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Let’s Bow to Diversity

From the fever swamps of the loony fringes comes the call for the College to devote itself to diversity fully and forever.

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The list of demands concludes as follows:

The age of complacency and apathy toward change at Dartmouth College ends now. By March 24, 2014 (the first day of the 2014 Spring Term), the Dartmouth administration needs to publicly respond to each item raised on this document with its exact commitment to each one of its demands. We also request that, by that day, a timetable and point people are designated for the above commitments. Finally, items that require funds will have a monetary commitment in the 2014-2015 fiscal budget. If the Dartmouth administration does not respond by the indicated time, those who believe in freedom will be forced to physical action.

Curiously there is no plea for additional academic assistance for ill-prepared or failing students who have matriculated, nor any request for extra faculty resources for minority undergraduates in STEM fields.

Let’s hope that this blustering document represents a high-water mark in the College’s foolishness, something that appeared right before Dartmouth re-dedicated itself to serious education.

Addendum: The Freedom Budget does have one interesting request:

Admissions Office will increase transparency about data of applicant pool. For example, how many Black, Latin@, and Native students applied, their test scores, class, etc.

I sure would like to see those figures, too.

Addendum: One of my favorite correspondents writes in:

Most of this document is garbage, but I have say there are things in it I could get behind:

- Eradicate internal judicial processes for students that break laws; those crimes will be reported directly to police.

- There will be required exit interviews for departing faculty conducted by Human Resources.

- Create a professor of color lecture series; bring a professor of color once a month.

Addendum: Another young alum has some comments:

In reference to two of the demands the activists are making:

— Eradicate internal judicial processes for students that break laws; those crimes will be reported directly to police.

— When students and their families pay tuition, they should be allowed to decide what their “Student Activities Fee” is used for.

Not sure if they realize this, but Title IX requires that schools adjudicate sexual assault cases and not just defer to the police (though, even as a former COS member, I agree rape is a case for the police and not the COS).

Also, having served on the committee that divvies up the Student Activities Fee, I can assure you that students being able to individually choose where their fee money goes would probably lead to a considerable amount of it going to the Interfraternity Council. Probably not their goal.

I’m typically a bleeding heart liberal, but things are just getting ridiculous in Hanover.


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