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If It Works, Break It
The gang that can’t shoot straight is at it again, this time by ending the greatest coup de théatre that the College sees each year: the moment in the Dimensions show when freshmen who have been posing as prospies leap up in song and reveal themselves to be already matriculated students. I haven’t lived the moment, but two posters on Facebook give articulate descriptions of the gem that the College is losing in yet another stupid decision:
The top post is from a year ago. It is a nice example of unrehearsed praise. The bottom post, from yesterday, already has over 200 likes on Facebook.
To date, I have never heard a single complaint about this aspect of the Dimensions show. This pop-up surprise is a lovely, original touch — a rare thing in Hanover these days.
What will the administration do next? Turn the Green into a staff-only parking lot?
Addendum: A letter in today’s D makes the same arguments.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…