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Congrats Sylvia, I Guess
The following comes to us off of a public listserv at the University of Rhode Island:
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 16:41:45 -0400
Reply-To: michael vocino
Sender: URI General Discussion List
From: michael vocino
Subject: SYLVIA SPEARS MAKES GOOD..BUT SOME AT DARTMOUTH DON’T LIKE IT
Sylvia Spears was a former administrator here at URI….but the university didn’t take advantage of her MANY talents…so she left…went to Dartmouth…where they didn’t let bull like pieces of paper stand in the way and they appointed her Acting Dean of the College…can you imagine! Bravo Dartmouth!!!!
Go Sylvia! No one deserves it more…but the conservatives at Dartmouth are giving her a very hard time:
professor of film media
university of rhode island
At first, I could not follow the tone of this missive. Was the writer being ironic towards Sylvia Spears, or congratulatory? Or was he mocking Dartmouth, which seems to him to have a less restrictive attitude than URI towards the formal qualifications required of its deans? The phrase “they didn’t let bull like pieces of paper stand in the way” is curious, don’t you think? After all, Sylvia does have a URI Master’s degree in “Speech Communication” and a URI doctorate in “Human Science and Services.” These degrees would seem to meet the writer’s standard of being pieces of paper.
And how is it that my insistence on prior experience and training for a demanding job constitutes being a conservative? Don’t liberals require the same things?
All in all, let’s simply conclude that Sylvia Spears does have her fans, and leave it at that. We’ll all see soon enough whether Professor Vocino is accurate in his judgment.
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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