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Sylvia and Alcohol, Uh Oh
The D reports that Dean of the College Sylvia Spears will now be in charge of revamping the College’s Alcohol Management Policy. As we have seen, during Tom Crady’s tenure at Grinnell, where he set alcohol policy, there was a high level of tolerance/acceptance of underage student drinking. What will Sylvia do?
Seemingly she was not involved in setting alcohol policy at the University of Rhode Island (or any policy at all as far as I can tell), but the Clery Act liquor law violation stats demonstrate that URI is every bit as harsh as Dartmouth in enforcing the alcohol laws. Here are the comparative figures for the 2005-2007 period for school disciplinary proceedings relating to alcohol (per 1,000 students):
Brown: 42 (highest figure in the Ivy League, after Dartmouth)
Penn: 5 (lowest figure in the Ivy League)
To put ths information another way: at URI over 16% of all students were disciplined for alcohol violations in the 2005-2007 period; at Dartmouth the figure was 12%; Brown was 4.2% and Penn was 0.5%.
Interestingly, at URI only 17 students were arrested by the Kingston, R.I., police for alcohol infractions in this period; during these years the Hanover Po arrested 219 Dartmouth students. It is pretty clear that the URI campus police do not turn student over to the authorities with any frequency. (A question for another day: how many of these students truthfully answered the question on their law school application as to whether they had ever been charged with a crime? For example, see page 3, question 6 of the NYU Law application).
So it seems that Sylvia could go both ways on the alcohol issue. She can lead the College towards the understanding tolerance of alcohol shown by our Ivy sister schools, or she can continue the “hammer the little bastards” policy that is in place today at both Dartmouth and URI.
However, is the decision even hers to make? Or will she run into the same resistance to change that stymied Tom Crady? Or will President Kim step in and forcefully set policy? In the present administrative chaos at the College, your guess is every bit as good as mine.
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…
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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
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