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In Charlie Whelan’s introductory remarks at the Should the Greek System Be Abolished? debate, he made an especially fine point:
I would urge you to be analytically rigorous. This is my inner public policy professor speaking to you. I appreciate the comments that came before me, but when I hear things like “strongly associated with,” I get very uncomfortable because what I care most about is causal relationships. It is entirely possible that Greek institutions exacerbate/cause behaviors that we do not like, particularly with regard to binge drinking and particularly with regard to sexual assault, but it is also true in some counterfactual where people binge drink in another place, where 18-22-year-old irresponsible people congregate in different ways [i.e. without fraternities], many of those problems would still exist. It is incumbent upon us to figure out what causes those behaviors that are unacceptable to everybody who is part of this community, and to change them, rather than to call for abolishing the system writ large, rather than changing the things in the system that are most dangerous to the students who are here.
We should circle back for a moment and ask ourselves what it is about Dartmouth that inspires the fierce loyalty of its alumni. Could the fraternity system be an integral part of Dartmouth’s uniqueness? Even the most skeptical observer has to acknowledge the possibility that an aspect of the College in which 67% of upperclass students participate (far higher than any other school in the Ivies) plays an important role in bonding students to the College.
My larger observation is that we are playing with fire here. Any precipitous decision about changes in Greek life could have far-reaching consequences for the school. As we saw yesterday, any action can have unintended consequences, and in effecting one change, we could well cause many others. The modification to the beloved-by-many Dimensions show is a case in point. Some people, it seems, bridled at the rah-rah nature of the performance. It didn’t show the College, warts and all, they said. So the ever-pliable administration has decided to sanitize the event. Another beloved tradition bites the dust; and Dartmouth loses its individuality in yet another way.
A further example is the new Foltian academic calendar that provides a six-week break from just before Thanksgiving to after the New Year. The administration achieved its aims of saving a little money and relieving students of the burden of flying home for Thanksgiving and then coming back for exams, but at what a cost: painfully compressed terms, negligible reading periods, a football game in the middle of exams, an interminable Xmas break in Hanover for students unable to return home, and so on.
We risk the same unintended consequences as regards the Greek system. As Professor Wheelan admonishes, we should tread carefully. Precipitous and unthought-out moves could leave us with a school that still has binge drinking and sexual assault, but not the Greek institutions that have bound so many people to their friends and to their College.
Addendum: Another example of ill-considered change was the College’s decision to no longer grant academic credit for AP courses completed in high school. Clearly the deanery did not do its homework on the issue as regards practices at other schools (all the other Ivies grant some kind of credit for AP work, contrary to assertions made at the time of the faculty vote on the issue). The end result is that, while the College may take in more money in tuition, many people believe that a good many prospective students are shying away from applying to the College, particularly some of the strongest candidates, because they cannot get any credit for AP work.
Where is the data in the discussion on reforming Dartmouth’s housing policy? Has anyone canvassed alumni from different eras and asked them how and where they made their best friends at the College? In fact, have any anthropological or sociological tools been brought to bear in this discussion? Jim Kim used to talk about his “ethnography” of the College, but I fear that this was no more than another empty, but impressive-sounding, term from our ex-leader. Similarly, Director of Residential Education Mike Wooten (right) regularly throws up a storm of jargon, but I have yet to hear a single statistic from him. Memo to Mike: properly sourced numerical data contains more information than buzzwords.
Dartmouth’s housing policy can be divided into three eras since the advent of coeducation:
a) 1972 to the mid-1980’s, when students had the option of remaining for four years in a dorm and all classes were mixed in each residence hall;
b) Mid-1980’s to mid-1990’s, when students were shunted around campus each time they returned to Hanover, but all classes were mixed together;
c) Mid-1990’s until today, when freshmen were segregated in their own dorms, and upperclass students moved from dorm to dorm.
How about a survey of alumni from all three periods? They can then share with us their perception of the quality of their residential experience at Dartmouth, and from their responses we can pick and choose policies based on real information.
My correspondent today was in no doubt about the importance of his dorm life in the late 1980’s, even though he was a member of a fraternity. And my own experience in the 1970’s — in a dorm that was almost like a private club — was the highlight of the social side of my time in Hanover. Will anyone from the last twenty years speak highly of dorm life among Dartmouth students? Shouldn’t we find out the answers to these questions in a manner that befits a College where first-class research is conducted?
