It Won’t Go Away If You Ignore It

N. Alex Tonelli ’06 points out in today’s Daily D the biggest flaw with the administration’s “it is too” defense against its critics:

The obtuseness of this administration can be demonstrated in what has become the generic administrative defense. Rather than saying that several sizable problems exist and enumerating the significant steps that the administration plans to take, defenders have instead claimed in essence that the problems do not exist. They are quick to shoot back particular examples of good things that occur at Dartmouth.

As if to make his point for him, Provost Barry Scherr and Kate Stith-Carbanes ’73, a former Trustee and an SLI proponent, wrote op-eds denying any problem.

Meanwhile, music professor Jon Appleton has dismissed this sort of defense as “dean speak.”