Wednesday, March 04, 2009

OPAL: This issue is being taken very serious.

Just when you thought this hilariously over-blown situation was about to resolve itself, the institutional activists (OPAL interns) snapped into action with an emergency meeting with campus power brokers Molly Bode, Sylvia Spears (of OPAL), and the Inter-Community Council. The outcome of this meeting was the drafting of a list of (non-binding) "punishments" for the author of the original satire:
- Tomorrow, the author and the members of GGMM will send out a campus-wide blitz apologizing to the Asian & Asian-American community, as well as Dartmouth as a whole, acknowledging not only the lack of oversight on GGMM's part, but also the deeply offensive nature of the blitz's contents.

-The author will be utilizing OPAL's resources to address underlying and perhaps subconscious biases that led to the blitz being composed and sent out.

-Upper level members of the Administration will be meeting tomorrow morning to assess the situation. This issue is being taken very serious [sic]. More information to come after President Wright and administrators meet.

In the near future:
-Students will collaborate to organize a reception for President-Elect Kim. We hope to demonstrate to Dr. Kim that all of campus is very excited for his arrival.

-The author will compose a formal apology to President-Elect Kim.

More outrage (and an amusing apology from the culprit) after the jump.

Date: 04 Mar 2009 01:25:38 -0500
From: Pan Asian Council
Subject: Update on GGMM incident

Hello everyone,

Tonight the PAC interns and Elaine met with Sylvia Spears, Molly Bode, and representatives
from the Inter-Community Council, Diversity Peer Advisor interns, and a member of General
Good Morning Message (not the writer) to discuss the blitz that was sent out this morning.

As you now know, a blitz intended to be satirical and humorous was executed in poor
taste and offended many people in our community, as well as in the entire campus.
It has been made clear that no one on any level thinks what happened this morning
was in any way acceptable, GGMM writers included. All 7 writers of the GGMM realize
the gravity of the statements made in the blitz, regardless of intent, and are taking
internal measures towards a resolution. The blitz from this morning will no longer be circulated.

Immediate updates:
- Tomorrow, the author and the members of GGMM will send out a campus-wide blitz
apologizing to the Asian & Asian-American community, as well as Dartmouth as a
whole, acknowledging not only the lack of oversight on GGMM's part, but also the
deeply offensive nature of the blitz's contents.

-The author will be utilizing OPAL's resources to address underlying and perhaps
subconscious biases that led to the blitz being composed and sent out.

-Upper level members of the Administration will be meeting tomorrow morning to
assess the situation. This issue is being taken very serious. More information
to come after President Wright and administrators meet.

In the near future:
-Students will collaborate to organize a reception for President-Elect Kim. We
hope to demonstrate to Dr. Kim that all of campus is very excited for his arrival.

-The author will compose a formal apology to President-Elect Kim.


Additionally, the PAC Interns will be working with Nora and Elaine to address
the impact of this blitz within our community. Please feel free to contact any of
the PAC interns, Elaine, Nora, or any other OPAL staff if you are upset and/or have
any concern. The Diversity Peer Advisors are also a great resource. They're student
peers who are trained to talk about diversity issues like this. Blitz DPA if you'd
like to set up a meeting with a peer advisor.

Please pass this information on to your membership and let us know of any questions
or concerns.

Thank you for your concern and patience during this time. It's been a long day
for many of us and all of us at PAC appreciate how students have risen to address
this situation.

Have a good night. We will keep you posted.

The PAC Interns
Aimee, Ava & Erin
Office of Pluralism and Leadership


And from AfriCaSo:

From: Catianne.S.K.Ngante@Dartmouth.EDU
Subject: Apologies & Clarification
Date: March 3, 2009 5:42:08 PM EST
To: Recipient list suppressed

Dear Community,

Hope you are all doing well. As president of the African Caribbean Society, I would like to clarify the previous blitz that was sent out moments ago through the AfriCa-So blitz account. The statements on the President-elect do NOT reflect the African Caribbean Society. A member of AfriCa-So, along with others, had come across a blitz from the individual who wrote the already mentioned statements on the President-elect. It seems the focus of the writer's voice was misinterpreted, and Below is a direct appology, from the writer, who has kept himself anonymous.

Sincerely,
Catianne Ngante
President of AfriCa-So
Class of 2011

******************************************************************
From the desk of Lozar Theofilactidis:

Dear Dartmouth,


The comments I made in this morning's message were inappropriate. They were crap. I wanted us to laugh at racism, but it didn't work. I executed my satire poorly. It was insensitive. I'm sorry. I hope we can all learn from this and move on. Please accept my apology and excuse me while I beat myself with the silver spoons I was fed with all my life.


