Monday, June 28, 2004

The (Falling) Cost of College

Some political hacks say that the cost of attending a four-year college has skyrocketed over the past few years.

For some time, I've suspected this was false, but now there's proof. The nut of it is that while nominal tuition has been growing at the quick pace, the amount that the average student pays has stayed the same or even decreased, in some cases.

Anyway, I've written a bit more on the Heritage weblog, with actual numbers.

To look at this another way, higher education funding has actually become more progressive in recent years, a trend that the political left should be celebrating, right? And the free-market right should be pleased that, at least for private colleges, these funds are mostly private.

Things are a bit different, however, for public universities, which have benefitted from a massive influx of mostly federal cash. On the one hand, this money--disbursed mostly though tax credits--works just like a denominated voucher; but on the other hand, of course, federal spending is evil.

So, does anyone have the numbers for Dartmouth?

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Final NHL Draft Update

Round by Round NCAA Picks here

Lewis ('07) went in the 2nd round, Johnson ('08) went in the 3rd, and J.T. Wyman ('08) went to the Canadians in the 4th round.

Dartmouth will have 7 NHL draft picks skating for them next year, assuming Jessiman sticks around. Stempniak, Glass, Jessiman, and David Jones ('08) were all drafted in previous drafts.

More on the NHL Draft

More on Lewis and an incoming '08, Nick Johnson, who was also drafted (as well as a reminder about another incoming '08 who was taken in last year's draft)...HERE

Grant Lewis '07 taken in NHL Draft

A second round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers

BuzzFlooding The Kerry Campaign

Kabir is going to do more than any other Dartmouth student to see that Bush gets re-elected. He's helping Max Cleland stump for Kerry this summer, and the Kerry campaign blog is posting his despatches from the road.

I don't think you need to burn the midnight oil anymore, Ellis.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Ryan '81 Quits Senate Race

Republican Jack Ryan '81 is quitting his bid to be the next Senator from Illinois after sex allegations stemming from his divorce case.

Friday, June 25, 2004

New men's bball coach hasn't seen any of the six incoming '08s play in person.


The Upper Valley is the middle of nowhere

The story of one man in Corinth

The Buzzflood crew must be crying

We get no love, even when an alum drops out of a U.S. Senate race. From a Fox News article about Jack Ryan '81's decision in Illinois:

With his telegenic looks and Harvard background, Ryan was seen by many as the party's best hope of revitalization in Illinois after a devastating 2002 election, in which state Republicans lost control of the governor's office and nearly every statewide office, and an ongoing corruption scandal involving former Gov. Ryan, who has since been indicted.

He did get his MBA at Harvard.

Stellar work from the Daily D

Another piece of fine reporting graces the pages of Thursday's Daily Dartmouth.

Except in feature articles, newspaper leads normally feature the date on which the event being covered occurred. Not only does the article on Trustee T. J. Rodgers '70 fail to give the date of his appearance (June 11th) and neglect to mention that the press conference was held in the Hanover Inn, it leaves out the reason for his appearance (to see for himself the Dartmouth not presented in glossy alumni office brochures). It does tell us that the "recent" press conference was held "with reporters," a qualification helpful for those of us who assumed no reporters were present. Lacking key news elements in the lead, it seems patently obvious that the story is not news, so it must be a feature.

The article certainly does not qualify as a feature, either.

In the article, reporter Michael Reeves '05 discussed a meeting Dr. Rodgers held with faculty. The article then goes on to quote anonymous faculty members based on Dr. Rodgers' second-hand account, attributing them not to him but to those he paraphrased. This is an extraordinarily poor practice, and was a plain attempt to add legitimacy to the article by having a "second source"; most news article seek at least a second named source to "balance" the story and add credibility, and use anonymous sources only in extreme circumstances.

Despite having 13 days in which to conduct investigative reporting based on the wide array of material he presented, Mr. Reeves did not identify any of the members of the faculty group with which Dr. Rodgers spoke. Though Dr. Rodgers said he would keep their names a secret, the group had decided they would not withhold their names. Armed with this and some other information revealed—for example, that two department chairs were among the faculty—it would be no enormous effort to identify those present.

Some important details Dr. Rodgers mentioned were also left out, notably his meeting with Greek leaders to be held immediately following the press conference. These Greek leaders would undoubtedly be easier to track down and more willing to speak than the faculty members with whom Dr. Rodgers met. Mr. Reeves did not follow up with Dr. Rodgers to ascertain his reaction to his meeting with Greek leaders, which occurred after the press conference, nor did he relate that in a meeting with two of his fellow Trustees Dr. Rodgers was told there were no disillusioned alumni.

