Jim Yong Kim and Dartmouth’s culture of sexual assault

By Felix Salmon
March 29, 2012

What is it about the heads of the World Bank and IMF and their relation with sexual politics? Both Paul Wolfowitz and Dominique Strauss-Kahn lost their jobs because of the way that they treated women, while Strauss-Kahn’s predecessor, Rodrigo de Rato, resigned unexpectedly in the midst of what was described as an “acrimonious divorce”. No woman has ever headed the Bank, and Christine Lagarde is the first woman to head the IMF; they’ve historically been men’s clubs, and none the better for it.

For that reason alone, given the choice between Jim Kim and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the next head of the World Bank, the latter would have something of a natural advantage. But it turns out that Kim’s weakness on the sexual-politics front is much greater than simply being a man.

Janet Reitman has a must-read article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, detailing the hazing culture at Dartmouth College, where Kim has been the president since 2009. The piece went to press on the day that Barack Obama announced Kim’s nomination, so the news came too late for the story to be recast around Kim. But even as it stands, it’s damning enough.

I’d highly recommend that you read the whole thing, especially the gruesome details of fraternity hazing at Dartmouth, which seems to come very close to qualifying as torture under many definitions of the term. A propos the UN Convention Against Torture, for instance, there’s a case to be made that the severity of the hazing at Dartmouth — forcing youths to recite the frat’s creed while lying in a kiddie pool of ice, for instance, or forcing them to eat “vomlets” made of vomit and eggs — imposes severe suffering on people for the purpose of intimidating or coercing them.

Reitman’s article is centered on Andrew Lohse, who went public with what goes on in secret at Dartmouth fraternities, including forcing youths to chug cups of vinegar until at least one ended up vomiting blood. Here’s how his now-famous op-ed started:

We attend a strange school where a systemic culture of abuse exists under a college president who has the power and experience to change what can only be described as a public health crisis of the utmost importance: the endemic culture of physical and psychological abuse that occupies the heart of Dartmouth’s Greek community. President Jim Yong Kim’s sterling credentials in public health are fundamentally at odds with the pervasive hazing, substance abuse and sexual assault culture that dominates campus social life.

I understand these problems because I myself have endured them. If I were to fully enumerate all of the dehumanizing experiences my friends and I have survived here — experiences that were ironically advertised to us as indispensable elements of the “Dartmouth Experience” — I would have too few words left in this column to adequately explain how the Kim administration has not done enough to address these crises. They have yet to take decisive action to diagnose and cure the abuse that plagues Dartmouth.

Reitman fills out this picture, in the most alarming of ways. What we’re seeing here is not just brutal hazing; it’s also a culture of sexual assault which seems to have reached epidemic proportions.

Brothers aren’t the only ones injured by this unspoken pact around fraternity life. Sexual assault is rampant at Dartmouth; some female students say they circulate the names of men considered “dangerous” and fraternity houses viewed as “unsafe.” Between 2008 and 2010, according to the college’s official statistics, Dartmouth averaged about 15 reports of sexual assault each year among its 6,000 students. Brown, a school with 8,500 students, averaged eight assaults; Harvard, with 21,000 students, had 21. And those numbers are likely just a fraction of the actual count: One study showed that 95 percent of all sexual assaults among college students are never reported. In 2006, Dartmouth’s Sexual Abuse Awareness Program estimated that there were actually 109 incidents on campus…

Nearly every woman I speak to on campus complains of the predatory nature of the fraternities and the dangers that go beyond drinking. “There are always a few guys in every house who are known to use date-rape drugs,” says Stewart Towle…

One senior, who I’ll call Lisa, was “curbed” the second night of her freshman year. She’d been invited to a fraternity by one of its members. Thinking it an honor, Lisa enthusiastically accepted, and once she got there, she had two drinks. The next thing she remembers is waking up in the hospital with an IV in her arm. “Apparently, security found me in front of the house. That was my introduction to the frats: passing out from drinking, waking up in the hospital and not having any idea what happened.” What she did notice were bruises that looked like bites on her chest that hadn’t been there before. “To be very honest,” she says, “I didn’t really want to know what actually happened.”

How did Kim react to the fact that there were literally hundreds of sexual assaults taking place on and by his students while he was president? He “established an intercollegiate collaborative known as the National College Health Improvement Project to study high-risk drinking”, which even Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson admits is not designed to actually generate any solutions to the problem.

And as for the whole fraternity culture which spawns these abuses, Kim’s a big fan.

