Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Editor Emeritus Interviews Tx. Gov. Rick Perry

Former Editor-in-Chief and current Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Emily Esfahani Smith '09 interviewed Texas Governor Rick Perry for the WSJ. Topics include Arnold Schwarzenegger, tort reform and the general state of the GOP, among others.

Ted Kennedy Passes Away

The "Lion of the Senate" has lost his fight with brain cancer.

CNN has the obituary.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Heads Up: Dartblog Resumes Posting with Joseph Asch '79

In terms of posting frequency, the handful of Dartmouth-centric blogs (I'm sorry, I refuse to use the word "blogosphere") have been in a bit of a summer slump -- this one included -- but hopefully the pace will pick up as the school year approaches. Dartblog, dormant since May, published two pieces this weekend by Joe Asch '79; Mr. Asch said that he will be blogging there on Dartmouth affairs "regularly."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

US News and World Report Rankings Released

The new US News and World Report desperate bid to stay relevant by capitalizing on the disposable incomes of helicopter parents -- excuse me, their college rankings -- came out today with very few surprises. Dartmouth stayed in its #11 spot, behind less selective schools like University of Chicago and Duke University.

We also topped the list in a new category ranking quality of undergraduate teaching, which is fantastic. Working this summer with graduates and professors of top-tier research universities who've expressed surprise that all my classes have been taught by full professors has affirmed my belief that I really lucked out in choosing a college with an incredible committment to undergraduate education. It's nice to receive recognition for that.

Obviously, the USNWR rankings rarely reveal any new information and are, at best, only one of many indicators by which prospective students and employers measure prestige. For example, Dartmouth's fall from the 'top 10' two years ago hasn't been quite the calamity some hysterical PR-minded folk imagined it to be, as evidenced by our steadily decreasing admissions rate (13.5% in the last cycle!) and increasing applicant pool. But the yearly release of rankings is newsworthy, if only because, as one astute IvyGate commenter put it, "The wailing and gnashing of teeth after they come out is what makes it fun."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On Second Thought, I'll Have the Salad

This Blitz has been going around campus and just landed in my inbox. You may want to eat out tonight.

> --- Forwarded Message from ---
> One of my [redacted] works for DDS. Apparently there's maggots
by the
> grill at foco!
> Just a heads up
> --- Forwarded Message from ---
> --- Start of quoted text:
> From:
> Date: 18 Aug 2009 09:04:28 -0400
> Subject: Maggots?
> --- end of quoted text ---
> I'd stay away from the grill for a little while
guys...just a suggestion. Hotline and Sandwiches are good to go... and don't bring it up with me in front of any dds workers please.
> justyourfriendlystudentddsworkerlookingoutforyou

Dean Tom Crady to Resign

Provost Barry Scherr just sent a campus-wide blitz informing us of Dean of the College Tom Crady's decision to resign:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that Tom Crady has resigned as Dean of the College, effective this week. Sylvia Spears, who has been a significant contributor in providing student support in the Dean of the College area, will serve as Acting Dean for a period of two years.

I know that the decision to leave Dartmouth has been a difficult one for Tom and his family. Tom started at Dartmouth in January 2008, after serving 10 years as Vice President of Student Services at Grinnell College in Iowa, where he had worked for more than 25 years. Tom has decided to return to Iowa to pursue other opportunities.

I want to thank Tom for his service, for his commitment to improving the student experience, and for the many innovations he has introduced in his 18 months on campus, including the reform of the COS system, his reorganization of the student deans, and his decision as the Dean of the College to be more accessible by holding regular office hours in Collis for undergraduates. He
brought to the job a great deal of energy, a willingness to embrace change, and a true enthusiasm for his work with students.

In the coming months we intend to examine the scope of responsibilities in this critical area; only after completing that process will we launch a national search for the new Dean.

Sylvia joined Dartmouth as Director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership/Associate of Student Life in July 2007. This past year, she also served as Acting Senior Associate Dean of the College with responsibility for guiding academic support programs and outreach to faculty. Sylvia's expertise is student development, with particular emphasis on factors that contribute to the success of students. Sylvia holds a Ph.D. in Education, an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a B.A. in Speech Communications. Before coming to Dartmouth, Sylvia held a faculty position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island, where she taught courses in counseling, research methods, higher education law and cultural competence.

As we get ready to begin a new academic year on September 24, we will continue to look to the Dean of the College area to complete the process of putting in place the new student dean system, to carry out an ongoing assessment of existing programs and services, and to work on strategies for ensuring student success.

I want to take this opportunity to wish Tom well and to express my appreciation for what he accomplished in his time at Dartmouth.

At this time, I would also like to thank each and every member of the staff of the Dean of the College area, for their professionalism and support during this transition. I have every confidence in that office, and in Sylvia, as together we seek to provide an extraordinary educational experience for the students of Dartmouth.


Barry Scherr

I'll be quite sad to see him go - The Review interviewed Dean Crady last year and was impressed with his open-mindedness regarding such topics as alcohol policy, Greek life, and COS reform, and I know many students appreciated his weekly open office hours.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dartmouth Football on Yahoo!

It's story number 11 on the new Yahoo! home page. Apart from Dartmouth football players shaking hands after a game, there's no mention of the team in the article.

They're Back

You might have heard of the Young Cons. This past May, Josh Riddle ‘12 and David Rufful ’12 created a rap video in which they espoused their conservative views. They had no real ambitions for it, intending to show to friends and family. They put it up on YouTube.

Unexpectedly, it went viral.

It was linked to several places: The Huffington Post,, even the dailykos picked it up. Before long they were invited to appear on “Fox and Friends” as well as “Huckabee” (at about 3:30). The video has reached over 455,000 views as of this writing and the song even made it onto iTunes.

To be sure, not everyone’s reacted positively. Bill Maher, for example, slammed it. The Young Cons appear unfazed, however; they’re back and the production values have been bumped up several notches. This is their new video: “Power of the Individual” featuring Cole Hernandez.

The song hits iTunes this week, according to their web page. Also listed there are links to their Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube and MySpace.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rest in Peace, Eunice Kennedy Shriver

What an accomplished, inspiring woman. The Times obit is quite good, as usual -- respectful and moving.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

AKA President Makes Questionable Purchases

A $900,000 wax statue of herself, shopping sprees, HD television set...if Barbara McKinzie were the government we'd call it stimulus. As she's the president of a national sorority for African-Americans, its just the most hilarious case of theft and embezzlement I've seen this week.