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In an unconventional lecture to first-year Columbia University students on Monday, physics professor Emlyn Hughes stripped off his clothing, played video footage featuring clips of 9/11 and sat in a fetal position, all to the background music of Lil Wayne’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” before later giving a lecture on quantum physics, The Columbia Spectator reported. The students entered a darkened auditorium before Hughes commenced the scene, which included two figures dressed in black chopping a stuffed animal in half on a stool. Though Hughes later gave a full lecture, he never removed the sunglasses or hoodie he had donned, said students interviewed by The Spectator. Hughes has previously shown nude photos of Woodstock attendees to students during a lecture.

A new military research center set to open at Yale University Medical School has drawn criticism from the school’s alumni and current Yale undergraduates, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Critics claim that the proposed center, named the Center of Excellence for Operational Neuroscience, will use local immigrants as “pawns” and Yale’s resources to advance military research in interrogation techniques. Yale associate clinical professor of psychiatry Charles Morgan, who hopes to direct the new center, wrote in an email to The Chronicle that the center would not train interrogators but would work to provide soldiers with training in more conversational approaches to interrogation. Boston University professor of community health sciences Michael Siegel, an alumnus of the medical school, recently called the center “blatantly unethical.” Students have circulated a petition on Twitter to protest the planned center, which is still waiting on Department of Defense funding, according to The Chronicle.

At a rally held Monday at Boston Medical Center, a diverse group of politicians, scientists, and medical researchers protested hundreds of millions of dollars in automatic federal sponsorship cuts set to take place March 1, The Harvard Crimson reported. The impending 5 percent cuts to non-military programs could spell trouble for Boston’s hospitals and universities, including Harvard. Stressing the positive societal benefits of medical research, speakers including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and researchers from the University of Massachusetts system and Harvard Medical School cautioned that the cuts could have devastating effects on health research. Congress has already delayed the sequester earlier this year with a short-term solution in January.

Selingo talks future of higher education

Jeff Selingo, editor-at-large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, discussed the new trends in higher education at his lecture on Tuesday.

Jeff Selingo, editor-at-large of The Chronicle for Higher Education, began his lecture on the future of higher education on Tuesday with a picture from the cartoon “The Jetsons,” highlighting the danger of making predictions about an unpredictable future. With that in mind, Selingo discussed current trends in higher education while paying attention to traditional values essential to a college education.

Currently, alternate forms of education, such as the recent introduction of massive open online courses and hybrid courses, and rising college tuition costs threaten traditional forms of higher education, Selingo said. College costs are increasing as family wealth decreases in light of the 2008 economic downturn. Meanwhile, states have contracted funding for day-to-day services, particularly higher education, and the federal government is considering cutting research grants and the Pell Grant program. Consequently, students must reevaluate the economic availability of a college education.

“Tuition is eating up a larger and larger share of family income,” Selingo said. “As a result, parents and students are asking more and more questions about what they’re buying for what they’re spending.”

While Dartmouth may not specifically face the same trouble attracting applicants or funding as other lesser-known colleges, many students are reassessing the current value and need for a college education, Selingo said.

“I met students who didn’t know why they were in college except that their parents wanted them to be,” he said. “We lack a real high-quality educational substitute for those who are ill-suited for traditional colleges like this.”

Students often have a romantic view of a traditional college education with “a leafy quad” and “neolithic” buildings, Selingo said. However, 33 percent of students transfer out of their original school and four in five say they feel like they are “drifting” through their educations.

There is no single solution to the troubles that higher education institutions face, he said.

Selingo proposed a system that embraces emerging education approaches.

Selingo’s plan includes blending K-12 education with real world experiences, competency-based courses, where students determine the pace of the class, and increased usage of MOOCs.

Hybrid courses, which combine alternative education approaches with traditional methods, allow students more flexibility to work at their own pace, resulting in better productivity and efficiency, Selingo said.

