GLC votes to reform sexual assault policy

Under the Greek Leadership Council's new sexual assault policy, members of the council will lose GLC funding if they do not comply.

Presidents of 27 Greek organizations voted unanimously to pass a new sexual assault proposal that will place uniform sanctions on individuals found responsible of sexual misconduct by the Committee on Standards. The policy, which will go into effect immediately, will partly replace the internal adjudication procedures of Greek organizations by providing guidelines for sanctions and member education.

Of the 31 Greek organizations under GLC’s umbrella, four representatives of Greek organizations were absent from the meeting, but expressed their support of the policy, according to GLC spokesperson Ali Essey ’13.

The new policy mandates sanctions, prevention education and leadership training, and formalizes organizations’ responses to individuals found responsible of sexual misconduct.

“It’s a conference of policies addressing sexual misconduct within the Greek community rather than just a sanctioning process,” Sarah Wildes ’13, Panhellenic Council president, said. “Our goal in this was to set the bar high and create a standard of accountability and community principles in doing this.”

The new policy prescribes specific GLC sanctions to address members’ sexual misconduct in addition to COS sanctions. Every new member is required to sign a waiver that allows GLOS to review the student’s record, including information on sanctions applied through COS on sexual misconduct cases.

GLC moderator Duncan Hall ’13 said the policy supports chapter presidents by eliminating the need for internal adjudication processes and standardizing sanction delivery.

“One of the most important recommendations that presidents told me was that they don’t want to spend time adjudicating their peers when they don’t know anything about the case,” Hall said.

Individual fraternities or sororities may still use the internal adjudication system if the sexual assault victim chooses to bring the case before his or her peers instead of COS. If the victim chooses to bring the case before peers, policies like the Panhellenic Council’s move to boycott a fraternity can still go into effect and will last until the fraternity or sorority of the accused individual undergoes internal adjudication procedures.

Affiliated individuals who are suspended or placed on a one-term probation by COS also face social probation, individual education programs to help rehabilitate the student back into the community and restrictions on living and holding leadership positions in the house. Individuals who are suspended or placed on two or more terms of probation by COS are immediately and permanently removed from the Greek organization.

All Greek organizations must enforce the policy and can add additional sanctions to complement the policy’s stipulations.

Greek organizations that do not comply with GLC rules and sanctions are suspended from the GLC, subject to lose GLC funding and may face derecognition from the College, Hall said.

While the policy does not officially apply to retroactive cases, individual Greek houses may use the policy as a guideline to address these cases, Essey said.

Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority president Hannah Decker ’13, who was present at the vote, said the policy indicates that being part of the Greek community is a privilege and that membership requires certain standards, but will not fully address the issue of sexual assault on campus.

“The policy only addresses people who have been adjudicated through the COS process, and sexual assault is under-reported on campus, and so the policy doesn’t address sexual assault that is unreported,” Decker said.

Wildes said the policy does not address under-reported cases, but hopes that it will encourage students to report incidents to COS for adjudication by the College and GLC-mandated sanctions. Additionally, she hopes the policy will decrease current levels of sexual assault by holding students accountable.

Sigma Delta sorority president Heather Beatty ’13 said it is a move in the right direction.

“[Sexual assault] affects my members, and it’s a huge priority for me,” she said. “It’s always on my radar, and I think the policy allows for more continuity in a way that sexual assault is dealt with on the college level and also in our social settings.”

From 2002 to 2012, 33 cases of sexual misconduct were reported to COS. Of these, 12 resulted in student suspensions and 3 resulted in permanent separation from the College, according to the COS Sexual Misconduct Sanctioning Considerations Report. An additional 11 students were found not responsible because of insufficient evidence and four students permanently resigned prior to facing sanctions.

The new policy requires all members of Greek organizations to attend two education sessions, which include Mentors Against Violence facilitations and Dartmouth Bystander Initiative training. Members must attend their first session during their pledge term and the second session during the following summer term. The College currently mandates new members to undergo MAV training during pledge term, and the requirement for the second session will go into effect starting with the Class of 2015 this summer.

Greek presidents and a designated member of each chapter now must undergo leadership training conducted by GLOS and GLC.

“That gives them the tools to handle and orient discussions of sexual misconduct within their chapter,” Wildes said. “Through a lot of discussions and feedback, we’ve heard from presidents that it’s an issue, and they don’t know how to broach the topic in a constructive way.”

