Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Directive from Commandante Crady

From today's Daily D announcing the budget cuts:

“I don’t think OPAL needs to justify its existence,” Crady said.

30-35 academic courses, however, were unable to justify their existence to the administration, and they will no longer be offered.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not cut 50 courses and OPAL and a big chunk of the athletic budget too?

Wright wants avoid another swim team fiasco, but he is thinking too narrowly: “You’re saying to some subset of students that the work you do for your team is not as useful as other teams,” Wright said.

Varsity athletes as a group make up a subset that has received greater financial support than the average student in recent years. Is that fair?

Anonymous said...

"Crady emphasized OPAL’s importance, and assured audience members that no OPAL employees will be let go."

ilovewow said...

Pay all OPAL staff only in WoW gold.

Anonymous said...

How appropriate to use WoW (World of Warcraft) dollars on campus, where there is constant bickering among the trolls and goblins.

Ben said...

Dartmouth's athletics budget is far from bloated. There are 35 varsity sports on a roughly $11,000,000 budget, a budget that is far smaller than single-sport budgets at your typical athletics powerhouses.

Neutron Eleazar said...

Ben - The point is this: why should the College spend more on athletes than it does on non-athletes. They all pay roughly the same price. The student body shows little interest in varsity sports. Are varsity sports essential to an education? Times are changing.

Ben said...

Athletics actually gets more bang for its buck than almost any other area of the college, except for the library. There is very little bloat, and what bloat there is is often funded directly by alumni rather than the general college fund.

There's no real athletic equivalent of the "OPAL" office on campus.

If you believe the entire enterprise of collegiate athletics is somehow wasteful or wrong, so be it - but frankly I will disagree with you vehemently, as would the thousands of people wtching hockey or basketball on any given Friday or Saturday night...

Anonymous said...

Been to a squash match lately?

Neutron Eleazar said...

Ben - The bloat should, of course, be cut first. But the cuts have to go further. Colleges are still run on a 1950s model. Times have changed. Is everything that was done 50 years ago still worth doing?

Sports have changed. Now it is big business at the major state universities and others. Should the Ivy League be following even on a much smaller scale? The student body has changed. Students may be more interested in keeping fit, but they are less interested in cheering for teams.

Sports is a minor cost compared with administration and academics. Of course, administration should be cut first. But is the academic area really anywhere close to efficient?

Who can afford a college education as it is presently modeled? Will alumni keep funding the deficit?

Anonymous said...

Have the alumni funded any deficit?

Anonymous said...

We know who anon 10:04 is.

Anonymous said...

1. Why should Dartmouth spend as much as a "typical athletics powerhouse"?

2. I would have expected that OPAL would be the first thing to go once Dartmouth had to start making serious budget cuts. I think I overestimated the administration's pragmatism.