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Friday, January 22, 2010

Darkness before the Dawn?

       As Joe Asch mentioned, the lawsuit against the College’s board-packing scheme is dead. Has there ever been a darker hour at Dartmouth? In a time when budget cuts threaten academic programs and administrative bloat remains…

Friday, June 27, 2008

Lawsuit Terminated

       Today the lawsuit filed by the former Association of Alumni Executive Committee was voluntarily terminated by the newly elected committee. While everyone knew the stakes of the last Association of Alumni election, I confess myself…

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Alumni Voting Ends Today…Vote Now!

       Voting for the Association of Alumni ends TODAY. At stake is the 100+ year tradition and right of parity, the ability of alumni to elect 1/2 of the Board of Trustees. As I have posted…

An American Enterprise in Democracy

       A whisper in the desolate winter, forced hushed by closed minds, set out for a new world, precious freedom there to find. Rough seas nary a besiegement, mountains only to be trod; those in faith…

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Byrnes Support Parity; Oppose Board-Packing Plan

       Billionaire Dartmouth donors dispatch email to Class of 1985; lambaste Board-packing plan; “We urge you to vote for the Parity Slate. If we don’t elect them, your vote will never matter again.” In an email…

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Empire Strikes Back

       Whatever the varying definitions of “overreaction,” one must undoubtedly be the debauching of a governance system, tested by the centuries and manifestly contributory to the weal of the organization it controls, because the last three…

Friday, May 16, 2008

Who doth not answer to the rudder shall answer to the rock

       Nathan Bruschi €˜10 offers a lovely column this ayem insisting that Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees has no good excuse for expanding itself without permitting additional elections—and that opposing this Board-packing plan in court is the…

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Poetical Diversion

       John Gleason, Class of 1976, has composed a little trinket about the present Dartmouth governance spat:Stopping by the College on a Stormy Evening (With great apologies to R. Frost) Whose School this is I think…

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dartmouth Progressives Should Get Behind Parity, says King ‘02

       “I am an openly gay man, a teacher, a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party, the ACLU, and the Human Rights Campaign,” writes Daniel King, Class of 2002, in an essay just emailed to Dartblog….

Monday, May 12, 2008

Do Unto Others

       Even Dartmouth trustees who endorse the Board-packing plan don’t like it when it happens to them.John Donahoe, Class of 1982, an appointed trustee of Dartmouth College, and the exceedingly capable CEO of eBay, has found…

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Vox the Vote for Democracy

       One distinguished alumnus, class of ‘67, put the ongoing Association of Alumni election in perfect perspective: I hope those of us with the brains to vote against being disenfranchised in the current AofA election end…

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Board-packing Slate Candidate, John Mathias ‘69, Opines

       In his column in today’s issue of The Dartmouth, the Board-packing candidate for president of the Association of Alumni John Mathias ‘69, makes a number of statements well off the mark. Mr. Mathias begins his…

Ending the Lawsuit in 9 Seconds

       I will publish a full review of John Mathias’s ‘69 misleading opinion column in today’s issue of The Dartmouth, but for now I just wanted to make a comment on the Association of Alumni lawsuit…

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Thoughts on the Association of Alumni Lawsuit

       Amidst a great deal of evident confusion, I just wanted to post a few remarks on the Association of Alumni lawsuit against the 16-member Board of Trustees (4 of whom agree with the A of…

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lest the old traditions fail!

       I have resisted writing about the Trustee battles for some time now, deferring to my colleagues who are all well versed and eloquent on the subject. As the Association of Alumni elections draw near, however,…

Friday, April 25, 2008

92% of Alumni, 4 Trustees v 12 Trustees

       This is breakdown of support in the Dartmouth Association of Alumni lawsuit against the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. One doesn ‘t have to be a Math major to see where the balance lies. A poll…

Daniel Webster’s Legacy in the Dartmouth College Case

       A fantastic summary of the history behind the Dartmouth v Dartmouth case, in which the Association of Alumni is suing the Board of Trustees to uphold the right of alumni to vote for for 50%…

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yet Another Student Letter In Opposition to the Board-Packing Plan

       In opposition to the Board-packing plan endorsed by the organization called “Dartmouth Undying,” two seniors, Diane Ellis and Joe Braunreuther, are circulating the below letter. They are asking for signatures to the “Dartmouth for Democracy”…

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Grassroots Support for Parity

       Just being on campus and talking with students gives the clear impression that campus is overwhelmingly in support of parity at Dartmouth. Indeed students and alumni alike recognize that the Board-packing Plan is a direct…

Monday, April 7, 2008

In Support of Parity, Democracy

       In reading through the pages of the Dartmouth Parity website, what struck me most was the level of honesty and optimism. This stands in stark contrast to the website, and slate of candidates, who are…

Dartmouth Parity

       A few weeks ago Dartmouth Undying was launched, a website that as Jake put it perfectly slanders alumni and insults our intelligence. I also mocked this attempt to strip alumni of their right to determine…

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Deception of Dartmouth Undying

       Spectacular column in today’s Dartmouth, the daily campus newspaper, about Dartmouth Undying, the organization dedicated to curbing the vote of alumni at Dartmouth and closing their eyes to positive reforms that can be made at…

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Declining Democracy, Act Now

       It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in this great country see the contentious nature of politics today. Elections for members of the House of Representatives occur…

Monday, March 3, 2008

Governance Updates

       Here is a digest of recent developments in Dartmouth’s governance embroglio that perhaps connects a few dots, if you will. On February 4th, a New Hampshire court rejected the College’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit…

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Breaking: Board-Packing Delayed Indefinitely

       I will have a full update to come on this, but for the moment see this document, reflecting a Valentine’s day acquiescence stating that the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, which five months ago moved to…

Friday, February 15, 2008

Are There New Trustees Coming?

       Exactly one week from today, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees is slated—after delaying itself twice and then losing a crucial decision in the New Hampshire Superior Court—to begin packing itself with eight new unelected Trustees….

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Accountability Today, Democracy Tomorrow

       As Mr. Malchow has already reported and opined, there is a movement within and around the College of William & Mary to allow alumni participation in selecting their board of trustees, and it is good….

Monday, February 4, 2008

Breaking: College Loses Motion to Dismiss

       In a major loss for Dartmouth’s administration and the trustees who established last September’s “Board-packing plan,” New Hampshire Superior Court Judge Vaughan has ruled against their motion to dismiss a suit brought by the Association…

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dartblog Begs to Report

       It may have escaped your attention that Dartblog maintains a many layered network of yeasty, hyperactive pencil-mustached spies who nightly file reports on everything happening in fair Hanover. This includes such things as hirings, firings,…

Saturday, September 8, 2007

In Wake of Lost Elections, Dartmouth’s Board, President, Force Overhaul of Governance Structure; Debauch democratic element

       After four victories for pro-oversight candidates and a rejected constitutional proposal to change the election process, elected Trusteeships capped and unelected Trusteeships expanded by eight seats; Transfer of power to internal Executive Committee; Insularity for…




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