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All Hail All the Valedictorians
Grade inflation continues its march. Today five valedictorians and five salutatorians will be honored at Commencement — a new record total of ten students, as Brian Solomon 11’s research shows:
Five graduating seniors — Serena Liu ‘14, Jonathan Pedde ‘14, Ethan Portnoy ‘14, Natalie Salmanowitz ‘14 and Ezra Toback ‘14 — have been named valedictorians this year. Each has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA at the College.
Julia Berkowitz ‘14, Laura Cressman ‘14, Charles Dong ‘13, Miriam Kilimo ‘14 and Jake Leichtling ‘14 were named salutatorians, each earning a 3.99 GPA. Dong received the honor after taking a gap year.
The Class of 2013 is abuzz with talk about the appropriateness of Charlie Dong ‘13 being named a salutatorian. While he did earn a 3.99 GPA, his “gap year” noted by The D above was the result of the fact that he was Parkhursted for stealing laptops from his fellow students. I am sure that he has been rehabilitated, but even having paid his debt to society, is it appropriate for someone with a severe disciplinary infraction on his record to be honored at Commencement? The ORC does not address the issue:
The two students who attain the first and second highest standings for the college course shall be given respectively valedictory and salutatory honors (which shall not necessarily consist of appointments as commencement speakers). No student shall be eligible for salutatory or valedictory honors who has not been for at least three years a student at Dartmouth College.
Note: The policy described in the aforementioned paragraph is under review.
I expect that this is the first time that a salutatorian has had a disciplinary record. The powers that be at the College might want to give the situation their consideration.
Addendum: As I noted recently, if current grading trends continue, all students in the Class of 2068 will be valedictorians.
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…