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FIRE Notes Dartmouth Constitution Troubles
Charles Mitchell at The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating free speech at colleges, kindly links to Dartblog as he discusses the issue of the proposed constitution.
Responding to the draft’s demand that petition candidates announce themselves before the establishment candidates, Charles writes:
The whole point of candidacies like those of the “free speech trustees” is to defeat unacceptable creatures of the establishment—the kind of folks who will allow immoral speech codes to stand. (If you don’t believe such persons exist, witness the fact that red-light speech codes exist at hundreds of colleges and universities. While they are rampant, trustees willing to fight them are not.) Dartmouth’s AGTF must know that it is unreasonable to expect outside candidates to somehow craft a grassroots movement that will yield the necessary number of petitioners without knowing whether the opposing candidate is any good.Petitioning should be rare. It is a safety valve, not a political party. Keep it that way.
ALSO: The Boston event was this evening. David Gale was able to liveblog some of it, although putting aside for a moment the specifics, it must be worthy of note that virtually every audience speaker and questioner, with the exception, if I recall correctly, of only two people, was directed against the proposed constitution. And the two approving questions were either asked by someone on the current Council or Executive Committee.
UPDATE: David e-mails:
Just saw your updated post mentioning my “liveblogging”, and I’d say the score was more like 3 in favor (a current council member, a current executive committee member, and Gary Love); 2 neutral questions, and 7 against.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…