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No Peace and No Justice
Word from the inside says that no students are currently under investigation or facing College discipline for the BLM invasion of Baker Library on November 12:
You will recall that we published two eye-witness reports of the ugly events in the library that described the surrounding of studying students by BLM demonstrators and the shrieking of racist vulgarities. At least one complaint about that day was filed with the College — I know because I filed it — and Phil did promise publicly in the Valley News to investigate the events:
Administrators are investigating reports of violations of college policy, Hanlon said, and will enforce appropriate sanctions.
We’ve seen this behavior before when IP Carol Folt and Trustee Chair Steve Mandel announced that the RealTalk students who disrupted the Dimensions show in 2013 would be investigated by the College. In fact, no investigation was planned, and the Real Talkers were informed sotto voce by the administration that they had nothing to fear. To their credit, the kids informed Dartblog of Parkhurst’s duplicity. The administration was properly embarrassed, and to save face Folt punished the miscreants with a term or two of probation — the very lightest of wristslaps.
Perhaps a precedent has been set by the BLM students: it is ok to scream the following epithets in the ears of students working in the library:
You white racist piece of shit
Fuck your white privilege
Fuck your white tears
Stand the fuck up! Do you not think that black lives matter?
Logic and the common law canons of interpretation would indicate that one could change “white” to “black” in the above phrases and not face sanction, but I doubt that would be the case.
All in all, I had hoped for better from the Hanlon administration. There are core principles to be defended in this circumstance, and in not doing so, Phil places himself squarely in the line of other spineless college presidents. Given the number of requests for information that I have received from alumni as to the College’s disciplinary posture in this case, one can expect that Phil (and Dartmouth) will pay a price in the upcoming capital campaign for his lack of integrity.
Addendum: The College administrator in charge of undergraduate discipline and judicial affairs is none other than Vice Provost for Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer — who famously told students at Cutter-Shabazz House that “the [BLM] protest was a wonderful, beautiful thing.” Ameer is on ongoing disaster. Things that are wonderful and beautiful do not lead to punishment.
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
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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…
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