012 fiscal year, marking the third time in five years that returns have declined, Inside Higher Education reported. The continued decline reflects the financial troubles facing universities across the United States. Additionally, reduced state funding to public universities and colleges has exacerbated many institutions’ fiscal problems. The survey raises concerns about whether universities will be able to spend their endowments at the traditional rate of approximately 5 percent each year, according to Inside Higher Ed. In order to spend at that level, institutions would need over 7 percent returns on their endowment annually, which very few schools have been able to achieve in the last 10 years. As a result of decreased returns on endowment, many institutions have been forced to cut costs and programs, including scholarships and teaching posts, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The University of California system may stop granting academic credit for Advanced Placement courses following Dartmouth’s decision to stop granting credits, The Daily Californian reported. The College decided to stop awarding AP credits after determining that AP courses are not a real proxy for introductory level college classes. If the University of California system chooses to follow Dartmouth’s lead, the change could have a major impact on institutions across the United States. The university system has had a major influence on the College Board due to its high enrollment rates. The university system is not likely to decide on a policy toward AP credits in the near future, according to William Jacob, academic senate vice chair for the University of California system.

Science, technology, engineering and math majors earn higher starting salaries than liberal arts and business majors, according to a survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Engineers saw the greatest increase in starting salary at 3.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, with aerospace engineers specifically seeing the overall greatest increase of 8.4 percent, according to The Huffington Post. Following the 2008 recession, college graduates have struggled to find employment, and 13.1 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 are currently unemployed. Jobs in the sciences and technology pay higher salaries because these fields are growing at a faster rate and qualified employees are more difficult to find, according to The Huffington Post.

Jim Withers discusses health care and poverty

Street Medicine Institute founder Jim Withers used to start his day by rubbing dirt on his body and coffee grounds in his hair to fit in with the homeless population he served and address their negative perceptions of health care providers. As part of his project Operation Safety Net, Withers provided health care and other services to homeless individuals living in the streets of Pittsburgh, Pa., and under its bridges, he said in a lecture in the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center on Friday afternoon.

Withers described his efforts to pioneer a movement to provide health care services to homeless populations in the keynote address of the “Monstrous Octopus: The Tentacles of Poverty” symposium. He argued that the health care industry must be flexible and respond to each patient’s specific living situation.

In 1992, Withers began visiting homeless communities in Pittsburgh to learn about the conditions they faced and to develop a more effective method to treating illness than typical hospitals could provide. To gain the trust of the communities, Withers relied on the knowledge of formerly homeless individuals. Taking into consideration homeless individuals’ negative attitudes about doctors, Withers altered his physical appearance to fit in better with these communities when making “house calls to the homeless,” he said.

Through his interactions with the city’s homeless community, Withers realized that many treatment options offered by emergency room doctors did not adequately serve displaced individuals’ needs.

The American health care system is not user-friendly, and does not offer many possibilities for patients that “don’t fit into the box,” he said.

It is important for health care providers to acknowledge patients’ living situations when deciding on treatment and developing discharge plans, according to Withers.

“The reality that a person lives in is so fundamental to health and to healing,” he said.

In addition to providing medical care, Operation Safety Net works to rehabilitate homeless individuals by integrating them into the community. Through grants and donations, the organization has housed over 900 chronically homeless people in apartments in the last nine years, and over 80 percent of them have remained in their new homes, Withers said.

Withers said he initially thought that his organization was the only one of its kind, but discovered that there are groups around the country and world with similar missions to Operation Safety Net.

In 2005, Withers and other street medicine practitioners established the International Street Medicine Symposium to increase awareness of the health issues that many homeless populations face and to provide practitioners with an opportunity to share best practices, he said. The Street Medicine Institute was founded in 2008.

Zach Martinez ’13, who attended the lecture, interned with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and found it interesting to learn about a different city’s solution.

“One of the responsibilities of an organization like this is to make the case to the rest of society that what they’re doing is important and beneficial,” Martinez said.

Domestic and sexual violence is one of the main reasons women and children are homeless, according Kate Rohdenburg, program manager of WISE, a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and education to individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in the Upper Valley. Along with other representatives from a number of local organizations, Rohdenburg displayed information about resources available in the Upper Valley to attendees after the lecture.

The variety of organizations represented at the symposium demonstrates that a number of different issues are rooted in poverty and that there are a variety of ways to combat them, Rohdenburg said.

