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Wisdom Confronts Inexperience, Or Not
Anyone who has worked in a commercial setting knows that furniture with fabric upholstery has a tough time dealing with coffee stains. So why does the furniture — or almost all of the furniture — in Jim Kim’s re-conception of the Baker catalog corridor have expensive, wool fabric on it?
I can just see the dynamic now. The glib President suggests living room furniture for that cozy look. The staffers shift uncomfortably; they know the problem, but they don’t want to say anything contrary to the wishes of the top guy. As a result, the College buys expensive, fabric covered furniture. And a year later, it is spotted, stained and unusable.
So we change to leather chairs and couches, which we should have had in the first place. Do those green armchairs above look out of place to you? In another year, all the chairs in Baker will be of green leather, and the scuffed and discolored fabric ones, expensive as they are, will be sitting somewhere in a dead-storage warehouse.
And so it goes.
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…