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Just when I am ready to announce that The D is no more, a column leaps out that restores my faith in students, their professors and the College. Jinsung Bach ‘17 has a piece in today’s paper that carefully deconstructs the moral and philosophical issues around KDE’s decision to end its much loved Derby party, and he uses this example as a starting point for a thoughtful examination of our campus’ besotted version of political correctness. He ends with some opinions on the quality, or lack thereof, of the College’s administrators. Wonderful!
Addendum: Regan Roberts ‘16, a member of KDE and the vice president of its 2016 executive board, had a strong column in The D last week on the Derby issue, too.
Wow. That was fast. The College has announced the new men’s basketball coach: David McLaughlin of Northeastern:
McLaughlin comes to Dartmouth after serving three years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern University, during which time the Huskies posted a combined record of 52-48. In 2014-15, he helped guide the Huskies to a 23-12 overall record and a regular season co-championship in the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the CAA Tournament Championship to secure the school’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament in 24 years.
Addendum: Sorry for missing this, but we have a new women’s volleyball coach, too:
The newest member of the Dartmouth Athletics community comes to Hanover from the University of San Francisco, where he spent nine years as the Dons’ head coach and three as the co-head coach of the beach volleyball team. Compiling the winningest record in USF history, he boasted an overall record of 131-130 and a program-best 60 victories against West Coast Conference foes during his stint in the Golden Gate City….
Prior to his appointment at USF in March of 2007, Doron served as head coach at Villanova for three seasons (2004-06) and as an assistant coach at Temple (1996-99). He also founded the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy, a nationally ranked club comprised of five teams of players between the ages of 14-18.
Doron began his coaching career in his native Israel as the head men’s volleyball coach for the Mate Asher Professional Club, where he mentored national team players from Israel, the Czech Republic, Romania and Croatia. He led his teams to the 1994 Israeli Championship and the finals of the 1995 Israel Cup.
Talking about cutting bone to save fat. If you are ever looking for evidence that the College had its priorities all messed up, and that, in fact, Dartmouth is run for the staff and not for students, check out faculty salaries. Students come to Hanover to work with good professors, not with overpaid cook helpers or special assistant associate deans, so you would think that the administration would try hard to attract the best people possible. You’d be wrong.
Even though faculty salaries are only 10% of the total College budget, the administration has chosen to save money in this area. What this 10% number means is that we could increase faculty pay by 20%, and only increase the total budget by 2%. But no, there’s no money available for an intelligent investment like that (just as there is no dough for need-blind adissions for international students, kosher dining, the renovation of crummy dorms, relief from the second-highest tuition in the Ivies, and on and on).
As the old saying goes, if you pay less than your competitors, you will be less than your competitors. Take a look at the Department of Education’s IPEDS data (gathered from the schools themselves; this is not a sampling or some kind of study; colleges and universities are obliged by law to furnish this information to the federal government). Here’s what we pay our full professors, people who earned tenure long ago and then were promoted again after compiling a consistent record over time of fine scholarship and teaching:
We are not the worst in the Ivies, but we certainly show no ambition to be in the top tier.
Then there are the College’s associate professors, faculty who were granted tenure recently or not so recently (in the case of “stuck” associates, but that’s a story for another day). Does the administration really care to try to keep our rising stars? The numbers say negatory:
What about junior faculty, our assistant professors, the seed corn trying to earn tenure. They are the future of the College. How hard do we try to attract the best people to Hanover — the same people that the other Ivies are trying to woo? Not very (Penn is trying hard):
Finally, lecturers are the folks who do the heavy lifting. They are not on a tenure track; all the people here are in the category of adjunct faculty. By some estimates, though the College does not reveal this figure, they teach almost half of all courses. Once again, we pay less than the other Ivies, and by a good ways. What does that tell you?
Such poor performance is particularly galling given how wealthy the College is. We have far more endowment per student than Penn, Brown, Columbia and Cornell (more that double all of these schools except for Penn), yet they pay their faculty members much more than we do.
Unlike in the Bible, the last shall be last.
