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More Dartmouth Election Reaction

Drew Cline, National Review contributor and opinion editor of the Union Leader calls it a sham election, and asks: “Where are the campus activists who are always running around advocating ‘speaking truth to power’?”

Grant Bosse ‘94, staff director for a Commerce subcommittee at the Senate, sends some of the constitution comments he made at the meeting:

I will never question the intentions or dedication of the members of the Alumni Governance Task Force. I know how much work has to go into any document as obtuse, bureaucratic, and incomprehensible as their draft constitution. I should since I work for the U.S. Senate. Sometime over the past several years, countless committees, and endless meetings, the Task Force has gone horribly wrong, and produced a document that would seem designed to alienate any Alumnus seeking real involvement in the future of Dartmouth.
Like many others, Grant advised those present to support the cessation of speech restrictions during trustee elections, the espousal of all-media voting for “all offices, all the time” and the avoidance of preference voting, a system easily gamed and, when not gamed, undermining of electoral confidence.

Dan Collins ‘82 made the trek from snowy reaches of Vermont, his third time back on campus since graduating, “ended up voting mostly for petition candidates.” He wasn’t impressed with the earnestness of one of the petitioners, and certainly not with the nominated candidate who failed to show up. He reports:

On the way out (I bolted kind of early, because my teenager was supposed to meet me at a prearranged time) I ran into a really nice old gentleman, who opined that people had been passionate. I said that I thought that was good that people were passionate. He agreed. I said, “Yeah, that’s one of the great things about being from Dartmouth: we don’t have to agree, and we’ll still go out and have a beer afterwards.”

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