Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sad News

I hate getting emails like this so close to the holidays.  Prayers go out to his family.

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community:

With great sadness I regret to inform you that we have learned of the death of Cody Lavender, a Dartmouth junior, who was studying in Edinburgh, Scotland on a Foreign Study Program (FSP).

We have expressed our deepest sympathies to his family.
The College is now reaching out to students in the FSP and other members of the community to offer counseling resources. Counseling resources are available on campus in person, or by phone for those not on campus, 24 hours a day. We will be looking after each other.

The authorities are investigating. The death is not being treated as suspicious. We have no other official information at this time.


Tom Crady
Dean of the College

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Reiko Ohnuma, Part 2

Further examination of Reiko Ohnuma's Facebook profile has dug up a few more gems:

* On co-professor Clarence Hardy: "Reiko is co-teaching this term with a black colleague...whose mind is no longer on the stupid class."
* On grading papers: "
Reiko has nothing interesting to say about these damn papers, but better think of something quick."
* On her course load: "
Reiko shouldn't be teaching Religion 1 nine years in a row, because it's getting pretty old at this point."
* On the religion department: "
some day, when i am chair, we're all going to JOG IN PLACE throughout the meeting. this should knock out at least half of the faculty within 10 minutes (especially the blowhards) & then the meeting can be ended in a timely manner." (emphasis ours)
* Lastly, with a bit of irony, she posts a Salon article about facebook: "Professionals over 30 have joined the networking site in droves, but with great convenience can come great embarrassment."

Again, pictures, in case she closes her profile:

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Dartmouth Professor Uncensored...

As just about any college student knows by now, posting embarrassing things on Facebook or MySpace can have serious repercussions: taunts and ridicule, lost job opportunities, and even legal action.

However, this lesson has sadly been lost on Religion Professor Reiko Ohnuma. Her Facebook profile is littered with quotes, revealing deep insight into her teaching style:

* "Reiko doesn't know how to explain what 'modernity' is & isn't entirely clear herself."
* "(to a facebook friend) 'I'm now going to shamelessly plagiarize your language.'"
* "Where is Wikipedia when you really need it? The Wikipedia article on modernity SUCKS."
* "Yeah, I saw that page already. Thank fucking God for the Internet."

The next day:
* "Reiko faked it with aplomb."
* "
yeah, but i feel like such a you think dartmouth parents would be upset about paying $40,000 a year for their children to go here if they knew that certain professors were looking up stuff on Wikipedia and asking for advice from their Facebook friends on the night before the lecture?"

That's a very good question, Reiko. What do you say, Dartmouth Parents, Students, Alumni, and others?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Presidential Generosity

This little gem popped up in the final paragraph of an article about the upcoming Men's Soccer match against Boston College.

Admission for Dartmouth students has been paid for by President Wright but students will need to show a Dartmouth ID.

I can't decide whether this is a bit of hyperbolic fluff or a last-ditch effort to get on everybody's good side at once.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Indian Store Online!

The Dartmouth Review invites all of its readers to visit our new Indian Store, featuring re-designed T-shirts, mugs, mousepads and more!

Click here to visit the new store

Thanksgiving Wishes

This type of thing never ceases to amuse me. Happy Thanksgiving, readers!

From: Sustainable Dartmouth
Subject: *Have a Happy, Sustainable Thanksgiving!*
To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Dear Dartmouth,

Now is the time to give thanks for our friends, family, and mother earth! This Thanksgiving, show your gratitude and appreciation for the environment by:

1. Buy local, organic ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal.

2. Try to include more vegetarian courses in the Thanksgiving meal.

3. Recycle all of your empty cans, glass jars, and plastic containers and if possible, compost all food scraps. Recycle your leftovers through your body.

4. Save energy by planning ahead so that you can bake multiple dishes at the same time if they require the same baking temperature. Eat by candlelight!

5. Get creative with leftovers and sustain that Thanksgiving feeling for the next few meals. = D

6. Give thanks for the resources and labor that went into creating your celebration.

7. Burn off some of those extra calories or justify another piece of pie by taking a walk outside and appreciating the beauty of the natural world.

8. In your spare time, consider applying for a new, interdisciplinary internship:

Ecological Identity Internship
The internship will examine socially constructed elements of ecological identity, drawing on theories of ecofeminism to explore how gender and other constructions of identity shape how humans interact with the environment. We are recruiting applications for both Winter and Spring terms - applications due Dec 5th! This pilot internship is part of an exciting collaboration between the Sustainable Living Center and the Center for Women and Gender. For more information and the application go to Blitz questions and applications to Margi Dashevsky.

Have a peaceful, happy, and sustainable Thanksgiving break!

~Sustainable Dartmouth

Sunday, November 23, 2008

TIm Geithner '83 to Head Treasury

Last Friday, Barack Obama announced that Timothy Geithner, Dartmouth '83, will be his nominee for Treasury Secretary. It is notable that, succeeding Henry Paulson '68, Geithner will be the second consecutive Dartmouth alum entrusted with rescuing our troubled economy — in what many are calling the most powerful job in the world right now. Perhaps Dartmouth's "corporate culture" isn't such a terrible thing?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Issue Online

The latest issue of The Dartmouth Review is now online, focusing on John Sloan Dickey
* A look at the Dickey Center
* The War and Peace Center: Part of Dickey's Legacy
* The Stem Cell Debate at Dartmouth
* Week In Review and Last Word

And Much More!!!

Rumor Has It

That Allie Lowe '10 is going to be Editor of the D next year.

Best Wishes.

UPDATE: Rumor Confirmed, Allie Lowe '10 is the new Editor in Chief

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obamamania at Dartmouth


America Got the President it Deserves

Or: Election Open-Thread

Friday, October 31, 2008

War and Peace Issue Online

The latest issue of The Dartmouth Review, featuring history, interviews, and commentary on the topic of War and Peace, is now online. Coverage includes:

* The Laurelled Men of Dartmouth who have served throughout history, and four Dartmouth students/alumni answering the call right now
* The Case for Bob Barr; The Case for the Causal Theory of Perception
* Pulitzer prize winner John Burns talks Iraq at the College; gives an exclusive TDR Interview to boot
* Emily Esfahani-Smith on the foreign policy career path; TDR interviews former CENTCOM commander General Abizaid
* Naturally, the Week in Review, and The Last Word.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sununu Surging

Having met the man and seen his record, I am hoping that this pans out and at least the Granite State does its part to deny Obama his supermajority.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Homecoming Issue Online

Our latest issue of The Dartmouth Review, celebrating homecoming, is now online. Top stories include:

* A History of Dartmouth Nights, including why one should, nay, must rush the field.
* The editorial take on the Presidential Search, and a tragic blow-by-blow of the student forum
* Why Jeffrey Hart is supporting Barack Obama.
* The Rugger's Roundup and the latest Indian Football update
* Why Socrates was not black
* Per Usual, the week in review and the last word on the subject.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Something less divisive, as Homecoming is a time for the Dartmouth family to recognize that our bonds are stronger than our disagreements.

And it's really cool to watch.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Parity Politics

The Hanover Institute, a non-profit corporation with an interest in maintaining parity on Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees, issued a full page advertisement in The Dartmouth on Friday, making it clear that they will continue the fight for alumni influence on the Board. While the Association of Alumni claims to be negotiating to gain more alumni trustees, the Hanover Institute remains skeptical of the Board’s reciprocity in the matter. The potential for another law suit, this time filed by individuals, remains on the table.

We call upon the Board of Trustees to affirm the right of parity – the right of alumni to elect one-half of the non ex-officio members of the board – at their November 7-8 board meeting.

If they are unable to do that, then any “negotiations” between the Board and alumni are clearly futile.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

WFB's Son To Vote Obama

So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.” I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of “Ron Reagan Jr. to Address Democratic Convention,” but it’ll have to do.

