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A Load of Shameful Nonsense
The D reported in its Commencement issue that the College is saying diplomas would not be given out on the podium to members of the Class of ‘16 because of, get this, the risk of rain. What a load of hogwash:
This space reported on June 3 the administration’s determination not to hand out diplomas to the graduates, having been informed of it very early in the morning on June 2 — which means that the administration made the decision no later than June 1. Are we to believe that administrators decided this question twelve days before Commencement because of “the risk of inclement weather”? Gimme a break.
In the PR world there is always a little linguistic legerdemain, a slight shading of language and tone to make one’s side appear in a better light, but Diana Lawrence’s bald-faced dishonesty is way beyond the pale. Weather had nothing to do with it, dearie, and one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that. Perhaps the PR folks are rebelling with an obvious fib against an administration that is not forthright enough to take responsibility for its own actions.
Wherever the case, the College is looking bad here, again.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Great coverage on the diploma scandal. My prediction is that in a year or two students will be required to go to their assigned residential community to pick up their diploma. This way Hanlon will have created something tangible that these “communities” can do, and he won’t be breaking any “tradition” since diplomas will have not been give out at the main ceremony “for years.” It will be just like at Harvard, where diplomas are given out at the residential houses.
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
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