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Cheryl Bascomb.jpgAmidst its myriad failed appointments (VP for Advancement Bob Lasher, Provost Carolyn Dever, Dean of the Faculty Bruce Duthu, Deans of the College Rebecca Biron and Inge-Lise Ameer, and more people lower down in the hierarchy) the administration has made a couple of successful hires (VP for Finance Rick Mills and Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin come to mind). And now, mirabile dictu, it is possible that the new Vice President for Alumni Relations, Cheryl Bascomb ‘82, might be counted in the latter group. She replaces Martha Beattie ‘76, a chirpy, friendly person who was not a manager.

I’m not being charitable just because Bascomb is married to my classmate Dave Van Wie ‘79, an accomplished fly fisherman and writer and founding coach of the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Club (who, like the men’s team, seems to win all its Ivy games by 30-40 points). Rather, Bascomb seems to be a strong, competent leader with real experience in the private sector (and she played rugby). In contrast to Beattie, a longtime crew coach at the high school level, since 2001 Bascomb has been the director of marketing and business development for BerryDunn, northern New England’s largest independent public accounting and consulting firm. BerryDunn has 36 principals and 128 professionals spread over six offices — a good enough size for a local firm, but not large enough to carry dead weight. Here is Berry Dunn’s profile of her:

Cheryl Bascomb is BerryDunn’s Marketing Director. In more than 25 years in marketing, Cheryl has worked for consumer product companies, professional service firms, insurance companies, and non-profits. During the course of her career, she has seen the best and worst of organizational leadership. She is never without an opinion. Cheryl is a graduate of Dartmouth College and serves on the board of Northeast Delta Dental, the United Way of Greater Portland, and The Community School.

Beyond that, Dartblog’s far-flung network of informants thinks the world of Bascomb. And the fact that she refers to herself as an “adult-onset hockey player” sealed the deal for me.

The only red-flag: has she ever directly managed a large staff? And can she whip a slow-moving office into fighting shape? In a year from now, if the same people and the same number of people are in place, we’ll know.

Addendum: Cheryl’s commitment to inclusiveness will be put to the test right off the bat. As we have noted in the past, the Office of Alumni Relations is skewed towards women by a ratio of 10:1 — thirty women and three men today. In 2011 that ratio was twenty-three women and one guy. Not only is staffing up 37.5% over the past seven years, but women are still being hired disproportionately.

Gender disproportion like this is a feature that people in the real world recognize as a formula for inefficiency. No need to explain why, but few HR propositions meet with virtual unanimity like this one.

Addendum: The only unseemly side of Cheryl’s appointment is that once again, straight white men seemed of no interest to the search firm administering the hiring process. They were excluded ab initio from interviews. In fact, in all of the Hanlon administration’s senior hires listed above, I believe only one person falls into that cohort. Phil has admitted as much.

Addendum: Several years ago the Alumni Magazine published a set of mother-daughter dialogues, This Isn’t My Mother’s Dartmouth, that included a brief but engaging chat between Cheryl and her daughter Rosa Van Wie ‘12.

After just about five years in Hanover, Phil Hanlon is kicking off the capital campaign. Yawn. The man really knows how to whip up a crowd, doesn’t he? The slogan is “A Call to Lead,” but more than a few people have opined that the operative idea at the College these days is “Calling for Leadership” — because there ain’t much of it around:

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The campus kickoff event will follow on the heels of a launch celebration in New York (April 27), and another gathering will take place in San Francisco (May 2).

Addendum: One would think that Phil could gin up a little excitement for the fact that the College has been around for almost a quarter of a millenium.

The Office of Communications has announced that the College’s scholarly imprint, the University Press of New England, will close at the end of the year:

UPNE was founded in 1970 as a consortium of institutions, including, over time, six to as many as 10 colleges and universities. In recent years, Dartmouth has employed all of the UPNE staff and the consortium was headquartered in Lebanon, N.H.

The press has become unsustainable to operate with only two member-institutions, says President Phil Hanlon ‘77. The UPNE Board of Governors voted yesterday to dissolve the consortium and close the press.