Christopher Buckley explains.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Nader Neglected

Ralph Nader, the quadrennial third-party presidential candidate, held what could be loosely defined as a “campaign rally” at Dartmouth College on Monday. Despite the on-campus popularity of environmentalism and consumer advocacy, two of the central issues in Nader’s largely overlooked run for the White House, the event was not well attended.

As The Dartmouth reported, Nader, visibly perturbed by the lack of interest, took shots at the quality of the college’s political discourse and its conservative reputation.

Nader noted that fewer than 10 of the approximately 40 audience members appeared to be Dartmouth students. He criticized the “sterile political debate at Dartmouth,” adding that the College is known as the most conservative school in the Ivy League.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Questions for Professor Hart

This week, I will be interviewing Professor Hart about the elections (and his support of Barack Obama) for our upcoming issue. If any Dartlog commenters would like to suggest questions for Prof. Hart, they can be left in the comments section.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Latest Issue Online

The Latest Issue of The Dartmouth Review is now online, focusing on the issue of religion and spirituality on campus. Highlights include:

* A History of the Tucker Foundation
* Ending the Secular Crusade by Emily Esfahani-Smith
* The Return of Prof. Rosenstock-Huessy, commentary by Jeffrey Hart
* A TDR Exclusive Interview with BC's Peter Kreeft
* A History of the Review; A Pea-green's take on his first week
* The Last Word on the subject

Saturday, October 04, 2008

TDR and Technology

As Web Editor of The Dartmouth Review, I will begin to provide insight into Technology here at Dartmouth, and in the nation as a whole. New student start-ups, changes in the Dartmouth network infrastructure, and national debates on such topics as Network neutrality and software patents - all will be fair game. I hope to appeal to the geekier side of Dartmouth, of which I am unabashedly a member.

To kick it off, I'd like to provide a shot of what was undoubtedly one of more light-hearted moments of Thursday's debate.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Vice-Presidential Debate

About two and a half hours ago, liberals everywhere tuned in to the Vice Presidential debate, already relishing the anticipated rout. Even some pessimistic conservatives expected Joe Biden to talk circles around Sarah Palin. However, the debate didn’t quite go that way, although Joe Biden's ability to talk in circles remains unquestioned.

Governor Palin held her own. She didn’t always answer the moderator’s questions, but neither did Biden (or any candidate in debate history).  She also failed to refute the Delaware Senator’s devastating insinuations that John McCain believes in the free market. She did, however, demonstrate an understanding of national issues, the very thing she has been so frequently accused of lacking.

The debate probably didn’t achieve any spectacular conversions; those who prefer liberal ideas will still prefer Obama/Biden. But swing voters who doubted Palin’s competence at the national level can set those doubts to rest.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

2008 Dartmouth Clery Report

The Dartmouth Department of Safety and Security today released their 2008 Annual Security Clery Report, detailing various crime rates, specifically crimes committed by students and those that occurred on Dartmouth property. Not much was new in the document besides 2007's numbers. Highlights include:

  • We appear to have stamped out arson on campus, with no occurrences in '06 or '07!
  • Dartmouth campus still murder-and-manslaughter free! Take that, Yalies!
  • Alcohol-related arrests down 40% since '05 - alcohol-related disciplinary action down almost 50%! (Debate: does this make the '11s the worst class ever?)
  • No gun law violations (not that there's really any gun laws to violate here in NH)
  • Burglary, drug law arrests/violations all holding even
  • A slight up-tick in sexual offenses (14 in '05, 13 in '06, 19 in '07)

Monday, September 29, 2008


Paul Hodes, our Democratic Representative here in Hanover, opposed the bill today. Perhaps the dartlog commentators would like to weigh in on the deal as well?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The era of Wall St. is over.

Dartmouth seniors, many of whom are preparing for corporate recruiting right now, may be disheartened to learn about "The End of Wall Street," as reported today in the Wall Street Journal.
And so, in a single week, the era of the independent investment bank has ended. Wall Street as we've known it for decades has ceased to exist. Six months ago there were five major investment banks. Two -- Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns -- have failed, Merrill Lynch is selling itself to Bank of America, and now the last two are becoming commercial banks. Adam Smith, that great market disciplinarian, is punishing excesses and remaking American finance long before Congress can get into the act.

Monday, September 22, 2008

TDR Freshman Issue

The Freshman Issue of The Dartmouth Review is now online, with a little something for everyone, including updates to our infamous Best and Worst Professors column, additions to our list of Courses of Note, and Professor Jeffrey Hart's take on what constitutes a college education.

* Dartmouth's Best and Worst Professors
* Courses of Note
* Greek Life, pen-portraits; Greek Life: A Freshman Girl's Take
* Freshman Etiquette
*A review of freshman summer reading
* Last Word.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Keggy Kidnapping Kaper

Keggy the Keg has been stolen. This is evidently a legitimate criminal affair.

The letter from the Jack-O-Lantern (language):

Upon returning to campus for pre-orientation, members of the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern discovered that Keggy the Keg, Dartmouth's beloved, chronically intoxicated mascot, was no longer in our possession. Previously residing in Robinson Hall room 205, it appears that sometime in mid- to late August, Keggy was forcibly abducted.

Since Keggy is our property, this is a CRIME!

The theft has been reported to both Safety *and* Security. And Hanover Police. If H-Po finds Keggy in your frat or dorm room, they will not fuck around.

In five short years, Keggy has become an engrained member of the Dartmouth community. We really love bringing Keggy to campus, but we have been unable to see the smiles on the wee '12s' faces this pre-o because Keggy has been unavailable for public appearances. And because his thieves failed to take the interior harness or costume, his shell alone cannot be worn by man. (In other words, Keggy will not be appearing at Homecoming, at other sports events, or anywhere else, until we get him back.)

If you provide a tip that leads to Keggy's recovery, we will shower you with free Keggy merchandise.

* Us! (609) 651-7431
* Safety & Security: (603) 646-4000
* Hanover Police: (603) 643-2222

Thanks. Go kegs!

Is it possible that a certain Moose or ubiquitous color had something to do with this? More will undoubtedly be forthcoming!

Crady announces COS reforms

Dean of the College, Tom Crady, has today announced reforms that will be made to the Committee on Standards, and the undergraduate disciplinary process. His letter, here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

ROTC Bans to Encounter Opposition

From the Washington Post:

IVY LEAGUE administrators, take heed: The next president will oppose the de facto bans on the Reserve Officers' Training Corps that prevail at several of these prestigious institutions.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Haldeman Announces New Charter Trustees

From Ed Haldeman's Open Letter:

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community,

I am pleased to announce new appointments to the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.

Five distinguished alumni, who have devoted many years of service to the College, were elected to the Board today:

* Jeffrey Immelt '78, chairman and chief executive officer, GE;
* Sherri Oberg '82, Tuck '86, founder, president and chief executive officer, Acusphere, Inc.;
* John Rich '80, chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, director, Center for Academic Public Health Practice, Drexel University;
* Steven Roth '62, Tuck '63, chairman and chief executive officer, Vornado Realty Trust, and
* Diana Taylor '77, managing director, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC.

These individuals bring a breadth of skills and perspectives that will further strengthen the Board's capacity to steward and support Dartmouth's mission

See news release with bios

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Figure skating coach resigns, faults administration

The Valley News reports that the head coach of Dartmouth’s “five-time national champion figure skating team has resigned after a disagreement with the college about the program’s position in the athletic hierarchy.”
Figure Skating Coach Quits Dartmouth Team
By: Tony Lane
Valley News Staff Writer

Hanover -- The head coach of Dartmouth's five-time national champion
figure skating team has resigned after a disagreement with the college
about the program's position in the athletic hierarchy.

