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Town/Gown Sweetness and Light?

The D has a report today by Amelia Rosch ‘16 on relations between the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth. According to the story — headlined “Dartmouth enjoys cozy relationship with town” — town/gown relations could not be better. As if.

Regrettably, The D’s young writer is oblivious to the draconian enforcement of alcohol and drug laws by the Hanover police — enforcement that this space has repeatedly noted is far harsher than that in the rest of the Ivy cities and towns combined. And beyond individual students, Alpha Delta is currently being charged for serving alcohol to underage students. This is a violation of which every Ivy social organization in existence is guilty, but the Hanover police singles out one Dartmouth fraternity for punishment.

We can add to this list the poisonous attitude that marks dealings between the College’s building department and the Town’s zoning and planning office (Linda Snyder’s departure was cheered by the entire Upper Valley building trade), and the insulting residue left by Jim Kim in his contacts with the Town’s Selectboard.

Next up in The D will be a story about the fine spell of sunny weather that we are now enjoying; and a report on the successful Kim presidency, and how universally proud students and faculty are of our departed leader.

Addendum: While we are thinking kind thoughts about The D, how about a piece from Robinson Hall on the looming Dartmouth University controversy? After all, the Valley News has now confirmed a story that this space broke three weeks ago, after reporting rumors on the issue on December 8, 2011. I wonder when the paper’s editors are going to get permission from Parkhurst to run something.

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