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In the most recent issue of Lacrosse Magazine, a letter signed by “The Current Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Team” has been published:
Given that there is at least one whistleblower on the team who took issue with Coach Patton’s behavior, the reader must question whether all of the members of the team signed the letter.
The article accompanying the letter included the following quote:
“We feel that the report released by Dartmouth was not representative of our voices as players regarding our experiences with and respect for Amy,” Blake Hamblett [‘17], a senior defender for the Big Green, wrote in an email to Lacrosse Magazine.
I wrote to Blake to see if she has obtained the “report” on Coach Patton that led to her dismissal. Nothing has been circulated by the Athletics department; to do so would be a violation of Patton’s legal right to privacy. Blake responded promptly that she had not seen the College’s investigatory report; she was referring only to the press release issued by the Athletics department.
Sources indicate that the department’s investigation into Amy Patton’s behavior was the first of its kind in memory. The fact that the investigation took place at all, and that the conclusion was so decisive — dismissing Patton virtually on the spot — leads one to believe that its findings were corroborated by multiple team members and its implications were clear cut.
Athletics Director Harry Sheehy is not a political guy, but in this instance he had the option of discretely offering Patton one last season before she “moved on to a new opportunity” or fêting her “retirement” from Dartmouth — actions that might have been possible had the investigation not uncovered serious misbehavior. Apparently easing the 26-year-veteran College coach out the door with a graceful, final-lap exit was not an option.
In addition, the Athletics department’s announcement of Patton’s departure was unusually direct, as if to communicate to observers in the lacrosse world that she is not a coach that another school would want to hire.
The “Current Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse Team” letter published in Lacrosse Magazine defending Patton and the fact that some of the players are being investigated by the Town of Hanover Police may indicate something of the atmosphere inside the program (Psych 1 students will recognize the idea of identification with the oppressor). No doubt such an environment will make things it difficult for the whistleblower to remain active with the team. We can only applaud her courage.
There has been no indication that Patton is contemplating litigation.
We can agree that it must be tough to stencil bicycle-lane symbols onto the pavement all the livelong day. So what’s a civil servant with the soul of an artist to do when there’s a little spare paint on hand to add to the stencils that must be placed every few yards? Here’s what: Image #1 displays the standard bike lane stencil as ordained by the Town of Hanover Public Works Department: unisex, schematic and humorless; Image #2, au contraire, appears to depict a cyclist sporting an English bowler; Image #3 shows a visiting Mexican in a sombrero; and Image #4 has the rider in a headdress, possibly Native American?
Bravo. I rarely fail to smile as I pedal by.
Addendum: Needless to say, I could not possibly divulge the location in Hanover of this burst of creativity for fear that the forces of orderliness might intervene.
For some reason the College Communications Office’s new organ, the Dartmouth News, did not report on the fact that Harmeet Dhillon ‘89 delivered the invocation on the second day of the Republican convention. She sang her prayer in Punjabi and then translated it into English. Among her thoughts:
Please give us the courage to make the right choices, to make common cause with those with whom we disagree, for the greater good of our nation.
At the College, where she majored in Classics, Dhillon was Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and after graduation she went to law school at UVA. She has been active in Republican politics (she was head of the nation’s largest Federalist Society chapter) and, perhaps uniquely, she was a board member of the ACLU for three years (the ACLU represented several Review staffers during the Bill Cole affair). She runs a small company, Sea Ranch Woolworks, that makes knitted goods from the wool produced on her 300-acre farm, and she also runs a law firm, Dhillon & Smith LLP, that she co-founded in 2006.
In 2013, Dhillon ran for vice chairwoman of the California state GOP, won by a landslide, and since then she has become the public face of the state GOP. Dhillon has the support of Charlie Munger Jr. — who is an important GOP contributor, a Stanford physicist, and the son of Warren Buffett’s renowned partner of the same name at Berkshire Hathaway. When she was elected, Munger said, “As she’s proven, she’s a rising star in the party and she’s also a sharp cookie and highly able. One has to distinguish, she was elected on her merits,” he added. “She got there in spite of being a woman, in spite of being Sikh. She’s the first woman vice chair in party history. There was no royal road paved for her.”
Addendum: In fairness to the College’s media, the estimable Alumni Magazine ran a thorough profile of Harmeet in its May/June 2013 issue.
Laura Ingraham ‘85, an alumna of the Dartmouth Review, spoke at the Republican Convention, too:
Addendum: Not a word on the College’s website about Laura’s speech either.
