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Parking Up the Wrong Tree (3/3)
The first two parts of our parking exposé dealt with the increased costs of parking at Dartmouth for students and the reduced availability of spots for everyone who needs to leave a car at the College. But A-Lot and the other spaces scattered around campus are not the only two parking possibilities for vehicle owners — fraternity lots offer a significant number of spots every year. As it turns out, this fact has not escaped the College in its attempt to crack down on a problem that does not need to be cracked down on. Administrators want to know exactly who is keeping a car on fraternity property. The only problem is that the big bad frats aren’t playing nice:
A member of the Interfraternity Council has a theory:
The fact that the College wants to be able to identify drivers who break the rules — unnecessarily restrictive as they may be — seems fair at first. However, there are multiple fraternities on campus which own their own houses, including the attached parking lots. Anyone who’s paid any attention at all to College news in the past few years is aware that the administration seemingly has it out for the Greek system, so the infringement detailed above isn’t too surprising, but it does cross a line nonetheless.
What fraternities do with their own property is their own business, assuming that nobody is being put into any sort of danger. Obviously nobody is getting hurt because Dartmouth is unable to levy fines on certain students who put their cars in the wrong places from time to time. The foregone revenue may annoy administrators, but that alone does not pass muster when it comes to violating private property rights.
I would encourage the fraternities withholding information to stick to their guns — someone needs to remind the administration that Dartmouth students are, in fact, adults to be trusted, not children to rule over. If doing so means that the new parking department’s coffers are a bit less full at the end of the day, even better.
Perhaps we’ll get lucky and the College will come up short on the funding for its sorely needed reinforcements. Do you think that S&S alone will be able to stop the tide of chaos that would surely result from the absence of a dedicated parking Gestapo? I do.
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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