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A College Ready to Expand?
As a student in the late 1970’s, when the College had about 6-8% fewer undergraduates than it does today, I can’t ever recall having more than a dozen people in line ahead of me to get into Thayer. So what it the meaning of the below? A friend took this photo last week:
Lines to get into the College’s main dining hall can vary by time of day: lunch tends to have longer lines than dinner apparently. And while the queue can move along, why should harried students waste time gaining entrance to an all-you-can-eat refectory?
Hapless Phil’s administration should be fixing problems like this every minute. Gosh knows that there are enough administrators in enough meetings. Why can’t they come up with solutions to nagging issues like making students stand in the rain?
Addendum: The week before last The D ran a nice chart showing the evolution in pricing for meals at FoCo:
Since 2012, the CPI is up 8.76%, but DDS meals are up as follows: SmartChoice5: +31.9%; SmartChoice10: +17.9%; SmartChoice14: +15.2%; SmartChoice20: +14.0%.
There is absolutely no valid reason why mealplan prices have risen so much faster than inflation. Perhaps DDS is making even more profit than in the past. More likely, it is getting ever harder to afford the fat salaries and plush benefits given to the grossly over-compensated staff. In a better world, the College would turn over DDS to a private company like Bon Appétit Management Company (here and here).
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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