Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Lock-In

Brotherhood lock-in this spring term was a great success. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, brothers spent the early part of the afternoon playing lawn games and hanging out on the front porch, and later, the entire brotherhood came together to share a few hours of productive discussion and conversation, ranging from the status and care of our house dogs to the future of our house’s renovations project.
The programming chairs decided to take the culinary aspect of lock-in to the next level, driving over an hour to pick up a truckload of catered Chipotle. Needless to say, the brotherhood appreciated their effort.

Brothers dressed up and ready to play in the Ryder Cup
The brotherhood ended the night with a match-play pong tournament, pitting the seniors against the sophomores and juniors in what we call the Ryder Cup. Though there were some hotly contested match-ups,  the senior class gracefully took the title, concluding an enjoyable lock-in Saturday.

Marty Gatens '15

Spring Philanthropy Update

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Tri-Kap hosted "Xi Man" with Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The annual event pitted 13 fraternity presidents against each other in a variety of entertaining trivia and skills-based competitions. President Anka Tezcan '15 showed everybody why Tri-Kap represents the best of brain and brawn and spirit at Dartmouth,  finishing second in the competition following a contested decision in the final dance off.  All proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that funds research geared towards understanding, treating, and preventing autism while also increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of patients and their families. The event was a huge success, with over 200 attendees packed in to the great hall, and all having a great time.

The first floor packed for Xi Man
On Friday April 25th, Manav Raj ’15, Andy Solares ’15, Josh Schoenbart ’16, and Brian White ’15 cooked a ‘ghetti and chicken parmesan dinner for some 20 needy Upper Valley residents at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover. The event was sponsored by Tri-Kap and hosted by Students Fighting Hunger, a non-profit that works to provide meals for local families struggling to meet dietary needs while also raising awareness about national and global hunger-related issues. Each brother enjoyed the opportunity to engage with Upper Valley residents and learn about the lifestyle and problems associated with hunger. Our Savior Luther Church’s pastor, Reverend Michael Thomas, commented on the success of the event and invited us to return soon!

Andy Solares '15 with the meal we prepared

Brian White '15

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brother Bio: Josh Schoenbart '16

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, Josh Schoenbart will talk a little bit about his experience starting and running his own business. 

Josh Schoenbart '16 (right) with his big, Anthony Zhao '14
My name is Joshua Schoenbart, I am a member of the Class of 2016 from New York City, a Business/Sociology major, the current Houseman at Tri-Kap, and the CEO and Founder of The EyeBook. I also sit on the Board of the Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator as Associate of Business Development and Operations.

Though I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, I learned about the optometric industry from my father, an optometrist in Long Island. After understanding the operations and intricacies of the industry, I decided to act on my keen interest and enter the field myself. My career as a businessman within the eye care industry began in 2004 when I assisted Long Island optometric practitioners and eyeglass stores in buying and selling eyewear. Through e-commerce and online stores, I was successfully able to facilitate the buying and selling processes of both eyeglasses and sunglasses. 

After continuing this venture for over six years, I decided to start my own line of eyeglasses in 2010. Despite designing each frame and beginning the production process in factories worldwide, I soon realized the inefficiencies, strong competition, and time consumption that my venture entailed. Thus, I decided to place my idea on hold and focus my attention on another endeavor. I was determined to remain in the optometric industry, and sought to create a service-based site that would benefit practitioners while improving the accessibility of optometric health services. Soon thereafter, The EyeBook was born. With its extensive directory of 5000+ highly qualified and specialized eye care professionals, The EyeBook serves as the best tool on the web for helping thousands of patients find the right optometric professional in their area and for connecting these professionals with patients. I am also a Partner of Glass-U, an exiting new startup licensed to 200+ universities and nearly every fraternity and sorority in the country. It has been featured at events such as The Rose Bowl and Lollapalooza and has recently become the official distributor for the FIFA WorldCup this summer for all North and South American Countries as well as all Asian countries.


Joshua Schoenbart

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