Computer science major Shloka Kini ’13, who attended the lecture, expressed mixed feelings about expanding the College’s community through online classes.

“There are always pros and cons of opening up Dartmouth courses to other students outside,” she said.

While there is value in keeping the College a private and intimate community, a Dartmouth education cannot currently reach a large audience of students, Kini said.

While higher education has been trending toward alternative solutions, traditional college education is still valuable, Selingo said.

Students benefit from interaction with professors, study abroad experiences, internships, research opportunities and collaborative environments, which contribute to the strength of a traditional liberal arts education, he said.

A key value of a college education is to teach students the ability to be creative, take risks and “learn how to fail,” Selingo said.

Kini said her mentor-mentee relationship with computer science professor Thomas Cormen and her term abroad have defined her college career.

For students like Kini, who want to enter the workforce, Selingo said there should be a transition period before and after college. Venture for America and Teach for America are two examples of opportunities for recent college graduates, Selingo said.

Student rep. positions in OAC, COS fully filled

The Committee on Standards and the Organizational Adjudication Committee combined their students to create a larger pool of participants.

Beginning last spring, the Organizational Adjudication Committee and the Committee on Standards merged their processes for choosing student members. Students and administrators involved with the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office said the change was a logical development because the two organizations, responsible for overseeing College disciplinary action against students and organizations, serve similar functions and abide by the same guidelines.

The student body elects six students to participate in both the OAC and COS through elections each spring. An additional six are selected to participate by Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. Prior to the change, campus-elected students would run separately for the OAC or the COS.

The OAC and COS draw from a common pool of faculty and administrators in addition to elected and appointed students. The College president appoints administrators to the committees, and the dean of the faculty appoints faculty members. While the OAC handles infractions committed by campus organizations, the COS adjudicates cases individual students’ cases.

In a given term, there are 36 members in the total pool of administrators, faculty and students available to participate in hearings, said undergraduate judicial affairs director Meredith Smith. Students make up about two-thirds of the body, depending on individual Dartmouth Plans.

For each COS hearing, two students, two faculty members and one administrator must be present. For OAC hearings, three students, two faculty members and two administrators are needed to hear a case.

The two committees have always been highly interconnected, easing the decision to combine the pool of students who participate in the groups.

“The responsibilities are the same, the thoughtfulness and the consideration of the community are the same, it’s just that the types of them are different,” Smith said. “It’s an absolute logical progression for us because the two systems are not divorced from each other.”

Both the COS and the OAC ensure that College rules and expectations, based on the Student Handbook and Standards of Conduct, are enforced.

Rohail Premjee ’14, a member of the COS and OAC, said that combining students involved in the OAC and the COS creates a larger available pool of participants to hear cases of either type.

“I think it’s just more efficient to have this pool,” he said. “We’re trained in the College standards, and the College standards apply to both the organizations and the students.”

The OAC student board, which was created in spring 2010 to deal with low-level infractions, has gained momentum since its inception. The student board commonly addresses violations of Social Event Management Procedures by campus organizations, Smith said.

In its early stages two years ago, the student board struggled to obtain enough members for the five-person quorum necessary to hold hearings. The organization currently is functioning more efficiently, Smith said. Increased campus knowledge about the student board and a smaller, more “workable” pool of members have contributed to this improvement.

Student board members are chosen through nominations by faculty members and applications on the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs office’s website. The office is working to maximize the effectiveness of the board by combining talented students recommended by faculty members with passionate ones who choose to apply, Smith said.

Albert Kim ’14, a member of the OAC, the COS and the student board, said he has seen no membership problems in his three terms on the student board. Kim said that while this organization is responsible for handling less severe infractions than the OAC and COS, it approaches its cases in a similar way and uses the same guidelines and procedures.

Carribean artists contribute to Porter Foundation Symposium

Contemporary Caribbean artists will bring awareness of Haiti’s financial and educational struggles to Hanover this week as part of the inaugural Porter Foundation Symposium, which kicks off today.

