Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« The First Decision of the Roberts Court | Home | Hacked »

Election Reform and Communication Reform

In The Dartmouth, alum Frank Gado of White River Junction, VT, who is running for second vice president on the upcoming petition slate, complains rightly that dissent on the proposed constitution, which would severely limit petition opportunities, is being quieted.

Geoff Bronner advises “alumni to read the proposal themselves and not rely on someone else’s interpretation,” and I agree that “it deserves thoughtful consideration and an informed debate” (“Approaching the Alumni Constitution,” Oct. 5). But who is abridging such discussion and debate? Not those in opposition.

College publications steadily mention the new constitution in favorable terms. But when I asked the head of the Dartmouth Alumni Council to support giving opponents access to the same forums, Mr. Routhier refused. I assure Mr. Bronner that I will gladly co-sign any letter urging that all sides be provided the means to state their arguments.

The burgeoning independent media at Dartmouth is a partial fix: Dartblog was the first to report on the new constitution and its sundry mistakes, and I have since received many kind e-mails of thanks. But blogs and the like are certainly no solution. The process itself ought to be open: if a new constitution is to promulgated, it ought to come about out of a two-sided debate on equal ground, not proclamations over there and rag-tag dissent over here.


Featured posts

  • 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…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at should be presumed copyright 2004-2018 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.




April 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30