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From the Athletics Department game report:
HANOVER, N.H. — Jack Heneghan threw a 15-yard scoring strike to Drew Hunnicutt [photo below] on 4th down with 34 seconds left to finish off a rally from a 21-0 deficit and lift Dartmouth (4-0, 2-0 Ivy) to a historic 28-27 victory over Yale (3-1, 1-1 Ivy), thrilling the homecoming crowd of 8,114 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field. David Smith added the extra point to break the tie and provide the winning margin as the Big Green enjoyed its largest comeback victory in 136 years of varsity football.
Addendum: To my everlasting shame, we left Memorial Field midway through the second quarter as Yale was manhandling the College on both sides of the ball. As we got up, I said, “Watch us miss a great comeback victory.” And so it was.
Addendum: Here’s the Valley News report on the game.
Here’s an internship opportunity that I would have leapt at as an undergraduate:
The TuckGo program ensures that Tuckies have boots-on-the-ground exeprience in international consulting work:
It is critical for leaders today to have a global mindset to successfully navigate the different cultures, economies, and markets in which they will work.
A global mindset has three components: tangible skills required to work across cultures, knowledge and an understanding of the world, and the willingness to operate outside of one’s comfort zone.
Developing a global mindset means immersing oneself in the culture of another country. Tuck has developed a set of carefully designed immersive experiential courses that take place in various countries around the world. To fulfill TuckGO, sometime during their two years at Tuck, each student must participate in at least one such course in a country that is new to them.
Four activities satisfy this requirement: a Global Insight Expedition, a qualifying First-Year Project, an OnSite Global Consulting assignment, and an international exchange with one of Tuck’s partner institutions. Students can also propose an alternative means of meeting the requirement that must be approved in advance.
I wish that the administration would make participation in a Dartmouth off-campus program mandatory for all undergraduates. They would benefit from the experiences that Tuckies enjoy.
Addendum: As the saying goes, TuckGo projects are all over the map:
Kyle didn’t have his best stuff tonight, allowing an unaccustomed three walks, but he lasted seven innings and gave up only two hits as the Cubs beat the Nats and Stephen Strasburg 3-0. Carl Edwards and Wade Davis came on in hitless relief for the Cubbies to complete the two-hitter. As usual, Kyle mixed up his 106 pitches, hitting 90 mph only twice all evening. He also laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Javier Baez into position to score the Cubs’ first run of the game. You can’t say that the boy is not well schooled in the fundamentals.
WASHINGTON — Kyle Hendricks goes about things completely differently than Stephen Strasburg does on the mound.
The kid from Dartmouth relies on a fastball that on a good day reaches 88 mph — about 10 mph slower than Strasburg’s — and a deceptive changeup. Instead of power, he gets by on precision, guile and smarts.
Hendricks outpitched Strasburg in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, giving up only two hits in seven innings to help the Chicago Cubs open defense of their first World Series title in 108 years by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Friday night.
“That’s why we call him Professor,” Chicago second baseman Javier Baez said about Hendricks. “He knows what he’s doing.”
Every time a piece like this appears, Dartmouth baseball coach Bob Whalen’s efforts at recruiting become easier.
According to the Hanover Police, three or four members of the Class of ‘21 (the worst class ever — but not by very much) scaled bollards and a chain link fence to touch the bonfire. Way to go. In the below video, the first hero makes his escape:
Word was that the Town was going to douse the blaze if even a single student touched the pyre, but that threat did not materialize.
Addendum: Video courtesy of a well positioned senior.
Addendum: Safety & Security are supposedly still searching for a white male suspect of medium build wearing a Class of 21 shirt. If you see anyone fitting that description, please call Campus Po immediately at 1-800-WIT-LESS.
I have no problem with suggestions from the left — as long as they are intelligent. But this doesn’t meet the test:
Hateful language? How is a judge to define that? Will we have a list of words, phrases and comments that will be ruled out of order?
And reporting someone who is guilty of breaking the law to the authorities should result in College sanctions? By all means feel free to disagree with a law and seek to change it, but don’t punish people who seek to see it enforced.
All I can say is that I am glad that the members of the Action Collective are not in power. They have a powerful streak of authoritarianism in them.
Addendum: Regrettably I missed the Action Collective’s Resistance Workshop that took place on Monday, April 25th.
Addendum: How does encouraging students not to run around the bonfire lead to social change. Anyone? Anyone?