The poverty symposium, held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, included movie screenings, a letterpress workshop with printmaker and social justice advocate Amos Kennedy and a conversation with photojournalist and inaugural Roth Distinguished Scholar James Nachtwey ’70. The symposium also provided opportunities for students to meet with founders of a student-run health clinic in Beijing and attend sessions related to different aspects of poverty.

The symposium’s title comes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Laureate lecture, in which he compared poverty to “a monstrous octopus [that] projects its nagging, prehensile tentacles in lands and villages all over the world,” according to the event’s website.

The symposium was organized by the Geisel School of Medicine chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, the Tuck School of Business’ Center for Business and Society and the College’s Nathan Smith Society.

From pump-up songs to special foods, Big Green athletes divulge pregame rituals

What do cheddar cheese, new socks, Drake, Chipotle burritos, the god Thor, magic spells and Xbox all have in common? The answer lies in the many unique rituals and superstitions that Big Green athletes employ to prepare for matches, races and games. Across all sports, men’s and women’s, individual and teams, Dartmouth athletes have created distinct routines to follow before hitting the field, court, pool or rink. Athletes vary in how much they believe in their pregame routines, but all accept them as a way of life.

Swimmer Ben Feeser ’13 begins with a carbohydrate-packed meal and finishes his routine only when he hits the water.

“Before the meet, I like to give myself time to reflect, so I pull myself out of the team and go sit by myself to focus,” Feeser said. “I listen to one song on repeat that fits the rhythm of my race and gets me fired up. I like to stay warm so I stretch my muscles every time in the exact same way and order. When the buzzer goes off for the heat before mine, I put my goggles on right as they hit the water and when I get up on the block, I always put my left foot forward and flex all of my muscles so I can feel as strong as possible before I hit the water.”

Feeser could not quite explain the motivation behind his elaborate regimen.

“This is my 10th year of year-round swimming and I add a little bit to the routine every year, but some has been the same since I was a kid,” he said. “It is ingrained and is second nature. I never forget because it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t do it.”

Dustin Selzer ’14, an infielder on the baseball team, said he is superstitious and always follows an ornate routine.

“It’s kind of crazy, but I always put on my left shoe, then my right shoe, then tie my right laces and then finish with my left laces every time,” he said. “I do the same thing with my batting gloves, left on, right on, right strap, left strap I have to do it every time.”

Selzer has performed this ritual and others for as long as he can remember.

“I also touch every pitcher on the leg with my bat before every game and have to play with one, not zero or two, buttons undone on my jersey,” Selzer said. “I never run over the mound or step on any lines.”

While many athletes admitted that their rituals most likely do nothing to improve their performance, Selzer is adamant that his works.

“Last year when I was in a big slump, the pitching staff put a magic spell on my bat before a game,” Selzer said. “I played a great game, so every game since then they have put the spell on my bat so I am ready to go. I tried to go without the magic once and didn’t get a single hit that game.”

Volleyball middle blocker Elisa Scudder ’14 also puts her clothing and accessories on in a specific order before every game.

“It’s not something that bothers me if I don’t do it, but I guess it’s just a habit after 10 years of playing,” Scudder said.

Soccer midfielder Robin Alnas ’15 said he has a three-part ritual, which includes watching YouTube videos of his favorite players like Andres Iniesta, eating a cheddar cheese sandwich and saying a prayer to Thor, the Norse mythology god, for strength.

“It is harder to do all of this for an away game,” Alnas said. “I usually don’t forget, and if I do I am pissed even though it doesn’t really affect me.”

Erik Nordahl ’16, a member of the tennis team, admitted to being tedious about his preparations since childhood and claims he will not change, even though his teammates give him a hard time. Nordahl has eight tennis racquets and measures their tension before arranging them in his bag before each match. He bounces the ball seven times before his first serve, five times before his second serve and always gets a new ball before “a big point” if he has lost the point before.

“I am always up two hours ahead of any match and eat at least two hours ahead,” Nordahl said. “At a tournament, if I keep winning I eat at the same restaurant until I lose. I once ate Chipotle for a week.”

Cross country and track runner Dylan O’Sullivan ’15 said he was much more superstitious in high school, but that he has kept a few parts of his routine at Dartmouth.

“I am most finicky about my racing shoes they have to be tied at the perfect tightness, not too tight and not too loose,” O’Sullivan said. “I was way more superstitious in high school, but I learned that doing certain things don’t really matter and that if something didn’t go right before a race it wouldn’t mess me up. The one thing I have kept doing and do before every race is I take a tiny sip of Gatorade because I like the sugary taste in my mouth before I start.”

