Daily Debriefing

Emory University President James Wagner infuriated campus community members and scholars when he published a letter in the latest issue of Emory Magazine citing the three-fifths compromise in the Constitution as an example of people with different ideologies working together for “a common goal,” Inside Higher Ed reported. Wagner described the compromise, which stipulated that black slaves counted as three-fifth of a person when allocating seats in the House of Representatives, as one of the “pragmatic half-victories” that helped bring the United States together. After discussing the current fiscal stalemate in Washington, D.C., Wagner called for compromise at Emory, which has been polarized by the administration’s decision to eliminate some academic programs. Wagner released an apology on Saturday after a storm of social media criticism.

A bill passed this month by the Virginia State Senate would allow student organizations at public colleges to restrict their membership to students committed to the group’s mission and agenda, Inside Higher Ed reported. The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg., aims to prevent members who do not agree with an organization’s mission from undermining the group. Obenshain said that political and religious groups should not be forced to accept members who do not share their beliefs. The legislation’s critics argue that the bill threatens campus anti-bias policies and is unnecessary, since most students do not attempt to subvert groups with which they do not agree with. Additionally, some believe the bill could allow groups to discriminate based on sexual orientation and other characteristics.

The VTV Family Outreach Foundation, an organization representing victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, hosted a meeting of nine experts last weekend to create a new tool to measure and report on campus safety, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The goal of the 32 National Campus Safety Index, named in honor of the professors and students killed in the shooting, is to provide important safety information to students and institutions. The Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires colleges to record crimes in annual security reports, but these results are unreliable and often ignored. VTV and its advisers hope to create a tool to measure several aspects of campus safety and conduct a pilot test on multiple institutions this year, according to The Chronicle.

Deans hold first xTalks in Biscoh

Students discussed campus climate on Monday in the first xTalk discussion, hosted by the Undergraduate Deans Office.

In an attempt to break with what they described as the predominant culture of silence at the College, roughly 20 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Biscoh lounge in the Choates residential cluster on Monday and engaged in a lively and heated exchange about campus climate. The conversation was the first in a series of experimental discussions titled “xTalks,” hosted by the Undergraduate Deans Office.

The discussions aim to help students integrate academic lives with social experiences and blur the line between what happens inside and outside the classroom, said assistant dean of undergraduate students Paul Buckley, who is spearheading the initiative along with the Deans Office Student Consultants.

Grace Afsari-Mamagani ’13, a DOSC who moderated the discussion, began by explaining that the meeting was an attempt to bring disparate conversations that occur on campus into one room.

The panelists, including Greek Leadership Council moderator Duncan Hall ’13, Class of 2016 Council president Akash Kar ’16 and English professor Jeff Sharlet, briefly shared their perspectives on what constitutes Dartmouth culture before the moderator opened up the conversation to the audience.

Another experimental discussion will take place this term and Buckley expects xTalks events to occur once every two or three weeks in the spring. The talks will rotate through residential clusters and feature at least one faculty member panelist along with students.

Representing a wide range of views on the panels can be difficult, Buckley said.

“We really want to hear from multiple positions, and we will decide going forward and it will always be tricky and interesting, whose voices we don’t hear as much,” he said.

Unlike forums where panelists speak for the majority of the time and then open up the floor, the xTalks focus on engaging with audience members.

“We want a very interactive conversation,” he said.

The talks are targeted at all members of the Dartmouth community, and can help upperclassmen demonstrate engagement with campus issues while including freshmen in campus dialogue.

The Dean’s Office chose to focus on campus climate for the first discussion because it was interested in beginning a conversation about “what we all are a part of creating,” Buckley said.

While he appreciates the creation of a forum that fosters conversation between individuals with different viewpoints, Kar said he wished that more students had attended. Despite the convenient location, no freshmen from the Choates were in the audience.

Holding the discussions in students’ living spaces instead of a classroom creates a direct connection between their social interactions and intellectual engagement, Hannah Jung ’15 said.

The back and forth between the panelists and audience members helped make the discussion more dynamic.

“I loved the fact that it began with the panelists speaking and then shifted gears to audience participation,” she said.

Jung was impressed by students’ willingness to share their opinions and the respectful atmosphere that developed in the room.

“Professor Sharlet used a swear word, and that was perfectly acceptable,” she said. “That just reflects the amount of comfort and trust that we built in an hour.”

The dialogue was a good example of how debating and expressing different opinions can be productive, Choates community director Dan Smith said.

“There were definite heated moments, and I think that’s needed on this campus,” he said.

Afsari-Mamagani is a former member of The Dartmouth Senior Staff.

College launches 13th annual V-week events

Faced with the statistic that one-third of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, playwright and activist Eve Ensler created the global V-day movement in 1998 to end violence against women and create a venue for women’s empowerment.

