Friday, December 31, 2004

South Asia Needs Your Help

Western governments have given over $650 million to help South Asia recover from last weekend's earthquake and tsunami, but more is needed. Amazon is accepting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross; other relief organizations are listed in the side bar of the South East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Facebook

Today's Washington Post includes a profile of the Facebook, an online community of which Dartmouth has been a part since last winter.

Monday, December 27, 2004

The Daily D Takes Note

The Daily Dartmouth has at last reported on the Furstenberg controversy, though the article is little more than a brief summary of developments.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Daniel Pipes coming to Dartmouth

As if Victor Davis Hanson wasn't enough, apparently Daniel Pipes will be paying Dartmouth a visit in late January.

Thanks to the Dartmouth Observer for the info.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Is Wright Responsible for Football Woes?

Many have sought to pin blame for Dartmouth's recent athletic problems, especially with the football program, on Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg. Despite his 2000 letter dismissing the necessity of the football program, the problems may stem not from his policies but from those of his superiors.

Review Editor Emeritus J. Lawrence Scholer '04 suggests that the football team's difficulties began long after Dean Furstenberg arrived at Dartmouth in 1990. Indeed, the recent glory days of Indians football correspond with his arrival: from 1990 to 1997, quarterback Jay Fiedler '94 and others garnered a 58-19-3 record.

It is since the 1998 campaign, the first under President James Wright, that the Indians have struggled, compiling only 16 wins in those seven seasons. During his tenure, President Wright has overseen football coach John Lyons' dismissal, the grudging reinstatement of the swimming and diving teams only after a public relations fiasco and, most embarassingly, the hiring of an an athletics director with a falsified resume. And that's only since 2002.

Such problems are hard to pin on Dean Furstenberg, the admissions director who recruited Dartmouth's first undefeated football team since 1970.

Football Coach Search Continues

Apparently interviews are already taking place.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Football Links

Bob Hebert '76 has compiled a very thorough list of links on the Dartmouth football controversy.

Furstenberg Responds

Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg, who four years ago wrote that "football programs represent a sacrifice to the academic quality and diversity of entering first-year classes," recently said he did not mean those words.

Dean Furstenberg explained in a letter to Dartmouth students on Tuesday that "the sentiments expressed are not an accurate reflection of my views on intercollegiate athletics."

Furstenberg did not deny writing the letter, however.

His original letter, addressed to Swarthmore College President Alfred Bloom on official Dartmouth College stationery, praised Bloom's decision to disband his school's football team. "Football, and the culture that surrounds it, is antithetical to the academic mission of colleges such as ours," he wrote, adding that a "close examination of intercollegiate athletics within the Ivy League would point to other sports in which the same phenomenon is apparent."

Despite his stated belief in the harmful nature of athletics in general, Furstenberg wrote that he values "athletic competition and those who engage in it."

He further retreated from what he called his "private" statements in an interview with the Valley News last week. He told the Hanover-area newspaper that "Dartmouth admissions has been responsive to football throughout time and quite supportive."

President James Wright, in the same letter, explained that Dartmouth's athletics program "is as strong as it has ever been." Pundits, though, have pointed to the football team's recent 1-9 season, following on the heels of several middling campaigns, as a reflection of athletic weakness.

Wright said other schools "have raised legitimate questions about athletics," though he says Dartmouth is not among those schools that have raised these "legitimate questions"—at least publicly. While the College has repeated this defense several times, many sports critics see the elimination of key teams as illegitimate.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Football coach search update

No names, but good names are at least being consulted.

Here

Menashi Guest-Blogs for Sullivan

Editor Emeritus Steven Menashi '01 is guest-blogging for columnist Andrew Sullivan. Update: It seems Mr. Talcott beat me to posting this.

Beck has the goods...

on some nice web appearances by fellow alums James Panero '98 and Steven Menashi '01 here and here, respectively.

Review featured

The Review is now the featured newspaper of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's Collegiate Network.

Here

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Dartmouth Athletics Blog

Bill Wellstead '63 has started a must-read blog in response to Dean of Admissions Karl Furstenberg's admission that he seeks to derail Dartmouth sports teams. His Dartmouth Athletics site
will post letters and articles concerning the current crisis in the Dartmouth College Administration brought on by the revelation of a letter Karl Furstenberg, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth, wrote on Dartmouth stationery four years ago concerning his negative feelings about football at Dartmouth and other sports in general.
Mr. Wellstead includes various damning articles about the future of Indian sports from the Valley News and the Harvard Crimson and, perhaps more importantly, correspondence from alumni and even professors condemning Furstenberg's letter.

The Furstenberg kerfuffle has already drawn attention from the Associated Press and larger regional newspapers, including The Boston Globe and the Manchester Union Leader. The College has mounted a typically poor defense of his comments.

