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Is Dartmouth a Racist Place?
The College is all astir after a provocative column in The D this morning by Jennifer McGrew ‘13, in which she laments her “four-year struggle of torment” at the hands of “people who have no regard or remorse for their actions.” She notes “harassment by the Financial Aid Office,” “mental abuse from fellow students,” and being “treated like a second-class citizen.”
As if fraternity hazing, Trustee conflicts of interest, and the AP credits brouhaha were not enough, it appears that racism at Dartmouth will soon make the news, too.
Following an incident later in the day in the Class of 1953 Commons (according to The D, “a student walked by two others, made eye contact and verbally harassed them by speaking gibberish that they perceived as mock Chinese”), Dean Johnson and IP Folt have scheduled a forum tomorrow from 3:30-5:30pm in Kemeny 007 to discuss conditions at Dartmouth.
Addendum: Pardon my grammar, but this phrase in the Folt/Johnson letter is incorrect: “to ensure that every member of this community understands that Dartmouth belongs to them.” Should be: “to ensure that all members of this community understand that Dartmouth belongs to them” or “to ensure that every member of this community understands that Dartmouth belongs to him or her. Though perhaps the Dean and the IP were referring to the members of College’s coddled staff, and the Kemeny Hall event is being held “to ensure that every member of this community understands that Dartmouth belongs to them.”
Addendum: On Friday, Janaury 25, the Valley News ran a story with the headline: Dartmouth College Reports Third Racial Incident in Three Months. This followed a piece from three days previously entitled: At Dartmouth, Racist Scrawl Timed to Hurt Most. And on January 26, a third story appeared in the Valley News: Dartmouth Talks Race.
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August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
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May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
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