Friday, December 09, 2011

Lock-In 11F

On Saturday, November 12th, Tri-Kap enjoyed its termly Lock-In, with events that reinforced our tightly-knit and lively brotherhood.  Lock-in kicked off with an epic football game between brothers and pledges, which provided some great competition and the brothers ultimately emerging victorious.  After the match, the brotherhood feasted on choice dishes from Big Fatty's such as pulled pork, ribs, and corn bread, as well as pizza and fresh cider.  While enjoying our spread, brothers hosted a forum for discussion topics regarding both crucial short term and long term issues, that mainly focused on ensuring the protection, stability, and longevity of our home's beloved hallowed halls.  Finally, to cap off Lock-In, we staged our usual mock meetings, in which pledges had the chance to experience a small taste of the pleasures and responsibilities that await them upon becoming a brother; the brothers on the other hand, had the rare and nostalgic opportunity to once more experience the bittersweet pleasure that is pledge term.  The brotherhood continues to foster our bonds through enjoyable events and experiences such as these, as we both  simultaneously uphold our timeless traditions and also look towards the future. 

Yours in Kappa,
Johnny Yoon '13
Programming Chair

Some Brothers, Pledges, and Hamilton pose for a photo after the game

Monday, November 07, 2011

House History


Tri-Kap Class of 2014 and their New Member Educators outside of Rauner
 New Member Educators Ben Burke ’12 and Paul Wagdalt ’13 brought the new members of the Class of 2014 to Rauner Library. While there House Historian Marcel Wolff ’12 spoke to the new members of the importance of learning House tradition and history. Then they began looking through boxes of House historical artifacts that are being stored at Rauner. Some of the highlights were a class picture outside of Parker House, a picture of the 1 Webster when it was first built, as well as even some old Tri-Kap T-Shirts.  At the end of the visit the new members became more aware of the great history of Kappa Kappa Kappa that they are now a part of.

Yours In Kappa,

Matt LaBove, Academic Chair
House Historian, Marcel Wolff, educates our New Members on Tri-Kap History

Annual Halloween Haunted House

Some Trick-Or-Treaters enjoy the activities on the First Floor

On October 30th, we hosted our annual Halloween on Webster Ave. event for children of the Upper Valley. Having raised over $1400 for the event, this allowed us to host one of the most frightening haunted houses in recent history. Partnerships with sororities like Alpha Phi and Delta Delta Delta gave trick-or-treaters the options of face painting, cookie decorating, and bobbing for apples. All in all, the event was a great success, attracting over 100 kids and their families. We would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring our event: the Office of the President, the Office of Dean of the College, the Greek Leadership Council, and the Interfraternity Council.


-Christian Mgbonyebi, Philanthropy Chair


Yun Jung '14, Max Frenkel '14, Juan Gonzalez '12, Dan Harritt '13,

Kevin Miao '14 and Parth Kaul '14 all dressed up for the event


Monday, October 10, 2011

New Table!

One of the most cherished traditions in Tri-Kap is the yearly pong table every class builds each Summer, leaving a bit of themselves behind for future classes. The '12s class are no different, although we may have procrastinated just a bit. The '12s class recently installed our Sophomore Summer pong table. While a little tardy, Hector and I recently put the finishing touches on the table, and with the help of Max David '12, George Bahena '12, and Robbie Moss '12, we mounted the table last Saturday.



It's been a hit with brotherhood and Friday lines on A-table are in the double digits. We plan on converting the '09s table, which was formerly on A-table, into a movable table and I expect we will get years of enjoyment from both.

YiK,
Marcel Wolff '12

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Puppy

As we approach the fall term we would like to welcome a new member to our Brotherhood, our puppy Hamilton. Named after Tri-Kap's very own Ham Chase '47, at 9 weeks old Hamilton is an adorable, energetic young Vizsla with a love for socializing. Having met everyone from students to police officers, Hamilton is sure to be a great addition to our house.
In the past 5 days he has learned how to sit and give his paw, both of which he does enthusiastically for a treat. His favorite spot so far is the green, where he runs around frantically, only to lazily sprawl out 5 minutes later. We have high hopes for Hamilton and know that he will be a fantastic dog.

Yours in Kappa,

Tanay Ganga '13
Social Chair

Monday, September 05, 2011

11X Cabin Trip


As a break from Hanover city life, the '13 Tri-Kaps made the annual trip to the Class of '66 Cabin. It was refreshing to take a break from our basement scene and relax in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. It was a time for us to reflect on our goals for the remainder of the summer, as well as on our future as a house.


We had a blast. A group of brothers decided to go on a morning hike into the woods, which proved to be a fantastic experience. A creek near the cabin lent itself as the best spot to relax and watch the wildlife in the morning. The highlight of the night was when we circled up as a class and gave each other hilarious nicknames based on our habits and behavior during the past year. All in all it was a great time, and we hope to do it again in the coming years.

