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Hanover, Meet Grand Forks
Journalist Susanne Nadeau for The Grand Forks Herald reports on Dartmouth’s nose-in-the-air slap—provoked by the Native Americans at Dartmouth club and their savvy media strategy—at the University of North Dakota for its longstanding ‘Fighting Sioux’ mascot.
Ms. Nadeau writes in part:
Harper says UND’s position on the name and logo “is offensive and wrong,” and apologizes about a month in advance for the “pain” the tournament will cause. In addition to the apology, Harper writes that “a specific and continuing plan to address issues of respect and tolerance within the athletic department” will continue to be developed and that a “policy for scheduling athletic contests against institutions that support offensive nicknames and logos” is being considered at the university.
Harper’s letter was published the same day as an article in The Dartmouth about recent racially insensitive incidents at the college, including the college crew team’s “Cowboys and Indians-themed” formal.
The letter at first “denounces” any “affronts to the Native American community at Dartmouth” and then offers the support of the athletic department “in playing a leading role to combat racial, ethnic and sexist ignorance and intolerance” at Dartmouth.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…