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Style Is Substance
Apologies for the fact that I can’t embed the Admissions office video that was sent to alumni District Enrollment Directors (DED) — the College chose to disable that YouTube function. You’ll have to click here to watch it. But watch it you should; you’ll see evidence that incoming Dartmouth students are poised and media-savvy: they look right at the camera, and they speak crisply (save for one prospie from whose mouth the word “like” issues more often than her heart beats).
However, video is a cool medium, as Marshall McLuhan said, and although the 18-year-old future undergrads understand the idea, nobody seems to have had the courage to make the point to Dean of Admissions Maria Laskaris ‘84 or her sidekick David Day ‘06. Whatever the reason for their poor on-screen presentation, they are less than a credit to the College.
The administration should have someone watching over this kind of thing.
Addendum: We’ve pointed out in the past that the production values of many of the pieces produced by Admissions leave a lot to be desired.
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…