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Convocation: No (Parking) Space For the Faculty
When 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.
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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