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Divestment? Dartmouth? Hmm? Misascription?

An alumn in Hanover to attend the Association of Alumni meeting and elections ran into some students petitioning to have the Board of Trustees divest the College’s holdings from, evidently, all companies that have branches which do business in the Sudan. E-mail:

The only damper on the day, weather aside, was some student in the lobby of the Hop with a petition for divesting from Sudanese oil. I opined that the UN should get troops in there. He said that that would be problematic because of cease-fire arrangements between the north and south. I said that it appeared to me that nothing resembling a cease-fire was being observed, and the student said, “Well, it’s complicated.” And then I almost didn’t sign his petition, just because he was a dumb-ass.
It really does seem like a “kill the bloodthirsty mass-murderers” situation rather than a “divest of one college’s relatively minor positions in transnational companies who are partly operating in the bloodthirsty mass-murderers geographic region” situation. But their intentions are noble.


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