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Well, Are They?
I wondered a while back about the answer to the question posed yesterday by a reader of the Valley News. In order to find the answer back then, I wrote to two former Deans of the College. My question: Did they ever feel the heat from alumni when they sought to punish/rein in fraternities or sororities for improper behavior. Both answered right away: Not only did alumni not seek to shield Greeks from punishment, but they encouraged the Deans to be tough on the houses. The alumni felt that the longterm viability of the Greek system depended on good behavior. Neither one of the Deans of the College felt that alumni tried to run interference for misbehaving brothers and sisters.
That said, if the College seeks to ban frats on campus, or oblige all Greek house to go co-ed, the administration will certainly meet spirited resistance from alumni, as it did when Jim Wright announced the Student Life Initiative in 1999 and all Winter Carnival parties were cancelled in protest.
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…