A College insider from a class in the late ‘80’s writes in with a review of the administration’s consistently wrong-headed policy towards the fraternities over the last three decades:
Silly me, when I first saw the headline that Hanlon was taking on “extreme behavior” at Dartmouth, I thought he was talking about the activists who occupied his office!
It all, of course, comes back to the decades of mismanagement by the administration and Trustees. In a nutshell, the story is this: since Freedman, the administration has waged war on the fraternities, and tried to abolish them. Wright doubled-down when he first came in via the Student Life Initiative, whose expressed intent was to re-engineer the Greek system. The real reason that the administration wanted to outlaw them is that they aren’t PC (for example, for many years the fraternities supported the Indian symbol and the traditional alma mater). The administration used the phony rubric of physical facilities, etc., to try to squeeze them financially, and get them to surrender to the College.
The result is that they basically turned the fraternities into outlaws, and cultivated hostility and distrust between the fraternities and decades of administrators. This approach basically drove the fraternities underground. While there certainly were excesses in my day, my impression is that the fraternities are much worse and more extreme today. I know with complete certainty that drinking is more excessive — to put the matter simply, when I was a student we played beer pong with one beer per player. Today the norm is five beers per player and often more. This will sound odd, but in my day the point of the game was to socialize and have fun while drinking beer. Today, it is to simply get drunk.
At the same time, the central planners destroyed the dorms as a viable competitor to the fraternities in a variety of ways, mainly by moving students around and destroying dorm continuity. So kids were living in different dorms every year with a different set of friends. When I was there, my dorm was a co-equal part of my community with my fraternity.
This was reinforced by Dartmouth’s unique schedule, where kids frequently spend quarters away from Hanover, either in foreign study programs or doing something else. So it is not infrequent to not see friends for several quarters, so you need a home away from home. The Greek system provides that.
Rather than hostility to the Greeks based on PC concerns — but dishonestly represented as something else — which bred corresponding distrust and outlawry, the College administration could have sought decades ago a more productive collaborative process with the Greeks that recognized that they play a uniquely valuable role in providing continuity at Dartmouth. They could have also cultivated the dorms as a competitor — as they were during the time I was in Hanover.
Instead of thinking about what students want and need and building up from there, the administration has for decades adopted a top-down central planning strategy of trying to coerce into existence the communities that the administration wants. So, for example, there used to be no freshman dorms. That was changed several years ago. Why? I think for social engineering purposes — the administration thought that the upperclassmen were bad influences on the freshman, and so were interfering with the Freedmanite goal of engineering the “new Dartmouth man/woman.” Instead, this policy simply destroyed dorm continuity over time and increased demand for the fraternities.
A remarkably failed experiment in social engineering. And now the College appears set to try to impose new central planning and social engineering to try to rectify the sins of prior generations.
The Trustees, of course, were a complete joke this whole time. Completely out of touch with any of this, they were unwilling to look through the smokescreen put up by the administrators that all was sweetness and light. A complete and utter failure of leadership across the board.
Addendum: An older alumnus is equally pessimistic:
President Hanlon seems to think his mission is to reform the mass culture of 17-21-year-olds. Lots of luck with that.
It makes one wonder whether the old single sex approach to higher education didn’t have a sound basis.
Hanlon wants to serve as the spiritual leader of a moral reform movement to change students’ social lives. Nothing about seeing that there is sufficient rigor to the educational experience that students aren’t left with endless free time for partying.
Having validated the complaints of the protestors, he is now stuck with this role. It starts to look like yet another failed presidency in the making.
Carson Hele ‘16 had a good column in The D last Wednesday that is critical of Phil’s cluster/neighborhood housing plan. Entitled An Ill-Conceived Initiative, he rightly notes that segregating freshmen from upperclassmen dooms the upperclass dorms to irrelevance. If you don’t get the College’s housing right from freshman year onwards, you are not going to make things better during the upperclass years, especially given the mobility engendered by the Dartmouth Plan.
Hele also correctly observes that a cluster made up of many different dorms — he cites the “Fayerweathers, Ripley/Woodward/Smith, Wheeler and Richardson” clusters — is not really a cluster at all from a social point of view. Is a student from South Fayer going to feel any affinity during sophomore fall with someone from North Fayer? And when both go on LSA during their sophomore winter, will they build on their friendships when each goes to another Fayerweather dorm in the cluster in the spring term. This rhetorical question is not rocket science; it not even complicated social science: the bigger the cluster, the less likelihood there is that an enduring community will come into existence.
