Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Professor Julie Kalish visits Tri-Kap

On March 26th, we hosted professor Julie Kalish ‘91 at our house for an academic talk. Professor Kalish teaches at the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and is also an expert on constitutional law. Along with her responsibilities at Dartmouth, she recently tried and won the case Hackett v. Town of Franklin in front of the Vermont Supreme court. She and her colleagues on the case were given Jonathan B. Chase Cooperating Attorney Award for their work with the ACLU.

The main topic of Professor Kalish’s talk was the first amendment and its implication for college students, but the discussion covered topics from the recent Hobby Lobby case to first amendment rights of students on college campuses. Brotherhood attendance was strong, and many actively participated with the conversation. Professor Kalish ended up staying within the house and discussing constitutional law with brothers for more than two hours. Here are some pictures of Professor Kalish and of brothers enjoying the talk. We really appreciated the opportunity to talk to Professor Kalish, and hope to have a few more academic events this term!

Professor Kalish speaking to our brothers

A packed house had a great time learning a little bit more about constitutional law


George Philipose '15
Academic Chair

Saturday, March 22, 2014

IM Basketball Champions

Tri-Kap has now become the dominating force in the IM leagues with our recent championship win over Heorot. This now makes us back-to-back champions including our Soccer championship last fall. With a commanding win of 38-31 over a strong Heorot team, we brought home the championship t-shirts to expand our already impressive collection. Plans are already being made for establishing our dynasty and further adding to our championship collection by putting together a strong team for IM Softball this spring.
The championship winning team celebrating their decisive victory Heorot

Aaron Goone

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st Los Angeles Tri-Kap Reunion

18 Tri-Kaps got together on Saturday, January 11 for a great night at SmithHouse Tap & Grill for our first Los Angeles Tri-Kap Reunion. Thanks to Richard Park ’01, Ed Son ’08, Chris Takeuchi ’09 and Blair Randall ’11 for organizing. The turnout was a great one for a first time event so many miles from Hanover. While many of those Tri-Kaps who attended were graduates from the ‘90s and ‘00s, we were happy to have Bill Danforth ’60 and his wife Joanne join us as well as Greg Pulis ’74.
The group had a great time together reconnecting, sharing stories and meeting fellow Tri-Kaps. Bill shared with us the sad news of the passing just that morning of Tony Rodolakis ’60. Over the years of Tony’s illness, Bill and many of his Tri-Kap classmates routinely visited Tony in Massachusetts together. Bill gave a stirring tribute to Tony and said that he and many of his Tri-Kap classmates were on the phone that morning after news of Tony’s death circulated. Greg was kind enough to lead the group in a verse of the Tri-Kap Marching Song in honor of Tony. All those in attendance received a Tri-Kap coffee mug emblazoned with the Pillar and Shield seal. Everyone had a great time and promised to both get together for future Los Angeles reunions and spread the word to other Tri-Kaps. Look out for upcoming Tri-Kap reunions in your area on the website at www.tri-kap.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rauner History Visit

This past Friday, February 14th, the pledges, joined by me (House Historian Matthew Graves) and their Pledge Trainer Scott Nelson, made a visit to Rauner Library to view house artifacts and explore our rich history. It was a great opportunity for all of the pledges to learn about house history through reading old meetings notes and see a number of old pictures. A number of upperclassmen also made the trip with the new members and everyone had a great time. It was particularly interesting to examine the house photos from the late 1800's, which impressed everyone present with the vibrant traditions and history of our house. We look forward to adding in our own memories and contributions to this great society for those a century from now to look back and get the same feeling of connectedness as we do today. 

Matthew Graves '15

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Tribute to Hamilton Chase '47

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of H. Hamilton (“Ham”) Chase.

Ham’s passion for Tri-Kap began during his undergraduate years as he was an active member of the brotherhood.  After graduation he settled in Keene, New Hampshire and continued his active involvement with the College. He was often seen on the campus attending alumni functions. He rarely missed a home hockey game.  While in town, he often found time to stop by Tri-Kap to visit with the brothers.  He shared stories of his beloved Class of ’47 and always showed a deep concern for the welfare of the House.

