Daily Debriefing

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ’83 will join the Council on Foreign Relations as a distinguished fellow later this month, the think tank announced last Wednesday. Geithner also plans to write a book focusing on his response to the financial crisis, the Associated Press reported. Geithner, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2001, first joined the Treasury in 1998, working in different positions under three presidential administrations. Geithner was the main architect of President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat the recession, avoid economic collapse and reform the financial system. Geithner majored in government and Asian studies at the College and earned a master’s in international economics and East Asian studies at Johns Hopkins University.

University faculty and administrators across the country are debating the elimination of traditional dissertations as a requirement for graduate programs, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Universities face pressure to reduce the time it takes to finish degrees, increase retention and prepare doctoral candidates for careers outside of academia. Dissertations can take four to seven years to complete, are often very specific and are not always applicable to a broad variety of fields. Various graduate programs, including those at the City University of New York and the University of Virginia, are investing in digital-humanities centers and new media and collaborative research programs to support students interested in preparing non-traditional dissertations. Other graduate programs allow candidates to publish multiple articles or design dissertations for public consumption.

Yale University’s College committee on grading policy recently recommended that Yale transition from a letter grade system to a 100-point scale beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, The Yale Daily News reported. The committee plans to submit final proposals for a vote at a faculty meeting in April. The committee’s report found a trend of rising average grades, with most students earning A’s, A-minuses and B-pluses. The report also found grade discrepancies among academic departments. The committee did not call for mandatory grade distributions, but suggested a set of guidelines for the percentage of grades given out in each range that would effectively make Yale’s mean grade an 85.5 percent, The Daily News reported.

NY club considered for preservation

In response to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new development plans to rezone and rejuvenate east Midtown, historical conservation organizations such as the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Art Society and the Historic Districts Council are working to designate buildings targeted for potential redevelopment as historical landmarks.

The Yale Club of New York, which houses the Dartmouth Club of New York, tops off the list of 17 historical buildings that have been identified as ideal for redevelopment.

The Landmarks Conservancy submitted a request to evaluate historic buildings to the New York City landmarks preservation commission, but it is uncertain how long the commission will take to make a decision, said Andrea Goldwyn, director of public policy at the conservancy.

The commission has completed a survey of the historic sites in the proposed rezoning area, including the Yale Club.

“The Landmarks Preservation Commission is actively reviewing which sites may be eligible for future landmark designation,” Elisabeth de Bourbon, director of communication of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said in an email.

The potential rezoning of the streets surrounding Grand Central Terminal will most likely not go into effect for several years, but the preparations could start much sooner, Goldwyn said.

Current zoning rules forbid buildings taller than existing buildings to be built in the east Midtown area. Bloomberg’s proposed development plan will allow for the construction of new offices near Grand Central, The New York Times reported.

A landmark is a building, property or object that is evaluated by the commission to have “special historical or aesthetic interest, value or character,” de Bourbon said.

“These special buildings and places not only represent the city’s architectural, historic and cultural heritage, they also help stabilize and improve prove property values, encourage civic pride, enhance the city’s tourist attractions and strengthen its economy,” she said.

Landmarks must be at least 30 years old, and once they are designated as landmarks, the commission is able to regulate changes and alterations to the buildings. Owners must then obtain a permit in order to alter it.

Opened in 1915, the current Yale Club building was designed by architect James Gamble Rogers and is considered one of the largest private clubhouses in the world. The club, with over 11,000 members, features a library, athletic facilities, banquet rooms, guest rooms, a barbershop and other amenities.

In addition to the Dartmouth Club, the Yale Club also houses the Virginia Club and the Delta Kappa Epsilon Club.

The Dartmouth Club of New York currently has around 1200 clubhouse members, and approximately 6,000 Dartmouth almuni live in the metro area.

“As the College’s Metro Club of the Year and the only club with clubhouse facilities, we consistently enjoy the beautiful building and convenient location of the Yale Club,” Kate Lyon ’05, co-chair of the Dartmouth Club social committee, said in an email.

