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Another Tengatenga Recommendation
Addendum: A member of the Dartmouth staff writes in:
These recent letters are very persuasive. However, I couldn’t agree with you more that the bishop MUST be direct, clear and forthright in his conversations if/when he returns to campus — if not sooner. He needs to acknowledge that some of his past statements were hurtful, even dangerous, and he needs to say that he unequivocally rejects them — no matter what the reasons were for him making them at the time. And I am not the one he must convince — it is the students, those who have felt most directly threatened by this choice.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
In the letter in support of Bishop Tengatenga today, were there other signatories? It refers to “undersigned human rights organizations,” but the letterhead is just the Center for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, with the board listed at the bottom of the page. If Bishop Tengatenga really opposed anti-gay legislation in Malawi, why is there no record of his public statements or actions? Why not get an endorsement from respected NGOs like Human Rights Watch? I think that Katie Wheeler’s editorial in today’s D was right on point.
The search committee clearly did not do any due diligence, and my sense is that everyone is scrambling to defend a decision. I find it odd that the search committee did not include any student representatives involved with Tucker, or from its staff or its Board of Visitors,. I cannot recall another instance of a search committee with no representatives on it from the institution affected by the search.
It is easy in what seems to me clearly orchestrated letters of support to compare Bishop Tengatenga to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others who have spoken out, but the fact remains that they have spoken out and Bishop Tengatenga has not until his recent statements.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…
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