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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:

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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).

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