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Is Dean Johnson the Next to Go?
Just when I had a moment’s regret for calling the administration “an utter mess,” Dean Charlotte Johnson has come to my rescue. If you still believe that she will do a good job as Dean of the College, well, you don’t know Johnson.
Today’s D had as solid a piece of journalism as you are likely to see from the paper (ok, ok, I know that comment is a little ambiguous, but this particular article was pretty good). It reports that Dean Johnson has introduced yet another alcohol policy to the College. The highlights:
“requirements for licensed bartenders to serve hard alcohol, the implementation of random walkthroughs of student residences and fraternities’ physical plants by Safety and Security and stronger punishments for serving “punch,” or batches of mixed drinks, at parties.”
However The D’s reporter spent more time on the authoritarian manner in which the policy has been imposed on students, even though the Dean protested that undergrads were involved in its development. Greek leaders quoted by The D were very direct in criticizing Dean Johnson for disingenuousness. Take a look for yourself.
That said, we shouldn’t let a day go by without finding something unkind to say about Carol Folt. In this instance, I’d lay odds that Dean Johnson was pressured by Cliché Carol to get some kind of policy out the door, so that the world might think that the Folt Administration is not asleep. Perhaps Johnson didn’t have the nerve to tell Carol that the groundwork for the alcohol policy had not yet been laid.
Addendum: Back at Colgate, Dean Johnson threw the book at students for alcohol violations. While the local police there had no interest in emulating the Hanover Po in arresting students, the Colgate administration under Johnson cited hundreds of underage undergrads each year for alcohol infractions.
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…