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An Open Letter to Whichever Bureaucrats Concern Themselves With These Sorts of Things
Last evening, I had to print out a piece of paper. This is a perfectly innocent thing to have to do, I’m sure you will agree.
Not owning a printer at Dartmouth, I use the College’s public system, called GreenPrint, which has a number of stations set up around campus from which students can print for a small fee. I attempted to do this last night. I approached one of the printers and, through the attached computer, told it to print my page.
It did not. Instead, it spat out a double-sided page of instructions on how to get it to work properly. The infamous page is pictured below.
I do not use the term “infamous” lightly, for this was not the first time a GreenPrint printer birthed the above-pictured abomination. Oh no. A quick tour reveals that each printer has before it a large bin, into which piles upon piles of these ridiculous pages are tossed daily. I would hazard a guess that at least 20 reams of paper, not to mention the associated ink, students’ time, and College money, are wasted on them daily. More aggravating still is that the GreenPrint machines are often perfectly functional when they spit these pages out; they proceed to print the requested document without difficulty after vomiting a copy of the infamous page.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth announced last week that it will be installing “real-time, animated displays in the common spaces of the Rauner, Bildner, Goldstein and Thomas residence halls. The displays, broadcast on low-energy monitors, will show an animated polar bear, designed by Sonia Lei ‘08, at various levels of comfort or distress, depending on the amount of energy being used in the building. Low energy use equals a happy, healthy polar bear. High usage results in the bear suffering the effects of global warming.”
Can you say waste of money?
Can you say perverse priorities?
Can you say bureaucratic blindness?
McKinsey can! “The annual budgeting process for administrative services is not explicitly tied to institutional priorities and there is no formal planning process that creates the necessary linkage.”
If we’re going to be environmentally conscious, let’s do it in a way that saves time and money, not wastes it.
Why can’t the printers be programmed not to continually vomit up copies of the infamous page? Technological impossibility? I reject that explanation out of hand. This is Dartmouth.
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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