“This decision was not made quickly or easily,” says President Hanlon. “Dartmouth will continue to support the scholarly publication of the work of its faculty.”

“We are extremely grateful for the guidance our authors have received over the years from UPNE’s dedicated staff, including superb editorial support and personal service with high quality and attention to detail,” he says.

Dartmouth’s Office of Human Resources has met with UPNE staff and will work to assist them in identifying other employment opportunities, says Scot Bemis, the College’s chief human resources officer.

A Dartmouth faculty study group, to be led by Graziella Parati, the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Language and Literature, will be appointed to formulate and evaluate proposals for the future of the Dartmouth press. The planning group will present recommendations to the president and provost in November.

What to say? Another distinctive aspect of Dartmouth bites the dust in order to save a few shekels. Sounds like the golf course, right? Meanwhile the obese bureaucracy waddles around town gorging itself on the College’s resources.

The administration continues to cut bone in order to save fat.

Addendum: The College’s Diana Lawrence reports:

Dartmouth’s Office of Human Resources has already met with most of the 20 current UPNE staff and is working to help them identify potential employment opportunities at Dartmouth and elsewhere.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

UPNE is a big loss to the prestige of the College. They have not only supported faculty publication for nearly a half century, but have been enormously helpful in supporting alumni work, as well. Case in point… they successfully published a collection of Vietnam memoirs produced by the Great Class of 1964 as part of its 50th reunion.

The book, “Dartmouth Veterans, a Vietnam Experience,” edited by Phil Schaefer ‘64, was a catalyst for many forums here at the College, and the focus of acclaimed appearances on NPR and in other media:

The book was a key part of the enormous success of our reunion. It had to go back for a second printing. Without UPNE, this valuable memoir would probably have remained an obscure publication lost in the dustbin of so many fine reunion efforts over the years.

Perhaps Dartmouth can find another publishing collaboration to continue this important legacy of supporting the great writing of its faculty and alumni. This closing is clearly a case of ‘penny-wise… pound foolishness’ so often displayed by Dartmouth’s powers that be. It takes vision and the ability to discern what is important to the vitality of a superb institution of higher learning. Sadly, Dartmouth has been lacking in such vision in recent years.

Rest in peace, UPNE, and thank you.

Here’s an excerpt from a PowerPoint presentation offered up at the most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees:

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Of course, I am kidding, but the real point that we should take away from this simple summary (which is an accurate depiction the College’s policies over the past two decades) and from the recent report drafted by Presidential Task Force on Enrollment Expansion is that you can’t have it all.

Either the next administration (I long ago gave up on the present one) gets serious about achieving educational excellence in Hanover or it will continue its allegiance to an institution-sapping support staff welfare state. The only way to free up resources for the College’s myriad needs is to make very deep cuts in the staff.

When I posed this dilemma to Phil Hanlon at a lunch that my wife and I had with him several months after he arrived in Hanover, he responded with a curious remark, “Joe, I am going to raise so much money for this school.” Almost five years later, we can see that Phil is not going to realize this ambition. Cash is just not going to be available to achieve both sets of aims.

Either hard choices will be made, and soon, or the College will descend into an ever tighter spiral of decline.

Addendum: The first step would be to eliminate the 484 new non-faculty positions that have been created since 2010.

The Justice Department is asking for information from a select group of schools regarding their Early Decision programs. What’s going on?

As we have noted, ED has grown in importance over the past few years as schools use the route to both improve their yield numbers and, also, to circumvent the bidding wars for financial aid that pits schools against each other in the hunt for top students from the regular pool. ED has been criticized as the province of wealthier, better advised students — to the detriment of low-income applicants.

Under the general terms of ED, applicants can only apply to one school, and they must commit to attending that school, if accepted. But how to ensure that students are only sending in an ED application to a single school?

Colleges could trust their applicants (as if!), or, better still, they can compare names on ED lists to make sure that nobody is trying the game the system. This sharing of data is undoubtedly the behavior that is of concern to the Justice Department, which could well deem the activity a restraint of trade.

