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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.
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…