Sincerely,


White Male '0Priveleged

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10 comments:

Buzz Word said...

What is a PAC intern? Since when have student groups had enough wisdom to impart that they could start taking on interns instead of just being run by officers? The email would be more credible if it came from the leadership of PAC rather than people who seem to work for it.

Apprentice said...

Where can we do this stuff after graduation?

James McIntyre '80 said...

RE: TDR's re-writing of posts a day or two, or even a decade later (see the post on the new President-Elect, which was changed to remove the editors' mocking of Dr. Kim's Wikipedia page, as well placing his pediatrican wife at the wrong hospital) is the kind of revisionism for which former TDR editorial boards would surely have skewered any other media outlet. In addition, if often renders the comments that follow meaningless. If you're going to rewrite the record, you might as well rewrite the comments, also. Otherwise, you're doing a half-assed job that reflects poorly on the quality of a Dartmouth education.

Or, have the courage of your convictions, and own up to mistakes and poor judgement. At least then, the potential for growth would be indicated. Nobody expects you to be right or smart all the time, but honesty is always expected.

Sachem said...

RE: James McIntyre '80s comments

1) The original post that was edited had a link to his wikipedia page that said it "was eerily resume-like and looked self-authored." There was no mention of his wife, or anything like that. The article, does, in fact, not adhere to Wikipedia's objectivity standards, and his picture was placed in a way that doesn't follow Wikipedia standards, indicating that the page was a low traffic page likely authored by Mr. Kim himself or his friends or family and not reviewed by Wikipedia editors. Nothing was said about his wife in the post.

2) With that said: If, at the ripe old age of 50 or so, I find myself tracking minute changes on a Dartmouth-related weblog and posting irate comments about it, I would surely be depressed to find my existence so banal and meaningless. The fact that you are so upset about this speaks more about the amount of perspective your Dartmouth education has given you than the editorial standards of the Review.

James McIntyre '80 said...

My mistake. The comment I referred to was actually the first commenter:

"fun fact: most of the edits to his wikipedia page come from an IP address linked to brigham & womens hospital...where his wife works. pretty hilarious. good thing Dartmouth picked someone so famous his wife wrote his wikipedia entry."

Sorry for the misrepresentation, but I'm willing to admit a mistake.

What about the central point of my post: unacknowledged revisionism? At the ripe old age of 52, I believe I know a thing or two about journalistic integrity, and I'm willing to put my name to it, Mr. Sachem. Are you? And, by the way, you don't give any overt indication of your age, but it seems that you have gotten to the banal meaningless point of tracking minute changes on a Dartmouth-related weblog and posting irate comments about it a little quicker than I.

As an aside, I, too, applaud the choice of Dr. Kim, and as anyone who has followed the work of Partners in Health knows, the world could use many more people who display the courage of their convictions in the way that Dr. Kim and Dr. Paul Farmer do. That is exactly what Dr. Kim hopes to achieve by taking the helm of Dartmouth.

Banally, meaninglessly yours, Jim

Apprentice said...

Mr. McIntyre: Thanks for answering my question. It's right here in front of me.

Buzz Word said...

Sachem, what answer do you have re: McIntyre's comment about the Review's revision of a decade-old article? I believe he is referring to the censored "Worst Professors" list.

2cents said...

It seems to me that TDR is the print paper that comes out every few weeks and that dartlog is just a web blog associated with TDR. So I don't mind revisions to dartlog; they don't constitute any loss of journalistic integrity. With regard to revisions in the TDR archives, I suppose I can, for example, imagine some alum asking to have an old article taken down. It's not surprising in such a case that the current staff would acquiesce. Probably not the best form, however.

Buzz Word said...

I, too can imagine the writer of an old article wanting it removed from the archives.

That's why I question the Review's decision to cut two paragraphs from a ten-year old Worst Professors article without mentioning it anywhere. One of those "worst" professors was elevated to the status of "best" in the latest list released the same week as the cuts were made. It seems like the Review was trying to whitewash the past and falsely make it look like it had never criticized this person. Readers shouldn't have to investigate the paper archives to determine whether the online version of the Review is an honest one.

The Review has not said whether it was complying with a request from the college, which would make it all a bit Orwellian. The Web editor promised to find out who did it and restore any censored material, but nothing happened. It was probably done by a disgruntled staffer.

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