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Who Are ‘Dartmouth Alumni for Common Sense’?
A curious new organization has sprung up and is sending around this letter to recruit support. Please read the letter, which is signed by former chairman of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees Susan Dentzer, and then the below analysis from a reader. Note also that the recruitment letter lays out precisely two goals for the new organization: 1) To pass the controversial proposed constitution and 2) To never allow petitioners to win spots on the Board in the future.
The reader writes:
In an incredible display of insider entitlement, the former chairman of Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, has written a letter advocating that alumni vote in ignorance in all future elections of trustees. Specifically, Susan Dentzer ‘77 has recently co-authored a letter with Dick Page ‘54 encouraging members of alumni groups to vote for nominated trustee candidates and against petition candidates “in 2007 and beyond” without any consideration of who the individuals might be, or what vision they have of Dartmouth.So who are “Dartmouth Alumni for Common Sense”? Why are they so incredibly condescending? And why, for heaven’s sake, are they asking all Dartmouth alumni to prejudice future (yet unknown) candidates for the Board?
Further, this letter presumes to politicize Affiliated (ethnic minority) Alumni Organizations, as it was addressed to the leaders of those groups, asking them “to support the Alumni Assembly-designated candidates for Trustee” and “to include the name of your group €¦ in communications we’ll be sending out to Dartmouth alumni in the weeks and months ahead.”
This is very strange, because the drafters of the proposed constitution have claimed that the Nominating Committee will be independent of the Assembly. But Dentzer calls the candidates “Assembly candidates,” implying that critics of the constitution, who have argued that the text of the constitution would result in a less democratic nomination process, are accurate.
Ms. Dentzer writes on the letterhead of “Dartmouth Alumni for Common Sense” though her signature assumes the title “Chair, Dartmouth Trustees for Common Sense”. A bit unbecoming from a former trustee? But perhaps not surprising coming from the individual who led the Board when it directed the College through the Student Life Initiative, acknowledged in hindsight even by the Administration as a disastrous mistake.
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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