The Ivies have had their hands slapped for collusive behavior in the past — though it seems that they do not share the identities of ED applicants at present, and the College is not an object of the present inquiry. In 1991, all eight schools agreed to cease coordinating financial aid offers to applicants. The Overlap Group had been establishing Ivy-wide guidelines for aid, which, in a business context, would have been considered to be price-fixing. The Justice Department’s consent order set off an era that continues to this day, wherein students can pit schools against each other in negotiating the best deal.

In September, 2006, Harvard and then Princeton ended ED admissions. The hope expressed at the time was that other schools would follow suit. None did. The usual justifications cited above were put forward, but suspicious minds (moi?) believe that both schools felt that ending ED gave them access to a pool of high-quality candidates that might have applied ED at other schools.

However the opposite occurred — ED applications rose at other top colleges — and both Harvard and Princeton reinstated an ED lookalike: Restrictive Early Action (“If you apply to Harvard under our Early Action program, you may also apply at the same time to any public college/university or to foreign universities but you are restricted from applying to other private universities’ Early Action and Early Decision programs.”). Clever, n’est-ce pas? Harvard loses nobody to other private American universities, the school’s chief competitors, under these terms.

If the Justice Department forbids the sub rosa sharing of applicants’ names, do alternative enforcement mechanisms exist? Before we go there, there is ample precedent for the sharing of certain information between normally independent competitors. For example, the Supreme Court ruled many decades ago that insurance companies could exchange claims information — an action deemed in the public interest as it allowed companies to price their products more keenly, given that they had better information on the global risk profiles of their customers.

Perhaps the schools could ask candidates to agree to the release of applicant lists to the public, just names and zip codes for example, and in that way schools could police their rolls using public data?

Or maybe Harvard and Princeton will get their wish. No more ED at all. Which would throw the entire application process wide open.

Addendum: In fact, not all students accepted under the College’s ED program actually come to Hanover. According to the Dartmouth FactBook, only 96%-97% do:

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Dean of Admissions Lee Coffin responded promptly and graciously to my request for an explanation of these figures:

Good morning, Joe.

“ED yield” averages around 97-98%. The data reported in the Fact Book doesn’t reflect the ED acceptances who take a gap year; the Fact Book data suggests they “didn’t yield” (and it reports a slightly lower ED yield than is true), but those 8-12 students simply postponed enrollment.

Other reasons for an ED decline would be financial aid (a few every year are released on that grounds) or shifts in athletic recruitment. For example, the departure of our soccer coach pried lose one ED acceptance this year. We also lost a football recruit.

For 2022, the current ED yield is 98.8% (558 out of 565), but we have not processed gap year requests yet. (That happens in May.)

One other thing: Dartmouth does not share a list of ED applicants or acceptances with other colleges (nor do the other Ivies, I believe).


Addendum: The WSJ is reporting that the following schools are among those that have received letters from the Department of Justice: Wesleyan, Middlebury, Pomona, Amherst, Wellesley, Williams, and Grinnell.

A Dartmouth Parent writes in:

It is disheartening to see how the College fares in terms of desirability against the other Ivies. Parchment is far from 100% accurate, but I think it does a decent job of showing which side the pendulum is at. The figures do not lie here either. According to Parchment, the only Ivy the College wins the cross-admit battle against is Cornell. TGFC!

When my child was attending a few decades ago, Dartmouth was considered the fourth most desirable Ivy after HYP. Since then the College seems to have been on a steady decline on most fronts. What is happening?

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I chose Dartmouth over Yale, wanting a smaller, friendlier school located in a rural area, one that promised substantial interaction with professors. I later confirmed my negative opinion of New Haven versus Hanover.

Addendum: Phil worked his magic in Ann Arbor when he was the Provost there, and today students choose Dartmouth over Michigan 87%:13%. But give him time, give him time.

