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Rally for civility
Pursuant to the action meeting detailed in this post, a few individuals on campus have organized a massive Rally Against Hate. It is scheduled to begin at two o’clock this afternoon. Flyers, like the one above (artificial graininess applied), have been fanned about and no fewer than three organizations have e-mailed the entire campus. To most people, the rally has the faint feeling of a half-hearted reenactment of the sixties. These are, after all, affluent upper-middle-class students protesting a newspaper whose ideological bend they don’t like. A far cry from beleaguered masses fighting oppression. If you are wondering the cause of the paroxysm, oh, let me tell you a tale.
UPDATE: I’m back, and, well, if you want the headline, it is this: The president of Dartmouth College has condemned the off-campus, independent publication, The Dartmouth Review.
This, to my knowledge, is only the second time this has happened. The first instance was when James Freedman, the previous president of Dartmouth, condemned the right-of-center newspaper in his own rally against hatred. (The ‘hate’ event there? A saboteur inserted a Hitler quote into the newspaper.)
Of course, Freedman’s rally afforded only temporary happiness. He was able to slander the newspaper in print and the College even convicted the editor of the Review of “vexatious oral exchange” — a brand new crime — with a professor who had been criticized in a Review report. The editor was suspended. The regressives at Dartmouth thought they had won.
Until that editor turned to the law. After protracted litigation in New Hampshire, the student won—big. And then it was confirmed beyond a doubt that the Hitler quote was indeed sabotage. Dartmouth, because of its anti-free speech stance and its habit of assuming guilt whenever charges of ‘offense’ were thrown about, was shamed nationally. Is history repeating itself?
Note: The student above goes on to call for Dartmouth to conduct and investigation of and punish students who are members of The Dartmouth Review.
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…