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Hanover Diary: A Working Green
Back when men were men, women were women, and insurance companies (or perhaps just timorous bureaucrats?) didn’t actively seek to leach all the fun out of life, the Green was a center for the dormitory-based and fraternity intramural leagues. We played softball and touch football there in the fall and the spring. Strolling passersby would stop to chat with friends, loll along the sidelines, and cheer on their favorite dorm or frat. If pressed for time, they would cut across the outfield or the endzone, and live to tell the tale.
Three years ago President Kim organized a single softball game on the Green. A great deal of care was taken to ensure that no bystander could possibly be near a flying ball. There hasn’t been a game since then.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
What good is it having Phil Hanlon ‘77 as President if he can’t combine his power and memories to restore traditions that have been mistakenly eliminated from Dartmouth. Does he expect his multi-building clusters to have the social cohesiveness to restore intramural sports?
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…