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Last Friday we noted the quality of the football program’s recruiting videos as compared to the Admissions department website. Well, Admissions has now riposted. Enjoy this Q&A video starring Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin and Director of Financial Aid Dino Koff. But I must ask: would you be inspired to apply to the College on the Hill after listening to these fellows?

The latest football video seems directed at young men who are serious about their sport, the work that they plan do in life, and about themselves. Where is the gravitas in the Coffin/Koff effort? Or is their theory that today’s special snowflakes don’t want to be intimidated by people who will ask much of them. Hence the Abbott and Costello routine.

I have heard only good things about the Lee Coffin — who has only been our Dean of Admissions since July 1. However, his sense of production values leaves something to be desired.

Addendum: Guys, the next time you make a video, sit on the tails of your jackets. In that way, the fabric doesn’t bunch up around your ears.

Addendum: Recall Daniel Webster’s famous aphorism: “”Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I cannot believe they published the video on admissions. I just hope that they did not pay any money to the producer. It is the worst I have ever seen. Even most home videos are better than that. If I had an employee give a presentation like that, I would fire them on the spot. And I only watched the first two minutes. Just terrible body language. Giggling inappropriately. No sense of seriousness, etc, etc, etc.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

‘Lo Joe,

“Hence the Abbott and Costello routine.”

Unfair comparison. A&C was a disciplined, superbly timed, carefully crafted act, largely inspired by Lou Costello (the dumb guy). Compare “Who’s on First?

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