Loren McGean, a Dartmouth Class of 1992 member who began co-coaching
the club with her father, Michael (Class of 1949), in 2002, submitted a
letter of resignation to several Dartmouth administrators, including
President Jim Wright, last week.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Valley News,
McGean cited the need on her part for more "financial transparency" in
the use of funds that were donated specifically for Big Green figure

In spring 2007, Dartmouth announced the creation of the J. Michael
McGean Endowment Fund, the club's first permanent source of funding, to
support the figure skating team's $80,000 budget.

McGean also wanted another athletic category established between
varsity and club to accommodate current club teams (of which figure
skating is one) that compete on a national level.

"To date these requests have all been either ignored or denied,"
McGean wrote in the letter, "and the College has refused to consider a
reasonable solution or an acceptable working environment to fully
support the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team, a recognized, legitimate
intercollegiate athletic program.

"I regret that under these circumstances and in the absence of these
needs being met, I am unable to continue my work as Head Coach of the
Dartmouth Figure Skating Team."

McGean confirmed yesterday she was resigning and offered no further
comment. There was no immediate word on a coaching successor.
Dartmouth athletics director Josie Harper regretted that McGean
decided to decline a reappointment contract.

"We really value everything Loren and her father did to take the
club where it is today," Harper said yesterday. "The program has always
been very important to us."

In addressing McGean's concerns about financial oversight, Harper
said: "All the club teams have the same opportunity to raise funds.
Figure skating wasn't any different. We feel we supported them fully,
and we certainly have no intention of cutting that support."

As for the creation of a competitive level between varsity and club
sports, Harper said the college simply didn't have the structure to
adopt it.

"We recognize that some club sports can compete at the highest
level," Harper noted. "Rugby works within our structure."
The figure skating club was founded by former student Amy Stetson --
with the help of Michael McGean -- during the 1996-97 school year.
Dartmouth has been undefeated in competition since the fall of 2003 and
has won the U.S. National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team
Championships every year since 2004.

Daniel Dittrick, a club skater and co-captain who graduated last
June, was a member of the Club Sports Commission of the Student Assembly
that issued a report in the spring of 2006, urging Dartmouth to increase
facility and financial support for club teams.

Reached Monday by phone, Dittrick refrained from speaking of
McGean's resignation, but said the college had responded to some of the
commission's recommendations.

"There has been a lot of changes -- the recognition of a couple more
sports like women's lacrosse," Dittrick said. "There's also a full-time
administrator in Joann Brislin that works with club teams."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Former TDR editor to run for State Assembly

Former Dartmouth Review editor, Harmeet Dhillon ’89 is running for a seat on California’s State Assembly. The State Assembly--which does for California what the House of Representatives does for the United States--is divided into 80 assembly districts, each representing a geographical region of the state. Ms. Dhillon is running for the 13th district, which represents San Francisco.

Both Ms. Dhillon and her opponent, Tom Ammiano, ran unopposed in their respective primaries, Ms. Dhillon for the republicans, and Mr. Ammiano for the democrats. Though Ms. Dhillon is running as a republican in one of the most liberal cities in the country, she is optimistic about her campaign: "I'm a balanced civil libertarian--not some kind of extremist. And citizens and taxpayers have civil rights too--the right to safe streets and the right not to be tripping over street criminals when they walk through the financial district after hours. Tom and his cohorts are not advocating the rights of the law abiding residents of San Francisco," she tells The Dartmouth Review.

Her record, which includes a commitment to human rights issues, only underscores her point: as a lawyer, she has represented “several South Asian women victims of a high-profile sex trafficking ring in Berkeley in 2002....[she] has served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Northern California Chapter, [and] she has also served on the board of Santa Clara County’s Support Network for Battered Women,” according to her campaign website. She has received several awards and honors for her work.

As a civil libertarian, Ms. Dhillon is generally opposed to government regulations, which stands in stark contrast to her opponent. Mr. Ammiano is famous for introducing a health care tax, imposed on San Francisco businesses, that taxes employees a dollar an hour. In addition, Mr. Ammiano supports policies that result in murders and higher crimes in San Francisco: for instance, he wants to shield criminal juvenile illegal aliens from being turned over to the federal authorities to be deported.

“Even after a triple murder in June caused by a juvenile illegal alien,” Ms. Dhillon explains, “he still wants to grant them the same rights as other American juveniles.” In challenging Mr. Ammiano, Ms. Dhillon hopes to bring a more moderate view to the State Assembly.

"Even if you’re a taxpaying law-abiding democrat," she says, "you are going to be startled by some of my opponent’s policies. This isn’t a race about republicans versus democrats, but about normal people versus extremists.”

If you are interesting in contributing to her cause, click here, or attend her September 16th fundraiser at the Yale Club in New York. For further questions or details, please e-mail Harmeet Dhillon at

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

College Presidents Urge Consideration of Lowered Drinking Age

Hey, President Wright's getting one thing right. Link to the news story can be found here. The full list of signatories can be seen here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

TDR Summer 2008

The new issue is online and packed with goodies, the likes of which you don't often see. Among them:

Thursday, July 31, 2008

UChicago Faculty Protest New Milton Friedman Institute

From the Milton Friedman Institute website:
“The goal of the Institute is to build on the University’s existing leadership position and make the Milton Friedman Institute a primary intellectual destination for economics by creating a robust forum for engagement of our faculty and students with scholars and policymakers from around the world,” said President Robert J. Zimmer. “The Milton Friedman Institute will continue Chicago’s extraordinary tradition of creating new ideas that stimulate the academic world and innovative approaches that influence policy.”

If you have not yet read the original protest letter, it is here.

The document speaks for itself, but the quality of its prose makes one wonder why professors of English would attach their names to it.

Read U of C Graduate School of Business Professor John Cochrane's riposte here.

Dartmouth Grads Scrape By

Ten to Twenty years out of school, Dartmouth grads earn more money on average than the alumni of other American schools according to a recent study compiled by Edging out the second place Princeton alums, who make $131,000 a year, the average Dartmouth alumnus makes $134,000 ten to twenty years after his graduation. The findings are particularly remarkable considering that recent graduates (within the last five years) make $58,000—good enough for only 18th place when compared to their peers. Forbes, which reported the findings, largely attributed the success of Dartmouth graduates to the loyal and tight alumni network. While Monica Wilson of career services, told Forbes that the success was based on the College’s success at creating well-rounded people. Dartmouth also placed well when schools' top ten percent of earners were averaged, coming in second behind Yale.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Newss

From July 21, courtesy of Regret the Error:

P.S. A reader points to this from the VNews as well:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Are You Financially Literate?

Dartmouth Econ. Prof. Annamaria Lusardi has devised the following test to determine a person's financial literacy. The results are disturbing. Only one third of the respondents that were older than fifty managed to get all three questions right. For the answers to the three questions and an interesting interview with Prof. Lusardi, follow this link.

1. Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After 5 years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?

a. More than $102
b. Exactly $102
c. Less than $102
d. Do not know

2. Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1 percent per year and inflation was 2 percent per year. After 1 year, would you be able to buy more than, exactly the same as, or less than today with the money in this account?

a. More than today
b. Exactly the same as today
c. Less than today
d. Do not know

3. Do you think that the following statement is true or false? “Buying a single company stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.”

a. True
b. False
c. Do not know

P.S. More on Lusardi here.

Treasury Taps Wilson '69

Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson '68 has taken on fellow alum Ken Wilson '69 to help him sort out the financial mess the country is currently in. This is from today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required):
In Mr. Wilson, Mr. Paulson gets a formidable ally in navigating the current problems, with years of Wall Street experience and a Rolodex of well-placed friends and clients. Mr. Wilson, the head of Goldman's financial-institutions group, has served as Wall Street's go-to banker during the last year, as firms from Wachovia Corp. to National City Corp. have turned to him for advice on their mortgage woes. Helping burnish Goldman's reputation: During the current crisis, it has managed to avoid some of the big mistakes that have plagued rivals such as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co.