Yours in Kappa,

Tanay Ganga '13
Summer Vice President

Saturday, August 27, 2011

11X Programming


This summer, brothers and their guests have had the opportunity to go on numerous adventures and trips with the help of planning from Programming.

On Saturday, July 2nd, Tri-Kap 13’s ventured to the ledges to enjoy the 3-day weekend and the sunshine. Upon inheriting the Sophomore Summer list of things to do, passed down through many Tri-Kap generations, we decided to start off Summer right. It was a treacherous journey down the stream of mini-waterfalls, filled with agile maneuvering (read: flopping into the water), bruises, and good times. A rescue mission was also undertaken to rescue a tire found at the bottom of the stream. Robinson, Jorge, Chris, and Will took it upon themselves to transport the tire up the waterfalls and back to Tri-Kap to use as a tire swing for our front lawn. Every adventure needs a medic of course. With less than 5 steps between Tanay Ganga and the shore, he had a nasty slip, causing a cut that required the assistance of our resident EMS, Nick Valentini.
The journey ended at the Mobil gas station in West Lebanon with everything getting together at the Chinese restaurant like one big happy family.

On Saturday, July 16, Tri-Kap 13’s went on another adventure, this time to Union Village Dam, which is located 20 minutes away from campus in Vermont. Although worried at first that we were lost, we eventually found a great spot on the river near the dam to spend our afternoon at. Brothers and their guests enjoyed jumping off of big rocks into the cool water, sliding down nature-carved chutes, and just enjoying relaxing under some beautiful summer weather.

In addition to planning more events like this term’s Slip ‘N Slide with APhi and Movie and S’mores night with Kappa, we plan to start next term off strong with more Programming adventures to come.

YiK,
Will Tong
Dexter Zhuang
Programming Chairs

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Former Bolivian President Visits Our Hallowed Halls



In the midst of their sophomore summer, the ’13 Tri-Kap Brothers received a special guest into our hallowed halls on Tuesday as the former President and Supreme Court Justice of Bolivia, Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze, came to speak to the brotherhood. President Rodriguez is currently spending summer term at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow and teaching a seminar on "The Rule of Law in Latin America."

During the discussion, President Rodriguez explained his unusual rise to the presidency, the perks and hardships of being the leader of a nation, and his views on economic and political development in Latin America. Needless to say, the brotherhood was extremely honored to host such a distinguished guest and learn from his interesting and insightful talk.

We thank President Rodriguez for his time and wish him a great rest of the term in Hanover.

Yours in Kappa,

Donghan Zhao ’13
Academic Chair

Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011 Reunions!




The 2011 reunions we’re a smashing success! The house was crawling with over 50 younger alums (’06 and prior classes) that came back to our hallowed halls in order to relive the Kappa experience. A handful of older alums, a couple of ’81s and a number of ‘86s, also stopped by to share a story or just say hello. James McKim ’83, Sunil Bhagavath ’03, Matt Brown ’05 and Nannan Hu ’06, were all up as representatives of the Alumni board.

Amidst all the celebration, the brothers came together during an impromptu meetings in order to address the need to improve the physical plant of the house. In particular, our very own Richard Park ’01 organized a reunion pong tournament with the purpose of raising funds for future renovations. The champions were Sung Cho ’01 and Phil Lee ’01 (above). The tourney not only raised over $2000 but also generated great interest among other classes who seek to hold similar events in the near future. I feel confident that the Board and brotherhood in general will stand united as we continue forward with the renovation process.

Hopefully next year's reunions will have the same energy as these had! Until then, I encourage anyone who has an opportunity to make the trip to come out and visit!

YiK,

Paul Wagdalt '13
Summer President

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bathroom Improvements

Summer term 11X has begun and the Tri-Kap ‘13s have hit the ground running. House managers Deep Shah and Dan Krawec are pleased to announce the completion of Spring Term’s bathroom renovations of our sinks and countertops. We’ve added new double-door oak cabinets, a white laminate countertop, white sink basins, silver Grohe faucets, and a white shelf.

Not only is this improvement a long-awaited enhancement for brothers, but also a godsend for the many female friends who frequent our hallowed halls. In fact, one visitor reported, "surprisingly, Tri-Kap has one of the cleanest bathrooms of any frat! Have you seen AD's?!"

We’d like to express our gratitude toward Dave from Dave’s Carpentry who organized and completed all of the woodwork for the project, and ARC Mechanical for the plumbing work.