Other buildings proposed for landmark preservation include the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue, the Graybar Building and the Lexington Hotel, both on Lexington Avenue.

“The blend of new and old is what keeps New York vital and unique,” Goldwyn said while addressing the New York City city planning department. “That principle should be a starting point for revitalizing this significant area.”

The conservancy is working to increase public awareness of the rezoning and landmark preservation by disseminating information about the buildings proposed for landmark status and posting information on their website, according to Goldwyn.

The public process of certifying the rezoning proposal is not set to be completed until March.Prominent developers and the construction industry have forged an alliance to lobby for the new rezoning rules, The Times reported.

Pulitzer Prize winner discusses fatal poisons

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum shared anecdotes about fatal poisoning from her book,

On a bitter winter day in 1923, Leah Freindlich lay dead in a packed tenement in the poorest district of New York City. Her death certificate cited accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, but New York City’s first chief medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his partner, Alexander Gettler, soon discovered the true nature of her death homicide. The duo solved the mystery by recognizing the telltale signs of asphyxiation despite a thorough cover-up by Freindlich’s husband.

This was one of many fatal poisoning tales that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum shared during a lecture on Monday.

Many of these stories come from her 2010 book, “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” which she wrote in the style of a murder mystery novel from the perspectives of the New York team. Each chapter explores a historical poisoning case involving a distinct deadly substance ranging from arsenic to morphine.

Corruption was rampant in the coroner’s office in New York in the 1920s, often obfuscating the true causes of deaths.

“Many death certificates would just say act of God,'” Blum said. “In some cases, the same death certificate would cite both an auto accident and diabetes as causes of death.”

In addition to corruption, Norris and Gettler also had to deal with the era’s general lack of medical knowledge. In order to find indicators for alcohol intoxication at the time of death, Norris had to dissect over 6,000 brains.

“Every week, he would buy 300 livers and inject them with various compounds to observe the effects,” she said.

One of Norris’s particular challenges was determining how specific poisons affected humans. For example, arsenic was long considered the perfect poison, Blum said.

“Its progression mimicked natural illnesses,” she said. “It couldn’t be detected, so no one could tell if you poisoned anyone.”

When chemists like Norris began to discover ways to detect arsenic in corpses, however, murderers began favoring poisonous plants.

Nicotine and other plants are fatal in their pure forms. Blum discussed how leaded gas was conclusively proven to endanger to human health in 1925. Consequently, the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania all banned the sale of leaded gas by 1926.

Major car companies pleaded with President Coolidge, and the government hired scientists to publish findings that leaded gas was not poisonous a year later. This publication led to 50 more years of lead poisoning, she said.

“These are all issues we still see,” she said. “Corporations still behave the same way. We can learn a lot from how people grappled with this in the ’20s.”

Three years since she published “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” Blum is still discussing the book at scheduled appearances.

“Journalists normally have short attention spans. I have written about the biology of gender preferences, the science of love and affection and many other topics,” she said. “I have always moved on from those topics, but this topic matters to me too much. There are too many good stories to tell.”

A number of middle and high schools across the country incoporate Blum’s book into their curriculums to spark students’ interest in chemistry.

The Dartmouth branch of the congressionally mandated Superfund Research Program is a leading expert on aresnic poisoning.

“There is actually quite a bit of arsenic in food products,” director Bruce Stanton said. “Food manufacturers put [brown rice syrup sweetener, which contains arsenic] in toddler foods and children are exposed to toxic chemicals.”

Stanton said he was glad to learn more about Blum’s interests in arsenic poisoning and honored to have her speak to the College.

The lecture was sponsored by the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program.

This article has been revised to reflect the following change.

**The original version of this article incorrectly suggested that Stanton said that food manufacturers place arsenic in toddler foods, thus exposing children to toxic chemicals. Stanton was in fact referring to brown rice syrup sweetener, which contains arsenic and is present in some toddler foods.*

Thai Orchid to replace Mai Thai

Thai Orchid will replace Mai Thai this March, and its new owners aim to improve food quality, customer service and atmosphere.