You see, the goal in housing policy should be to encourage repeated random interactions among a limited number of students, say, by crossing paths repeatedly, term after term, in a dorm lobby. As students grow to recognize each other, they grow more confident and they begin to speak to each other. Friendships form, and are deepened by further interactions. Then dorm-based structures spontaneously come into being: teams, parties, other initiatives. Once these are in place, students seek each other out to support their ventures. And the culture is off and running. We can say that familiarity leads to real content in relationships, and then familiarity breeds contentment.
However, Hele is wrong on one count. The dorms can be an alternative to the frats, and they are so in part because of the students who leave dorms to go live in the frats. Let me explain: over the years, under the old dorm priority system that I have written about for a decade, each individual dorm had its own culture and personality. Students who enjoyed the atmosphere could come back each term. But students who wanted something different would move to a fraternity or to a different, more convivial dorm (where they could move in with friends, and then keep the room for consecutive terms on campus). In that way, the culture of dorms and frats reinforced itself.
This natural churning, or perhaps winnowing is the better word, gave dorms character and a sense of community, and, as Hele points out, active intramural teams, too (I played softball, touch football, and soccer for North Fayer, and hockey for the combined Fayerwearther team). Sports were a great way to integrate a dorm: in North Fayer during Freshman Week, the juniors who were our unofficial IM organizers came to your humble servant’s room to ask the three of us to play for the dorm softball team. Unless everyone in the dorm participated, they said, we would not have enough people to field a team. We were only too happy to say yes, a response that we followed upon with questions about professors, libraries, meal plans, and many other things about the College.
Why does ORL (called in our day, the Office of Ruining your Life — though they did a much better job of it than than today’s larger bureaucracy) insist on segregating freshmen today, a feature of Dartmouth life that has only existed since the mid-1990’s? I think the administrators’ idea is that they want to protect ‘shmen from the supposedly pernicious influence of upperclassmen. Wrong. Their goal should be just the opposite.
In the end, I agree with Hele:
Rather than turning to neighborhoods as yet another Band-Aid in its series of residential life initiatives, the College should reassess the fundamental setup of our dorm system.
Sadly, there is no sign that this is being done.
Addendum: Back in the day, there was no official UGA program, with pay and a bureaucracy. Upperclassmen advised freshmen as a matter of generous support, and as payback for the upperclassmen who had advised them. No Community Directors were needed. The College had too much sense to waste money and space on people like that.
Addendum: A professor writes in:
Today’s post with quotes from from Carson Hele goes to the heart of the issue. One of our core problems is the inadequacy of our dorm structure and policies. Hanlon should seek the mega gift that will convert our existing structures into real “houses,” with their own identity and social space. Continuity in residence from the first year on is desirable. We might also re-think the presence of alcohol. In modest amounts (wine and cheese socials; pretzels, beer and movie nights), parties in the dorms could take away the Greek system’s lock hold on and abuse of alcohol.
A thoughtful alumnus from the Class of 1954 pointed me to John Sloan Dickey’s closing comments in his Convocation Address in 1949. Perhaps beyond his list of things not to do, President Hanlon could appeal to today’s students to seek higher values in their behavior at the College.
Gentlemen, the fashioning of your usefullness to yourself and society as open-minded, reliable and cooperative men is in your hands.
And now, men of Dartmouth, as I have said on this occasion before, as members of the College you have three different but closely intertwined roles to play:
First, you are citizens of a community and are expected to act as such.
Second, you are the stuff of an institution and what you are it will be.
Thirdly, your business here is learning.
I tell you, we could not for the world figure out how these guys were performing this stunt. The seemingly Indian fellows were in the Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, a shopping street just behind the Duomo in Milan. They neither wobbled nor showed any sweat. As we arrived they were motionless, and when we left a few minutes later, they had not moved. Go figure.
Chavez goes on to note that the banning of fraternities at Bowdoin had little effect on the kind of excesses that Phil is decrying. Read the entire column here.
She might have also noted Williams’ experience in the same vein.
Addendum: A close observer of the College notes:
I think I speak for many when I say that, at this point, we would just like a brief respite from the unrelenting negative publicity — much of it self-inflicted. Coming as it did on the heels of the obnoxious Freedom Budget sit-in, dishonest articles like Kyle Ashlee’s, the constant talk of sexual assault and the (improper) closed-door Summit, the timing of Phil’s speech could hardly have been worse.
