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Greenkey Update

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:34
Brothers!

With Greenkey weekend upon us the brotherhood is anxiously awaiting the return of so many alums. The weekend will surely be one to remember, or one to put the fragmented pieces of memory back together. Regardless, we're all excited for what surely will be an awesome time. That being said, I'd like to give you all a brief recap on some of the great things the house has been up to over the past few weeks. The spring term has been a busy one, with a number of brotherhood events and frequent alumni visits taking place. But before we get into the revelries of this term, take a look at the House's last few terms through the Pillar! The most recent and a number of past Pillars can be found on the Tri Kap website at: http://trikap.com/?q=Pillars

Now to get into the nitty gritty:

July 13, 1842 saw the dawn of the college fraternity, and it all started right here in our hallowed halls. This year brings the 175th anniversary of the Kappa Lodge! Members of both the undergraduate executive and alumni boards are coming together to create an event around this momentous occasion. This Homecoming will be accompanied by an all out anniversary bash. Details are in the works, but the undergrads hope to see an absolutely overwhelming number of alums coming back to celebrate. So please, start making plans to come visit for Homecoming this Fall. Anyone with suggestions for events or activities please reach out to me at Berlinghof3@gmail.com.

Spring started off with a bang as the boys took a trip down to Cancun, Mexico for Spring Break 2017! Staying at the Grand Oasis Hotel brothers enjoyed the multitude of swim up bars, beach side dance parties, and night clubs. The week long trip was a marathon, but as Tri Kaps tend to sprint marathons, it was a welcomed challenge.

Next stop on the tour was Montreal, Canada. Joined by recent graduate Josh Tupler '16, the boys set up camp in a remote Kappa Lodge. There was pool, poker, and general bro time before nights filled with bar hops and club scenes. This trip has become a brotherhood favorite, having been conducted three out of the past four terms.


The brothers returned home and put in work. Elections for the '19s summer term finalized the exec board for next term. The board consists of quality guys who have shown their loyalty to the house since their "education" period this past year. President Johnny Emmanuel '19 will surely lead the charge towards another great Tri Kap summer.


Socially the house has been on point the past few weekends. Semi-Formal with Kappa Delta sorority saw the debut of many new basement fixtures which have made their mark since. The event brought strobe and laser lights into the basement to completely change the ambiance into a bumping dance club. In addition the brothers and sisters bathed one another in neon paint, all of which was illuminated by new black lights installed in the basement as well. The event was a great success and possibly a recurring feature of Tri Kap's social scene.

It gives me great pride to point the spotlight to one of our undergrads and his philanthropic cause. Abraham Herrera '18 will be running a half marathon on June 4th, 2017 in recognition of The Family Place. Since 1985, The Family Place has operated as one of fifteen state subsidized Parent Child Centers. The Family Place provides local Vermont families support in the forms of child care, financial assistance, parental education and more. That being said, Abe is looking to raise $500 to help the center provide family services for the Upper Valley we all call home. To learn more about Abe's initiative in his own words and to donate to his cause, please check out the following link:
https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/familyplacevt/campaign.jsp?campaign=3&fundraiser=102&team=null&

The house has welcomed Keith Quinton '80, a local Hanover brother, to the alumni board as our new Alumni Advisor. Brothers invited Keith to a Molly's dinner on our favorite day of the week, Wednesday, followed by some pong and of course meetings. In addition, Al Forbes '82 stayed in the GOTE this past week. He is never one to shy away from a pong challenge and was a great addition to meetings this week. The undergrads love to see alums coming through, and the GOTE is really comfy I promise. Any alums making the trek back to campus, feel free to reach out to me or any current undergrads so we can best welcome you home.

Those are just some of the highlights of the term. Again, the boys here at 1 Webster are anxiously awaiting the return of our great alumni and the start to an epic Greenkey weekend. Don't forget to check out the Pillar and of course, save the date for the 175th anniversary party this Homecoming.


YiK,
Luke Berlinghof '18
Undergraduate VP

Icecraft and Blizzardry

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 20:09
Hey all,

Winter carnival tore through Hanover this past weekend, and with the actual blizzard (over a foot of snow!) came other blizzards of various sorts.

The first and foremost of these was thanks to brothers Andrew JL and Chris Takeuchi, to whom we could not be more thankful for hanging out over the weekend. It was great to hear some of the stories of a slightly older Tri-Kap, and to gather some life (and pong related) wisdom from some wiley veterans. The brothers and new members alike all had a fantastic time hanging out with you guys. Please, if you're ever back in the area, give a shout.

CTak and JL being ridiculous as usualBut even as the fun raged on, the undergrads were hard at work with a number of other endeavors. Kourosh Saghri '19 and Kevin Hoffer-Hawlik '19 were hard at work on Friday night cooking up one of the greatest batches of chili this world has ever seen. With this magnificent, exotic chili, Tri-Kap entered into the annual Phi-Delt chili Cookoff, which pitted many greek organizations, clubs, and even local businesses against each other for the best chili in Hanover. While the boys did not take home the gold, their chili will certainly hold a special place in my stomach for years to come.

Kourosh Saghri and Alec Pelton serving up chili at the cookoffPrior to the festivities of winter carnival, the brothers hosted our semi-termly academic talk, featuring government professor Brendan Nyhan. A specialist in political scandal and applied statistical methods, Nyhan talked about the advent of "fake news" in the 2016 election cycle, and the scary truths surrounding human responsiveness to alternative facts. A large contingent of our very politically involved undergraduate brotherhood came for the pizza and stayed for the fake news, as many eyes were opened by some of Nyhan's most recent research findings. Many thanks to James Howe '17, our academic chair, for setting up the wonderful talk.James Howe and Professor Nyhan next to the "burning dumpster"
of the 2016 political cycleProfessor Nyhan addressing the brotherhood



















Alas came along the Sunday of Winter Carnival, and yet there was still much to do! The Tri-Kap IM basketball team had gone 4-0 in its regular season to earn a top seed in the playoffs against Sig-Ep. The battle was hard fought, as Sig-Ep showed up with their full A-team. The refs let the boys play, and the game turned into a rugby match. Unfortunately, with just seconds left, Sig-Ep hit a foul shot to go up three and the men of Tri-Kap could not hit the three pointer to tie it up. It was a great season, but alas, our championship must wait til next year. Thank you to all of the brothers who participated throughout the season. Onto softball in the Spring!

Winter NM David Dick '19 after the "rugby" match against Sig-Ep

L to R: Sam Libby (coach), Kevin Hawlik, Brian Schoenfield, David Dick
Chris Loughlin, Jeff Lang, Vince Puzak, and Joe Minichiello (coach)An eventful carnival full of icecraft and blizzardry it was, and all involved had a heck of a time. In the coming weeks, the brotherhood looks forward to multiple tails events, lock-in, and the introduction of the 6 winter new members as full brothers of Tri-Kappa. 
All the best,Jeff LangUndergraduate VP