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Some Thoughts on Cliché Carol
What strikes me about interim president Folt’s vacuous message is that amongst the treasury of abstractions presented, the only specific ideas mentioned are those old ones of Dr. Kim: “promote wellness and reduce high-risk drinking, sexual assault, and hazing.” These, in my opinion, are tactical in nature, not strategic. Wellness, something of an abstraction in itself, goes unmeasured, combating drunkenness is embarrassingly measured by self survey, and dealing with hazing—the moment of truth for Dr. Kim—was actively suppressed until it came to light, at which point it was actively ignored. As I see it, President Folt brings nothing to the table other than an appeal for someone else to bring something to the table.
When I was a kid growing up in Cleveland the old Cincinnati Royals played 5 or 6 home games a year in Cleveland. I went to see Wilt Chamberlain when he was with the Lakers in his latter years. The morning of the game the Plain Dealer sports section’s front page had a story entitled “Will Wilt Shoot?” The premise was that Wilt still had the ability to score at will if he wanted to. Wilt must have read the story. He scored 60 points that night to the delight of everyone. A couple weeks later he scored 66 against the Suns. Will the board act? Like Chamberlain they can if they want to. Do they want to?
We might ask if the members of the MBA-rich, academic-poor Board can recognize tripe when they hear it?
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…