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Château Folt: Parkhurst Redecorated
In addition to adding administrative personnel to the Provost’s Office — just what we need! — Provost Carol Folt recently decided that the provostal offices should be moved down to the ground floor of Parkhurst. Maybe a change of scenery and a complete redecoration will bring imagination and efficiency where none is to be found today.
Of course, the administration will make exculpatory noises that some of the spending occurred to render the new offices’ doors ADA-compliant, but that investment could have been put off (the building was grandfathered in under the ADA). Why lay out money now when no need has been perceived over the past 20 years? In fact, Folt could certainly have waited to do the entire redecoration.
Total cost, you ask, of this “minor alteration to Parkhurst Hall”? The below Town of Hanover building permit, freshly issued on October 15, 2010, lists the estimated cost at a round $200,000.00, but that is just a base figure. There are many other expenses that are often not added to enumerated permit costs: architect and design fees, desks, curtains, new computers, tech support, other movable equipment, and so on. We can safely assume that the total cost of the Provost’s new digs is north of a quarter million dollars. Budget crisis? What crisis?
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…