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All Hail The D
It’s funny how things work. On Monday, Ester Cross 15’s article on the poisonous atmosphere inside The D and the paper’s slipshod journalistic practices garners 6,500 hits for Dartblog — clearly it struck a nerve on campus — and then on Tuesday the paper comes out with its best edition in ages. A coincidence? Actually, I think so, unless a half-dozen D writers dropped everything in the middle of exams to produce better pieces than I have seen in long while. The articles were well written, backed up by numerical evidence when possible, and they showed the critical thinking skills that the faculty always talks about teaching to students, but that too rarely appear in the paper. Bravo.
● Phi Delt’s Noah Smith ‘15 and Psi U’s Douglas Payne ‘15 wrote as guest columnists of their experience as African-Americans in Dartmouth fraternities. Dartmouth frats have a long history of positive race relations — the reason so many of them are locals is that they withdrew from their nationals in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s rather than adhere to restrictive rules regarding the race and religion of their members — and Smith and Payne add a needed perspective to the campus debate. The frats play a vital positive role for a great many students at the College, one that too often is slighted in Dartmouth’s ongoing conversation. Read this piece if you can.
● Sasha Dudding ‘15 wrote an article and Jon Miller ‘15 wrote an opinion piece about the ongoing scam at DDS, a situation exacerbated by a recent 4% price increase for mealplans. While they did not note the effect of the July 1st 3% across-the-board wage increase for the dining hall’s unionized workers (Thanks, Carol!), they pointed out convincingly how the College’s justifications for DDS pricing hold no water. One pet peeve: how about some charts and tables to display comparative data for mealplan pricing across the Ivies, rather than having confusing prose recitations of schools and prices?
● Heather Szilagyi ‘15’s piece on the sharply declining attendance at the College’s off-campus programs in favor of terms spent abroad with lesser/cheaper schools picks up on a Dartblog piece on this subject from back in June. She used quantitative information from the Dartmouth Factbook to good advantage. The subtext here is that the College has long neglected one of its jewels. Let’s hope that a new infusion of cash, and some resolve by Phil will turn things around.
● Emily Brigstocke ‘15’s wrapup on l’Affaire Tengatenga covered the story well, and she elicited tough, direct quotes from both the the head of the Tucker Foundation search committee and the outgoing head of the Foundation. While Emily did quote critics of the lack of transparency in the search, she could have noted Tengatenga’s derailing of the College’s presentation of his candidacy by his own premature announcement of his appointment, and his lack of completeness and candor in his responses to criticism.
● The issue was rounded out by thin pieces about the OneDartmouth program (the question of exactly how dinners of 10-15 students and a few grad students are going to “unite the campuses” is not explored in sufficient detail; this will be a short-lived program once people get tired of chatting), and a note that longtime Dartblog favorite Morano Gelato is being sold to two local couples (first reported on by the Valley News on Sunday).
How refreshing to see The D define itself as an investigative newspaper whose goal is to improve the College by looking closely at its weaknesses and putting pressure on the administration to improve the institution. Enough of re-writing press releases.
Let’s hope that The D can maintain this level of quality in the fall.
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…