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Thoughts on the Association of Alumni Lawsuit
Amidst a great deal of evident confusion, I just wanted to post a few remarks on the Association of Alumni lawsuit against the 16-member Board of Trustees (4 of whom agree with the A of A).
1. The cause for the lawsuit: if there was no Board-packing plan there would be no lawsuit. The lawsuit is a measure to stop the loss of Parity and the packing of the Board of Trustees with unelected, hand-picked candidates. In my mind, when something very important is being taken away for arbitrary or ulterior motives, sometimes you need to sue or fight to take it back. In the Dartmouth College Case of 1819 Trustees sued to stop the NH legislature from taking away their right, in the American Revolution 13 states sued for their right of independence, and in World War II, America and other countries fought for freedom from tyranny and for human rights, to cite just a few examples that come to mind.
2. The cost of the lawsuit: the figure being thrown around most often is 2 million dollars. This is certainly a hefty sum but I would just like to point that the hair in Baker Library last spring and summer cost the College at least that much, and that did not even serve a purpose.
3. The end of the lawsuit: preserving democracy at Dartmouth. The main argument for adding Unelected trustees to the Board and diluting the right of alumni to vote is that elections for trustees are divisive. To use yet another analogy, are presidential elections divisive? Maybe, but what is the alternative? If Republicans (or Democrats) tried to pass a law that all future presidents would be appointed (presumably by and of the same party that passed the law, wouldn’t we be right to reject that attempt? Wouldn’t the people be justified in suing for their right to vote?
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…