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