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The New York Sun Reveals Crass Efforts at Passing the Constitution
In today’s editions of The New York Sun, Eliana Johnson looks at the unprecedented tactics being used by the group of folks intent on passing the proposed new constitution and securing their own positions of power, sealing Dartmouth alumni governance—and indeed Dartmouth itself—from independent voices.
The Sun also exposes the bifurcated mission of the principal pro-constitution group: To pass the constitution and then to defeat all future petition candidates for trustee, no matter who they are or for what they stand.
Dartmouth’s administration says it is impartial about the new constitution. “The college does not have a position on whether it should be passed,” the director of communications for alumni relations, Diana Lawrence, said.
Opponents say the college has violated its pledge of neutrality. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a nonprofit organization that explores issues of academic freedom, said in a statement that Dartmouth’s president, James Wright, “voted — in his capacity as a Dartmouth trustee — to recommend that alumni vote yes on the proposed constitution” and that Dartmouth officials used college computer servers to send e-mails exhorting alumni to support the constitution.
“These aggressive and expensive campaign tactics are the kind of thing I would expect from an embattled corporate board of directors facing a hostile takeover attempt,” a 1965 Dartmouth graduate who has received e-mails and phone calls from the public relations companies, Dale Beihoffer, said. “The Dartmouth administration and current alumni officers seem to be deeply afraid of an open and honest debate and fair election procedures, throwing everything they can into persuading alumni to vote €˜Yes,’” Mr. Beihoffer said.
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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