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Protesters Invade Dimensions Event
The aggrieved students, whose video we highlighted the other day, have gone a step further. They forcibly pushed their way past an administration staffer into an event seemingly attended by all 550 high school students visiting the College for Dimensions weekend. Chanting “Dartmouth has a problem” and detailing incidents of graffiti, slurs and sexual assault, the small group of protesters certainly put on a show for the accepted applicants. They enter the Dimensions event at 1:00 below:
The incident followed the placing of posters around campus, the handing out of flyers, and the drawing of sidewalk graffiti with a similar message yesterday.
Interestingly enough, the Dartmouth Review’s Blake Neff ‘13 called for just this kind of behavior in the paper’s March 13 edition:
The attitude expressed by students both of the left and the right — indefensible in my mind, in light of the fundamentally sound nature of the College, despite the endless administrative errors of the past 15 years — reflects the anger present today in much of the student body. To put it mildly, students rightly sense that the administration has its attention focused on matters unrelated to their education.
Phil Hanlon will arrive in Hanover not a moment too soon.
Addendum: The Review’s website already has a thorough report by Nick Duva ‘16 on the incident, including the observation that the demonstration was quelled by the prospective students themselves:
As multiple sources, prospies and students alike, have stated, the demonstrators were forced off in a particularly inspiring manner. A prospy - not a student, not someone in the skit - started a “We Love Dartmouth” chant. Within seconds, the entire crowd caught on, chanting until the protesters skulked off the stage. After the group exited, Ashton Slatev, the head of the show, made a quick speech about how Dartmouth isn’t perfect, but that there are an awful lot of people that nevertheless love the school. And the show went on.
Addendum: A student writes in:
The dimensions incident didn’t have much to do with a recognition by students that the administration has failed us (which is true), so much as it highlights how strong divisions between a highly vocal minority, and the rest of us, have become. When I first saw that video, I actually cried. I cried because it demonstrated how intractable the division has become. I have my own view of which “side” is right, insofar as I believe that, at the end of the day, these protesters are severely misguided. But that’s not even the point. What kind of community have we become that we let this happen? How did it come to this? I’m heartbroken.
Addendum: The flyers and some of the street etchings from the protest:
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