Addendum: An ‘18 writes in:

Just thought I’d put forward a few cents thought on your latest post. From hearsay from high school friends — and from my reading when I was deciding on schools — a major factor in deterring many students from Dartmouth (though it appeals to a smaller set) is the College’s perceived conservatism. The perception of Columbia and Brown as highly politically involved and left-wing in orientation has actually quite helped those schools, while many folks in my generation see Dartmouth as a bastion of Review types. We’re heavily associated with people like Ingraham and D’Souza, who are popularly seen (rightly, in my opinion) as odious figures rather than people like Kaling, Rhimes, Benioff, and the like, who might be more popular.

Why this is I’m not entirely sure. But I feel quite right in the statement that the idea of Dartmouth as a conservative, insular, perhaps even reactionary place is stuck into the popular imagination and is seriously hurting us with recruitment. (Again, there is a subset of students that this image appeals to, but frankly, that subset is smallish and tends to come from very specific backgrounds; you’d need to be very “yield-conscious” to exploit it heavily.)

Of course, the perception is entirely unfair. Dartmouth today is not the Dartmouth of 1932, when 90 percent of the study body, in a mock election, voted to return Herbert Hoover to the presidency against just 5 percent backing FDR. (FDR, of course, trounced Hoover by 16 percent nationally.) Dartmouth may maintain rather more ideological diversity than Brown or Columbia, which some (myself included) see positively, but nevertheless is highly left-of-center in aggregate. Nonetheless, we’re seen as conservative and backwards, and that is driving people away, including quite a few high school friends and acquaintances of mine.

Just my two cents. Not saying the College should try to embrace Brown or Columbia’s politics, just observing that in not doing so we make a conscious choice that makes us less popular with many students today. Of course, tides change; today Oxford and Cambridge’s parliamentary seats have the Conservatives third or worse, Labour and the Liberal Democrats topping the polls. In the eighteenth century many of those seats returned Jacobite MPs wishing to restore divine right and absolute monarchy; in the nineteenth, they returned resolute Tories; in the twentieth, mainly Conservatives. Perhaps the pendulum will swing back, perhaps not.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

There is some irony in today’s comment from the Class of ‘18 student…. aside from legacy admission denial, the second most popular complaint about Dartmouth is its tilt toward liberalism! This is a great observation to have… funny

Addendum: A member of the faculty writes in:

The student is probably correct that Dartmouth is perceived as being more conservative than Brown. The trick is to turn that to an advantage.

Trying to out-liberal Brown is a losing strategy. Turning Dartmouth into the one Ivy that’s truly open to intellectual diversity would be a way of building on our reputation for conservatism, while stepping away from its excesses. And no Ivy could credibly copy us — we’d have the high ground to ourselves.

Addendum: Another alumnus writes in:

I see that other people have discovered Parchment. I would note that Dartmouth has made some incremental progress in the most recent Parchment matchup figures. The percentages choosing Penn, Brown and Columbia over Dartmouth were all in the 70’s in prior years. At least we’re headed in the right direction.

I continue to believe that Dartmouth’s biggest challenge is that this generation of students strongly prefer the stimulation of an urban environment over a bucolic rural campus. In our day, Penn and Columbia were at the bottom of the Ivy heap. Today, students are flocking to those schools in record numbers. Of course, Morningside Heights is now a much safer and more desirable neighborhood than it was in the 70’s.

There is nothing we can do about our location, but the College does need to do a better job of selling it to prospective students. Of course, threatening to shut down amenities like the golf course—which plays to our strength as a rural campus—is misguided and counterproductive. And finding a strong leader who truly appreciates the unique qualities of our rural setting and small close-knit community would go a long way to help frame the conversation. The expansion effort was nonsense and should never have seen the light of day. If Dartmouth remains focused on its singular advantage — the best liberal arts education in the Ivy League — then applicants will start finding their way back to Hanover.

Another sign of the Hanlon administration’s priorities:

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As I understand it, while a half-dozen or more senior administrators have reserved parking spots on campus, no members of the faculty do. What do you make of that fact?

Addendum: The faculty and I have been complaining about the absurd inefficiency of the College’s egalitarian parking plan for years.