Kim, whose three-story mansion sits on Fraternity Row, is a strong supporter of the Greek system; he has suggested on several occasions that fraternity membership may have health benefits, citing studies that show that people with long-standing friendships suffer fewer heart attacks. In a strange abdication of authority, Kim even professes to have little influence over the fraternities. “I barely have any power,” he told The Dartmouth in a recent interview. “I’m a convener.”

In reality, Kim is one of the only officials in a position to regulate the fraternities. More than half of Dartmouth’s frats are “local” – houses that split off from their national organizations years ago, and are thus unaccountable to any standards other than those set by the college.

In this respect, Kim is much softer on the frats than his predecessor, James Wright, who tried to end the Greek system “as we know it” by requiring fraternities to substantially go coed. Obviously, he failed. But Kim seems to have no problems with fraternities at all: in the same interview, he went so far as to say that it’s “not just the Greek system” which does hazing, and that “you have to look at everybody”. What was he going to do about it? Well, he said, “we’re trying to understand what more we can do.”

Kim even went so far as to meet with Dartmouth’s fraternities to tell them they weren’t in his crosshairs, saying that “one of the things you learn as an anthropologist is that you don’t come in and change the culture.”

And when Lohse presented Dartmouth with copious evidence of just how bad hazing was at his fraternity, SAE, the result was astonishing:

On February 22nd, his 22nd birthday, Lohse received a call from Dartmouth’s office of judicial affairs, informing him that, based on information he’d provided the college, they were pursuing charges against him for hazing. The college has also charged 27 other members of SAE, stemming from events in the 2011 pledge term. While the other students all categorically deny doing anything illegal, the information that Lohse provided to Dartmouth officials may directly implicate him in hazing. As a result, Lohse – the only student to come forward voluntarily – may be the only student who is ultimately punished.

What does all this mean for Kim’s candidacy for president of the World Bank? That’s hard to say. On the one hand, the US basically has the nomination sewn up, since the European countries will always vote for the US candidate in return for the US always voting for the European candidate for head of the IMF. And Europe and the US together constitute an unbeatable voting bloc.

At least, that’s how it has worked until now. The convention that the next head of the IMF will have to be a European is eroding fast, and there are even many European politicians who don’t believe in it any more. And for the first time we’re having a contested race for head of the World Bank, with an incredibly highly-qualified candidate in Okonjo-Iweala; the FT, for one, says she’s “the right leader for the World Bank”. I agree.

So the key constituency here is the European countries, and what they think about Kim’s actions, or lack thereof, at Dartmouth. The college’s culture of hazing and sexual assault is tolerated in the US, but is likely to look unspeakably brutal to European eyes, and I can certainly see many European politicians being extremely uncomfortable voting for a man who did nothing to stop it. The question is: will they read the Rolling Stone article? And if they do, will they be shocked enough that they would be willing to get into a huge diplomatic fight with the US as a result?

The machinations of international politics are rarely particularly edifying, and I suspect that Europe will ultimately fall into line and vote for Kim, just as it has always voted for the US candidate in the past. But if by some miracle Kim loses, and Okonjo-Iweala ends up getting the job, there’s a very good chance that a feature article in Rolling Stone might turn out to be the reason why.

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This isn’t something new at Dartmouth; it’s been going on for decades. That Kim hasn’t had much of an impact on the “Animal House” culture that prevails in Hanover is unfortunate; that the school’s trustees and alumni look the other way as it continues is shameful.

Posted by Mitchn | Report as abusive

Why do they even allow frats on college campuses anymore? Have they ever been a positive influence? Even Back in the Day, they were places where privileged guys hung out and engaged in drinking/partying/connecting.

When I was on campus, most of them had a reputation for being nothing but party houses.

Posted by Brett__ | Report as abusive

I went to a university with a strong Greek culture and even considered joining a fraternity. When I realized what that entailed, between hazing and simply having to do what others told me to, I decided not to. I did not need to join a little club to make friends.
However, that was my decision, and I have friends that made another. If Mr. Lohse degraded himself and underwent some voluntary abuse, he has no one to blame but himself. I had no trouble saying “no;” let’s stop treating college students like children and allow them to take responsibility for their own decisions.

Posted by Ragan | Report as abusive

As @Mitchn points out, sexual abuse at Dartmouth is nothing new. It goes back to before the institution was co-ed. They used to say: “Dartmouth: Where the men are men and the sheep are scared.”

