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

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Brotherhood Spotlight: Ted Poatsy

In an effort to continually improve connections between undergraduate members of the brotherhood and graduates, we are asking a few brothers this summer to share a little bit about themselves--proudest accomplishments, ambitions, passions, whatever they'd like. We now shine the spotlight on Ted Poatsy, a '17 Classics and Computer Science double major on the club soccer team.

Hi, how’s it going? My name is Ted Poatsy and I am from Salfordville, PA, which is a mostly rural town about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia. In Salfordville, I grew up alongside of my two older sisters Laura and Carolyn. While I was growing up, my parents had a really hard time trying to slow me down, so they got me involved with soccer, baseball, and Boy Scouts. As a result, each of those have had a huge impact on what I do today.  I am still playing soccer, most recently for the college’s club team. This summer I started working with the local Boy Scout Troop in Hanover, so that I can help other kids become Eagle Scouts like I did. And as for baseball, I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan (I especially am a fan of Kyle Hendricks who is a Dartmouth `12). Before coming to Dartmouth, I spent four years at The Hill School, which is a boarding school in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Poatsy decked out in Eagle Scout gear
At Dartmouth, I am currently declared as an Ancient History Major through the Classics Department, but am considering pairing it with either Government or Computer Science. I chose my major by finding departments whose professors both challenge me intellectually and help me develop skills that will be useful later in life. Outside of class, I work two jobs (Managing Dartmouth Green Corps, and UGA-ing Freshmen), and I stay active by playing club soccer and intramural sports for the house. 
Poatsy sporting his favorite house shirt
While I was living on a substance-free freshman hall in the River Cluster, I didn’t find myself going out to many fraternities. But, as the year progressed both Anka Tezcan `15 and Hector Iturbe `16, Tri-Kap brothers and members of the club soccer team, invited me to Tri-Kap and introduced me to who would become my favorite people on campus. In my sophomore fall, I decided to shake out at Tri-Kap because I found a brotherhood that was comprised of brothers who genuinely cared for one another. Over the last year, Tri-Kap has become my family.  Although I was away from the house for the two terms after I became a brother at Tri-Kap (one term was spent working for my congressman in Washington DC, the other was spent on the Classics FSP to Greece), I still feel closest to my brothers at Tri-Kap. In the future, I want the house to succeed in all of its endeavors so I am serving as one of the house’s Programming Chairs for the summer and I will serve as the Academic Chair for this upcoming fall. In the future, I hope to do whatever I can to help and support the brotherhood at 1 Webster Ave. 
Poatsy, his big, Robbie Bhattacharjee '15, and Robbie's girlfriend Christine Lu '16
In terms of a future jobs, I have ambitions to get involved with management consulting or investment banking so that I can have the experience and financial flexibility to work towards a JD-MBA degree. Though I am still uncertain about what I would like to do for a career, I could see myself starting my own law firm or going into politics. Whatever career I choose, I aim to stay involved with the Boy Scouts.

Ted “Honey Punches of Poats” Poatsy `17

Monday, July 13, 2015

Brotherhood Spotlight: Joe Minichiello

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived: the undergraduates are bringing back Brotherhood Spotlight for 15X. In an effort to continually improve connections between undergraduate members of the brotherhood and graduates, we will be asking a few brothers to share a little bit about themselves--proudest accomplishments, ambitions, passions, whatever they'd like. We first shine the spotlight on Joe "Mini" Minichiello, a '17 human biology and psychology double major on the pre-med track. 


Cheers from Hanover! My name is Joe Minichiello, and I have lived in Pelham, NH for the last 15 years. Growing up, I loved taking camping trips with my family and spending time in/on the water. I graduated from Pelham High School and also attended the St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program. I am also a HOBY NH alumnus.

Joe and his sister Kaitlyn are both avid Boston sports fans.

I am the Tri-Kap Risk Manager for the full year and the Academic Chair for 15X. Outside of Tri-Kap, I am heavily involved in Dartmouth EMS as an EMT, CPR instructor, and board member. I have been a UGA in East Wheelock, currently in Gile, and in the Choates starting in the fall. I have also been a mentor in the First-Year Peer Mentors program. To top it off, I'm a TA in the genetics lab and will be a TA in the organic chemistry lab starting in the fall.
 Joe and Brian White '15 at CPR class. 