Dartmouth students joined the movement in 2000 and this week, the Center for Gender and Student Engagement will host its 13th annual V-week to educate community members about gender-based violence and empower them to act.

V-week, which began last Thursday and will continue through Feb. 27, features lectures, discussions and events organized by over 100 students, professors and staff.

Kathryn Blair, assistant director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement, said the events help direct important attention to gender-based violence.

“Most people, you and I, probably know someone who was affected by this type of violence,” she said. “I think it’s critical that we work together to end it.”

At Wednesday’s “Speak Out” event, students affected by sexual assault will share stories and create a safe space for dialogue.

“I feel that, too often, sexual violence goes unspoken, which can create a horrible cycle where people think sexual assault doesn’t happen,” Rachel Funk ’15, one of the event’s organizers, said. “Speak Out’ allows students to share their stories, and it empowers women on campus.”

V-week is about more than combating violence. Thursday’s “One Billion Rising” event celebrated womanhood and femininity through dance and movement. The event took place in over 200 countries and generated visibility for V-week on campus, Blair said.

The “V” in V-week, which stands for Victory over Violence, encapsulates the multi-faceted nature of the programs, Center for Gender and Student Engagement intern Carla Yoon ’15 said.

“V-week raises awareness about many issues surrounding gender-based violence, but it also promotes the progress that we’ve made,” Yoon said. “V-week brings everything together in a way that people can truly celebrate.”

“The Vagina Monologues” play by Ensler about on the feminine experience will culminate V-week events.

Co-directed by Anna Fagin ’13, Maia Matsushita ’13 and Gillian O’Connell ’15, the monologues will have an underlying focus on how words can mean different things to different people, Matsushita said. To emphasize this theme, different words will be projected onto the set and the show will feature three original monologues, written by Dartmouth students.

“This year we really asked the cast to think about how they pronounce and weigh their words, especially the tempo and emphasis of them,” O’Connell said. “In regard to femininity, there are words that some women find empowering and others find disempowering. We want to emphasize this complexity.”

Sandi Caalim ’13 and Marian Gutierrez ’13 are writing and performing an original monologue that focuses on a perceived double standard between men and women in sex. Caalim said that many women are stuck in the 1960s mindset that a woman’s sole job is to pleasure her partner during sex. The monologue will advocate for the redefinition of what sex means to women.

“The Vagina Monologues bring together women from different communities, backgrounds and years, creating a group of women who can all be vulnerable together,” Caalim said. “At Dartmouth, a school that used to be only for men, it is important that we, as women, realize that we have voices too.”

Although the events emphasize female empowerment, V-week is not exclusively for women. A discussion will analyze male stereotypes and consider masculinity on campus.

“V-week is for everybody,” Blair said. “Men, women, anybody can come out, learn and have a good time. Come out and support the movement.”

Through co-sponsorships and candy sales, the Center for Gender and Student Engagement has already raised $3,500 for WISE, an Upper Valley nonprofit organization that helps those affected by sexual or domestic violence.

The week’s events include “Upstaging Stereotypes” on Thursday, “Global Gender Violence” on Friday, and a mental self-defense class on Feb. 25.

First female trustee dies at 92

Defying Dartmouth norms, former Board of Trustees member Sally Frechette Maynard led a Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trip in the summer of 1981 alongside her two sons, who were trip leaders at the time. As the first woman elected to the Board, Maynard is remembered for her kind and passionate nature. She died on Feb. 6 at age 92.

Maynard, who did not attend Dartmouth, had extensive connections to the College that brought her closer to the community. Both of Maynard’s sons attended the College while she was a trustee and her late husband, Henry Frechette ’41 was also a Dartmouth graduate.

After the College became coeducational in 1972, the all-male Board began its search for a qualified female candidate and ultimately elected Maynard in 1979. Maynard served until 1989.

In an interview featured in Rauner Special Collections Library’s Oral History Project, Maynard attributed her Board candidacy to her links to the College, her experience on corporate and educational boards and her residency in New Hampshire.

Maynard grew up in Keene, N.H., and graduated from Smith College in 1942. In addition to serving on Dartmouth’s Board, Maynard was a member of the New Hampshire School Board Association and served on the Board of Directors for New England College and Public Service of New Hampshire.

One of her six children, Peter Frechette ’82, credited her many accomplishments to her ability to “stay incredibly on top of things.”

“She was always preparing for the future, looking ahead for herself and the people she loved,” he said.

Maynard began renovating her house after her children moved out, constructing wheelchair ramps and building her bedroom on the first floor.

Philanthropic and generous, Maynard always focused on others and never asked for anything in return, Peter Frechette said.

“For us, when it came time at Christmas, if we asked her what she wanted, she never wanted,” he said.

