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No Peace and No Justice

Feb 10 2016

Word from the inside says that no students are currently under investigation or facing College discipline for the BLM invasion of Baker Library on November 12:

You will recall that we published two eye-witness reports of the ugly events in the library that described the surrounding of studying students by BLM demonstrators and the shrieking of racist vulgarities. At least one complaint about that day was filed with the College -- I know because I filed it -- and Phil did promise publicly in the Valley News to investigate the events:

Administrators are investigating reports of violations of college policy, Hanlon said, and will enforce appropriate sanctions.

We've seen this behavior before when IP Carol Folt and Trustee Chair Steve Mandel announced that the RealTalk students who disrupted the Dimensions show in 2013 would be investigated by the College. In fact, no investigation was planned, and the Real Talkers were informed sotto voce by the administration that they had nothing to fear. To their credit, the kids informed Dartblog of Parkhurst's duplicity. The administration was properly embarrassed, and to save face Folt punished the miscreants with a term or two of probation -- the very lightest of wristslaps.

Perhaps a precedent has been set by the BLM students: it is ok to scream the following epithets in the ears of students working in the library:

You white racist piece of shit

Fuck your white privilege

Fuck your white tears

Stand the fuck up! Do you not think that black lives matter?

Logic and the common law canons of interpretation would indicate that one could change "white" to "black" in the above phrases and not face sanction, but I doubt that would be the case.

All in all, I had hoped for better from the Hanlon administration. There are core principles to be defended in this circumstance, and in not doing so, Phil places himself squarely in the line of other spineless college presidents. Given the number of requests for information that I have received from alumni as to the College's disciplinary posture in this case, one can expect that Phil (and Dartmouth) will pay a price in the upcoming capital campaign for his lack of integrity.

Addendum: The College administrator in charge of undergraduate discipline and judicial affairs is none other than Vice Provost for Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer -- who famously told students at Cutter-Shabazz House that "the [BLM] protest was a wonderful, beautiful thing." Ameer is on ongoing disaster. Things that are wonderful and beautiful do not lead to punishment.

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More Background on the Staff

Feb 9 2016

It turns out that data can be found about the College's non-faculty staffing numbers going back to 1987. Jim Freedman ran a tight ship: staffing did not increase at all during his years in office (1987-1998), and in the 90's the College's endowment grew faster than that of any other Ivy. Those two facts are not unrelated. What's more, the consensus on the faculty is that Freedman increased the intellectual caliber of both the student body and the administration (though he was not without his faults).

However, après Freedman le déluge:

Factbook Staff 1987-2014.jpg

Jim Wright took the helm in 1998 and once he had control of the budget in the following year, our current woes began. Spending skyrocketed, and in the 2000-2010 period, our endowment growth went from best to worst in the Ivies. We've focused on Wright's myriad failings elsewhere, but let's hone in on the staffing question.

As we have discussed repeatedly, non-faculty staffing was at 2,408 people in 1999. By 2002 it had reached 3,311 -- an increase of 37.5% in just three years. Recall that during Jim Freedman's decade in office, the support staff did not grow at all.

Where did the Wright growth occur? As we have mentioned, mismanagement leads to staffing growth everywhere, but during Wright's early years three areas can be pointed to: the Student Life Initiative led to a large expansion in the Dean of the College's office (and when the SLI was rolled back, everyone kept their jobs); an initiative called Diversify the Campus tried to upgrade the quality of the support staff by bringing in supposedly professional educational administrators (with a concomitant decline in the influence of the faculty); and finally research spending grew by over 50% in that period.

Curiously staffing stayed pretty much flat for the next seven years, despite a further increase in research spending, and what people say is a layering of government obligations on institutions of higher learning. Of course, a little discipline kicked in due to the bursting of the dot.com bubble.

With the 2007-2008 crisis, Wright finally cut out some of the fat, but with Jim Kim's arrival on campus (and despite his disingenuous protestations), spending was off the races again. Today the College has more non-faculty staffers than it has ever had in its history.

And what have all of these extra people done for educational quality? Our U.S. ranking has regularly dropped since Wright arrived in office (it has never been lower that it is today), and we are now the second most expensive Ivy after Columbia. Would anyone argue with a straight face that Dartmouth has grown stronger since the hiring binge began in 1999?

Addendum: Over the past year, my local business has received a significant number of resumés from people leaving the College's employ, so there are signs that at least in some areas, management might be more rigorous. We'll soon see at what level non-faculty staffing stood at the end of 2015. Let's hope that growth has been slow or non-existent. That would be a mildly positive sign.

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Going After the Greeks

Feb 8 2016

At this point in time, after the derecognition of AD and SAE, it seems clear that the administration has a slow motion strategy in effect to abolish the Greek system. An undergrad reports about events on campus and students' mood:

Fraternity Letter Feb 2016.jpg

Addendum: Students are angry, but they have not lost their wit, as a '16 shows:

What many called the Battle for SAE is over.
I expect that the Battle for the Greek System is
about to begin. Upon this battle depends the
survival of a unique and precious tradition. Upon it
depends our own Dartmouth life, and the long
continuity of our institutions and our College.
The whole fury and might of the administration must
very soon be turned on us. Hanlon knows that he will
have to break us in these houses, or lose the war.
If we can stand up to him, all Dartmouth may be free
and the life of the campus can move forward into broad,
sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole College,
including our beloved Alumni, including all we have
known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new
mediocrity made more sinister, and perhaps more
protracted, by the devices of a feckless and overbearing
administration. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our
duties, and so bear ourselves that if Dartmouth College
and its traditions last for a thousand years, men and
women will still say, "This was their finest hour."

Is the battle joined?

Addendum: Michelle Gil '16 puts forward the same message in The D today.

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