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Spaulding: Clinton No Trump

The administration just never passes up a chance to shoot itself in the foot. Once again a transparent web of excuses makes Dartmouth look not only stupid but dishonest:

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[Michelle] Knesbach [‘17, President of the school’s College Republicans] explained that, “knowing that Donald Trump was going to get a huge crowd, I asked for Spaulding Auditorium in an email to Laura LaMontagne, an events facilitator, around mid-August. I was told that it was a possibility, and we looked at availability. We were initially told, via email, that there might be a possibility of using Spaulding.”

Shortly thereafter, Knesbach and the College Republicans Vice President Charles Springer decided to expedite the process by going to see LaMontagne in person. Springer recalled that when they arrived to meet with her, they were joined by another college events staff member named Jim, who Campus Reform believes to be Jim Alberghini, the school’s events manager.

“We were initially talking about using Spaulding as a venue for Trump,” Knesbach said, “Then they explained to us that Spaulding was managed by the Hopkins Center and generally only used for Hopkins Center events.”

Springer corroborated this statement saying, “[t]hey said that there were only very, very rare exceptions to this and that large expenses and bureaucratic drama were required to make the auditorium available for any event not run by the Hopkins Center.”

Knesbach explained that the administrators listed examples illustrating that they never allow presidential candidates to use the space.

“They told us that candidates like Howard Dean and Barack Obama could have filled up Spaulding but were not given the opportunity to use it,” Knesback said.

“‘Candidates never get Spaulding.’ They said that word for word,” Springer reiterated.

Addendum: The College has a long tradition of hosting controversial speakers: Martin Luther King spoke at the College in 1962; George Wallace in 1963 and 1967, and Stokley Carmichael in 1966. Wallace’s second visit led to a riot that was reported in the national press.

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