Posted by samadamsthedog | Report as abusive

You are going to take every word of this Rolling Stone expose at face value, pin it all on Jim Yong Kim, and publish it with an inflammatory title to get people’s attention? What kind of journalism is that? Do your homework, son. (I have since I graduated from Dartmouth in the early ’90s.) Dartmouth has a long history (founded in 1769) and problems related to drinking and/or the Greek system have challenged the school way before either Lohse or Kim were even born. Kim’s tenure as President of Dartmouth was a blip. And he came into a tough situation of having to deal with a budget shortfall in the wake of the financial crisis. The guy was forced to deal with a lot of things at once. Kim was brought in as an outsider to a school with an insular culture. He was the first non-white president in the school’s history and the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. His predecessor was one of the school’s most popular professors for generations of Dartmouth grads. Kim had to make allies early on in order to be effective. That he didn’t eradicate drinking, fraternities and sexual assault within his first 2 years cannot now be used against him like this. Comparing him to DSK is preposterous. Be a little more responsible with your writing, Felix. Instead of just piggy-backing the Rolling Stone piece, do some of your own investigative work to see the whole picture. After all, Lohse could just be another Mike Daisey.

Posted by GMAFB | Report as abusive

I would also appreciate more than just a summary of RS. How about a word or two of the quality of reporting done by RS, in your opinion.

Posted by jn27015 | Report as abusive

I’m with GMAFB. Since the stats you cite are 2008-2010 and Kim only became President in 2009, you’re showing a strong trend at Dartmouth that has existed for a long time.

If you appoint me President of the University of Miami tomorrow, you’ll still be complaining about the convicts who play on the football team next year and the year after. And probably several years after that.

You’re blaming Kim for not doing something that is not part of his mandate, Felix. As noted above, the Board of Trustees (who hired him and can fire him) of the University–not just the College itself–need to make any culture change a priority for it to become one.

Kim knows what he was told when he took the job; readers of your quotes can figure it out. His predecessor made a reasonable attempt at what the RS piece is urging: he was unsuccessful, and he was there for thirty years, the last eleven as President (including most of the time period covered by your sexual assault data).

The “Greek Problem” hasn’t been solved because no one who has real authority at Dartmouth wants it solved; even when most of the frats aren’t even National, they persist. And the constant whining from people who are silly enough to believe that Obama’s “replacement” choice would be an African woman instead of an American Idiot–er, other former Ivy League President–is just sad at best, harmful at worst.

Kim has seen how badly the World Bank policy of the Washington Consensus works; you’ve probably got a better shot of a positive outcome from him leading the WB than you do with anyone else.

Posted by klhoughton | Report as abusive

And f/i/v/e/ ten years from now, the NYT will discover that there is a problem with the “Greek Culture” at Dartmouth.

Posted by klhoughton | Report as abusive

It would probably make this blog article a bit more legitimate if the writer seemingly read anything that has to do with the work Jim Kim did and does instead of running on assumptions or even the complexities of managing an ivy league school. Or even the comparison of hazing culture to some of the things Kim did in Partners in Health.

The article is more reflective of the writer’s somewhat myopic mode of thinking instead of deeply considering the process and issue of hazing in places like Dartmouth. I’m not legitimize hazing at all of course (unless I also be misconstrued presumptuously), but compared to what Kim dealt with day in and day out in Haiti, Darmouth as its “island of privilege” ugh, can’t even finish that sentence. Out of all things to criticize Kim on. Just call Kim Hitler. It’ll at least get this article more hits.

Posted by steve101 | Report as abusive

I think the more important filter would be to reject anyone, applying for a position requiring sound judgment, who has been a member of a college fraternity or sorority.

First of all, frats are part of the Greek system – do we really want someone from the Greek world running the world bank?

Seriously, anyone willing to withstand the physical abuse these frats require just to gain social acceptance has a distorted sense of values. You are willing to eat vomit so you can call a group of strangers your friends? Who wants friends like that? Are you that willing to degrade yourself just to join a club?

You’ll have to come up with a better reason for rejecting this guy.

Posted by KenG_CA | Report as abusive

OMG, when I first read this article, I was think who the heck wrote this? I was even more shocked to see that this author is actually a “Finance Blogger” for Reuters, one of the most well-known source of financial information. You’ve got to be kidding me. First of all, his article has NOTHING to do with finances (except the fact Kim is the candidate for IMF). Second, is this author really a Journalist or did Reuters find him from Freelancework.com for $20 an article? His argument is elementary (and honestly, juvenile). I am NOT trying to downgrade what has been happening at Darthmouth, but this article looks like a college freshmen putting together a half-baked (well, I was going to use another word) term paper the night before the deadline. Sad, but I guess he will collect his $20 bucks.

