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New Swim Dock Successful With Everyone Except Students
The number of students at the College’s new $200,000 swim dock is surprisingly low. Why would that be? Handicap access has been taken into account. The dock is larger than the previous one, and there sure is plenty of lifeguard support. And the new facility is close enough to the Ledyard Bridge that bathers can watch townie kids merrily fling themselves into the void.
The planners took everything into account, save for one thing: how students get there. The big problem is that the new dock is a fair bit further away from the main access routes that students use (see the yellow highlights below) than the old one, which makes alternative swimming places like the Ledyard Canoe Club dock and the Safety dock that much closer. Surprising to nobody (except administrators and their well paid consultants), students go to the closer sites; in doing so, they avoid a long walk across a dusty parking lot.
The upshot of this entire imbroglio: more students are swimming in unsupervised areas than before, and the College has wasted a ton of money. Discretion prevents me from offering up the affair as a metaphor for the entire Kim administration.
Addendum: The D is reporting that the College is cracking down on after-hours swimming by students. In the past S&S has been more or less tough on this transgression: some years I’ve been threatened with a no-trespass letter; other times the patrolling S&S officer has turned a blind eye. No more:
“The student said that as he left the swimming docks after speaking with the officers, he saw three Safety and Security cars patrolling the docks.”[Emphasis added]
The end result of Dartmouth’s new policy will probably be that students swim at places like the Chieftain Inn’s lovely dock (right). The Inn’s website advertises swimming in the Connecticut and even a rope swing that is located across the river. The College is not the landowner at either site. Perhaps the owners of the Chieftain believe that their guests are more mature than Dartmouth students. What a tangled web.
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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