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The Advanced Self-Promotion Summit
From rafter to rafter, the pervasive, seditious, occasionally crapulous Dartblog spy network flooded the Hanover Inn last eve, for the “2007 Dartmouth Advanced Leadership Summit.”
Dartblog’s source indicates that the summit—which consisted of no collegiate substance, but plenty of public relations fluff about the Dartmouth College Fund—was “mostly uninformative” but did offer “a view into how clueless most Trustees are about the state of the campus.” Trustee Brad Evans was present, and spoke at length about how the Trustees’ proper constituency is not alumni, but current and future students.
Mr. Evans appears to have taken that tack because of all the talk these days, in reaction to President Wright and Chairman Haldeman’s attempts to nix elections, about the importance of alumni democracy. He’d like, I suspect, to discredit the democratic system. The trouble is that Mr. Evans is entirely correct: the Trustees are responsible to current and future students. For most of Dartmouth’s history, those two groups—which cannot vote—have been served in proxy by former students. By the alumni. And the alumni have stood in occasional opposition to the administration, whose interests, as do the interests of any bureaucracy, occasionally diverge from the interests of those the organization is purposed to serve: here, the students.
Far from overrepresentation of alumni, the present problem is that the non-petition Trustees largely see their job as insulating and protecting the College’s hired executives—not as representing current and former students. That’s why alumni intervening on behalf of students has been so strikingly successful.
David Nachman provides more firsthand reportage here.
The Advanced Summit—which appears to have been nothing more than a confabulation of distracting genericisms about the glory of the new dormatories—has given me an interest post idea, which I shall follow up on in coming days. The question? Just how much has Dartmouth’s public relations department grown in recent years? And how does that contrast with the growth in other administrative departments and in the faculty?
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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- The Indian Wars
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