Greek organizations that fail to partake in the three mandated education sessions, two education sessions and leadership training session will be denied funding from the GLC and its five member councils.

Prior to the formalized sanctions defined by the proposal, sanctions were delivered through the internal adjudication processes of each individual chapter.

The policy does not provide opportunities for members to appeal GLC sanctions, Hall said.

“If there was, peers would have to adjudicate and that doesn’t work for two reasons: one, because we are not privy to the information that COS uses, and two, we are not equipped to deal with official adjudication standards,” he said.

However, if an individual successfully appeals the COS process, all sanctions imposed by the Greek system will be removed, Hall said.

Representatives of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity, Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity, Chi Heorot fraternity, Gamma Delta Chi fraternity, Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity, Phi Delta Alpha fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Zeta Psi fraternity did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

**This article has been corrected to reflect that fraternity representatives did not respond to comment by press time.*

Daily Debriefing

Over 100 Cornell University students signed a petition against a proposed diversity course requirement that students believe will limit their academic freedom, The Cornell Daily Sun reported. The Campus Liberty Project, the group spearheading the petition, believes that the university should encourage students to explore individual interests to promote diversity. In January, Cornell’s Student Assembly released a seven-page report exploring the implementation of a diversity course requirement. The report suggested multiple ways to enact the change, including introducing a mandatory course for freshmen, giving existing courses diversity credit to fill the requirement and increasing core classes’ focus on concepts of diversity.

The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which requires states to collect data from colleges regarding graduates’ salaries, is receiving unexpected bipartisan support in Congress, Inside Higher Ed reported. The bill, introduced in Congress last year, has rankled some colleges, who view the measure as unnecessary regulation. The bill’s supporters say students have an interest in understanding the relationship between wages, majors and degrees when choosing where to attend college and the government should track graduates’ salaries. Colleges, however, have expressed concern that graduates’ successes should not necessarily be measured by their salaries. Liberal arts colleges are especially troubled by the bill because their graduates typically take jobs that pay lower salaries than those of trade school graduates, even though a liberal arts degree often results in higher wages in the long term, Inside Higher Ed reported. The proposed bill would create statewide databases to collect salary data and transcripts. A federal system for tracking student data is currently prohibited by law.

University of Maryland graduate student Dayvon Green shot his two roommates, killing one, before taking his own life on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. Before the shootings, Green had set off several small fires around his off-campus house. After his roommates asked him to help extinguish the fires, Green shot them, and one of the roommates ran to a neighbor’s house. The student who survived is not in critical condition. After Green shot himself, police found a bag of weapons beside his body, including a loaded semiautomatic weapon not used in the shootings, a machete and a bat. The University of Maryland provided emergency counseling for students affected by the incident.

Local businesses use social media

On Tuesday, Hui Cheng ’16’s Facebook newsfeed resembled a virtual Main Street. She saw a code phrase to use at Molly’s for a free appetizer, Morano Gelato’s flavors of the day and photos of new posters from International DVD and Poster. Moving beyond Hanover, local businesses have embraced social media and enhanced their online presences to allow loyal customers access to special promotions and attract new business.

Many local business owners believe that the shift to online marketing is necessary for their businesses’ success. Nigel Leeming, owner of Murphy’s on the Green and 3 Guys Basement BBQ, has created websites, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, mobile phone applications and Foursquare check-in locations for both restaurants. He also plans on tripling the restaurants’ social media budgets in 2013 and has hired an employee to manage the restaurants’ accounts.

“You can’t survive without an online presence these days,” he said. “Everything is online.”

The businesses’ social media presence helps potential diners connect to the restaurants, particularly 3 Guys, which opened last year.

“We want people to know what to expect coming in,” Leemings said. “It’s a pre-setting of the table, so to speak.”

Chris D’Angelo ’16, who recently “liked” 3 Guys on Facebook, said the page is frequently updated with pictures of new menu items.

“I’ve only been there once, so it is good to see what else is on the menu and what looks appetizing,” D’Angelo said.

An online presence has always been a priority for Morano Gelato, which has had a Facebook account since the business was a stand at the Hanover Farmers’ Market, owner Morgan Morano said. The page now has over 3,000 likes.

Morano uses Facebook status updates to attract customers to try the store’s new flavors, store manager Rachel Dinane said.

“Seeing Morano Gelato’s updates on my newsfeed reminds me to go into town and try them out,” Pilar Brito ’16 said.

