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Finally a Vox Clamantis

Desmond2.jpgI’ve been waiting for someone in Hanover to interrupt the incessant genuflecting before the god of diversity: Phil would not do so even when his office was invaded, and the IFC leaders didn’t have the nerve to face up to the single Phiesta student critic and her administration allies.

However now comes Desmond Fambrini ‘16, who has penned a piece for the American Thinker that has him standing athwart the tide of PC nonsense in Hanover, yelling “Stop!”

Entitled The Dartmouth Protest — Another Perspective, Fambrini forthrightly criticizes the Freedom Budgeter’s takeover of Phil Hanlon’s office and the content of the group’s demands. Most importantly, he agrees with this space’s observation that the 30-or-so Freedom Budgeters had no mandate to speak for anyone but themselves:

… engaging in criminal activity with harsh, and in my opinion somewhat vague, demands is not an acceptable way to protest an institution such as Dartmouth. I find my school to be a caring institution, and speaking for all minority students at the College advocating dissatisfaction I find undeniably misleading, especially under such drastic circumstances…

And think about this: Dartmouth allowed students to take part in this protest without consequence and in actuality agreed to further discuss their demands on a future date. Thus my opinion becomes solidified; an institution that would allow students to take part in said action without punishment and actually agree to further negotiation is one that is forgiving, professional, and above all considerate.

As a black student on financial aid at Dartmouth College, I read the document of demands carefully and honestly was quite appalled. Contrary to the shrill attacks made in the Freedom Budget, Dartmouth is first and foremost a thriving learning environment… A majority of the document advocates for combating a racial “crisis” that I simply don’t see. I find Dartmouth to be a place that emphasizes intellectual and character development over social divisions of any kind.

Here is the truth. There is no overwhelming “crisis” of diversity on the Dartmouth campus, or at least none that I have seen…

I therefore find the budget and recent protest to be only a small, very partial representation of minority students. The implication is bogus. What occurred was the work of a small subgroup with little standing to make claims for the whole minority community, and they misstated the larger feeling of students at Dartmouth.

Addendum: Desmond is an accomplished dancer.


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