A woman and her son arrived at the top of the three flights of stairs leading to Mai Thai Cuisine, planning to place a takeout order for lunch. The lights in the restaurant were off, and a middle-aged couple, the restaurant’s new owners, sat on a bench in front of the closed glass doors. A piece of paper with the words “Sorry we are closed” hastily scribbled in black marker hung from the center of the locked doors.

“The restaurant is closed for probably a few more weeks,” Robert Lamprey, one of the owners, said to the woman. “Sorry we can’t do takeout for you, but come back and you’ll be really pleased.”

After Mai Thai suddenly shut its doors within the past month, the space will reopen under the management of Lamprey’s wife, Chansuda, as a restaurant called Thai Orchid in March with a new menu, staff and design. Chansuda Lamprey plans to improve the quality of both food and service, she said.

“We’ve got some really good cooks lined up, and I think the food is going to be excellent,” Lamprey said. “Our goal is to make it the best Thai restaurant north of Boston.”

The couple will renovate the kitchen and interior and plans to overhaul the management to improve customer service, Lamprey said.

The couple brings previous restaurant experience to their latest venture. Chansuda Lamprey worked in restaurants in Thailand and the United States, including Mai Thai, soon after immigrating in 2007. Robert Lamprey has experience with the service side of the industry, he said.

Though his wife is an “excellent cook,” Thai Orchid will employ other chefs, Lamprey said.

Students expressed mixed views on the recently closed Mai Thai restaurant, reflecting its two-and-a-half-star rating on Yelp.

“I went for lunch and liked it,” Gillian O’Connell ’15 said. “I might not have liked it as much if I went for dinner.”

When Lindsay Haut ’14 and a group of friends requested pad thai during a dinner at Mai Thai, the waiter informed the group that none was available that day.

“It’s definitely a staple at Thai restaurants,” she said. “But they served us some strange pad thai replacement.”

Others said they hoped the new restaurant would improve on some of Mai Thai’s shortcomings, particularly service and food quality.

Haut said she hopes the restaurant’s new owners will improve its aesthetics.

“Hopefully they clean it up,” she said. “It was a little grim.”

The previous owner, Sommay Vorachack, decided to stop leasing the space and closed the restaurant, Jay Campion, the building’s owner, said. Vorachack leased the building for 12 years, and Campion said he guessed that the former Mai Thai owner wanted to move on.

The restaurant’s phone number is currently out of service, and the website is not functioning. Vorachack is on vacation at a family reunion in Thailand, Campion said.

When the new restaurant opens, the owners will redirect the website and update public listings in order to minimize confusion.

“Some signage would help,” Campion said. “They were in touch with the sign person for the first time today, and I would hope that they would be able to come up with some temporary signs that would indicate the current status.”

The Thai Orchid owners will have to obtain permits for the remodeling of the space, and any changes to signs on the building’s exterior must go through the building owner.

With the exception of electrical repairs and maintenance and finish work such as painting and tiling, almost all modifications to a space require a permit from the Hanover zoning and planning boards.

No building permits have been filed for Thai Orchid, and the last permit filed for Mai Thai was from 1998.

Neither Mai Thai nor Thai Orchid is currently a member of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, though Mai Thai has been in past years, according to a representative from the chamber. Mai Thai did not renew its membership with the chamber in 2013.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction.

**The original version of this article misspelled the name of Chansuda Lamprey.*

Undergraduate Judicial Affairs seeks director

Correction appended

The College expects to begin reviewing applicants to fill the position of director of undergraduate judicial affairs on Feb. 15 and hopes to secure a candidate by July 1, said Kate Burke, assistant Dean of the College for campus life and chair of the search committee. The newly elected director will replace current director of undergraduate judicial affairs Nathan Miller, who has held the role for the past five years. The job was posted Jan. 21 on the College’s employment opportunities site. Positions in higher education are often filled in the winter and spring, whereas the position changeover itself occurs during the summer between academic years, Burke said. Burke is also chair of the Committee on Standards, some members of which will be involved in the search.

Miller informed Burke that he and his wife plan to leave the College at the end of the academic year, she said.

