Dartmouth Survives Diversity Takeover

Sensibly enough, the Wall Street Journal berated Phil Hanlon, the president of Dartmouth, for mishandling the two-day takeover of the university administration building by a small group of diversity-obsessed students. Instead of the obvious move–having the protesters tossed out–Hanlon met with them, then announced: “Their grievance, in short, is that they don’t feel like Dartmouth is fostering a welcoming environment…I deeply empathize with them.” He welcomed a conversation about their list of 70 demands, which included free sex-change operations under the campus health plan, a mandatory ethnic-studies curriculum, more “womyn and people of color” on faculty, censoring the library catalogue for offensive terms and gender-neutral bathrooms in every campus facility. The students also complained about “micro-aggressions,” those tiny slights that render sensitive students uncomfortable and therefore militant. Oh, and they asked that college officials stop referring to them as “threatening,” apparently yet another micro-aggression.

After Hanlon said that he welcomed conversations, the protesters explained that talking had a serious flaw;  it  would led to “further physical and emotional violence enacted against us by the racist, classist, sexist ,heterosexist, transphobic, xenophobic and ableist structures at Dartmouth.” Joe Asch, editor of Dartblog, a running commentary on life at Dartmouth, said “members of the faculty are wondering whether Phil Hanlon has a spine.”


  • John Leo

    John Leo is the editor of Minding the Campus, dedicated to chronicling imbalances within higher education and restoring intellectual pluralism to our American universities. His popular column, "On Society," ran in U.S.News & World Report for 17 years.

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  1. How quickly that lunatic notion about “microaggressions” has taken hold! Now we know that it can be used to intimidate college presidents.

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