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How Long Will the Silence Last?

Yesuto.jpgOne 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.

—Yesuto

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.

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