The director of undergraduate judicial affairs is responsible for responding to allegations and overseeing disciplinary action for students and organizations in accordance with the process outlined in the College’s Student Handbook.

“We are looking for someone who has current knowledge in the development and trends of the process of judicial affairs so that we can continue to improve our system,” Burke said.

The job listing states that the College seeks a candidate with a “record of highly successful undergraduate judicial affairs experience and department management, superior ability to exercise sound judgment and demonstrated cultural competence,” among other qualities.

The search committee hopes to hire a director who is prepared to interact with students and answer questions posed by the student body and students’ family members, Burke said, and she expects the new director will work to raise awareness of the College’s judicial processes across campus. The undergraduate judicial affairs department does not anticipate any major reforms in the judicial process to accompany the transition.

The new director will continue to fulfill Miller’s responsibilities, including responding to reports of community standard violations and helping to educate the community about existing procedures.

Once the finalists are chosen, they will be invited to interview on campus, Burke said. Some COS members as well as College representatives will be present during the interviews, and candidates will be have a chance to meet students, faculty and staff.

The COS is composed of 12 faculty members, 12 students six elected by the student body and six selected by the Dean of the College and eight members selected by the President, according to the Student Handbook.

“My experience has been that all members of the committee take their responsibilities extremely seriously, and all participate as peers in the hearing process in determining whether a student or organization is responsible for an alleged violation and in determining the appropriate sanction if a violation is found,” Burke said in an email.

Serious misconduct cases are heard by COS hearing panels of two faculty members, two students, an administrative member and the non-voting chair. A similar seven member Organizational Adjudication Committee panel hears cases of alleged organizational violations. The new director will work closely with both groups, Burke said.

Burke said that the process of selecting a new director is still in its early stages.

“I think there is a fair amount of interest,” she said. “But we haven’t started reviewing the applications, so it’s too early to say what the pool of applicants will look like.”

Mediation at Dartmouth president Kaila Pedersen ’14 said she is excited about the director and what he or she could bring to the College. She said she hopes that the new director will seek to interact with student groups and pursue community-building.

Miller could not be reached for comment by press time.

**The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the Committee on Standards would conduct the search. The search will in fact be led by a College committee. In addition, some members of COS will attend the candidate interviews, not the entire office, along with College representatives. The interview will allow finalists a chance to meet with members of the College community.*

Hirsch-Pinkas duo return to their home

Sally Pinkas, along with her husband Evan Hirsch, will grace the Spaulding Auditorium stage playing her first performance of the year as the Hopkins Center's pianist-in-residence.


The critically acclaimed Hirsch-Pinkas piano duo has performed for audiences around the globe, and will return tonight to the auditorium where the classical pair was born. Music professor Sally Pinkas, along with her husband Evan Hirsch, will grace the Spaulding Auditorium stage playing her first performance of the year as the Hopkins Center’s pianist-in-residence.

Pinkas and Hirsch frequently travel internationally, playing across the United States as well as in Europe, China, Nigeria and Russia.

“Each trip has a story and the beauty of it is that I get to travel with my husband who is my best friend, and with whom I love to play,” Pinkas said.

Last fall the pair spent a week in Thailand and in Vietnam, participating in outreach events for the U.S. Consulate and visiting the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music.

Pinkas said she fell in love with the piano at the age of five while living in Tel Aviv. She received her PhD in composition and theory at Brandeis University and obtained her performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she met her husband.

Pinkas has recorded over two dozen different albums in the U.S., including 16 solo records. She has balanced being both a performer and academic, a combination she values for its positive reinforcing effects, she said.

“The conjunction of teaching and playing has been very illuminating for me and my students,” Pinkas said. “When you teach an applied art, if you don’t do it yourself, then you lose the ability to teach it and when you teach it. It helps you to articulate things when you are practicing yourself, that by virtue of articulating, you make a little more palpable.”

Pinkas became a music professor at the College at the age of 26 and the Hop’s pianist-in-residence by her second year of teaching. Working part-time at Dartmouth has been a good fit for her, she said.

