Monday, May 02, 2016

Summer Elections Results


Today we held elections for Sophomore Summer 16X. Thank you to everyone who came. Below are the results. Congratulations to all of those who were elected!

President: Jon Schwartz
Vice President: Abe Herrera
Treasurer: Eric Fett
House Managers: Rob Sayegh and Cody Pennypacker
Risk Manager: Matt Vance
Social Chairmen: Elias Bello and Ruben Gallardo
Programming Chairmen: Marcus Reid and Luke Berlinghof
Philanthropy Chairman: Sam Kim
Academic and Sustainability Chairman: Julian Marcu
Jock Chairman: Cesar Rufino


Ted Poatsy '17

Jon Schwartz '18, Summer President
Abe Herrera '18, Summer VP

Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 4


As always, we hope this blog post finds you in good health and good spirits, wherever you may be.

Before delving into this week's events, a quick construction update: the brotherhood is very excited about the progress of the house. The 2nd floor porch, "The Beach", is well on its way to completion, as is the front ramp that will be instrumental in allowing Tri-Kap to officially open. Daily progress leaves us optimistic about the prospect of being able to host official events in our hallowed halls within the next month.

This weekend was an eventful one, and began with a rewarding philanthropy event organized by Cody Pennypacker '18, our phil chair. A handful of brothers received their phil hours for the term by attending a viewing and discussion of "The Hunting Ground", a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. The film was extremely rewarding, and the brotherhood hopes to employ some of the key lessons from the movie to make our house a safe, secure space on campus. Tri-Kap had the highest participation rate of any Greek house in the event, which we are very proud of.

Brothers Cody Pennypacker, '18, Jake Bayer '16, Eric Chalif '16,
and Ronak Kanwar '17
at the movie showing
Vince Puzak '17 eating Tuk Tuk Thai at the movie showing
 Following the showing, a number of brothers attended a Seder hosted by brother Sam Libby '17 in the GOTE room. I'm sure I speak for all those who attended when I say we cannot thank Sam enough for his work in putting this great event together. Along with traditional food and authentic Seder setup, Sam put a "Tri-Kap twist" on this Seder making brothers of all religions and beliefs feel welcome. We pride ourselves on our diversity and acceptance of others' traditions; and this is just another example of that mantra.

Saturday night saw Tri-Kap's first participation in Collis Governing Board's weekly trivia night, hosted in One Wheelock. A small crew of brothers, including a couple of ex-trivia bowl-ers, answered questions ranging from Kobe to Pixar Films over smooth brews and snacks. We are hoping to transpose this trivia night to Wednesday, when Salt Hill Pub hosts Trivia night.

Brothers at CGB trivia
Finally, today was an IM softball day. Bros arrived at the field early to take BP and infield practice, and man did it pay off during the game. Thanks to a 10-run second inning and solid left field defense by Josh Lange '17, Tri-Kap fended off a comeback from "The Village Idiots" to win 20-14, putting us in prime position for the impending playoffs.

Jerry Peng puffs his way to first base in an attempt to beat out an infield single.

If you find yourself in the upper valley, feel free to stop by or give us a shout via email!

Jeff Lang 
Vice President

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Brotherhood Spotlight: Cesar Rufino


To further foster the connection between the many esteemed alumni of Tri-Kappa and the current undergraduates, we have decided to bring back the "Brotherhood Spotlight", a periodic post in which an undergraduate brother shares his experiences, viewpoints, and the role of Tri-Kap in his life. We hope these posts will allow the potential for connection between alumni and undergraduates while yielding a strong sense of the diverse character of the brotherhood of which we are extremely proud. Enjoy.

Jeff Lang, VP


I hope this post finds you all well, no matter where you are. My name is Cesar Rufino and I am a member of the Class of 2018 hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Specifically, I lived in Roger’s Park for the first 18 years of my life, so transitioning to the rural life of Dartmouth was definitely a struggle. I am a Mexican-American first-generation student, and the eldest of 4. I have a 17-year-old sister, a 12-year-old brother, and an 8-year-old brother. As a child, my life was definitely different from those of my siblings, for I was part of my parents’ own transition to life in the United States; they immigrated to this country when they were teenagers. For example, I did not play any organized sports until high school. Fortunately, I cherished my time, and I was Varsity captain of both the Cross Country and Track teams; I ended up qualifying for the state finals in both sports a combined 4 times. 

