Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bonnie Lam: I have a deeper personal relationship with Molly Bode.

The Daily D also has an article up about the competing student petitions and their (apparently) chaotic status. There is confusion about all sorts of things:
  1. Is Dartmouth Undying paying for the mailing of the Lam Petition? Lam claims they are, as does Martha Beattie '76, a member of Dartmouth Undying. Doug Keare '86, another member of Dartmouth Undying, told the Daily D, “There is a student group generating a letter, and we are aware of that, but we are not funding it, and it is up to the students.”
  2. Has Molly Bode '09, the new SA President, signed the Lam Petition? According to Lam, yes she has—but Bode denied signing any petition.
  3. What is SA's proper role in the lawsuit dispute? Previous president Travis Green told the Daily D, “I don’t think SA should be involved in this issue,” he said. “I don’t think it is the right place for it.” Yet current president Molly Bode has not been shy in making it clear that she opposes the current lawsuit.
  4. Finally, the one thing that is clear: Bonnie Lam has a deep personal relationship with Molly Bode. “I have a deeper personal relationship with Molly Bode than with these other people that I’ve gotten signatures from,” Lam said. “I know she’s fine having her name attached to this.”

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't care if you print this or not, but that headline is really a cheap shot, beneath the dignity of one Dartmouth student to another. Zero comments after ten hours of posting should tell you something.

DartAlum said...

Agreed. I posted a comment before about how the Review was reaching with this entire story. It's news, but there really is no room to attack Lam on this for claiming to represent all students (which she never did allege) or her pretty harmless quotes when interviewed by the Daily D.

I would advise that the paper not make this a Bonnie Lam issue, but an alumni issue. Not every student has the money or technical skill of the Review or other campus news sources/PR people in getting their message out there.

Anonymous said...

For several hours, it wasn't possible to comment... but yes, the headline is juvenile, even for the Review.

Anonymous said...

Also, thinking that all undergrads agree with you appears to be an epidemic. Zak Moore thinks they're "overwhelmingly" in favor of parity.

http://www.dartblog.com/data/2008/04/007742.php

recent alum said...

In all fairness, the quote is pretty hilarious—in a creepy sort of way.

dartfraud said...

I agree with recent alum. Quoting someone in the headline is not a cheap shot, and when the quote is this outrageous, it's basically required.

Dartalum: they've posted the pdf of lam's petition. Turns out, it was claiming to represent Dartmouth students.

Anonymous said...

to be fair, bonnie WAS the campaign manager for molly bode's SA presidential campaign - i'm sure it was just an offhand comment that sounded a lot creepier when put in print than what she intended

DartAlum said...

The title "From Dartmouth Students to Alumni" alone does not mean she is claiming to represent all students. It not only literally describes who the letter is coming from (Dartmouth students) but also succinctly shows why the letter is important (because Dartmouth students have written it and they think it is important to get their voices out there). This letter grabs your attention because it is written by students, and not another AoA Exec Board member or Dartmouth Undying member. Nowhere does the title claim to come from ALL, the TOTALITY, or BODY of students at Dartmouth. Your claim otherwise is disingenuous.

In addition, the whole of the letter makes clear that it is a select group of students (the undersigned) that are authoring and signing onto this letter.

This is another example of the Review sensationalizing this story and attacking the author for no reason when the attention should be on the real story here: who is funding this (DU?) and the other letter (Hanover Institute, pull-out in the Review, op-ed in the D?) and who exactly is signing on and for what reasons. I'd find that a lot more interesting than seeing character assaults (well, more like petty insults) on the authors of this letter on DartLog and in the comments section.

Anonymous said...

Just a hypothesis, but I feel like DartAlum and John Bruce are probably one in the same person...

dartfraud said...

The title "From Dartmouth Students to Alumni" alone does not mean she is claiming to represent all students.

That's rich.

And no one is insulting Bonnie Lam. Just because she said something funny in the D, and they're pointing it out doesn't mean they're insulting her. There's a difference between poking fun at someone and insulting them. Everyone's so touchy.

Anonymous said...

if you want to see someone actually insulting rather than poking fun at bonnie lam, check out today's BlarFlex comic in the D. it's in astonishingly poor taste.

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