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Tales of the D Plan: Two-Season Athletes

The merits of Dartmouth’s quarter system, and the D Plan overall, aren’t discussed much these days (actually, is anything much discussed these days?), but it is worthwhile to note that athletes at other schools, whose sports spill over into two semesters, don’t have the opportunity to study abroad. Varsity athletes at the College — about 20% of the student body — all have the chance to study off-campus for at least one quarter each year. Bruce Wood’s Big Green Alert blog posted the below picture of Dartmouth football players on the Spanish LSA program. While there is only academic upside to this travel, there is a little athletics downside: word has it that three months away from the team’s strength coaches put football players at a bit of a disadvantage compared to other teams come springtime.

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From top row, left to right: Receiver Ed von Kuhn ‘14, defensive back Phil Schmidt ‘14, receiver Joe Dowdell ‘14, defensive end Robbie Rodriguez ‘14, tight end Luke Dornak ‘14 and tight end Dean Bakes ‘14. Bottom row, left to right: tailback John Higgins ‘14, linebacker Bronson Green ‘14, receiver Peter Calvanelli ‘14, receiver Austin Katigan ‘14 and punter Dan Barstein ‘14.

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