Addendum: These figures were drawn from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s on-line database, where the basic data come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS). Here’s a portion of Dartmouth’s page:
Addendum: While we report above on the underpayment of the College’s faculty, The D notes that our faculty is less diverse that others. Priorities, priorities. The two subjects are linked, in fact: minority faculty members and administrators are better paid than persons of non-color, such is the competition among schools to show their diversity.
Phil might talk about his abhorrence of super-inflationary price increases, but the reality is that he and Carol Folt and Jim Kim are pricing Supermen. The Boston Globe took U.S. Department of Education statistics and created a database of college tuition/room&board/fees increases between 2010-2011 and 2014-2015. Here are the Ivy League stats for that time period:
Geez. Do we always have to be the worst or second worst performer in the Ivies? The College now has the second highest tuition, the second lowest increase this year in the number of applicants, the second worst admit rate, and on and on.
Right now we are only the third worst Ivy in the U.S. News rankings, but I’m betting that in another September or two, we won’t be able to hold onto that position.
Addendum: Do the Trustees even have a clue about the poor job they have been doing for the last couple of decades? They have allowed a succession of weak Presidents to run the College into the ground.
Addendum: In the 2010-2015 period, the Consumer Price Index rose by 8.75%.
Dartmouth alumni always seem to have a project that goes beyond career and family. In the case of Alex Blumrosen ‘82, he has worked for years to help restore the monument in Marnes-la-Coquette (just outside of Paris) to the men of the WWI Lafayette Escadrille — 269 American flyers, including several men of Dartmouth, who flew for the French prior to the United States’ entry into the war. The monument had fallen into substantial disrepair in recent years, even though it holds the remains of 49 American KIAs. (In fact, there are 68 cenotaphs, but 19 are empty — some represent pilots never recovered; Norman Prince moved to a chapel in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC; Kiffin Rockwell was buried near where he fell close to the front, etc. In addition, two of the unit’s French commanders — Thénault and Brocard — are interred at the site.)
Alex studied law at Georgetown, and after several years at two large American firms, in 1994 he became a partner at one of Paris’ leading cabinets d’avocats, Bernard-Hertz-Béjot. He works on the arbitration and litigation of business disputes, particularly for high-tech companies, and he has also taught business law at the French school of Hautes Etudes Commerciales. After seeing the Lafayette Escadrille monument on one of his children’s Girl Scout outings, he resolved to do whatever necessary to have it restored. First he became President of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation. Then, as Alex describes, he helped assemble and coordinate the groups that made the monument’s restoration possible:
The first thing I did was to change the Board of the Foundation to prepare for fund-raising and working closely the government; I brought on Stéphane Abrial, Former French Air Force Chief of Staff now at Safran, and Bobby Charles ‘82 former Assistant Secretary of State and Washington insider. More recently, Buzz Moseley, a former US Air Force Air Chief of Staff, joined the Board.
Next, we had to repair our relationship with the American Battle Monuments Commission, which had deteriorated over the years. Luckily, I took over the Foundation just as a new team was coming into the ABMC, and we were able to work together. It was probably useful that I knew the ABMC well by then, as I had represented them in court as their attorney.
Finally, with the ABMC we mobilized the French government, and there again, the stars were aligned: with the ABMC we signed an agreement in 2013 with the Ministry of Defense to embark on a long-term fundraising and renovation project. The Minister of Defense at the time, Gérard Longuet, was an old friend: I worked with him on President Giscard d’Estaing’s campaign back in 1981, during a Winter off-campus term!
Two fortuitous but necessary events also occurred. First, the ABMC Chairman Merrill McPeak, another former USAF Chief of Staff, set as one of his objectives saving the Memorial.
The second is the increased military cooperation between France and the US in the last five years in Syria, Mali, and other strategic areas, including in connection with drone sales to France two years ago. French Air Force Chief of Staff Denis Mercier, now at Norfolk as NATO transformation commander, has been highly supportive of French efforts to restore the Memorial because of its importance to the USA. This has been a team effort.