“I was always enamored with university environments. I have a curious nature and it would have been hard-pressed to fit the mode of a concert pianist who always plays the same repertoire or travels with the same program,” Pinkas said, “Being here meant that I could be in contact with bright students and also could experiment with my repertoire.”

She said she thrives on playing new music, one of requirement as a pianist with the Hop.

Center programming director Margaret Lawrence said that Pinkas’ eagerness to interact with students has made her an excellent pianist for the community.

“She wants students to understand more about the music she is performing,” Lawrence said. “She is excited about her repertoire and has the ability to make others excited about it too.”

As pianist-in-residence, Pinkas plays two concerts in Spaulding each year one solo and one chamber concert.

“She is extremely creative about how she approaches those performances, often collaborating with other musicians,” Lawrence said.

Philosophy professor and East Wheelock programming director Susan Brison said she loves Pinkas’ performances at the Hop because the audience not only hears her music in an intimate setting, but is able to listen to Pinkas “speak so knowledgably and eloquently about the music she performs.”

“Her piano playing is just exquisite,” Brison said. “She can be very powerful but also has a sensitive, delicate touch. She brings out new things in the pieces that she plays.”

Tonight, the Hirsch-Pinkas duo will present a varied program, including pieces for four hands, to create a more orchestral effects. They will perform Faure’s “Dolly Suite,” along with a sonata by Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert’s “Rondo in A Major,” Harold Shapero’s four-hand sonata and “Recuerdos” by William Bolcom.

Pinkas built the program based on pieces she could find that would complement each other, she said.

“She has an extraordinary sensitivity in her approach to the instrument,” Lawrence said. “While some performers try to impress, she is about letting the inner voices of the music come out. It is almost as if the pianist herself disappears and you hear the actual ideas of the composer.”

The concert brings Pinkas and Hirsch back to the their origins. The duo was formed at the Hop when Pinkas first played with Hirsch on Valentine’s Day in 1992. Now, it is tradition for the couple to play a concert every few years around the holiday.

Pinkas recalls how Spaulding has evolved into her home base in the years since her first performance, when she was filled with nervous anticipation.

“I think I know how to play to the hall,” she said. “The size of it does not scare me anymore. If anything, it enhances me. Especially because the duo was formed there, it will always feel like home.”

Pinkas said she is hopeful to see community members at the concert who have come to know the duo in Hanover, as well as new faces who are interested in classical music.

“I just want to do justice to the music,” Pinkas said. “Everytime you play something, it grows. A piece is not the same in the practice room and on stage and that’s why we keep performing. These pieces come to life only when there is somebody listening.”

Decker: Worldly Connections

I was talking to one of my good friends from the University of California, Berkeley the other day about a term that she decided to take off in the middle of her junior year. Spending that time living in Turkey, Jordan and Palestine, she was able to meet up with a number of people she had met at Berkeley prior to traveling along the way taking Turkish classes with two Berkeley students in Istanbul, touring the Dome of the Rock and Haram al-Sharif with another in Jerusalem and grabbing a cup of coffee with three of them in Amman. I can’t say I could do the same as a Dartmouth College student.

Because Dartmouth is not a school of 10,000 or 20,000 students, it loses out on having the same kind of social network that universities like Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Berkeley or even Harvard University have. I am not here to argue that the bigger the school, the better, because I do not believe this is the case. However, while Dartmouth has mastered the art of close-knit intimacy within its community, it has neglected its global reach, directly affecting the students who want to study, live and perhaps eventually pursue a career in a country outside of the United States.

The College’s Off-Campus Programs office has figured it out: if you “connect” Dartmouth students to the place they are traveling by sending 8 to 15 students to some foreign location with a professor as their safety net they are more inclined to go. Moving somewhere as far away from New Hampshire as India, Morocco or China for over 10 weeks is intimidating, especially if the student does not know a single person there. Setting up a stronger Dartmouth network of some kind in the international community, without a doubt, would encourage students to think more seriously about traveling to a foreign country that does not already have a Dartmouth program within it on an off-term or spending a longer period of time abroad than what the off-campus opportunities allot. This would then give students the experience they need to truly consider a job in the international community after graduation.

