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The Sweet Students of Dartmouth
If you abstract away the unceasing press reports about the mud, the blood, the beer, and much worse in Hanover, and actually look at the way most students act, you’ll see that Dartmouth students treat each other with uncommon generosity, decency and warmth. A couple of Review staffers, writing under a pseudonym, tell an illustrative story that will ring true to many thousands of undergrads and alums:
Addendum: An alum recounts an experience that confirms the implementation of the above ideas out in the dreaded Real World:
My oldest son is in research at Bridgewater. There were fourteen first-years in his class taking the mandatory first-year investment course. Seven of them passed. All five Dartmouth students passed. Only two kids from Harvard/Yale/Princeton made it thorough. The difference is that although Bridgewater ranks the standing of each employee after every exam and quiz, the Dartmouth students nonetheless worked cooperatively and helped each other out. The HYP kids were loners, and apparently they do not like to admit weakness. It’s not as though my son was friends with all of his Dartmouth classmates, but I know that he and they would have been upset if one or more of their number were left behind. They are not smarter; they just approach problems differently. Hugely competitive but not towards each other.
Addendum: The Review’s revival continues: lots of good writing, more frequent editions, and a new website that works (in contrast to the website of a certain other student publication, whose name tact and discretion forbid us from mentioning).
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…