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Is It Something in the Classroom?
After yesterday’s dispassionate review of the Hanlon Presidency, let’s look at some of the happier results that come from a Dartmouth education — where undergrads spend a great deal of time with faculty members who care very much about them. From the looks of it, we punch well above our weight in putting alumni into public office.
We outperform, too, with four sitting Senators (Rob Portman ‘78 R-Ohio, Angus King ‘66 I-Maine; John Hoeven ‘79 R-North Dakota, and Kirsten Gillibrand ‘88 D-NY). Only Harvard does better:
In the House of Representatives we are only in the middle of the pack with three members (Mike Capuano ‘73 D-MA, Ann McLane Kuster ‘78 D-NH, Alex Mooney R-WV), but, as usual, we surpass Penn, Cornell and Brown:
From the looks of things, the top schools in the Ivies should be referred to in shorthand as HYPD. And, funny enough, those are the schools with the highest endowment per student. But that is not an explanation that holds water for me. I’ll go with the College’s faculty, who do so many things for students that go uncompensated and unrecognized, but that create undergraduates who leave Hanover with something extra.
Enjoy Commencement. And on Sunday, all future Senators, Governors and Congressional Representatives should say a special, anticipatory thank you to their favorite faculty members.
Addendum: I happened to attend the graduation ceremonies at HBS last year, where alumni were also over-represented among the very top students receiving diplomas.
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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