Football free safety Jimmy Johnson ’14 takes his grandmother’s advice and does all that he can to nap before every game because he believes it boosts performance.

“I always find a way to get [a nap] in even if it’s only for 20 minutes,” Johnson said. “If I cannot for some reason, I feel a little out of it and try to shake it off. It is so ingrained in me at this point that I just have to do it.”

Johnson shares one of his rituals with teammate Stephen Dazzo ’15. They both always wear a new piece of clothing in every game, anything from socks to a wristband.

Soccer midfielder Emma Brush ’13 said that someone on the team always reads a checklist of things to bring and players respond accordingly. Brush also has individual rituals that vary from year to year.

“Last season I had to eat a whole bag of Sour Patch Watermelons and, even though I felt like I was going to throw up, in my head it was the only thing in the world that could give me energy this season I didn’t do that though and we did much better,” Brush said. “I also have to listen to Drake songs and sag my shorts as low as they’ll go. I can’t play any other way.”

Hockey forward Eric Robinson ’14 plays Xbox or games on his phone and then takes a nap before meeting teammates in his car at 4:55 p.m.

“Before warm-ups I play two touch with a ball and then I skate out hard and turn tight in front of the net,” Robinson said. “At the end I skate a final circle and shoot a puck and then run off the ice.”

Although Robinson said he has no practical reasons for his rituals, he thinks consistency helps his season.

“I think being consistent and being in the same mind frame before every game is helpful to focus on the game and not getting in every little thing,” Robinson said.

Scudder said she tries not to be superstitious and has some of her best performances have been after her worst warm-ups.

“It’s more about feeling prepared and confident before games, instead of making sure all your little pregame rituals have gone right,” Scudder said. “Going in with the right mental state will help you so much more than making sure you’re wearing a certain pair of socks or whatever. That being said, I always say Let’s get ‘em Green’ right after the national anthem, drink out of the same water bottle and stand in the same place on the bench when the libero is in for me.”

Preparation is one of the most important components to success, but what constitutes preparation spans from seemingly silly to extremely serious and everywhere in between. But if it helps Big Green athletes feel ready to compete, anything goes!

For the Love of the Game

I don’t want this to come off as a Lance Armstrong column or a Manti Te’o column. I will admit, I probably would not be writing it if they had not been in the news last month, and I’ve thought to myself on multiple occasions, “No one wants to hear my take on this mess, especially not three weeks after the fact.”

But I would like to use the events of the first month of 2013 Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles and the revelation that Te’o’s late girlfriend never actually existed to talk more broadly about how we perceive professional athletes this year.

In my youth, professional athletes were either good guys or bad guys. Good guys were the players that played for my teams and the star athletes of the day. Bad guys were people the media told me not to like, such as Barry Bonds, and guys on the teams I rooted against basically, anyone who played for Manchester United. Unfortunately, sports are a lot more complicated than that.

Baltimore Ravens fans see Ray Lewis as a good guy, a reformed Christian who also happens to be one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time. But there are a lot of people out there who believe he is just the opposite: a guy who literally got away with murder and a thug on the field. Lewis’ role in a pair of 2000 killings remains questionable, though murder charges against him were dismissed. Someone like Lewis doesn’t fit nicely into either the “good” or “bad” categories. Same goes for Armstrong remember the millions he raised for cancer? and Te’o.

Now, at 22, I realize that I cannot take the same fawning approach to fandom that I did in my teens. I cannot put athletes on a pedestal, regardless of how many Super Bowls they have won, and I cannot break them down into “good” or “bad.” All I know about these athletes is what they choose to reveal to the public. If that is all I am going off of, I am not really in a position to render judgment about them.

We are often quick to lionize an athlete like Tiger Woods and hold him up as the paragon of virtue, even though the average person barely knows him. And while the fallout is often ugly when the athlete in question does not turn out to be who we thought he was, it does not mean that we will stop building legends like Woods.

We love heroes. I would even go so far as to argue that we need heroes, and sports are a very convenient way of creating them. But the fall of athletes like Woods, Armstrong or Pete Rose forces us to confront some very important questions.

Should we promote athletes as heroes even if our knowledge of their character is incomplete? Or, should we look at them merely as very successful humans akin to the way we look at a real-estate billionaire but stop short of granting them hero status because we don’t want to give them a chance to let us down? There’s no right answer here.