We cannot blame the Admissions Office for not doing its part in diversifying the demographics of the College’s campus. Dartmouth is a school of roughly 4,400 undergraduates. It will forever be a college because Dartmouth believes in the value of having a low student-to-faculty ratio. Admissions can only accept so many international students in a class size of 1,100. Rather, Dartmouth should begin to implement programs of international collaboration to solve its global reach problem by connecting students from all over the world to students studying in Hanover.

Given modern technology, connecting is absolutely possible. In a class that I took last year with anthropology professor Dale Eickelman, we spent one morning in a combined classroom setting with a university in the United Arab Emirates. By integrating the Skype technology of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, our whole class was able to interact with a number of international students in a location many of us in the class were interested in traveling to. The connections we forged in class quickly turned into a series of emails and finally, in some cases, into a personal connection of some kind.

I love walking into the dining hall and seeing recognizable faces. Whether I have a strong personal relationship with each and every face that I seem to know, from somewhere, is beside the point. What matters is that I can feel like I am a part of my community, because it feels familiar. This is one of the major advantages of going to a small school. Perhaps by forging more international partnerships, Dartmouth students could establish a social network outside of the U.S., preparing them to explore more than just the standard domestic options. Dartmouth can more effectively balance community with global reach in two ways by leveraging 21st century technology to foster personal interactions and by maintaining a red thread between current students and graduates who go on to pursue a career abroad.

Chang: Distributing Knowledge

Last week, a group of Dartmouth administration and faculty members met to discuss distributives and potential modifications to current course requirements. With the onset of other policy changes, such as the College’s recent decision to no longer accept AP credits, it appears that Dartmouth is undergoing a process of evolution. Because it is ultimately our education at stake, students should have the opportunity to weigh in on the redesign of the distributive system and perhaps offer alternatives that they feel would best suit their needs to attain a comprehensive and meaningful education.

It is undeniable that a multi-disciplinary course load is essential to establishing a thorough academic experience. However, breadth should not serve as a substitute for depth. If we seek to truly diversify our education, it is worth looking toward expanding the scope of our knowledge within a single subject and examining the same field from a variety of lenses, rather than taking a cursory look at several different subjects.

For me, the most meaningful classes have been those that taught me how to think, instead of simply presenting information that, invariably, I will forget after an extended lack of application. But those classes that have truly developed my learning style and have shaped the way in which I absorb and interpret knowledge have proved invaluable because of their continued relevance. They have made my universe bigger. There is a marked difference between knowing more and becoming more knowledgeable; while both are important, the long-term value provided by the latter seems to be what Dartmouth should emphasize.

In order to achieve this sense of mental development, we must expand our perspectives, not just our horizons. One possible solution might be to orient the distributive system more vertically than horizontally that is to say, create more differentiation within a single department. If we capitalize on classes in every department that satisfy a multitude of various disciplines instead of focusing on a single approach, perhaps we will have achieved a more organically-broadened education. For example, fields that normally seem based on quantitative analysis might encourage courses driven by discussion rather than lecture, examining the historical origins and importance of the subject rather than its present application.

Conversely, for the arts and humanities, perhaps we might integrate a scientific approach, as exemplified by the engineering course, “Science and Engineering in Music” that examines the physics behind instrumentation and the mechanics involved in sound perception and production. Philosophy can quickly encroach upon math and computer science and, by combining two seemingly disparate concentrations, true expansion occurs. Unfortunately, there are many subjects for which such an approach would be considerably more difficult than for others. Nonetheless, the creative process behind designing courses that integrate various methods of thought might be rewarding in and of itself.

Another problem that impedes the current distributive system lies in the inherent importance of grades. Especially within distributives, it often does not seem “worth it” to take a class that could potentially lower one’s GPA. This may discourage students from taking courses that they would otherwise be interested in, if it were not for fear of poor performance. A potential, though controversial, remedy may be to institute a pass/fail policy for distributive courses. This way, students would no longer be dissuaded from taking a course out of fear for their numerical marketability. If the possibility of damaging grades were mitigated, students might be encouraged to take classes that are truly interesting, rather than those perceived as being easy. Of course, the problem with this system is its capacity to perpetuate a culture of mediocrity, in which the bare minimum of effort is placed into courses that, because of their inherently lax structure, become less important than classes that “matter.”

