Archived post

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

« Bush Nominates Ben Bernanke To Fed Chair | Home | Divestment? Dartmouth? Hmm? Misascription? »

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.”


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.




June 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