This might sound like a loss of innocence the realization that you cannot count on anyone in sports but I would prefer to think of it as Dartmouth teaching me a life lesson. There are a lot of very good athletes at this school, but I do not think of them as athletes. I think of them as people. When I see an athlete in a frat basement, I’m not thinking, “How many yards did he rush for today?” My thoughts are usually more along the lines of, “Who is that cute girl he’s playing pong with?”

I have crossed paths with several elite athletes at Dartmouth, including NCAA champions and Olympians, but because I look at them as human beings first, I have formed an opinion on them based on how they have acted toward me, rather than their athletic accomplishments. So, moving forward, I am going to try to think of professional athletes in a similar way. That does not mean that I will not respect what they have accomplished on the field, but I will no longer use the neat “good” and “bad” labels when assessing them as a person. If I meet Tom Brady, I will probably still melt into a puddle but, with few exceptions, I will try, hard as it may be, to remember that he is a human being first, athlete second, and that he is as capable of flaws as any of us are.

Students welcome J. Crew opening

After months of delays, J. Crew opened a store in the Gap's vacated space on Main Street on Friday to much fanfare.

J. Crew opened the doors to a new franchise on Main Street on Friday and has already attracted an enthusiastic group of customers. The store was originally scheduled to launch on Nov. 20.

Opening day sales were better than projected for the store due to a high level of student interest, according to sales associate Claire Yao ’16.

“I worked at night on the cash register, but it was really busy and people have seemed really interested so far,” Yao said.

Yao is a member of The Dartmouth business staff.

Hanover residents and students said they were pleased with the store’s opening as it provides them with more variety in clothing options.

Randi Young ’15, president of the Dartmouth Fashion Council, said that the addition of a J. Crew in Hanover will positively impact fashion on campus. Dartmouth students have few options for purchasing versatile clothing in the area.

J. Crew offers “a clean-cut, tailored look that suits Ivy League students very well,” she said. While the council has no current plans to work J. Crew’s pieces into its fashion shows and photoshoots, Young said she was optimistic about how the store could influence the club’s future activities.

The store’s clothing style is typical of Ivy League students and will therefore likely be popular in Hanover, Upper Valley resident Alex Sanchez said.

“I can understand why J. Crew is doing so well,” he said. “It’s a very Ivy League thing.”

Student interest in the store has been high, Yao said. Customers at J. Crew said they were not surprised by the store’s popularity.

The store’s merchandise suits students and young professionals’ lifestyle, Henry Xu ’13 said.

“I think it’s a good fit,” he said. “I liked the Gap a lot, and I feel like J. Crew is for people who are really getting out into the real world.”

Others expressed doubts that students would be interested in another clothing outlet in Hanover, citing concerns about its high price range.

Upper Valley resident Kyle Hopfield said the store’s customer base would likely consist of wealthy clientele and would alienate people with less money to spend on clothing.

“There’s little cheap clothing that people can access in Hanover,” he said.

The affluence of many local residents may have influenced J. Crew’s decision to open a franchise in Hanover, Hopfield said.

Talbots manager Maria Lopresti said J. Crew would be good for other clothing stores in Hanover, as it may bring more customers to the area.

Although Lopresti had not visited the store herself, she said she was excited to shop there.

The number of brand-name clothing stores in Hanover will benefit the town’s small businesses, she said.

Many customers appreciated the store’s ambiance. Sanchez said that she was “very impressed” by the environment that J. Crew offered and praised the friendliness of the staff. Yao said she enjoys her job and finds the working environment to be very welcoming.

The store will offer a 20 percent discount on all merchandise until March 1, according to Yao. J. Crew’s also offers a year-student discount, which gives college students 15 percent off any in-store purchase.

The company, which has opened over 300 stores in its 30-year history, has seen consistent growth in revenue in the past few years, according to its website. Its space at 20 South Main Street was formerly occupied by a Gap clothing store that closed last spring.

This is J. Crew’s second retail shop in New Hampshire. It also operates three outlets in the state. There is one retail shop and one outlet in Vermont.

The Hanover J. Crew store managers declined to comment.

1-on-1 with Robbie Maycock ’13

This week I sat down with Robbie Maycock ’13 from the men’s squash team to discuss the team’s prospects, his career memories and his future after Dartmouth squash.

How has the season been so far?

