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Did the College Hide AD Evidence?
The core issue in the AD litigation was whether AD was functioning “in conjunction” with the College when the Hanover zoning ordinance was passed in 1976. In its brief, the College insisted that during that period the administration was providing “substantial oversight” of the Greek houses. It turns out that back in the misty past (not that misty; I was a freshman), the brothers knew that an historic turning point had been reached, and they declared for all time that they were independent of the College:
Why did the College sit on this evidence, rather than include it in its filing with the court? Now that the NH Supreme Court has ruled, it is too late to do anything?
Addendum: An alumnus comments on the importance of the above letter:
1) AD had its zoning taken away because it did not prove that it was independent and self policing in 1976.
2) The College made the zoning complaint and allegations that caused Hanover to act.
3) The College, presumably, when it makes complaints, engages in a good faith review of its records to determine if there is a basis to make allegations. Really, shouldn’t everybody?
4) This document was in the possession of Dartmouth.
5) The letter, along with everything else, shows that there was no basis in fact for the determinations of the zoning board. Presumably its members will say “we only get what people put into the case, which is true.
6) But, if we believe that, the question comes down to: “Does Dartmouth have any obligation to tell the truth, or is Dartmouth entitled to ignore facts in order to achieve its objectives”
7) If the answer is the latter, then we’ve all joined the bookburners. Because that’s what we’re doing — burning history and ignoring facts. Put another way, let’s say somebody was doing medical research and only reported positive results and ignored adverse reactions (and deaths)? Or what if a student at Dartmouth wrote a history paper and the actual sources referenced said exactly the opposite of what was presented? Or, put yet another way, why is Dartmouth not subject to the same honor code in its own dealings as it pretends to require of its students?
Addendum: An alumnus comments:
Liars lie. However, people who ask for your money (charity being the highest form of trust- a contract in which one exchanges wealth fr a promise to do “good”) ought to be very cautious about their long earned franchise.
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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