Dartmouth has a wealth of experienced professors who lead their respective research fields, while also working closely with students — inspiring them in the classroom and leading them in laboratory environments. And while at Dartblog we talk frequently about problems that need to be fixed at the College, there are still many bright spots. Our professors deserve more recognition for their achievements. As such, this is one of a series of posts that shines a spotlight on the best professors in Hanover:
John Carey is the John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences in the Government department. His research on the success or failure of democracies based on their political and electoral structure is of particular relevance to American observers after this crazy week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Carey’s eventual path to Dartmouth took an early detour on a salmon fishing boat in Kasilof, Alaska. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard in 1986 with a certificate in Latin American Studies, Carey went with some buddies up to Alaska to make a good paycheck working the summer fishing season. He loved working and living as a crew member of one boat, and he returned for the next four summers as well. As salmon prices peaked, Carey even considered buying a permit to start his own operation — but both he and Dartmouth are thankful that he decided against it.
Instead, Carey served for a year as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for then-Senator John Kerry before earning his Ph.D. in political science from UCSD. After teaching stints at the Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard, Carey came to Hanover in 2003. Since then, he’s been an active teacher, researcher, and leader. After serving as chair of the government department from 2009 to 2015, Carey is now on both the Committee Advisory to the President (CAP) and the Institutional Review Board for Arts & Sciences.
At UCSD Carey began to analyze Latin American democracies and dictatorships — often a fine line. There he coauthored Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics with Matthew Shugart, one of his professors. The book, which has since been translated into six languages, critiqued the popular notion that democracy could have survived in some countries if only they had had a parliamentary system with less power wielded by a single president. Carey’s two pieces of scholarship with Shugart (the other is: Incentives to cultivate a personal vote: A rank ordering of electoral formulas) have been cited 3,499 and 1,858 times respectively in the works of other researchers).
Carey noted in the first work above that not all presidential-based democracies are created equal, an argument he’s still making. Earlier this year in The Washington Post, he described how the United States was designed specifically to have a relatively weak presidency compared to other countries, even accounting for the creeping gain in power under the last two administrations. As Carey says, Ecuadorians or Colombians would have much more to be worried about from electing President Donald Trump than we do — a comforting thought during this election season.
Carey has also researched the effects term limits have had both in Latin America and state legislatures here at home. Unfortunately, none of his findings indicate that term limits encourage a more citizen-influenced (rather than career-politician) legislature or make the elected bodies more effective institutions. Rather, term-limited politicians simply look for the elected or appointed office that they can jump to next, and they tend to work to gain favor with the gatekeepers to those jobs rather than with the people who elected them.
While the themes of democratic rules and structure continue to form the core of Carey’s work, he has branched out into some new areas. He and his fellow Dartmouth government professor Yusaku Horiuchi waded into the radioactive topic of campus diversity recently. Instead of a poll, their study used fully randomized conjoint analysis, which presented respondents with a pair of hypothetical candidates for student admission or faculty hiring and asked which one he or she would select. Each candidate was assigned a random “bundle of attributes” that includes race and gender, as well as academic resumes and other factors. Their results showed remarkable consistency in valuing diversity on campus, with slight differences among various groups.
Carey is also teaming up with colleagues Brendan Nyhan, Benjamin Valentino and Mingnan Liu on a unique study of “Deflategate” — the NFL scandal surrounding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s alleged deflation of footballs to give an edge to his team. The forthcoming paper, using conversations Carey had with other Patriots fans, will show “how preferences and predispositions shape conspiracy beliefs” about the scandal.
Meanwhile, Carey has a full load of courses, usually teaching GOV 4: Politics of the World, GOV 26: Elections and Reform, and GOV 49: Latin American Politics. This fall, however, he’ll be leading the government foreign study program to the London School of Economics. There he’ll be teaching a new course on the ethical and policy considerations of foreign aid.
Addendum: In this video, Carey interviews Hendrik Hertzberg, a Senior Editor and Staff Writer at The New Yorker:
Addendum: Carey consults widely on the structure of electoral systems. In the last decade his clients have included: the United States State Department, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, L-3 Communications, Freedom House, the Kadima Party of Israel, and the Government of Bolivia.
Addendum: Carey communicated his love of the College to his sons: Joe Carey graduated from Dartmouth in 2015, and he is now learning to fly in the Marines; Sam, a math major, is an ‘18.
Addendum: An admiring alumnus writes in:
A former JV hockey player at Harvard, John is also the academic advisor to the hockey team, and he has been involved in Hanover youth hockey for many years.
