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A Long, Slow Climb
With any luck, Phil Hanlon will soon begin to reverse the trend towards mediocrity at the College that is the legacy of the Wright/Kim/Folt administrations. AD Harry Sheehy began that uphill climb in Athletics when he came on board in September 2010. But turning around anything is slow going. Look at the record of our athletic teams over the last four seasons in Ivy League competition:
Don’t forget that for many decades, at least until the mid-1990’s, Dartmouth was known as the Ivy League athletic power. How the mighty can fall when a weak administration does not insist on excellence, and does not put in place a good AD and give Athletics the support that it needs to succeed. But things are improving, albeit slowly.
Not to excuse our lack of success in winning championships, but over the same four-year period Dartmouth teams finished in second place in the Ivy League fourteen times and tied for second four times. Twelve different teams accounted for these eighteen top-2 finishes. We are knocking on the door but need to learn to knock it down.
Steady progress is being made. Here’s to hoping that the dam will break soon enough. When it does, recall that our eventual success was several years in the making.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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