As you may notice, we’ve also tried modernizing our bathroom with a new automatic paper towel dispenser and foam soap dispensers. Take a look at some pictures below:





Dan Krawec '13

House Manager

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bequeathals

The end of the Spring is always a bittersweet time for Tri-Kap. Although it marks the conclusion of yet another successful term at Dartmouth, it also means we must bid farewell to our graduating seniors. To commemorate this event, we had our annual spring bequeathal ceremony for the 11s this past week.

The brothers all gathered around as the 2011 seniors bequeathed some of their most valued positions to the younger classes. Each bequeathal had both a special memory attached to it it along with a reason for giving it to the younger brother. The bequeathed items ranged anywhere from an old house shirt to a special house position that brother had acquired. Bequeathals are undoubtedly one of the most important things we do as a house.

Our halls were filled with both laughs and tears as the seniors reminisced about their time as a Tri-Kap brother. The 11s further gave words of wisdom to the younger classes about how to truly appreciate and get the most out of the house. Although they now move beyond our hallowed halls in order to leave their mark on the world, their legacy has forever been established among us. So congratulations to the 2011 Tri-Kap graduating class! We will miss you dearly.

Yours in Kappa,

Paul Wagdalt '13
Social Chair

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Green Key 2011

Green Key this past year was a weekend to remember. As we started off the week with Sunday Harbor to celebrate, we knew that 1 Webster Ave. would revisit many traditions, as well as make new ones for years to come. On Wednesday we were happy to have many alums visit us for one of the best Meetings this term. We rekindled old friendships, and many of us from the younger classes had the opportunity to meet the older graduates from the '08s and '09s.

The Friday Dance Party as usual was a huge hit. The 'Klub Kappa Kabana' party proved to truly be the "hottest place north of Havana" as we established ourselves as the best scene on campus. DJs Kenny Wang '12 and Michael Barile '13 held it down with some awesome beats and it turned out to be a great night.

The following morning we held corporations in the GOTE Room. Led by Alumni Board President James McKim '83, we discussed our yearly financials, and perhaps most importantly the impending renovations. With input from the rest of the board, including Michael Brasher '10, Matt Brown '05, and Terry Lowd '66 the meeting proved to be very productive. In addition, 23 '13s and 2 12's were officially initiated into the Kappa Kappa Kappa Society as brothers. As one of them, I guarantee that we will do everything in our power to positively contribute and be the best brothers we can be.

All in all Green Key was a great time and I hope that we showed our beloved alumni a fantastic time among our hallowed halls.

Yours in Kappa,

Tanay Ganga '13
Social Chair

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Brotherhood Gives Back

The brothers pose for the camera before the relay

On Saturday, May 14th, brothers donated their time by attending the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, an event that allows communities around the world to commemorate those who have battled cancer. At the Relay, teams camp out overnight and take turns walking a track. Every team needs at least one member walking the track at all times in recognition that cancer never sleeps.


We arrived to the event with a team of 15 members, making us the house with the highest on-site participation of all Greek organizations. Brothers walked several laps with townspeople, fellow Dartmouth students, and cancer survivors to help combat the disease.


Fundraising for this event started last term with the determination of Wei Zhou ’12, who initiated the early involvement and interest in the relay. Because of his contributions, we raised over $800 by the end of winter term. Since then, we managed to raise over $1300 through personal donations and grilled cheese sales. Our efforts placed us first of the fraternities with the most funds raised and second of all Greek houses.


A special thanks to the following for their contributions: Mike Barile ’13, Alec Brodsky ’11, Steven Kadish, Cameron Sharman ’11, and Wei Zhou ’12


- Christian Mgbonyebi, Philanthropy Chair

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

US Ambassador visits our Hallowed Halls

The Honorable Gregory Slayon talks to a captivated Brotherhood

Last Thursday, May 5, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Kappa were honored to host The Honorable Gregory W. Slayton. Professor Slayton currently teaches at Tuck Business School, and previously has worked as a venture capitalist, Silicon Valley CEO, orphanage operator, and U.S. Chief of Mission to Bermuda. Needless to say, everybody was very excited to hear from such an accomplished individual.

During the talk, Professor Slayton discussed a wide variety of topics--anything brothers wanted to know about, from the world of finance to his thoughts on marriage, faith, and raising a family. It was a very special opportunity to hear one of the most prolific men at Dartmouth speak frankly and openly.

Following the discussion was an informal meet-and-greet with Professor Slayton. After Professor Slayton left, brothers continued to hang out and discuss the talk, reflecting the extent to which he got us thinking.

So thank you, Professor Slayton, for a truly memorable discussion. It was a privilege for all of us at 1 Webster.

Yours in Kappa,
Dan Fox '13

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Tri-Kap Easter Egg Hunt

The House was looking quite festive for the event

On Friday, April 22nd, the brothers of Tri-Kap hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt as a way to give back to its Upper Valley community. From 3-6 pm, kids and families came from their Upper Valley homes to spend their sunny Easter Friday playing games and socializing on the lawn of Tri-Kap. The event provided fun attractions including a bounce house, face painting, egg painting, bracelet making, bowling, a piñata, three-legged races, and last but not least, a large Easter egg hunt with 250 candy-filled eggs and great prizes for over 50 kids.

