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Moosilauke Spending Incompetence
If you directed a high-performance organization with a history of achieving ambitious goals, it would make sense to try to construct the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge over the course of a winter. In that way each incoming Dartmouth class could enjoy an unbroken tradition. But for the College — with its sad history of late, over-budget building projects — attempting to demolish the old lodge and build a new one between September 2016 and August 2017 was most definitely a lodge too far.
Not only did the administration accept the huge extra cost of rushing a construction project at a site that is normally inaccessible in the winter months — as we have documented, the new lodge was scheduled to cost four times per ft² in inflation-adjusted dollars what the McLane Family Lodge at the Skiway cost in 2000-2001 — but it turns out that all the extra spending for accelerated construction was for nought: due to numerous complications, Moosilauke will not be ready in time for the incoming freshmen this fall:
Oh, great. A bad management decision about aggressive goals led to millions of dollars in extra cost, but the end result is no different than if the administration had conservatively decided to have freshmen skip a year at Moosilauke in order to save money and have the project proceed in an orderly fashion. The worst of both worlds, if you ask me.
Addendum: Such unending incompetence is enough to make even the most green-bleeding blogger want to give up. The money wasted here — say $5 million — could have funded an endowment that would have paid the compensation of two young Humanities professors forever.
Addendum: The Moosilauke débâcle recalls the overspending on the Hanover Inn, the result, in part at least, of Jim Kim’s desire to have the Inn open in time for Commencement. What a waste of tens of millions of dollars.
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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