While Morano and 3 Guys do not sell products online, International DVD and Poster has seen tremendous growth in sales from their Amazon store, manager Bryan Smith said.

Last year, online sales accounted for 25 percent of total sales, leading to an increase in sales from the previous year. In addition to the Amazon store, International DVD and Poster operates a Facebook page and a Foursquare account that feature promotions, including a 10 percent discount for students who check in at the store.

Two weeks ago, a student saw one of his friends check in to the store on Facebook and share that she had bought multiple vinyl records. Within an hour, the student entered the store and bought over $75 in records, Smith said.

Smith said that Facebook allows him to reach a large audience with minimal cost, since advertisements in print media are expensive and may be overlooked by readers.

“You pay $900 to print a coupon in a newspaper that people won’t see or use, or you could pay $100 for a Facebook account that will reach thousands,” he said.

In order to increase online presence and fully utilize social media, International DVD and Poster hired a Dartmouth student to manage and organize its online accounts.

Indigo and Bella clothing stores do not have their own website, but their Facebook pages and “constant contact” email distribution lists have boosted sales.

“Over the holidays, when we had Facebook promotions such as the friends and family sale, people came in,” Indigo manager Sanna Finigan said.

Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery’s Facebook page, which features photos of weekly specials, has over 1,000 likes. Customers may order care packages and gifts for delivery on its website.

Hanover considers parking changes

As part of a proposed parking policy to address the shortage of adequate parking for customers and employees, the town may raise some parking meter prices.

On a good day, Courtyard Cafe employee Donna Britch only fills the meter next to a parking spot on School Street once every 10 hours. On the worst days, she hikes from Thompson Arena’s parking lot to the Hopkins Center. Like many who struggle to find consistent parking in Hanover, Britch may benefit from the town’s proposed parking policy changes, which include increased meter costs and day passes for the public parking lot.

Last year, the Hanover Board of Selectmen hired Desman Associates, a parking consulting group, to conduct a study on ways to improve downtown Hanover’s parking. The findings were presented last Monday to the Board and included suggestions to offer day passes for the public parking lot on South Lebanon Street, open more permitted parking spaces to workers on Lebanon Street and raise the cost of parking meters.

Hanover currently lacks sufficient accessible parking spaces for both employees and potential customers. The most popular spots, the two- and three-hour metered spaces along Main Street, fill up quickly.

“The best spaces in town are the ones with the time limit,” said Patrick O’Neill, Hanover’s Parking Division supervisor.

“They are the ones that customers want to park in, but when the 10-hour meters and the free employee parking is full, where do we accommodate employee parking?”

For many Hanover employees, however, the two-hour parking spaces are often their only option. Katticus Metallicus, a Morano Gelato employee, said the public parking lot is too expensive to use regularly.

“Parking there is extortion,” she said. “It’s $15 a day.”

The public parking lot is rarely full. On an average day, there are around 50 empty parking spaces, O’Neill said. The town may begin to offer two-dollar day passes to encourage people not to use street parking.

O’Neill said the town is looking into ways to create more permitted parking spaces for Hanover employees. Currently, roughly 100 permitted parking spaces are available near Hanover High School. Half are used by high school students and employees must park at Thompson Arena, which is much less accessible. The town may have high school students park at Thompson Arena to open permitted spaces to employees, O’Neill said.

Main Street Kitchen employee Lisa Newcity said that she tries to avoid parking at Thompson Arena whenever possible.

“It’s pretty far to walk in the cold or in the dark,” she said. “It’s a much better option in the summer.”

Briyanna Hall, an employee at the Courtyard Cafe, said she dislikes parking at Thompson because of its remote location.

“At night, you have to walk pretty far, which is very dangerous,” Hall said.

Another proposed change would be an increase in the price of parking meters in the central business district of Hanover. It currently costs 50 cents an hour to park at a two-hour meter space, and 25 cents an hour to park a 10-hour meters spaces. The proposal would raise the cost of the two-hour meter to $1 an hour and the ten-hour meter to 75 cents an hour.

“There is no incentive to park farther away because everything is the same price,” O’Neill said. “By raising the rates in the central district, we’ll provide an incentive to park farther away.”

Sarah Gormley, who works at Main Street Kitchen, believes increasing meter rates would be unpopular.

“No one will be thrilled,” she said. “Finding metered parking is hard, especially during lunch.”