The article also neglected to mention the presence at the press conference of the only other alumni Trustee ever elected by petition, John Steele '54. Mr. Steele's presence lent not only an air of history to the meeting but also seemed appropriate given it was Dr. Rodgers' first visit to the College as a Trustee and Mr. Steele's 50th reunion.

Perhaps most importantly, the article left out the reason these meetings were important in the first place: that Dr. Rodgers was elected on a platform of changing the College. His meetings with those disenchanted with the College suggest he may well carry out at least the beginnings of a reform platform; what that platform might be is not even hinted at.

Other information could have been included given two weeks to research: the last time a Trustee visited campus alone and met in closed-door sessions with students and faculty; and the reactions of other members of the Board to his visit.

It seems like Summer term publication at the Daily D is off to a roaring start.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

It's Official: Fall Rush

This e-mail was sent to all members of the Class of 2007 from the Dean of Residential Life:


Dear Dartmouth Class of `07 Student

As you may have heard, you will have an opportunity to join a Coed, Fraternity, Sorority (CFS) organization in the fall.

The CFS community leaders and advisors spent much of the 2003-2004 academic year advocating for a change in the timing of recruitment. In May, Jim Larimore, the Dean of the College, decided to allow students to become eligible to join CFS organizations beginning in the fall term of their sophomore year.

As a result, one of the new choices you will have when you return to campus is to decide to what extent you will involve yourself with the CFS community. Each of the CFS governing councils (Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Coed Council, and National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations) will find time to introduce their member organizations to you through their unique recruitment processes. Recruitment activities will take place beginning on October 8, 2004, and information sessions will be conducted prior to that date. If you happen to be away from campus during the fall term, do not worry, there will be subsequent opportunities to join a CFS organization in the winter and spring terms.

Prior to joining, we believe it is important for you to have some basic information about the CFS community right now:

- Currently there are 26 different organizations; there are 3 Coed fraternal groups, 8 sororities, and 15 fraternities. Of the 26 chapters, 25 have residences (either a free standing house or an apartment). All of the organizations strive to promote the principles of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Brotherhood & Sisterhood, Being Inclusive, and Accountability through their activities, programs, and philosophies.

- In addition to these basic facts about the CFS community, it is essential that you understand the basic responsibilities of a member of a CFS organization. Upon joining, an individual signs a membership contract agreeing to be responsible for one's own conduct, to pay bills in full, to follow the rules of the organization and the College, and to live in the chapter's physical plant so that the organization can meet its housing occupancy requirements.

All recognized Greek letter organizations have unanimously agreed to uphold the six principles previously mentioned as required by College regulations. The College supports its recognized CFS organizations by offering programmatic and administrative assistance, physical plant and housing support, financial training and auditing, leadership and academic development, as well as one-to-one organization advising. Similarly, each recognized organization has a board of alumni overseers that works with the undergraduate "chapter" to ensure that its programs and practices are consistent with the values and policies of the organization and College.

To assist you in identifying the CFS recognized organizations, we have included a quick reference sheet.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please feel free to contact us at (603)646-2644. We stand ready to assist you in ensuring a successful experience at Dartmouth College.


Martin Redman, Dean of Residential Life
Deb Carney, Assistant Dean of Residential Life
Cassie Barnhardt, Assistant Dean of Residential Life


Dartmouth College Recognized Coed, Fraternity, Sorority Organizations
Listed with: Chapter Name, Nickname, (organization type)

Alpha Chi Alpha, Alpha Chi (Fraternity)
Alpha Delta, AD (Fraternity)
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Alphas (Fraternity)
Alpha Theta, Alpha Theta (Coed)
Alpha Xi Delta, AZD (Sorority)
Bones Gate, Bones Gate (Fraternity)
Chi Gamma Epsilon, Chi Gam (Fraternity)
Chi Heorot, Heorot (Fraternity)
Delta Delta Delta, Tri-Delt (Sorority)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Deltas (Sorority)
Epsilon Kappa Theta, Theta (Sorority)
Gamma Delta Chi, Gamma Delt (Fraternity)
Kappa Delta Epsilon, KDE (Sorority)
Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa (Sorority)
Kappa Kappa Kappa, Tri-Kapp (Fraternity)
Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., LUL (Fraternity)
Phi Delta Alpha, Phi Delt (Fraternity)
Phi Tau, Phi Tau (Coed)
Psi Upsilon, Psi U (Fraternity)
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, SAE (Fraternity)
Sigma Delta, Sigma Delt (Sorority)
Sigma Nu, Sigma Nu (Fraternity)
Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sig Ep (Fraternity)
The Tabard, Tabard (Coed)
Theta Delta Chi, Theta Delt (Fraternity)


There is one group that is working with the College in an effort to gain official recognition. Currently the organization has a provisional type of status, and is called a "colony." It is quite appropriate for students to join this organization. The group is working closely with the College and is wholly accountable for all CFS policies and procedures.

