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Defending the New Constitution

Dartmouth Alumni —or at least those making the trip to Hanover for Homecoming Weekend —will be considering the proposed new constitution which would govern Dartmouth’s alumni organization and the election of the College’s trustees at the Association of Alumni Annual Meeting on October 23. I opined on the final draft of the constitution in “As though a rose should shut, and be a bud again.” I haven’t yet posted on the election that will take place at that meeting, of the executive committee. Like the last trustee election, this one seems to have taken form as an “establishment” versus “renegade” race with two distinct slates of candidates; one nominated by committee and the other by petition.

In the pages of The Dartmouth, a similar and related debate presses on. Two op-eds respond to Joe Asch’s (one of the aforementioned petition candidates) piece opposing the proposed constitution of several days ago, “Changing the Rules.”

Geoff Bronner and Joe Stevenson both fend off charges of a constitutional drafting committee in the thrall of the Dartmouth administration. Stevenson writes:

In his guest column of September 29, Joe Asch ‘79 suggests that the Alumni Governance Task Force (AGTF) is a pawn of the College administration, using it to manipulate alumni trustee election results. As chair of the AGTF, I can categorically say that this is completely false.
I do note that neither addresses fully worries about the proposed changes to alumni trustee election procedures, which seem to me (and based upon emails to me) the most important change.

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