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A Morning Thought on Dartmouth Politics

Gosh, I feel like a New York Times national desk reporter as I type this, but a source with intimate knowledge of alumni affairs writes:

I haven’t spent a lot of time considering the ramifications of the constitution. If you and the Power Line guys say it’s got problems, that’s enough for me: thoughtful people have weighed in against it—get it right or get rid of it.

But there’s a deeper issue you and the Power Line guys are going to have to — no, wait a minute, you don’t have to do anything. Something to consider:

Alumni Affairs is a train wreck. Has been for a long time, which is probably why, years ago, the College cleaved off Development, gave it its own VP, and sent it on its way. Alumni Affairs remained encamped in Blunt, as appropriately named a building for its tenant as ever there was.

Here’s the main problem: too many AAers treat alumni like recalcitrant children. If you’ve dealt with them over the years, or even gotten letters from them, you know what I mean. (In fairness, there are some good folks there; they’re outnumbered.) … To his credit, [the new Vice President] did some housecleaning, but it’s clear the ‘tude remains. And it’s clear, too, that AA is in no way neutral regarding the Constitution; their chafing at having both an Alumni Association and an Alumni Council long precedes the current contretemps. Or, one might argue, has led to the current contretemps.


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