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Phil’s Big Ideas
Type in the words “Phil Hanlon’s Vision” in the search box of the Dartmouth webpage and you get 710 hits, but I’m not quite sure that Phil gets the vision thing. There is even a Big Ideas website associated with the Dartmouth College Fund.
So what is it that rankles me about this ad in the January/February 2016 edition of the Alumni Magazine? Do you see pie in the sky above Dartmouth Hall, too?
Let’s agree to check back with Phil in five years and see if his confidence in the College’s new special projects was justified. Has the big money invested by the administration in these cluster programs actually ended global poverty, cured cancer, halted climate change, fostered world peace, or won any awards for vacuous advertising?
Addendum: As 2015 ends, I can safely say that the Hanlon honeymoon is over. After two and a half years, Phil and Provost Dever had better start doing more than nibbling at the edges of Dartmouth’s rank-eroding problems. The knives aren’t out yet, but the sound of sharpening can be heard in Hanover.
Addendum: A close observer of the College writes in:
“We can foster world peace. We can half climate change. We can cure cancer. We can end global poverty.” But we can’t run a highly-esteemed, deeply-loved 246-year-old college sitting on a $4.5 billion endowment… without continuously embarrassing the institution and ourselves.
Addendum: And an alumnus notes (with no little panache):
“We” can do this, “We” can do that; one wonders whether Phil Hanlon or the College progressives have ever even heard of Friedrich Hayek.
Society is not an engineering problem, it is more like an ecology. Yet the dream of a collective rational management of human affairs, which is at the center of progressive eschatology, lives on notwithstanding one abject failure after another.
It is not surprising that as the College sinks ever lower, an appeal to this salvationist vision should be put forth. The unquestioned commitment to a shallow ideology without any apparent recognition of the limitations of such beliefs is a telling sign of the decline of the American university.
Here’s wishing you all the best in the New Year!
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…
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