Riding the Pine: NBA Finals Western Conference

What’s up guys? Fish and Hank here. First things first, we have a few administrative details to discuss. You may have noticed our blog is now titled “Riding the Pine” instead of “Writing the Pine.” This is no mistake. Due to the fact that not a single one of our so-called friends understood or liked our title we decided to go with a more conservative approach. We also thought we should address our monikers, “Fish” and “Hank.” Joe got the nickname “Fish” because his high school friend’s little sister could only pronounce “Joseph” as “Joe Fish.” Honestly, a surprisingly cute history to that otherwise kind of gross nickname. We’re pretty sure that people started calling Henry “Hank” as a mean joke, but, alas, that one also stuck. This week, we are bringing you our 2014 NBA playoff first round upsets. Call up your bookie and cash out your life savings because we promise you at least one of our teams may win a single game. We didn’t even look at the sleep-inducing Eastern Conference for our sleepers since there is a 100% chance that the Pacers and the Heat will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals and an even better… Read more »

Writing the Pine: Ivy League Postseason Basketball

Usually the end of March Madness brings with it nothing but a longing for more high intensity sports action that is only somewhat whetted by the start of spring baseball. This year things are different. This year Letterman retired. This year we, Hank and Fish, will rise like a phoenix (Jobin) from the ashes of The Dartmouth Sports section. We are bringing you raw, uncut, generally bad and poorly thought-out arguments on sports topics interesting to very few (perhaps only us, perhaps not even us). Welcome to Writing the Pine with Hank and Fish. Stressed to impress, for our first topic we got to asking ourselves the tough questions. There are 32 conferences in Division I basketball. Each of these conferences receives one “automatic bid” into the postseason NCAA tournament. Thirty-one of these conferences award their “automatic bid” to the winner of a postseason single-elimination conference tournament. Only the Ivy League awards it differently, giving the “automatic bid” to the regular season champion, without holding a conference tournament at all. Supporters of the Ivy League system argue that the lack of a conference tournament allows student-athletes to focus on their work at an important juncture while also ensuring that only the best… Read more »

A Recap of Dartmouth’s Performance in the Sochi Olympics

Eight Dartmouth graduates and three current students competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, with three making it to the podium as medal winners. Hannah Kearney ’15 won the bronze medal in freestyle moguls skiing, the event she took first in at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Busy day. Interviews, a stop at the @TODAYshow, & an Olympic medal ceremony. Also need to find time to elect my spring courses at Dartmouth.

— Hannah Kearney (@HK_Ski) February 9, 2014

In the alpine skiing super-G event, Andrew Weibrecht ’09 won the silver medal, after winning the bronze in the event in Vancouver. Ice hockey player Gillian Apps ’06 won her third gold medal with Team Canada, building upon her success with the team in the Turin and Vancouver Olympics. The biathlon team of Hannah Dreissigacker ’09, Susan Dunklee ’08, Sara Studebaker ’07 and Annelies Cook made Olympic history in the 4×6-kilometer relay event. The team finished in seventh place, earning the best-ever U.S. Olympic women’s biathlon relay performance. Furthermore, Dunklee’s 14th- place finish in the 7.5-kilometer sprint was the best-ever Olympic sprint performance by an American female biathlete. Cross-country skiers Sophie Caldwell ’12, Tucker Murphy ’04 and Ida Sargent ’11 also competed in the games. Caldwell’s sixth-place finish in the… Read more »

Tube Talk: Epic Finishes and Heartbreaking Wipeouts from Sochi

Courtesy of NBC

I admit, I struggle to keep up with the Olympics. With so many different competitions and so many different names, how are we be supposed to keep up with everything that happens?! Although it offers a great reason to continue procrastinating readings and papers (in 10 years what will we still be talking about anyway — this assignment or the craziness of the 2014 Olympics?), I still find myself falling behind, a gold medal for couch-lympics nowhere in sight. Now that you have the Olympic playlist to get through the marathon of recaps and live streams, we thought we’d look back at some of the best and worst that Sochi has offered over these weeks. Ready, set, go! Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Figure-Skating Pairs With lots of talk about the return of Russian figure skating at this year’s Olympics, this pair certainly delivered. Volosozhar and Trankov had some of the most difficult programs out of their competitors, and the flawless execution ensured a golden future for the couple. Shaun White, Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe After announcing his plans to skip the slopestyle competition this year, audiences expected White to perform even better in his halfpipe. However, his attempt for a… Read more »

A Guide to Watching the Super Bowl for People Who Aren’t Football Fans

To be honest, I have no idea why I thought I was qualified to write anything about the Super Bowl. I know nothing about the teams playing (for those still unsure of the names, this year it’s the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks), nor do I really understand the rules of football. But I still usually watch some of the game every year, so here are my Super Bowl tips for those who feel the same way I do. FOOD! Super Bowl parties provide the perfect opportunity to consume all the unhealthy finger food you’ve been craving. So indulge in the hearty (and probably fried) selections! If you have a lot of friends, or are feeling particularly hungry, I recommend that you try your hand at making your own Super Bowl Snackadium à la Buzzfeed. Make sure to Instagram it though – it would be sad to devour all of your craftiness without impressing your friends via social media. The Ads If you thought you had to wait until the Super Bowl to watch the most entertaining parts (the ads!), think again! This year many companies have released teasers, or even leaked entire commercials, to tantalize viewers. This gives… Read more »

Dean Chu: Cultivating Bodies and Minds

With over 4,400 students on campus, it’s not surprising that we see many familiar faces at our activities and classes. You may not be able to help that the ’16 whose trip you led now holds an arguably higher position than you in your sorority, or that the guy you awkwardly spilled chili on at Collis is in your Econ class. Some overlaps, however, seem even less predictable — like my undergraduate dean teaching my spinning PE class. Assistant dean June Chu not only advises students through the undergraduate deans office, but also teaches PE classes at the College. The deans office aims “to support students in their engagement with the curriculum and in their overall experience at Dartmouth.” Chu does just that. She works with half of the class of 2015, which is around 550 students. “It’s a lot of students, but I love it,” Chu said. Chu has also been teaching spinning for more than ten years and finds that her high-energy PE class sometimes leads students to seek her out for advising. “What I have found is that students who do take my class actually will come and make appointments to come and see me,” Chu said. “I have a… Read more »