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The Scoop on Winterim
From a former College administrator:
The idea of ending the fall term at Thanksgiving was first proposed by Carol Folt as a way for the College to save money following the 2008 financial crisis. Her argument was that the College would not need to have as many hourly paid workers on the payroll if it were closed between Thanksgiving and the normal term-end-date in December, it would have lower heating costs, etc. - and the plan was *sold* under the guise of saving students and their parents money because they would not have to travel back and forth to the College twice in a short period of time.
While there is some cost savings from not running the dining halls for these weeks, the argument that there would be savings from lower heating costs was always false because (a) whether occupied or not, the dorms still need to be heated when it is cold to prevent pipes from freezing and the structures from deteriorating, and (b) relocating the staying students to one or two dorms would be a very time-consuming and expensive exercise (you would need to pick the dorms to which all the staying students would be relocated, empty the rooms that the stayers would occupy, move the stayers in, move them out again, move the original occupants’ stuff back in, etc., all with union labor…). And under all circumstances, athletic teams would still need to be accommodated on campus over the winter break.
The faculty more or less loved Carol’s idea for obvious reasons (more than a month without teaching obligations), and President Kim thought that it was innovative and brilliant. So now we have it. My nephew hated it; so did his parents.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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