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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:
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.
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.”
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…