Voices in the Wilderness

A forum for discussion of all things Dartmouth.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Reactionaries Deconstructed

As we posted earlier, Susan Ackerman '80, Professor of Religion and Women's Studies, has apparently been openly campaigning for the College's slate of candidates. Chien Wen Kung examines, and shall we say, deconstructs, her arguments here.

Keeping track of the mushrooming ad hominem attacks on the petition candidates is difficult, and a waste of time. As Kung points out, the "insurgents'" proposals are echoed by many of the other candidates, and are not really radical at all . Where the petition candidates differ from the others is in their appraisal of Dartmouth's current direction, financial standing and leadership. It remains to be seen whether any of the establishment figures even want to debate those topics on merit, and we will be pleasantly surprised if they do.