[. . .]

It is perhaps no surprise that Mr. Paulson, once the CEO of Goldman Sachs, called on his former colleague. The two men met at Dartmouth College, and Mr. Paulson helped recruit Mr. Wilson to Goldman. Once a year, the two head to Andros Island in the Bahamas for a few days of bonefishing. In a nod to Mr. Wilson's influence, Mr. Paulson gave him an office on Goldman's 30th floor, a power alley that includes current firm Chairman and Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein.
Meanwhile, on one of the Journal's blogs, Heidi Moore remarks on the quiet presence of Dartmouth alumni all over the financial district.

(Photo is courtesy of Reuters.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hanover: New Arts Center is Hideous

The Valley News ran a story today on the College's new Visual Arts Center. Construction on the building is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2009. The building's location—southeast of the Hopkins Center—was chosen specifically to give a more grandiose southern entrance to Dartmouth. The project is not without controversy, as residents (quite rightly) fear that the new arts building will be as aesthetically disturbing as the Hopkins Center.
College officials' upbeat presentation yesterday was a sharp contrast with the negative reviews from members of a Hanover community group the college convenes to discuss potentially sensitive matters.

“I can't be very tactful about it,” said Marilyn “Willy” Black, a former selectwoman and current town moderator who sits on the Dartmouth Liaison Committee. “I just think it's hideous.”

She and other members of the committee said the building's design was panned at a recent session with college officials.

“It doesn't tend to generate a neutral reaction,” said Town Manager Julia Griffin, who said she's not yet decided what she thinks of the design, which she said makes “a big, bold statement.”
The whole story, here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Harvard Forced Out by Administration

This from today's (occasionally) Daily D:
Andy Harvard, director of the Outdoor Programs Office, stepped down on Friday, according to an e-mail sent by acting Dean of Student Life Joe Cassidy. Several students and alumni associated with the Dartmouth Outing Club, however, said they were confused about the suddenness of Harvard’s departure and believed that Harvard likely did not step down voluntarily.
Perhaps the most inadvertently hilarious claim was that "Palmer and Polashenski said many members of the DOC were “shocked” by Harvard’s departure and upset by the secretiveness surrounding the resignation." This from a segment of campus known for its opacity in things like selecting croo members and spreaders of goodwill. Nonetheless, the question is still out there: why was Harvard forced out? Especially when 76% of DOC members wrote to Dean Crady expressing their support for him.

P.S. See the comments for more from DOC insiders. Also, if anyone knows the precise reasons for his dismissal, blitz me.

P.P.S. Here is Davenport's Op-Ed, and a pdf of Polashenski's letter.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Campaign Stops and the Klan

A pair of interesting pieces in today's Wall Street Journal. First a book review of Michael Cohen's Live from the Campaign Trail by David Shribman '76:
This year, so far, we have heard two speeches that aspired to greatness: Mitt Romney's treatise on religious freedom and Barack Obama's "more perfect union" remarks on race relations in America. Both were ambitious and provocative, but they were also derivative, haunted by echoes from nearly a half-century ago, when Sen. John F. Kennedy addressed the Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960. It was there that Kennedy attempted to address concerns that the nation would not elect a Roman Catholic to the White House.

The great American campaign speech is obviously hard to pull off and, for the readers among us, now hard to find. Students no longer stand before classrooms and recite the hallowed words of past office-holders and -seekers, and the small volumes of political speeches that once lined every American library – I cadged some splendid ones when Dartmouth's Baker Library disposed of its collection 35 years ago – are a thing of the past.
Also of interest is this piece by Dorothy Rabinowitz:
Keith Sampson, a student employee on the janitorial staff earning his way toward a degree, was in the habit of reading during work breaks. Last October he was immersed in "Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan."

Mr. Sampson was in short order visited by his union representative, who informed him he must not bring this book to the break room, and that he could be fired. Taking the book to the campus, Mr. Sampson says he was told, was "like bringing pornography to work." That it was a history of the battle students waged against the Klan in the 1920s in no way impressed the union rep.

The assistant affirmative action officer who next summoned the student was similarly unimpressed. Indeed she was, Mr. Sampson says, irate at his explanation that he was, after all, reading a scholarly book. "The Klan still rules Indiana," Marguerite Watkins told him – didn't he know that? Mr. Sampson, by now dazed, pointed out that this book was carried in the university library. Yes, she retorted, you can get Klan propaganda in the library.

The university has allowed no interviews with Ms. Watkins or any other university official involved in the case. Still, there can be no disputing the contents of the official letter that set forth the university's case.

Mr. Sampson stood accused of "openly reading the book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject in the presence of your Black co-workers." The statement, signed by chief affirmative action officer Lillian Charleston, asserted that her office had completed its investigation of the charges brought by Ms. Nakea William, his co-worker – that Mr. Sampson had continued, despite complaints, to read a book on this "inflammatory topic." "We conclude," the letter informed him, "that your conduct constitutes racial harassment. . . ." A very serious matter, with serious consequences, it went on to point out.
Read the whole thing.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Summertime TV

A discussion between author Tom Wolfe and former Dartmouth Professor (and neuroscience expert) Michael Gazzaniga.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lawsuit Withdrawn

As expected during the recent election, the new AoA Executive Committee has decided to terminate the AoA's lawsuit against the Board of Trustees. The College's press release is here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Open Thread: Presidential Search Committee

The members of the Presidential Search Committee were recently unveiled. There seems to be partisans from both sides of the alumni dispute on the committee, most prominently Martha Beattie '76 and Peter Robinson '79. This is an open thread concerning its make-up. Discuss.

How to Create a Nom de Plume

There are numerous ways to avoid posting anonymously, but the following is the easiest:
  • Click Post a Comment at the bottom of the post.
  • You will then have four options: a google name, an OpenID name, Name/URL, and Anonymous. Click the circle next to Name/URL.
  • In the space to the right of Name, write whatever sequence of letters, numbers, and spaces your little heart desires—as long as it doesn't spell 'anonymous'.
  • The URL space is optional. If you have your own website or blog that you want people to know about, then type that address in this space. But you can leave this space blank if you want.
  • Click Publish your Comment.
That's all there is to it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Haldeman: Conflicting Reports?

The Daily Dartmouth finally got around to reporting yesterday that Dartmouth’s Board Chair Ed Haldeman will be stepping down from his post as Putnam Investment’s CEO and President—dartlog readers may recall our coverage of this event here several days ago.

Haldeman will now be the chair of the company’s mutual fund unit. According to Haldeman, as reported in the Daily Dartmouth, “This transition has been anticipated for a very long period of time.”

Specifically, according to the Daily D’s article, this transition has been anticipated for nearly two years. According to the Daily D: “Plans for Haldeman to step down began in fall 2006 when the Power Financial Corporation began negotiations to acquire Putnam.”

However, according to the Boston Globe (June 13, 2008), as of this past spring, such a transition was not in the cards for the former CEO: “In May [2008], Haldeman disclosed that Power Financial had extended his contract at least through 2010, which a spokeswoman said at the time would keep him in the roles of chief executive and president.”

Perhaps the editors at the Daily D should be forgiven; it may be they don't read the Boston Globe, sticking to the forwarded press releases from the Dartmouth administration instead.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Unethical Dealings by a Board Member?

Trustee Leon Black is in the news.

P.S. Here's more.

