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When in Parkhurst, Have an Espresso
A search for excellence will elicit no qualms from this quarter. President Kim obviously likes high-end coffee: so much so that he had a special 240v electrical circuit put into Parkhurst for the commercial grade Italian espresso machine that was installed in his office. No word yet on whether he is drinking Haitian coffee — the history of which mirrors many of the ills of that country — or whether a wine cellar for Chablis and a cheese room for Brie was included in the Presidential investment program.
There has long been a Keurig coffee machine in Parkhurst’s kitchen, and the new espresso machine could have been installed there, too, so that everyone in the senior administration could enjoy un caffé di qualità — but that would have cost President Kim a measure of social privacy.
Note: In my own experience as a management consultant in the Third World, it seemed that members of the international aid community always had a particularly refined sense of the better things. White LandCruisers with charity logos were a constant feature in high-end restaurant parking lots from Cameroon to Tanzania. Whether discerning taste was a reflection of the national origin or the education of these dedicated servants of the poor, I don’t know — but sure as shooting, nobody was paying for haute cuisine out of their own pockets.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…