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The Satterlund Memorandum

The other day we referred to soon-to-be-departed OPAL DIrector Alysson Satterlund’s curt e-mail cancelling the “Phiesta” fundraiser after a single Latina student complained about the complexion of the event. At my request, Taylor Cathcart ‘15, the President of Phi Delt, provided us with the note itself. Satterlund, who describes herself as Senior Assistant Dean for Student Academic Support Services (SADSASS) made the decision to cancel Phiesta, which she communicated to Wes Schaub, the Director of Greek Letter Organizations and Societies (DGLOS). Schaub forwarded Satterlund’s memo — without comment — to Cathcart and Courtney Wong ‘15, the President of Alpa Phi:

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It certainly doesn’t appear as if there was a lot of teaching going on in this situation, nor debate, nor did anyone in OPAL show any desire to work with students. Imperious would be the term that I’d pick, coupled with dimwitted.

Satterlund’s decision made the national news. Now she is leaving town for points unknown. I wonder why?

Addendum: A droll correspondent chimes in:

When the Phiesta story first broke, I wondered aloud if Phi Delt and Alpha Phi Alpha might have been able to have their “Phiesta” had they served paella and flan instead of burritos and guacamole. After all, the Spanish word for party could just as easily apply to Spain as Latin America. I quickly realized, however, that even if they could find a place to get such things catered in the Upper Valley, Phi Delt and Alpha Phi would most likely run afoul of Daniela Hernandez for tacitly endorsing the Spaniards’ subjugation of native peoples.

Perhaps Dean Satterlund would share a motto with Dean Wormer: “No fun of any kind.”


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