Voices in the Wilderness

A forum for discussion of all things Dartmouth.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

"Arbitrary Line-Drawing"

As alumnus Rich Roberts '83 explains in this op-ed, the subjective naure of speech codes makes them dangerously prone to abuse.

Further, in specific reference to the derecognition of Zeta Psi, Roberts writes that "other organizations with far worse levels of behavior have been rehabilitated, though perhaps not as well-located real estate." The implication is that Dartmouth is picking its 'speech' battles against the very institutions whose real estate it covets in order to realize its expansion plans. This might explain why a Dartmouth organization which posted incendiary phrases from the Koran on its website wasn't taken to task for similar 'violations.'