Presidential Search Committee Announced


The following are the six members of the Board of Trustees on the committee:
  • Bradford Evans '64, managing director of Morgan Stanley and a vice chairman of the firm's Investment Banking Department;
  • Jose W. Fernandez '77, a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and global co-chair of the firm's Latin America practice;
  • Pamela Joyner '79, the managing partner and founder of Avid Partners;
  • Stephen Mandel Jr. '78, managing director and portfolio manager at Lone Pine Capital;
  • Albert Mulley Jr. '70, chief of the General Medicine Division and director of the Medical Practices Evaluation Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine and associate professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School; and
  • Peter Robinson '79, fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Dartmouth faculty:

  • Joyce DeLeo, professor of anesthesiology and of pharmacology and toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School;
  • Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business;
  • Gretchen Gerzina, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography and the chair of the Department of English;
  • Joseph Helble, dean of the Thayer School of Engineering;
  • Jane Lipson, the Albert W. Smith Professor of Chemistry; and
  • Jonathan Skinner, the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences.

Student and alumna:

  • Molly Bode '09, president of the Student Assembly; and
  • Martha Beattie '76, chair of the Alumni Council's Alumni Liaison Committee and past president of the Alumni Council

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Haldeman, Denying Allegations, Steps Down as Putnam CEO

Two days after Dartmouth’s Association of Alumni results were announced, Dartmouth’s Board Chair Ed Haldeman told reporters in a June 12th teleconference that he will be stepping down as Putnam Investment’s CEO. Putnam Investments is a mutual funds firm based in Boston. During the media teleconference, Haldeman “insisted that the move has nothing to do with an allegation, put forward recently by a Putnam whistleblower, that Haldeman had known about the market-timing activity that had occurred years ago.” Readers of The Dartmouth Review may recall our coverage of this sordid affair some months ago.

Market-timing at Putnam, which constitutes fraud, occurred as late as 2003. Haldeman joined Putnam in the fall of 2002 as the head of investments. In the wake of Putnam’s market-timing scandal, which made headlines in 2003, Haldeman replaced then-CEO Larry Lasser as the company’s CEO in November, 2003.

Those who know the former CEO suggest that Haldeman will land on his feet after this stumble; we at The Dartmouth Review offer former-CEO Haldeman our best wishes.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

'Unity' slate sweeps executive committee seats

From the horse's mouth:

HANOVER, NH - The Dartmouth College Office of Alumni Relations today announced that a record number of Dartmouth alumni voted to elect new leadership of the Association of Alumni (AoA) committed to ending a lawsuit against the College.

Every member of the "Unity" slate of candidates for the eleven-member executive committee was elected with approximately 60 percent of the votes cast. With 24,940 ballots cast, a record number of Dartmouth College's more than 60,000 alumni participated in the election, approximately 38 percent.

"Dartmouth alumni have expressed their support for ending the lawsuit against the College and pursuing a more collaborative and productive approach to governance," said David Spalding, Dartmouth's Vice President for Alumni Relations, who was reelected secretary-treasurer of the Association."The unprecedented participation in this year's AoA election reflects the great passion alumni have for Dartmouth and their strong commitment to doing what's best for its students."

A great example of democracy killing itself. Thanks alumni!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Vote Reminder

Online voting for the AoA's Executive Committee concludes today. For those who live close to Hanover, you can still vote in person at their annual meeting on the 10th.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Dartmouth Review's Parity Slate

Apparently being endorsed by us is a bad thing:


The Push for Democracy Spreads

The alumni of Colgate are petitioning for a say on their Board.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Harry Frankfurt Interview

Apologies for the light posting, but we are in the midst of finals. For those who want something interesting to read in the meantime, TDR Senior Editor David Leimbach has an interview with world-renowned philosopher Harry Frankfurt in the most recent issue of Aporia. Check it out (pdf).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

College Decides that some Alumni Are Not Interested in Voting

This from Power Line:
As the election for executive positions on the Dartmouth Association of Alumni draws to a close, we on Parity Slate have received two disturbing reports. First, a few alums have said they did not receive ballots. When one of them inquired about this, the college informed him that he has been classified as "not interested" in receiving it.

Update on the Priya Venkatesan story

The daily D apparently had another interview with Priya Venkatesan yesterday. The article in today's issue noted that Venkatesan no longer plans to write a book that names names and exposes us Dartmouth students for the bigots we are. Venkatesan still claims that "in [her] heart of hearts" she believes the law was broken as she was blatantly discriminated against.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Tipster Service in Place

The Dartmouth Honor Education Committee has set up a website that allows students to anonymously inform on their peers. It will be interesting to see what kind of weight these anonymous tips will hold with the COS.

WSJ: Dartmouth and Clinton, Both Desperate

From today's Wall Street Journal:

If you think Hillary Clinton has been slow to accept the results at the ballot box, meet the folks who run Dartmouth College.

Like Sen. Clinton, the powers that be at Dartmouth have been getting trounced at the voting booth by an opposition campaigning for change. Like Sen. Clinton, Dartmouth's establishment has responded with increasingly desperate attacks. And like Sen. Clinton, its hopes of victory now depend on increasing the power and influence of unelected officials.

The full piece by William McGurn can be found here.

[Joe Malchow]

Monday, May 26, 2008

Choice of Font May Affect Paper Grade

Memorial Day marks the beginning of finals period here at the College. For those of us assigned final papers, Phil Renaud has some interesting research on how to raise your grade with virtually no effort.

(I realize that the more students use Georgia over Times and Arial, the less advantage Georgia will have. My apologies for posting to those of you already in the know.)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

O'Donnell Coordinates with DALA? Surely Not.

DALA sent out a blitz to its affiliated alumni Friday morning, trotting out the right-wing conspiracy angle once more. They touch on most of the same things as Katy O'Donnell's recent article in the Daily D, but their appearance on the same day is surely just coincidental.

The e-mail from the Dartmouth Association of Latino Alumni, under the fold.

From: DALA
Date: Fri, May 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM
Subject: DALA urges you to VOTE - your vote mattes

Dear DALA Members:

By now you have all received your ballot for the election of the Executive
Committee of the Dartmouth Association of Alumni (AoA) and for an amendment
to the AoA Constitution.

This is a pivotal time in Dartmouth's history. It is important that we make
our voices heard. Whether your time at Dartmouth was outstanding or best
forgtotten, you are a part of the history of our college and this is your
opportunity to help define Dartmouth's future. Dartmouth does not belong to
one sole group - but to all of us. We have left our laughter, sweat and
tears on the grounds of this College on the Hill. Please take a few minutes
from your day and vote. Vote for yourselves, but also for the hijas and
hijos of Dartmouth that have come after us and will continue to come. Help
make Dartmouth a place where Latino students will thrive, not just survive.
This election matters - your vote is vital. Take the time now - VOTE.

The DALA Executive Board

The board of DALA strongly urges you to vote for all of the candidates
forming the UNITY SLATE, and for no other candidates, and to vote YES on the
nominating committee amendment, and to contact your friends urging them to
do so. The Unity Slate includes:

President - John H. Mathias Jr. '69
First Vice President - Cheryl A. Bascomb '82
Second Vice President - Douglas H. Keare '56, TU/TH '57
Secretary/Treasurer - David P. Spalding '76

Executive Committee Members:

Marian Zischke Baldauf '84
Veree Hawkins Brown '93
John S. Engelman '68
Ronald G. Harris '71
Kaitlin Jaxheimer '05
Otho E. Kerr, III '79
Ronald B. Schram '64

For more information about the candidates, or for a sample ballot, see

The members of the Unity Slate are committed to maintaining and developing
the relationship between the alumni and the College by cooperation and
collaboration, and OPPOSE THE LAWSUIT that has been initiated by an activist
bloc that has shown itself to be secretive, divisive, deceitful, and

The lawsuit and the attack on the College's self-governance in the New
Hampshire Legislature have already cost the College millions of dollars that
could have better been used to continue to enhance the educational, social
and moral life of the Dartmouth community. The lawsuit has been fostered in
secret, and supported and partly funded by the right-wing "Center for
Excellence in Higher Education" (see and -- though the
identity of other donors has been hidden.

