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Events at Thompson Arena Come to a Head 

Dartmouth College sophomore Tim Swensen holds aloft a cardboard cutout of college president Phil  Hanlon's head during a recent men's hockey game. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College sophomore Tim Swensen holds aloft a cardboard cutout of college president Phil Hanlon's head during a recent men's hockey game. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

It was a tough weekend for the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team, what with losing its first two ECAC games of the season to Union and RPI by a combined 14-3. This is a proud program that draws fans from throughout the Upper Valley and the Big Green players and coaches have to be embarrassed to have put up such little resistance.

The best part of the weekend’s action? The apperance at Friday’s game of a huge, cardboard cutout of Phil Hanlon’s head.

Hanlon, of course, is the first-year college president. He’s shown nowhere near the enthusiasm for sports that his predecessor, Jim Yong Kim, displayed, but sophomore Tim Swensen made sure Hanlon’s likeness was at least seen bobbing in the crowd while the Big Green battled the Dutchmen.

Swensen, who hails from Connecticut, is a member of Chi Heorot fraternity, a greek house long loaded with hockey players. He also brought smaller head cutouts of Dartmouth captain and Heorot member Tyler Sikura and former player Connor Goggin.

Swensen said he ordered the heads online and that “Big Phil” cost him $30. He attached it to a hockey stick with duct tape and waved his creation the entire game.

“He’s giving Union the stink eye,” Swensen said, looking up at Big Phil and smiling.