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Dartmouth Does NOT Sign Dreamers Letter to the House and Senate
Is Phil Hanlon taking a bold, new tack and aligning the College with the Trump administration in the national debate over Dreamers? All of the Ivies, except Dartmouth, and almost 800 other schools have signed an open letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that urges the protection of young immigrants:
Actually, I’m 100% certain the Phil is doing nothing bold at all — he never has — but you can expect that the sloppiness that marks almost every level of his administration is in evidence here yet again.
Addendum: A professor writes in:
I am among the faculty members who have been advising and assisting Dartmouth graduates who are “Dreamers.” I find it very disturbing that Dartmouth’s voice is missing in one of the most important social justice issues of our times. How can we discriminate against or deport youngsters brought here without their consent, many of whom have never known the land of their birth? Dartmouth graduates are among those who are in peril, while their alma mater, whether deliberately or by neglect, stands silent.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
While Dartmouth’s omission may have been inadvertent, in general, colleges and universities have no business taking institutional positions on political issues. They should be a forum that welcomes all points of view and seeks rational discussion, which obviously would be impeded if the institution has lent its official imprimatur to a particular one. The rule which is followed at the University of Chicago, is that everyone is free to speak, but no one speaks for the university. It would be nice to think that Dartmouth is following this rule, but absent explanation who knows?
Addendum: And another:
This blunder could be the final straw for Phil. At a time when Dartmouth is struggling to increase applications to keep pace with the other Ivies, this omission will surely hurt those efforts. This is not an issue where Dartmouth wants to stand out as being different from its peers. I predict a firestorm of criticism from alumni, faculty and students alike.
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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