Friday, January 22, 2010

More Young Cons, Coming at You

The Young Cons released a new video last night. Ever want to hear the wise words of Reagan laid down to a beat? Your wish has now been granted. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kick Asch!

Joseph Asch '79, everyone's favorite blogger and critic of the administration for the last few years, is running for a position on the Board of Trustees. With the recent dismissal of the lawsuit against the College, it'll be interesting to see how Joe handles his campaign.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Alumni Suit Dismissed

Well, this is unfortunate.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Today: Protest the College Like It's the 60's

Two Blitzes have ended up in inboxes across campus in the last 24 hours. One is from College Democrats, the other from Mystik M. Miller. The only difference between the two is the URL at the bottom of the latter's blitz.


DARTMOUTH
COMMUNITY



PLEASE JOIN
YOUR FELLOW FACULTY, STUDETS AND STAFF
ON
FRIDAY JANUARY 15,
@
11:30am TO 1:00pm

IN FRONT OF THE HOP
LET'S TELL THE COLLEGE
LAYOFFS AND CUTS HURT THE DARTMOUTH EXPERIENCE!

AND OUR FAMLIES!!!!



http://www.vnews.com/01142010/6318388.htm



We eagerly await the sequel in the wake of the success of this one: protesting tuition hikes.

A little later, President Kim will be giving the second forum on Dartmouth' s finances:

To the Dartmouth community -

Please join me for a second forum on Dartmouth's finances this afternoon from 12:30-2 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The forum is part of the ongoing effort to share information and get community feedback on the Strategic Budget Reduction and Investment (SBRI) effort.

The Q&A panel will include Senior Vice President Steve Kadish, Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt, and Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears.

Other senior officers of the College will also be on hand for questions.

Please plan to arrive by 12:15 to ensure seating; overflow seating will be available in Collis Common Ground, and the forum can be also seen on the Dartmouth website, at http://budget.dartmouth.edu and on DarTV.


Over/under on how many signs will make an appearance in the audience?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Former Editor-in-Chief, et al Not Willing To Go Away Quietly

If you read the D this morning, you no doubt know that there's a petition circulating to get a slate of petition candidates on the Association of Alumni executive committee ballot. Of particular note for at the Review was the inclusion of Emily-Esfahani Smith '09, our former Editor-in-Chief, as candidate for secretary-treasurer.

This fact was buried at the end of the article, after a few paragraphs about how the lawsuit against the College--which held that the 2007 vote, which enlarged the Board's size by a third and made all new seats College appointed, violated an 1891 agreement that half the seats would be alumni-elected--lost them the election (which is, of course, speculation from John Daukas Jr. ’84; it couldn't be the huge effort behinds such things as Dartmouth Undying). A few paragraphs later it even singled out Mr. Noah Riner '06 and reminded readers of his 2005 Convocation speech. The subtext would seem to be, "look out! The conservative Christians are coming to control the College!"

UPDATE: 1/12/2010

It appears that the petition collected enough signatures. Here's hoping their campaigns are victorious as well.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Geithner, Corrupt? Ya Don't Say...

At the tail end of last year, Judicial Watch released its list of the top ten most corrupt officials in Washington. Now, the Review always cheers for Dartmouth and we enjoy watching our school and alumni place well, but this is one situation we would've been happier sitting out. Judicial Watch named Tim "TurboxTax" Geithner '83, the fourth most corrupt.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Cherry-Picking Exposed

Two recent Dartblog posts examine data from the American Federation of Teachers on the growth in the College's staff. The numbers show a shocking increase in non-faculty employees. This might be surprising for those who remember President Kim's budget presentation, which concluded (on page 26 of the transcript) that there has not been runaway growth.

The resolution of this paradox comes from the fact that Kim compared the years 2002 and 2010, whereas the AFT data covers all odd years from 1997 to 2007. The AFT data shows most of the staff increase occurring between 1997 and 2003; the rise between 2001 and 2003 may have taken place primarily in the first half of that interval. So staff does appear not to have increased too much since 2002.

This raises the question of whether it is coincidental that Kim's data, from which he concluded that there has not been an "out-of-proportion explosion" in staff, begins right after the end of the out-of-proportion explosion. In the presentation, Kim said that "We're trying to look back before 2002 to see what happened before." However, it is hard to believe that that information was not readily available. For one thing, the AFT puts it on the internet. For another, Dartmouth presumably keeps its own records of its payroll. Kim might have meant that the administration was still looking into why the pre-2002 staff increases occurred. This would not be an excuse for concealing the increases. If he knew that the staff grew before 2002 but suspected that there might have been a good reason, he should have said so.

President Kim seems, in general, to believe in honesty and transparency. This makes it all the more disturbing that his presentation contained data that was, in all probability, chosen with intent to mislead.