This past year, I was the Community Training Officer for Dartmouth EMS. When I took over the position, Dartmouth EMS' First Aid and CPR program was operating under DHMC, which was a logistical mess. I worked on a proposal that was passed at the end of winter term for Dartmouth EMS to become its own American Heart Association Training Site, gaining independence and cutting expenses in the process. I am now the Training Site Coordinator for this program, supervising and overseeing the First Aid and CPR program at Dartmouth, which certified 435 students, faculty, and community members in spring term alone. I am the Director of Dartmouth EMS for 15X and will be the Operations Officer all of next year.

Joe in EMS gear with brothers Andy Solares '15 and Keaton Renta '16.

Tri-Kap means a lot to me. In high school, I lost my best friend to brain cancer. At Dartmouth, I began meeting brothers like Brian White '15, Robbie Bhattacharjee '15, Sanders Davis '14, Andy Solares '15, Chris Loughlin '17 and others with whom I began to gain close friendships with again. I loved the genuine brotherhood that defines Tri-Kap and could not imagine having gone to any other house.

Joseph Minichiello '17

In the fall, Joe will be applying to the Geisel School of Medicine Early Assurance Program with hopes of continuing at Dartmouth for medical school. After medical school, Joe hopes to practice medicine either in the Boston area or at DHMC.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

July 4th Update


We hope this post finds you and your families well. This July 4th weekend, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Kappa celebrated the country for which our founder Harrison Hobart fought so bravely. The weekend commenced on Friday at a popular barbecue with Kappa Delta sorority, featuring board games, brews, and barbecue. Saturday, the brotherhood traveled to the Ledges (pictured below), a beautiful setting outside of West Lebanon featuring cliffs, swimming holes, and rapids. As we basked on the rocks and lounged in the water, the brothers sang patriotic tunes to the surrounding pines. That afternoon, our Grill Master Joe Minichiello '17 cooked up some amazing barbecue for the brothers. As night set in, the brotherhood celebrated together in our temporary home on West Wheelock.

 The celebration continued on Monday and Tuesday, which featured two straight wins in IM softball (including one a 19-1 win over Beta), and our Summer Treasurer Chris Loughlin's 21st birthday. 

Despite the lack of access to our hallowed halls on 1 Webster this summer, the brotherhood remains as strong as ever. We cannot wait to continue our adventures this summer with a cabin trip, potential road trip to Rhode Island, and further exploration of the Upper Valley. 

The brotherhood takes a trip to the scenic Ledges.
Top (left to right): Eric Do, Sam Agler, Phil Yom, Vince Puzak, Chris Loughlin
Bottom (left to right): Ronak Kanwar, Jeff Lang, Arun Reddy, Joe Minichiello, James Howe

Left: Grill Master Joe Minichiello on grill duty.
Right: Chris Loughlin scales a cliff at the Ledges.

Jeffrey Lang '17, Summer VP

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Groundbreaking at 1 Webster Ave

A Vision Realized

After decades of history and brotherhood, Tri-Kap's hallowed halls are closed as we renovate our home at 1 Webster Ave. On June 20, 2015 the brotherhood held a groundbreaking ceremony on the lawn. In attendance were Dartmouth College administrators, undergraduates and Tri-Kap alumni spanning decades to commemorate the occasion.

(R to L: Assoc. Dean of the College Liz Agosto, Anka Tezcan '15, Michael Brasher '10, Bruce Williamson '74 and James McKim '83)

Breaking Ground on the Future

After remarks from James McKim '83 on the history of Kappa Kappa Kappa at Dartmouth, Michael spoke about the Capital Campaign that made the event happen and the considerable fundraising effort it represents both in the past and future. Bruce Williamson '74 detailed the construction effort, explaining the necessary improvements and upgrades to the house. Anka Tezcan '15 affirmed the undergraduate's commitment to the house's future maintenance and Associate Dean of the College Liz Agosto closed by stating the College's appreciate for the brotherhood's commitment to the Dartmouth community through leadership, diversity and achievement.

