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La Clusaz Diary: Live Free
On the road between lakeside Annécy and the pretty alpine village of La Clusaz in the Savoie region of eastern France, one passes a monument to men who fell in the March 1944 battles on the plâteau de Glières, and, more particularly, to retreating troops who were gunned down at the spot by a vengeful Wehrmacht. The Savoie was rife with resistance, and after the area was put under martial law in early 1944, more than 500 maquisards retreated to the plateau, where they were pursued by 12,000 troops belonging to the German 157th Alpine division and the collaborationist Vichy régime. The result was ugly.
For readers whose French is rusty, the oath on the monument is one that, to date, I had only seen in a single other place in the world: Live Free or Die. However, a little research shows that the phrase does have historical antecedents beyond the granite hills.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…