The costs of the lawsuit extend beyond the short-term financial cost to the
chilling effect it is likely to have on alumni giving, on the recruitment of
the best students for upcoming classes, and on the candidate pool for
Dartmouth's next President.

The comic strip, "BlarFlex," that ran in The Dartmouth on April 24th gives a
window to the view of the College the lawsuit backers love and wish to
preserve: written and drawn by two members of the Phrygian Society (see, student supporters of the
lawsuit, it is a concentrated dose of racism, sexism, and homophobia. (A
copy is attached, including commentary and opposition by an alliance of
campus organizations.)

In contrast, the Unity Slate supports a vision of an inclusive and excellent
College that can be loved by, and extend its embrace to, its diverse

This election can put a halt to the about-face in progress that has gripped
the College for the last few years. The DALA board urges you to vote, using
your paper ballot or electronically, for ONLY the Unity Slate, and to vote
YES on the amendment, and to contact your alumni friends urging them to do

DALA would like to thank David Eichman and DGALA, Andrew Chu and
DAPAAA, and Natalie Herring and BADA for their leadership and their guidance
on this important issue.

Review Holds Spring Fete

Yesterday the staff of The Dartmouth Review held its annual spring cookout. Celebrating the close of another eventful year here in Hanover, the Review staffers and one canine friend gathered on a verdurous fraternity lawn to enjoy pleasant weather and sumptuous comestibles. I certainly don’t intend to “name names,” so I shall instead merely note that this year’s masthead has perhaps more than its fair share of culinary talent.

Friday, May 23, 2008

The D Breaks a Story! Not.

In today’s Daily Dartmouth, there’s an article that acts like a real-live journalism piece: that is, it pretends to be news with an angle. Truly, though, the article possesses neither news nor a worthy angle—the fact that the Phrygians support the AoA parity slate is not news, and the only angle driving the piece is outing the members of the Phrygian society.

The D takes issue with the fact that the Phrygians are taking over Dartmouth’s media outlets by—wait for it…writing letters to the editor of the D. The infamous Bonnie Lam comic, of course, is a more serious attempt, but seems less like the Phrygians taking over the D and more like bad editing on the D’s part. But read the article yourself and comment below!

UPDATE below the jump: D Editor-in-chief Katy O'Donnell allegedly ghost wrote the Phrygian article.

UPDATE [3:57 pm]: Katy O'Donnell allegedly ghost wrote today's piece on the Phrygian society, the piece for which Nick Swanson has the by-line. A friend of The Dartmouth Review's, who wishes to remain anonymous, told TDR that O'Donnell ghost wrote the piece; when I asked the source 1) What motivated O’Donnell to do this and 2) how s/he knew that O’Donnell ghost wrote the article, the source responded:

Part of it is sycophancy; they [the D writers and editors] think they get ahead by going to bat for the administration and the creme of the alums who are behind the efforts to curtail the petition process. She [O’Donnell] also is very angry with Alex Felix for the cartoon ordeal, which I hear took a lot out of her...

Two people at the D told me she wrote it, and in her emails she repeatedly referred to it as her own work. However, D "policy" is that the ed [editor] cannot write articles. So she faked a byline. Which is a an egregious violation of ethics.

Again, this is an allegation, and I have already contacted Katy to see if the allegation has any merit. I’ll let readers know as soon as she responds.

UPDATE #2 [9:19 am, May 26]: When I got in touch with Katy O'Donnell this past weekend, she pointed out that it is not against the D's editorial policy for the editor-in-chief to pen editorials. However, she did not respond to the allegation that she ghost wrote the piece, saying instead "surely people realize that an editor's job is to help reporters." Having heard the allegation of ghost-writing repeated by two members of the D, I asked her about it once more, but she did not respond to the allegation, but merely asked me the names of the D members who corroborated the claim.

Dartmouth Undying Bribes Students

...with Vitamin Water and cold, hard cash. Apparently, Dartmouth Undying is paying students to campaign for the organization’s cause. Someone in my sorority sent the following e-mail out to the sorority’s e-mail list [edit: the e-mail was sent out last night, btw].
If you want to make an easy $100 bucks and do something good for the Dartmouth community you can join me in calling women Alumni with Martha Beattie (Nell Beattie 09's mom) to encourage them to vote for Dartmouth Unity Ballot in the elections for the Association of Alumni Executive Committee. The ballot is headed by John Mathias '69 (I think it's Alice '07 TriDelt's dad??) and they are wanting to end the unnecessary lawsuit against the school that is costing us millions of dollars.

I did it today and it was super easy. Hours 7-10:30 pm,
$100. All you do is read a prompt sheet and call women Alumni. Martha Beattie is a super sweet woman and bought pizza and Vitamin water for us! We are going to call again on Monday and Tuesday (same hours). If you want to help please just come to the Coldwell Banker House (yellow house across from Psi U) Mon or Tues between 7-10:30pm. If you are concerned about calling because you don't now what you are representing you can go to the org's website: and read up on the initiatives.

I will be there for sure on Monday if you are shy and want to walk over with someone.

You can also email Ms. Beattie if you have any questions:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

COS Review Forum

On May 16, the COS Review Committee released their Report, containing twenty-three recommendations for changes to the disciplinary procedures at the College, with the understanding that "specific implementation" would be at the discretion of the new Dean of the College, Thomas Crady. This evening, May 21st, a forum was hosted by Student Assembly in which COS Review Committee Chair Katherine Burke and Director of Judicial Affairs April Thompson outlined some of their recommendations for students in attendance, and fielded a large number of questions about specific proposals.

Before the event began, the room was abuzz with various different conversations, and using my keen reporter's senses I was able to determine two things. 1) Sexual assault was going to be the major focus for students in attendance, and 2) the state of progressivism and social justice is alive and well amongst particularly committed students; in fact, there are rumors that the Dartmouth Coalition for Progress is developing a special Women's (Womyn's?) Coalition, presumably to be more efficiently progressive overall. Make of the latter point what you will, but the way sexual assault cases are handled by COS is clearly of concern to a number of students.

Read my entire journey through the recommendations after the jump.

Almost immediately after introducing themselves, Burke and Thompson addressed the question that seemed to trouble many in in the room: Why hadn't the Committee forwarded every one of the Student Assembly's Task Force recommendations verbatim to Dean Crady? Imagine the shock in the room when it was revealed that the Department of Judicial Affairs reviews the COS every ten years, and the Student Assembly's recommendations had not been the impetus for this dramatic chain of events at all. After the concerned young activists in the room came to terms with this, Thompson and Burke assured us all that they cared greatly about student feedback, and would take copious notes for their own, the Committee's, and Dean Crady's perusal. With that, we were off to Tackle the Twenty-Three, and any questions we encountered along the way.

Many of the recommendations are mundane (though some of the reasoning, such as worrying about learning opportunities during the time off campus because of suspension, seemed slightly more than questionable), and so we proceeded through the list unfettered. On Recommendation 4, COS Eligibility, all of that changed. One student in the audience, after dancing about for a time clarifying and ensuring that she understood the recommendation that students with previous disciplinary history might indeed be eligible, declared that she has "some concerns about that." Suddenly, pens jolted to notepads and heads snapped to attention; they were clearly not kidding when they said feedback was important.

From this point forward, most of the talk was about sexual assault. The student who raised the concern is a SAPA, and was worried that perhaps a student who has been accused of sexual assault in the past but found not culpable will harbor some grudge in the future, and should not be allowed to serve on COS in complaints concerning sexual assault. The fact that the hypothetical student was cleared of responsibility, and therefore would presumably be equal in capability and innocence to anyone else did not seem to enter into the analysis. Thompson and Burke assured the student that COS did not want there to be any doubt about the validity of a finding, so it would make case by case determinations about eligibility if the recommendation is adopted.

