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We Like Some Alums, But Not Others
The College has energetically publicized Ricki Stern ‘87’s upcoming documentary on knuckleballers, and well it should. The subject is a fascinating one: the quirky pitch seems to be the specialty of equally eccentric pitchers. By all accounts, and looking at the trailer, the film is charming.
However nary a word has been heard from the College’s PR machine about another alumnus-produced documentary, one that took in $6 million on its opening weekend (this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday), immediately making it the highest grossing documentary of the year: Dinesh D’Souza 83’s “Obama’s America.” Why the favoritism?
Of course, Dartmouth does not have a monopoly on this kind of bias. The Yale Law School endlessly celebrated the fact the Bill Clinton had earned a JD degree there; however, it was only 20 years after my own graduation that I learned that another Law School grad had been President: Gerald Ford. It seems that the former Michigan football center had done somewhat more as an undergrad than hike a ball back to his QB.
Addendum: And lo and behold, look what appeared on Dartmouth Now the day after the above post. Here’s the link to the NYT piece.
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…