Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Poll Of The Wild

So how did the official preseason Ivy League football media poll fare?

Here's what the poll predicted:
1. Harvard (7 first-place votes), 126 points
2. Penn (9) 119
3. Dartmouth 83
4. Yale 81
5. Princeton 79
6. Brown (1) 61
7. Columbia 43
8. Cornell 20

Here's how the season turned out:
1. Princeton 6-1, 8-2
1. Penn 6-1, 7-3
3. Harvard 5-2, 7-3
4. Brown 3-4, 4-6
4. Yale 3-4, 3-7
6. Cornell 2-5, 4-6
6. Columbia 2-5, 3-7
8. Dartmouth 1-6, 4-6

The biggest riser? Princeton.

The only team that finished exactly where predicted? Yale.

The biggest faller? You don't want to know.
This isn't the place for much in the way of non-sports news regarding Dartmouth but the local daily had a story a few days back about the financial health of the college and alums may be interested in the big picture while families with current and future Dartmouth students may want to drill down to a specific.

The "lede" to the Valley News story paints the big picture:
With its blue-chip roster of alumni, 10-figure endowment and annual high-school senior scrum for admissions, Dartmouth College seems stable and on course. But as 2016 comes to a close, the leaders of Dartmouth find themselves navigating some rough financial waters.
The college, which was founded 247 years ago, posted a net operating loss of $112 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30. A year earlier, the college experienced a $15.2 million loss.
Here's the specific for families of current and future students:
The college’s list price of direct costs — tuition, fees, room and board — was just under $58,000 when (President Phil) Hanlon took the helm at the end of fiscal 2013. During the current year, that tab has risen to $66,200.
In June 2014, Hanlon said in an interview that he would limit future tuition increases to no more than 1 percent above the rate of inflation.
Hanlon came to Hanover in the wake of a three-year stretch when tuition rose at an annual rate of about 13.7 percent. During his first four years in office, the annual rate of tuition gain has been about 3.4 percent.