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Dartmouth and double standards

Featured image In the apocalyptic satire Dr. Strangelove, President Merkin Muffley meets with his military advisors as they seek to recall a bomber on its way to dropping the big one on the Soviet Union. President Muffley invites the Soviet ambassador into the War Room to join the discussion. When fight breaks out between the Russian ambassador and General Buck Turgidson at the Pentagon, President Muffley exclaims: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in »

Dartmouth undone, Part Two

Featured image As Scott discusses below, Dartmouth has declared that it will not punish the BlackLivesMatter-supporting students who rampaged through Dartmouth’s Baker Library, cursing at and intimidating students as they tried to study for exams. Dartmouth’s decision is disgraceful. If the concept of a “safe space” has any meaning, it applies to Baker Library. But if you’re angry and Black, you can disrupt that space by insulting students as they go about »

Dartmouth undone

Featured image It turns out that rendering “they” a singular pronoun is not Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon’s greatest outrage against common sense in favor of the contortions of political correctness. It’s not even his greatest recent outrage. That distinction must go to Hanlon’s toleration of the rampage by BlackLivesMatter thugs through Dartmouth’s Baker Library as students studied for exams. At Dartblog Joe Asch reports: “No charges for BLM confirmed (again).” It is »

President Hanlon, include me out

Featured image Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon has sent a blast email to “the Dartmouth community.” According to the subject line, the email addresses “Dartmouth Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence.” The action plan is posted here. Given the message’s concatenation of current academic cliches, I think I’ll pass. By the evidence of his message, President Hanlon has successfully stifled the urge to say anything in a voice that resembles that of a sentient »

Dartmouth in 2025

Featured image Joe Asch gazes into a crystal ball and, assuming that what’s present is prologue, imagines the news that might well come from Dartmouth in the year 2025. Here are some of the items: * President Hanlon proudly announced that starting next year each and every undergraduate student would have a dedicated Assistant Provost. “We are proud that we lead the nation in student support,” he said. “Whatever issues face our »

Say it ain’t so, Phil

Featured image According to Joe Asch, “word from the inside” at Dartmouth is that no students are currently under investigation or facing College discipline for the Black Lives Matter invasion of Baker Library last November. Readers will probably recall that BLM demonstrators stormed into the library shrieking racist vulgarities and intimidating students who were trying to study. I hope Joe’s sources are mistaken. Otherwise, as Joe says, it means that at Dartmouth »

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 »