Time for Women to Speak Up
For starters, for me at least, it means I'm not much of a blogger, and don't have much free time to post my thoughts on line. But since some bloggers seem to think that my silence is a result of either my fear of speaking my mind, or my inability to create a coherent opinion for myself, it's time for me to be quite clear.
I believe the recent decisions by the Board of Trustees are reckless, arrogant, harmful to the College, completely dismissive of the alumni, and disloyal to the tradition of Dartmouth. I believe Dartmouth stands alone as the best example of how alumni and administration can work together for the good of the College -- at least, it DID stand for that, until September 7th. I believe it is foolish to emulate other institutions' governance when Dartmouth has been a leader in this field (it reminds me of those Supreme Court Justices who want to base their decisions on international law, rather than our own Constitution). And I believe the Board has been terribly misleading in their descriptions of what they passed, and what the ramifications of those changes will be.
I urge the alumni to speak up, to voice their strong objection to being robbed of our voice and being forced into a permanent minority on the Board of Trustees. It's disingenuous for the Board to say they kept the alumni-elected positions intact -- the fact is, they packed the court by doubling the number of Charter Trustees, and thus relegating alumni-elected Trustees to a permanent one-third position. I think it is shocking that the Board of Trustees would so baldly insult the intelligence and judgment of the alumni by stating that we cannot be trusted to elect the best Trustees for the College. What I think the Board of Trustees really meant is that we cannot be trusted to elect Trustees who will rubber-stamp the Board's wishes. In that, they are entirely correct.
Marji Grant Ross, '81
member, Executive Committee of the AoA