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How Long Will the Silence Last?
One sign of a healthy organization is that its members learn from their mistakes. Jim Kim’s interminable silence (almost six weeks) after Andrew Lohse’s column about hazing was published — first in this space and then in The D — made our President look out of touch, and imparted the sense to one and all that the administration did not take Lohse’s revelations seriously. Of course, we now know that JYK had other things on his mind at the time. But still, the end result was that the administration looked inept.
As we mentioned the other day, now comes Yesuto Shaw ‘15 with a D column describing his welt-raising ordeal as a pledge at the hands of his Alpa Phi Alpa brothers. It’s been almost a week since his piece, and IP Folt has yet to speak about it to the College community. I wonder how long it will be before she rouses herself to action. The clock is running.
Addendum: Shaw reports to Dartblog about his dealings with the administration:
I spoke with the administration before going to The D with my story, and they immediately began to look into the issue. I was contacted that day by a campus security officer, who met with me to get my full story. They also reported it to the police, who called me the next day to ask how I wanted them to proceed. As the victim, I decided not to officially press charges, and asked the police to allow it to all be handled by Dartmouth, so that there would be no long-lasting harm done to the criminal records, or larger reputations, of the fraternity brothers who hazed me, because I see them as good people who just made a few bad decisions and I would rather that they grow from this process than that they receive severe penalties that would harm them later on in life.
Since the publishing of my article, I have not been contacted by anyone in the administration. But I inquired with the campus security officer that I had spoken to earlier, and he told me that they have completed their investigation and have sent their findings to the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office (UJAO) for review.
That being said, it is clear that the administration is acting on the issue, even though they haven’t said anything publicly about it.
Hmmm. Given that Shaw went to the administration before The D published his column, then IP Folt has known about it for well over a week. That means she’s had even more time to prepare a response for the Dartmouth community than I thought. Why the silence? Who knows? Of course, we should cut her some slack; she is only the interim president.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…