Maynard brought her generous and thoughtful nature to Dartmouth while serving as a member of the Board. She valued challenges and was always ready to push boundaries, said her only daughter Jocelyn Frechette.

“I saw her as an incredibly creative person when it came to problem solving,” she said. “It had everything to do with all she aspired to.”

In her many endeavors, Maynard held her work to a high standard of integrity.

As the first woman on the Board, Maynard received criticism for not doing more to promote feminism.

“People expressed disappointment, but my mother knew that she couldn’t speak for all women,” she said. “Not only does that speak to her idea of feminism, but to the way she lived her life and interacted with all people.”

Despite the controversy surrounding the College’s decision to accept female students, Maynard was able to ease the rest of the Board into a more comfortable transition, said Sydney Frechette, one of Maynard’s daughters-in-law.

“She came in, and in her own way, she helped persuade the male trustees that women, too, had a competency,” she said.

Assistant dean of the faculty Jane Carroll, who interviewed Maynard for Rauner’s Oral History Project, also observed Maynard’s gracious manner.

“We usually think of trailblazers as people who use their elbows and push to get in there, but she had her own path,” Carroll said. “She was a quietly powerful woman who got to the same place through her social graces.”

Jocelyn Frechette recalls her mother’s warm smile as one of her most distinctive qualities.

“She always called her smile beaming,’ and that really tangibly captures the quality of her smile,” she said. “When she smiled at you, you could tell she really saw you and was happy to see you.”

Maynard was dedicated to many causes beyond her position on the Board, including Planned Parenthood, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and many local clinics.

“I think she will be remembered for her generosity, her kindness, her joy of life and her ability to inspire others to seek their own joy,” she said. “We as a family are much stronger for having her as our matriarch.”

Maynard is survived by her husband, Douglas Maynard, her sister, Alice Bakemier, as well as her nine children and stepchildren and their spouses.

CNN’s Tapper ’91 to give talk on Tuesday

CNN anchor Jake Tapper '91 will discuss his new book on the Afghanistan war today in FIlene Auditorium.

In October 2009, in a low-lying valley of northeast Afghanistan, 53 American troops stationed at Combat Outpost Keating were ambushed by 350 Taliban insurgents descending from higher mountainous terrain.

Over the next 12 hours, the troops fought off insurgents armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and other high-powered weaponry.

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper ’91 remembers hearing the news of the battle while at the hospital for the birth of his first son. By the time the fighting ended, eight American soldiers were dead and 27 were wounded, making it one of the deadliest battles of the 11-year war in Afghanistan.

“I was holding my new son and here eight other sons were taken from this earth,” Tapper said.

The scene inspired Tapper to write a book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which he will present to community members in a talk this afternoon in Filene Auditorium.

Tapper, along with war-zone photographer and inaugural Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar Jim Nachtwey ’70, will meet with 45 graduate students for lunch and a panel discussion. After the talk in Filene, Tapper will meet with the Dickey Center’s War and Peace Fellows for dinner.

Stoney Portis MALS’13, a former officer who is featured in Tapper’s book, said he and other members of the Dartmouth Graduate Veterans Association organized Tapper’s visit to increase campus dialogue about the war in Afghanistan. Portis was commander of the Bravo Troop, 3rd squadron, 61st cavalry regiment in Afghanistan, a unit of roughly 100 soldiers stationed in the northeast corner of the country.

Tapper said he wanted to tell the stories of the troops connected to Combat Outpost Keating, including those of the men that died and the others who fought to defend the vulnerable and remote location. He began writing the book in 2010 while working full-time as ABC News’ senior White House correspondent.

Portis was among the soldiers stationed at Combat Outpost Keating that resisted heavily armed Taliban insurgents.

Although Americans sustained heavy casualties in the battle, Portis said the group killed approximately 100 members of the Taliban and injured about 150 more.

The soldiers’ vulnerability at the outpost served as a case study of why troops should not be stationed in remote locations and helped to expedite the movement of troops to areas with greater population densities, Portis said.

“There was a lot of debate going on at the time this attack occurred shortly after the national elections in Afghanistan when President [Hamid] Karzai was re-elected,” he said. “The colonels above me had been talking about closing the outpost for six or eight months as part of a strategic shift to move troops out of outposts in remote terrain, but it was hard to shut it down during the elections because there needed to be soldiers to make sure people were able to vote.”

Tapper finished “The Outpost” in two and a half years after interviewing 225 soldiers, army personnel and civilians. The book was published in November and is currently on the New York Times’ bestseller list.

In order to balance writing the book and his job at ABC, Tapper said he wrote and conducted interviews “nights, weekends, holidays, vacations.”

“I wanted to know who those eight [fallen soldiers] were, what it was like to face that kind of challenge, why the outpost was put in that very vulnerable place,” Tapper said. “I set out to find out on my own, and that became my book.”

