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Your Criticism of this Document Hurts Dartmouth!
May I observe a stunning bit of intellectual inconsistency? Over and over, proponents of an intensely controversial proposed constitution for Dartmouth’s alumni have attempted to argue that those who disagree with the constitution—those who point to this paragraph and that line and say, “That isn’t good law.”—merely dislike Dartmouth and harm it by expressing their criticism in public. What, I wonder, did these people have to say about Republicans who challenged the patriotism of anti-war Democrats?
They spoke swift condemnation of such folly, I am certain. In The Dartmouth today, Austin Lord ‘06 slashes this argument precisely as it deserves to be slashed. “In recent Dartmouth history,” Austin writes, “it has seemed all too easy to relegate intelligent student dissent — on the Student Life Initiative, the swim team, enrollment sizes and the Alumni Constitution — to the status of petty complaint.”
He continues: “Yet, all too many have swallowed the widely advertised belief that anti-constitution sentiment is inherently anti-Dartmouth, or that their school is being “threatened” by dissent. In truth, the vast majority of those who oppose the new document are in agreement that change in the alumni structure is both necessary and inevitable for the College to progress.”
UPDATE: A reader e-mails:
President Wright oftens speaks of wanting to “heal divisions” within the Dartmouth Community. I get the impression that he thinks these divisions are unnatural and unhealthy, rather than a sign of legitimate disagreement among people who dearly love the college.
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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