Hall said she “can’t imagine” the price of parking increasing, while Metallicus said that the proposed plan “sounds like a load of crap.”

O’Neill said that it is to too early to know whether the town will enact these changes. The Board of Selectmen will discuss the parking budget at a meeting later this month and will likely discuss specific proposals in the upcoming months. If the board makes a decision, it will likely be announced before July 1, O’Neill said.

Employees said the best way to improve Hanover’s parking would be to increase the number of available spaces.

Adding parking spaces designated only for employees could help solve the current problems, Gormley said.

Britch, however, proposed a simpler solution to address Hanover’s parking woes.

“Why don’t they just build a public garage under the Green?” she said. “They could have all the engineers over at Dartmouth build it.”

AP credit policy change attracts media attention

Most Ivy League schools allow students limited credits and placement for AP, A-level and IB scores, while Dartmouth will stop granting credit in 2014.

Since announcing that it would no longer award students credit for high scores on Advanced Placement, A-level and International Baccalaureate exams, Dartmouth has found itself in the middle of a national media frenzy, with the new policy covered in outlets including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

Some of the initial news reports incorrectly characterized the College as having discredited the AP exams’ value, which may explain why the policy change garnered media attention, media relations director Justin Anderson said.

“This is a Dartmouth policy for Dartmouth, not intended to be looked at by the rest of the Ivy League or other colleges as something that is in their best interest as well,” Anderson said.

The faculty voted to change the College’s policy in November after 10 years of deliberation, Anderson said. The policy will go into effect in the fall of 2014 for members of the Class of 2018.

Initial news reports on Dartmouth’s policy change emphasized comments made by classics professor Hakan Tell, chair of the Committee on Instruction, who proposed the change to the faculty body.

In interviews with The New York Times and Inside Higher Ed, Tell said that only 10 percent of 100 students who scored a five on their AP psychology exams passed Dartmouth’s introductory psychology placement exam. While Tell called AP courses “extremely useful and valuable” for high school students, he said they were not comparable to college courses.

Tell’s comment prompted a strong reaction from the College Board, which maintains that its AP exams are on par with college-level tests. AP courses and exams are designed by 5,400 faculty from the nation’s leading colleges and universities to ensure the tests cover college-level material.

“We maintain quite strongly that AP standards are college-level standards,” Deborah Davis, College Board college readiness communications director, said. “Empirical resources outside of College Board have shown AP students performing as well or better than college students.”

Michael Mastanduno, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, issued a press release on the College’s behalf clarifying the policy change in response to the spread of misinformation.

In the release, Mastanduno wrote that Tell’s comment about the College’s internal placement tests was “neither peer-reviewed research nor undertaken to be a general statement about the value of AP courses, and should not be characterized as such.”

Mastanduno responded more directly to what he considered misrepresented accounts of Dartmouth’s policy change in a letter in The Washington Post, in which he wrote that “the decision’s rationale is rooted in our faculty’s belief that high AP exam scores are not a substitute for a Dartmouth undergraduate class.”

Dartmouth has been a member of the College Board for over 100 years. Davis said the organization was glad to see the College clarify its new policy.

“We at the College Board have utmost respect for Dartmouth and any college that wishes to make its own policies,” Davis said. “But we stand behind our own empirical research that AP courses are comparable in content, skill and learning outcomes to college-level work.” Dartmouth’s policy change is not part of a larger national trend of colleges and universities turning away from awarding credits for AP coursework.

In 2012, 3,300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and approximately 300 outside awarded credit, placement and special consideration in the admissions process to AP test-takers.

Davis said this number has remained relatively stable over the past five years, with just 1 to 3 percent of colleges modifying their standards for accepting AP credit each year.

Dartmouth will reevaluate its policy change in 2017, three years after implementation.

Although some national media sources have criticized the change because it will not allow students to use AP credits to graduate early and save tuition money, Anderson said that most Dartmouth students currently use AP credits to place out of classes, not to graduate early.

Nationally, the average U.S. student graduates in six years, often because of financial problems that prevent students to attend college for consecutive terms, Davis said.

In this case, AP exams can help students graduate in four years, she said.

At Dartmouth, however, most students already graduate in four years, Anderson said. Dartmouth’s commitment to providing need-based financial aid will continue to make the College affordable for students, and the College awarded over $80 million in need-based aid to students in 2012.

Because of the Dartmouth Plan’s flexibility, Anderson said that students who wish to graduate early will still be able to once the change goes into effect. Students can take up to three four-course terms without paying extra tuition and adjust their D-Plan to be enrolled in classes for additional consecutive terms.

Currently, 80 percent of students graduate in 12 terms, according to Registrar Meredith Braz. First-year students may transfer up to 4 credits from other colleges or universities when they matriculate.

Most other Ivy League schools allow students limited credits and placement for high scores on AP, A-level and IB exams.

Harvard University permits students to satisfy its language credit and place out of some introductory courses with the tests. Stanford University allows students to receive elective credits for high AP exam scores.

Cornell University allows limited credits and placement out of introductory courses. Some academic departments require their own internal exams for placement, similar to Dartmouth’s existing policy.

Yale University awards “acceleration credits” for high test scores, allowing students to advance to intermediate courses and potentially graduate early. Princeton University allows placement out of language and some introductory science and economics classes. Using these credits, Princeton students can graduate in three or three and a half years, but most choose to graduate in four years.

Brown University allows students to use AP scores to place out of introductory classes. The credit, however, cannot be counted toward graduation requirements.

Amherst College and Williams College do not allow students to graduate early using AP credits.

Folt speaks at Assembly meeting

Interim College President Carol Folt attended Student Assembly’s weekly meeting and fielded questions from and students on Tuesday. Folt discussed the administration’s plans for the remaining months of her term and its preparations for President-elect Philip Hanlon’s arrival on July 1.

Folt said that nine long-term strategic planning working groups will release reports this year. The reports will be “condensed” to reduce redundancies and released to campus for student comment and feedback, she said.

These will consider student organizations’ input and incorporate feedback into a final report to be released later in the year.

“Students will have access to the reports,” Folt said. “The strategic working group will spend April and May distilling the essence of comments from students.”

The report will tackle a “major curricular review” in the arts and sciences, living and learning environments development, sustainable energy on campus and online education, Folt said.

Strategic planning reports are released every few decades and combine faculty and staff’s views on institutional progress.

The strategic planning report will outline “where Dartmouth is and where it wants to be,” Student Body President Suril Kantaria ’13 said.

Folt also voiced a desire for greater student, faculty and staff dialogue and hinted at a plan to organize a series of dinners to facilitate campus conversation.

“I really want to work together with students over the next two months,” Folt said.

Students asked Folt about a range of topics, including Dartmouth’s international rankings and the administration’s response to recent bias incidents.

Tyler Rivera ’16, a River cluster representative, asked why Dartmouth was the only Ivy League school to see a drop in the number of applications this year.

Rivera is a member of The Dartmouth.

Fewer people will attend college by 2020, Folt said in response. Other Ivy League institutions only saw a minimal increase in applications, which represents “statistical noise,” she said.

After Folt’s address, the Assembly continued the meeting discussing committee members’ reports about ongoing projects.

A recent initiative to keep Alumni Gym open for longer hours over the weekend was successful after “modest turnout,” Kantaria said. The initiative will continue through this week and will include a special late night Zumba class.

The first-year mentoring program will host events this term but will use the spring to prepare the program for the incoming members of the Class of 2017, Rachael Williams ’15 said.

“We’re also trying to take a few steps back to gear up for next year, and we’d really appreciate freshman input,” Williams said.

The meeting concluded with a recap from freshman cluster representatives Austin Boral ’16 and Hersh Trivedi ’16 about the intellectual life initiative held in Russell Sage residential cluster last week.

Boral is a contributing columnist for The Dartmouth.

The intellectual life initiative, started midway through fall term, encourages professors and students to meet over dinner or in small discussion groups outside the classroom.

The event attracted 15 people and provided an intimate atmosphere, Trivedi said.

“It got really off-topic, but it was a lot of fun,” he said.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction.

**An earlier version of this article misstated that Folt cut her address to the Assembly short to attend to other obligations. She stayed as scheduled, after which she left to attend another College event.*

Swim teams lose last home meet

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams lost their final home meets of the season to Columbia University.

With the Class of 2013 taking their places on the starting blocks in Karl Michael Pool for the last time, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell short of Columbia University in the Big Green’s final dual meet of the season on Feb. 10. The women dropped the meet in a 182-116 loss, while Columbia bested the Big Green men 163-135.

The women jumped in the pool first, beginning the day with the three-meter diving competition. Erica Serpico ’12 started the Big Green off strong, taking first place in the event. Later in the meet, she also took the top spot in the one-meter competition, the icing on the cake of her strong regular diving season.

The Big Green’s last home meet was highlighted by strong performances from the team’s freshmen. Olivia Samson ’16 bested her competition in the 1,000-yard freestyle, touching the wall five seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Kendese Nangle ’16 took first for the Big Green in the 100-yard backstroke, setting a Karl Michael Pool record in the process. She later claimed another first place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Though the Big Green ultimately fell to the Columbia Lions, Dartmouth finished the meet on a high note with the final relay, with three Big Green women’s teams scoring points in the top three spots. Sasha Alcon ’15, Mary Van Metre ’14, Siobhan Hengemuhle ’15 and Charlotte Kamai ’16 took first, finishing in 3:28.39. The Big Green was out-touched by Columbia, whose team finished in 3:27.71, but the Lions had to be exhibitioned since senior Katie Meili had already swum in four events.

The relay teams’ strong finishes look very promising for their Ivies run, especially since the Lions wore fast suits while Dartmouth did not.

“We will have to wait and see what happens when we get our suits on and are comparing apples to apples,” head coach Jim Wilson said.

On the men’s side, Dartmouth began the swimming portion of the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The Big Green continued to have considerable success, winning nine of the 16 events.

“[Columbia] showed why they were third at Ivies last year,” Wilson said. “They have tremendous depth. We have very good talent and can get higher places than they can, but the key to winning Ivy League championships is depth, so we’re trying to figure out how to get our second tier to do a little better.”

With the Ivy League championships next on the Big Green’s schedule, this weekend’s loss is by no means a setback for the team.

“People were definitely tired, especially coming off these past two weekends,” men’s co-captain Zack Doherty ’13 said. “Even though we didn’t win today, no one is worried about how we are going to perform at Ivies. If anything, this makes us even more excited to swim fast in about a month.”

Doherty is a member of The Dartmouth staff.

Highlights for the Big Green men included strong individual performances by Nejc Zupan ’14, who took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. He broke two Karl Michael Pool records in the process, in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Big Green divers also had a strong showing on the day, with Brett Gillis ’16 and Ryan Shelley ’15 taking first and second place in the one-meter dive.

“Now we just have to get them focused and ready to go [for Ivies],” diving coach Chris Hamilton said.

For the swimmers not competing at the Ivy championships in three and a half weeks, Sunday’s meet marked their final competition for the season. Five men’s swimmers ended their season Sunday, two of whom were seniors and concluded their Dartmouth swimming careers .

“Being there with Mike Lenkeit [’13] and Ben Feeser [’13] for their final meet was awesome,” Doherty said. “The team voted them the swimmers of the meet, which was cool to be able to recognize them for their achievements and for the past four years.”

The Big Green will spend the next few weeks preparing for the three-day Ivy League Championships. The women will compete from Feb. 28 to March 2 at Princeton University and the men will compete from March 7 to 9 at Brown University.

Doherty said that the Big Green swimmers must focus on their studies in the coming weeks, since Ivy championships will occur during the week of reading period.

Women’s soccer coach to play professionally

A few months ago, assistant women’s soccer coach Brittany Cameron was cheering for the Big Green from the sidelines as the team won its last seven games in a row, posting the second-best winning percentage in school history. Now, the roles have now reversed, as the women’s team cheers on Cameron when she joins the Sky Blue FC National Women’s Soccer professional team this spring in her fifth year of professional play.

In Thursday’s 2013 National Women’s Soccer League supplemental draft, Cameron was the first of four goalkeepers drafted and the thirteenth overall pick. Her new team, the Sky Blue FC, is one of eight teams in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League and is based out of New Jersey.

“I’m doing something that I absolutely love,” Cameron said. “What comes along with doing something you love is working hard and I’ve never stopped working.”

To train for her preseason, which will begin the second week March, Cameron has been working out on her own and playing with the Dartmouth men’s soccer team, training specifically with men’s goalkeeper trainer Emmett Rutkowski.

“I don’t accept mediocrity,” Cameron said. “Even when I haven’t played in six months, it’s important to keep working and never accepting that you’re good enough.”

Cameron, a California native, has continued to grow and challenge herself throughout her soccer career. She was a team captain at Dublin High School in Dublin, Calif. and was named to the Contra Costa Times and the All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League first teams and was awarded league most valuable defensive player honors. Cameron continued her soccer career as a goalkeeper for the University of San Diego, where she posted nine shutouts during her senior year and earned the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year.

In 2009, she was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol as the 52nd overall pick. After leaving the Sol, Cameron played for two other American professional soccer clubs, the FC Gold Pride and the Western New York Flash.

Cameron joined the Big Green as an assistant coach last fall and plans to return in August once the Sky Blue season ends. Under her coaching, the Big Green accrued an overall record of 13-4 and a league record of 6-1, finishing second in the Ivy League.

“She brings a lot of energy and is a great person to have around the team,” women’s head coach Theresa Romagnolo said. “She’s also a great motivator and brings a high level of experience to the team.”

Cameron devoted much of her time this season to coaching goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders ’15. They worked together to set season-specific goals, such as allowing less than one goal per game and being named to the All-Ivy team.

“In our end of the year meeting, we were talking about it and we achieved all of those goals,” Saunders said. “There was not one specific thing we worked on, but just me becoming a better goalkeeper and reaching these goals and becoming a better leader on the team.”

With the help of Cameron, Saunders was named to the All-Ivy first team and the NCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team.

Romagnolo said she hopes Cameron’s professional career will help attract recruits to Dartmouth.

“To be able to tell recruits that one of our coaches is playing in a professional league, something that a lot of these young players are aspiring to do, will be really great for our program,” Romagnolo said.

Saunders agreed that the Big Green will benefit from having Cameron continue to play and develop her skills.

“Her playing at such a high level means she will continue to grow as a goalkeeper and she’s going to be able to bring that knowledge back next fall, and hopefully help me and the other goalkeeper develop even more,” Cameron said.

As a coach for the Big Green this season, Cameron said she has learned much from the Big Green women.

“I’ve seen what it’s like to be a good all-around person both on and off the field,” Cameron said. “The kids here are so smart and so willing to learn and I’ve learned from them just as much as they’ve hopefully learned from me.”

Dream of ’90s alive in season three of ‘Portlandia’

If you have ever seen any part of “Portlandia,” then you will know that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are off their rockers in the best possible way. There are dumpster divers, bicycle movers, Harajuku Girls visiting “Coffee Land” the quirky comedy duo has proven themselves to be endlessly entertaining and inventive. Now in their third season on IFC, Brownstein and Armisen have changed their sketch comedy game ever so slightly and are featuring episodes with more plot while retaining their normal levels of insantiy.

“Portlandia” is set in Portland, Ore., the hipster hub “where young people go to retire,” according to the show’s first episode, which featured a musical romp sequence with the refrain “The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland.”

Well, the dream is still alive, but this season, the satire draws on modern-day events and situations to whine about. As always, the chemistry and comedic timing between Armisen and Brownstein is spot-on, made even more impeccable by fantastic editing that allows jokes to rapidly transition into each other.

One of the strongest bits so far has been “Spoiler Alert,” a riff on people who TiVo or Hulu their shows instead of watching it when episodes air. The sketch features a dinner party of people interrupting, covering their ears and making truly awesome faces combining exasperation and incredulity at their friends’ refusal to not disclose the pertinent details of pop culture.

What makes this sketch is its subtlety; the references range the gamut from “Breaking Bad” to “Game of Thrones” to a whisper about Darth Vader being Luke Skywalker’s father. Spoiler alert: the whole thing is actually a dream.

Perhaps Armisen and Brownstein’s most beloved characters, Toni and Candace of “Feminist Bookstore,” return once again. This time, they have discovered an angry Yelp review, a quintessential staple of disgruntled hipster culture, that certainly does its job in angering Toni and Candace to the point of passive-aggressively accusing every customer in the store of being the unsettled store patron.

After trekking to a sports bar to track down their Yelper, Toni and Candace realize their displeased patron is Martina Navratilova, a retired professional tennis player. How they identified her? By her apparent drink of choice, the “burn your face margarita.” Other staple characters such as the lovable, easygoing and often unsuccessful Peter and Nance return and this time, they are opening a bed and breakfast.

They almost don’t pass inspection due to their creaky stairs and stuffed animals strewn in and on the bathroom vanities; however, luckily for them, their dishes of hand soap double as edible cookies.

My personal favorite, though I am somewhat embarrassed to admit, has to be “Fart Patio,” which is exactly as it sounds, though it is even more hilarious in execution. Brownstein and Armisen are teachers Malcolm and Kris who dine out at a vegan raw food eatery. You can probably guess the rest, though instead of simply passing audible flatulence, Malcolm and Kris continue their conversations as normal but simply add the announcement of “I’m farting” as they chatter on.

It’s only when the waitress directs them to the restaurant’s fart patio (complete with personal flatulence hand fans), that they experience some sort of relief.

Trying their hand at adding more cohesion to this season, Armisen and Brownstein draw on absurdist humor in “Nina’s Birthday.” While diners try to determine how much each guest owes to the bill, one summons a professional bill splitter. The result is hysterical, and could seriously be much utilized. Calling all unemployed soon-to-be graduates?

Though I should not dare to make such a claim, “Portlandia” is currently a much more satisfying division of quirky sketch comedy than the granddaddy of them all, “Saturday Night Live,” which has come to rely on repetitive, audience-pleasing gimmicks; seriously, “What’s up with that?” And though “30 Rock” was not a sketch show itself, with the eccentricities of Liz Lemon gone forever, discover “Portlandia” if you haven’t already.

Boral: The Bigger Sandbox

But more importantly,

As Theodor Geisel once remarked, “Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” Coming from one of the most influential children’s authors of all time, this quote carries a certain amount of gravity in the adult world. Then again, it is understandable for a guy who made a living off the 10-and-under demographic to not be too concerned with their elder counterparts. Yet contrary to the esteem and nostalgia we may carry for our younger years, we have always been told that we need to grow up. That maturity is the be-all and end-all of human existence. That the sooner we find our purpose in life, the sooner we will find happiness. And for most of my 18 existence, I believed it. But maturity and my adventures with Dartmouth’s Outdoor Leadership Experience have made me realize how wrong I had been.

OLE is an outdoors program for middle and high school students from Mascoma, founded to instill valuable leadership skills and strong community values at a young age. The weekly adventures with my fellow mentors and our OLE group have been some of my fondest memories of Dartmouth thus far, and I look forward to continuing my involvement in the OLE program for years to come. As a mentor, it is my job to teach these kids many important life lessons, imparting all of the infinite wisdom that an 18-year-old like myself has to offer. Yet in reality, the kids of Mascoma Middle School have taught me more about life than I could ever have taught them.

Human psychological maturity can be defined as the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. Maturity is a learned trait it is not instinctive, nor is it determined by one’s age. It encompasses awareness of time, place and culture and knowing how to act appropriately in the context of each. Yet in the short time that we have here on Earth, who is to say what is appropriate and what is not? In a lifespan that already has an unavoidable limit, it does not make sense to add further inhibitions. Children, on the other hand, lack these inhibitions. I have watched kids turn cardboard boxes into pirate ships and water bottles into U.F.O’s they allow their imaginations to run free, unfettered by the constraints of reality. It is not that children are more imaginative than adults; instead, children are not embarrassed to utilize the full breadth of imagination’s power.

As infants, we are also born with an innate, all-encompassing trust of people. This is not because we want to, nor because we do not know any better, but because we are forced to rely on others for survival. Ultimately, independence kicks in; increased self-reliance leads to increased skepticism and decreased willingness to put our love and our lives in someone else’s hands. Through disappointment and heartbreak, we come to believe that we should not allow ourselves to trust others because we are fearful of getting hurt. But in reality, that is no way to live life. While a child’s trust in mankind seems juvenile at first glance, it is truly a unique and ephemeral phenomenon. When children look at people, they see people, not race, not class, not culture. They are uninfluenced by modern stereotypes, less prejudiced and more open-minded about making judgments due to their relative inexperience in the world. The bond of complete trust is one of the strongest human connections there is, and it is something that adults gradually come to believe does not exist.

Now, I am not arguing that we should all remain nave and simply believe everything that we are told, because believe it or not, there are also plenty of things that adults can do better than kids. However, there is much perspective to be gained from having a conversation with two Mascoma middle school students about a giant sand castle they built during recess the other day, especially as we head into a presumably stressful end to winter term. For one, wet sand makes the best sculpting material. But more importantly, “maturity” is not all that it’s cracked up to be. So, kids, hold onto your imagination for as long as you can, because you won’t have it forever. And adults, embrace your inner child, because the real world is just a bigger sandbox.