While Tapper said he was pleased to add to the national conversation about the war in Afghanistan and the policy decisions that put American troops in vulnerable positions, he was most gratified by the positive responses he received from the soldiers featured in the book and the family members of those killed in the battle.

“I would be lying if I said I don’t look at my own work and see mostly the flaws in it, parts I wish I could have done differently,” Tapper said. “But I think the troops and families appreciated how much work went into it and were happy to have me tell the stories.”

On Feb. 11, Clinton Romesha, a former staff sergeant featured in Tapper’s book, was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his role in defending Outpost Keating, taking enemy fire to protect his fellow soldiers and recovering bodies of the fallen. The medal is the nation’s highest military honor.

Although Tapper has worked in Washington, D.C., since 1992, he had originally planned to pursue a career in the arts.

He enrolled in film school at the University of Southern California after college, but dropped out after his first semester.

“I thought I wanted to go into film, but I found myself sitting in class, listening on my walkman to the Clarence Thomas hearings,” Tapper said. “It was more interesting to me. Washington made more sense.”

Tapper moved back home to Philadelphia and tried to become a syndicated political cartoonist, but was unsuccessful. He moved to Washington to serve as a press secretary for Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, then a new Pennsylvanian congresswoman and family friend. Tapper later worked at a public relations firm in Washington and Handgun Control Incorporated, now the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, before starting his career in journalism at the Washington City Paper.

Tapper wrote freelance pieces for a number of prominent national news outlets, but his first big break came in 1998 when he wrote an story about his experience going on a date with Monica Lewinsky.

The article, which combined hard news about the Lewinsky scandal and playful dating anecdotes, criticized Washington’s obsession with political scandals.

He became the Washington correspondent for Salon and later hosted a short-lived program on CNN called “Take Five,” where he first experienced broadcast journalism. He said he enjoyed reporting with visuals and sound rather than describing news in articles.

“I got the bug,” Tapper said. “I liked printed word, but I realized the next thing I wanted to do was to be a full-time TV reporter.”

Tapper spent time at VH1 and the Sundance channel before moving to ABC in 2003. He also drew a weekly comic strip from 1994 to 2003 called “Capitol Hell” that ran in Roll Call.

Tapper moved to CNN in January and will begin hosting his own afternoon news program in March. The program will feature guests and report on a range of topics, including business, health, entertainment, sports and politics.

His first guest will be classmate Shonda Rhimes ’91, creator and head writer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” among other productions.

Tapper hopes his show will cover news in addition to pop culture in “a smart way,” which he said is not always the goal of broadcast journalism.

A history major and visual arts minor at the College, Tapper was “very focused on his classes,” he said.

He drew a daily comic for The Dartmouth and was a member of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity. He was also involved with the Roth Center for Jewish Life and Hillel, though he mainly used the spaces to socialize with friends, he said.

Daryl Kessler ’91, Tapper’s freshman year roommate, remembers Tapper as driven and talented.

“Tapper was a serious student but a funny guy, fun to be around,” he said.

He was also “a very good cartoonist who was not afraid to take on some of the hot issues on campus in his comic strip,” Kessler said.

David Hillman ’91, Tapper’s friend and roommate during their semester abroad in Israel, described Tapper as meticulous and hard-working.

He said he remembered Tapper as an undergraduate who would act on whatever bothered him, from political issues to problems with Dartmouth Dining Services.

“He had a spine and a backbone,” Hillman said. “It’s easier to take the path of least resistance, but that’s not what he was interested in.”

Tapper is the author of two other books, “Down and Dirty: the Plot to Steal the American Presidency” and “Body Slam: the Jesse Ventura Story.”

Women’s squash wins B Division Nationals at Kurtz Cup

The women's squash team clinched the B Division Team National Championship this weekend with three wins at the Kurtz Cup.

The No. 9 Dartmouth women’s squash team capped its season with three straight wins against No. 16 Amherst College, No. 12 Columbia University and No. 15 Bates College to claim the B Division of the National Team Championships in the Kurtz Cup this weekend. Although the Big Green (9-8, 1-6 Ivy) was previously slated to compete in the Howe Cup, featuring the nation’s top eight teams, Dartmouth instead headlined the Kurtz Cup for women’s teams ranked ninth through 16th after two losses last weekend. The Big Green made success look easy, losing only one match in all three of the contests.

The top-seeded Big Green defeated Amherst (14-9) 9-0 on Friday night in the opening round of the cup. Dartmouth dominated the contest, suffering only one set loss in all nine matches. Co-captain Corey Schafer ’13, Melina Turk ’14, Nina Scott ’16, co-captain Sarah Loucks ’13, Kate Nimmo ’14, Tori Dewey ’16, Lydie McKenzie ’16 and Helena Darling ’15 each won perfect 3-0 matches while Oona Morris ’15 rallied to win 3-1 and complete the 9-0 sweep.