During the monument’s rededication ceremony this past Wednesday celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Escadrille’s creation, a French Air Force Rafale and three Mirage 2000Ns overflew the now lovely structure; one Mirage was painted with the colors and symbols of the Escadrille (inset):
Separate flybys were also performed by four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters, a USAF B-52 Stratofortress bomber, and a World War I-era Stearman PT-17 biplane.
In addition to speeches by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance Jean-Marc Todeschini, two surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Eugene Richardson and Theodore Lumpkin, attended the ceremony. Their presence honored America’s first black combat aviator, Eugene Bullard — the Black Swallow of Death — who flew with the Escadrille and earned the French Légion d’Honneur.
Addendum: Alex’s contribution was memorialized in the ceremony’s invitation:
Addendum: We’ve commented before on the prominent use of a headdress-bedecked Indian as the Escadrille’s symbol. At the ceremony on Wednesday, Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellowbird Steele, a Vietnam veteran, wearing a traditional headdress, spoke of the pride that the Sioux people feel at being associated with the American First World War flyers. Ramon Bear Runner offered a traditional Oglala Sioux blessing.
Addendum: The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation has an active Facebook page.
Harry Sheehy is continuing to weed out weak coaches and replace them with strong ones (the opposite of the process that the administration has been engaged in for twenty years). The newly named women’s ice hockey coach, Laura Schuler, is currently the head coach of the Canadian national women’s hockey team. Way to go, Harry! She graduated from Northeastern in 1994. The new swimming coach, James Holder, comes to the College from Georgetown. Holder is a 2000 graduate of Princeton.
What is it about translucent ocean water that so stirs the soul? Do we have some evolutionary memory of a time as sea creatures? Or is freediving as close as we will get to flying? Whatever the reason, come the middle of winter I begin to dream of the long delirious blue, and this year we came to Bimini, the haunt of people from Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Adam Clayton Powell, and, ahem, Gary Hart, not to mention Prohibition-era rum runners and latter-day drug smugglers:
The Gulf Stream shoots through the 50-mile-wide gap between Miami and Bimini’s two small islands (reaching over 5 mph at times), and in waters that everyone here describes as “magical,” marine life big and small is abundant. We swam several milles offshore with wild dolphins and learned to spearfish (only with a Hawaiian sling, guns of all types being banned in the Bahamas). The locals make a living off of tourism: hotels and small restaurants and various home businesses that cook meals to order or prepare cookies and cakes in their private kitchens (Charlie’s makes great cheesecake, and we had made-from-scratch Key lime and coconut cream pies from Nate’s).
Ernest Hemingway spent many months in 1935-37 on Bimini. He came with his boat, Pilar, and he fished for tuna, swordfish and marlin. An encounter with an enormous marlin is said to have inspired The Old Man and the Sea. He wrote part of To Have and To Have Not in the still-extant Marlin House (right), and his time here inspired Islands in the Stream. Hemingway would rent Marlin House, or he would stay at the Compleat Angler Hotel; the hotel and his other haunts — a long list of bars — have all since been destroyed by fire or hurricane.
Bimini styles itself as not only the Bahamas’ but the world’s conch capital, and from orations reminiscent of Bubba in Forrest Gump, we have learned to list the mollusk’s different preparations: cracked conch, scorched conch, conch salad, conch burger, conch chowder, conch fritters, steamed conch, fried conch, stewed conch, smoked conch, conch soup, and so on. Each conch shack on the beach has a semi-submeged cage full of pretty shells with live conchs in them. When you place an order, the chef repairs to the beach and selects a few, whacks a small opening on the top of each shell with a jeweler’s hammer, uses a long knife to detach the conch from its point of attachment to the shell, then winkles out the critter. After slicing to remove the inedible bits, and then various types of dicing (depending on the preparation), you end up eating raw conch flesh within five or so minutes of the creature’s demise. Quite delicious.
Addendum: Biminian speech contains several creative euphemisms: “summer crab” is the term for lobster taken out of season (fishing for spiny lobster is forbidden in April, May, June and July); and “square grouper” is most the desirable catch of all: a large bale of plastic-wrapped marijuana, probably thrown overboard from an under-duress smuggler’s boat, that has washed up on shore.
