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The Case of the 20-Year-Old Minor

VN Alcohol.jpgA new phase in the town-gown alcohol wars has begun. While most other Ivy schools have few or no alcohol arrests each year, the Town of Hanover long ago decided that toughness is the only way to go — despite the fact that more than a decade of draconian enforcement has had no effect on drinking at the College.

The most recent escalation is the grand jury charge by the Town that AD served alcohol to “minors.” The latter term does not refer to children; the minors in question are “an 18-year-old male on Oct. 14 and a 20-year-old female on Oct 5,” according to an article in the Valley News (which may or may not be on-line, the VN having begun to charge for access to its site as of today. If you can’t access the VN piece, the D has re-packaged most of the VN’s reporting in an article of its own). One must assume that the underage drinkers were either Dartmouth students or visitors from other colleges. AD could face a fine of up to $100,000 for its nefarious behavior.

One way to interpret the timing of this move is as a not-so-friendly welcome to Hanover for former AD brother Phil Hanlon ‘77.

Addendum: At least this story will distract people from the nation-wide reporting about conflict-of-interest investments by Dartmouth’s Trustees.

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