The conference, titled “Haiti and Dartmouth at the Crossroads,” will bring together working Haitian artists with businessmen, healthcare specialists and government officials, including former Haiti prime minister Michele Pierre-Louis, to generate new initiatives to assist Haiti’s efforts to recover from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake.

The three-day symposium will feature interdisciplinary projects in education, healthcare and economic development, according to Amita Kulkarni ’10, a conference coordinator and presidential fellow in global health at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science.

The event intends to underscore the role that institutions of higher education can play in Haiti’s reconstruction.

“It’s been over three years since the earthquake but there is still a lot of work to be done,” Jack Wilson, studio art professor and a conference coordinator, said. “Institutions like Dartmouth need to stand up and help Haiti get back on its feet.”

Since the earthquake, Wilson, an architect, has worked in Haiti on various projects to strengthen community development, including the construction and restoration of several facilities. Last year, Wilson received the faculty grant for the Year of the Arts as well as sponsorship from the Hood Museum to organize a conference focused on Haiti. While the symposium primarily seeks to assess Haiti from financial and educational standpoints, Wilson said it would be lacking without a focus on the arts.

“Art, music and dance are at the core of Haitian culture,” Wilson said. “We needed to find a way to include these things in the conference.”

Echoing Wilson’s sentiments, Kulkarni said she considers art and music to be “vital to the well being of Haiti,” since they bring hope and comfort during a time of crisis. The symposium’s organizers made it a priority to integrate traditional Haitian art expression into the policy-oriented event.

The Haitian ensemble Lakou Mizik will perform with the World Music Percussion Ensemble in “Carnival Time Hot Hot Hot!” on Friday in Spaulding Auditorium.

Lakou Mizik unites an older generation of musicians with their younger student counterparts to reinterpret classic Haitian songs. The songs, which focus on Haitian history, politics and daily life, are performed with traditional instruments and feature modernized lyrics relevant to the country’s current political situation.

“[Lakou Mizik’s] songs are pure and not overly-produced,” Hafiz Shabazz, music professor and ensemble director, said. “I feel a connection to Haitian culture when I listen to their music.”

Shabazz came to Dartmouth as a guest lecturer after studying jazz drumming in Trinidad, Ghana and Brazil.

While working in the music department, Shabazz decided to form the ensemble. The group is passionate about playing music from the islands and feels especially inspired by the songs of Bob Marley, he said.

Wilson approached Shabazz earlier this year to plan the symposium and perform with Lakou Mizik. Shabazz was already acquainted with the band’s manager, Zach Niles, after working with his mother in Woodstock.

Shabazz, who has conducted research in Haiti, feels a personal affinity for the country. He believes it necessary to preserve and spread its customs, especially those in the arts.

Shabazz hopes students will possess greater affection and empathy for Haiti’s rebuilding efforts after attending the conference, he said.

“People generally do not know much about Haitian artists,” Shabazz said. “They create some of the best art I have ever seen.”

In addition to Lakou Mizik’s performance, graffiti artist Jerry Rosembert will create “live” art in the sculpture studio of the Black Family Visual Arts Center on Friday. Rosembert enjoys making “politically-charged street art,” which will be a vibrant and powerful part of the symposium, Kulkarni said.

Wilson said he hopes the symposium will raise awareness of the variety of sociopolitical issues that exist in Haiti and broaden the interest base among students. “We want to show students that there is a lot that needs to be done in the world,” Wilson said. “We are training future leaders and need to expose them to real issues out there.”

The Porter Foundation Symposium will run through Friday.

Kulkarni is a former member of The Dartmouth Senior Staff.

Conference to address Haiti efforts

From a young age, Belle Verwaay ’14 knew she wanted to serve her native country of Haiti, even as she moved away to attend high school in Miami. Inspired by the stark contrast in living standards between Miami and Haiti despite their geographic proximity, Verwaay decided to pursue a career in architecture to help rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure, especially in light of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.