Dartmouth returned to the courts for the semifinals on Saturday to defeat Ivy League rival Columbia (5-11, 0-7 Ivy) 9-0. The Big Green shut out its opponent for the second straight day and advanced to the finals. Turk, Scott, Loucks, McKenzie and Darling all won their matches without losing a game. Playing in the No. 1 spot, Schafer came back to win her final two games and ground out a hard fought 3-2 victory. Nimmo also defeated her opponent 3-2 while Dewey and Morris each won 3-1.

“We beat Bates pretty handily early in the season but we were definitely expecting a harder match because their number one- and three-seeded players didn’t play the first time,” Nimmo said.

Dartmouth capped a perfect weekend, defeating Bates 8-1 in the Kurtz Cup final. Loucks and Schafer each ended their team collegiate squash careers with 3-1 victories. Both captains won all three of their matches this weekend to end on four-match winning streaks. Scott, Dewey, McKenzie, Darling and Morris each won their matches without dropping a game and Scott, McKenzie and Darling did not drop a single game in the entire tournament. Nimmo won her match 3-1 to give Dartmouth the 8-1 overall victory.

Loucks said she was proud of herself and the team’s performances this season.

“Personally I think I finished the season really well, which I am happy about in my senior season,” Loucks said. “I’m also glad that I was able to beat Cornell, because it is always fun to beat Cornell.”

While the women’s team dominated play this weekend, it had hoped to remain in the nation’s top eight teams to earn a chance to compete for the A Division National Team Championship in the Howe Cup. However, following four forfeits in last weekend’s 7-2 loss to Brown University, Dartmouth dropped to No. 9 to earn the top-seed in the B Division Kurtz Cup.

“We came in with very high expectations,” Loucks said. “We had hoped to be in the A draw, but when we were placed into the B draw we knew we had a great chance to win it.”

Nimmo said the women felt their best was the best in the division and entered the tournament hoping to win.

“We felt we were a much better team than the others in this division so we wanted to prove that we were deserving of being in the top division,” Nimmo said.

This was the final team match for Schafer and Loucks, who both dominated their competition this season. Loucks typically played in the Big Green’s number four spot and finished her collegiate career with a record of 29-33, while Schafer has played in the Big Green’s number one spot for the past two years and finished her collegiate career with a record of 32-32. She said the team finished the season competitively, putting up strong efforts against quality opponents.

“We won the matches that we set out to win and we lost some close ones to teams that we knew would be close,” Schafer said. “We had closer matches against teams like Stanford [University] and Trinity [College] this year so it was nice to see us in the final round of matches and having a chance to win it.”

Both Schafer and Loucks mentioned the friendships they cultivated during their time on the squash team.

“I had so much fun and I made a ton of great friends,” Loucks said. “My Dartmouth experience would have been so different had I not played varsity squash and I am so glad that I did.”

The Big Green players now await their seeding for the Individual Championships, which will take place from Mar. 1 to 3. The individual tournament is split into two sections, with 32 players competing in the A draw and 48 players competing in the B draw. Dartmouth’s players will find out where they are seeded early next week.

Women’s hockey continues success

The women's hockey team continued to dominate its competition, defeating Colgate University before tying league-leading Cornell University.

The Dartmouth women’s hockey team continued its recent hot streak this weekend, taking down conference rival Colgate 3-2 before tying No. 3 Cornell, 0-0 in overtime. The successful road trip leaves the Big Green (15-7-5, 10-6-4 ECAC) with substantial control of their destiny, as the team sits just three points behind St. Lawrence University in the race for the fourth seed in the ECAC playoffs. The Big Green takes on the Saints (17-11-4, 12-5-3 ECAC) in a pivotal matchup on Saturday, which could determine important playoff positioning.

On Friday night, Dartmouth traveled to Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Colgate Raiders (9-19-3, 4-13-3 ECAC) in an important conference battle. On Nov. 24, the Raiders tied the Big Green 2-2 in a game on the Big Green’s home ice. Dartmouth could not afford another tie if it wanted to continue trying to secure an opening-round home game in the ECAC playoffs.

The goals came fast and furious at the outset for Dartmouth as the Big Green jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Laura Stacey ’16 fired a shot at the Colgate net, only to have it ricochet off a Raider defenseman. The carom landed on Camille Dumais’ stick and the ’13 forward promptly deposited it in the back of the net, putting Dartmouth up 1-0 less than three minutes into the game. The scoring spree continued in the second when the Big Green notched two more unanswered goals. 90 seconds into the second period, Dartmouth went on the power play, eventually scoring when Ailish Forfar ’16 jammed a rebound home. Three minutes later, Jenna Hobeika ’12 scored an unassisted goal that would prove to be decisive.