At the very least, the College should not have released advance copies of the speech to the media. To what possible purpose? There is a time to defend — or at least be quiet. Instead, Phil chose to embrace, and thus legitimize, every wildly exaggerated stereotype out there re: Dartmouth students.
Today alone, the heavily-trafficked aggregator RealClearPolitics linked to two (more!) articles [the above piece and a column in the Washington Post] concerning problems at Dartmouth and Hanlon’s speech. While I have nowhere near the number of contacts that you have, I can tell you that the ones I do have are thoroughly fed up.[Emphasis added]
Addendum: Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit linked to the Chavez column and commented:
Dartmouth’s applications are in steep decline already (14 percent last year). Making it a place where men are stigmatized and PC reigns won’t help that. If you want to curb student partying, how about reinstating tough academic standards and eliminating grade inflation. Oh, wait, that won’t help applications either … .
Not long ago we ran the below post about a Kickstarter campaign to help the Fairlee Drive-In equip itself with a new digital projector. The effort did not quite get there, but Cooper Trapp and his family are giving it another shot. Here is their new Kickstarter page.
Drive-ins all over the country are facing the same problem, and Honda is helping out. Check out this short video that the car company has produced:
Assisting the Fairlee is a good cause. There is something right and good about being outside on a summer night in front of a movie screen. Give generously.
Save the Fairlee Drive-In
If you spend four years at Dartmouth and don’t see at least one movie at the Fairlee Drive-In, you can’t honestly say that you went to school in New Hampshire. Sitting in the warm grass watching a flick makes for a summer memory that one day will cause your children to look up from their iPhones in wonder. But only if the place survives.
The Fairlee is run on a shoestring by the Trapp family, and it seems that they don’t have enough shoestrings to afford a $77,208 digital projector. The movie studios are phasing out 35mm film in order to save money, and theaters are converting to the new technology. The Fairlee has scared up $22,100 in donations so far; they still need another $55,108. Want to help? The drive-in has a campaign going on Kickstarter, which they are running for another week. Hurry.
Note: there are only two drive-ins in the country that have an adjacent motel. At the Fairlee you can watch movies from the comfort of your own room. What will they think of next?
Inside Higher Education has a good summary today of the endless fruitless iterations in Dartmouth’s war against demon rum and bad behavior.
It’s worth reading the whole article here.
IHE’s reporter, Ry Rivard, a proud 2008 graduate of West Virginia University, where he was the editor of the student newspaper, doesn’t make a single mistake of fact in the piece, and he taught me a few things about the College, too. Bravo. That all young journalists were so thorough.
Let’s grasp at positive news when we can. According to a story in The D today, it seems that the College will soon open official student course evaluations — the ones done by everyone at the very end of term — to perusal by students. Heretofore their contents have been limited to faculty members. If approved by a vote of the faculty in May, professors will have to opt into the system; otherwise their reviews will not be visible. I predict that almost everyone will do so. Would you take a course from a prof who hid from the opinions of students?
Phil has pushed for this change behind the scenes — as we reported in August. Good for him. It will move Dartmouth forward.
So what is Phil up to? At this point, having listened to the various Improve Dartmouth sessions, it’s pretty clear that these exercises are no more than eyewash. Wednesday night’s meeting in 105 Dartmouth was just more of the same: infogathering-crowdsourcing-brainstorming about issues, even though the College’s upcoming policies have long since been devised. However, for PR reasons, students and everyone else are invited to voice their opinions. Then, later, when the official announcement comes down from on high, an obligatory bow to consultation can be made.
What will the College’s new social life policies be? Phil seemed to go out of his way in his opening remarks at the grandiloquently named Summit on Extreme Behavior to sound tough — as quoted in the Washington Post:
…Dartmouth’s promise is being hijacked by extreme behavior, masked by its perpetrators as acceptable fun.
The list of offenses is familiar. From sexual assaults on campus…to a culture where dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception…to a general disregard for human dignity as exemplified by hazing, parties with racist and sexist undertones, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults hurled on the internet…to a social scene that is too often at odds with the practices of inclusion that students are right to expect on a college campus in 2014.
