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The Hardworking Folks at OPAL
In case you were wondering why the folks at OPAL rarely get into the office before 10am, reassure yourself that the people there are hard at work. One of their ongoing projects: making certain that the College’s African American students have adequate hair care. The administration arranges six-times-per-year visits by Master Barber Christopher “Bigz” Barton and Ms. Willette Caynon, who arrive in Hanover a day early from North Adams, MA (a two-hour drive away) — undoubtedly spending the night somewhere in Hanover at the College’s expense.
We’ve written about this subject before, but it is worth raising the point again. With over 400 African Americans in the Dartmouth community, does this type of activity need to be undertaken by the administration? Clearly most African Americans in Hanover already have other options for getting their hair done (unless “Bigz” Barton and Willette Caynon cut 400 heads of hair in a busy day?). Why is budget money and administrative time being allocated to such a service ? Why can’t students organize this effort themselves?
Harvard’s Harry Lewis hypothesizes about the origins of student helplessness in his book Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future?:
I’d go further: not only do students not solve their problems, but many Dartmouth administrators see their role as constantly helping out their dear charges (on whose problems their well paid jobs depend). That’s bad educational policy. As the old proverb has it: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
The administration should focus on improving education at the College. When is the last time there was any kind of innovation in the curriculum?
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…