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The Whole World’s Watching Us
Chavez goes on to note that the banning of fraternities at Bowdoin had little effect on the kind of excesses that Phil is decrying. Read the entire column here.
She might have also noted Williams’ experience in the same vein.
Addendum: A close observer of the College notes:
I think I speak for many when I say that, at this point, we would just like a brief respite from the unrelenting negative publicity — much of it self-inflicted. Coming as it did on the heels of the obnoxious Freedom Budget sit-in, dishonest articles like Kyle Ashlee’s, the constant talk of sexual assault and the (improper) closed-door Summit, the timing of Phil’s speech could hardly have been worse.
At the very least, the College should not have released advance copies of the speech to the media. To what possible purpose? There is a time to defend — or at least be quiet. Instead, Phil chose to embrace, and thus legitimize, every wildly exaggerated stereotype out there re: Dartmouth students.
Today alone, the heavily-trafficked aggregator RealClearPolitics linked to two (more!) articles [the above piece and a column in the Washington Post] concerning problems at Dartmouth and Hanlon’s speech. While I have nowhere near the number of contacts that you have, I can tell you that the ones I do have are thoroughly fed up.[Emphasis added]
Addendum: Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit linked to the Chavez column and commented:
Dartmouth’s applications are in steep decline already (14 percent last year). Making it a place where men are stigmatized and PC reigns won’t help that. If you want to curb student partying, how about reinstating tough academic standards and eliminating grade inflation. Oh, wait, that won’t help applications either … .
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…