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The Race is On
At Dartmouth, half of the Board of Trustees is elected by the alumni. The three most recent open seats were filled by petition candidates instead of the officially nominated candidates. A group of alumni called the Alumni Council appoints a Nominating Committee to select the official nominees. The Alumni Council has been often criticized for being out of touch with alumni, since it is a largely unelected body. (When a class graduates Dartmouth, Dartmouth College itself, rather than the graduating students, selects which member of that class will sit on the Council.)
The most recent example was the constitution vote. In that vote, a record 37% of all Dartmouth alumni voted. It was the largest participatory act on the part of alumni in the history of Dartmouth College. Although weeks earlier the Alumni Council voted 68-1 (98%) to endorse the constitution, the alumni of Dartmouth turned out and voted down the constitution by eighteen points, with a majority—51%—voting against it. This has only increased concerns that the Alumni Council is out of touch.
Today, the Council announced its nominees for the trustee seat to be voted upon this coming spring. The candidates are Richard Alderson ‘69, Sherri Carroll Oberg ‘82, and John Wolf ‘72. None of these folks is known to me, so I can’t write too much about them just yet. But do look for updates anon.
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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