178 TH ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING
Peter Kenyon, Vice Chair Student Life Committee
Theme: The recently announced "Five Principles" laid down by the Trustees.
All others, minor time allocation.
A. Forum On The Five:
Represented by Susan Dentzer and Peter Fahey
"What we put together was a strategy. How to implement it is up to the
The five explained:
The Dartmouth Plan doesnt lead to continuity. There is a need to address better
Build more residential space.
Expand on Wheelock Cluster concept.
Alternatives to dorms (apartments, town houses).
Greater dining options.
550 are living off-campus. Need to get them back on.
Note: This does not count the 589 Arts and Sciences Graduate students who all live
The need for greater social space controlled by students.
An improved social system that is substantially coed. At Dartmouth half of the upper
classes belong to the fraternity/sorority system. Next in the Ivy League would be Penn and
Cornell at 33%.
Trustees say that Dartmouth is still male dominated. Susan said that the women who
joined sororities did so to escape from, "brutal male dominance."
Trustees say that CFS membership is not representative of the full student body. CFS
members are basically white, have high family incomes, require less financial aid.
Reference was made to a study by "Black Enterprise Magazine" showing that
Dartmouth is not in the top 50 schools for blacks.
Alcohol abuse should be eliminated.
A 1998 survey shows that alcohol has a definite effect on grades.
Alcohol is creating two cultures on campus: drinkers vs. abstainers.
The Committee on Student Life will receive input from all groups.
In the summer, they will identify alternatives and report to the trustees.
In the fall there will be a series of town meetings on the approaches.
There will be a report to the Trustees at the end of the fall term. This report will be
The final plan will be announced during the spring term. Implementation will be over an
Note: In his closing remarks, Peter (dont believe he smiled once during the two
hours) said, "there will be changes, it wont be what we have today and some
will be happy and some unhappy."
A task force has been set up to gather ideas as to how to accomplish the 5
principles (800 students, graduates, parents, college staff).
In addition, student organized groups will submit ideas.
Will present to the trustees in June.
Housing shortage has been building for a long time. In the Freedman era, the academic
structure was rebuilt. College has been getting higher acceptance rates.
The D Plan has caused disconnects. One idea is for freshman to live together to
establish a class bond.
Goal is for the housing system to promote diversity understanding.
Head of Fraternity Sorority Group (CFS) Note: A female
Realize the need for change, but want control of the final result.
Official policies now are full of loopholes and wont work.
CFS will establish standards of excellence for its members.
Member of Paleopitus
Need to build a better senior year experience. Have a separate senior space. Freedom to
associate with those of like interests.
In general, students are excited about the initiative. See opportunities, see threats.
Presented idea of housing based on academic interest with faculty tied in.
Noted the need for a grad school center and on campus housing (including a child area).
6. Question from the floor: Do students feel they really have a say?
Answer: They have no choice
We will put in ideas and see what happens.
Following the announcement of the 5 principles the Alumni Council did a survey of
alumni reaction (primarily via e mail).
a. Negative 61%
b. Positive 30%
c. Neutral 9%
The five goals make sense.
The process of the announcement was bad.. its a "done deal," key groups
were not consulted.
The communication process was very bad.
SOME COUNCIL COMMENTS
1. Alumnae: Dont make Dartmouth an Ivy League franchise. It is unique and
what you do must make it unique.
2. Alumnae: The single sex sorority was a superb opportunity for me to continue my
ability to grow as a woman.
3. The chairman of a group of 300 alumni announced their plans to fight the
possible elimination of the fraternity/sorority system.
4. Many: A poor start, but the objectives are sound. The plans and their
implementation are now key. We can but wait.
JIM WRIGHTS TALK
His theme: The Out of Classroom Experience at Dartmouth.
The move to co-education and the D Plan brought the difficulties we face today
Continuity is lost, space is inadequate.
There have not been arguments about the need for more space.
The Greek System:
There is a basic need to reshape the relationship between the College and CFS.
Binge drinking has increased and it impacts the educational experience.
Correction needs to key on education and not policing.
There is a need to engage students in the answers.
There is definitely a need to reshape the Greek System.
OUT OF SESSION STUDENT COMMENTS
Alcohol use is campus wide, not just CFS. Student room parties are where major
drinking goes on.
Things have quieted down since the announcement. Most are just waiting.
CFS is putting together a plan to answer key objections.
"If they impose, we will find a way around it".
Note: While there are double the number of fraternities to sororities, the membership
in the latter is higher. Total number of members about the same.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
. (I think).
Write for a copy of, "Student Life Initiative An Update: May 1999 at
Dartmouth College. Elizabeth Dycus, Dartmouth Office of Public Affairs, 38 North Main
Street, Hanover, NH 03755.. 603/643-3661.
Trustee e mail:
ALUMNI FUND UPDATE
Doing well despite the controversy. 1.5 million ahead of projection
We are behind in our goal of 51% participation.
We are well ahead of our projection for next year
1950 has already pledged 3
million, 1960 is already at 1 million vs. their goal of 2 million.
An amazing number of research grants available to students.
Mellon Foundation: Started in 1989 to fund research done by minority students going on
to a PhD. Dartmouth is a major recipient. Provides grants during time of study and cash
for repayment of student loans following completion.
WISP .. Women in Science Program. Very active undergraduate/graduate program. Totally
new to me.
Big Green Bikes .. A student group has provided 25 (at the moment) green bikes for
anyones use. You spot one, ride it to where you are going and leave it. Sort of like
a chain letter.
There has been a marked improvement in coaches compensation.
The recent changes to the financial aid plan is making Dartmouth much more competitive
in the recruitment of athletes.
The Wright administration is much more involved in athletics than previous
Problem of "X" hours. Professors can schedule class time at very short notice
(called X hours). These can cause havoc with extra curricular activity schedules.
NEW ALUMNI COUNCIL GROUPS
The council has voted to include four groups for inclusion in the Alumni Council:
Gay/Lesbian Club, Asia Pacific Club, Black America Club, Native American Club
Class of 2003 termed "Dream Year"
Fewer marginal students are now applying.
Decision to admit 50 fewer than last year.
20% had 800 score on math or verbal, geographic parity between east and west, minority
$8 million given in financial aid.
The trustee 5 principle initiative has had no impact on enrollment.
Consensus that Dartmouth does not have a competitive web site. The council will
make a presentation for improvement in December.
8500 alumni are now on the College e mail email@example.com
Student Art exhibit in Jaffe-Friede Gallery (Hopkins). You really needed the
student along side to explain what you were looking at.
If you are into West African Brass Body Ornaments, catch the exhibit at Hood.
If you look at the name carved in stone above the main entry, it still says,
"Webster Hall." At eye level, it is now identified as Rauner Library House.
Inside its hard to believe that this where we once flicked out, watched the
Dartmouth Players, the Glee Club etc.
What you see now is a multi-level glass enclosed, air controlled set of stacks that
house the College manuscripts, archives and rare books.
Quite a sight:
Note: One resulting negative is the loss of student social space.
On the way out, I stopped to read one of the brass plaques. This one commemorated
Frances Brown, President of the College from 1815 to 1820. He died at age 37 after holding
the college together during the fight with the State over the College charter. Daniel got
the credit, he did the work.
The terms on the Alumni Council for Bill Walls and Peter Kenyon ended with the spring
meeting. Beginning in December, the Class of 54 will not have a direct
representative. Bernard Sudikoff, class of 1953, will represent both classes.