Now is the time for discourse about the distributive system. As students, we know the system better than anyone else and, in order for us to benefit most completely from the College, we must make the effort to make ourselves heard. Regardless of what the solution is, it should be one that is supported not only by faculty and the administration, but by the student body as well.

Vann Island

Full disclosure. It’s 7 a.m. on Sunday morning and my playlist consists of Katy Perry, the Script, Jesse McCartney and the Lumineers.

My Winter Carnival was out of control but in the best way possible. I have genuinely never had more fun in my life. And since we are already being honest, let’s get it out of the way that I was not watching a lot of sports (they still have not put flat screens in frat basements yet, shocks me every time I walk down).

So yes, that means I missed Ben Brust’s half-court heave, LeBron James’ historic run and Manchester City’s embarrassment. But I found the perfect way to try to catalog the debauchery that took place in my mind, body, and most importantly, soul, in the form of the University of Louisville versus University Notre Dame epic quintuple overtime on Saturday. REGULATION

On Saturday I was at Murphy’s with friends having dinner. I am sure you can imagine how rowdy, loud and obnoxious we were being. I was a few cocktails deep when I looked up at the television and checked what awful college basketball game was on ESPN. Football is over, baseball still isn’t here and the professional basketball postseason really is not that close. So ESPN has to figure out a way to make a classic Big East clash interesting.

Enter Jerian Grant. END OF REGULATION

Notre Dame had the ball and was down eight points, with 47 seconds to go. Reggie Miller would even tell you it was time to start the buses. But then Grant channeled his inner Greg Jennings and put the team on his back, scoring 12 points against Louisville’s four to send the game into overtime.

Carnival comparison: It’s 9 a.m. on Friday, and the Polar Bear Plunge closes in three hours. I walk downstairs to see a game of harbor set up. I am in no condition to start drinking again, but I do it. I am still freezing from the plunge but it’s definitely a story my kid will be hearing one day. FIRST OVERTIME

Russ Smith! A half-court heave with three seconds left? Take the ball to the rim young fella. Hats off to Coach Patino for not going Bob Knight on Smith.

Carnival comparison: Wednesday night, which literally feels like a year ago, I hit up the Florida George Line Concert, made it to Tackiez, but forgot about the Lingerie show. My urge to Instagram is still beating me up. SECOND OVERTIME

Where did Cameron Biedscheid come from? The St.Louis-born freshman drained a three with 15 seconds left to tie and catapult the game into its third overtime.

Carnival comparison: The freshman that snowboarded the “death slide” at Theta Delta Chi during Pig Roast. THIRD OVERTIME

Garrick Sherman, who did not receive a minute in Notre Dame’s last two contests, went full Keyser Soze in the Usual Suspects and murdered Gorgui Dieng with a beautiful drop step and finish.

Carnival comparison: That visiting Midd-Kid, with the backwards hat and the flow of Gordon Gekko, who almost silver-treed me in pong.FOURTH OVERTIME

The Sherminator! Sherman’s insane tip-in off Zach Auguste’s miss was reminiscent of when the Sherminator got the girl instead of Jim in American Pie.

Carnival Comparison: Sprinting over to Gamma Delta Chi, the most cardio I’ve done since the end of football, to watch the end of this game, while simultaneously crashing their tails. FIFTH OVERTIME

Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Smith, I did not think you would do me like that again! Another jack from long distance with ample time to get a better look. Game over. Notre Dame wins.

Carnival Comparison: Notre Dame won this crazy, mind-blowing tilt, but so did Louisville. Everyone who was a part of that experience in South Bend, Ind. pulled a Charlie Sheen on Saturday night, just like everyone who was in Hanover this weekend for Winter Carnival absolutely won.