The other major concern was Recommendation 9, Standard of Evidence. The Committee had disagreed with the SA recommendation, and had decided that the standard of evidence should continue to be a "preponderance" rather than the more strenuous "clear and convincing". Our two guides explained that the decision had to be one that was "right for this community", and that Dartmouth is simply "not interested" in having a "more intrusive" information gathering process. When they phrased it that way, in terms that conjure images of wiretaps and strip searches, it seems obvious that such things should be avoided. Of course, somebody who is falsely accused would probably not give a flying social justice what the community was interested in, but would prefer finding information and clearing his name. The same student who had earlier expressed concerns about allowing innocent students to serve on COS because of past accusations announced that she agreed with this recommendation entirely. Part of her reasoning? The College seems to have minimal evidence gathering capabilities, so it makes sense that we have minimal evidence requirements. One can just picture that taken to its obvious conclusion.

One issue that flared up unexpectedly was really too perfect a microcosm to convey with words alone, but I shall take my aforementioned reporter's instincts and endeavor to humbly do my best. One student was about to leave, but Ms. Thompson became upset and asked whether he didn't have any concerns to voice in person. Beginning in an off-hand tone that could not long contain the urgency he obviously felt about the issue, he expressed concern that there are a lot of students of color who are going through the COS process. SA Vice-President Nafeesa Remtilla joined in, noting that she had noticed that "colored students" have been accused more often. This reporter was not sure the term "colored" was still PC, but did not allow that to distract him from the urgency of the issue and potential implications. An inquiry was made, could demographic statistics be made available so that the proper advocates could begin fighting for the mistreated minority groups? Thompson and Burke were working through an explanation that such a thing would be wonderful, (but privacy issues might come up), when suddenly one student had the insight to ask directly of the two women with actual COS experience, Are minorities statistically more likely to be brought before COS. Well...No.

So after a few more ideas were posited, Ms. Thompson assured us that perception of bias was an issue that should be addressed even if it did not prove to have merit, and one more student got in an anecdote about a student of color being brought to a room filled almost entirely with sinister white males, the issue petered out. For the time being, obviously.

The only other questionable recommendation is that accusers be allowed to have another hearing in light of new evidence, something that seemed to run contrary to the protections against double jeopardy that are inherent in real law. Thompson and Burke admitted that they could not think of a tangible difference between the different standards of evidence, so the two biggest controversies of the evening seemed to have hinged entirely upon abstract notions and a perceived but nonexistent injustice. And there are a few good ideas thrown in to boot, it's worth a glance.

There was a bit of excitement at the conclusion, when I was outed as a plant and questioned about the Review's stance on any of these issues. I gave what I thought was a diplomatic response, that the newspaper is not a monolithic entity and that I could only speak for myself, one lone student who had a few qualms about tossing out legal traditions including innocence until proven guilty and protection from double jeopardy. To those who shared the arduous journey with me, and may feel betrayed, I would like to go on record that I do believe sexual assault is one of the most serious crimes imaginable, that bias based on race is wrong even if it didn't happen to exist this time, and that the only reason I may appear bigoted to my progressive peers is that I believe justice happens to matter a little bit more.

Read the SA recommendations here.

Typo Eradication Advancement League Update

The guys with TEAL are headed back east. A write-up in today's Tribune, here.

Byrne Family Comes Out for Parity

Via Joe Malchow:
In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to members of the Class of 1985, Mark Byrne ‘85 T’86 and Patrick Byrne ‘85 of the billionaire Byrne family tell classmates that they have decided that the Board-packing plan proposed last September by Chairman Ed Haldeman and his five-person Governance Committee is “radical,” “heavy-handed,” and “undemocratic.”

Messrs. Byrne urge election of the pro-parity slate of candidates for the Dartmouth Association of Alumni, who are running against a slate of candidates (styling themselves as the “Unity Slate”) who would permit the plan to go forward full tilt, upsetting the 117-year balance between duly elected trustees (currently half of the Board) and handpicked self-propagating appointees (the other half). The partity slate would enforce the 1891 Agreement between the Board and the Association guaranteeing a half-elected Board; the other slate would dissolve it.

The brothers have never met the petition trustees who now compose one full quarter of the Board; nor have they, to this page’s knowledge, ever taken a position on Dartmouth politics before. But the brothers Byrne do recognize a sore loser when they see one.
The parity slate can be found here. The voting takes place here; about 15% of alums have voted thus far. Voting ends on June 5.

The Byrne e-mail to the class of '85, below the fold.

From: Mark Byrne ‘85
Date: Wed, May 21, 2008 at 5:30 PM
Subject: Mark and Patrick Byrne Support Parity

Dear Fellow D’85,

We know you are being bombarded with email and snail mail, and regret
adding to that pile. However, we felt compelled to write to you, to
urge you to vote in the Association of Alumni election, and to tell you
why we are voting for the Parity Slate

The College-sponsored slate has the full tools of the College
propaganda machine; the Parity team do not, and must rely on partial,
obsolete mailing lists. That kind of undemocratic approach is key to
why we feel continued Alumni - elected involvement at the 50% level is
vital to the future of the College.

The first tool of the propagandist is the ad hominem attack. They don’t
really try to defend the indefensible, namely the implementation of the
Board-packing plan by stealth. Instead, they label their opponents,
especially the four petition trustees, as extremists, bent on taking
over Dartmouth.

We are not extremists, and we have never met the petition Trustees or
any of the Petition slate. We are two brothers, who love Dartmouth and
have consistently supported the College for many years. Frankly, we
expect that there would be important disagreements between us if we did
meet the petition Trustees. But these things are clear:

1) Because a few trustees got elected by petition, who had
differing views to those of the leadership, the college tried to change
governance by referendum, to make it harder for petition trustees to get
elected. They lost that referendum.

2) President Wright wrote to us shortly thereafter, promising an
end to the matter.

3) The matter was not, in fact, dropped, and a five man governance
committee managed to plan and narrowly pass a resolution to turn
Dartmouth’s Trustee’s Board into a self-electing elite, permanently.
The courts will decide whether this was a breach of contract. However
we don’t need a court to tell us it was a heavy-handed and undemocratic
thing to do.

4) The extremists are the ones who breached a hundred year old
deal because a handful of trustees had views they didn’t like.

We urge you to vote for the Parity Slate. If we don’t elect them, your
vote will never matter again.


Mark Byrne D’85 T’86

Patrick Byrne D’85 (PhD Stanford).

Full post, here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Presidential Search Letter

The letter can be found below the fold.

>Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 15:34:58 -0400 (EDT)
>From: President.Search@Dartmouth.EDU
>Subject: Update
>Sender: bulkmail.sender@Dartmouth.EDU
>Precedence: bulk

May 21, 2008

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community:

As many of you will recall, last February President James Wright announced his intention to step down in June 2009. When the Board met in March, Ed Haldeman named Al Mulley to chair the search committee. We are pleased now to update you on the earliest stage of the search for Dartmouth's 17th president.

Search Firm Consultant

At our most recent meeting with the Alumni Council on Saturday, May 17, we announced the selection of John Isaacson '68 and his firm Isaacson, Miller as our search consultant. After interviewing several firms, Isaacson, Miller emerged as our clear choice. The firm has conducted hundreds of searches for leading institutions including secretary for the Smithsonian Institution, and presidencies for Brown, Tufts, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt. A Dartmouth graduate who also studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a law degree from Harvard, John Isaacson knows Dartmouth well and will bring tremendous wisdom to the search. To read more about the firm, visit:

Community Input

We have solicited input from the community on Dartmouth's challenges and opportunities and the qualities of leadership needed to ensure the College's
continued preeminence. We are gathering this input in a variety of ways, including online or by mail at Presidential Search, Post Office Box 242, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755. We welcome your continued suggestions to the Board. To provide your input, visit:

We have also met with the Faculty Committee on Priorities, the Committee on Policy, representatives of the professional schools, the President's Leadership Council, and the Executive Committee of the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. And we have met in Hanover in six separate sessions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, both on campus and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. More public forums will be scheduled with the search committee this fall. For podcasts or transcripts of these forums, visit:

It is clear from the community's input to date that we share a commitment to Dartmouth's mission: "To educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge."