Posted by seriousonepal | Report as abusive

@ SeriouslyOedipal ^ ^, last above -

Fail.

Jim Kim is, however, the right man for the job. He’ll do nothing to repair the low esteem in which the WB is rightly held. Perhaps that will hasten its demise – let’s hope.

Posted by MrRFox | Report as abusive

“…likely to look unspeakably brutal to European eyes…” I guess you didn’t go to a traditional English public school Felix.

Posted by TinyTim1 | Report as abusive

“Weak. Stick to your knitting Felix.” (some chump)

Fail.

The clown is head of the WB – that puts the matter squarely in the “finance” department. Likewise, sexual mis-adventures have been the most noteworthy feature of the “Wicked Sisters of Washington” – the IMF and the WB. When was the last time you can remember either of them doing anything financial that was undeniably positive? How about something sexual that was undeniably negative?

Felix is on target – even if you wish to close your eyes to it, Davey Boy.

Posted by MrRFox | Report as abusive

“I think the more important filter would be to reject anyone, applying for a position requiring sound judgment, who has been a member of a college fraternity or sorority.”

Not a bad idea, KenG, though not *all* fraternities are rape clubs.

Perhaps a better approach would be aggressive prosecution under existing laws of any/all offenses? I’m not a big fan of the attitude “kids will be kids” at any age (even younger kids could and should be learning proper behavior), and especially not when “kids” are engaging in felonies.

Posted by TFF | Report as abusive

I also went to Dartmouth in the 90s. This is not new. Dartmouth has been dealing with the “Greek issue” for at least three decades now. The first comment about “Animal House” was not a throw away — the book was written by an Dartmouth alum. I am not proud of this part of the culture of Dartmouth, but it has been this way for a long, long time.

The fact that Wright, a long-standing popular Dartmouth professor, was not able to address the issue in his years of presidency shows how big a problem this is. You have to pick your battles, and Kim was dealing with a lot of other issues when he came in.

Posted by WalkerWhite | Report as abusive

Whew, for a minute after reading all those “he has no diplomatic experience” pieces, I thought Kim might actually go after entrenched interests at the WB. It’s reassuring to know he won’t go after well-connected criminals, no matter how heinous they are.

Posted by AngryInCali | Report as abusive

Salmon is completely unfair to Jim Kim.

The Rolling Stone article repeats wild allegations that have been thoroughly investigated by both Dartmouth and the Hanover Police and found not to have any basis in fact.

And not even the highly unreliable source of the Rolling Stone article claims Dartmouth has any sort of sexual assault culture.

To be sure, Jim Kim is the architect of his own troubles on this score. Instead of defending Dartmouth’s reputation by firmly rebutting these crazy stories when they first surfaced, Kim decided to exploit public hysteria. Now he’s suffering blowback.

Posted by fiscalhawk | Report as abusive

TFF, I didn’t mean to imply that all or even most frats require raping, but that many of them still have some form of hazing, and anyone who voluntarily submits to it is demonstrating a significant weakness (or early signs of being a politician).

Posted by KenG_CA | Report as abusive

I joined a fraternity in college (Kappa Sigma) and there was no hazing at all. It was a great experience. In fact, we did quite a bit of community service and charitable fund raising that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Sure, there was drinking and partying but I don’t think that the fraternal designation had much to do with that, it would have happened regardless. As TFF said, prosecute the crimes. Whether or not you’re part of a fraternity, you should go to jail if you assault someone. It shouldn’t matter what the excuse behind it is.

Posted by spectre855 | Report as abusive

“there’s a very good chance that a feature article in Rolling Stone might turn out to be the reason why.” – yea ok, like anyone even reads that uber-leftist crap.

Posted by Gsleeze110MERK | Report as abusive

HAH! The good old boys here defending hazing as a longstanding culture of abuse. It was mostly women anyway so who cares? It is a longstanding cultural “necessity”, as someone who uses date rape drugs wouldn’t have been able to sew his oats in the traditional way…so we do have to let those poor babies have their fun til they puke as it is a tradition!

Oh wait, PERHAPS the real reason hazing is so effective at bonding is there was a lot of homosexual activity/rape/other criminal activity that needs to be hushed. That knowledge makes for great “friends” in the future, especially for those who seek public office or fame married and with children.

Under-reporting by those who are living in fear means the stats felix noted are not even close to being correct.

