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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?
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…