In “Haiti and Dartmouth at the Crossroads,” a Porter Foundation Symposium that will run through Friday, Verwaay and other panelists will share personal experiences and discuss Haiti’s future. Interim College President Carol Folt will deliver opening remarks for the event, and former Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis will deliver a speech Wednesday.

Three discussion groups, held throughout the weekend, will focus on issues of economic development, education and health care. Each group will discuss a specific problem in Haiti and devise a plan to solve it by the end of the conference, said Amita Kulkarni ’10, a presidential fellow in global health at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science.

“The hope with this is it’s a productive meeting, and there’s an actual purpose that comes out of it,” Kulkarni said. “There’s been a lot of meetings on Haiti since the earthquake, and we want to make this one different in that we want to bring the right people to the table and actually have them work on concrete project proposals that could actually be implemented in the relatively short-term future.”

Groups will choose projects from a list of proposals and discuss how to implement their efforts during the conference.

Kulkarni said the conference found inspiration in discussions between Peter Wright Med’65, a DHMC pediatrician with experience working in Haiti, and conference participant Jean William Pape, director of GHESKIO, an organization that researches HIV/AIDS in Haiti.

Wright said he hopes the events will rekindle the College’s enthusiasm for service present after the 2010 earthquake and demonstrate how academic institutions can assist Haiti’s development.

“We’ve got an extraordinary group of Haitians coming up,” Wright said.

The participation of Haitian government representatives indicates that they believe the conference will be worthwhile, Kulkarni said.

As a panelist, Verwaay’s will raise student awareness about Haiti.

“The fact that it is a personal experience just makes it much more significant to me,” she said. “I can count on one hand the number of other Haitians that are at Dartmouth so it makes me really proud just to be there and to talk about my experience and how my future plans revolve around Haiti.”

Joining efforts to improve Haiti’s education system is the best way for students to help, Yves-Marie Duperval ’14, a panelist from Haiti, said.

While education can have a lasting impact on students, the Haitian system is currently sub-par, he said.

The symposium also includes arts events.

“We really thought it was important to have an arts component to the conference,” Kulkarni said. “Art and music are a huge part of Haitian culture and just being able to represent that in the conference was important.”

A panel addressing health care, housing and economic prosperity in Haiti after the earthquake will take place Wednesday evening in Filene Auditorium. On Thursday, events include a panel discussion about rebuilding Haiti and a poster exhibition open house on Dartmouth-Haiti initiatives. The symposium will feature a video address from former College President Jim Yong Kim.

Kulkarni is a former member of The Dartmouth Senior Staff.

Woolsey to fill Career Services director role

Roger Woolsey, the career center director at Colby College, will fill the vacant Career Services director position beginning June 1. Woolsey said he is excited to shake up Career Services and lead interactive and collaborative programs dedicated to students’ post-graduate success.

Woolsey will replace Kathryn Doughty and Monica Wilson, who have served as acting co-directors since Skip Sturman resigned in 2010. Doughty and Wilson will resume their posts as associate directors.

Woolsey looks forward to revamping Dartmouth’s career development program and hopes to arrive on campus as early as May to begin his post.

“We’re not going to change it up,” he said. “We’re going to turn it upside down.”

Inge-Lise Ameer, associate dean of student academic support services, said she hopes Woolsey will replicate his success at Colby and help Dartmouth students stand out in the job market. Career Services needs to interact with students from the moment they step foot on campus about their future plans, she said.

Woosley plans to start a program at Dartmouth based on “Colby Connect,” designed to accelerate freshmen and sophomores’ career development.

Career Services should create an inviting atmosphere for students, and Woolsey plans to become fully immersed in Dartmouth culture to better understand student needs, he said.

He aims to be a visible campus presence and hopes to partner with the Rockefeller Center, the Dickey Center for International Understanding and academic departments.

