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SCOTUS Chief’s Graduation Advice
I thought that everyone had seen Chief Justice John Roberts’ speech at Cardigan Mountain School (a private, grades 6-9, boys school only a twenty-mile drive from campus) when the Valley News ran a piece with a video about it almost a month ago. But it seems not. The Washington Post, um, broke the story this past Sunday:
Commencement addresses can possess real wisdom (as Steve Jobs showed at Stanford in 2005), and Roberts employs in his remarks the pared-down style that characterize his judicial opinions — along with pleasing wit. As someone might tell certain professors in the humanities, when your thinking is clear, simple language will more than suffice in communicating ideas.
Addendum: The College’s ties with Cardigan are extensive, as the school’s website reports:
Cardigan Mountain School was founded in 1945 by two men whose vision and belief in their goal were unshakable. Harold P. Hinman, a Dartmouth College graduate, and William R. Brewster, then headmaster of Kimball Union Academy, joined forces with legendary Dartmouth president Ernest Martin Hopkins to obtain the land that is now the site of Cardigan Mountain School’s campus. Cardigan Mountain School opened with 24 boys, and, in 1954, upon merging with the Clark School of Hanover, New Hampshire, the School as it is known today began to emerge. Since that time, the School has grown to its current enrollment of more than 200 boys in grades six through nine, while the philosophy and objectives set forth by the founders have remained unchanged.
Addendum: An observer of the College writes in:
Four-year Dartmouth hockey team member Dave McCusker ‘88 and his wife Stephanie (née Solms) ‘88 just concluded a HIGHLY successful decade as Headmaster and “First Mom” at Cardigan (2007-2016). The McCuskers’ tenure epitomized capable, caring and inspiring leadership at the school, resulting in strong enrollments as well as tremendous capital improvements and expansion on campus. They have founded an independent education consulting practice now, based in Concord. Cardigan already named a new dormitory in the McCuskers’ honor. That event never occurred before in my 23 years following the school and its leadership.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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