Ben Zimmerman


Dartmouth Olympians head to Torino, Italy for Games

The Dartmouth As the 2006 Winter Olympics kick off in Torino, Italy, more than a dozen past, present and future Dartmouth students will look to couple their College green with Olympic gold. Dartmouth boasts 14 of the Ivy League's 29 Winter Olympic participants, with Big Green athletes slated to contend in women's ice hockey, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and the biathlon. On the hockey side, seniors Gillian Apps, Cherie Piper and Katie Weatherston will throw their collective muscle behind Team Canada, while the United States will be represented by Kristin King '02 and Sarah Parsons '09.

Police rethink Tubestock presence

Questioning the wisdom of swimming in the Connecticut River while intoxicated, local law enforcement officials are taking a hard look at the rules and regulations surrounding the annual Tubestock weekend. "The New Hampshire Marine Patrol believes it's a tragedy waiting to happen," Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone said. This year's Tubestock was without major incident, but of the estimated 800 people that participated, not all returned to campus unscathed. "There were injuries, and some people were brought to the hospital, but nothing too serious," Norwich Police Chief Doug Robinson told The Dartmouth. If police were to strengthen their presence at the annual event, Giaccone said that they would consider plans to curb alcohol consumption and require organizers to obtain a permit. "If a permit was not granted and students decided to hold the event anyway, we would have to consider means of punishment," Giaccone added. However, Robinson emphasized that no major decisions would be made in the immediate future, citing an annual pre-Tubestock planning meeting between Dartmouth students, local police and state agencies as the likely source of any significant changes. "At least a month before Tubestock, we have a planning meeting," Robinson said.

Birdie Kim sinks 30-footer to capture Women's U.S. Open

History was in the making at last week's U.S. Open. Everyone knew it. Annika Sorenstam, who had already collected the first two majors of the year, would most likely dominate the field in similar fashion, coming one step closer to the ever-elusive Grand Slam. If that didn't work out, golf enthusiasts could always fall back on the army of ultra-talented teenage amateurs, each looking to become the youngest champion in the Open's 52-year existence. Either way, the little town of Cherry Hills, Colo., was guaranteed a Sunday afternoon to remember. And then, in truly spectacular fashion, a golfer named Birdie Kim ruined it all. Manufacturing a little history of her own, Kim lived up to her name and holed an improbable 30-foot bunker shot on the 18th hole to win the 2005 U.S.

Big Green track breaks hearts at Valentine's Invite

As the men and women of Big Green track and field rolled into the Boston University Valentine's Invitational on Friday, uncertainty hovered ominously over their heads. Though both Dartmouth squads submitted impressive performances against rivals Columbia, Yale, Vermont and New Hampshire, the level of competition in these early match-ups paled in comparison to what they were sure to face over the weekend.

Heat wave forces skiers across border

While Hanover may presently find itself in the midst of this season's first true blizzard, the late burst of precipitation comes too late to save cross-country skiing. Though alpine events will remain at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center, N.H., a lack of snow combined with relatively warm temperatures has driven the cross-country portion of the Carnival to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe,Vt. The action at Stowe -- which doubles as UVM's home course -- kicks off on Friday with the men's 10-kilometer classical race at 10 a.m., followed by the women's five-kilometer classical an hour and a half later.