After we passed on a student’s observation that people could not participate in Phil’s Class of ‘53 Commons office hours without using a meal swipe, it seems that the sloppy oversight has been fixed:
Now if the College could only implement the one hundred other good ideas that have appeared on this site.
The College’s administration does less with more every year, and an alum writes in to alert us to yet another incidence of sloppiness:
You may have already covered this, but your recent post about the Admissions Department website reminded me of a pet peeve of mine — the Dartmouth photo used by U.S. News & World Report with its rankings.
Photos for Harvard, Yale, etc. show warm, inviting campuses. The photo for Dartmouth depicts a cold, inhospitable place. Not exactly the image to attract top students! No other highly ranked school is similarly depicted.
With a PR army at its disposal, and thousands of more appropriate photos available to provide USN&WR, you would think the College would correct this situation.
I think a fair number of impressionable high school kids would fail to apply based on that photo alone.
Let’s take a look. Here’s the College’s photo, and Harvard, Princeton and Yale’s (from upper left moving clockwise):
And Columbia, Penn, Cornell and Brown’s:
Not only does the College present a wintry face to the world (and to fun-loving high school seniors, especially those from the nation’s various sunshine states), but alone among all of the Ivies, our U.S. News page does not have any inset/click-on images, like the Harvard picture (screenshot below):
Among the attributes of good management is the endless sweating of small details, the relentless improvement of products and presentation. Given that every single potential applicant to the College will look at the U.S. News page, do the 16 staffers in the Admissions department think that a single picture of a snowy Dartmouth is the very best way to attract top-quality students to Hanover. Have they ever given any thought at all to the question?
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
You made a great point about the wintry publicity pic of Dartmouth. I would add that this flub is all the more irksome given that the other schools presumably put their best feet forward and yet *don’t look that inviting.* In contrast, a lovely summer shot of Baker or Dartmouth Row: Wow! Applications will be up 80%!
Despite the College’s decline, our alumni are still holding out hope for a renewal. In fact, we are doing a great deal better than Yale in eliciting donations from graduates. Look at the declining extent of alumni giving in New Haven:
Of course, Yale has more grad students than we do, so their alumni body has relatively fewer members who were undergraduates, the most loyal givers. That said, the above statistic for 2014 — only about 33.7% of Bulldog alums donate each year, down from 50% in 1994 — is an inflated one: the numerator in the equation is the number of alumni “solicited,” not the number of living alumni, many of whom are off the books or have told Yale to leave them alone. We’ve noted that the College plays the same game, and participation-leading Princeton does, too, though to a lesser extent (fewer Tiger alums have broken off contact with their school).
How is Dartmouth doing? Using the same metric as Yale — the US News’ Average Alumni Giving Rate (Total Givers/Total Solicited) — here are our recent numbers, including the 2016 figures that US News will use (data from 2015), as provided by the Office of Institutional Research:
Back in the day, the administration would routinely announce that 70% or so of living alumni gave money to the College each year, a figure still approached by Tuck, which is quite alone among business schools in the loyalty that it generates among its graduates.
Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak ‘02 discusses on the MLB Trade Rumors blog the value of his experience at the College. He mentions his coach:
Coach (Bob) Whalen did an excellent job recruiting me and selling me on their baseball program… I’m still to this day very close to my college coach, Bob Whalen - and I stay in touch with him. Whenever I can, I get out to see the Dartmouth baseball team play.
And his Dartmouth teammates and alumni:
While I was there, I was teammates with Bryn Alderson - who works for the Mets. His father is Sandy Alderson. I had a chance to get to know the Alderson family, and they have been helpful to me in my baseball career. I met Jim Beattie while I was there; at the time, he was a general manager. As importantly as anything, I became friends - and in many cases, best friends - with my teammates, who I’m still in touch with to this day. A number of them work in the baseball industry.”
And his studies:
I think I would have chosen economics [if I had to choose again]. I think any major is going to teach a student to think critically and to improve their writing skills. There were a lot of majors that would have interested me. I think economics was the right balance for me of objective thinking and mathematics. It was the right balance for my interests and my skill set.
