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Be The Change II

In this post, I reported and commented on the rule enshrined in a proposed overhaul to Dartmouth’s alumni constitution that certain groups—black, Native American, Asian, Latino, and gay—would have extra representatives in the alumni assembly. I took several tacks, notably that allowing certain people effective double representation is akin to revoking representation from other people and that discriminating on the basis of race or origin or sexual preferences is wrong. I’m informed via e-mail that the constitution’s drafters are meeting next week to consider changes to the proposal as a result of this and other critiques. The group has also posted a response to the above on its blog. They are requesting comments, which are always welcome at Dartblog as well.

UPDATE: Nathaniel Ward responds to the response here.

UPDATE: E-mailer: “As far as the proposed set-asides for representation in the assembly, that, as you know, will be a slippery deal. Every identity group will want to be recognized, and it will be up to the College to decide who’s been marginalized to what degree when deciding whom to recognize. There is a word for this kind of thing: stupid.”


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