RM: We are kind of getting to the crux of the season, I guess. Until now, we have had matches where we’ve been a bit over our head, or ones where we felt that we’ve been pretty confident about, going in. There were a couple exceptions with the tough Franklin and Marshall [College] loss, and we swept by St. Lawrence [University]. But we have five matches in the next week that will really kind of define our season.

As a senior, how would you describe your four years on Dartmouth squash? What were the biggest highlights?

RM: Wow, it is crazy to think about my time on Dartmouth Squash. I guess it started on a really high note. My squash career at Dartmouth started with the infamous match against Harvard [University], which was probably my first home match here at Dartmouth. Even though it got a lot of bad press and a lot of bad things went on, it was the wildest atmosphere I’ve ever been in. I was on the main glass court as a freshman, and I was the first one on. Winning my match then will be my most vivid memory of Dartmouth squash.

Currently Dartmouth men’s squash is ranked eighth in the country. What do the other teams out there look like?

RM: As of now, we’re gunning for a top eight spot. When we get to nationals, it is bracketed by teams of eight, so we want to be in the top tier. During the nationals weekend, anything can really happen. But the other teams that are close are Columbia [University], which is our Sunday match, and Williams [College], who we face on Wednesday.

What would you say to encourage more people to watch squash? Do spectators help?

RM: You’ve got to try it it’s a lot of fun. It might sound silly chasing a tiny ball around a glass room. But I can assure you, you will have a blast. We love having spectators, and we’re always encouraging people to try the sport and come out to support the team.

So the men’s and women’s squash teams took a trip to the Cayman Islands over the break in December. What did you do there? Did you find that it was helpful in preparing you for the games you had in January and the final weeks that lie ahead?

RM: Basically we did a lot of grueling fitness on the beach and in the water, which I think will give us the edge in the upcoming weeks, and I definitely noticed an improvement in our January matches. So, I’m all for the team going back next year.

Where do you see the rest of the season going, looking at nationals but also the end of your Dartmouth squash career?

RM: I haven’t really thought about post-nationals, but as I mentioned, at nationals anything can happen. Hopefully, we can beat some teams that we shouldn’t. That is the goal anyway, and we’re more than capable of doing that. After that, the individual portion of the national tournament begins, which is where some players will be invited from each team. That will be another final test, where we can get out there and play some really competitive squash. For me, I will not be pursuing squash after college, but I’ll be fascinated to see how our number one player, Chris Hanson ’13, does as he takes on the world.

We have a feature this week in Sports Weekly about pregame rituals for athletes. Do you have any?

RM: To be honest, the women’s team probably has the most interesting, sometimes annoying, prematch ritual. Basically, all the women circle up, and, how do I describe this, they basically huddle up and scream and make bizarre noises. They just fill the squash courts with this pretty aggressive screech repetitively. I guess it works for them.

Skiway hosts Special Olympics for 11th year

Smiling faces abounded at Dartmouth Skiway’s lodge as Special Olympic athletes socialized with one another and waited in anticipation for their events to start.

Over 90 athletes across 13 teams and over 120 supporters gathered at the skiway for the annual Upper Valley Winter Special Olympics on Saturday, according to director Jim Beattie. Though the cross-country skiing events were canceled due to icy conditions and lack of snow, the alpine skiing and snowboarding races, as well as the snowshoeing events, proceeded as planned.

Beattie said athlete participation decreased by 20 percent this year from a usual number of around 120 athletes.

This year’s low turnout may be due to time conflicts with other Winter Special Olympic games in the area, according to Upper Valley Special Olympics committee member Sara Peterson ’14.

The games are usually held on the Saturday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but scheduling conflicts forced the committee to move the event to a week later. The new date coincided with other local Special Olympic events such as the Penguin Plunge, organized by Special Olympics Vermont.

Beattie said he hoped that this year’s scheduling conflict was a one-time occurrence.

To start off the games, athletes paraded from the lodge down to the ski area, and a skier carried a flame from the top of the mountain to light the cauldron.

A brief opening ceremony featured a performance by the Rockapellas and an introduction by former Olympian Tiger Shaw ’85.

After each race, organizers distributed prize ribbons and all participants received a ribbon.

“Everyone goes away as a winner,” Beattie said. “It’s a great setup.”

Alpine skiing and snowboarding events were divided into novice, intermediate and advanced sections.

The section divisions ensured that competitors engaged with those of similar skill level.

