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Freedom Budget: Fringe Elicits Cringe
In his response to the grab bag of grasping demands from the usual radical suspects — the unsigned Freedom Budget was authored by a tiny group of fringy malcontents — Phil showed us what it means to be a cringing, guilt-ridden white man. Nowhere does he defend Dartmouth’s long-ongoing, extensive and costly efforts to accommodate the groups involved in drafting the document: preferential admissions quotas, expensive administrative support, special faculty and administrator recruitment efforts, etc.
Not only that, but the below campus-wide letter written by Student Assembly President Adrian Ferrari expresses the widespread student sentiment regarding the sly timing of the administration’s response (only after classes had ended and The D had ceased publishing for the term):
Phil’s share price is falling in the market. Dartmouth needs a lot more leadership these days than nibbling around the edges of reform and caving in to radical pressure groups who don’t even sign their names (but do threaten “physical action”). In this case the administration had a chance to engage in thoughtful debate about diversity, one of the College’s core values. That didn’t happen. Instead, Phil responded with a pathetic statement that can best be summarized as, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. We’ll do more. I promise.”
I look forward to Freedom Budget II next year. Maybe the administration can cancel classes again so that we can all wring our hands and gnash our teeth.
Addendum: An alum who follows the College closely writes in:
The goings-on at the College remind me of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”. Here is the Wikipedia summary:“Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to designate names to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.”
Unless Hanlon is playing a winning game of three-dimensional chess with the various constituencies, it’s time to address reality as opposed to shadows on the wall.
When things appear to be out of control, they usually are. Hanlon’s first six months (really a year) aren’t providing much evidence of a sensible new approach. Instead, to all appearances, he’s doubled down on support for the very problems he was supposed to solve. Is he just another Freedman, Wright or Kim?
I’m from a class in the mid-‘60’s and, if you judge by payment of class dues and Alumni Fund giving, half of my class has basically given up. Those of my classmates with whom I stay in touch are somewhere between deep distress and “enough is enough”. Hanlon has been receiving a free ride because he’s an alum. I suspect that is about to end.
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…