As we noted yesterday, the bonfire is triply protected from any incursion by courageous freshmen:
I’d recommend tunnelling myself, but let’s leave it up to the ‘21’s to show us what they are made of. Or aren’t.
Addendum: Rumor has it that if any freshmen breach the Hanlon Line this evening, next year Phil is going to really ramp things up:
Addendum: Not a student was to be seen today as the bonfire was completed by paid engineers and laborers.
The Hanlon administration’s plan to put dorms with 750 beds on the College Park site is hard to fathom. One way to think about the massive project is that the dorms would be well over twice as big as the East Wheelock Cluster, which currently has space for 336 beds (Andres Hall: 84; McCulloch Hall: 78; Morton Hall: 84; Zimmerman Hall: 86).
Imagine a complex like this on the campus-side slope of College Park:
That’s a lot of building to shoehorn into a little, green space:
And given Phil’s fundraising woes, you have to expect that the dorms will be barebones; no prizes for architectural elegance will be given out.
Phil Hanlon is well on his way to ruining the College.
Addendum: Scott Meacham ‘95 opines on his Dartmo.com blog (an excellent publication devoted to the College’s architecture) that the Shattuck Observatory will probably face the wrecking ball in the construction of the huge new dorms (Photo by Josh Renaud ‘17):
Some background on Shattuck:
Built in 1854, Shattuck Observatory sits on a hill behind the Wilder physics building and is the oldest scientific building on campus. Most often, the astronomical observing sessions use an 8-inch reflector telescope in a small building near the observatory. On occasion, however, the sessions are held inside Shattuck Observatory, which houses a 134-year-old, 9.5-inch refractor telescope.
The Physics and Astronomy department still offers public astronomical viewings using the two telescopes at Shattuck.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
I have begun to find reading Dartblog depressing. It seems like the administration can’t make yet another mistake… and then it does. I feel like we are nearing the climax of some long drama that will either end in “Dartmouth University” or Phil Hanlon being fired. Over the past few years I have gone from disdained to openly ashamed of the mismanagement at the school, which is sad because there are still faculty doing great work there. In the past month you have a had a couple uplifting stories. I feel like readers need a glimmer of hope — do you have any left?
Let’s see if the freshman show some spirit at Homecoming this evening.
Addendum: A student writes in to point out a section of an editorial in the The D dated September 29:
Shattuck is one of several Dartmouth buildings designed by Ammi B. Young, a master of Greek revival and neo-Renaissance architecture who also designed Vermont’s famous State House and who served as the first Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. Shattuck was Young’s last standalone building and remains one of his most famous. Any attempt to modify it should be contested by Dartmouth’s community, and we hope the astronomy faculty will stand up for its most famous asset.
Ammi B. Young, who was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire in 1798, received an honorary degree from the College in 1841.
Kyle Hendricks ‘12 will start for the Cubs tonight against the Nationals in the first game of the NL Division Series; he’ll probably face Stephen Strasburg. Kyle’s 2017 season was solid, but after being hampered by injuries (he pitched fifty fewer innings than last season), he did not rise to the heights of 2016, when he led the majors with an ERA of only 2.13:
Addendum: The AP has a short profile of the pitcher players call “Professor.”
Kyle Hendricks tops out at about 88 mph. The Dartmouth College graduate looks and talks more like a college professor than a professional baseball player. He is among the most anonymous players on the star-studded Chicago Cubs.
He also is the Game 1 starter for the defending World Series champions.
Hendricks gets the ball on Friday night, when Chicago visits the Washington Nationals for the opener of their NL Division Series. He also started its previous postseason game, helping the Cubs win in Cleveland in Game 7 for their first championship since 1908…
The 27-year-old right-hander, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth, broke out in a big way last season. He went 16-8 with a major league-low 2.13 ERA and then posted a 1-1 record with a 2.38 ERA in seven playoff starts, beating Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Chicago’s clinching win in the NLCS.
Hendricks missed part of June and July [this year] with pain in the middle finger of his right hand, but he had a 2.19 ERA in his final 13 starts after the All-Star break.
It would sure be nice to have Kyle come back to the College for a visit.
The administration has consulted the Pentagon in an effort to establish a secure perimeter around the Homecoming bonfire this year. It will take serious resolve and a combined arms strategy for any freshmen to touch the fiery pyre.
Traditionally there are no more than lines in the grass and perhaps a snow fence to delineate go/no go areas around the towering inferno: one to hold back the crowd and one to rein in the circling ‘shmen.
