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Why Do You Love President Hanlon?
The Moosilauke Forum is a select group of alumni who answer polls about various issues concerning the College. The members recently received the below questionnaire. Can you think of more biased and manipulative queries than the ones below? My headline comes close:
How about asking people if they think that the idea of growing the College is a good one? Or not? And why?
Phil Hanlon is ramming through the increase in the student body. I hear that most deans see the idea as ill-advised at best.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
The Moosilauke Forum sent out a note on this subject this past week, with a 7-day window. Our class rep, prior to the recent AC meeting, canvassed the class on this issue… Preliminary views were all against!
Addendum: An alumnus writes in to share his response to the survey:
“I struggle to find any opportunity for Dartmouth to strengthen its position as a differentiated, small, undergraduate-focused College in expanding the student body.
I feel very strongly that Dartmouth should abandon any and all consideration of expanding the student body. Expanding enrollment would dilute the student experience and cause Dartmouth to lose its identity as a small liberal arts College focused on providing the best undergraduate education in the nation. I chose Dartmouth for Dartmouth, not because I thought it could be Harvard in the woods.
Even the wording of this survey concerns me. Asking to provided “opportunities” and “components of the Dartmouth experience that would be impacted” makes it seem that expansion is a foregone conclusion before listening to the opinions of those that know the Dartmouth experience best: current and former students.
From my time at the College it is clear that housing and dining resources are insufficient for the current student both, both in size and in quality. It is baffling that those in charge of Dartmouth would consider spending a single dime on expansion - and worsening these problems - rather than fixing the known issues to improve the experience of the existing student body.
I have chosen not to donate to Dartmouth in recent years because I feel the administration and board has lost touch of the school’s identity. A decision to expand the student body would prove my suspicions correct, and validate my decision to send my charitable contributions to other causes.”
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Completely unfair. We learned about this in a class that I took at the College! It talked about how surveys can be biased. It used the example: “Isn’t it true that the sun revolves around the earth?” An extraordinary number of people answered yes even though this is common knowledge that it is not true. It pointed out that the way the question is asked can bias people.
I did not respond to the survey the first time around because, I did not, in fact, think that expanding the college would provide more opportunities. Was I? supposed to come up with opportunities for them ? I? was baffled. And I did not want to answer that question. So I went back, and this is how I answered he question:
Addendum: A friend of the College writes in:
“What opportunities… What components…”
Should be “which opportunities” and “which components.”
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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