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Charlotte at the Gate
If random walk-throughs, registered parties, bartenders, and banning freshmen from Greek houses don’t sound familiar to you as well-established administration policies, that’s only because you are at Dartmouth and not at Colgate. Dartmouth’s current and Colgate’s erstwhile Dean of the College, Charlotte Johnson, imposed them on ‘Gate students during her four and a half-year tenure in Hamilton.
As we have already seen, Dean Johnson followed a write ‘em up as fast as you can policy at Colgate. In each year from 2008-2010, approximately 13% of Colgate students were disciplined by the university for either alcohol or drug violations.
However the law of unintended consequences kicked in. Drinking went underground, and ever more students abused alcohol to an ever greater extent. As a result, the administration tightened regulations further, as described in an October 15, 2010 Editor’s Column in the Colgate Maroon-News entitled “Making Colgate Safer”:
The result of these policies at Colgate? Alcohol abuse became even worse according to a March 24, 2011 Editor’s Column :
A recent spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations has resulted in a new set of University policies including bans on outdoor/porch drinking, freshmen being barred from Greek events and unannounced late night walk-throughs of Broad Street housing. These policies send one clear signal: we don’t trust our students. And the sad thing is that, like any prohibition, it undermines the trust and respect that is at the core of any healthy community.
Yet, in the three years since Res Life started requiring registration, there has been a noticeable spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations and deterioration in the relationship between Broad Street and the administration. Somehow, with increased oversight and planning, Colgate has become less safe…
The administration has made it too risky for fraternities to hold non-exclusive events that the larger campus can attend, but those same fraternities are criticized for being socially exclusive…
While each of these policies is implemented with good intentions, the administration seems unaware that prohibition policies have not curbed behavior but, rather, have displaced drinking to unregulated and unsafe environments.
Concerns about all of the above issues have been voiced at Dartmouth in response to Dean Johnson’s recent “proposals.” Needless to say, we can expect to see exactly the same outcomes in Hanover as in Hamilton. Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity springs to mind: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Addendum: One of my anonymous correspondents, who styles himself TheFakeJimKim — is that a redundancy? — opines that the Einstein quotation above is not to be attributed to the great man. A little more digging in Wikipedia shows that it has been erroneously attributed to Rita Mae Brown, and that it appeared in the “approval version” of the Narcotics Anonymous “Basic Text” released in November 1981.
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…