Ham was President of the Tri-Kap Alumni Board of Directors for many years. He would make the trip from Keene (often several times a week) and whenever necessary to attend meetings, initiate new members, or just hang out. He seemed to revel in the company of the brothers in the place many of us call “home at Dartmouth”.

When I joined the Board in 2003, he welcomed me with his typical charm - making sure I felt comfortable with the group. He looked out not only for the short-term happenings in the fraternity, but also for the long-term needs. He started the idea of a capital campaign to address the deterioration of our, then, 85 year lodge building. Ham was all for anything that would make the brotherhood stronger. He truly worked for every project, for the welfare of Tri-Kappa, for promoting its ideals, for upholding its fair name.

When he stepped down from the Board, the undergraduates wrote and signed a letter thanking Ham for his service.  Alumni and undergraduates alike wrote articles in “The Pillar” celebrating his service. Francisco Ayala '02 painted a wonderful portrait of Ham (pictured above), which hangs on the walls of the GOTE room today. Even after he stepped down from the Board, Ham continued to demonstrate an interest in the brothers and the welfare of the fraternity. For 70 years, Ham served the fraternity as a brother, alumnus, advisor, and President of the Board. He taught and embodied the Dartmouth “work hard, play hard” ethic.

Tri-Kap Board Members and Undergraduates at Ham's Funeral

I, along with Terry Lowd ’66, Steve Larmon ’74, Matt Graves '14, Anka Tezcan '15, Brian White '15, Robbie Bhattacharjee '15, and Josh Schoenbart '16 (pictured above) attended the services for Ham at United Church of Christ, Central Square in Keene, NH on Saturday, Nov 8th. Ham’s wife Dot and most of his 6 children and 19 grandchildren were in attendance. We were all proud to sing the Tri-Kap Marching Song in his honor. I saw several of Ham’s children smiling while we sang. Ham’s daughter Carol Craig told me afterward that some of Ham’s classmates (Frank Weber '47, Bill Hallager '47, John Trethaway '47 and Fred Sistare '47) were within the vicinity of where we were singing and were thrilled.

A great son of Kappa has passed from the near ship to the ship in the distance – blazing the path before us. His leadership of the Board of Directors during a critical period in the House’s life was instrumental in keeping Tri-Kap the strong institution that it continues to be today.  His presence and leadership were exemplary. Tri-Kap is a better place, as is Dartmouth College, for his devotion and dedicated leadership. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his untiring efforts on behalf of the fraternity.  

Yours in Kappa,
James McKim '83

IM Competition Successes

This term saw great success athletically for the brotherhood teams in our intramural competitions. With a championship title in IM Soccer and a 2nd place finish in IM Volleyball, our brothers continue to show that our hard work and dedication to athletics is a strong part of Tri-Kap. 

Led by brilliant play from club soccer players Anka Tezcan '15 and Hector Iturbe '16, the brothers of Tri-Kap prevailed 2-0 in the championship game against the Thayer engineers soccer team. The team had an undefeated championship run, tying only once against the Thayer team earlier in the season. 

The Championship Team

Coming off our IM Soccer championship, the brotherhood placed 2nd in the IM Volleyball tournament, narrowly losing to the AXA team in the finals.

We look forward to carrying these successes into the next term, when the brotherhood will participate (and win!) in IM Basketball, IM Hockey, and IM Tennis.

Aaron Goone '14

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Haunted House

Our annual Tri-Kap Haunted House was a huge success, seeing many community members and their children attend and get scared by our new members. Families were able to have fun at stations run by co-hosting sororities (KKG, Tri-Delt, AZD, KD, etc) and then take a tour of our overhauled basement, transformed into a haunted house maze that elicited quite a few scares from children and adults alike. A huge thank you to Manav Raj '15, the Philanthropy Chair who organized and advertised the event as well as the new members who executed the haunted house and scared with perfection.