However the Class of 2020 showed such initiative and courage last year in rushing en masse to touch the fire that unprecedented steps have been taken to make sure that the special snowflakes of the Class of 2021 won’t melt. From an Alumni Relations press release:
This year’s bonfire, constructed by the Class of 2021, will include additional fencing to help ensure the safety of everyone on the Green.
Dartblog has learned that the administration will have three barriers in place to prevent displays of class spirit:
- An outer barrier snowfence to restrain the crowd;
- A middle barrier of water-filled, plastic bollards to hold in the running freshmen;
- A final chain-link fence between the bollards and the fire.
Just what this all will cost is anyone’s guess, but if the 2021’s are not to go down in history as the worst class ever, a little planning will be in order. Are they up to the task?
Addendum: Recall that campus Safety & Security is only a private guard service. They cannot manhandle students in any way, as can sworn officers of the law. So let’s make sure that there are no incidences of assault and battery on the Green this year.
Addendum: Oh, brother. The D should insist on fresher, more supple expressions of students grievances that this doctrinaire rant encouraging the 2021’s to boycott the bonfire:
As the ’21s and the rest of the student body prepare for the tradition of running around the bonfire, we should take a step back and reflect on how students’ feelings of home have been affected by Dartmouth’s other traditions, including its legacy of racism, sexism, white supremacy and other forms of institutional violence against marginalized groups. Faculty of color at Dartmouth have been systematically driven out by institutional racism, especially within the tenure process. When white supremacist groups rioted on a college campus in Charlottesville, Dartmouth released absolutely no statements denouncing white supremacy or supporting our students of color. Many students incorrectly believe that the most egregious injustices are only committed by those in white Ku Klux Klan hoods, but our administration’s complacency within oppressive systems insidiously fuels the very structures that perpetrate this violence…
Participating in the tradition of Homecoming, one that celebrates Dartmouth’s legacy of colonialism, actively supports the administration’s violent negligence of the most vulnerable of our peers. We must not forget that we are celebrating Homecoming on stolen Abenaki land, a fact that the College continues to ignore while the administration claims this land as our home. For the administration, the encouragement of alumni participation in Homecoming traditions has never been a purely nostalgic act but rather a way to solicit donations. When the college fails to support all of its students, especially those whose lives are threatened by Trump’s actions, it is all the more obscene to watch them profit from our presence here. When students actively disengage from these traditions, we disrupt the administration’s tactics of monetizing our participation. We take a stand against the privileged complacency of alumni and fellow students who blindly celebrate school pride while ignoring the harm this institution has committed and continues to perpetuate. Homecoming is an opportunity for us, current students, to express our disapproval for the administration’s inaction. First-years and other students, in an act of conscious protest, should therefore support our undocumented and other marginalized students by collectively rejecting the bonfire tradition. This Friday, refuse to run around the bonfire. For once, we should let the old traditions fail.
The writer, Jessica Cantos, is a senior.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in with a comment on Jessica Cantos ‘81’s piece:
So many things wrong with Cantos’ piece, but one of my biggest pet peeves is this idea of “stolen” land. Throughout history all land is “stolen” (I recently saw a Facebook post that said, “How can anyone be illegal on stolen land?”). Not sure when the whole idea of the noble savage took shape, but the Indians were just as guilty as any other civilization in terms of such atrocities as war, slavery, and, yes, “land stealing.” One only has to read Empire of the Summer Moon about the Comanche tribe.
Eventually someone is going to “steal” our land, too. I, for one, hope it’s aliens because we are doomed if we continue down the path we are on…
While the administration has batted around for years the idea of changing the College’s name to Dartmouth University — the College’s history, Daniel Webster, and our pivotal role in Supreme Court jurisprudence be damned — the word “College” long ago disappeared from any graphic in the school’s on-line or written materials. I guess that our administrators just don’t have the courage to be different. Just the opposite, really.
As you can see above at right, HYP (and all of the other Ivies) have no problem including “university” in their mastheads and on their webpages. They don’t always do so, but for the most part, they evidence no shame about their origins.
However in Parkhurst the administration formally excludes any mention at all of the term “College.” Both the Dartmouth Brand Style Guide and the Athletics Department Graphic Standards Manual eschew even a single mention of the word, save for on the title page and page headers:
As a rule, alumni think entirely differently. “College” is a badge of honor; we are the only college in the Ivies, and the sobriquet bespeaks the faculty’s and the school’s special commitment to undergraduate education. We are not reluctant to be different; we embrace the fact. How Phil Hanlon avoided learning that lesson during his four years in Hanover is beyond me. His disdain for our collegiate character is the great disappointment of his presidency. From it flow all of his other failings.
