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The BVAC: Rusty and Leaky, Too
Longtime readers will know that the Black Arts Center (the BVAC) is this space’s bête noire (or, at least, one of them). Costing well north of $50 million, we’ve noted its trying-too-hard post-modernism and its rust-stained exterior, but to the list of shoddy construction complaints we should add its off-and-on leaky roof, with drops spattering down on a lobby cork floor:
Are there no buckets available?
In fact, there are several roof leaks throughout the building.
Many of the film department’s rooms had a different problem: it seems that the film screening rooms were so tight that while there was space for a projector, there was no room for the operator..
Addendum: In further evidence of bad planning, the constricting seats in the new Loew Auditorium have been replaced (some people say twice).
Addendum: However, the building is not without whimsy. The tone made by opening elevators is the same as in the first Die Hard movie. Yippee-ki-yay!
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…