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News From Phil and the Council
— He [Hanlon] twice spoke of requiring academic departments and administration entities to eliminate 1.5% of what they are now spending to free up funds for “other, more appropriate areas”.
Cutting spending across the board seems unsophisticated to me. Given that salaries, wages and employee benefits constitute over 60% of Dartmouth’s cost structure, and over 15% of expenses are in non-compressible line items such as taxes, depreciation, and interest payments, the task that Phil has really set for people is to cut 6% of the areas of the budget that can be cut: cost items like materials, purchased services and travel.
In fact, there are administrative areas that could be cut in half (like the bloated staff in many administrative areas), and others that cannot be cut at all (faculty departments with one beleaguered secretary).
— President Hanlon, Dean Charlotte Johnson and other speakers made it clear dealing with alcohol problems and sexual abuse is a driving force in the Student Life arena. Among student athletes, the number of non-drinkers has risen from 17% to 35% in the past three years.
It’s always fun to have the College describe the results of student surveys as if they represented reality. Dartmouth students are very good at giving the right answers to questions. Perhaps 35% of athletes do not drink in season (under their coaches’ orders for many teams), but I have a great deal of trouble crediting this statistic with any overarching validity. Perhaps that is the percentage of students who do not binge drink?
— Vice President for Alumni Affairs Martha Beattie pronounced that it’s time to check into what alumni - and the parents of undergraduates - think of the College. A professional survey will be taken “in the near future” - first sampling since 2002.
The results of this survey should be interesting. Parents who have dealt with the ponderous administration will have a word or two to add.
— Also, it was announced that the requirement that when there is only a single candidate for an open elective seat on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, an alumni-wide election nevertheless must be held, at an average cost of about $70,000 to the College, will be put to referendum. An amendment eliminating the requirement of alumni-wide balloting for uncontested candidates to the board will be voted on by alumni in an election early in 2014.
One has to admire the chutzpah of people who pack the Board so that Alumni Trustees have no say, then they make elections all but unwinnable for petition candidates by cooperating only with the Council’s candidates in sharing mailing lists, etc., and then they announce that they would like to avoid the expense of holding elections when there are no petition candidates running for a seat on the Board of Trustees.
Given the present structure of the Board, there will never be another petition candidate. The College’s alumni have been forevermore disenfranchised, and the Board is destined to remain in the hands of financiers without a thimbleful of knowledge about higher education among them.
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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