Though Dartmouth seemed to dominate the game at this point, the Raiders refused to go down without a fight. Midway through the second period, Colgate junior Brittany Phillips notched a power play goal of her own to put Colgate on the board. Just two and a half minutes later, Phillips scored another goal, trimming the deficit to one and striking fear into the hearts of the Dartmouth faithful. Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft ’14 had already stopped two shots from point-blank range, but the third-chance opportunity proved to much.

“They got a power play goal and we kind of started falling apart a little,” Sasha Nanji ’13 said. “They’re a very dirty team and we got a little out of our game. We came out after the period break calmed down, knowing that we could get back at them on the scoreboard.”

With more than a period still to play and a one-goal lead, Dartmouth refused to let up, continuing to create pressure with their forecheck. An increasingly desperate Colgate team pulled its goalie with nearly two minutes to play and Dartmouth was called for tripping, but Colgate could not take advantage of the advantage and fell by a score of 3-2.

After the win against Colgate, the Big Green traveled to Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. to take on conference-leading Cornell (21-5-1, 16-3-1 ECAC). Dartmouth had already fallen to the Big Red once this season, but needed to pull out at least a tie to keep pace in the increasingly competitive upper echelon of the ECAC. On senior night against such a strong squad, that seemed to be an incredibly difficult task.

“For the first two periods we held them to very few shots and didn’t let them get any speed or momentum through the neutral zone,” Hobeika said. “We were trying to prevent odd man breaks and slow the pace of the game down.”

From the start, Dartmouth put a great deal of defensive pressure on the Big Red squad. Despite the Big Green’s defensive prowess, Cornell still managed to rack up 34 shots, each of which was stopped by Holdcroft. The game marked the first time that the Big Red has been shut out since 2010.

“That was definitely a team shutout,” Holdcroft said. “They’re a very skilled team and they like to pick their chances. We back-checked well, got on people and were aggressive I don’t think they were used to having people in their space.”

Dartmouth managed 23 shots on Cornell goalkeeper Lauren Slebodnick, but she also secured a shutout. Dartmouth had not played to a 0-0 tie since 2003.

The most controversial play of the game came during overtime when the officials went to video replay to determine if Cornell had netted a decisive goal. A shot by junior Jessica Campbell had slipped beneath Holdcroft as she fell backwards into the net and Cornell believed the puck had crossed the goal line, but video replays proved inconclusive and no goal was awarded. Dartmouth maintained a five-game unbeaten streak that began with the Big Green’s 2-2 tie against Harvard University.

“I made a save and it went through me a little bit,” Holdcroft said. “They blew the play dead before it crossed the line and it held up after a video review.”

Next weekend is the last weekend of the regular season for the Big Green. On Friday, Dartmouth will take on No. 7 Clarkson, hoping to avenge a 5-0 loss in the teams’ last matchup. Dartmouth will then face St. Lawrence to close out the regular season at Thompson Arena, potentially with playoff seeding on the line.

“We don’t necessarily control our own destiny, but we could potentially move up to the fourth seed for a home playoff game,” Hobeika said. “Our home record has been pretty good recently and we really want to hit the playoffs in stride. This is for sure the biggest weekend of our season so far and we want to get out of it with two big wins.”

Vann Island

I lose everything. Literally everything. Quick anecdote: before I went to Israel, I bought a chapstick from Hudson News at the airport. Within an hour I lost it and obviously had to buy another one. After the incident, I told my friend I wouldn’t lose another one, this particular one, during the trip. I bet him $10 and won, but as soon as I touched down in New York City, it was gone.

Other things I lose: hats, beanies, my ID card, debit cards and of course my mind. I often ask myself, what went wrong along the road that made this become a part of who I am? It could be a result of my lack of sleep.

I don’t sleep much. The infamous Gustav Graves from “Die Another Day” taught me at an early age that sleep isn’t that important, as he said, “You only get one shot at life, why waste it on sleep?” So that’s why I don’t feel gilty (yes, I’m referring to my favorite shopping website) when I lose these things I do or when I only get six hours of sleep after staying out late.

As long as I get my six hours I’m good. Shower, grab a five-hour energy drink or chai tea latte and let’s roll. Especially on a Sunday, which has been and forever will be, my favorite day of the week. Why? It’s a day to unwind, put things in perspective, keep yourself in check. And yes, it doesn’t hurt that when in season, the NFL takes the gridiron on this holy day.

Last Sunday I saw “Silver Linings Playbook.” It was life changing, and when I woke up this Sunday I knew I had to do something to rival that experience. I made a decision early in the day that I was going to go see “Safe Haven,” but it was the worst movie of all time, and ruined my Sunday.