BTW you are making some very good reasons why the man will be as ineffectual at the WB. He will be a “good old boy” agreeing with what he is told and not speak up because it is not his ‘mandate” to do and say what is right for an institution he is working for. Damn the trustees, he should have stood for humanity rather than allow to be a part of it, if he is truly the humanitarian he is being lauded as.

I could have sworn educational facilities have a mandate put education and the students welfare first, but that is so this century! Integrity and ethics don’t seem to be a necessity at the WB either… so he will make a perfect mouse.

Posted by youniquelikeme | Report as abusive

I think Mr. Salmon is swimming too hard upstream. It is curious to note that Bush’s ascendancy was not challenged by the mainstream US Media. Only the fringe media would dare report about his Skull & Bones membership, and his activities there. According to legend, this is the fraternity that sets the example for hazing and other secret rituals for the others to follow. The US had no problem electing this man, (and his father) president for 8 and 4 years respectively. Now we have an ASIAN man who may be head of the WB. Hmmm, you Americans historically have not been very tolerant of Asian men, only Asian women – as war brides.
A cynical view of this affair may be that Obama & Co. know of the imminent demise of, or at least serious diminishment of the WB. What better figurehead to have at the helm than an Asian man hmmm?
This fits nicely with American character. As for the EU, this author has no clue as to the history of European boarding schools.

Posted by Vladimir_Putin | Report as abusive

Let’s face it, the worst thing about frats is that they are made up of people who know they need special favor. They don’t have the intellegence or work ethic to make it on their own. All the stupid games are just side dressing to this basic structural characteristic. From my own personal experience in conversing with members of fraternities I found no evidence that they would be capable of succeeding without considerable help. Their only slightly smarter than the typical stupid person in that they know they are stupid.

Posted by brotherkenny4 | Report as abusive

“Their [sic] only slightly smarter than the typical stupid person in that they know they are stupid.”
Knowing your limitations is hardly slightly better, it places the person squarely in the 3rd quartile of intelligence. Using the Dunning-Kruger analysis, the two bottom quartiles vastly overestimate their ability, the 3rd quartile just about gets it right, and the fourth quartile underestimates their ability by a significant margin. This makes them better than average and well above the median.
To the point of the post, does this qualifier (perfectly behaving subordinates and pupils) apply to all people? It is one thing to tolerate or encourage a culture of abuse, it is another to be unaware of it, or to be so overwhelmed by other problems that one cannot resolve it. I am assuming here that Dr. Kim is was either unaware of the extent of the problem, that the extent is far less than reported, or that this task was given to a subordinate (provost?!) to address.

Posted by OnkelBob | Report as abusive

Well, frankly I went to a highly-ranked, yet only-known-regionally state university and what was described in this article was no different, in either degree or kind, from what went on under the auspices of the frats and sororities at my school.

Felix just didn’t go to college in the U.S. and that shows.

I mean, please. Rolling Stone is shocked, Shocked like Captain Louis Renault, that Hazing goes on in college fraternaties! Oh My Gawd!

People who pledge frats and/or sororities know what they are getting into. That doesn’t excuses the excesses of frats and sororities, but I wouldn’t blame this candidate for the World Bank for what goes on in them.

Posted by Strych09 | Report as abusive

Who cares? Did billions of dollars turn up missing, or someone die?
This is the problem with you media types: your constant navel gazing that is disguised as “analysis” of the “news” that was written by another one of your media compadres…Its no wonder that most journalist degree holders go into public relations…

Posted by D.D.T.KOOL-AID | Report as abusive

“In reality, Kim is one of the only officials in a position to regulate the fraternities.”

I hate that expression. One of the only? Vagueness disguised as precision. Is he the only, or is he one of the few?

Posted by Christofurio | Report as abusive

I’m not sure you can blame the university president for the terrible things that happen off campus. I went to state school 10 years ago and I wish I could forget some of the stuff I saw. I still have a few friends in the faculty up there and they say that things have gotten better in some ways and worse in others.

Worse in that the predator mentality is even more pronounced and celebrated.

Better in that the use of cellphones, social networking, and forensics routinely put the worst actors in prison.

Call me old fashioned but I see a clear correlation between the rise of secularism and the devaluation of human dignity.

Posted by y2kurtus | Report as abusive

“Call me old fashioned but I see a clear correlation between the rise of secularism and the devaluation of human dignity.”

y2k, I’m going to ask you to clarify that, because I don’t believe you are saying what it sounds like to me.

