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Will Hanlon Drop the Other Shoe?

One of Dartblog’s kindred spirits relays a message that he received from a good friend of the College:

I am sending this to report a recent conversation I had with a well known, well placed Dartmouth friend. He quoted President Hanlon as saying that Sphinx and all other single sex organizations will not exist on the Dartmouth campus within a year. I must assume that includes Dragon, all single sex fraternities, clubs and sororities.

If I thought this were just a rumor, I would not repeat it. However, the statement was made in person to my friend by President Hanlon.

I could rail on about the direction our society in general and our College in particular are going. Needless to say, I think both are going in a poor direction. But I think this decision would be devastating not only for the institution but for current and future students no matter their sex or sexual preference.

I suspect there will be “study” groups created by the administration about this subject, but all such groups are just feel-good creations. The current administration will do just what it wants.

That having been said, I urge you to contact the College in any way you can, and swing any weight you have to prevent this ban on single sex organizations at Dartmouth.

Thanks for listening to me.

It’s hard to determine if this description of Phil’s future plans is accurate. Just know that the writer of this e-mail and its recipient are both serious people.

Time will tell if Phil has found another way to harm the College, and to hurt his limping fundraising efforts, too.

College Spokesperson Diana Lawrence replies — having checked with the President’s office:

There is zero truth to the rumor you published this morning on your blog. Phil Hanlon has absolutely no intention of eliminating or banning gender-specific organizations at Dartmouth.

I am happy to confirm or deny any speculation before it is published. I would appreciate the opportunity to do that before inaccurate information is circulated.

Diana is a good egg, but given the duplicitous treatment of AD and the College’s crusade against SAE, I am not 100% certain that she is fully informed.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I found it ironic that this news comes on the heels of yesterday’s Q&A with Government Professor Dean Lacy in “The D” which notes that Sphinx recently stepped in to help save the Government Department’s Program in Politics & Law:

On Nov. 6, 2017, the Sphinx Foundation, an educational and philanthropic non-profit organization based in New Hampshire, announced that it was awarding the program a $12,500 grant that will be used to fund research fellowships to undergraduate students and faculty members through the 2017-2018 academic year.

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