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All Praise the Conquering Hero
Let’s not be too hard on The College’s latest “Alumni” Trustee; Mitch Kurz ‘77 seems like a thoughtful, even original guy. Anyone who performs a mid-career switch and is successful in his second professional life, too, will get a nod from this space.
But Kurz is the fruit of the poisonous tree, the product of a tainted system that is receiving ever less respect from alumni. In the recent election, 9,008 alumni participated, but Kurz received only 7,650 votes — which means that of the people who voted in the election (13% of all alumni with whom the College is in contact), 15% sent in ballots that did not include a vote for Kurz, even though they had nobody else for whom to vote. Why would 1,358 alumni who took the time to vote in a single-candidate election send in ballots that did not indicate a preference for the only Trustee on the ballot? I’ll leave the answer to that question up to you. Here’s a hint:
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…