Woolsey looks to rebrand Career Services, starting with changing the organization’s name to reflect its true mission.

Career and Professional Development Center or a similar name could replace Career Services, which currently implies that the center “serves” rather than develops, he said.

To combat the perception that career development departments only assist business and finance majors, Woolsey helped launch “Colby on the Road,” a networking trip for non-finance majors.

Colby has a similar program for finance majors called “Paving the Road” and other programs for athletes, whose practice schedules often do not permit them to attend career events.

Additionally, Colby offers programs for specific audiences, including women and international students.

Woolsey said he achieved his goals at Colby by creating a “top-notch” career development center.

Colby junior William Hochman said in an email that students have been satisfied working with Woolsey, especially in regards to his efforts to interact with students.

Hochman said Woolsey helped him find an internship the summer after his sophomore year, and that Woolsey regularly checked in with him during the internship.

“Rog’s commitment to his work and to the students is apparent the moment you walk into his office and he stands up to shake your hand,” Hochman said. “I will miss Rog not just as a director, but as a mentor and friend.”

Colby junior Rumbie Gondo, a career development advisor at the career center, said Woolsey allows students to think on their own and works with them as a team.

“He doesn’t put himself off as knowing everything,” she said.

Woolsey was unanimously selected for the position after a search committee, chaired by assistant dean for development and administration Tracy Walsh, completed a national search and brought finalists to campus.

Woolsey previously worked at Emerson College, Suffolk University and Northeastern University. He was a professor and counselor at Boston College for 10 years before joining Colby in 2008. At Boston College, he taught marketing and public relations, and his counseling responsibilities included career and academic advising.

Woolsey plans to take risks as the new Career Services director and will encourage students to do the same.

“One thing that students at Dartmouth will hear me say over and over again is, The greatest risk in life is not taking one,'” he said.

Black Arm Band kicks off U.S. tour with ‘Dirtsong’

The Black Arm Band, which emphasizes indigenous Australian music, will perform

Tonight, audiences will spend the night enraptured by the sound of beating drums and didgeridoo as the Black Arm Band, an indigenous Australian music group, opens their U.S. premiere with “Dirtsong.” The production is a collection of music performed in 11 languages that focuses on Australia’s Aboriginal history, culture and the recent Aboriginal rights movement.

The Black Arm Band, formed in 2006, is composed of two dozen artists and uses traditional indigenous instruments and dialects. Past shows include “Murundak,” which focuses on protest music and “Hidden Republic,” which looks at the future of Australia. The group will kick off its U.S. tour with a stop at the College.

The ensemble aims to tell stories of Aboriginal history to wide audiences, feature artist Shellie Morris said.

“It was an idea that came about many years ago,” Morris said. “About twenty or so aboriginal singers and musicians wanted to create a show that was able to be seen in big, big theaters and also tell their story, tell about our struggles and tell about our hopes and dreams.”

The groups’ stories are derived from indigenous Australian cultures prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Since colonization, Australian Aboriginals have struggled to preserve their traditions as indigenous languages disappear from the continent. The Black Arm Band hopes to preserve this dying culture through song.

“One [message] is that we are alive,” Morris said. “The other is that our culture is strong. We come from many different clans and language groups and tribes, and we are able to share that with the audiences through our song and watch that and enjoy that experience.”

This idea was clear to programming director Margaret Lawrence, who wanted to stress the significance of culture preservation. “The members of The Black Arm Band are expressing tremendously important ideas and concerns coming from their own communities from the Aboriginal situations,” Lawrence said. “They are singing about the history, the story, the problems that they see. They are even singing in multiple Aboriginal languages. It’s the context and the expression that are so important.”

In addition to emphasizing traditional melodies, the Black Arm Band sings in multiple Aboriginal dialects to accurately represent various languages of indigenous Australia that now cease to exist.

“We all care about animals and extinction, but think about language extinction langauges are drying out,” Lawrence said. “Before the Europeans got there, there were hundreds of these different languages spoken. So it’s a passionate evening about song, but it also represents something that’s very precious.”

Touring the world while performing indigenous music has provided an opportunity to preserve the ancient cultures of Australia in a way that entertains and educates global audiences.

“Music has been a part of culture for tens of thousands of years and it’s just great to be able to work with modern musical instruments and also through just voice and song,” Morris said. “It’s a very powerful thing, and we are so looking forward to meeting everyone at the College and sharing our stories together.”

“Dirtsong” will be performed in Spaulding Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Lacrosse teams hope to find success this season

With the spring season rapidly approaching, the men’s lacrosse team hopes to improve on last season’s losing record, while the women’s team hopes to build off last season’s success, highlighted by a thrilling 6-4 victory over the University of Pennsylvania, when the Big Green clinched the Ivy League Tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The women, ranked number 12 last year, hope to improve on last year’s overall 12-5, 5-2 Ivy performance. The Big Green starts the season this weekend in Eugene, Ore. to play the University of Oregon on Feb. 23, before returning home to face off against the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 27. Dartmouth opens Ivy League play on the road against Yale University on March 2.

Stepping up to replace captains Kirsten Goldberg ’12, who recorded 39 goals and ten assists last season, and Sarah Plumb ’12, who landed 37 goals and 12 assists, will be attacker Hana Bowers ’13, midfielder Kelsey Johnson ’13 and defender Courtney Bennett ’13.

The Big Green women spent two weeks in Australia in December.

“It was a phenomenal experience because the Australian national team is second in the world,” coach Amy Patton said. “The team was able to play at a high level and take advantage of extra practice time that we normally wouldn’t have had.”

Patton said the upperclassmen have put a lot of effort into bringing the team together and finding and filling crucial roles on field.

“The senior captains and the entire senior class are really the heart and soul of team, and the most dependable players,” Patton said. “Their presence is especially helpful to the new freshmen who need some help adjusting to playing on a top ten team.”

The Big Green hopes its solid leadership and playing time in Australia will translate to a win this weekend to begin the season on the right note.

“For our scrimmages last weekend against Harvard [University] and [University of Connecticut] the score didn’t matter,” Johnson said. “It was just another great opportunity to work on some skills, identify what aspects of the game we were and weren’t comfortable with, and prepare for our big game this week against Oregon.”

The team looks forward to the excitement a new season brings.

“Every season we never know what’s going to be thrown at us, so more than anything we are focused on the daily and trying to get better every day,” Patton said. “We set the standards high for ourselves.”

With 13 new players joining the men’s lacrosse team, they begin the season this weekend with back-to-back non-conference home games against Colgate University and the University of Vermont, before facing off against Georgetown University in the Patriot Cup in Dallas, Texas on March 2.

Under the leadership of coach Andrew Towers and captains Kip Dooley ’12, Fergus Campbell ’12, Alex Del Balso ’12 and Pat Flynn ’13, the men’s team finished last year’s season with a record of 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the Ivy League.

“In order to improve as a team, each player needs to approach everyday with the intent of trying to get better,” attacker Michael Olentine ’14 said. “This means staying focused during film sessions as well as working hard during strength and conditioning and practice.”

This season, returning captain Flynn will be joined by a new round of captains including attacker Chris Costabile ’13, midfielder Patrick Resch ’14 and midfielder Nikki Dysenchuk ’13. The Big Green planned three scrimmages before opening regular season play but was forced to cancel its home scrimmage over Winter Carnival weekend due to inclement weather. The men played two scrimmages this weekend, which helped the team adjust to playing together, especially with 13 new players on the Big Green’s roster.

“By having the chance to scrimmage against two Division III teams Amherst College and Western New England University we learned a lot about ourselves,” midfielder Brendan Rotanz ’14 said. “We still have a lot of pieces to put together before we take the field against Colgate.”