Snowshoeing events were divided by distance, ranging from 15 to 1,600 meters, according to Peterson.

The event saw a strong showing of support from College sports teams and other organizations. Two full varsity sports teams, the women’s crew team and softball team, and members of Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity came to cheer on the athletes.

The figure skating team and various other volunteers arrived to help set up the games, Beattie said.

Approximately 60 Dartmouth students volunteered at the event, Peterson said.

Dartmouth Ski Patrol contributed to the events proceedings by ensuring the safety of competitors. Skiway management and employees were also helpful, Beattie said.

“The Skiway does a terrific job, they really try to work with us and put snow where we’re going to need it,” Beattie said. “We really appreciate their help.”

Rachel Funk ’15, who volunteered with Sigma Delta sorority, assisted with the snowshoeing races.

She said she enjoyed her experience because of the supportive environment and close proximity to the College.

Volunteering through the women’s crew team, Shia Li Lum ’16 assisted five athletes on the Caledonia team.

She said she built relationships with the athletes throughout the events.

“One of them called me her best friend and it made my day,” she said.

Beattie, who directed the games for the first time this year, said he enjoyed the day and thought that the events went smoothly.

“People are having fun, lots of smiles, lots of tough competition,” he said. “The athletes are out there doing their best and it’s just filled with energy.”

Shirley Ingerson, the head coach of the Woodsville Special Olympics team, said that the games are a great experience for her athletes.

Ten-year-old Jack Rasmussen participated in the alpine skiing events and has been skiing since he was six years old.

“Skiing is my favorite sport,” he said. “I love it a lot.”

White Mountain High School graduate Evelyn White began snowshoeing in high school and participated in the snowshoeing events at the Winter Games. She said her events were very exciting and that she will participate again next year. This is the 11th year that the skiway has hosted the Special Olympics.

Women’s hockey ends losing skid with tie against Harvard

The Dartmouth women's hockey team recorded its first home point against No. 2 Harvard since 2006 in a 2-2 tie on Friday.

On Friday night at Thompson Arena, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team battled No. 3 Harvard University to a deadlocked 2-2 tie. The tie marked Dartmouth’s (12-7-4, 7-6-3 ECAC) first home point against the Crimson (17-2-2, 14-1-1 ECAC) since 2006.

The Big Green came into the weekend on a two-game losing skid that had dropped them out of the top half of the conference standings. The game against Harvard, who had taken down the Big Green 6-0 earlier this season, marked a chance to turn the tide and return to their winning ways in front of a national television audience.

“We came into this game wanting revenge,” forward Laura Stacey ’16 said. “That was the main difference. There was a big home crowd and we were on national TV, which definitely got us even more excited to play.”

The game started off fast and furious as Harvard notched a goal less than two minutes into the first period. Junior forward Kalley Armstrong took a pass from senior forward Jillian Dempsey in front of the net and, after ducking past a few Dartmouth defenders, placed the puck in the back of the net.

“Their girl came out of the corner with some nice moves,” goalie Lindsay Holdcroft ’14 said. “She shot it from the slot and put a backhand in off the post. It was a tough goal early, but we definitely responded.”

Less than five minutes later, Dartmouth responded with a goal to knot the game at one. Lindsey Allen ’16 scored off an assist from fellow freshman Olivia Whitford ’16.

“We won the draw and Olivia found a lane,” Allen said. “The defender lifted up her stick for some reason and pushed it right to me. I just tried to redirect the puck at the net and it went right through their goalie’s legs. She wasn’t expecting a shot to come from that angle.”

The early outburst of scoring was not done as Harvard returned the favor almost immediately after Dartmouth leveled the game at one. Less than a minute later, Harvard retook the lead off a goal from Dempsey, who leads the conference with 23 goals thus far this season. Harvard junior Lyndsey Fry shot a perfect backhand pass to Dempsey who whipped the puck past Holdcroft.

“It’s definitely tough when they score a quick goal,” Stacey said. “They scored 50 seconds after us and burst the bubble. Last time they scored early and took it to us, after their second goal we really steadied our emotions and got after it.”

With 15 seconds left in the first period, the Crimson took a penalty that proved to be very costly. Sophomore Sarah Edney was sent to the penalty box, giving Dartmouth a power play that would extend into the beginning of the second period. Although Harvard had the number one penalty kill unit in the country and the Big Green had struggled immensely on the power play over the past few games, the one-woman advantage marked a chance that the Big Green knew they had to take.