Many themes are emerging in the hundreds of responses we have received about the qualities of leadership you most value. We are hearing similar words and phrases, such as: highly regarded scholar with a superior mind; insistence on excellence; a record of support for diversity; a proven global leader; a consensus builder; and a highly articulate, warm and compassionate communicator.

You have reminded us of Dartmouth's responsibility to educate leaders for a global society in which the challenges in our own times are as great, or greater, than those that led former Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey to tell the incoming class in 1946, "The world's troubles are your troubles."

Next Steps

Searches often take nine months or longer to complete, in which case we would be on track for an announcement next spring. The Board of Trustees met on May 6 in New York in the first of two special sessions this month to organize the search. The Board plans to announce the membership of the search committee in early June. The committee will convene this summer. Its first goal will be to finalize the Statement of Leadership Criteria that will be approved by the Trustees and shared with the Dartmouth community.

The Board will continue to be as open and transparent as possible in this search, while preserving the confidentiality necessary to ensure participation by the strongest candidates. Thank you for your continued interest and support as we undertake our search for the president whose leadership will be critical to ensuring the strong, bright future we all want for Dartmouth. We welcome your continued participation as we identify and select the next leader of this exceptional institution. We will continue to update you on the progress of the search.


Ed Haldeman '70
Chair, Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College

Al Mulley '70
Chair, Presidential Search Committee, Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College

Daughters of Dartmouth Strike Again

Or do they?

Bring Back Priya Venkatesan!

I fell in love wit Prof Venkatesan. While teh other students in the class really irritated us (particularly this one girl who kept on blowing her nose), I found Venkatesan's prelectual performances to be enlightening, like sunshine in a dirty toilet. I am currently designing my own major in Postlogical Hermineutics and their Application tot he Morphogenetic Field, inspired largely by Venkatesan's metadiscourses on "science" and "society" (yes, acceptin the complications of the terms). During office hours (MWF 3-5pm Carpenter 107), She illustrated her Weltanschauung and contrasts it with the more insidious Weltanschauungen of Tom Cormen and teh other pre-Derridian "academics" in the Writing department. (Some of them only have "M.A.'s" from the "University of Toledo".) The lectures became microcosmic proscenia of the absurdity and hyper-reality of post-constructionist "society". In our final laboratory expose we were made to write a short paper on what respect of Prof Venkatesan means to us. I wrote a tome.

Venkatesan's Gesamtkunstwerk is a kaleidoscopic travelogue through contemporary semiotic anapleroticos. I will always treasure this experience as a formative block in my own Bildungsroman at Dartmouth University (no "mistake," for Venkatesan's presence qualifies this signifier). In the words of Lao Tse: "??? ?????? ??????? ?? ?????? ??."

Thanks Men of Dartmouth!
The Daughters of Dartmouth


Response to Klorese

An alum's response to the Klorese '77 Op-Ed:

Roger Klorese '77 is completely wrong on the law in his piece in
the "D". Though one can argue as to whether the alumni should be an
important stakeholder in the College, there is no doubt that they could
contract with the Board to hold a certain number of seats on the Board.
Judge Vaughan's ruling in favor of the AoA on the Motion to Dismiss states

"The Court further finds that the Board had the requisite
authority to enter into the Agreement, and that the Agreement did not
represent an improper delegation of the Board's duties" (p. 13).

If Bill Gate's were to offer Dartmouth $1BN, but ask that he and
his heirs have a permanent seat on the Board, there is no doubt that the
Board could enter into this Agreement - just as the Board enters into short
term agreements with Trustees today, eg.: "Ed, you give us $10M and we'll
name a building after you and give you a seat on the Board...".

My two cents, below the fold.

The pro board-packing faction's motivations for attempting to paint parity as a "conservative cabal" are painfully transparent. With a nominally 'conservative' president mired so low in the polls that no one will touch him, the word 'conservative' has recently come to represent all of the blundering that came with his presidency, fairly or unfairly. There are two glaring problems with the board-packer's assertions:
  1. Not all of the pro-parity folks are conservative. Indeed, one of the most prominent people for parity is T.J. Rodgers '70. Rodgers (a) is a leading producer of solar power, (b) has said the following when asked who he'd vote for: "In my value system where the good guys are libertarians and the bad guys are totalitarian, there are two bad guys--McCain and Hillary. I would vote against them for anybody else. For example, I'd vote for Obama," (c) and he only married his girlfriend of 22 years for tax reasons. Marian Chambers '76, who is running for the AoA's secretary/treasurer position, "worked for the Democrats in Congress for 23 years." And just recently, Dartblog published a letter from Daniel King '02 urging his fellow progressives to get behind parity. He described himself as, “ an openly gay man, a teacher, a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party, the ACLU, and the Human Rights Campaign.”
  2. Second, and more importantly, transparency and fair play are not left/right, democrat/republican, or liberal/conservative issues. As Marian Chambers stated in an interview with us, it's just commonsense. Is their not something just a little hilarious in the fact that the board-packers are 'slandering' their opponents for believing in fair play? The board-packers have probably picked the right side of history to be on, but that's nothing to be proud of.

Anti-Lawsuit Alum Accuses Conservatives of Misrepresenting the Issue

Drawing parallels to the issues of abortion (pro-life) and civil rights (special rights), Roger Klorese '77, in an op-ed piece in the Daily Dartmouth, accuses those opposed to the board-packing plan of changing the language involved to establish a bias. I love how the op-ed begins with:
As with other conservative movements, the take-over faction who has brought suit against the College is attempting to define its issues by changing the language. Their right-wing kin have biased the language in the discussion of abortion (who, after all, is “anti-life”?) and equal rights (because it is easy to get people to oppose “special rights” even if those rights are no more special when applied to those who seek them than to those who would deny them).
Of course, it's completely okay when the opposing side does the same thing (i.e. politicizing the issues as pro-choice and equal rights; who opposes choice and equality?) because they're the good guys and their "good" ends justify the means.

More after the jump.

Either way, Klorese claims that parity and democracy don't apply to the issue at hand. He says that an issue of democracy requires "a constituency forming a government from its own membership," and being an alumnus does not make you a member of anything. He continues later by saying that a board should be most well equipped to "drive forward the goals of the managing administration." What Mr. Klorese fails to realize, despite having served on the boards of SEVERAL non-profits, is that the board in question is a Board of Trustees which does indicate a membership. Those who invested in the college's interests (the alumni who at least paid 4 years of tuition) are the ones who form the constituency. What those non-profits failed to teach Klorese is that corporations often form their Board of Trustees by holding a vote of the shareholders or those invested in the future of the organization. Granted, the alumni don't actually own portions of the college, so the trustees don't necessarily have to represent them. Still, many believe the accountability to the alumni make this college great.

On parity, Klorese says that there must be two differing interests involved for there to be an issue, and the Board of Trustees is one interest. Unfortunately, Mssrs. Merriam and Webster disagree with Klorese's definition; they say that parity is "the quality or state of being equal or equivalent." I'm pretty sure that were the board's change in governance to pass, there would be an inequality of some sort that would disrupt the current parity between alumni elected and board appointed trustees.

All in all, even if the conservatives are changing the language to bias the issue, at least they're not making up new definitions for words to try and make a terribly articulated point. As Mr. Klorese would say, It's laughable that he's tossing around definitions without looking the words up first.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Greek Key Issue Now Online

Don't miss the latest issue of The Dartmouth Review, dedicated to the springtime phenomenon that is Greek (later changed to Green) Key. Among the articles awaiting your perusal, here are a few highlights: