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Bon Voyage Jennifer McGrew ‘13
In early 2013, Jennifer McGrew ‘13 wrote a column in The D lamenting her “four-year struggle of torment” in Hanover. She described her undergraduate years as replete with “harassment” and “mental abuse from fellow students” who treated her “like a second-class citizen,” and she concluded that “I cannot wait to get my Dartmouth diploma, walk across the stage and gaze at the Green for the last time.”
When later in the year McGrew posted on her LinkedIn page that she had signed on to work as a Community Outreach Coordinator in the College’s Career Services Office, this space wondered what had led to such an evolution in her attitude towards Dartmouth. Our post was entitled McGrew Sees the Green. At the time, I wrote to McGrew asking what had brought about her change of heart. I received no response to my query, until yesterday:
What to make of this letter? Gone is McGrew’s self-pitying (you will recall that the evidence of oppression cited in her D piece was rather slight). In its place, we find resolve and ambition. Good for her. Perhaps this space’s effort to hold McGrew to a high standard — even though stinging at first — was understood by her as respectful, as was my intention. If she now has toughened up and wants to show us all the things that she is capable of doing in this world, then Dartblog will follow her progress closely in the coming years.
Perhaps the President of the United States will choose Jennifer McGrew to be her Secretary of Education in 2032. Jennifer might even address the Class of 2033 at its Commencement. I, for one, would not be surprised if the Dartmouth administration invited her to do so.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…