Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montreal Trip

This term, the brotherhood eschewed a traditional formal to instead take a trip to Montreal. Brothers, some with dates, went up this last weekend for Montreal's Festival of Lights, and enjoyed the sights and the nightlife of the city. Following a debaucherous and rowdy weekend, we were all tired, but determined to make another trip up North in the Spring.

A group of brothers and their dates outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal

From left to right, Marty Gatens '15 and his date, Anka Tezcan '15, Arun Reddy '17, and Sam Agler '17

Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj '15
Vice President

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Tri-Kap's Faculty Mixer

This Friday, Tri-Kap hosted its first ever faculty mixer. Brothers invited their favorite professors from around campus to 1 Webster Avenue to enjoy their company, share a little wine with them, and get to know them a little bit better outside of the classroom. We had a great turnout, and were happy to have an alum, Professor Roger Ulrich '77, as one of our guests.

Brothers cleaning and preparing the Great Hall for the Mixer
The professors that came seemed to have a good time and were appreciative of the opportunity to get a better understanding of fraternities at Dartmouth. After the success we experienced on Friday, we plan to host a similar mixer every term.

Professors and brothers mingling

Yours in Kappa,
George Philipose '15
Academic Chair

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Rush

This last weekend, fraternities around campus held Winter Rush, and Tri-Kap welcomed three new members in to our brotherhood. We are really excited with the guys we got, and we look forward to teaching them about our house and our values. Below are pictures of brothers during rush and the three new members:

The Great Hall filled with brothers and rushees

Marty Gatens '15 and James Howe '17

The newest Tri-Kaps in their favorite shirts. From left to right, Sam Libby '17, Miguel Peña '16, and Vince Puzak '17

Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj
Vice President

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Dean Ameer Visits Tri-Kap

On October 24th, Dean Inge-Lise Ameer came to Tri-Kap to talk to the brotherhood about her life and her experience as Dean of Dartmouth. The brothers really appreciated the opportunity to meet Dean Ameer and talk to her in a casual setting. The brotherhood listened to Dean Ameer discuss the current campus climate, her involvement with the Tri-Kap Capital Campaign, and her path to her current position. She also spent time taking brothers questions about any and all subjects that came up. Dean Ameer spent over an hour at the house and only left because she had another appointment. We were really happy to have her come over and look forward to working with her more through the process.
Brothers listening to Dean Ameer
Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj '15
Vice President

Brotherhood Bio: Charles Cai

In an effort to highlight some of the interesting things that brothers are doing, we will be putting up some posts that allow brothers to share their passions. Below, Charles Cai, a member of the '16 class and one of our Rush Chairs, talks a little bit about his experience with music and singing with the Aires. 

Golf for me has been such a huge part of my life ever since I took it up at the age of 8 and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It all started when I was down in Myrtle Beach, SC on a family vacation, and my dad and I went to the driving range for the first time ever. Despite our lack of experience, we both had a ton of fun and got hooked onto the sport. I am grateful I was able to go through the many ups and downs of golf throughout the years with my dad, who has been there every step of the way.
Charles, third from the left, with other members of the golf team.

In high school, I also ran cross country and winter track but golf was still my main focus come springtime. In the summers, I would spend countless hours working on my game and traveling across the country competing in junior tournaments. Some of my best memories have come from competing and dealing with the pressure that’s present during the last few holes of a golf tournament. Golf has taught me how to remain cool and collected in the heat of the moment, which I think was one of the reasons why Danny Katz ’16 and I were able to win Masters this summer.
Danny Katz '16 and Charles following their victory at Masters
At Dartmouth, I am a member of the varsity golf team and also our team’s DP2 mentor and Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative. My freshman year, I was voted as the team’s Rookie of the Year and have enjoyed every moment on the team. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the long van rides we take traveling to tournaments as we share stories and crack jokes. We just wrapped up the fall season a few weeks back and it was a successful one. We started off the season with 2 straight wins as a team and the freshmen were able to gain a lot of invaluable experience. We hope to build on this momentum and carry it into the spring season, which culminates in the Ivy League Championship during the last week.

Yours in Kappa,
Charles Cai '16

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brotherhood Bio: Brian Chalif

In an effort to highlight some interesting projects that current brothers are working on, we will be putting up some posts that allow brothers to share their passions. Below, Brian Chalif, a member of the '16 class and one of our Rush Chairs, talks a little bit about his experience with music and singing with the Aires. 

Brian before one of his a capella shows
In high school, I was always known as the musician. I played violin, guitar, piano, and I sang. Coming to Dartmouth, I had little expectations to continue music to such a large extent. However, I now am in Glee Club, Gospel Choir, Canta Choral, a Jazz Trio, take voice lessons, and am a double major with music. Despite my involvement in all these activites, the biggest impact on my Dartmouth career was my freshman trip leader, who convinced me to audition for a cappella. 

Brian during his FSP in London
Being a member of the Dartmouth Aires has been an adventure I could not have imagined when coming to Dartmouth a little over two years ago. My first term at Dartmouth, the group sang at Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign rally in Hanover. Later the same term, the Aires sang at an Obama and Clinton Presidential campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire for over 15,000 people. The rest of the year was full of exciting shows, including the traditional East Coast winter tour and an exciting international tour to Aruba.