I am currently one of the Tri-Kap’s three rush chairs and hope to continue to be involved in the house. Outside of Tri-Kap, I am a First-Year Peer Mentor, a Spanish tutor, and am currently involved in the Rocky Global Leadership Program. Most importantly, I have been serving on QuestBridge’s National Ambassador Executive Board for the past 10 months. QuestBridge is a scholarship program that aims to match students from underprivileged backgrounds with elite postsecondary institutions; I was fortunate enough to receive a very generous offer from Dartmouth and ease any financial burden on my father, who is a local residential painter in Chicago. Now, while on the board, I aim to increase applicant numbers and show high school students that there is no ceiling to what they can achieve.

My ultimate goal in life is to provide for my family. They have supported each and every endeavor of mine up to this point, something I am eternally thankful for. On a larger scale, I am currently studying Government because I am very interested in immigration, urban, and youth policy. I want to be able to go back to the city of Chicago and provide for those that need assistance as I did.

Family is the most important thing to me. I always try my best to go home over interim and see my siblings. Whenever I am back in Chicago, I serve as a soccer coach for my 12-year-old brother’s youth squad. I have been a sporadic youth soccer coach for five years now, and hope to continue supporting my siblings in any way possible. Coming to Dartmouth was extremely emotional for me, for I was leaving the foundation and people that gave me strength every day of my young life. On campus, my freshman year was a dark one. However, Tri-Kap eventually became my family away from home and I am proud to consider every one of my brothers as part of the system that motivates me every day. Now, in a new Kappa lodge, our fraternity has the opportunity to grow stronger than ever. I am proud to be a part of this process and look to give everything that I have to the brotherhood for years to come. 

Please, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you would ever like to have a conversation, are up on campus, or visit Chicago. My mom and I will cook you up a mean meal. 


Cesar Rufino ‘18

Friday, April 08, 2016

Move-In Continues


The beginning of this term marks a momentous occasion for the brothers of Tri-Kappa: move-in to the new Kappa lodge at 1 Webster. I'm sure I speak for the entire brotherhood when I say we cannot begin to describe our excitement at both the improvements made to the house and the prospect of making this new space our home. A special shout out to the members of move-in crew, especially Sam Libby '17, Keaton Renta '16, Ronak Kanwar '17, Vince Puzak '17, and Ted Poatsy '17, who worked tirelessly to prepare the new house for its new inhabitants. Also infinite thanks to brother Bruce Williamson whose team has made a huge effort to make the house available to the brothers this spring term. While much remains to be done, progress has continued at a rapid pace, and the brothers look forward to welcoming any and all alums to see the new lodge.

The new basement, waiting for some wall decs

The GOTE, newly finished, looking as good as ever
The new '18s class pong table honoring the old 1 Webster
In the midst of move-in, the brotherhood has also been privileged to welcome a new member to the fraternity. Meet Maia Hobart, a black lab pup currently under the tutelage and care of brothers Josh Lange '17 and Josh Schoenbart '16. As Zeus Hobart exits this spring with brother Brett Szalapski '15, the brotherhood looks forward to creating many new memories with this new member of the family.

Maia Hobart
And despite working hard during the day to move into the new Kappa lodge, brothers have still found time to excel around campus. Josh Tupler '16  has recently received the prestigious Fullbright scholarship, and for that the brotherhood congratulates him immensely. Charles Cai '17 came in 2nd in the Cornell Spring Opener golf tournament last weekend playing for the men's golf team. And a large group of brothers represented Tri-Kap at the spring Dance-A-Thon, a 12 hour dance party hosted to support a variety of Upper Valley charities.

Brothers represent Tri-Kap at the Dance-A-Thon last Saturday

We are look forward to keeping all of the alums updated on the status of move-in, and are very excited to welcome brothers to the new lodge this spring.

