Dartmouth College

An open letter to President Hanlon

Featured image The Dartmouth College Republicans have promulgated an open letter to the president and trustees of Dartmouth College. The letter smartly heightens the internal contradictions of Hanlonism, i.e., the college’s pronouncements to students and alumni following the rampage of the Black Lives Matter mob through Baker-Berry Library last week: It is with great sadness and the utmost disappointment that we find ourselves having to write this letter. As the Dartmouth College »

Dartmouth’s disgrace, Hanlon edition

Featured image My first term at Dartmouth I took a great freshman seminar with Professor Peter Bien on Politics and the Novel. We read A Passage to India, Under Western Eyes, The Secret Agent, Guard of Honor, Freedom or Death, The Trial, and a few others. One of my classmates in the seminar was John Floberg. John went through Dartmouth on Navy ROTC, served his tour of duty, went to medical school, »

Dartmouth’s disgrace

Featured image I’m a proud alumnus of Dartmouth College. Apart from my family, I attribute all the good things that have happened to me in my life to my four years on campus and in the classroom there. I remain grateful to the great teachers with whom I had the privilege of studying at Dartmouth. They opened my mind to the great tradition. I identified several by name in “Notes on Dartmouth »

The spreading virus, part 4

Featured image A recent Dartmouth alum provides this summary of events on campus yesterday based on reports from one of her closest friends still on campus: My friend is texting me about a Black Lives Matter protest that happened at Dartmouth last night. Apparently it started as a standard march and chant across campus and devolved into black students screaming at individuals in the library and calling them out by name for »

Dartmouth plays favorites in the presidential race

Featured image Dartblog reports that in September of this year, Dartmouth officials told the college Republicans they could not have the use of Spaulding auditorium for a Donald Trump appearance because this space is never used for political candidates. “Candidates never get Spaulding,” is what College Republicans vice president Charles Springer says he was told “word for word.” Because Dartmouth could not meet the Trump campaigns requirement of a room that accommodates »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the Times’s focus on individuals made a contribution. Taking just one small slice, I want to retrieve from the series the Times’s portraits of Dartmouth alumni who lost their lives on 9/11. With »

Notes on Dartmouth commencement ’15

Featured image Our youngest daughter was graduated from Dartmouth College on Sunday morning. We attended the commencement ceremony on the Green in Hanover, New Hampshire. Please forgive the personal nature and limited interest of this post. Herewith, as William Buckley might have said, a few random thoughts that accentuate the positive. Dartmouth holds the commencement ceremony outdoors rain or shine. Five years ago we attended commencement on the Green for our middle »

Committee takes on grade inflation at Dartmouth, Part Two

Featured image My post on grade inflation at Dartmouth prompted responses from two correspondents who are familiar with the situation at institutions comparable to the College. At one institution, grade inflation apparently is rampant, to the point that a student with a GPA in excess of 3.9 fell short of summa cum laude. I wonder what the cutoff GPA at Dartmouth is. My correspondent points to several factors that fuel the inflation »

Committee takes on grade inflation at Dartmouth

Featured image I wrote here about the problem of rampant grade inflation at Dartmouth. Last month, the College’s ad hoc committee on grading practices and grade inflation documented the extent of the problem and issued a proposal for addressing it. The committee’s proposal is thoughtful and worth reading. I want to focus here, though, on the problem of grade inflation. According to the report, the median grade at Dartmouth in academic year »

Meet Dartmouth’s new radical professors

Featured image Dartmouth claims to be “moving forward,” but its academic hiring reflects a commitment to marching in place to the drumbeat of the left. The latest issue of Dartmouth Life invites alums to “meet Dartmouth’s new faculty members.” We meet the new profs through one paragraph statements about “what engages their intellectual curiosity.” In too many cases, the answer appears to be leftism. Here is what Christian Haines, the one new »

Phil Hanlon’s sensible proposals for Dartmouth

Featured image Dartmouth’s president Phil Hanlon has announced several significant measures designed to curb student alcohol abuse, improve the College’s culture, and make it a more academically serious institution. The student newspaper summarizes them here. Not surprisingly, though, the best discussion can be found on Joe Asch’s Dartblog. The most publicized element of Hanlon’s plan is an on-campus ban on hard liquor. Hanlon, who impresses me as a data-driven guy, found that »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the Times’s focus on individuals made a contribution. Taking just one small slice, I want to retrieve from the series the Times’s portraits of Dartmouth alumni who lost their lives on 9/11. With »

Does leisure outstrip learning at Dartmouth?

Featured image Joe Asch reports that Mike Mastanduno, Dartmouth’s dean of the faculty, made this comment at a recent faculty meeting: More than I’d like to, I hear this: “It’s really hard to teach on Thursday morning because of what the students do on Wednesday night.” I hear that from faculty. What I never hear, and what I’d love to start hearing from students is, “It’s really hard to do what we »

Dartmouth Happy

Featured image My youngest daughter is a happy Dartmouth junior. She loves college and she loves Dartmouth. Outside of the classroom, her sorority is at the center of her life on campus. She loves her sorority sisters, and we understand why. They are outstanding young women. I therefore throw up my hands at the negative publicity a few bad apples have created on campus, and the administration’s surrender to them. If the »

Remembering Budd Schulberg

Featured image Budd Schulberg — writer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter — was born 100 years ago this coming March 27. Mark Steyn takes the occasion of the Schulberg centenary to look back in the column “What made Buddy run?” Please check it out. Schulberg died in August 2009 ago at the age of 95. His life cut through an almost unbelievable slice of American history, more than enough for two memoirs. In Moving »

All in for Dartmouth? I think not

Featured image Dartmouth’s new president Phil Hanlon spoke this evening at an event at the Dartmouth Club of Washington as part of the “all in for Dartmouth” campaign. Hanlon set a new indoor record for beginning sentences with the word “So.” Beyond that, he came across as a decent, sensible, and honest (for a college administrator) guy. Which is exactly how he was described to me by a friend (with a low »

Dartmouth’s embarrassing lack of regard for due process

Featured image Amanda Childress, a sexual abuse awareness coordinator at Dartmouth, asked this question at a University of Virginia conference on campus sexual misconduct: “Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?” Childress explained: It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a »