A member of the faculty writes in:
Faculty hired 5-7 years ago were told explicitly that a couple of peer-reviewed articles and a book contract with a well-respected academic press was sufficient for tenure. I often used the word “humane” to describe the requirements for tenure, in that they rewarded both scholarship of a high caliber and teaching prowess. Dartmouth had a reputation as a place where work-life balance was valued, and the inconveniences associated with its rural location were offset by the benefits of raising children within a close-knit community.
Professors hired at that time are now coming up for tenure, having been mentored by department members whose curriculum vitae were far less impressive when they initially made associate. Some of my peers were pressured into service commitments that would have no bearing on tenure, and encouraged to take on projects (writing for anthologies and organizing conferences, for example) that would be time-consuming yet not lead to professional advancement. Recent tenure decisions have many members of my cohort scrambling for the exits—going on the market and taking on visiting appointments elsewhere—now that they understand that they were given a false impression of how different aspects of their trajectories would be evaluated.
I hate to say this, but many younger colleagues express regret at having agonized over their lesson plans and expended so much effort on honing their skills as classroom instructors, when a talent for teaching simply does not factor into tenure decisions. Phil Hanlon’s recent remarks on education only confirm what we already know, that Dartmouth is moving toward a corporate state university model wherein professors are retained for their “productivity”—quantity of publication over quality—and ability to bring in large grants, while underpaid adjuncts teach undergraduates.
The standalone graduate school announced in October cements Dartmouth’s movement in this direction, since teaching experience is mandatory for professionalization, and what are graduate students but an easily exploitable workforce?
I hope readers appreciate this carefully thought through and well expressed opinion. That Phil has tightened up tenure standards is a good thing — we have noted in the past that Jim Wright and his gang often granted tenure for political loyalty and social ties (to people who will be in Hanover for 30+ years stuck at the associate professor level) — but Phil’s search for prestige has gone too far: the word is out there now among tenure-track faculty members that Phil and Carolyn are looking only for prestige and publications, and teaching and mentoring students count for little or nothing.
Beyond that point, when the call goes out for faculty members to become involved in the new house system and in advising students, how do you expect junior faculty to respond? Phil is sending mixed signals here: get involved in the houses, but at tenure time don’t expect any credit for the time that you spend.
What’s a young professor to do?
Addendum: A professor of some wit and no little achievement writes in:
“…a couple of peer-reviewed articles and a book contract with a well-respected academic press was sufficient for tenure.” Seriously? And what do they do in the second year?
About a month ago we ran a can-you-believe-this post about a student from Camden, Maine, a graduate of Loomis Chaffee, Melanie Vangel ‘18, who stole a dog named Fred from the Rutland dog pound. Melanie had been a starter for the soccer team over two seasons before being booted (haha, the best puns are unintentional) off the squad. In a recent disturbing turn for the worse, it seems that she has ramped up her life of crime to a new level, as the Portland Press Herald reported two days ago:
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Lincolnville woman with setting a vehicle on fire in Cape Elizabeth over the weekend.
Melanie Vangel, 20, was arrested and charged with two counts of arson and one count of unauthorized use of property in the incident on Saturday, in which investigators say she stole a van from Rockport, drove to New Hampshire, parked the van next to a garage at 2 Lights Terrace in Cape Elizabeth and set it on fire.
The 2014 Chrysler Town and Country was destroyed and the garage sustained several thousand dollars in damage. Vangel was arrested late Saturday night in Cape Elizabeth.
Investigators say the van was stolen either late Friday night or early Saturday morning from a location in Rockport. No one was injured in the incident.
Cape Elizabeth and Rockport police departments also were involved in the investigation.
To go from a varsity soccer player at the College to a thief and destroyer of property is sad. We can only hope that Melanie gets her act together.
Addendum: Melanie went to school in Cape Elizabeth before going to Loomis Chaffee. In the Fall of 2011 she was Cape Elizabeth’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Addendum: The D now has the full story.
They are out there every Monday — the Black Lives Matter crowd — united in their caring, and in their woeful incomprehension of how the world works. They want to end police violence against black bodies, and I hope against any bodies, but they say not a word about allowing police chiefs to fire the three of four cops on any force that chiefs know are loaded pistols — both literally and figuratively. Police unions are tough as nails, and to have a cop dismissed is well nigh impossible.
I expect that the BLM folks are opposed to the mass incarceration of black bodies, too. But do they have anything to say about the prison guards’ unions, who can be counted on to contribute massively to political candidates who do not want to reduce the prison population in America? The guards can see no further than their jobs and benefits. Black lives don’t matter to them.