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc., SLU (Sorority)

Thursday, June 17, 2004

A Graduation Gift

Recent graduates:

If you didn't see the Review's commencement issue, TDR is offering as a parting gift free subscriptions to all graduates. Simply send your address and other relevant information to, and--Voila!--issues will start arriving at your doorstep this fall.

Love it or hate it, who can resist a free gift...


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

A bit late

To post on, but Immelt's speech at Commencement was fantastic. I told him onstage that his critics had to be eating their own words. Particularly funny was the Free Press circulating the Green with an editorial about how bad he would be. The first thing he addressed were these criticisms, and he defused them not with anger but with wit and humor--before moving on to make quite a rousing speech.

Anyone out there care to admit they were wrong?

New Chair of the Board of Trustees

William H. Neukom '64 succeeds Susan Dentzer '77

Monday, June 14, 2004

Saturday, June 12, 2004

NH Senate Update

The Democrats find their candidate-- a 94 year-old grandmother in a psychedelic station wagon. Word also has it that Burt Cohen's campaign manager has fled the state and that substanial amounts of campaign money are suspiciously absent. Once former Dartmouth Student Assembly President Janos Marton makes his run for the State House, the NH Democratic Party's transformation into a three-ring circus will be complete.

Granny D and two others file for U.S. Senate

CONCORD, June 11 ? Campaign finance reform advocate Granny D, along with two others, filed for the U.S. Senate Democratic nomination on Friday one day after the lone Democrat seeking that office suddenly dropped out.

Dorris Haddock, 94, known as Granny D, lives in Dublin and is known nationally for walking across the country in the 1990s in her attempt to bring attention to campaign finance reform.

Haddock and her son spent more of Friday at the state Democratic Party headquarters and left Concord around 5:15pm in her Granny D wagon painted in near psychedelic colors.

Also filing for the seat is former Berlin Mayor Dick Bosa and Concord resident Kathleen Houston. Bosa, who ran as a Republican presidential candidate, in last January's primary is expected to have his candidacy questioned. Portsmouth City Clerk Kelli Barnaby said Bosa is on file as a registered Republican, but this morning he filled out a form as a new voter and claiming to be a Democrat.

It is still too early to tell what impact Granny D's candidacy would have on other races were she to win Democratic nomination in September. New Hampshire is a presidential battleground state. The most recent poll showed John Kerry and George W. Bush in a dead heat.

"You know what, this race is really going to be fun," said state Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan. "The fact is Granny D has stood up for clean elections and putting the grassroots people first and Judd Gregg has stood up for special interests. It's the perfect contrast."

Friday, June 11, 2004

Commencement Issue Now Online

The Review's Commencement issue is now online. This issue features a look at Ronald Reagan's influence on the newspaper, a profile of graduating seniors and the best of the past year's Review.

This is the final issue of the academic year; the 25th anniversary volume begins publication in September.

Rodgers visits professors, students

New alumni Trustee T. J. Rodgers '70 visited Hanover this afternoon to meet with students and faculty so he could gauge for himself the goings-on at Dartmouth. After a meeting with eleven faculty members, who expressed discontent with the decline of education at the College and the lack of transparency, especially with regards to the budget, Rodgers met with fraternity members about the Student Life Initiative.

Burt Cohen Drops Out of Senate Race

It will be interesting to see if the Dems can find someone to run against Gregg in the next day or so. If not, they have until 2008 to find someone to run against Sununu.

Cohen drops U.S. Senate bid one day before filing period ends

June 10 ? State Sen. Burt Cohen (D-New Castle) is ending his bid for the U.S. Senate just one day before the period for candidates for that office to sign up ends.

"Burt Cohen will not be filing for the U.S. Senate," Cohen spokeswoman Meghan Scott said. "There is a situation with the campaign and we thought that it would be unfair to the [Democratic] party to continue."

Cohen, a seven-term state senator, began his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-Rye) 18 months ago. He officially kicked off his campaign at a Manchester rally last Wednesday.

Because Cohen was the only Democrat in the race, his departure has put state Democrats in a scramble to find a candidate in less than 24 hours.

