Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dartmouth University Parkhurst Occupation

Well, I'm guess I'm a little late to this party. I'm just finding out about the student occupation of the Dartmouth administration building at the Wall Street Journal, "Oppressed by the Ivy League":
The demonstrators had a 72-point manifesto instructing the college to establish pre-set racial admission quotas and a mandatory ethnic studies curriculum for all students. Their other inspirations are for more "womyn or people of color" faculty; covering sex change operations on the college health plan ("we demand body and gender self-determination"); censoring the library catalog for offensive terms; and installing "gender-neutral bathrooms" in every campus facility, specifically including sports locker rooms.

We rarely sympathize with college administrators but we'll make an exception for Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon, an accomplished mathematician who for some reason took the job last year. The occupiers filmed their confrontation and uploaded the hostage video to the Web, where Mr. Hanlon can be seen agog as his charges berate him for his "micro-aggressions." Those are bias infractions that can't be identified without the right political training.

Mr. Hanlon left after an hour and told the little tyrants that he welcomed a "conversation" about their ultimatums. They responded in a statement that conversations—to be clear, talking—will lead to "further physical and emotional violence enacted against us by the racist, classist, sexist, heterosexist, transphobic, xenophobic, and ableist structures at Dartmouth." They added: "Our bodies are already on the line, in danger, and under attack."
Read the rest, but the bottom line is the president should have had the students arrested for trespassing and and placed under administrative investigation for violation of the college's academic contract with the threat of expulsion. The fact that he didn't gives you some idea of how screwed up we are as a society nowadays (partly explained at the editorial by the power of the U.S. Department of Education's civil rights Torquemadas).

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In any case, there's more at Campus Reform, "Dartmouth College protesters stage sit-in at president's office."

Also at Legal Insurrection, "Hostile Takeover Week at College Insurrection," and Power Line, "DARTMOUTH’S CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST — IN THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE."