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BREAKING: Andrew Harvard ‘71 Fired as DOC Director
Enthusiasm, Competence, Student Advocacy at Fault
According to a frenzy of e-mails disseminating presently through Dartmouth Outing Club circles, Parkhurst bureaucrats axed Andrew Harvard ‘71 last week from his post as Director of the DOC. No reason is apparent.
The firing comes as a great shock to students and recent alumni involved in the club, who remember Mr. Harvard’s four-year tenure as a time of unprecedented productivity and growth for the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate outdoor organization. Current and recent DOC student leaders seem to fall over one another in a competition to praise Mr. Harvard most vehemently.
Parkhurst agreed with this sentiment four years ago, describing Mr. Harvard’s resume as “the stuff of undergraduates’ dreams.” What changed between then and now is not immediately clear, but we find a clue in the same article: “Harvard credits… student leadership as a key to the success of Dartmouth’s programs.”
Chris Polashenski ‘07, for one, thinks that had something to do with it. In a widely circulated e-mail, he explains that Mr. Harvard’s
vision for the outing club is a club which is entirely student run; a club in which students not only lead the trips, but also choose, train, and approve their peers to lead future trips, under criteria that they, not lawyers, write. One where students not only lead the projects, but decide what projects should be done, where students not only are given responsibility, but take it and nurture that responsibility as a prized gift.
In his drive to push things forward, Andy rubbed some people the wrong way… or didn’t play the politics right, and I don’t mean to overlook these faults, but at the base what he has done for the club is to solidify and build upon what we hold dear. I greatly suspect and fear that his vision for a club which is student run and which expands and changes to always better itself, more than the flaws of his methods, is why he was fired.
Mr. Harvard’s interim replacement, Earl Jette, is more in line with the Parkhurst-Wright philosophy.
“I have no goals for the future of the office,” says Jette, who swears he will initiate no new programs for the DOC. “That would be out of step for me to do that.”
UPDATE, JULY 25: Previously I had made available here the complete text of Mr. Polashenski’s e-mail. He recently requested the letter’s removal; I complied with the request.
August 14, 2013
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