Luckily for you guys, the events leading up to my “Safe Haven” viewing were much more exciting. A few of my buddies convinced me to go to the Dartmouth Skiway since it was their last race of the season. I really didn’t understand the situation but I have serious fear of missing out, so I got the keys to the car and we were off.

We thought the race started at noon. It didn’t, and when we rolled up, windows down, blasting “Scream” by Usher, we received a plethora of strange looks from the competitors. After we got over that initial embarrassment, we were unsure where to go, so I asked the woman at the front desk who said, “Go up and around,” then you’ll figure it out. Sure, lady.

My friends and I walked upstairs to find a large contingent in the area designated “ski-lounge.” Walking through the crowd, I felt like Zoolander before he is supposed to kill the prime minister of Malaysia. I had never been more “distracted by the beautiful celebrities,” who in this case were not Limp Bizkit and Lil’ Kim, but skiers.

Anyways, at 12:30 p.m. we went outside to catch the race, which is when we realized the race did not start until 1 p.m. We thought we could wait 30 minutes in the cold, but I found out that I couldn’t since I had lost my beanie and it was five degrees and windy outside. You can take the kid out of California, but you can’t take the California out of the kid.

I sprinted to the ski store while deciding to remove Mount Everest from my bucket list. Inside, I asked for a ski cap and a man pointed to this awesomely knitted, green and white, Dutch-looking cap. Long story short, yes, I did spend $45 on this beanie.

There were 20 minutes until the race and after the purchase, I thought I could return to the wilderness. But then I saw my German professor Klaus Mladek. He’s an absolute king so I stopped to say hello then headed to the slopes.

When our friend Ian Macomber ’13 raced, we just started losing it. At one point I think I yelled he was a combination of Michael Jordan, Bode Miller and Nick Brody from “Homeland.” I thought coaching intramural hockey was fun, but this was better. After the race I negotiated with the University of Vermont coach and offered that if he ever needs fans for hire, we’re available.

Macomber killed it, and I’m sure the rest of the team did as well. But after his race it was time to head back to Dartmouth because I clearly lost my gloves earlier in the term and my hands were freezing. That said, I had to stop at the cafeteria for some hot chocolate. It’s against the law to have any type of skiing endeavor without hot chocolate. I love you Sunday.

‘After I Pick the Fruit’ explores lives of immigrant fruitgrowers

Nancy Ghertner’s feature-length documentary “After I Pick the Fruit” opens at a seemingly typical grocery store. But in a peculiar twist, as families shop for fruits and vegetables, migrant women are seen standing among the aisles, invisible to shoppers’ eyes. Through her work, Ghertner aims to make the story of these unnoticed farmworker women finally visible to all.

Ghertner uncovers the lives of five fruitworkers, three of whom are undocumented illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Over the course of 10 years, Ghertner follows these women and their tribulations as mothers, sisters, immigrant workers and inhabitants of a country that Ghertner feels is denying them basic workers’ rights.

On Wednesday, Ghertner will host a special screening of her film in Loew Auditorium with a public discussion to follow.

Ghertner advocates for an overhaul of immigration policies implemented under the Bush administration while aiming to increase awareness among American consumers about the human cost of delivering food to supermarkets.

Ghertner was initially inspired to document the lives of these women after growing up near rural apple orchards around her hometown of Sodus, N.Y.

“I wanted to meet them, to understand how they lived and what happened after they picked the fruit,” Ghertner said.

After years of witnessing workers faced with deportation and denied basic workers’ rights, Ghertner, working with her husband John, has made it her life mission to improve workers’ rights around the country.

Ghertner said she has been actively campaigning for immigration reform since 2006. A founding member of the Farmworker Women’s Institute, Ghertner has vehemently defended the need to secure basic rights for the migrants and immigrants after learning firsthand the inequities that this community struggles with.

“At work, they would drive on the back roads because border patrol was cruising around,” she said.

Ghertner is currently looking to establish fair labor practice reform through the New York state legislature in order to grant farmworkers the same rights as other labor workers.

“This would include overtime pay and disability insurance, some of which farmworkers have compensation for, but it doesn’t always carry through. So if a worker were to be injured on the job, then there could be no compensation,” she said. “Also, the right to organize. They can’t go to their boss and say that they need better working conditions.”

A respected visual artist and filmmaker, Ghertner often uses film as a medium to inspire advocacy in immigration reform. Ghertner produced the documentary “330 Miles to Justice,” a story of the 2003 Farmworker’s March in New York and has worked on other projects including “In Our Own Backyard: The Hidden Realities of Women Farmworkers.”

In a particularly poignant episode from “After I Pick the Fruit,” audience members observe how a series of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in 2006 affected the five women that Ghertner follows, as well as their families and other residents around Sodus.