“We’ve been working on the power play in practice, but in games it just hasn’t been working,” Stacey said. “We haven’t been able to find the net. We talked about it at intermission and all of a sudden it just clicked, now we know what we need to do.”

This confidence proved well-placed as the Big Green knotted the score at deuces after a power play goal by Stacey less than a minute into the second period. Stacey received a pass from Reagan Fischer ’12 near the right faceoff dot and buried a wrist shot past the sprawling Harvard keeper.

“We controlled the puck, Reagan had it on the point,” Stacey said. “She cycled down and passed it far side to me. I just put it on the net and the goalie didn’t see it.”

From then on, neither team managed to break through and score a go-ahead goal. On Dartmouth’s end, the defense was mainly provided by an incredible performance by Holdcroft, who notched 41 saves throughout the game and stopped Harvard on numerous chances. Of those saves, 25 came in the second and third periods as Holdcroft kept the Big Green in the game.

“Lindsay Holdcroft played unbelievably, she really stood on her head out there,” Stacey said. “She was a big reason why we got the tie versus Harvard.”

After a tightly contested overtime period, Holdcroft and the Dartmouth defense held firm, holding on for a well-earned 2-2 tie against the Crimson. The tie kept Dartmouth at sixth in the ECAC standings with 17 points and marked only the fourth time a team has taken a point off of Harvard this season.

“Overtime was very exciting and we came out fresh for the extra period,” Holdcroft said. “We controlled the period, but this was still one of those ties that felt more like a win.”

The women’s hockey team takes the ice again next weekend at Thompson Arena with a Friday night game against Brown University and a Saturday night game against Yale University.

Swimming and diving teams sweep UConn this weekend

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams clinched victories over the University of Connecticut while honoring their seniors this weekend.

Celebrating the Class of 2013 at Karl Michael Pool on Saturday, the Big Green honored its senior swimmers and divers on the same day that Dartmouth swept the competition, with both the men’s and women’s teams clinching victories over the University of Connecticut. The women posted a 170-125 victory while the men finished ahead 182-113. Saturday was the second meet of the season in Karl Michael Pool for the women and the first for the men.

“We swam against [the University of Vermont] at home, but it was during interim, so this was really our first real meet and it was really fun to have the stands full with a lot of friends and parents here to watch,” women’s co-captain Erin Henn ’14 said.

In addition to honoring the seniors, the meet was also a chance to recognize the generosity of two swimming and diving alums, Steve Mullins ’54 and Victoria Hall Gmelich ’91, who have contributed to the team as supporters and benefactors. The Big Green rose to the occasion, swimming in front of an energetic home crowd that included Interim President Carol Folt and athletic director Harry Sheehy.

After losing to UConn last season, Dartmouth was optimistic about its chances this year.

“Last year they beat us in a close meet that came down to the end,” head coach Jim Wilson said. “This year we are a stronger team than we were a year ago, thanks to our new freshman class.”

Both the men and women had emphatic starts to the meet, out-touching their competition across the boards as both teams took first-, second- and third-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay.

“Being able to start off strong definitely put the team in really high spirits and set the tone for the rest of the meet,” men’s co-captain Zack Doherty ’13 said.

Doherty is a member of The Dartmouth Staff.

The first-place finishes continued as Olivia Samson ’16 touched the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, controlling the middle-distance and long-distance events of the meet. Fellow freshman Jun Oh ’16 complemented these victories with his own on the men’s side, including posting a season-best time in the 1000-yard freestyle.

“Having a freshman swim two really hard events back to back and win them was a really great way to start the meet and carry on the streak,” Doherty said.

Both squads also had a clean sweep of the breaststroke events, with Charlotte Williams ’13 taking first place in both the 100-yard and the 200-yard breaststroke on the women’s side, and Nejc Zupan ’14 besting his opponents on the men’s side.

“Zupan is like a warm cup of cocoa on a winter day because he is so comforting to have on the team,” Wilson said. “Any event you put him in, he is going to win.”

Kendese Nangle ’16 also had a strong individual performance, taking first place in two of her three events, touching the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle.

Despite a few glitches that the team must work through before the final meet of the regular season, the men and women posted strong times across the boards, Wilson said.

The divers also had strong performances, earning points to help contribute to the Big Green’s success.

Even though it was not the seniors’ last home meet of the season, the opportunity to honor the Class of 2013 made for a very special day for the swimming and diving teams.

