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Lots of Hot Air in Hanover
A goodly number of readers have sent in pics of yesterday’s balloonfest on the Green. Phil is pulling out all the stops to convince the College’s donors of his administration’s intellectual vitality. Balloons are front and center in his effort, and word is that a large bouncy castle was in place for the exclusive use of eight-figure contributors:
Does anyone think that balloons will increase the likelihood that alumni will pony up? Will bread and circuses be next?
Addendum: A professor writes in:
Is there a better metaphor?
Seriously, folks. Is spending tens (hundreds?) of thousands of dollars on tents, white tablecloths, fancy food and hot air balloons going to inspire our richest alumni to give money to the College? Wouldn’t innovative programs and proof that the administration is running a lean, well managed operation constitute stronger arguments that students would get a better education if alumni gave generously. However, for Phil that’s hard to do.
Addendum: An observer of the College writes in:
This is lazy fundraising at its finest, what fundraisers do when they need to feel as if they are actually doing something, but in reality aren’t doing much! If they are pounding the pavement, meeting face to face and getting pledges, they don’t pull stunts like this.
Fundraisers have legit parties for two reasons: actually kicking off a campaign when they know the goal will be hit, so they want to further energize the base; or they are celebrating a campaign’s successful completion. Have either of those two goals been met?!?
Addendum: And an alumnus does, too:
I wonder if any of the big hitters in town this weekend played a round of golf…
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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