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The Dartmouth Covers Governance Battle
Ben Taylor, when not swabbing the decks, reports for The Dartmouth. His article this ayem is “Alumni battle in national spotlight.” Now, I hasten to add that his topic isn’t purely an alumni battle, because the ‘battle’, such as it is, is over the process of electing trustees to the Board which runs Dartmouth, and that election process happens to be controlled by whichever constitution controls alumni governance. There is an effort, as Dartblog readers know, to turn the system for petitioning upside down, and in my opinion and that of many others, the proposal on the table would interdict future petition candidates.
It is very plain to see that there is immense demand for outsider, reform-minded petition candidates—witness the last three openings on the Board, all of which were filled by petitioners. A few years ago, T.J. Rodgers won a seat when, of all Dartmouth alumni who decided to vote, 54.7% voted for him. And then Peter Robinson and Todd Zywicki won spots when, of all Dartmouth alumni who decided to vote, powerful pluralities of 48.1% and 44.6% voted for them, respectively. Because of the evident demand for fresh voices, I consider it important to vote against the proposed constitution. Those looking for a summary of the issues couldn’t do much better than Ben’s article. The Dartmouth has previously reported on the situation in “Association of Alumni halts imminent elections.”
NOTE: The article does have one factual error. It says, “Under the current rules, the Alumni Association nominates two alumni for each open seat on the Board of Trustees.” However, the Alumni Association nominates two alumni for each open seat only when there is more than one open seat. If there is one open seat, the Association nominates three alumni, ostensibly to provide a more diverse slate of options. Unfortunately, it has been the case that all the nominated candidates routinely fail to diverge on any of the issues facing Dartmouth. In this deficit of diversity, the petition process has provided an outlet for unorthodox ideas, and I say again that it ought to be protected from being turned upside-down by this proposed constitution.
VIA E-MAIL: Comes one clarifying point. Contrary to what is sometimes claimed, votes are not “split” across the two or three nominees the Association must put up for each seat. This is because, as the balloting rules make very clear, voters may vote for as many candidates as they like.
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…
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