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Ask President Durden #3



Ask President Durden Episode 2

Ask President Durden show2

1. What is involved in the “Stage 2″ construction plan, & what is the current status?

2. Bosler seems to be behind some of the other academic buildings when it comes to technology, its level of being “green”, and also its repair. Are there any plans to renovate Bosler in the future?

3. Who or what decides where money is spent if the benefactor does not leave specific instructions? Does the school ever deviate from a benefactor’s wishes? Is there a “master check list” that the school works down when they receive donations?

4. Will any departments replace IB & M and Econ in the Stern center, or from December onward will it remain the home of just Global Ed, East Asian Studies, and International Studies?

5. In a recent article in the Dickinsonian, it was revealed that Graduate Partnership programs are in the works with Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. These partnerships, as you said, will save Dickinson student’s time and money. Once the economy gets better, will the school still attempt to partner with other institutions?

6. After graduation, the main worry for students is finding a job, especially in this economic climate. How would you compare the prospects of getting a job after graduation for graduates of large universities compared to liberal arts college graduates? How would you advice liberal arts students to sell themselves?

7. How is it that you can get a slice of fresh made pizza from local restaurants for less money than a slice of frozen Quarry pizza?

8. The Health Center has done a terrific job in minimizing the spread of the H1N1 virus. However, there is a severe shortage in the seasonal flu vaccine. Is the same problem expected for the H1N1 vaccine?

9. Why do we (Dickinson specifically or colleges in general) run on a two-semester calendar?

10. It is believed that in the good ol’ days, professors & presidents used to call up different grad schools to advocate for a wait listed student’s acceptance. Does this still go on?

11. What was most notable about your “Dickinson Experience”? What did you enjoy doing in your spare time? Who was your favorite professor?

12. What was it about Dickinson that made him want to come back to work here?


Ask President Durden Episode 1

Ask President Durden Show # 1

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1.    The college has undergone some changes over the summer. Anyone who has been around campus has noticed the construction happening to Althouse, previously home to the Chemistry and Geology departments, and soon to house the Economics and International Business Departments.

  • What exactly is happening, and what is the status of the progress?
  • Has the campus undergone any other construction changes over the summer?

2.    The presently untitled café in the Waidner-Spahr Library seems to be a hit among students, who no longer need to leave the library to get that much needed cup of coffee or pastry.

  • How long was the café in the works?
  • Are you worried that it might add unwanted noise to the Library?
  • According to a recent article in the Dickinsonian, the café was funded by payments from overdue books. This was a terrific way of using that money, but was that the original purpose of overdue book fines or simply a handy and efficient way of using the fines?

3.    The college has also undergone many policy changes over the summer. For instance, this year there is a printing quota for students. The school allots 600 pages, or $60, worth of printing, per student per semester.

  • Is this policy meant to save money on ink, or is it geared more towards saving paper and becoming a “greener” campus?
  • Do you feel that this policy is unfair for students whose major’s require them to use vast amounts of paper?

4.    Laundry is in a similar situation, with an allotted amount of 34 cycles, or one load a week, per student per semester.

  • Is this also meant to save money or to save water and become “greener”?

5.    Eliminating dining hall trays has so far accomplished the goal of saving money by not washing them, and anyone who has been to the dining hall has noticed the decrease in food wasted by students.

  • Why then are there still stays in Union Station, also known as the SNAR?

6.    The sushi bar has been a huge hit with students and faculty alike. It is not only tasty, but healthy as well.

  • How long was the school considering the addition of a sushi bar?
  • What is your favorite type of sushi?

7.    Another hot topic, and scary as well, is that of the H1N1 virus, known commonly as swine flu.
The school has many precautions in place to prevent a full-fledged outbreak, but are you still worried about the virus spreading, especially on such a small campus?

8.    Everyone around school seems to be talking about cable on campus, or rather lack thereof. Can you please clarify the cable situation on campus?

  • There is a rumor going around that students can get Comcast in their rooms, is their any truth to this?

9.    The Dickinson Football Team is off to another great season. Last Saturday Dickinson defeated arch rival Franklin and Marshall to keep the Conestoga Wagon for a sixth straight year.

  • How excited are you that the Red Devils get to hold on to the Wagon for another year?
  • The Red Devils recently defeated Hobart, who was ranked #17 in the nation for Division-III. There was talk that Dickinson should have been ranked after that victory, yet weren’t. What is your take on this?

10.    The new science building, Rector Science Center, has many new and technologically advanced features, along with being a terrific place to study and do homework.

  • What is your favorite feature about Rector?

11.    President Durden we will end on a light note.

  • How many bow-ties do you own?

Reprint from Dickinsonian Article

Durden, Katz to Host Radio Show

By Jake Rainwater ’11

Dickinson College students now have a new medium to reach President William Durden: the radio. Starting this September, on the last Thursday of the month at noon, Marc Katz ’10 will be hosting an hour-long interview with President William G. Durden ’71 on WDCV 88.3 FM, answering questions submitted by anyone who is interested in hearing directly from the President of Dickinson College.

Both Katz and Durden are very excited for the show’s commencement and its potential. “President Durden has always been very approachable on and off campus,” said Katz. “The show is another way of him reaching out to the Dickinson community.”

Durden is especially enthusiastic for the show. “I personally see it as but another venue to communicate with the community, talk with folks further about higher education…most likely, have a chance to deal directly with the robust rumors that populate environments such as school and college campuses,” he said.

Questions can deal with such diverse issues as rumors on campus, campus activities, student problems, academic interests, world issues, and the like. Comments, in addition to questions, are also welcome.

The show is directed toward the whole Dickinson community, not only students. Faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit questions and comments, as are parents and Carlisle residents.

“I know a lot of students have questions about the new policies on campus and the best person to talk to about these things is the President,” said George Mazzoli ’10.

The show, entitled “Ask President Durden,” will air at noon on Thursdays during common hour to maximize the amount of potential listeners. It will be replayed the following Thursdays at the same time until the new show has aired. In addition, a live stream of WDCV will be available online through the WDCV webpage, who wishes to hear the show at any time can catch it on the Dickinson College webpage.

Students who wish to submit a question to President Durden must send in their questions by midnight on the Sunday prior to the show’s airing to Katz at  katzm at Although anonymous e-mailswill not be accepted, names will not be read on air. Questions should be submitted with the subject “Ask President Durden.”