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Dartmouth Soundoff: Sochi Olympics

The Sochi Olympics have created quite a stir, from the unfinished city infrastructure and hotel accommodations to reports of the government-sanctioned extermination of stray dogs to public scrutiny of Russia’s extreme hostility toward the LGBTQ community (GQ magazine recently published English professor Jeff Sharlet’s excellent coverage of the issue. Not to mention that Sochi is the warmest city to ever hold the Winter Games; the highs this week are in the 50s, making it difficult to maintain passable course conditions for some events. While these issues do merit some attention, controversy seems to have detracted from what remains at the heart of the Olympics: competition and athletes. So let’s talk about some U.S. team members and throw in some of their favorite music. (Don’t worry, I screened it—you’d be surprised how many times “Imagine Dragons” appeared). Consider this my disclaimer: I’m talking more about the Olympics and less about music this week. Hopefully after this you’ll actually know a bit of what’s going on, since it’s unlikely that you’re following Sochi as closely as Vancouver. Kaitlyn Farrington, snowboarding: In the 24-year-old’s first Olympic Games, Farrington outscored silver medalist Torah Bright by just a quarter point in her last two runs… Read more »

AD Harry Sheehy: Don’t throw tennis balls after the first goal

Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy sent out a campus-wide email this morning in which he asked students not to go overboard at tonight’s men’s ice hockey game against Princeton University. It has been a longstanding tradition to toss tennis balls onto the ice at Thompson Arena Rink after Dartmouth scores its first goal on Princeton. Though the first tennis ball toss generally goes unpunished, subsequent throws are rewarded with penalties for Dartmouth. Tonight’s game has implications for Dartmouth’s playoff chances, and Sheehy’s email asked students to throw all their tennis balls after the first goal — and then cease and desist. The text of the email is below…. Read more »

Why do we throw tennis balls at Princeton?


This week, tennis balls will be sold out at every single sports supply store in Hanover. No, everyone hasn’t suddenly decided to pick up the sport in the middle of winter — this Friday is the Dartmouth-Princeton Men’s ice hockey game. The tradition began at Princeton University in 1998, when a Princeton student threw a single tennis ball at the Dartmouth goalkeeper after Princeton scored their first goal. Dartmouth students responded in full force the next year at our home game, when we pelted the team with not just one tennis ball, but several hundred instead. Chase Schoelkopf ’15, avid hockey fan and past tennis ball thrower, thinks that “it is a great tradition, and shows Dartmouth’s solidarity.” Schoelkopf, who usually attends all of Dartmouth’s home hockey games, cites storing the tennis balls in his pockets as his main way of sneaking them in. “We usually don’t get patted down,” says Schoelkopf, even though Safety and Security claims to frisk students upon entrance to Thompson Arena for the game. Kristen Rumley ’15 took the tradition to a whole new level at the game last year. “I went to Boss Tennis Center and got a bag of over 200 tennis balls… Read more »

Popping the Bubble


Editor’s Note: If you’ve been at Dartmouth for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase the “Dartmouth bubble.” We may exist in a world where it seems like we’re the only people living in the middle of the wilderness Hanover, but we’re not. This new weekly Dartbeat feature is an attempt to put Dartmouth students more in touch with the faces of Hanover that surround us every day as we eat at Molly’s, wait in line at Dirt Cowboy and shop at Bella. Name: Jake What brings you to Hanover? I live in Hartland, VT but I’ve worked at Molly’s since I was 16. I started bussing tables my sophomore year and worked here all through high school. I’m now a senior at UVM and I come back for breaks to work. My dad works at the Co-op, so Hanover has kind of always been in the cards for me. Favorite winter activity in Hanover? When I’m not working at Molly’s, I love to go to Dartmouth hockey games. I grew up going to the games with my family. Name: Dot What brings you to Hanover? I live in Norwich and work at the Hanover CVS. I’ve been working… Read more »

Horner’s House of Hockey: Is this Real Life?

Is This Real Life? Wait a sec­ond. Where am I? What just hap­pened? Did we just beat the num­ber two team in the na­tion? Is this real life? Well yes, I am in Hanover, we did just sweep on our se­nior week­end, we did beat Cor­nell, the num­ber two team in the na­tion and I didn’t just wake up from a dream. Fri­day still feels so sur­real. The en­ergy and ex­cite­ment for our game was in­cred­i­ble, and I knew it was going to be a good night. Be­fore the open­ing face­off I told the team, “Look up at the ban­ners. This is where cham­pi­ons are made. This is our house. Tonight is our cham­pi­onship game. Tonight we play like cham­pi­ons.” And we did just that. We pushed Cor­nell back on their heels and they had no idea what to do. The in­cred­i­ble part about Fri­day is that un­like the first match-up, Cor­nell had their Olympians back from the Four Na­tions tour­na­ment for this game. And we shut them down. Kelly Foley ’12 scored two in­cred­i­ble power play goals in the sec­ond pe­riod that left the Big Red flab­ber­gasted and shocked. We were so poised and in con­trol of the game,… Read more »

Horner’s House of Hockey

How Did It Get So Late So Soon? Get out your brooms, be­cause we got us a sweep! And not only did we sweep, but so did the men. What a great Win­ter Car­ni­val week­end for Big Green hockey. We had two bat­tles of games over the week­end. Fri­day we scored in the last three min­utes of the game to come out on top in a 3-2 vic­tory against St. Lawrence and Sat­ur­day we came back to beat Clark­son, 3-1. With these wins we re­main at third place in the con­fer­ence. Hope­fully we can stay in the top four in the league by the end of the week­end so that we have home ice ad­van­tage for the first round of play­offs. We’ve won eight of our last nine games and are look­ing to keep the mo­men­tum going into next week­end against two big op­po­nents. Fri­day night we play Cor­nell, one of the top teams in the na­tion (and has only lost one game all year), and Sat­ur­day we play one of our ri­vals, Col­gate. It’ll be se­nior night for Alyssa Boehm ’11, Larissa Roche ’11, Amanda Trunzo ’11 and me. I have no idea where these past few months have… Read more »