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BS Talks and the Money Walks

Though Phil has repeatedly spoken about his successful fundraising and the beginning of the capital campaign, and staffers have expressed confidence in its near-term start, the event itself is receding into the future. At Monday’s faculty meeting, our leader said that the formal start of the campaign, “is a year away, or something like that.”

Phil also gave himself plenty of room for error in stating that fundraising would continue for six or seven years. The campaign would, he said, “probably go through 2022-2023, or something like that.”

Hanlon tries to exude confidence, but not many people are fooled now that we are almost three and a half years into his administration.

Addendum: The D has a report on the entire meeting, which was long on generalities and short on any concrete detail. Or should I say pseudo-meeting, as it was determined late in the day that the necessary quorum of 150 faculty members had not been reached — thereby invalidating the entire procedure. Of course, longtime observers of faculty meetings noted that they could not recall a meeting of the General Faculty that had that many professors in attendance. We can expect this issue to come up again. (Was today’s meeting the moment when the Hanlon administration transitioned from tragedy to farce.)

Addendum: A quorum for meetings of the faculty of Arts and Sciences is only 75 professors. The next A&S meeting will be held on this coming Monday.

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