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Another Administrator Hits the Road

Alysson Satterlund.jpgAt some point people are going to realize that many of the College’s administrators are more than a waste money; their presence is a net negative to the institution. So it is with Office of Pluralism and Leadership Director Alysson Satterlund, word of whose imminent departure has already reached a goodly number of students.

A proud alumna of California State University, Chico, Satterlund came to Dartmouth after stints as an administrator at CSU Sacramento; San Francisco State; City College of San Francisco; and Duke. She has a Ph.D. from UNC in, well, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. In Hanover, beyond her current role at OPAL, she holds titles as Senior Assistant Dean of Student Academic Support Services and Co-Director of the Student Academic Support Center. (What do you bet that she is paid as much as a senior member of the faculty?)

Most recently she distinguished herself — and made the College the subject of national ridicule — by having sent a terse message to the presidents of Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity ordering them to cancel the Greek houses’ “Phiesta” fundraiser for cardiac research after a single Latina student complained about the event. As The D reported at the time:

OPAL director Alysson Satterlund said these kinds of events do not represent Dartmouth’s values.

“Events that mock and marginalize others certainly do not reflect our Principle of Community and do not reflect values of inclusion, respect and a care for others,” she said in an email to The Dartmouth.

Thursday night at the Tabard coed fraternity, 15 Phi Delt, A Phi and Tabard members gathered informally to discuss the event once concerns were raised that “Phiesta” was “not necessarily the most politically correct event,” Tabard president Connie Gong ‘15 said.

The meeting aimed to encourage inter-campus dialogue and talk to both Greek and non-Greek community leaders as equals, Gong said. The meeting, Gong said, was exclusively for members of A Phi, Phi Delt and Tabard.

“We essentially wanted to open channels of communication more to Greek leaders to make sure the concerns of members both inside and outside of the Greek community could be addressed and taken seriously by the relevant people in positions of authority,” she said.

Moving forward, Wong said the houses hope to organize a philanthropic event that people feel they can participate in without being offended. The houses will take precautions when organizing future events, she said, including talking to different campus groups to ensure that these concerns are not raised again.

Satterlund suggested discussing ideas with administrators and faculty members before moving forward with an event.

The latter comment is really something. Had Allyson stayed with us, she would probably have vetoed any party with a theme other than those involving white Europeans. How dare students celebrate the culture of any oppressed people! Of course, that posture would have remained in place right up until someone complained that the themes of these parties were insufficiently diverse and inclusive. And so it goes.

Addendum: A few months ago we excoriated departing bureaucrats Kyle and Aeriel Ashlee for starting a business when supposedly on medical leave, and penning a narrative about the College that was obviously fabricated. Amusingly, the dynamic duo have excerpted one line from my piece and included it in the website of their new business. Of course, no link is provided. And to think that these people once had power over Dartmouth undergrads.

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