Cohen let the party know of his decision late mid-afternoon on Thursday.

State Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan is reportly working the phone to find a candidate. There is an informal list of four names rumored to be called.

"We are working very hard to make sure that Judd Gregg is held accountable this fall," said party spokeswoman Pam Walsh. "These things happen in politics."

U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg's chief of staff, Joel Maiola, said Thursday night that the Gregg campaign strategy would not change dispite who might be their opponent. For example, Maiola said the campaign would go up with television and radio ads on Monday.

"We will continue to run the type of campaign that Judd Gregg has always run," Maiola said.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Ed Lucas '04 drafted by the Kansas City Royals

An eighth round pick, Lucas was one of six Ivy Leaguers taken. Princeton had four players selected.


Monday, June 07, 2004

Sunday, June 06, 2004

C. Everett Koop '37

gave the commencement address at Lebanon College yesterday.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Correct me if I'm wrong

or corroborate if I'm right...

The Dartmouth faculty "unanimously" voted to condemn the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980.

Friday, June 04, 2004

They just don't get it.

In the Free Press' graduation issue (not yet online), outgoing Editor Graham Roth again defends the publication of "Jane Doe's" date rape fantasy. Roth says that "These anonymous submissions were met with the inevitable knee-jerk reaction of denial from certain corners..." This refers, presumably, to the Review's expose. I hardly think proving the stories to be at best, great exaggerations, and at worst outright lies (see here and here)is a "knee-jerk reaction." Further proof that you can lead a Freeper to the truth, but you can't make him/her think.

Re: Gazzaniga

>Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 15:58:59 -0400 (EDT)
>From: James.E.Wright@Dartmouth.EDU
>Subject: Announcement
>Precedence: bulk

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to let you know that Michael S. Gazzaniga informed me today that he wished to step down from his position as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He would like to return to the work that he loves and in which he excels as a national leader in Psychological and Brain Sciences. As you know, Mike has brought great strength to Dartmouth as the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor and the Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He has recently received two major research grants and will continue his path-breaking work in cognitive neuroscience. He will also be continuing his work as the recently elected President of the American Psychological Society and as a member of President George Bush's Council on Bioethics.

I would like to thank Mike for his work as dean for the past two years where he has championed faculty scholarship and has expanded the number and ambitions of the faculty. He has worked to resolve pressing space needs for several departments. He has encouraged cross-disciplinary connections within the Arts and Sciences and with the professional schools, which he will continue to do as the only University Professor at Dartmouth.

Both Mike and I very much regret the differences among the faculty and pledge to work together to resolve them. Dartmouth has excelled in hiring and retaining faculty who care deeply about teaching and scholarship and in creating a collaborative environment for students and faculty. We must continue to encourage this strength.

Mike will remain as dean through Commencement and following that until an acting dean assumes responsibilities. I will be meeting with the Committee on Organization and Policy and the Committee Advisory to the President within the next few days to discuss the appointment of an interim dean, which I will announce as soon as possible. I would like to thank the members of these committees for their advice and wisdom. These are incredibly dedicated and hard-working colleagues.

I would also like to thank Provost Barry Scherr and the associate deans Carol Folt, Lenore Grenoble, Michael Mastanduno, and Martin Wybourne for the work they have done and continue to do on behalf of the faculty. You are well served by their commitment and dedication to the College.


James Wright

Dean Gazzaniga to Resign

An administration source has told us that Michael Gazzaniga will step down from his position as Dean of the Faculty at the term's end. President Wright will work to appoint an interim dean upon consulting with the Committee on Organization and Policy and the Committee Advisory to the President. This comes a week after the department heads voted their lack of confidence in Dean Gazzaniga, though the administration source could not confirm whether this was the reason he chose to leave.

Women lax'ers earn All-America honors


Congratulations to Lana Smith '04 and Devon Wills '06.

Catching up with Hugh Jessiman '06

A New York Rangers press-released interview

I think it's great that he calls himself out for less than stellar conditioning this past season, which was pretty evident. A little speed and surer skating with his large frame could mean trouble for NHL defenders in the future.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

New Issue Online

The latest issue of the Review is availabe at

It includes an in-depth interview with new alumni trustee T. J. Rodgers '70. Rodgers has been the source of some contention in the Daily Dartmouth, as history professors Vernon Takeshita and Craig Wilder have written Op-Eds condemning him and his policies. Rodgers replied to each one.

Also in this issue: Phi Delt returns, the Review goes out of business, a critique of the College divestment policy and a review of the Olsen twins' new movie.