Curiously enough, Matt does not mention the College’s army of administrators even once — and yet they are a far larger part of the Dartmouth budget than professors and coaches combined. How unexpected.
Addendum: Matt is not at all alone in the MLB GM ranks as an Ivy League grad. He notes a string of other Ancient Eight alumni:
“There’s a nice group of baseball executives that played in the Ivy League at the same time. I’m not trying to just name GMs, but there’s (Colorado GM) Jeff Bridich, who played at Harvard. (Cleveland GM) Mike Chernoff played at Princeton. (Oakland GM) David Forst was at Harvard. (Boston GM) Mike Hazen was at Princeton. (Oakland assistant GM) Dan Kantrovitz was at Brown. And (MLB senior VP) Peter Woodfork was at Harvard as well. That’s a pretty good group.”
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Ben Cherington was the GM of the Red Sox last year. He went to Amherst, I think. His grandfather was Dick Eberhart, poet and long-time Dartmouth English professor.
No industry is riper for disruption than higher education. Even the wealthiest institutions groan under the weight of huge, ineffective bureaucracies (and therefore have “no money” for worthy projects, as this space documents week after week) — and students depart with degrees that represent far less learning than in the past (look at a typical student essay for proof of that assertion).
However change won’t come from MOOCS (the correspondence courses or TV education of our time) or other technical innovations. Progess will be the result of the leaders of one brave institution realizing that colleges and universities have lost sight of their core purpose — and then instituting the painful management changes that are needed to restore a focus on the thoroughgoing education of undergraduates. Will Dartmouth be that school?
Harvey Silverglate: Wikpedia says:
Harvey Silverglate (born May 10, 1942) is an attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the co-founder, with Alan Charles Kors, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for which he also serves as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He holds degrees from Princeton University (‘64) and Harvard Law School (‘67). He is a practicing attorney, specializing in civil liberties litigation, criminal defense, academic freedom, and students’ rights cases. He is Of Counsel to the Boston-based law firm Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP.
In addition to his law practice, Silverglate is also a journalist and writer. He was a columnist for the Boston Phoenix, writing on politics, law, and civil liberties. He also writes a regular column for Forbes.com, and has written columns and op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal, Reason magazine, and other publications. He authored two books, The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses (co-authored with Alan Kors) and Three Felonies a Day, which details the extension of vague federal criminal laws into daily conduct that would not be readily seen as criminal.
Richard Vedder: Wikipeda says:
Richard Vedder is an American economist, historian, author, columnist, and currently distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University and senior fellow at The Independent Institute.
Born in 1940, Vedder earned his B.A. in economics at Northwestern University in 1962 and his Ph.D in economics at the University of Illinois in 1965. He has since studied U.S. economic history, particularly as it relates to public policy. Some of his specific research has involved American immigration, economic issues in American education, and the interrelationship between labor and capital markets.
Vedder serves as an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a think tank known for mostly libertarian and conservative perspectives. He has served as an economist with Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. In his role with the AEI, he later testified before the Committee on October 30, 2008. He is also director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.
Vedder’s scholarly writings have appeared in journals such as Explorations in Economic History, The Journal of Economic History, and Agricultural History. He has written over two hundred such scholarly articles. Vedder’s popular interest writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Christian Science Monitor.
He has published the books The American Economy in Historical Perspective, Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America (with Lowell Gallaway), Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?, Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big-Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox).
Rick Mills: Rick is the College’s Executive Vice President for Finance, and to my mind, he is the best element in the Hanlon administration. We have written about him many times (here, here and here): his frankness, confidence and sense of transparency are qualities that have not been seen in Hanover in many a moon. He might well be the most interesting and revealing speaker on today’s panel.
Full disclosure: I have contributed funds to this event.
The Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment decided by a vote of 5-0 that the owner of SAE’s house and property has the right to lease the house to the fraternity because its use as a Greek residence predates the enactment of the Hanover zoning ordinance and is therefore grandfathered in. The question is similar to the one posed in an appeal by AD (which lost 3-2 in that forum and is now suing the Town in state court), which, like SAE, owns its own physical plant and used it for residential purposes prior to the enactment of zoning law in Hanover.
