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Housing Shortage, Pt. II
While I do think that Ms. Bandy raises some serious concerns about housing at Dartmouth (see More Housing Shortages below), I must respectfully disagree with her main contentions. Although it is unfortunate that a number of seniors will be forced to seek off-campus housing next year, I think this falls short of travesty and is outweighed by the considerable overall benefits. I should say, in the interests of full disclosure, that my housing number is poor and I might well be one of the inconvenienced seniors come next year.
My main area of disagreement regards Ms. Bandy’s citation of an”overly ambitious administration” that is sacrificing the needs of current students. I certainly do not think that ambition, especially in the realm of higher education, is something that should be bounded. Moreover I do not think the administration’s ambition has been in any sense reckless, quite the contrary. In my few short years here I have seen the 6 dorms of the McLaughlin Cluster built, Hitchcock renovated, and McLane and Fahey completed. This is to say nothing of the completion of Alumni Gym and the Moore Psychology Building or Haldeman and Kemeny Hall. These buildings were certainly erected with great speed and apparent efficiency. I think they evidence great concern for students and will go down as a significant and lasting accomplishment of President Wright’s administration. I think that students well in to the future, and today as well, are far better off with the construction of the many and fine new and renovated buildings, over which President Wright has presided.
With this said, I think that David Glovsky raises a good point in his column today on the importance of student input. Whether things are going good or ill, more accountability, transparency, democracy, and diversity of input is always a sound idea.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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