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No. Decidedly Not the “Dartmouth Case”
The Presidential Task Force on Enrollment Expansion’s recent report hammered the poor state of virtually every aspect of the College’s infrastructure. Let’s hear it for serious, honest work. However the report also had evidence, at least on behalf of the person(s) who drafted the historical section, of the disdain (and historical illiteracy) that a good many members of the administration have for Dartmouth and her traditions. How many people recognize the legal reference here?
The famous “Dartmouth Case”? Come again? Or as Steve Martin used to say, “Oh, please.” Try as I might, I could not find any reference to such a case, though Daniel Webster was associated with Dartmouth College v. Woodward (17 U. S. 518, 1819) — which is not just commonly, but always, referred to as the “Dartmouth College” case — even by the U.S. Postal Service, which issued a commemorative stamp in 1969, on the occasion of the College’s 200th birthday:
I do not number myself among the “love her or leave her” crowd; any institution can improve. But if a faculty member or administrator feels so out of touch with the signal moments in the College’s history — and wants to re-name them — I am sure that there are a great many other institutions of higher learning which would provide more conducive environment for perennial disgruntlement.
Addendum: As part of the College’s 250th anniversary celebrations next year, the argument in the Dartmouth College case will be enacted in Washington before a Supreme Court panel led by Chief Justice John Roberts. “It is, Sir, as I have said, …”
Addendum: Fortunately for us, today’s undergraduates still confidently carry forth the tradition that Dartmouth is the only college in the Ivy League:
Eric Thorpe ‘18 will appear on Jeopardy tomorrow in the College Championship.
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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