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Dorm Continuity Interest Grows
At a Dean’s Office xTalk on the state of the College last Monday, a fair portion of time was spent on the quality of life in Dartmouth’s dorms — or the lack of life, really, given that our residence halls now more resemble transient hotels than social communities. As loyal readers know, the loss of dorm continuity for undergrads has long preoccupied this space.
Now comes the Student Assembly with a survey to “help inform the Board of Trustees and President-Elect Hanlon about the Dartmouth student experience.” The first set of questions focuses on the housing issue. This questionnaire is a good initiative (though I wish the SA would stop ending e-mails with the disingenuous Johnsonian signoff: “Warm regards”).
A system of dorm continuity, in which students could live, if they wished, in the same dorm during their years in Hanover, would improve Dartmouth residential life immensely. Such an easy change should be Phil Hanlon’s first priority.
Addendum: The mismanagement of dorm life at the College has gone on for many years. When I was a student, the number of undergrads was the same as today and dorm life was vibrant. At that time, the administration organized the D Plan so that there were no more than 3,200-3,300 students on campus in any term. Today, fall term can have as many as 4,000 students present, hence the need for the many new dorms in Hanover built over the past 30 years: East Wheelock; Fahey on Tuck Mall; and the Maynard dorms.
If the College could manage the on-campus student population with the same skill as the (few) deans did in my day, there would be more than enough up-campus dorm space for everyone — sufficient, in fact, to tear down the inhospitable Choates and replace them with comfortable dormitories. Then we could convert the River Cluster to a State of New Hampshire minimum security prison, or some similar, appropriate use.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…