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Could They Be Any Stupider?
Last night at a certain point, the bonfire was extinguished by the Town of Hanover Fire Department:
It’s hard to believe that the people who make such decisions have the courage to get out of bed in the morning.
Addendum: An alum writes in:
The extinguishing of the bonfire is the best metaphor for Dartmouth’s recent doldrums since Jim Kim decided to cancel, for “safety,” the summer swimming dock located a few feet from the plaque commemorating Ledyard’s hewing down of a great tree to carve a canoe with which to explore the then-untamed Connecticut river.
Erratum: Turns out that the high-pressure water was used to topple the bonfire so that it would not fall on students who were trying to touch the structure. Thank heavens! Not that anyone has ever been injured since 1888 in the spectacular collapse of the fire, but hey, why take any risk?
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…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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