A senior correspondent for the Williams Blog suggests that I should not

be overly impressed with the Dean’s attack on the tone of the CC’s letter. It’s an age old device to attack the tone if you can’t handle the content of the incoming.

True enough, but any Dean who can cow the CC into silence must be a pretty skilled Dean, even if the methods that she uses are “age old.” That is, of course, the great advantage of being Dean: You can use the same set of tricks every four years since the student body turns over so rapidly!

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