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Convocation: No (Parking) Space For the Faculty

Parking1.JPGWhen the members of the faculty arrive for Convocation at 11am today (or when they go to their offices any day), they find all of the College’s central campus parking spaces taken. Why? In a burst of misguided egalitarianism by a past administration, there is only one class of Dartmouth parking pass — no matter if you drive in and work all day at a desk, or if you come and go as a faculty member does. So the early birds — janitors, administrative assistants, junior assistant deans — grab all the good spots (the picture on the right was taken at 8am today), and faculty members who drive to campus to teach a class or meet with a student or colleague must park in an ancillary lot and take a shuttle bus to the office. If you believe that all of your employees’ time is of equal value, then this makes sense; if you believe that a $200k/year professor should be coddled in ways that a $34k/year DDS cook helper does not deserve, then you are scratching your head in wonder like me.

A friend on the faculty suggests that professors should give their gowns to the AA’s and deanlets and let them march at Convocation.

From the Department of the Adminstration Can’t Do Anything Right: The IT folks are now experiencing problems with the Class Rosters option in Banner Student. Computing seems to be going downhill fast. There is a rumor that Microsoft has asked to shorten the length of the calendar year to 200 days because it can’t get Office 365 to work for the entire year.

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