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In Support of Parity, Democracy
In reading through the pages of the Dartmouth Parity website, what struck me most was the level of honesty and optimism. This stands in stark contrast to the website, and slate of candidates, who are opposing the democratic vote of alumni by fear-mongering and personal attacks.
The candidates running on the Independent, Dartmouth Parity slate speak about maintaining a campus with a diverse student body, shrinking class sizes back to optimal levels, a better faculty-student ratio, and retaining the kind of world class professors that Dartmouth has recently been losing.
There is also a larger, transcendent issue. No matter a student or alumnus/a’s perspective on class size, diversity, faculty, etc. Dartmouth Parity support their right to exercise their democratic voice. This election presents two very different choices for the future of the college. One slate, the independent, pro-parity slate supports the right of alumni to elect their Board of Trustees at our College.
Since the 1891 contract alumni have had the right to elect half of the Board, today 8 trustees, along with the 8 trustees who are appointed (in addition to 2 ex-officio members). Recently the Board, including all of the unelected members, moved to add spots for 8 new unelected trustees for which they were sued by Dartmouth alumni. Adding these new seats not only violates the 1891 contact in legal terms, it decreases the power of alumni from 50% influence to 33% influence in moral and practical terms. For this reason the plot to expand the Board in this deceptive way have become known as the €œBoard-packing scheme. € Whether we accept this intolerable act or fight for alumni democracy is the issue in the upcoming election.
The slate of candidates led by J. Michael Murphy ‘61, Bert Boles ‘80, and Paul Mirengoff ‘71 support parity on the Board and the democratic right of alumni to vote on the direction of Dartmouth College.
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
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- The Indian Wars
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