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Grassroots Support for Parity
Just being on campus and talking with students gives the clear impression that campus is overwhelmingly in support of parity at Dartmouth. Indeed students and alumni alike recognize that the Board-packing Plan is a direct attempt to undermine the democratic vote of all Dartmouth alumni. The class of 2008 does not want to be the first to lose the right to elect 50% of the Board of Trustees, and as a member of the class of 2009 I can say that I don’t want to be part of the second class to lose that right either (along with all other classes of past and future graduates).
It was much to my delight, then, if not surprise that I received a letter entitled “Yes: We Want to Preserve Democracy at Dartmouth,” excerpted below and in full PDF format below that, which directed all of those who wished to affix their name to the letter’s message of democracy to send a blitz to Diane Ellis ‘08.
We are current Dartmouth students from diverse corners of campus. Some of us are record-holding athletes; others presidents of Greek houses; still others of us are academic leaders. We have written and circulated this short letter in the hope of expressing our view that debate, dissent, and discussion at Dartmouth is good, and that the recent attempt, called €œthe Board-packing plan, € to reduce the importance of democracy at Dartmouth is wrong….
We therefore respectfully ask that, since we cannot yet vote, you consider our plea: please do not allow the Class of 2008 to be the first in 117 years deprived of the power to elect half of Dartmouth ‘s trustees. Please oppose the Board-packing plan. With open and civil debate inspired by open and elections, the Dartmouth Community can come together to work toward an even better 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
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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