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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:

Phil's Balloons Comp.jpg

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…


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