Check out full renovations plans on our website:

Over 50 people from the brotherhood and Dartmouth community in attendance

Find more pictures on our Facebook group:

College President Phil Hanlon '77 Stops By

Monday, June 15, 2015

Spring Term Update


After a long Spring term, we can look back on the last term in our old house with a feeling of pride. The house endured a long winter whose snow lasted well into April.

However, our hallowed halls held on through the winter, thanks in no small part to House Manager of the Year, Will Bollenbach '15. He was able to bring the award to Tri-Kap, filling the shoes of alumni board member Matt Graves '14 as he mentored first-timers George Philipose '15 and Sam Libby '17 throughout the term. While this term was one that held onto our laurels for executives, we came one game (one could even say one inning) short of defending our intramural softball title despite the best efforts of notable competitors Brian White '15, Sam Agler '17 and Kevin Kim '16 while the Master's duo Danny Katz '16 and Charles Cai '16 added key at-bats in the final.

(The Tri-Kap bench eagerly watching softball)

Luckily for the brothers of Tri-Kap, we were able to rally from the defeat the next weekend to enjoy the beloved Green Key Weekend. After days of pong, alumni visits, and concerts, our hallowed hall looked spectacular in the early sunlight of Sunday morning. While alumni filled up our spare couches, spring had finally sprung.

(7 a.m.)

With new, warm weather surrounding us, we enjoyed a Spikeball on the front lawn, playing with our dog, Zeus, and, perhaps most of all, a handful of barbecues. Programming chairs young and old, from James Howe '17 to Josh Schoenbart '16 to Brian Grumka '15 we cobbled together some artery-clogging feasts to stave off finals stress.

(15s Anka, Marty, Robbie, Brian, Brian and Hank prepare food)

Inspired by our passion for grilling, our philanthropy chair, Brendan Krimsky '17 conceived of the Tri-Kap Hotdog Eating Contest. All of the hundreds in proceeds went to the "I Care I Cure" charity dedicated to finding better treatments for childhood cancer. In the first annual competition, the brotherhood's own Kevin Wang '15 ate a hot dog every minute over the seven minute contest, crushing the competitors from Phi Delt.

(Kevin Wang '15 destroying hot dogs and foes)

Sadly, after weeks in the indecisive, unpredictable Hanover springtime, it came time for us to bid the term farewell. While 1 Webster may never be the same exact house after the renovations project, we set out to enjoy the waning time we had in the house as best we could with the fellow men we call brothers.

(At Senior Week meetings, ex-President Anka Tezcan '15 addresses the brotherhood)

Spring term 2015 was the capstone for the many decades we spent at the most recent Kappa Lodge and will never be forgotten in hearts of our brothers. I all the hope in the world for us a as a society and nothing but the best wishes for the outgoing Class of 2015.

(L to R: Kevin Kim '15, Justin Lee '15, Nish Ravichandran '15, Manav Raj '15, Andy Solares '15, Brett Szalapski '15, Kevin Moon '15, Brian Grumka '15, Will Bollenbach '15, Eric Do '15, Brian White '15, Kevin Wang '15 and George Philipose '15)

Yours in Kappa,
Joseph (Jake) Bayer '16

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

IM Championship

Yesterday, the brotherhood rekindled its IM dynasty with a resounding 8-1 victory over Sigma Nu in the IM Hockey finals. The victory capped off a perfect season for the team, which went undefeated in the regular season and tore through the competition in the playoffs as well. In the finals, Tri-Kap was lead by Scott Lehman '17 who scored a hat trick and our treasurer, Brett Szalapski '15, who added two goals of his own. Through the season, the team enjoyed the full-throated support of the brotherhood, including a three man "management" team and a raucous heckle crew at each game. We're looking forward to continuing our success in IM sports with softball in the Spring.

The team with management and brothers following the final

Yours in Kappa,
Justin Lee '15
Athletic Chairman

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