Dartmouth hopes to win the Ivy League Tournament and receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament, but remains focused on its upcoming games for now.

“We’re getting ready to play Colgate, who is a really strong team,” Dysenchuk said. “One of their returning players was lacrosse Player of the Year last year, so we really have to be prepared.”

The Ivy League Championship will take place May 3 to 5 at the field of the team with the best conference record and will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Big Green is confident about its chances of playing on the big stage.

“I believe that this could be our season this year,” Rotanz said. “We have the roster to match teams that we couldn’t in the past and if we stay focused and keep improving everyday, our goals can be achieved.”

Track teams prepare for Heps

The men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the Heptagonal Indoor Championships this weekend at Harvard University.

Approximately 60 members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams are gearing up to compete at this weekend’s Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships, an Ivy League invitational meet hosted by Harvard University. The Big Green, who placed sixth in the men’s competition and third in the women’s at Cornell last year, are hoping to fulfill high expectations in this year’s event.

“Our big goal is to do as well as we’re expecting,” tri-captain Janae Dunchack ’14 said. “You should always look at what other teams have and what you have. We’re always looking to do as well as we expect, or sometimes a personal best.”

Both teams will send competitors to compete in numerous races and field events, giving the teams a better chance to get on the podium, tri-captain Connor Reilly ’13 said.

“Obviously we want to see some great performances across the board,” Reilly said. “We’ve trained in ways that will enable us to do so, and if we do that we’ll be the best in the league.”

Tri-captain Brett Gilson ’13 emphasized the Big Green’s training regimen and said it has prepared them for this weekend’s competition.

“I think our team’s goal is to let our training do the work now that we’re at championships,” Gilson said. “We’ve done the work all season in the fall and winter, and now it’s time to let that training do the work at its highest level and allow all that we’ve done to come out at full strength.”

On the women’s side, the Big Green expects to accumulate many points from its distance runners, particularly Abbey D’Agostino ’14. At last year’s Heps, D’Agostino won the mile with a 4:46.81, almost half a second ahead of Cornell’s Alyssa O’Connor, and placed second in the 5,000-meter run.

Dartmouth also took the top two spots in last year’s pentathlon, led by Dunchack with 3,733 points in first, and finished third in the 4×800-meter relay.

The Big Green also expects to find success among its sprinters. Last year, tri-captain Megan Krumpoch ’14 finished third in the 400-meter dash and Dartmouth hopes that some of its freshman sprinters will step up and continue the success they have found this season.

“We definitely have a lot of freshmen who have been stepping up this year in all the running and field events,” Dunchack said. “Our distance girls are doing well, as are some of our throwers who are expected to place really high.”

Dartmouth also returns with field event competitors who helped propel Dartmouth to its third place finish at last year’s Heps. Emmaline Berg ’13 placed second in the shot put while Cathy Liebowitz ’15 took sixth place in the weight throw.

Dartmouth hopes to score in every event it enters.

“We want to go and compete and definitely be up there,” she said.

The men’s team will rely on its distance runners for points, but the team believes they have the potential to score major points across the board.

“We have a really strong core of distance runners this year, but we are strong throughout all the groups,” Reilly said. “We’re looking to get some points in the distance races but also the sprints and jumps.”

The Big Green has three returning athletes who placed at last year’s Heps John Bleday ’14, who won the 3,000-meter run, Reilly, who placed fourth in the 60-meter dash and Sam Yoder ’15, who placed fifth in the high jump. Dartmouth also placed fourth in the distance medley relay and Bleday was awarded First Team All-Ivy for his performance in the 3,000-meter.

Because so many athletes compete in the Heps, the weekend helps the team measure itself against the rest of the Ivy League.

“Heps is always a good opportunity for everyone to come together and compete really well and see what we can do,” Arianna Vailas ’14 said. “It will be really fun to have a meet with the best competing.”

