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Verbum Ultimum: Pledging to Change

(09/25/14 9:36pm)

The time has passed for symbolic gestures. On Sunday, the Interfraternity Council announced the formal end of the traditional pledge term. While we commend this move to address hazing, one of the biggest perceived problems of the fraternity system, we urge the presidential steering committee to assume that no meaningful change results from the announcement when the committee recommends further reform. With no means to enforce the proclamation, and no added incentive for new or older members to stop hazing, announcing the abolition of pledge term is not an all-encompassing solution.

Cross country faces top talent in Boston

(09/25/14 7:20pm)

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action this Friday at Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, where they will line up against some of the best teams in the Ivy League and around the country.The men will square off against four ranked teams — No. 3 the University of Oregon, No. 8 Syracuse University, No. 16 Providence College and No. 30 Columbia University — while the women will be competing against five other ranked teams, including No. 1 University of Michigan and No. 5 Georgetown University.“If we run well at Boston, we’ll move up in the rankings,” men’s head coach Barry Harwick said. “We don’t mind being considered underdogs. We hold our fate in our own hands.”This meet will be a good measure of where the teams sit early in a season where they hope to return to nationals. The men lost four out of seven runners who competed at nationals last year, but Harwick said he believes that this year’s projected top seven is a tight-knit pack and has improved dramatically after training well together in the offseason.“This team is going to surprise some people with how good it is,” he said. “It’s a different type of team than last year’s team. This year, our main goal is to keep the spread between the top five runners less than 30 seconds in every race. At the end of the day, the team score will be in our favor.”As the defending Ivy League champions, the women’s team is focused on bringing another title back to Hanover, while the Big Green men, having placed third in the Ivy League the past three years, look to triumph in what Harwick described as a wide-open field.Two weeks ago, the Big Green men and now-No. 25 women dominated the field at the Dartmouth Invitational, each cruising to easy team victories.Leading the men’s pack is King, who did not run at NCAAs last year, but is fresh off of an individual victory at the Dartmouth Invitational.“It was a great win for the team,” Curtis King ’16 said. “We’re a team that’s really underestimated this year, and to come out without a full squad and to dominate the meet was really great.”The Big Green will also look to team captain Silas Talbot ’15 and Tim Gorman ’16 to join King at the front.The defending Ivy League championship women’s team returns with four of their top five from last year. Dana Giordano ’16, who was the second runner on the team behind Abbey D’Agostino ’14 and claimed All-American honors last season, will lead the pack this season.Team captains Sarah DeLozier ’15 and Alison Lanois ’15, as well as Sarah Bennett ’16, will contribute to the team’s depth. Women’s head coach Courtney Jaworski will also look to Reid Watson ’16 to join the pack, who is one of many strong contenders on the team who have benefitted from a tremendous offseason.“The entire team has made great strides this summer, with strong workouts and a great mindset,” Jaworski said. “This bodes well for us moving forward.”The women’s 5-kilometer race begins at 3 p.m. today, and the men’s 8-kilometer run starts at 3:30 p.m. in Boston. After this weekend, the teams will shift their focus to the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 17, which will assemble the strongest field of teams in the entire country in what could be considered a preview for nationals in November.

Football rekindles Granite State rivalry

(09/25/14 7:14pm)

The only two Division I schools in New Hampshire will face off this weekend on the gridiron for the first time since 2009, as the Big Green travels to Durham to take on No. 7 University of New Hampshire.UNH (2-1, 1-0 CAA) comes into the game ranked seventh in the national FCS Coaches’ Pool and is looking to improve on last season’s national semifinal appearance. After losing its first game to FBS University of Toledo, UNH rolled off a pair of wins over Lehigh University and the University of Richmond.Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 Ivy), on the other hand, is playing only its second game of the season. Last weekend, the Big Green defeated Central Connecticut State University under the lights in Hanover, 35-25.The last time the two teams met, Dartmouth was in the midst of a 17-game losing streak and at one of its lowest points of the decade. The then No. 6 Wildcats rolled to a 44-14 victory. This year, however, the Big Green is regarded as a contender for the Ivy League title, which should lead to a much more competitive game.“It’s definitely a challenge that we’re looking forward to,” wide receiver Ryan McManus ’15 said. “We want to see how we stack up against one of the best teams in the nation.”One of the most important battles of the game figures to be in the trenches on the offensive and defensive lines, an area head coach Buddy Teevens identified for improvement in a press conference following the team’s first game.For Dartmouth, it will be crucial to keep quarterback Dalyn Williams ’16 on his feet. After a shaky first half last week where the team struggled to protect the quarterback and let receivers get open, Williams and the offense began to click on the last drive of the first half and continued rolling in the second, reeling off four consecutive scores to put the game out of reach.“I think we just have to be consistent and protect up front,” McManus said. “I think last game we had some times when the line was blocking well, and the receivers weren’t getting open. This week we just need to string it all together.”Williams was awarded Ivy League co-offensive player of the week for his nearly 300 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) last week.McManus was another key contributor to last week’s offense, tallying a career-high 117 receiving yards in addition to a highlight-reel touchdown in the third quarter.The Dartmouth defense will have its hands full with the Wildcats’ powerful offense that boasts the nation’s fourth-highest passing offense, averaging 336 yards per game. While the offense will be hindered by an injury to junior starting quarterback Sean Goldrich last week, the replacement, senior Andy Vailas has had considerable game experience over his collegiate career including starting six games for the Wildcats last season.Defensive back Troy Donahue ’15 said he hoped that the team could take last week’s momentum and use it against the strong UNH team.The Wildcats’ defense has allowed an average of 26.5 points per game against FCS opponents.The Big Green will play under the lights for the second consecutive week, but this time Dartmouth has a nearly two-hour bus ride across the state before kickoff. Despite having a longer day of travel, assistant coach Cortez Hankton suggested that the veteran team may actually benefit from spending time together on the road.The teams have met 37 times since their first encounter in 1901 with Dartmouth winning the first 16, outscoring its cross-state rivals by an astounding margin of 432-42. However, in recent years, the momentum has switched in the opposite direction with UNH, who has been ranked in the FCS top-25 every week since September 2004, winning the last 12 matchups. The last time the Big Green defeated the Wildcats was in 1976, when Teevens was the third-string signal caller for Dartmouth.The game will also serve as the Big Green’s final tune-up before Ivy League play begins next week. Then, Dartmouth will host the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

Forums highlight health care changes

(09/24/14 10:41pm)

In a five-part series of health care forums that ended yesterday morning, host and executive vice president Richard Mills sparked discussion among faculty and staff regarding changes to this year’s health care plans, before open enrollment begins on Oct. 21. The sessions, attended by around 450, explored factors driving changes in health coverage, including College President Phil Hanlon’s stated desire to address college affordability and a new tax under the Affordable Care Act.

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