Thursday, November 20, 2008

Younger Brothers

Last night we announced the older brothers of our new members. Much revelry was had by all.

(Alumni: Check to see who was added to your line!)

1. Bruce (Sean) T. Lee - Bobby Sakurai
2. Tyrell Jim - Jiles Pourier
3. Jinwoo Baik - Michael Brasher
4. Blair A. Randall - Valentino Wong
5. Cameron B. Sharman - Zach Gottlieb
6. Tan Chen - Norton Zhang
7. Daehyn An - Jude Chiy
8. Tanaka Mhambi - Adam Merber
10. Alec D. Brodsky - Mark Heller
11. John Mackay - Steve Ueng
12. Henry X. Yan - Joe Pena
13. Andrew Oppo - Zachary Zehner
14. Leonard M. Chang - Dexter Mackie
15. Jack W. Wang - Eric Larson
16. Dan Choi - Jamie Lee
17. Jeremiah M. Watchman - Islam Fayed
18. Conrad J. Whitaker - Shawn Hiner Leamon
19. Cletus (Michael) D. Abendroth - Aditya Soni
20. Travis H. Whitfield - Teddy Sinsheimer
21. Joseph M. Garagliano - Sam Kennedy
22. James M. H. Schlosstein - Kyle Diamond

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

On Saturday evening, Tri-Kap, in concert with the Dickey Center, hosted a documentary screening of "I Love Hip Hop In Morocco," a film about a group of Moroccan artists planning a performance in their home town. The documentary detailed the cultural issues surrounding Hip Hop in their local community and more generally, and ended in shots of the actual concert.



The director discuss his film before showing it to the audience

The director was there to discuss his work, and hip-hop dance group UJIMA performed afterwards to cap off the night.

Taste of Africa catered the event.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Formally Fun

Our fall term formal was a great success!

The event started at the house, where brothers and their dates assembled for photo opportunities and some social mingling.


The '10s dressed to the nines



The majestic entrance to the Hartness House

Afterwards, all 108 of us took a half-hour bus ride to the Hartness House, in Springfield VT, whose halls were already decked with myriad holiday decorations.

Teddy Sinsheimer '10 and his date smile for the camera in front of a Christmas tree

Dinner was served immediately, and all of the guests jumped on the opportunity to partake of a sumptuous buffet feast.


Michael Brasher '10 and others finish up dinner before hitting the dance floor

The dance floor, adjacent to the dining room, soon opened up for intense dancing, led by DJ Chris Takeuchi '09.

The dancing is contagious

And while many of the details are too personal to be shared in a public forum, this was certainly a memorable night for everyone who was able to take part.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Elections!


Brothers gather for elections
Yes we can!

We recently held elections for interim houseman, programming chair, and social chair.

Because houseman Mark Heller '10 will not be here in the winter, the brothers elected:

Jiles Pourier '09



Brother Jiles Pourier '09 nobly prepares for the winter


Programming chair Adam Merber '10 will likewise be off next term. He will be replaced by:

Islam Fayed '10

Social chair Zachary Gottlieb will be sorely missed. He will be replaced by:

Valentino Wong '10

We wish these brothers luck in their executive pursuits, and look forward to their benevolent regimes next term.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Unbroken Lock-In: Also, we're Floored!

Your humble blogger apologizes for the poor titular puns.

Lock-In was held this past weekend, November 8th. We started the day with the brotherhood tackle football game, in which the brothers soundly trumped the pledges, 4-1. Luckily, we had no injuries, except for the wounded pride of our new members.

Afterwards, brothers and pledges alike enjoyed a bounty of grilled BBQ food, and as it grew dark we all assembled in the G.O.T.E. room for our house discussion.

After our constructive discussion about brother-brother communication, our members participated in house meetings, which culminated in general revelry that went into the wee hours of the morning.

On Sunday morning, our new members and winter pledges joined older brothers for a delicious breakfast as Ft. Lou's ("which was on the house," said our visibly upset treasurer). Breakfast was followed by an invigorating hike of Mt. Cardigan, which they scaled with athletic ease.

In other news, the pledge project for the term has been a smashing success. They have stained and coated the living room floor, and it now has a beautiful red oak sheen. The floor looks entirely new, and we applaud our new members' efforts.



Before




After

In a sadder development, the brothers of Tri-Kap suffered a traumatizing loss in the IM soccer finals to FC Compton, a team entirely comprised of people not actually from Compton, LA. Although we wear the badge of defeat, we continue on the long, arduous journey of life, steeled against gloom, callous to shame, only embracing the warm glow of Kappa camraderie.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Community Building "Spooky," "Scary"


Kappa Kappa Kappa Fraternity, in what will become a perennial community tradition, hosted the 2nd annual Halloween Community Festival on Webster Avenue this past Friday, October 31.

