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To Admit Error Is Divine, Too
Six weeks ago we noted an awful piece of writing on the Admissions department’s website that was larded with quotes from Phil’s speeches:
To date, the page has not been updated, and an alumnus who is a faculty member at another school writes in to complain:
Have you noticed that the Dartmouth admissions website still has the same amazing drivel that you took to task a few months ago? Would it be a waste of time if you pointed to it once more? I’m sure they couldn’t change the fatuous substance (if they tried, they’d be like a jeep spinning its wheels in soft sand), but they might at least fix the grammar:
“We have been, and will continue to be, a magnet for human talent. I hope that you will apply so you can be considered to join Dartmouth’s class of 2018 where you’ll receive a liberal arts education for the 21st century - an education both in and beyond the classroom, plus the preparation to go out and change the world.”
There “where” has no referent, and “so you can be considered to join” etc. isn’t even English. After staring at it, one sees that the writer is conflating two idioms, e.g. “they are considered to be” etc. and “they are being considered for the job” etc. What he or she meant was just, “so that you can be considered for the class of 2018 at Dartmouth, where” etc.
After reading that, if I were a prospective applicant or the parent of one, I’d instantly cross this place off my list. By itself the hype and drivel isn’t fatal, perhaps (one half expects it, in any Admissions web site) — but illiterate English is just unbearable.
Hear, hear. One does wish for Dartmouth’s sake that Madame Laskaris ‘84 ‘fess up to the grammatical and syntactical inexactitude of her prose and re-write the damned piece.
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…