Dartmouth is excited to see its hard work this season pay off on a larger stage, Gilson said. The team is also approaching the meet with confidence, Reilly said.

“We have the talent,” Reilly said. “If we can put it onto the track on the day of the competition, we’ll be all set.”

As Heps and the outdoor season approach and the long indoor season winds down, both teams must work to maintain their high energy and health.

“It’s a really long season, especially since it started in December, so a goal is to not burn out,” Dunchack said. “Indoor Heps is a big meet but we also have Outdoor Heps coming up as well, so a big goal is to keep the training up and avoid hitting plateaus.”

Gilson also emphasized the importance of maintaining the team’s health and avoiding burnout throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Following this weekend’s Heps, some members of the track and field teams will compete in the Last Chance meet on March 1 in New York.

Albrecht: Skipping the Gym

Why is it assumed that everyone has to conform to the same expectations of fitness and that failing to do shows a lack of character?

The message is everywhere. In magazines, glossy pages show muscular men lifting weights and toned women happily trotting on the treadmill. Online ads give advice on how to tighten those abs at the gym and which sets to do. It all revolves around one central idea: people need to work out to be worthy of attention and those who do not should feel ashamed.

Dartmouth women sit in circles at lunch, bemoaning the FoCo cookies now in their stomach or grabbing bland salads because they have been “bad.” They compare who has worked out this week and who has not, with the former coming out prideful winners and the latter feeling lazy and worthless.

These women (and men, though the phenomenon is less common among them) are often healthy young adults who otherwise feel fine about the way their lives are going. But regardless of workload, schedule or most importantly, personal interest, the consensus is that everyone should go to the gym a few times a week.

Why is it assumed that everyone has to conform to the same expectations of fitness and that failing to do shows a lack of character? Exercise comes in different forms, which should primarily serve and concern the individual involved. Personal health can be achieved by taking walks, ice skating, playing “Dance Central,” throwing a Frisbee believe it or not, physical fitness exists outside of timed runs and hellish Stairmasters.

We all knowingly do things that are not conducive to a “healthy” lifestyle. Smoking and drinking are not advantageous to lasting health, no matter what one may hope. Why are these socially acceptable, but skipping the gym is not, when the former is more detrimental? Though public health is a factor here, there is a difference between encouraging obese children to eat apples and play outside on the one hand, and fat-shaming students of average weight on the other. Some physical activity is necessary; running marathons is not.

Dartmouth especially falls prey to destructive assumptions of physical conformity. Everywhere you look, you see someone coming back from sports practice or mowing pedestrians down on their morning jog. Everyone on campus appears to be physically fit. Little wonder, at a school where the outing club boasts one of the largest extracurricular memberships.

Athletes, of course, can be reasonably expected to exercise deeply and often. But their participation suggests a passion, or at least an affinity, for such activity. They play their sport because they genuinely want to; thus, this column is not about them. This is about the people who wake up distraught because they “have” to go on their morning jog and who shame others into doing the same.

If you do not want to exercise, that is okay. Do not let others shame you into feeling guilty for it, because such activities are not anyone else’s concern. It is no one’s business whether someone else is going to the gym. If somebody abhors going on a run, or riding a bike, or lifting weights or dancing, that is absolutely fine. People should not be made to feel worthless because they do not participate in something that they hate. Regular, narrowly defined exercise is not a mandatory element of life. It is entirely possible to do great things without holding a gym membership or running for miles in the snow.

The problem does not lie only with those who judge others, but also with those who judge themselves. In fact, the first step has to be self-respect. Individuals need to realize that others’ opinions of their exercise habits simply do not matter. Appraising others’ exercise habits is a problem for the person judging, not the person being judged.

Once you internalize this kind of respect, it favorably affects how you see others. When you stop beating yourself up about not going to the gym, you stop beating up others for the same. If the gospel of gym worship is ignored, people can actually spend their time doing things that truly make them happy.