The actions I have detailed are antithetical to everything that we stand for and hope for our students to be. There is a grave disconnect between our culture in the classroom and the behaviors outside of it—behaviors which too often seek not to elevate the human spirit, but debase it.
IT IS TIME FOR DARTMOUTH TO CHANGE. And as your President, I will lead that change…
Phil even admitted that the 14% drop in applications was tied to the various campus scandals of the past few years:
On campus, extreme behaviors are harming too many Dartmouth students, dividing our community and distracting us from our important work of teaching and learning and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
And they are doing serious damage to Dartmouth’s reputation:
In the last year, applications have declined by 14%.
A Title IX investigation is under way.
External scrutiny of our campus life has never been higher. [Emphasis added]
We can no longer allow this College to be held back by the few who wrongly hide harmful behaviors behind the illusion of youthful exuberance. Routinized excessive drinking, sexual misconduct, and blatant disregard of social norms have no place at Dartmouth. Enough is enough.
I am calling on us to create fundamental change in every place on campus where social activities take place—residence halls, Greek Houses, Affinity Houses, Senior Societies, [“sports teams” were also added in Phil’s spoken remarks], and other campus organizations.
Hmm. As background to these remarks, recall that every administration for the past 40 years has called for students to clean things up. Jim Wright put hundreds of students on campus discipline each year for underage drinking, before giving up on that effort. The Hanover Police used to arrest more Dartmouth students in a single year than all the other Ivies combined, to no effect.
So what’s next? Hire a hundred more S&S officers to make sure that nobody drinks too much, everyone gives consent, and we are all fully inclusive?
Or maybe, just maybe, the Trustees and Phil are going to take a serious run at the Greek system — that awful, awful group of fraternity and sororities in which 67% of eligible students are members, a figure which has increased in absolute terms by 27% over the last decade.
Recall that in 2000, when Jim Wright announced the end of the Greek system “as we know it,” there was a huge demonstration in front of his mansion on Webster Avenue, and Winter Carnival was cancelled by the Interfraternity Council.
Dartmouth could be in the newspapers for another long while.
Addendum: Phil also released a brief video statement about his concerns:
Addendum: I listened in to one small group at the Summit as participants described the animal and color that best represented them; then everyone offered ideas (“the crazier the better!”) in an oh-so-non-judgmental way. It’s safe to say that no breakthroughs were made.
The College is making sure that everyone on its Facebook page is aware of the battering that we are taking in the national media.
From the Post’s story:
Asked whether he also worries about shining a spotlight on Dartmouth’s troubles, Hanlon said students and parents should take heart that the college is mobilizing to address its problems.
“These are issues everywhere,” Hanlon said. “A prospective student or parent should be concerned if a campus is not talking about them.”
I sure hope so.
The other day we noted that OPAL was actively training students to see themselves as endlessly victimized by racial prejudice and to respond aggressively to anything that they might perceive as the slightest slight. The people involved in that effort are coming into focus now. However, two of Dartmouth’s most notorious social justice warriors are no longer with the College.
I’m talking about Kyle and Aeriel Ashlee, she an Assistant Dean and OPAL Adviser to Pan-Asian Students, and he the acting Director for the Center for Gender and Student Engagement. It seems that while he had been working “fulltime” for the College, and she had been on “medical leave,” they had been working hard setting up their private consulting business. Both recently resigned.
This space has commented on Aeriel Ashlee before, when she was Aeriel Anderson. Her blog gives one an inkling of her approach to the world:
I have written before about microaggressions and stereotypes targeting Asian Americans. I have written about my frustration of traveling far away from the streets of a racialized America and yet still being accosted by the ignorant. I have shared stories of racial prejudice towards Asian Americans and thoughts on triumphs of breaking boundaries of racial typecasting. I have rambled and reflected, and yet here I am again making issue of Asian American identity. What’s my beef? Why can’t I just “let it go”? Because this shit is in my face everyday.
However Kyle Ashlee has not heretofore come to our attention. That’s a shame. Judging from a piece that he wrote on Monday in The Good Men Project entitled Bravery in the Ivy League, his views are provocative, to say the least. Read his take on daily student life in Hanover:
It’s late on a Friday night and a rowdy group of drunken co-eds stumble through the entryway of the student center at Dartmouth College. Shouting obnoxiously, one of the inebriated students kicks over a wet floor sign while another angrily tears down a flyer advertising a gathering for student protest on campus. The student worker behind the food counter sighs deeply and prepares for the impending exchange. Sadly, it’s one that she is all too familiar with.
