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The Latest PR Thrashing
Here’s our latest pummeling in the media. NHPR’s 2,180-word report has nary a positive word to say about the College.
Addendum: I was misquoted by the reporter of this piece:
Joseph Asch, class of ‘79, is founder and editor of Dartblog, a website that is often critical of the Dartmouth administration. Asch largely blames Dartmouth’s tuition - more than $60,000 a year - and the college’s decision to no longer accept Advanced Placement credits for the admissions drop.
Yet, he says, “these crazy campus-life issues, which succeed one after the other in their vulgarity,” can’t be easily dismissed. And while Dartmouth can help itself most by “changing the conversation” to how it can improve academically, Asch says, “I can’t help but think, putting myself in the place of a high-achieving college student and looking at all this hazing and rape trials and sexual assault conferences, that it seems like a place that has lost sight of what’s important.”
The 14% drop in applications certainly has more to do with social issues than anything else, followed by the College’s decision to no longer grant AP credits to incoming freshman. The College’s tuition is not sufficiently different from that of the other Ivies to be a material factor in declining applications.
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…