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A Graph Is Worth a Thousand Words

And two graphs are better. Here’s a shout out for D writer Alexander Agadjanian ‘18, who last week wrote a serious piece of journalism analyzing the overdue housecleaning that Athletics Director Harry Sheehy is conducting among the College’s coaching ranks. His first graph shows the win/loss progression of Dartmouth coaches who recently left their positions:

Coaching Success.jpg

Alex’s second graph summarizes the length of the tenure of our current coaches:

Coaching Tenure.jpg

Lots of information in very few column inches (click on the graphs themselves to enlarge them for easier reading).

Let’s hope for more D pieces that show evidence that student journalists have worked seriously with available data.

Addendum: The above two graphs differ slightly from those actually appearing in The D. Alex sent them to me as they should have been formatted and laid out by the Editors.

Addendum: It seems that “data journalism” is breaking out all over. In a piece about the predominance of male candidates in Student Assembly elections Zach Benjamin ‘19 has done his homework:

Since 1993, Dartmouth has seen 87 men run for president, compared to just 18 women, representing a ratio of nearly five-to-one. In that same time period, the College has seen three times the number of male presidents to female ones: 18 male and six female. This adds up to 24 presidents over a 23 year period: the extra person comes from 1993, which held a second election after the first elected candidate resigned almost immediately during a scandal…

At the same time, gender imbalances also exist within elections for Student Assembly vice president. From 1993 to 2015, 50 men and 18 women ran for vice president. Of those, 14 men and nine women won, a slightly lower men-to-women ratio than for the presidency.

In the last several years gender enrollment has been near equal — since 2013, the difference between the number of men and women in one class has not exceeded 24, and the number of years where men are the majority is equal to the number of years they are a minority.

Addendum: Alex has followed on with another incisive, well reported piece of journalism: The Case of Paul Cormier: Breaking down the release of men’s basketball’s head coach.


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