Monday, September 29, 2008


Paul Hodes, our Democratic Representative here in Hanover, opposed the bill today. Perhaps the dartlog commentators would like to weigh in on the deal as well?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The era of Wall St. is over.

Dartmouth seniors, many of whom are preparing for corporate recruiting right now, may be disheartened to learn about "The End of Wall Street," as reported today in the Wall Street Journal.
And so, in a single week, the era of the independent investment bank has ended. Wall Street as we've known it for decades has ceased to exist. Six months ago there were five major investment banks. Two -- Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns -- have failed, Merrill Lynch is selling itself to Bank of America, and now the last two are becoming commercial banks. Adam Smith, that great market disciplinarian, is punishing excesses and remaking American finance long before Congress can get into the act.

Monday, September 22, 2008

TDR Freshman Issue

The Freshman Issue of The Dartmouth Review is now online, with a little something for everyone, including updates to our infamous Best and Worst Professors column, additions to our list of Courses of Note, and Professor Jeffrey Hart's take on what constitutes a college education.

* Dartmouth's Best and Worst Professors
* Courses of Note
* Greek Life, pen-portraits; Greek Life: A Freshman Girl's Take
* Freshman Etiquette
*A review of freshman summer reading
* Last Word.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Keggy Kidnapping Kaper

Keggy the Keg has been stolen. This is evidently a legitimate criminal affair.

The letter from the Jack-O-Lantern (language):

Upon returning to campus for pre-orientation, members of the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern discovered that Keggy the Keg, Dartmouth's beloved, chronically intoxicated mascot, was no longer in our possession. Previously residing in Robinson Hall room 205, it appears that sometime in mid- to late August, Keggy was forcibly abducted.

Since Keggy is our property, this is a CRIME!

The theft has been reported to both Safety *and* Security. And Hanover Police. If H-Po finds Keggy in your frat or dorm room, they will not fuck around.

In five short years, Keggy has become an engrained member of the Dartmouth community. We really love bringing Keggy to campus, but we have been unable to see the smiles on the wee '12s' faces this pre-o because Keggy has been unavailable for public appearances. And because his thieves failed to take the interior harness or costume, his shell alone cannot be worn by man. (In other words, Keggy will not be appearing at Homecoming, at other sports events, or anywhere else, until we get him back.)

If you provide a tip that leads to Keggy's recovery, we will shower you with free Keggy merchandise.

* Us! (609) 651-7431
* Safety & Security: (603) 646-4000
* Hanover Police: (603) 643-2222

Thanks. Go kegs!

Is it possible that a certain Moose or ubiquitous color had something to do with this? More will undoubtedly be forthcoming!

Crady announces COS reforms

Dean of the College, Tom Crady, has today announced reforms that will be made to the Committee on Standards, and the undergraduate disciplinary process. His letter, here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

ROTC Bans to Encounter Opposition

From the Washington Post:

IVY LEAGUE administrators, take heed: The next president will oppose the de facto bans on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps that prevail at several of these prestigious institutions.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Haldeman Announces New Charter Trustees

From Ed Haldeman's Open Letter:

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community,

I am pleased to announce new appointments to the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.

Five distinguished alumni, who have devoted many years of service to the College, were elected to the Board today:

* Jeffrey Immelt '78, chairman and chief executive officer, GE;
* Sherri Oberg '82, Tuck '86, founder, president and chief executive officer, Acusphere, Inc.;
* John Rich '80, chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, director, Center for Academic Public Health Practice, Drexel University;
* Steven Roth '62, Tuck '63, chairman and chief executive officer, Vornado Realty Trust, and
* Diana Taylor '77, managing director, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC.

These individuals bring a breadth of skills and perspectives that will further strengthen the Board's capacity to steward and support Dartmouth's mission

See news release with bios

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Figure skating coach resigns, faults administration

The Valley News reports that the head coach of Dartmouth’s “five-time national champion figure skating team has resigned after a disagreement with the college about the program’s position in the athletic hierarchy.”
Figure Skating Coach Quits Dartmouth Team
By: Tony Lane
Valley News Staff Writer

Hanover -- The head coach of Dartmouth's five-time national champion
figure skating team has resigned after a disagreement with the college
about the program's position in the athletic hierarchy.

Loren McGean, a Dartmouth Class of 1992 member who began co-coaching
the club with her father, Michael (Class of 1949), in 2002, submitted a
letter of resignation to several Dartmouth administrators, including
President Jim Wright, last week.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Valley News,
McGean cited the need on her part for more "financial transparency" in
the use of funds that were donated specifically for Big Green figure

In spring 2007, Dartmouth announced the creation of the J. Michael
McGean Endowment Fund, the club's first permanent source of funding, to
support the figure skating team's $80,000 budget.

McGean also wanted another athletic category established between
varsity and club to accommodate current club teams (of which figure
skating is one) that compete on a national level.

"To date these requests have all been either ignored or denied,"
McGean wrote in the letter, "and the College has refused to consider a
reasonable solution or an acceptable working environment to fully
support the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team, a recognized, legitimate
intercollegiate athletic program.

"I regret that under these circumstances and in the absence of these
needs being met, I am unable to continue my work as Head Coach of the
Dartmouth Figure Skating Team."

McGean confirmed yesterday she was resigning and offered no further
comment. There was no immediate word on a coaching successor.
Dartmouth athletics director Josie Harper regretted that McGean
decided to decline a reappointment contract.

"We really value everything Loren and her father did to take the
club where it is today," Harper said yesterday. "The program has always
been very important to us."

In addressing McGean's concerns about financial oversight, Harper
said: "All the club teams have the same opportunity to raise funds.
Figure skating wasn't any different. We feel we supported them fully,
and we certainly have no intention of cutting that support."

As for the creation of a competitive level between varsity and club
sports, Harper said the college simply didn't have the structure to
adopt it.

"We recognize that some club sports can compete at the highest
level," Harper noted. "Rugby works within our structure."
The figure skating club was founded by former student Amy Stetson --
with the help of Michael McGean -- during the 1996-97 school year.
Dartmouth has been undefeated in competition since the fall of 2003 and
has won the U.S. National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team
Championships every year since 2004.

Daniel Dittrick, a club skater and co-captain who graduated last
June, was a member of the Club Sports Commission of the Student Assembly
that issued a report in the spring of 2006, urging Dartmouth to increase
facility and financial support for club teams.

Reached Monday by phone, Dittrick refrained from speaking of
McGean's resignation, but said the college had responded to some of the
commission's recommendations.

"There has been a lot of changes -- the recognition of a couple more
sports like women's lacrosse," Dittrick said. "There's also a full-time
administrator in Joann Brislin that works with club teams."