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Dartmouth and the Jews
No need to squint hard to see how Dartmouth ranks among the nation’s top 60 private institutions of higher learning in terms of percentage of Jewish undergraduates. We don’t make the list. Six of the eight Ivies do, and in a fairly tight numerical grouping — Yale (27%), Penn (26%), Harvard (25%), Cornell (21%) and Columbia (20%) enroll a considerable number of Jewish students — but not Dartmouth or Princeton. The cutoff point for a Top 60 ranking is 13%. According to the 2016 edition of the Hillel Magazine College Guide, we and the Tigers clock in at only 10%:
Viewed from afar, one has to wonder about Dartmouth’s commitment to Jewish students. The Roth Center for Jewish Life functions well, and the Jewish Studies program packs ‘em in (last summer a quarter of the students on campus were taking a Jewish Studies course), but until this past fall, the College was the only Ivy school without a glatt kosher dining option (even UVM has long had true kosher dining). Today Dartmouth’s Orthodox kosher students can, um, enjoy pre-packaged kosher food.
Given our drastically declining application numbers, and the intellectual potential of many Jewish applicants, one would think that Phil Hanlon would seek the same diversity as other Ivies — rather than pick a Dean of the Faculty whom many people in the Jewish community see as little more than an anti-Semite.
Addendum: Unless I am wrong, isn’t Bruce Duthu the first Ivy faculty dean who has signed a BDS petition and who does not have a doctoral degree (he holds a JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law)? Anyone? Anyone?
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
As the story goes, back in about 1929 (or so) the Director (Dean) of Admissions in Ernest Hopkins’ administration was to leave on sabbatical. Reportedly his parting words to the acting director were “admit only the brightest,” which is exactly what the acting director did for the Class of 1935. It is my understanding that that class had the highest percentage of Jews ever before or since, with associated academic achievements. The list of Jewish names and awards go on and on, and the percentage was never to be repeated. It was my father’s class, and the class of Bob Reich’s dad. It is a very long list of high achievers.
It is interesting to note that President Hopkins seemed unaware of what was happening in the admissions office.
Addendum: A member of the faculty writes in:
Browsing my files, I have a 1998 message from Hillel rabbi, Danny Siegel, about Jewish enrolments:
Class of 98: 108.
Class of 99: a drop. [exact figure lacking]
Class of 00: 120.
Class of 01: 104
Those figures are virtually the same as today’s 10% figure.
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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