As the hostile group approaches the counter, the alpha male of the group barks his order at the young Black woman without apology. Despite having received a scholarship for tuition, this First-Generation college student took on the serving job as a way to survive the high cost of college without financial support from her family back home. She rang up the order and moved on to dealing with the other demands and slurred food orders. A few minutes later, one of the students stumbles back to the counter:
“You’re all out of forks. Where the hell can I find a God damn fork around here?”
Having dealt with his type many times, she responded with dignity:
“There are more forks on the other side of the dining hall. And do you mind treating me with a little respect, please?”
A puzzled look of disbelief fell over his face. Without thinking, he gathered all of the alcohol soaked saliva in his mouth and spit a violent wad of phlegm directly in her face: “Respect? A n***** like you doesn’t even belong at this school. You should feel lucky to be serving me food.”
Disgusted and appalled, she immediately phoned Campus Safety to report the egregious offense. Later, a security officer arrived to the student center in response. The drunken aggressors were long gone at that point, having left behind their half-eaten slices of pizza and chicken tenders for someone else to clean up.
While this may sound like an extreme incident of disrespect and racism, it is a scene not wildly uncommon at the prestigious institution of Dartmouth College. As a former administrator at the college, I heard from many students who had been treated similarly at some point in their academic career…
During my two years at Dartmouth, many students came into my office with heartbreaking accounts like the one shared here. These are the stories that the outside world never thinks about when Ivy League schools like Dartmouth College come up in conversation.
Come again? Does Kyle Ashlee seriously assert that it’s “not wildly uncommon” for a male Dartmouth student to spit in the face of a female undergrad working at Collis and call her a “n*****” in front of several other students. Frankly, I don’t believe for a minute that the incident occurred. How could such an event (or many events?) go unreported and unpunished on a campus where only last year Safety & Security conducted a manhunt for a student who spoke faux-Chinese to two Asian students?
Of course, the slanderous story is out there now. I bet that in eight months year applications to Dartmouth will probably drop by another few percentage points due to the fervid imagination of a now-former employee of the College.
Addendum: OPAL is an ongoing soap opera. A couple of years ago, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Advisor to Black Students Quantrell Willis resigned his position after only five months on the job. His stated reason was “in order to have additional time to focus on his family.” Uh, right. Certainly his extremely close advisory role with an undergraduate had nothing to do with his departure.
Addendum: Kyle Ashlee’s piece has already been picked up by Business Insider.
Addendum: Some quick answers from students about the supposed incident at Collis:
Quite easy to prove that article false in multiple ways: the biggest being that we use our student ids to buy food. Go back to the time the guy paid for his meal, find out who paid at that time, match face, boom, kid expelled. This article is a huge lie.
Ashlee’s story reeks of lies - small ones, like saying Collis serves pizza or that the woman was both a food handler and a cashier at the same time, and big ones like claiming these men could not have been caught. Post-renovation Collis is rigged with *many* security cameras and if she was a hybrid food handler/cashier (which doesn’t actually exist), the incident would have occurred somewhere near a cash register. These men would have been identified, the incident would have been in safety and security logs, and it would have been reported by the daily Dartmouth.
It’s getting harder and harder to separate the lies from the truth. Whatever, as long as it makes good story…
I also hated the Ashlee piece because it’s such a transparent fabrication. I would add that, standing at the Collis register, I think you can’t see someone entering the building and you definitely can’t see them tear down a flyer on the bulletin board, which is on the opposite side of the wall and facing the opposite direction. Furthermore, the same student couldn’t both “ring up” and “take” an order. At Collis, you ask for food from people inside the area, and you pay at the register. There is no “counter.” And, yeah, the first thing that jumped out at me as a total lie is the pizza and chicken tenders thing. Collis doesn’t have both of those things! I wish though!
Phil is beating the tomtom for change at the College. But will anything more come of this effort than a rehashed Year 2000 Student Life Initiative — the one that pleaded for dorm continuity, etc.?
So Phil is taking a break from fundraising to convene an invitation-only Summit to Address Extreme Behavior tonight in 105 Dartmouth. I wonder what the carefully chosen people in attendance will discuss, and why the event is not open to the campus.
Methinks back to Carol Folt’s select little group that voted to shut the College for a day last year. Is Charlotte’s web growing tighter?
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…