So Brown will raise money in order that its students can graduate with no loans on the books — and yet we can’t afford to do so, as the story pointedly notes:
Let’s look at a couple of numbers to understand the depth of the College’s mismanagement. Why can’t we be as generous with our own students as Brown will be? Compare and contrast:
Brown has 8,550 students and in fiscal 2016 it was able to withdraw $153,460,000 from its endowment to support ongoing operations: $17,948/student.
The College has 6,409 total students and our much-larger-than-Brown’s endowment gave off a generous $206,944,000 for operations in 2016: $32,290/student.
And we are supposedly so poor that we have to burden our students with loans, even when Brown does not have to do so? Phil has $14,342/student (a total of $53,484,000) more than the President of Brown to spend each year as he sees fit. How about using it for students rather than for administrators?
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
It’s not good that Brown, with a much smaller endowment, is seeking to offer more favorable financial aid packages. Brown has already surpassed Dartmouth in popularity among prospective students. This will only separate us more from the pack and be another reason for students to choose not to apply to Dartmouth. No wonder our application numbers are stagnant while those of our peers continue to surge.
The result of Phil’s failed efforts at defining a strategy for the College are apparent in Hanover — and elsewhere, too, it seems. We don’t make the Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten List of U.S. Colleges (everyone else in the Ivies does, except Brown, which came it at #11; we’re now #17); and we don’t rank in the Top 10 Schools for Resources, even though all of the other Ivies do without exception (we’re #14 on that scale). Phil spent a fortune on the house system (some whispered estimates put the spending at over $100 million), and he just can’t articulate a plan that says anything other than “me, too.”
Add to Phil’s failed strategy his string of failed administrative appointments — Provost Dever, VP for Advancement Lasher, Dean of the College Biron, almost-Dean of the Faculty Duthu — and it’s pretty apparent that the good ship Dartmouth does not have a competent captain at the helm.
We won’t even bring up Phil’s phundraising phailure.
Addendum: An explication of the Journal’s methodology is here.
Ahh, machine guns. Boys and toys. On a visit to Stalingrad a few years ago, a Dartmouth professor friend and I couldn’t help but notice the prevalence in accounts of the battle of the Soviet PPSh-41 submachine gun — which in an earlier era might have been called a trench broom, and in a gang neighborhood today would be known as a “pray and spray” weapon. However you refer to it, the PPSh-41 was perfect in Stalingrad, where the German blitzkrieg devolved into a rattenkrieg: a war of the rats, as Germans and Russians fought house to house and even room to room for months.
The gun was so well suited to close quarters combat that the Germans employed it, too, either by picking one up on the battlefield or by pressing into service inventory that they had captured earlier in Operation Barbarossa (see the below photo).
That choice is quite a compliment, given the extraordinary innovation that the Germans themselves showed in weapons development in WWII. Not that the Russians were slouches in this area: their T-34 was the best tank during the first half of the conflict, far outclassing the American Sherman, or anything that the Germans fielded until the advent of the Mark V Panther in mid-1943.
Every few years we get the chance to fire modern and historical weapons. Pistols and precision rifles are interesting, but nothing matches the visceral thrill of full auto. I’ll leave it to orthodox Freudians to explain why this is, but anyone I have ever seen fire a machine gun keeps pulling the trigger even if the clip, or in this case the drum, has been exhausted. When you add the historical dimension of a weapon that helped change the course of history, it’s hard not to want to ask for another turn:
Addendum: In contrast to the frenetic development of weapons in WWII by the Germans, Americans and Russians, Victor Davis Hanson noted in his book, Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power, that the Japanese made little technical progress in developing improved weapons during the war years. We read that book in Professor Heide Whelan’s History of Warfare course about ten years ago.
Phil, are you listening? A little school in New Hampshire, the smallest in its cohort of top institutions, can compete with anyone in the country. It doesn’t need to expand, bring in clusters, and try to be what it is not. Dartmouth could be (once again) what Tuck still is: a fine school focusing on its students, building teams, and creating a great sense of community. The results — #5 among U.S. B-schools — speak for themselves:
Why does Phil Hanlon find this simple strategy so complicated?
Addendum: An alumna writes in:
I agree with Dartblog. Stop Dartmouth’s corporate expansion. It has become something “other” than what was its singular identity in the Ivy League. The physical and emotional infrastructure of what was an intimate community cannot support un-mindful and reckless growth for its own sake.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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