Jeff Lang
Vice President

Monday, February 15, 2016

Meet Julie Kalish

The brotherhood has welcomed two house advisers into the fold as part of new requirements for Greek Houses to have a faculty member of each sex help bridge the gap between Dartmouth professors and students while also acting as a valuable resource for guidance. In addition to Roger Ulrich '77, a former Tri-Kap and Ralph Butterfield Professor of Classical Studies, we have Julie Kalish '91 (check out her bio In order to better introduce her to those of you who haven't been around to take a class with her or attend one of our academic talks with her, her former student, Eric Fett '18, offered to interview her.

Here is the interview that Eric, one of our rush chairs, wrote after sitting down with her:

Hey Alumns, 

I’M EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT OUR NEW HOUSE ADVISOR Julie Kalish. Stemming from the Dartmouth Moving Forward initiative, the college requires every house to have one male and one female house sponsor (or advisor). That advisor is in charge of overseeing house events, connecting Tri-Kap to the larger Dartmouth academic community, and acting as a faculty resource for academic and emotional support. Our female advisor is a member of Dartmouth's Class of 1991 who could never let go of the granite state’s beauty. After growing up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Ms. Kalish’s first college visit to Dartmouth was an inspiring one. Instantly falling in love with Hanover’s spring beauty, she chose to apply early and never looked back. While at Dartmouth, she followed her passions majoring in English and minoring studio art—well basically considering she was two classes away and did not even realize. Her biggest activity on campus was RWIT where she started to develop her passion for teaching. She boasts of living in the Choates before they were decrepit, joining Panarchy because of their inclusivity, artsy nature, and quirkiness, and being affiliated with Casque & Gauntlet her senior year.  After graduating, she did not know what to pursue; she loved culture, she loved traveling, and she loved London. So, she applied and was accepted to University College London graduate school program for English. Eventually, graduate school ended, Professor Kalish, as she would now be known, started working as a TA for writing 2-3 back at Dartmouth. After a year of working, getting a higher degree job and following her dream of becoming a professional puppeteer caused her to leave Dartmouth once again and find work in New York City. A job with Sesame Street was her biggest fantasy. Getting closer to that dream, she worked an unpaid internship at a children’s television workshop while being a personal assistant to a celebrity power couple for some extra money. Eventually, the idea starts to dawn on her that the workshop could not be her end career so she goes back once again to Dartmouth to now teach writing 2-3. At only 26, she was responsible for teaching fifteen Dartmouth students how to properly write and more importantly THINK. She loved teaching but felt that she was a little too young to be a full time professor and maybe a city would be a better social environment. Moving to San Francisco was not as easy as expected, and working as a grant writer in the city for about a year, came to the realization that Dartmouth was her true home and teaching young adults how to critically think was truly her passion. 5 years later, Professor Kalish made the decision that a PhD in English was not the route for her and made the decision to pursue law school to make a difference. A trip to Alaska made her fervent about environmental issues, so she quit teaching for a small time to pursue law school at VLS (Vermont Law School). Post-graduation, VLS gave her an impeccable offer if to come back and build a new program to help revamp the bar passing rate. She knew the school, she knew the system, and she knew the student. She could not refuse. However, shortly after accepting the job, Professor Kalish had a final awakening. What she loved about teaching undergraduates is that they have a fresh mind and are just beginning their professional path. All VLS students are too many student loans deep into not graduating, so sometimes it’s hard to convince potentially out-of-place lawyers that a different path may be more conducive to their success. She ended up quitting her job at VLS, and once again returned to Dartmouth to teach writing 2-3 and 5 while also working in conjunction with the ACLU of Vermont.

I had Professor Kalish my freshman Fall for Writing 5, so I can attest to her kind heart, great teaching skills, and ability to make young adults want to learn. She allows all her students to develop their own right answer as long as they can provide a sound argument as to how they arrived to their own conclusion. I personally grew in ways I cannot express in both my oral and written debate skills, and I credit that to Professor Kalish. She is a soft-spoken woman who will tell you what you need hear to improve. She is a great confidential source for everyone in our house, both in academia and personal growth. I could not be more thrilled to have been given such a great faculty member as our new house advisor.

Eric Fett '18

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winter Rush

Kappa Kappa Kappa welcomed four new members into the class of 2018 this winter: Sachin Vadodaria, Noe Medrano, Samuel Kim, and Timothy Connor.

