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Saying Isn’t Believing

The College is sharpening up its marketing message, according to an e-mail after the recent Alumni Council meeting:

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Curiously absent is anything related to Phil’s major initiatives: cluster hires of outside faculty, the pursuit of prestige research projects, a massive energy institute, a large increase in the size of the student body, and so on. They are selling the old Dartmouth while diluting today’s product. Will people fall for it?

Addendum: Another Alumni Councillor reported to his classmates:

“President Hanlon made it clear that Dartmouth is “hot”: The Class of 2021 will be among the most selective and accomplished class in Dartmouth’s history, faculty are being recognized for their scholarship, and rankings are on the rise.”

One of my correspondents responded to Phil’s unjustified preening with one word only, “Ick.”

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