D writer Zachary Benjamin ‘19 has a good write-up of the hearing and the final decision. He also alluded to a possible upcoming battle between the house and the administration:
This decision only comments on the legality of the house’s use as a student residence, not on whether the College will continue to allow students to live in it. In a letter to campus on June 22, 2015, then Interim Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer announced that students at the College may not live in an unrecognized Greek, undergraduate or senior society facility. The policy had been in effect until 2011 before being reinstated at the start of the 2015 summer term.
Such a policy could well land the College and SAE in court around issues of free association and even proof: there are plenty of houses in Hanover populated by students; who is to say whether the residents are part of an unrecognized group or not?
The larger question is whether the ongoing, slow-motion assault on the Greek system could lead to the creation of independent houses entirely unregulated by either a national organization or the College.
Addendum: The Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment’s full decision regarding SAE and its right to live in its house is here.
Try as I might, I cannot get the Admissions department to change its appalling website. This space has noted the College’s falling ranking, and flat applications numbers; perhaps the entire problem is due to a website that seems to have been prepared by a high school sophomore learning to code of the first time. Beyond the clunky layout (unaligned images of different sizes, etc.), we have noted in the past the site’s ugly syntax:
High school seniors with a sharp eye and the ambition to live the life of the mind will not be impressed by the McNutt gang’s effort here. In fact, they would rightly wonder just who the heck is in charge of quality control in Hanover.
If you type “Dartmouth Admissions” into Google, the above site is the first one to come up. How sad for the College.
Here’s a compendium of the site’s prose pearls in what the French call la langue de Shakespeare (as opposed to la langue de Molière):
Dartmouth is one of the nation’s leading universities. Here, learning knows no boundaries. This is your opportunity.
What do you do with a Dartmouth degree? Well, pretty much anything you want. A Dartmouth degree opens up a lifetime of opportunities.
Discover the Dartmouth Difference. The return on investment will be enormous. For you, for your future, and for the world you transform.
Founded before the Revolutionary War. Decidedly not old school. The intellectual reach and competitive strength of a leading research university with the accessibility and focus of a quintessential collegiate community. What could be better?
A Dartmouth education leads to success. Define success your way. On the frontiers of science, arts, and business, inspiring others through advocacy and lives of service, Dartmouth’s alumni are some of the world’s most unforgettable people. You dream big. Now dream bigger.
College is an investment. We are here to help. Dartmouth is committed to affordability, for families helped by need-based aid, and for those taking out loans. Our average student debt is one of the lowest in the country. Average Scholarship: $46,315.
Global Reach. Dartmouth connects you to the world whether you leave campus or not
Wrestle with important ideas that are blind to academic and national boundaries: global health, worldwide financial markets, geopolitical developments, climate and energy policies. Study around the world.
Academic Flexibility. Be the architect of your intellectual experience. Dartmouth’s year round quarter system means more opportunities, more internships, and more experiential learning. Design your own college calendar. Where will it lead you? The places you’ll go.
What inspires you? 57 majors and 1,000 independent studies. Dartmouth unlocks all options. Every major is open to you without any separate exam, approval or audition. (Even engineering, even the performing arts.) Discover new passions.
Ready to take the next step?
If you were “ready to take the next step,” would you apply to Dartmouth?
Brian Solomon’s Guide to the Stars will review Economics Professor Danny Blanchflower’s scholarly achievements soon enough, but for the time being watch Danny limpidly assess the interest rate and economic outlook on Bloomberg here. Danny is a regular commentator on Bloomberg:
Brilliance comes in many forms: one of them is rendering a complicated situation comprehensible without a loss of detail. Professor Blanchflower qualifies.
Addendum: Danny links in to Bloomberg via the College’s media center. The Dartmouth name backs him up on each broadcast. There’s a message in that. We can spend millions on PR each year — we now have 22 full-time public relations staffers on the payroll — or we can bring top-flight professors to Hanover, treat them well, and let them spread the word of the College’s greatness for free.
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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