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‘Report from the Ground’ Corrected With Facts from the Ground
In today’s issue of The Dartmouth, religion professor Susan Ackerman ‘80 opines on the alumni responses to the Board-packing plan. I think that professors should certainly play a vital role in the debate over the future of Dartmouth, just as students and alumni should. This is not a given, indeed this is what the whole debate is about (the right to vote (parity) versus the loss of alumni voting power (board-packing). Yet I think a few of Professor Ackerman’s points need further elaboration.
1. The title of her column (which admittedly was likely not written by Ackerman herself, but still) implicitly claims that the information below represents some sort of empirical valid or at least experientially substantiated fact pattern. But I don’t know that Ackerman has seen the banner student rejection log, flurry of instructor permission card stresses at the start of each term, or sat in on a Government or Economics class lately. Students are still shut out of courses, class sizes are still large in many departments, and the number of faculty have grown little, if at all over the past few years, especially compared to the size of the administrative bureaucracy. See a full and referenced validation of these facts, by students, professors, and data here.
2. Nobody wants to be in court! But as I have written,
The lawsuit could be stopped in 9 seconds! I timed it. All it would take is a phone call from Board of Trustees chairman Ed Haldeman to the Association of Alumni that said: €œWe are going to honor the 1891 contract giving alumni the right to elect 50% of the Board: Parity. We are going to stop the Board-packing scheme.
3. Ackerman expresses fears of “turning back the clock.” In this context I wonder what could be more regressive and more backwards and more dated than curbing democracy and the right of the class of 2008 and all other alumni, past and future, to vote! A very long time ago we operated on the principles of kings and dictators who would appoint themselves and their cronies. If anything is “turning back the clock” it most certainly is not democracy.
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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