Harvard Lite: Why is it that every grand new idea the College comes up with to “ensure that Dartmouth remain an institution at the forefront of � teaching and research in the United States” is taken directly from the Harvard-Yale-Princeton crib sheet? Granting university-wide professorships to “distinguished” scholars is the pinnacle of the huge research university model of higher education. Essentially they’ll be hiring big names to teach a few interdisciplinary classes of dubious academic merit in between talk show appearances, all in a desperate quest for institutional prestige. Has the entire notion of Dartmouth offering a unique educational experience based on the teaching of undergraduates been rejected in the new strategic plan?

On the bright side, if you’re all very lucky, maybe Cornel West’s next rap CD will be produced right there in Hanover.