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Here’s a Lie For You
A few months back, this space greeted the incoming 2016’s with a post entitled, Freshmen, There Will Be Lies, wherein we attempted to sensitize the incoming class to the notion that senior members of the administration will distort the truth in order to advance their aims. This idea is hard to swallow for incoming students, filled as they are with a sense that integrity must be omnipresent in leaders of an Ivy League institution. Ha!
Let me give you a recent example. This summer, when most upperclassmen were out of town, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson introduced serious changes in the enforcement of the rules concerning the serving and consumption by students of alcohol. Among her ideas were three significant ones: random walk-throughs of students social spaces (private and College-owned); heightened enforcement of a ban on punches; and the obligation that only licensed bartenders serve hard alcohol at student events.
I attended Dean Johnson’s presentation of these ideas, at which the good Dean emphasized that these new policies simply aligned the College with rules in place at schools similar to Dartmouth. Of course, she trotted out Jim Kim’s favorite phrase, “best practices.” (This expression was well on its way to becoming a cliché when I was a Bain consultant in the mid-1980’s; today when you hear it, check your wallet.)
The only problem with the Dean’s assertion is that it is not true. The worthy sleuths at the Dartmouth Review have gathered information about alcohol policies at other Ivy schools from students, admissions officers, campus security police, and university websites, which they cogently assembled in the chart reproduced below (from the Review’s October 25th issue). No school has all three of Dean Johnson’s new policies in place, and only one school, Penn, has two out of the three. How’s that again, Charlotte?
In a normal world, when someone tells a lie, there are consequences. Does Dean Johnson believe that the Review’s information is incorrect? If so, she should say as much; if not, she should resign.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…