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FIRE Issues a Soft Warning to Dartmouth
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, often referred to by Dartmouth when it desires to show that it protects freedom of speech, has taken exception to some of the ways in which Dartmouth is using the ‘green’ rating. FIRE tells Dartmouth’s administration that it “cannot legitimately treat FIRE ‘s ‘green light’ rating as a blanket endorsement of its attitudes, history, and all of its current practices regarding free speech. We have seen enough problems at Dartmouth in the past year to give us pause about the environment for free expression there…”
As it seems to me, Dartmouth has improved greatly on freedom of speech over the last three years. It is important to remember that Dartmouth has a terribly dark history of censorship, speech codes, and suspending students for saying the wrong things. This culture hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it seems to me that, today, Dartmouth just plain could not get away with disciplining students for speech. Unfortunately, that isn’t because of Dartmouth’s policy. It is because of politics.
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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