I feel like I have always been straightforward with you guys, from the Corey’s Corner days. So I have a confession to make. Nine years ago last Friday was the day my father passed away. I know when I was doing whatever ridiculous thing I was doing this weekend, he was smiling down laughing. I obviously love cliches, so I truly believe this when I say it. You only get one life, so go out and live it. Green Key here I come.

Squash teams suffer after forfeits

Following a violation of team rules, members of the squash teams forfeited their matches on Sunday.

In a surprising turn of events, the Dartmouth men’s and women’s squash teams fell in their final matches of the season on Sunday when the No. 8 men’s team (7-8, 2-5 Ivy) was forced to forfeit six of its nine matches and the No. 8 women’s team (6-8, 1-6 Ivy) was forced to forfeit four of its nine matches after members of both teams admitted to misconduct in violation of the teams’ rules.

On Sunday, after both teams lost to Yale University on Friday in New Haven, Conn., the Big Green returned to Hanover to compete in their final home games of the season against Brown University, which coincidently took place during Winter Carnival. Before Sunday’s matches, it was announced that some athletes on the men’s and women’s teams would not be allowed to play due to rule violations.

“Members of the team violated some of the teams’ rules that we have had written down since the beginning of the year,” head coach Hansi Wiens said.

A member of the Dartmouth squash team, who wished to remain anonymous to avoid internal conflict, said that members of both the men’s and women’s squash teams broke the teams’ alcohol policy before the match. The individual players that admitted to misconduct did not play, leaving only three Big Green competitors for the men and five for the women.

The men’s squash team lost to No. 17 Brown (12-6, 2-5 Ivy) 6-3, winning all three matches it did not forfeit. The top three-seeded men’s players, Chris Hanson ’13, Robbie Maycock ’13 and Chris Jung ’14 did not drop a single game in their three matches. Hanson began right where he left off after a strong win Friday, by not only winning all three of his games, but also giving up no points to his opponent in his final game. Hanson, a team captain, has now won five of his last six matches and heads into the playoffs with a lot of momentum. Maycock, also a captain, won easily with an 11-5, 15-13, 11-3 performance. Jung dominated, keeping his opponent below seven points in all three of his games.

The women’s team was defeated by No. 9 Brown (12-6, 2-5) 7-2, on Sunday, winning two out of the five games the team competed in. The two senior captains, Corey Schafer ’13 and Sarah Loucks ’13, picked up victories for the Big Green. Playing in the first spot, Schafer grinded out a 3-2 win over junior Dori Rahbar, dominating in her final game and besting Rahbar 11-1. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Schafer. Playing in the third spot, Loucks easily defeated her opponent and has now won four of her last five matches. Melina Turk ’14, Sarah Caughey ’15 and Krystyna Miles ’16 also competed for the Big Green, but ultimately fell to their Brown Bear opponents.

The teams remain unsure how their rankings will be affected as men’s and women’s national championships approach, Wiens said. Presumably the losses will force both teams to fall in the rankings.

If Sunday’s loss bumps the Big Green out of the nation’s top eight, it would be a devastating blow, since the men and the women would not be allowed to compete in the top team division at national championships.

The women hope to vie for a national championship in New Haven at the Howe Cup this weekend, and the men look toward the national team championships in New Haven Feb. 22-24.

On Friday, the men’s team fell 7-2 to No. 4 Yale at the Brady Squash Center. Hanson and Mark Funk ’15 won games playing in the first and eighth spots, respectively, to score points for the Big Green.

Hanson continued to dominate his opponents, defeating junior Kenneth Chan 3-0. The lefty made it look easy, defeating Chan by at least three points in each of the three games. Also on a hot streak for the Big Green, Funk picked up his third straight victory with his 3-0 win. Kyle Martino ’16 scored an 11-3 victory in his first game, but ended up losing the match 3-1.

The women’s squash team also fell to No. 5 Yale on Friday, 9-0, giving the Big Green a 1-5 road record for the season. Helena Darling ’15 won her first game 11-8 but faltered later on and lost the match 3-1. Loucks and Oona Morris ’15 also won games for Dartmouth, but ultimately lost 3-1.