Posted by KenG_CA | Report as abusive

@ KenG_CA: y2kurtus’ comment seems perfectly clear to me, how could any confusion arise here?

I’m surprised how all the intelligent commenters focus on the specifics of the case, where it seems obvious to me that the only reason it is brought up (by RS and by extension Felix) is to discredit Jim Kim and enhance the chances of another favored candidate, in this case Ngozi. If the Dartmouth allegations are the best one can come up with against Jim Kim, his confirmation is sown up. A better case can be made, in my view, by simply reprinting his recent FT op-ed. After reading that I became convinced that Kim would change essentially nothing at the WB and its objectives, and is therefore not the right candidate. That will of course not stop him from being confirmed, on the contrary. Whether Ngozi would be a better choice, I don’t know. Jeff Sachs or Larry Summers certainly aren’t.

Posted by Abulili | Report as abusive

Abulili, well Ngozi comes from a place that is notorious for scams and corruption, worked at the WB whilst it was doing its job of transfering wealth from poor first-worlders to corrupt, rich third-worlders and as such should be a perfect fit into the WB culture. After all the last guy who tried to change anything there got kicked out after suggesting that his long term partner should not be penalised for moving to another job in order to avoid the **appearence** of favoritism – as opposed to the normal corruption he was trying to stamp out.

Posted by Danny_Black | Report as abusive

Danny_Black, I’m with you regarding Wolfowitz. But perhaps Ngozi is the least bad choice? I know very little about her, but apparently she has had some success in confronting corruption in Nigeria. The confirmation should be on the basis of the record, first, and a clear and concise agenda on the candidate’s priorities, second. Jim Kim is good on the first, poor on the second. Perhaps Ngozi is better on balance? Having worked at the WB does not disqualify her, what matters is what she did there, and later as finance minister in Nigeria. The fact that she is a woman, and African, is without any relevance whatsoever.

Posted by Abulili | Report as abusive

This article tries to draw the most absurd comparison between DSK and Jim Kim. His insinuations, without actually saying anything direct, is idiotic at best and libelous at worst. I guess since he’s a “financial blogger” and not actually a journalist, there is no professional standard or code of conduct by which he has to abide. I would have thought that Reuters would have a higher standard of anyone writing under its banner, but I guess I’m wrong.

Posted by DC1234 | Report as abusive

“This article tries to draw the most absurd comparison between DSK and Jim Kim. His insinuations, without actually saying anything direct, is idiotic at best and libelous at worst.” (some clown, last above)

The only insinuations of the sort you suggest are in your twisted mind, fella. F.S. only pointed out the troubled history of the WB in this respect and a similar history at Dartmouth that Kim failed to make any progress toward repairing.

Posted by MrRFox | Report as abusive

These tempests in teapots go on at schools all the time. But to suggest that this means no change ever happens is silly and self-serving. Sure, it may seem to a lot of you Dartmouth grads that “Greek culture” or somesuch will just never ever change. I’m sure in 1960 it seemed that women would never ever attend Dartmouth. Does Dartmouth have coed dorms, courses that focus on areas outside the Western Civ canon, student representation on the board of trustees? Oh the horror! Oh the horror!

Felix’s view may be valuable precisely because he is an outsider. Hanover can be a little bit insular at times.

Posted by SelenesMom | Report as abusive

Perhaps Felix has been hanging around David Adams too much (Felix knows who he is!!). Get your facts correct Felix. Or maybe forget about facts and just sign-up for the Dartmouth Review. You would certainly find plenty of kinship for shoddy and inflammatory blahhh-ging there.

Posted by goghoti | Report as abusive

I’m no fan of Jim Kim, but I need to post here in order to correct some of the unfortunate premises of this article. In the US and over in the Northeast, everyone recognizes the Rolling Stone article as a complete hit piece on Dartmouth, filled with an inaccurate and attention-seeking account about what happens at the college. Andrew Lohse, the only source of the article, was kicked out of Dartmouth after doing cocaine and assaulting a security officer (look it up), and was apparently seeking to get revenge and publicity in a desperate plea for attention.

Citing the Rolling Stone as your factual source is regarded as ludicrous over here. To use an analogy, that would be like Reuters citing a story in one of the many British Tabloids and reporting it as an absolute fact. Dartmouth has episodes of drinking, sexual assault, and hazing…but it’s certainly not regarded as any worse than any other American institution. Unfortunate for Jim Kim that this has gotten blown out of proportion, but, well, maybe he deserves it a bit. He was a terrible President of Dartmouth

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