Our programming chairs, Andrew Sloan '09 and Adam Merber '10 worked with Philanthropy Chair Joe Pena '10 to create an event that brought in hundreds of people from Hanover and Dartmouth. This well-coordinated affair involved several different Greek organizations, as well as involvement from Town Hall. Webster Avenue was shut down for the three hour event, and locals and students of all ages were invited to participate in myriad Halloween-related activities.

Beta, which has recently been reinstated at Dartmouth, hosted apple bobbing and a beanbag toss at their exquisitely kept physical plant. Phi Delt invited students to carve up as many pumpkins as they could (several dozen ghoulish pumpkins remain on 7 Webster's porch and balcony), while 99 Rock gave out saccharine goodies for eager Trick-or-Treaters who have a sweet tooth and a penchant for contemporary hard rock.


Moses fails to part the crowds in front of the house

The best house, by far, however, was our own. 1 Webster brimmed with children of assorted ages, drawn by our many activities. Our front lawn was home to a gigantic inflatable bouncy castle, which gave Hanover mothers an outlet for their hyperactive children's excess energy. Next to the castle, we provided passersby and guests with delicious snowcones, a chilling reception for the ensuing darkness and unrelenting frigidity of the Hanover winter.


Our bouncy castle watches over several costumed brothers

A costume contest was held inside our entrance foyer, as guests in all garbs vied for the envied prize of copious amounts of candy.

But all this paled in comparison to our Haunted House, which occupied our basement. A thorough renovation transformed our much loved microcosm of pong into a dark, dank world of unspeakable terror.

Guests entered through our rear door, passing spider webs (some real, some fake) and the skeletal remains of pong paddle handles broken on our back steps. Down into the dark dungeon they went, guided by a pledge in a skeleton mask, towards the unknown recesses of a monster's lair. But alas, a giant spider on a thread of its own making (a pulley system devised by our President Andrew Jean-Louis '09) shocked the arachnophobic with its fatal dance!

Into the middle room our guests crept warily to find a gravestone at the head of a lifeless body--- or so they thought. This fetid corpse (Sean Lee '11) soon came alive and screamed, to the sounds of pledges behind the bar hitting the walls with the concussive power of tortured souls. To the last room our shell-shocked guests crawled, only to see a pledge being murdered by his own brother, while another jumped from underneath A-table to strike fear into the hearts of the huddled masses.

Then we gave them candy by the stairs.

One local Hanover resident called it "spooky," while another called it positively "scary." One girl convulsed in tears; she could not be reached for comment. We considered her grief a necessary externality of a successful haunted house.

All in all, it was a fantastic event, and more evidence of our house's commitment to community service.

In that vein, several brothers joined together on Sunday, November 2, for the "Out of the Darkness" suicide prevention walk, a large event planned by brother Jude Chiy '10. This event was a great success, and his efforts clearly deserve praise and admiration from the brotherhood.

Andrew Sloan '09, the one of the organizers of the event, serves up a delicious snow cone.


Our pledges do their best to scare our guests, hopefully not something we do on a regular basis!


Timothy Leung 09, and Shawn Hiner-Leamon '09 share a laugh on the Kappa lawn after working hard all afternoon.


The lines were packed with both Dartmouth students and community members wanting to experience our haunted house.

Bobby Sakurai 09, judges the costume contest as Shawn Hiner-Leamon '09 and Valentino Wong '10 discuss logistics in the background.

Until tomorrow (the soccer finals),

Zachary Gottlieb '10, overdramatic blogger
Timothy Leung '09, kappa paparazzo

Soccer Victory, Part Deux!

Special Playoff Update Series, Part II of III

In a contentious victory, Tri-Kap defeated the behemoths of Theta Delta Chi in this week's Intramural semifinals, 2-1.

During this very rough, physical game, several proto-fights erupted which were quickly quashed by the less incensed players of both teams. The referee will most likely never be allowed at TDX ever again, although his judgments were fair and balanced.




Zachary Gottlieb '10 defends the goal from an approaching TDX wing


Tri-Kap scored its first goal on a penalty kick after a slide tackle trip in the box. Theta Delt answered with a penalty kick of its own after a near-goal trip. Tri-Kap ultimately won, though, with a goal independent of penalty shots.

Now we look to the finals, where we will face the AD-vanquishers, whose name escapes your humble blogger and our IM captain at this moment.

Till Monday, To Kappa Forever!