Religious symbols in Rauner

Though Christmas displays in public areas have been shunned nationwide, Rauner special collections library is prominently displaying a Christmas symbol in recognition of the spirit that binds Americans together at this time of year. No protests against "blatant proselytizing" or other violations of student rights have been reported. (Updated for clarity.)

Don't worry...be happy

Grammy-winning vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin will be a Montgomery Fellow spring term.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Dartmouth Enduring

Like the Olympics...the Rolling Stones...and the Constitution.

Here

Thursday, December 16, 2004

College to offer flu shots

Dartmouth will now offer flu vaccine to all comers, including those not classified as "high risk," starting at a clinic next Monday, College health director John Turco wrote in an e-mail to students. Since the shortages of vaccine have abated to the point where some clinics are even over-supplied, might Secretary Thompson have been right to say the supply hiccup was "not a health crisis"?

Dartmouth College Republicans hit the AP wire

Dartmouth College Republicans president Jesse Roisin is quoted in an article about the problem of post-election political apathy.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Shout-out from Sophistpundit

Here

"...[I]t's stories like the Dartmouth Review, an independent school paper that took measures to expose the flaws in their campus and succeeded, despite the best efforts of the university to get rid of them, that I find really interesting."

Furstenburg Comments in Valley News

The words themselves are unfortunately not shocking, but the fact that they were made public is. As Alex notes in his comment, the school is in damage control mode already.

Articles from the Valley News onFriday and today shed some light on the football team's struggles. The latter article is a good comparison between Dartmouth and its Ivy rivals in terms of facilities, admissions, and so on, while Friday's article has the candid remarks from the Dean. The relavent part of Friday's story appears below:

In the letter to Swarthmore College President Alfred Bloom [dated Dec. 20, 2000], a copy of which was provided to the Valley News last month, Furstenberg praised Bloom's decision to drop football from the Swarthmore athletic program.

"I am writing to commend you on the decision to eliminate football from your athletic offerings. Other institutions would do well to follow your lead. I know you've heard a lot of criticism about this decision, but I, for one, support this change," wrote Furstenberg.

"You are exactly right in asserting that football programs represent a sacrifice to the academic quality and diversity of entering first-year classes. This is particularly true at highly selective institutions that aspire to academic excellence. My experience at both Wesleyan and Dartmouth is consistent with what you have observed at Swarthmore.

"I wish this were not true but sadly football, and the culture that surrounds it, is antithetical to the academic mission of colleges such as ours. This is really a national problem and it is a good thing that you are taking leadership on the issue. A close examination of intercollegiate athletics within the Ivy League would point to other sports in which the same phenomenon is apparent."

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Trustee Candidates: Change for the Better?

All the alumni Trustee candidates are—oh no!—corporate executives. Sheila Cheston '80 works in the defense industry and previously served as the General Counsel for the Air Force. Gregg Engles '79 is an executive in the food industry who opposes Democrat-favored ideas like the Dairy Compact and supports President Bush to boot. Ric Lewis '84 works in the real estate investment industry and spent part of his career investing in the Third World. Last but not least, Curt Welling '71 is an executive involved with online finance and even works for some charities.

Clearly, these are very successful alumni, and are perhaps better candidates than last year's official lineup. Much like Trustee T.J. Rodgers '70, write-in winner of the 2004 election, none of the candidates has any apparent background in education. This may be a good thing, considering the damage that can be done to a school when it is administered by lifelong academics.

Alumni Council nominees for the Board of Trustees announced

Here

Four will vie for two spots.

"A ballot with the slate of candidates will be sent to alumni in March.

Petition candidates may have a place on the ballot provided they submit a petition form with 500 signatures of Dartmouth alumni. Only original, signed petitions in ink other than black will be accepted. Neither fax nor electronic petitions will be considered valid. The deadline for submitting petition forms is February 23, 2005. Petition forms must be requested by February 10, 2005. To receive a form please write: Patricia Fisher '81, Director of Alumni Leadership, Dartmouth College, 6068 Blunt Alumni Center, Hanover, NH 03755, email: Patricia.Fisher@dartmouth.edu, (603) 646-2258."

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

RIP Nilly

A '00 in my house sent word to our e-mail list that Nilly died of cardiac arrest at the end of last month.

If anyone wants to send condolences to his parents, feel free to contact me at kalb-dot-03-at-alum-dot-dartmouth-dot-org, and I'll be happy to send you contact info.

This is just tragic.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Huge blow to Dartmouth men's basketball program

Last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year Leon Pattman '07 has quit the team.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

CN Turns 25

The Collegiate Network, a conservative newspaper consortium of which The Dartmouth Review is a part, celebrated its 25th anniversary this past weekend, as John Miller reports.

The Review is also celebrating a quarter-century of publication this year.