Sachin studies Economics and Computer Science and is involved with the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program. As a huge soccer fan, he supports Arsenal FC.
Noe is an Economics major. He plays pickup soccer and poker on campus.
Samuel is a Chem major and is doing research about obesity treatment. He is also in the powerlifting club.
Timothy studies history and classics and writes for The Dartmouth.

Theodore Poatsy ’17 and Brett Szalapski ’15 will help them to smoothly integrate into the house. The ‘18s especially are excited to more members to their class. As a class, they strive to encourage and aid the new winter members to learn our house’s values. Though it will prove to be a challenge with an off-campus house in the brutally cold and snowy winter of Hanover, the new members are determined to become integral parts of their class and Kappa Kappa Kappa as a whole.

As the icy winter term moves along, Kappas await with excitement completion of the new house on 1 Webster. We will still have the off-campus house, which, if filled with ‘18s, could be a unique way to establish closer bonds within the class before sophomore summer. Several ‘18s have already expressed interest in living off-campus house.

For the immediate future, we look on as the Winter new members enjoy learning the spirit of Tri-Kap from the rest of the brotherhood.

-- Rush Chairs
Kent Ueno, Cesar Rufino and Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January Check-In

Tri-Kaps have stormed back to campus for the final term before moving into our renovated home at 1 Webster. We've managed to enjoy the fruits of brotherhood by hosting social events at the brothers' off-campus house, at sororities and other fraternities. In the Fall, brothers and their dates turned out for the formal the DOC House on the North end of Occom Pond.

(House in the Fall 2015 - Danny Katz '16)

Transitioning from Fall to Winter has allowed the new 18s to bring additional new members through Winter rush. In addition to our twenty-one men from Fall rush, this Winter we welcomed:
  • Samin Kim '18
  • Sachin Valodaria '18
  • Cameron Isen '18
  • Timothy Connor '18
  • Noe Medrano '18
Now with 18s as rush chairs and other execs, it is nice to see them learning responsibility to prepare for the new house. Working with Bruce Williamson '74 to realize our dream of an improved house is about finish as brothers expect to move into the new house.

(House in the Winter - Anka Tezcan '15)

Seeing tangible progress from the Rockefeller Center for both Fall and Winter rush seemed to have helped increase our rush class for the second straight year. With active brothers spanning four classes, the brotherhood's meetings at Tom Dent Cabin every Wednesday night have been a rowdy time for us to come together as a brotherhood.

(A look inside the new third-floor suite - Bruce Williamson '74)

Let us know if you're coming up for Winter Carnival- February 11-14, 2016.

Look forward to more communication this term from the brothers.

Friday, October 16, 2015

2016 Rush Information

We are proud to welcome the following Dartmouth students to the brotherhood of Kappa Kappa Kappa.
  • Theodore R. Bausch '18  [son of former Tri-Kap treasurer Ken Bausch '86]
  • Elias D. Bello '18
  • Luke R. Berlinghof '18
  • Eric W. Fett '18
  • Ruben Gallardo Lopez '18
  • Abraham Herrera '18
  • David Laguna '18
  • John Ling '17
  • Julian A. Marcu II '18
  • Bailey M. Miller '18
  • Vikram S. Naidu '18
  • Jerry Peng '18
  • Cody J. Pennypacker '18
  • Skyler J. Perot '18
  • Marcus X. Reid '18
  • Cesar Rufino '18
  • Robert Y. Sayegh '18
  • Jonathan C. Schwartz '18
  • Owen W. Stoddard '18
  • Kent Ueno '18
  • Matthew S. Vance '18
Their first week of being brothers in the house saw the return of many alumni for Dartmouth's annual Homecoming celebration. Brothers from the previous classes stretching back many years made a point of coming to our off-campus home at 25 Valley Road to meet the new members, check on Tri-Kap's alternative residence and, of course, play pong. New member educators, Arun Reddy '17 and Jake Bayer '16, will embody a true spirit of respect and admiration for the generations of Kappas before them over the course of Fall term.

