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VN’s Kenyon on Freshman
The Valley News’ columnist Jim Kenyon has picked up on this space’s story on the persecution of the Freshman. Some excerpts:
Hanover Police Play NSA on Underage Drinking
The war — it’s gone beyond a mere obsession — on underage drinkers has reached a new level of absurdity in Hanover. Last week, Joe Asch, the Dartmouth alum who writes the popular Dartblog, broke a story that makes me wonder whether the NSA has opened a surveillance office in town.
After reading Asch’s blog, I picked up a copy of the Hanover police report, which is public record, that gave details of the incident. It’s worse than I had imagined. The college’s security officers and some other employees have effectively become agents of the Hanover police…
…Kett, the Dartmouth employee who called police, was kind enough to talk with me for a few minutes when I dropped by her office. I was curious: Has Dartmouth deputized its 3,000 employees to assist Hanover police with their efforts to corral underage drinkers? Has the college formed a neighborhood bar watch? If professors see underage students drinking at a restaurant (as Kett did) are they under orders to report it to police?
Kett assured me that she had acted on her own. “This was a personal thing,” she said. “It wasn’t part of my job.”
Justin Anderson, the college’s spokesman, also told me that employees are not required or encouraged to snitch (my word, not his) on students who may be drinking illegally. “It’s not part of the college’s culture to call police,” he said.
Anderson explained that Kett, who has worked at the college for eight years, has access to some personal information on students for “work-related reasons.” Not all employees, including himself, have that access, he said.
Federal law allows some information, such as name and age, to be released without a student’s permission, Anderson said. But was it appropriate for Kett to give police a student’s date of birth? Should college employees volunteer student information they acquire in a medical setting to the police? Was it appropriate to allow the student to be interrogated when police thought he needed to be in the infirmary as a precaution?
“Dartmouth is obviously aware of the situation and has been investigating the matter for some time to determine the underlying facts,” Anderson said.
What will Phil do?
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…