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Do You Trust Phil?

Phil’s task force is supposedly looking at the idea of expanding the size of the College by 10-25%, and the members of the group might even recommend that Dartmouth remain at its present size, or not, but meanwhile, the 750-student, monster dorms planned for College Park are moving full steam ahead. These huge buildings (twice the size of the East Wheelock Cluster) will increase the number of dorm beds at the College by, uh, 22.3% (that’s 750 new beds on top of the 3,363 beds presently available — not counting Greek houses).

Check out the Weekly Project Updates on the Campus Services website for the two weeks beginning November 20 and 27 to see where the massive project stands:

College Park Test Pits.jpg

Test pits? As anyone at the Presidential summit a few month ago will tell you, the plans and layouts for the new dorms are at all but finalized. Yet Phil keeps harping about waiting for the task force to submit its report.

At the faculty meeting a couple of weeks ago, Phil assured the assembled professors that the College Park dorms had nothing to do with the proposed increase in the size of the student body. The new dorms were being built, he said, as swing dorms in order to enable the renovation of Dartmouth’s existing sub-par dorms.

And he wonders why nobody believes him when he speaks.


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