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SA President Lets Rip on Kim

Student Assembly President Max Yoeli ‘12 has a column in The D today that speaks for a great many students at the College. And coming as it does from someone who worked closely with Jim Kim, I think that it carries extra weight.

Furthermore, many of Kim’s initiatives were attempted with little student input and a stunning lack of transparency.

… to students and faculty who are focused on issues of day-to-day campus life, Kim consistently abdicated leadership. Through working with the Kim administration, I’ve become aware a number of troubling patterns in his leadership style. These hallmarks of Kim’s leadership include a lack of responsiveness to student opinion, a commitment to image above transparency and a failure of communication on campus. Kim has focused his presidency on increasing fundraising, improving image and health care delivery, which are important priorities, but at the expense of adequately addressing the issues that impact daily student life…

During his tenure, Kim claimed that taking action is not necessarily a matter of choice, but one of potency, or lack thereof. Among the numerous scandals and issues of contention to hit Hanover recently, none is more immediate than the current hazing debacle. What issue speaks more to Dartmouth’s state of community and student health? After the initial allegations broke and went viral, the reaction from President Kim was a disheartening and prolonged silence. When Kim did finally choose to speak up on the issue, he spoke first to The Boston Globe rather than the campus paper. When Kim did finally speak to The Dartmouth, he claimed a lack of power inhibits his efficacy…

In his brief tenure since, Kim has shown a remarkable devotion to image over impact, a disregard for student input and selfishness in his fulfillment of a tremendous responsibility. If, by some fluke, the World Bank bucks history and does not elect the American nominee, it is hard to see how Kim could return to campus and be effective. I hope in my heart, both for Kim and the developing world, that his tenure at the World Bank is marked by tremendous success. Still, he will leave behind a fractured and disappointing legacy at the College. Moving forward, we must put bitterness and dismay aside and study the failure of what three short years ago was a golden opportunity…

At the College today there are students who are learning the courage to speak out. They are the basis of Dartmouth’s future progress.

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