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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.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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