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The PR Boys at Work
The Advancement Office and the Office of Communications are desperately trying to kickstart the College’s floundering fundraising. It seems that when Bob Lasher ‘88 tells donors of Phil’s plan for Michigan-on-the-Connecticut (with the views of current alumni, students and faculty be damned), wallets do not fly open as if by magic. In fact, fundraising data show that they mostly snap shut.
The administration has now changed tack. The PR folks have picked up on a set of forceful comments by Art History Professor Mary Coffey during the October 23 faculty meeting in which she exalted the College faculty’s traditional deep commitment to both teaching and research: what she called the teacher/scholar model. The winter edition of Occom, A Chronicle of Dartmouth Philanthropy, rightly celebrates the faculty’s ongoing commitment to undergraduates, and if the newsletter were telling the complete story of the Hanlon administration’s emphasis and strategy, it should be applauded.
But, of course, Coffey evoked the teacher/scholar paradigm as being under an existential threat from Phil’s plan to expand the student body by up to 25% — at an already overstretched institution that is having trouble keeping to its historic promise. Occom includes neither a mention of Phil’s plans for a huge increase in the number of students nor of the construction of huge new dorms in College Park.
Will donors be taken in?
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways, including “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Addendum: And another:
It is a killer to root against your own beloved (when I was there) College, but now the cards seem to have been turned over and it WILL become a University and IT WILL become much bigger. I do not know how the level of ignorance in the alumni/ae body can be maintained forever, but it has been and IS, especially in classes out a bunch of years, like mine.
The cadre which uses internet and has followed my advice to read Dartblog daily is PLUGGED IN, but I gotta tell ya, PHIL depends on keeping 60% or more in the dark. Our ‘55 Fund this year was only 37%…worst in our 60+ year history….but most attrition due to old age, fixed income, expensive health issues, parasitical kids and grandkids (yes). And that simple feeling at age 80 “I’ve paid for that education 100x over. I’m done.”
However, reading TODAY’s blog. I had the deja vu “what if they had a massive fund raising campaign and nobody gave?” That thought must permeate in Parkhurst every single day that this drags on….
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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