The staff at the World Bank puts out a parody each year, and Hanover’s close observers of Jim Kim will recognize the object of the current satire. As we all did at the College, WB staffers wonder where Kim is and if he is doing any work. Of course, no surprise there. He is social climbing with the best of them, down to and including the Trump family:

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I certainly have no need to ask if celebrity-chasing Kim has any shame. We all know the answer to that question.

Sharks Circling.jpgWord is out in academia that the College is in a bad way, and our sister schools are taking advantage: a good number of professors are being aggressively recruited by other institutions. I have spoken to members of the faculty who have been approached out of the blue, and heard from folks about multiple members of the same department being aggressively courted by leading universities.

The Department of Economics has lost a tenured husband and wife: Robert Johnson and Taryn Dinkelman. They are off to Notre Dame, tempted, it seems, by Catholic generosity. It’s always a shame to lose a couple; one weakness of the Hanover area is the absence of job opportunities for the so-called trailing spouse. A pair of scholars, self-evidently, does not face this challenge:

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Sociologist Denise Anthony is returning to Michigan after an undistinguished run in Hanover. She headed up the team that prepared Carol Folt’s utterly forgotten strategic plan, and when Phil picked her up as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, well, it was clear to anyone paying attention that his administration was to be little better than the two and a half Presidencies that came before him.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Denise Anthony’s departure from the College on the Hill for Michigan will have the effect of increasing the average IQ at both places.

Addendum: Anthony was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives for a four-year term on October 01, 2014. On May 31, 2017, after two years and eight months on the job, the administration announced that she would “return to teaching and research as a professor of sociology.” Yet another failed appointment for the chaotic Hanlon administration.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Thanks for re-opening the discussion on the ‘Brain Drain’ at Dartmouth. It is very real and accelerating. If I were a top notch professor, I’d be looking for greener (pun intended) pastures as well. It has got to be very tough to work under such uninspiring leadership. You would expect an organization whose avowed purpose is to produce the leaders of tomorrow would have the sense to have great leadership directing that effort. Apparently Dartmouth doesn’t get it, and a lot of great teachers are considering other options.

My gut and good old common sense tells me that it would only take a few of those disappointed professors to author that much needed ‘vote of no confidence’ that would fix the problem immediately. Far better to lose an incompetent administrator than to have many great professors leave for more challenging academic positions at institutions of higher learning that would graciously — and at higher salaries — welcome them with open arms.

Sometimes it makes perfect sense to change horses in the middle of a raging stream, rather than wait for the flood to subside. England chose Winston Churchill to save the world in the middle of its greatest crisis. Dartmouth College chose Phil Hanlon to insure Dartmouth’s decline, and the Trustees appear unwilling to do what is necessary before the damage becomes irreversible. Too many battles have been lost in the interests of saving face. Many more have been won because great leaders were willing to take risks. Let’s take that risk.

I know it’s Friday the 13th.

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But this is no longer funny.

The American Association of University Professors has come out with salary information for the 2016-2017 academic year, and, lo and behold, the College is doing better than in the past. Two years ago, we were absolutely at the bottom of the Ivy League in all categories of compensation, save for full professors, where we paid more than Brown and Cornell. That’s not the case now. We’ve moved up in the rankings.

Today our full professors still earn more than their homologues in Providence and Itaca, and, happily, our Associate Professors out-earn the faculty at Brown and Cornell, too. The College’s assistant professor are no longer at the bottom of the Ivy League either: they out-earn junior faculty at both Princeton and Brown:

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But before anyone stops to laud Phil Hanlon for his efforts in this area, the inside word is that Phil had to be dragged kicking and screaming to increase faculty compensation. Various professors spoke directly with members of the Board of Trustees, and it was the Board that finally understood how low levels of compensation were hurting the institution. Congratulations to the Trustees for doing the right thing for Dartmouth.

Addendum: We can expect that the College’s salary averages will increase next year, too, when our newest English professor, Carolyn Dever, has her salary added to the faculty totals. In 2015 she earned $783,890 as the Provost. By now she is pulling down well over $800,000 to teach Jane Austen.

The College has issued a good summary of Monday’s Town Hall meeting about the fate of the golf course. A video of the event is here (the dialogue only starts at 4:50), and the slides presented at the meeting are here.