“It was a sentimental meet for everyone,” Henn said. “A lot of people’s parents were here, so it was definitely a high energy meet.”

After devoting countless time and energy to the team, the seniors were recognized for their dedication to the program in a ceremony that they had watched from the other side for the past three years.

“Being recognized by our underclassmen was a very cool ceremony,” Doherty said. “It has been great to watch the senior ceremony every year, but to be the ones in the spotlight and given that respect as a class was a very nice feeling this year.”

Since they first joined the squad freshman year, the Class of 2013 has seen the teams make great strides and experience tremendous growth.

“The seniors have seen us at bad times,” Wilson said. “They were here before we started moving in the league. The swing that we have made in their four years here has been pretty amazing.”

The seniors will have one last chance to shine in home waters as both the men and the women take on Columbia University at Karl Michael Pool next Sunday.

College honors social activists

Evelyn Ellis, vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, addresses the crowd at the Social Justice awards on Friday at the Hanover Inn.

Amidst the modern decor of the recently renovated Hanover Inn, members of the Dartmouth community gathered this past Friday to recognize three individuals, a student organization and a Dartmouth family for their outstanding contributions to public service at this year’s annual Social Justice Awards.

The awards ceremony featured a wide array of groups and individuals dedicated to public health, education, social advocacy and volunteering.

The first of the honorees was the Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association, which was presented with the student organization award.

The group was recognized for its commitment to community service. Members carried out weekly clothing and food drives for the Claremont soup kitchen and visited wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., among other civic activities, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson said in her introduction.

Ronald Bucca MALS’14, one of the honorees, said his group attempts to help many different types of people. This open-minded attitude stems from their experience in the military.

“When you’re in combat, race, religion and culture don’t matter,” he said.

Members Desmond Webster MALS’13 and Michael Rodriguez MALS’13 also attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of the veterans’ group.

In addition, Karen Lewis ’74 was presented with the Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Steven Cosson ’90 was presented with the Ongoing Commitment Award.

Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, was recognized in part for her commitment to advancing and promoting high quality education and for her role in the 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike. Lewis was unable to attend the event to accept the award in person.

Cosson was honored for his involvement with The Civilians, an investigative theater company that he founded in 2001. The company aims to tackle “the most vital questions of the present” by investigating underexplored social issues. In her introduction, Interim President Carol Folt described the group as a complex blend of “power and performance.”

Cosson was unable to attend the event, but prepared a video statement for the subsequent panel.

In his message, he discussed his time at Dartmouth, including the difficulties he faced as an openly homosexual student. Cosson said his experience at the College influenced his decision to pursue a career that focused on social problems and relationships.

“I’m grateful for my moral compass that was partially forged at Dartmouth,” Cosson said.

Geisel School of Medicine professor Joseph O’Donnell Med’71, accepted the Holly Fell Sateia Award.

Former College President Jim Yong Kim and Folt established the award in 2011 to commemorate Holly Fell Sateia MALS’82, vice president for institutional diversity and equity, and it recognizes a Dartmouth faculty or staff member who is a leader in advancing diversity and community.

In his acceptance speech, O’Donnell shared lessons from his years of service.

“The secret of life is the hokey pokey, you have to put your whole self in,” he said.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, the final award of the event, was given to the Barnet family, including the late William Barnet II ’34, his late wife Mary Barnet and their children, William Barnet III ’64 Tu’65, Laurence Barnet ’68 and Carol Barnet Fuchs for their efforts to provide disadvantaged youth with access to education.

Fuchs founded the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth program, which brings under-resourced high school students to campus each summer, and accepted the award on her family’s behalf.

In the panel discussion, Fuchs discussed SEAD and the origins of her motivation to help others. The students that she works with inspire her to keep serving, she said.

“We are developing potential in others, not trying to make them over in our image,” she said. “I don’t have to maintain my passion, the kids do it for me.”

The awards ceremony also included a performance by the Rockapellas.

The Social Justice Awards Committee, which was responsible for selecting the honorees, included Kristen Aloisio, Christine Crabb ’90, Tracy Dustin-Eichler, Robin Guay, Linda Martin, Maghan Porter, Rodrigo Ramirez ’06, Molly St. Sauveur, Gabrielle Lucke and Steven Spaulding. The Holly Fell Sateia Committee included Elizabeth Agosto, Evelynn Ellis, Lynn Higgins, Lucke, Myron McCoo, Jane Seibel and Rachel Silver.