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Meanwhile, Down By the River

Ledyard CC dock.jpgAs we reported last year, the new swim dock is a fiasco for more reasons that its outrageous cost for no benefit: students don’t want to swim there because the long trek across the parking lot to the new dock is much further than going to the Safety Dock or the Ledyard Canoe Club dock (photo) — both longtime Dartblog favorites. While swimming at both of these sites was tolerated by S&S last year, it seems that this summer the hammer is coming down, as another member of the Baker Tower Irregulars reports:

Looks like the S&S river docks Gestapo are at it again. I was down at the Ledyard Canoe Club yesterday renting a kayak and saw three girls hanging out on the dock. None of them were swimming and only one even had a bathing suit on. An S&S officer came down to the dock and told them “Get your Dartmouth IDs. I’m writing you up for being on the dock.” They asked him when that became a policy and he had no answer, and when they told him they thought they would only get in trouble for swimming, he said that his Sergeant told him to write up anyone near any of the docks, swimming or just sitting there. The only dock students can be on is the crew dock if they are involved in crew.

If you look at the Ledyard Canoe Club site, or the Student Handbook, both say that swimming is prohibited. There is NOTHING online about receiving citations for just sitting on the dock during regular Ledyard Canoe Club open hours!

While I’m not surprised that S&S is once again trying to justify their existence by harassing students, the Kim administration has dropped to a new low here. What happened to sitting by the river on a hot day and having a picnic? Or just sunbathing on a sunny Hanover day? Just another day at Dartmouth…

How sad to read a senior mocking his alma mater with bitter irony. For our part, it would hardly be charitable to say that the College administration is acting with its accustomed stupidity, but we’ll say it anyways.

Addendum: Forgive me for asking, but do I detect a slightly patronizing tone here?

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