Brothers check out the progress on renovations during Homecoming
The expanded basement.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28th Update


As the sun sets on 15X, the '17s brothers of Tri-Kappa could not have asked for a better end to a fantastic summer. Some of the highlights from the past couple of weeks:

Last weekend, for the traditional summer brotherhood trip (and to celebrate our back to back Masters championship), a group of brothers traveled down to Narragansett, RI to Chris Loughlin '17's beach house. The weekend was highlighted by card games of all varieties, football and frisbee on the beach, an impressive number of games of "Cornhole," and a fireworks show at Point Judith CC. It was a special way to end the term, and all involved would like to sincerely thank Chris and his family for their generosity.

The Rhode Island crew
L to R: Sam Libby, Sam Agler, Josh Lange, Jamie Susanin (gf of Chris),
Chris Loughlin, Vince Puzak, Elana Selitsky (gf of Jeff), Jeff Lang
Brothers Josh Lange, Jeff Lang, Sam Agler, Sam Libby, and Vince Puzak enjoy happy hour on the porch 
At the same time, brothers at home were fortunate to participate in Brother Joe Peña '10's wedding. All who attended the rehearsal dinner on Friday night noted what a treat it was to meet the alumni who generously welcomed the undergraduates into their celebration. We would all like to wish a hearty congratulations to Joe on this great occasion. 1 Webster will always be a home to you Joe!

Today, the brothers were fortunate to share an EBA's pizza lunch with the construction workers from DOMUS Inc. who are currently working on our long awaited renovations at 1 Webster. It was great to meet some of the workers, get an update on the progress, and witness firsthand the incredible progress that has been made this summer. The brothers would especially like to thank Bruce Williamson and foreman Mike Higgins for their accommodation of our endless curiosity about the house this summer. We hope to do another event like this again in the fall.

The brothers and workers gathered together today at 1 Webster to share a pizza lunch
As Summer VP, it has been my privilege to share the activities of the brotherhood during 15X. I think I speak for the whole '17s class when I say this summer has been a fabulous bonding experience for all of us, and we are tighter than ever despite the lack of our Hallowed Halls. Our summer motto, "No House, No Problem", was definitely realized. 

Looking forward, we could not be more excited to welcome the '16s back to campus, and to welcome the next generation of brothers to Tri-Kappa in the fall. 

As always, if you are ever in the Hanover area, please reach out. 

Jeff Lang '17
Summer VP

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18th Update


As always, we hope this blog post finds you all in happiness and good health. The past few weeks of this summer have been some of the most amazing of the term, and even better times await until finals period.

Last Saturday, the brotherhood had its termly Lock-In, in which the entire brotherhood spent the day together at the off campus house, engaging in discussion and a variety of activities. With brother Joe Minichiello '17 grilling up burgers and dogs, and some beautiful weather, a great time was had by all.

On Sunday, joined by the Alpha Phi sorority, the brotherhood made its first trip to the copper mines. Again blessed with great weather, everyone enjoyed the thrill of 40 foot cliff jumping.

The brothers of Tri-Kap and the sisters of Alpha Phi at the copper mines

A week went by and the '17's brotherhood prepared itself for one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer: Masters. By Wednesday, after much deliberation, the brotherhood had decided on its two representative teams: brothers Sam Agler and Josh Lange (A), and brothers Chris Loughlin and Jeff Lang (B). Joined by a huge contingent of '15s and '16s who came up for the weekend, the brotherhood avidly and loudly cheered on our representatives. Though Agler and Lange experienced some bad luck early on, Chris Loughlin and Jeff Lang were able to make it all the way to the finals, and secure the victory for Tri-Kappa. The celebration lasted through the night. The fraternity has now won the tournament two years in a row, thanks to the play of Charles Cai '16 and Danny Katz '16 last summer.

The brothers in the basement of Chi Heorot after their Masters victory

This coming weekend, the brothers look forward to finishing out the summer with a retreat to brother Chris Loughlin's house in Rhode Island. Prior to that, however, many brothers are excited to attend the rehearsal dinner for brother Joe Peña '10's wedding, which will take place at the DOC house. We cannot thank Joe enough for offering to include us in this important event in his life, and offer our infinite congratulations to him for this momentous occasion.

Again, if you are ever in the Hanover area, please do not hesitate to reach out. Wherever our halls may be, any space inhabited by the brothers of Tri-Kappa will always be a home to you.

Jeff Lang
Summer VP