Brian, fourth from the right, with the Aires
Now, two years later, it is still a constant stream of new experiences. Last spring, we recorded an album, which after six months of editing is getting released next month. This year our winter tour will be going to the west coast, for the first time in many years. However, most excitingly, this spring the Aires are traveling to China! I am super thrilled for this because, obviously it is a great experience, but I also have planned most of this tour as the spring tour manager. I look forward to this exciting year and to my senior year, where I can give back to the group that has been one of the most significant impacts on my Dartmouth experience.

I hope to see some Kappas at one of our shows in during our spring tour to California.

Yours in Kappa,
Brian Chalif ‘16

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fall Rush

Last weekend, fraternities across campus held rush, and 18 members of the class of 2017 sunk bids at Tri-Kap. We are thrilled with the kids that we brought in to the house, and we look forward to instilling our Tri-Kap values in them as they join the brotherhood. 

Here is a picture of most of them after they received their first and favorite house shirt:

From left to right: Sam Agler, Chris Laughlin, Arun Reddy, Scott Lehman, James Howe, Josh Lange, Jeff Lange, Phillip Yom, Ronak Kanwar, Ted Poatsy, Daniel Kang, Caleb Junmo Kim, Sidney Wijngaarde, and Fred Kim.
Not pictured: Matt Zubrow, John French, Joe Minichiello, and Brendan Krimsky.
Yours in Kappa,
Manav Raj '15
Vice President

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Class of 1960 Boston Reunion

A large contingent of Tri-Kap 1960s got together in early September in Boston to reunite for a few days and remember their friend Tony Rodolakis '60.  We had 8 brothers and accompanying wives and lady friends: Bob Armknecht, Don Belcher, Frank Bell, Pete Crumbine, Paul Goldberg, John Mitchell, Jim Nolan and me (Bill Danforth). We started off with a Duck Tour (first for many) followed by dinner at the old standby Durgin Park. We were treated royally. On Wednesday we had the grand tour of Fenway Park. The Tour people were very accommodating to the members who didn’t feel up to stairs and they had their own guide, even including the Green Monster. That afternoon we had a great turnout for a 3-hour culinary tour of the City’s North End followed by an authentic Italian dinner at Antico Forno. We refused to retire early and spent some time discussing the Tri-Kap capital campaign and a memorial donation in Tony’s name. 

At Fenway Park: Bill Danforth, Frank Bell, our tour guide, Joanne Danforth, Don Belcher, Pete Crumbine, and Carol and John Mitchell

The whole gang:
Bottom: Paul Goldberg, Frank Bell, Bea and Pete Crumbine; Middle: Sally Nolan, Don Belcher, Carol and John Mitchell, and Judy and Bob Armknecht; Top: Bill Danforth, Jim Nolan, Maureen Bell, Marie Belcher, Joanne Danforth and Margie Goldberg

Rising early on Thursday, we took a Boston Harbor cruise out to George’s Island and toured the Civil War fort. After a short rest we rode out to Brookline for a memorial service for Tony Rodolakis at the chapel of the Boston Metropolis, the headquarters of the Greek Church in New England. It was a simple yet memorable opportunity to share memories and feel as one with Tony. We continued marching (as all Tri-Kaps do) down to the harbor where we enjoyed a private room at another Boston dining icon, The Union Oyster House. Having enjoyed the 3 days fully, we’ve set a target of 2017 for a repeat, this time in Williamsburg, Virginia, It’s very fitting to be in such a historic spot since we are all rapidly becoming antiques.


Yours in Kappa,
Bill Danforth '60

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Academic Talk with Professor Steve Swayne

At the end of the summer term, Tri-Kap held a talk with Steve Swayne titled: "What Ferguson Means/How Ferguson Feels: The Thoughts of a First-Generation African-American College Kid Who Became a Dartmouth Professor." This talk lasted 3 hours and was attended by almost the entire active summer brotherhood, other undergraduate students, graduate students, and a college administrator. 

Professor Swayne, Chair of the Music Department and a Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, discussed the current state of affairs in Ferguson and why that impacts everyone, even students far away at Dartmouth College. Professor Swayne, who grew up facing discrimination as a gay black man, told stories of his life and at multiple points was close to tears.

A packed house listening to Professor Swayne

His talk started by going around and having everyone in the room introducing themselves. Then he spoke for about 45 minutes before opening it up to become more of a conversation. After about another hour the formal aspect of the conversation ended and some people left, but still about 10 people stayed for another hour and talked further with Professor Swayne about this and tangential issues. 

Professor Swayne, in an email after the event, said it felt like one of the more important things he has done while at Dartmouth. 

Yours in Kappa,
Brian Chalif '16
Summer Academic Chair

Thursday, August 14, 2014

14X Jock Chair Update

14X Jock Chair Update - Hector Iturbe and Eric Chalif

Coming off a spring IM championship in softball, we were set to do well for the summer season. We advanced to the knockout stages as the first seed from our group. Brothers Charles Cai '16 and Brian White '15 led the way for Tri-Kap. After a very good run, we were knocked out by AD in a close 2-0 loss. 


Coming off a championship run in the fall, Tri-Kap was also set to do well in the IM Soccer league for the summer. Led by the play of club soccer player Hector Iturbe '16 and brothers Keaton Renta '16 and Eric Chalif '16, Tri-Kap was set to advance into the knockout stages with a good seed. However, due to a misunderstanding with a grad school team the friday of Masters we had to forfeit that match. That technicality eventually cost us our bid in the knockout stages. The fall will bring back a couple of other club soccer brothers and Tri-Kap will be set to defend their fall IM soccer title.