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Joyously Celebrating 250 Years?
An alumnus who was at the College in 1969, when Dartmouth celebrated its 200th birthday, writes in with a good question about the College’s Sestercentennial, the alma mater’s 250th birthday upcoming in 2019:
There seem to be an amazing lack of build-up to this celebration which begins in a little more than thirteen months.
For the Bicentennial there was tremendous build-up starting several years before.
Maybe Phil is failing again, or maybe there will be nothing to celebrate because Phil will truly fail and Dartmouth will totally collapse before we get to 2019.
Which is more probable? I am starting to fear the latter.
As we know, the Hanlon administration does not much like pomp and circumstance. Recall that Phil is the guy who downgraded Convocation from a serious ceremony, one that assembled the robed faculty for an exaltation of the College’s purpose, into nothing more than a content-free community barbecue. That said, perhaps one day in 2019 our President will see fit to organize a gathering on the Green with free gelato and a bouncy castle to celebrate Dartmouth’s greatness over the last quarter millennium. If he is not too busy.
Addendum: You’ll be happy to hear that at least the College’s Inclusive Excellence initiative is thinking forward to 2019. Here is its goal for the celebration:
In consultation with faculty, students, alumni and staff, Dartmouth will commission public projects on the historic treatment of underrepresented, marginalized and excluded groups as part of the College’s sestercentennial celebration in 2019.
Addendum: Lest I be considered harsh (moi?), there actually is a group charged with planning the Sestercentennial. Its steering committee has five members and its planning committee has twenty-four members, including a single member of the undergraduate faculty and a professor from Geisel:
Note that Co-Chair Martha Beattie ‘76 has, um, retired (great timing on that decision, Martha), and the last five Planning Committee’s slots have yet to be filled, even though names have been promised by the end of this year.
Addendum: By the way, if you are interested in the Vice President for Alumni Relations job, you can apply here.
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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