The film documents the shocked reaction of a farmer whose employee is ordered to leave the country before his eyes, and is subsequently picked up by local enforcement at a nearby coffee shop. Disturbing portrayals of worker treatment like these are common, if starkingly real, elements to the stories that Ghertner attempts to capture on film.

Adam Knowlton-Young, program manager for Tucker Foundation service trips, said he worked to bring Ghertner to campus to highlight her work in social justice on a campus where many students are passionate about similar human rights issues.

“[The film] ties in the under-examined issue of women as laborers versus men,” Knowlton-Young said. “In general, women are under-examined and under-researched as a population. So the screening sort of touches on important issues that are certainly at the forefront of different aspects of importance to Dartmouth.”

Ghertner’s ultimate goal is to raise consciousness among American consumers about the human price of store-bought vegetables, she said.

“When you go the supermarket, you cannot see these [migrant workers] because they’re invisible,” Ghertner said. “I wanted to reach out to these women and find out what their stories were. These are the lives of the women who are picking our fruit.”

The film screening is sponsored by the Council on Student Organizations, The Dartmouth Radical, Tucker and the film and media studies department. On Thursday, a luncheon to meet Ghertner will be hosted in the Class of 1930 Room in the Rockefeller Center.

Latest ‘Anna Karenina’ film interprets story as play

There is a problem inherent in many great works of literature that are subsequently adapted for the screen: there are often multiple iterations of the same story being made approximately every decade. One can see this primarily in the works of literary greats William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. I, for one, found my eyes rolling far back into my head when I heard that there was to be yet another adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” coming out this year, this time written by Julian Fellowes, creator of the hit drama “Downton Abbey” no less. That’s not so much a dig at “Downton Abbey” as it is an attempt to mentally prepare myself for what is sure to be another run-of-the-mill adaptation of a story I have heard and seen a thousand times over.

As such, how does one avoid this problem when making an adaptation? Not making the film does not seem to be an option. After all, these stories are popular for a reason and popularity always equals money in the film industry. As director Baz Luhrmann and the latest adaptation of “Anna Karenina” (2012) show us, the best way to distinguish your iteration is to make it so radically different that future adaptations will have to step up their game to move out of your shadow.

“Anna Karenina” is the classic story of the eponymous character, played by Keira Knightley, a somewhat happy Russian aristocrat who falls madly in love with Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a young and dashing cavalry officer. Anna’s affair has grave consequences not only for her, but also for her long-suffering husband Alexi (Jude Law).

At first glance, purists of the book may notice that the film comes in at a relatively sparse 130 minutes compared to the book’s mammoth length. Tom Stoppard, perhaps the most accomplished modern playwright living today, captures the essence of the book in his screenplay within the running-time of the film. However, it is not Stoppard’s screenplay of “Anna Karenina” that makes it remarkable. Rather, it is the film’s visual style which is all thanks to its director, Joe Wright.

Wright has become a favorite of mine in recent years. I first really noticed his mastery of the craft while watching “Atonement” (2007), particularly its five-minute long take during the scene at Dunkirk. Watching his evolution as a director, I’ve come to love the fact that he’s not afraid to take risks. His last movie before “Anna Karenina” was “Hanna” (2011), a rather charming tale about a child assassin who brutally kills anyone who stands in the way of her quest for revenge. It could have played out as some Tarantino-lite version of “Kill Bill” (2004), but it did not, and the credit for that lies solely with Wright.

The biggest contribution he brings to “Anna Karenina” is his decision to frame the film as a stage play. Most of the action takes place in an abandoned theater in which scene changes are framed as set transitions, actors run through the rafters and the seating areas of the auditorium are utilized in grand fashion to stimulate a racetrack. It was a risky move, but one that Wright pulled off beautifully.

To illustrate this point, it would be prudent to examine the only scenes not set on the stage: the ones that involve the subplot of Konstantin Levin (Domhnall Gleeson), a lovestruck land-owner who questions his life after being cast aside by the love of his life, Kitty (Alicia Vikander). These scenes are filmed in the idyllic Russian countryside, and when we are introduced to this beautiful landscape, the film makes sure to do so in grand fashion as Levin walks off the stage and into the real world.

At first glance, it would seem that this artistic choice could be seen as a way to not insult the audience. After all, how would one recreate a beautiful and rolling countryside effectively on a stage? But Wright uses Levin and the countryside to delve deeper into the film’s psyche. A major theme of the book revolves around the social mores of the time and the hypocrisy and fakery of Russian high society. By setting most of these scenes on a stage, Wright wants to reinforce that theme and remind the audience how artificial and constructed this society is.

By contrast, Levin rejects Russian high society and is looked down on for it. However, it does not matter, as he has the love of his serfs and the beauty of his land to satisfy him. All he needs to be complete is the love of Kitty, a love that is pure and genuine unlike the torrid and unstable affair between Anna and Vronsky.