Of course the root of the problem lies in the nation’s primary and secondary schools, particularly in inner city areas where so many black bodies are educated. How to fire sub-standard teachers, ones who will stunt the learning of their charges pretty much forever. Could it be that school principals don’t have the will to improve the quality of teaching, or is it almost impossible to fire teachers due the power of the teachers’ labor…. oh, you get my drift.
But do the BLM protesters?
I could go on, but suffice it to say that no coaches in the land would accept to run a team where they could not trade, bench or cut low-performing players. And no managers would attempt to direct an organization without the power to terminate sub-par employees. That observation, more than anything else, explains the parlous state of many of our institutions, and why they don’t serve our citizens very well, particularly African Americans.
The forced resignation of 26-year-veteran women’s lacrosse coach Amy Patton (known widely as “the General” — and not just for her name) continues to generate controversy. Players, alumni, friends of the team and players’ parents have been writing letters in support of Patton and objecting to her termination.
Now Dartblog has learned that several team members (but no coaches or other adults) are under investigation for a privacy violation. Responding to my inquiry, Town of Hanover Chief of Police Charlie Dennis wrote:
We currently have an active investigation looking into a Violation of Privacy, NH RSA 644:9. We received this information in June. This case involves some members (students) of the women’s La Crosse [sic] team. Violation of Privacy is a Class A misdemeanor. That is about all I can release now.
The New Hampshire law in question reads as follows:
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,000.
The atmosphere on Patton’s teams has been commented on for some time, and as we quoted the other day, the Valley News noted in an article about Patton’s departure that the women’s lacrosse team’s assistant coaching ranks have seen high turnover during the past several years:
Patton experienced steady turnover among her assistant coaches during recent seasons. The program has had 10 changes to the assistant coach lineup since 2010, generally employing two at a time, plus a volunteer coach.
In contrast, while the men’s team has seen the departure of head coach Andrew Towers in favor of Brendan Callahan three seasons ago, assistant coach turnover was about half what it was at the women’s team. Some turnover on the men’s team would not be unexpected, given the arrival of a new head coach.
Patton resigned, according to the College’s press release, after the conclusion of an investigation into her conduct:
This decision followed an inquiry that led college officials to conclude that Patton engaged in conduct inconsistent with the standards of Dartmouth Athletics and that change is in the best interest of the program.
The inquiry, which began in April in response to a grievance and expanded based on information that was received, included interviews with Patton, current and former team members, assistant women’s lacrosse coaches, and other athletic department and college staff.
Of course, the College is bound, as are all employers, by rules limiting what it may say about employees. Should it violate disclosure rules, the NH Department of Labor would descend on the Athletics Department in a heartbeat (as I like to say: believe me, I know). However, a dismissed employee, though at theoretical risk of a lawsuit for slander, is free to comment at will.
Sources indicate that the ongoing police investigation relates to some form of harassment of the whistleblowing player whose complaint led to the investigation that culminated in Patton’s departure.
Addendum: Members of the Friends of Dartmouth Lacrosse Women’s Advisory Board (Josie Harper ‘47a, Jane Kirrstetter Ingram ‘78, Roseanne Byron McSween ‘84, Mary Page Michel ‘87, Martha Boss Bennett ‘89, Marianne Bocock Doyle ‘92, Jenny Edwards Wood ‘95, Suzanne Gibbons Owen ‘01, Kate Killen Haffenreffer ‘04, Margo Duke Simpson ‘07, Elizabeth Bennett Heritage ‘10, Shannon MacKenzie ‘11, Elizabeth Calby ‘14) have written a three-page letter to President Hanlon, Trustee Chair Bill Helman, and the Dartmouth Athletics Advisory Board detailing what they see as a deeply flawed investigation leading to Coach Patton’s departure. They describe the inquiry and its methods as “grossly unfair,” “intimidating and unprofessional,” and “unethical.” Among many other concerns, they charge that students were threatened with being prevented from graduating if they did not cooperate with investigators. AD Harry Sheehy is not a listed recipient of the letter.
Addendum: A former Dartmouth lax player comments:
Along with other Alums of the Dartmouth WLAX program, I am deeply upset by this news. I wonder if this investigation or even this press release would have been handled the same way if this were a male coach of women athletes? Likely not. In addition, over-involved sports parents and their offspring who blame others (including coaches) as a way to ease their own insecurities and disappointment has sadly become the new normal nowadays.