Take a look at some of the pictures taken during the event:

Jake Bayer '16 as Mr McGibblets from The League

Kevin Kim '16 setting up the maze

Aaron Goone '14

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Homecoming 2013

Thank you to everyone who showed up to make this Homecoming 2013 one of the best yet! We had a great weekend of festivities that kicked off early with Homecoming meetings on Wednesday, which featured a surprise early arrival of some '12 alums and an event with Alpha Phi sorority afterwards. The traditional Homecoming shenanigans continued Thursday and into Friday, including a large invite-only event with Kappa Delta sorority and Sig Ep fraternity immediately after the bonfire and a dance party featuring our very own Max Bildner '14 as DJ Nokturnal.

Saturday shifted gears to a more relaxed note to provide some recovery from the previous days' fun. We hosted our Alumni Barbecue and were greatly pleased to see and talk to many alumni and their families throughout the afternoon. After going to the Homecoming game versus Yale, the true competition heated up in the basement with our annual Alumni Beer Pong Tournament. While Saturday marked the end of official events for our Homecoming weekend, we had a great time with all those who stayed into Sunday and made for an awesome way to end Homecoming 2013.

Homecoming is always a time of tradition for Dartmouth and it is no different for us here at Tri-Kap. While the events make for a fun weekend, the alumni and friends who come up to share the experiences (and meet our great new class of '16s) elevate the weekend to the level of incomparable tradition within our brotherhood. With that said, the undergraduates thank absolutely everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to make this Homecoming 2013 great, and for continuing to show how strong and important our brotherhood is.
From Left to Right: Andres Ramirez '14, Will Bollenbach '15, Josh Schoenbart '16, and Derek Leung '14

Aaron Goone

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Recent Tri-Kap Reunions

Thanks to all those who made it to 1 Webster Avenue during the June Reunions period at the house. We had a great turnout from many classes including the ’68s, the ’69s, the ’78s, the ’83s, the ’88s and the ’08s at the receptions held by the Tri-Kap Board and the undergraduates in the living room.  It was a great time for Tri-Kaps to reconnect with the house and each other and meet fellow brothers.

The ’74s had a large gathering in August at the home of Paul ’74 and Amy Mesches in Westfield, NJ for a reunion 39 years after their graduation.  Paul reports that the get together was spurred by conversations months before among a few ’74s who agreed that they just couldn’t wait until their 40th class reunion in June 2014 to get together.  An impressive showing of 14 members of the Kappa class of ’74 and one ’73 made it to NJ with their spouses.  The group enjoyed a great afternoon and evening around a keg and the Mesches’ smoker, telling old stories, introducing spouses and generally catching up.  Ed Weselcouch even brought photos from their time together at Tri-Kap and Dartmouth in the early ’70s.  Most returned the next morning for bagels and cookies.  Check out the photo of the group at Paul’s house.

Caption for photo:   (kneeling): Steve Larmon, Scott Lewellen. (standing, left to right): Bo Shenberger, Ed Weselcouch, Bruce Williamson, Wayne Whitmore, Kevin McDonnell, Chris Gates, Jody Hodgdon, Bob MacAllister, George Wolohojian, Rick Castello, Paul Mesches, Jay Goebel and Steve Geanacopoulos.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Summer House Improvement

This summer brought about major changes to the physical plant of our fraternity. As most of the brothers of the 2015 Class were living in the house, we grew, more than ever, to appreciate the hallowed halls of our brotherhood.

One major change that took place during 13X was the institution of weekly Friday House Manager Projects in place of our normal lock-in projects. We ended up setting aside 2-3 hours every Friday and several Saturdays for a project that would both involve the entire brotherhood and improve the physical condition of our house.

We began by doing some major yard work consisting of trimming and excising the overgrown hedges on the side of the house and power-washing the bathroom and the beach. The following week, we refurnished the main hall and painted the front entrance (both interior and exterior), giving a fresh, new look to our foyer. Subsequent projects ranged from cleaning up the attic, GOTE Room, and power-washing the kitchen room of the basement. We'd also like to give thanks to brother Jeremy Thibodeau for doing a great job in refurbishing our first floor bar in conjunction with his movie project being shot right here on campus.

The state of the house is slowly improving, and our class has done its best to keep the house lively and presentable for our alums, parents, and visitors. Stop by soon to have a cold drink and offer any suggestions you might have for how we can better maintain and further improve our beloved property here at 1 Webster Avenue.

Yours in Kappa,
Kevin Kim
House Manager