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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 “Election Reform Study Committee.” The e-mails have come from such people as Janine Avner ‘80, president of the insular and undemocratic Alumni Council, and John Mathias ‘69, president of the Association of Alumni.
[Incidentally, Mr. Mathias is also the ringleader of the administration-bankrolled “Unity Slate” which sold out the alumni to an unrepresentative and self-perpetuating cabal called the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees. It did this by dropping a lawsuit that would have enforced a century-old contract ensuring real democratic alumni influence on the Board. What motivates this man?]
The elections that the Election Reform Study Committee claims to want to study are the alumni-wide elections that are held to choose alumni trustees and the Executive Committee of the Association of Alumni. But judging by the questions the Committee will consider, it doesn’t actually intend to study anything at all.
The ERSC will address the following issues:
Issue 1: Should the outcome of alumni trustee and/or AoA EC elections be influenced by the amount of money spent campaigning?
Issue 2: Should candidates in alumni trustee and/or AoA EC elections have to raise or spend a substantial amount of money campaigning to have any realistic chance of winning?
Issue 3: If the answers to Issues 1 and/or 2 are negative, then should any changes be made to the AoA and/or AoA EC Election Guidelines?
Do those questions sound balanced to you? Is there any doubt about what the Committee will “find?” Why don’t we “study” whether John Mathias is using this smoke-and-mirrors charade of a Committee to ram his will down the throats of Dartmouth’s alumni?
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…