Kids that came included ones brought by peer mentoring groups such as DREAM and Big Brother Big Sister Kids as well as ones brought by their parents. Although some kids arrived at 1 Webster being a little shy, as soon as they saw all the different activities, food and candy available to them, they immediately could not wait to explore. Kids left the event with a satisfied sweet tooth, Easter egg baskets, toys, and big grins on their faces.

The event was a combined philanthropy and programming initiative that involved a large portion of the brotherhood. Brothers could be seen helping with set up and takedown, running booths, and playing with kids. The event also attracted wide support and involvement from other Greek houses and councils through co-sponsorships, volunteers, and supply donations. Thanks to AZD, Aphi, SD, Tri-Delt, EKT, SAE, IFC, and GLC for their support through co-sponsorships and/or providing volunteers to help run booths. Also thanks to Beta and BG for letting us borrow their picnic tables for the duration of the event.

All in all, the event was a success in bringing together the Greek community to give back to the Upper Valley in a meaningful way, and we hope all the kids and family in attendance had a wonderful time! See you next year!

- Programming and Philanthropy Chairs
Programming Chair, Arun Gomatam, helps get the piñata going

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tri-Kaps around the World

"Though 'round the girdled earth they roam; Her spell on them remains"

While most of the brotherhood are enjoying their spring in Hanover, 3 intrepid Kappas have decided to travel farther afield to further their education.

Following in the footsteps of fellow brother Jorge Palaez ’13 during winter term, Dong Zhao ’13 is exploring all that Paris has to offer by participating in the French FSP (Foreign Study Program) trip this spring. During the program, students are expected to improve their French language skills, and learn about French culture, history, and art history by immersing themselves in the city and its sights.

Rumours that Dong has been also taking classes on the "language of love" have not been proven

Closer to Hanover, Nick Valentini '13 is on the Government FSP in Washington D.C. He's interning with the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of Policy, coordinating national policy decisions for the administration as well as working with Congressional officals to create and refine laws that will affect NOAA and our jurisdictional operations. Besides his work for the Federal Government, he is also taking 2 upper-level government seminars with Professor Winters as part of the FSP.

That's actually a green screen.


I myself, am on the Argentina FSP, in Buenos Aires, the "Paris" of South America. Similar to the course of study in Dong's program, I have been improving my Spanish, while learning about Argentine literature, history, and culture. The people of Buenos Aires are very friendly, and my new amigos are always willing to show me the best place to eat a steak, dance the tango, or have a drink. I have been enjoying the sights of the city, and making sure to spend some time in the beautiful pampas of Argentina.

Yours in Kappa,
Marcel Wolff '12


A Modern Day Gaucho

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tri-Kap Wins SA Presidency

Here’s some news: Max Yoeli ’12, our Vice President, has won the Student Assembly presidency! His win reflects the great reputation he has built for himself on campus, and is a great honor for the house as well.

Max has already set about pursuing his ambitious agenda as the student body’s new leader. Among his goals are plans to initiate campus-wide votes on important issues, increase student communication with the administration and Trustees, revise the College’s alcohol policy with a focus on student management, and advocate for a safer environment for women. With his previous heavy involvement in campus issues and organizations, we have full confidence that his administration will be a knockout success.

Congrats, Max, and all the best. You’ll do great.

- Dan Fox

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Spring Cleaning

As the seasons change, there have been some improvements around the house. During interim we re-carpeted the 2nd and 3rd floors as well as re-tiled the shower floor. Additionally the '13s thoroughly cleaned the Gote Room over the weekend. We are going to continue our efforts in updating the bathroom over the course of the term and we will blog as we make improvements. Many thanks to Marcel Wolff '12, our previous houseman, for organizing and troubleshooting this project over Spring Break.

Houseman Dan Krawec shows off the new tile
Houseman Deep Shah keeps our new carpet clean

New Season, New Execs

The 2011 Spring Executive Board

The Spring Term started with a new Executive Board. This term's officers are:
  • President: Maxwell David
  • Vice President: Max Yoeli
  • Treasurer: Kenneth Wang
  • House Manager: Deep Shah & Daniel Krawec
  • Social Chair: Tanay Ganga & Jorge Pelaez & Paul Wagdalt
  • Programming Chair: Arun Gomatam & Dexter Zhuang
  • Philanthropy Chair: Christian Mgbonyebi
  • Academic Chair: Daniel Fox
  • Jock Chair: Matthew LaBove
All of the execs are excited to make their mark on the house and we will keep you posted as to their progress.