The lessons I learned from Amy P. (not all of them easy) have stayed with my today and informed my leadership at work, the way I live, and the way I parent my own kids. I am saddened to hear she is leaving Dartmouth and worried/wondering whether female coaches of women athletes today are fully allowed to do their jobs in ways that push and grow student-athletes for their greater good and for the team’s greater good?
Addendum: A male athlete from a recent class writes in:
I wanted to comment on the Amy Patton resignation and the article suggesting it was a brave move by Harry Sheehy. I can assure you that the Women’s Lacrosse alumni base are furious with this outcome. There were three specific players that led the campaign against Amy, all of whom were known to be weak contributors on and off the field. The player that filed the initial complaint has never passed her annual conditioning test, and she also filed a bullying suit against a teammate in high school.
Players, alumni, and their parents have sent (literally) hundreds of e-mails to Phil Hanlon and the board this weekend writing that they are withdrawing all support for Dartmouth (read: financially).
The team and recent alums were never contacted by Sheehy (the majority were not) and feel the investigation was totally one-sided. Amy Patton was an iconic lacrosse coach for over 26 years at Dartmouth and she deserves far better than a one-sided investigation because of a disgruntled player. This is a gross example of a spoiled athlete who didn’t deserve the privilege of playing for Dartmouth. I think your readers should know the full story.
I never believed that a sunrise could be blood-red until I saw one in the southern Baja on the way to a winter-1978 exchange term at UCSD. One look, as we awoke and emerged from our beach-side tent, confirmed that there was but a single appropriate adjective.
Tim Dreisbach ‘71 took the below short video at 4:30am in late June from the Dolphin Marina docks at Potts Harbor in Harpswell, Maine. He was on his Grand Banks trawler and had stopped for dinner and an overnight. The locals cater to overnighting boats: everyone enjoys a complimentary on-board breakfast of blueberry muffins and coffee — and a great sunrise:
Tim recorded the light show with an ordinary Samsung Droid smartphone camera using no special lenses or filters. As one of the characters said in the movie Out of Africa: “God is coming.”
Though Vancouverite Natalie Ludwig is a ‘17, according to her present schedule she’ll graduate from the College in 2021 because she is modelling for most of the top names in European fashion. At present she is taking classes during only one term each year and majoring in sociology and human geography, “[My focus is] primarily the study of cultural movements, gender inequality, political corruption, and health disparities,” she says.
Natalie’s breakthrough came in September last year with Givenchy, when she was signed as an exclusive model for the French fashion house’s New York show. Since then she has appeared on the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Burberry; after her appearance at the latter event she received on-line praise from her mentor, Naomi Campbell. More recently she appeared in shows in New York, Milan, and London, and she is currently in Paris for Fashion Week, where she will undoubtedly appeared in many more:
In the above photo Natalie is walking for Ralph Lauren in his Fall 2016 ready-to-wear show at New York Fashion Week. She does clean up rather well, don’t you think?
Addendum: An accomplished high school field hockey player, Natalie appeared in one game for the College, and she has worked as a Student Assistant Coach for the varsity team.
The D’s data wizard, Alexander Agadjanian ‘18, has pulled together the responses to a student survey in a concise chart:
The sample size is admittedly low (20% of the members of the Class of 2018; people who chose to answer the survey), but the overall results strike me as on the money. Students like the faculty and dislike the administration. Will the Trustees ever get the message?
Oh, how Dartmouth has moved away from its flinty New Hampshire character since the below piece profiling the College appeared in Harper’s Weekly sometime after 1893 and before Harper’s ceased publishing in 1916. The Trustees long ago abandoned all thought of behaving anything less than slavishly towards the President, and Phil Hanlon and his GRAD school have been ever-so-clear in signaling their research university ambitions:
And I’d hazard to say that Dartmouth is no longer a “poor man’s college:
$1,000 for four years, and never feel “the pinch of want.” Not too bad. But back then the smothering army of deanlets had yet to invade Hanover, and there was no campus po (we have 40 or so S&S officers and staffers now). “A rich kid’s college” would be a more exact description these days: 56% of incoming students in the Class of 2020 have no need for any financial aid at all in paying for an education that will run their parents close to $300,000 for four years in Hanover — the second highest cost in the Ivies after Columbia.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
I looked up what $250 in 1913 is in 2016 dollars. It is $6,000. So Dartmouth is now ten times more expensive in real $ than it was in the era you referring to, and likely more than that if $250 covered everything and then some.
The College’s financial aid offices estimates that the complete cost of attending Dartmouth in the coming year will be $69,474. That’s eleven and a half times the 1913 cost alluded to by my correspondent.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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