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Independents Just Keep Winning Elections
This past week has been a remarkable one for Dartmouth. The fourth petition Trustee in a row, Professor Stephen F. Smith, was elected. An unprecedented 55% of alumni voted for him, despite a schoolyard campaign of personal attacks that revealed the intolerant ideological zeal of, among others, biology professor Roger D. Sloboda. (He claimed that Trustee-elect Smith is unfit to serve because of his religious beliefs. Mr. Sloboda then failed to retract his misrepresentation of Mr. Smith’s beliefs after the latter made clear that he supports the theory of evolution.)
All the acidity is, very happily, in the past. Trustee-elect Smith’s positive agenda for Dartmouth was laid bare for all to see, and it was given an exceptionally healthy mandate. This is a boon for the cause of reform and good governance at Dartmouth.
The victories did not end there, though. You may recall the unfortunate story of the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth Association of Alumni. The Association is Dartmouth’s single inclusive alumni organization—all 66,000 alumni are members. The Executive Committee, elected by a small coterie of voters in Hanover, spent most of last year attempting to contrive ratification of a deeply flawed new constitution for the Association.
The constitution would have impaired petition Trustee candidates in the future. That same Executive Committee cancelled the annual elections for that year, unilaterally granting themselves a half-year extension of office so that, when the constitution failed, they would still govern over the Trustee election that has just ended.
In a vote whose results were announced on Saturday, that Executive Committee was replaced by a slate of petition candidates and one officially-nominated candidate. Additionally, one of the vice presidents of the Association is now a petitioner. There is no guarantee these petitioners, who now control seven of eleven executive positions, will agree on everything. But there is almost no chance of abuse of power now that the Association is staffed by a cacophony of differing voices.
Congratulations, then, to the new Association executives: Bill Hutchinson ‘76, Kate Aiken ‘92, *Frank Gado ‘58, Vice President of Alumni Relations David Spalding ‘76, *Marjory Grant Ross ‘81, Cheryl Bascomb ‘82, *Martin R. Boles ‘80, *Timothy A. Dreisbach ‘71, *David S. Gale ‘00, *Alexander X. Mooney ‘93, and *Kathryn Flitner Wallop ‘80. (Petition candidates are starred.)
May they all work to protect and further the process of reform.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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