The Presidential Task Force on Enrollment Expansion’s recent report hammered the poor state of virtually every aspect of the College’s infrastructure. Let’s hear it for serious, honest work. However the report also had evidence, at least on behalf of the person(s) who drafted the historical section, of the disdain (and historical illiteracy) that a good many members of the administration have for Dartmouth and her traditions. How many people recognize the legal reference here?

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The famous “Dartmouth Case”? Come again? Or as Steve Martin used to say, “Oh, please.” Try as I might, I could not find any reference to such a case, though Daniel Webster was associated with Dartmouth College v. Woodward (17 U. S. 518, 1819) — which is not just commonly, but always, referred to as the “Dartmouth College” case — even by the U.S. Postal Service, which issued a commemorative stamp in 1969, on the occasion of the College’s 200th birthday:

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I do not number myself among the “love her or leave her” crowd; any institution can improve. But if a faculty member or administrator feels so out of touch with the signal moments in the College’s history — and wants to re-name them — I am sure that there are a great many other institutions of higher learning which would provide more conducive environment for perennial disgruntlement.

Addendum: As part of the College’s 250th anniversary celebrations next year, the argument in the Dartmouth College case will be enacted in Washington before a Supreme Court panel led by Chief Justice John Roberts. “It is, Sir, as I have said, …”

Addendum: Fortunately for us, today’s undergraduates still confidently carry forth the tradition that Dartmouth is the only college in the Ivy League:

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Eric Thorpe ‘18 will appear on Jeopardy tomorrow in the College Championship.

The administration huffs and puffs about our first-time-below-10%-since-2016 acceptance rate:

The [8.7 percent] acceptance rate is an all-time low for the College and the 1,925 students offered admission represent the lowest number of accepted students since the early 1990s. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2021 was 10.4 percent and the previous record was the 9.8 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2016.

but the figures are really nothing to be proud of compared all of the other Ivies:

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In the 1990’s we were the 7th-or-8th-ranked school in the country — not today’s rank at 11th. And from the Class of 2007 until the Class of 2016, like every other Ivy, we annually set new records for selectivity. Since that Class, the other Ivies have gone from strength to strength virtually every year, while the mis-administrations of Jim Kim, Carol Folt and Phil Hanlon (he’ll have been in Hanover for five years in June) have had us treading water.

Qui n’avance pas recule, as the saying goes: if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Over the past 20 years, we were often more selective than Brown, and we were always a tougher admit than Penn. Not any more. (TGFC — Thank God For Cornell)

Why the Office of Communications puts out self-congratulatory press releases about our middling results is beyond me. Perhaps punters and alumni don’t understand what is happening to the College’s reputation (unless they read this space, of course), but high school guidance counselors and other admissions officers are not fooled.

It was Standing Room Only at Charlie Wheelan ‘88’s Golf Course Committee’s Town Hall last night in Moore B03:

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Suggestions from the crowd on how to revive the money-losing course ranged from a curling rink to mini-putt to a new clubhouse, one that might even have classrooms for OSHER and space for the Alumni Relations office.

Wheelan and Peter Williamson ‘12 talked about various potential re-configurations to a course that is generally considered unfriendly — the result of a botched renovation in 2002. Possible re-drawings included two nine-hole links starting from a central clubhouse on the Lyme Road to three six-hole courses to accommodate the busy schedules of present-day golfers.

Options will be presented to the Trustees in June.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I think the three 6 hole plan is brilliant, if they could somehow configure that they all end in same place. Moving the clubhouse would help, but then the course wouldn’t be in walking distance to campus which is awesome. This coming from a guy who spent way too much time on the course and not enough time in the library…

Addendum: The Valley News’ Josh Weinreb has a report on the meeting here.

Addendum: Another alumnus write in:

Give Phil Hanlon credit. It appears that he really knows how to ignite the passion in his constituencies—by threatening to destroy everything they cherish about Dartmouth.

By any chance is that Phil with the bald head and green jacket in the front of the photo, or did he stay away? That could very well be Gail in the green sweater knitting next to him.



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