Skip to comments.Students (at Ivy League Colleges) Feel Peer Pressure to Donate
Posted on 10/28/2010 3:01:47 AM PDT by reaganaut1
Nonprofits have long used the honor roll, a list of benefactors prominently displayed, to inspire others to make gifts.
In the last school year, seniors at Dartmouth College and Cornell University turned that tactic on its head, creating a sort of dishonor roll of peers who failed to donate to the class gift.
At Dartmouth, the lone student in the graduating class who held out, Laura A. DeLorenzo, was excoriated in the student newspaper and on The Little Green Blog, a student Web site, which also ran her picture.
Raising the stakes for the student fund-raisers was the potential of $100,000 more that the Class of 1960 had promised if every senior participated. In a statement on the blog, Ms. DeLorenzo said she resented the pressure that gift apparently had created.
My decision not to donate to Dartmouth reflects my personal conclusion that the negative aspects of Dartmouth outweigh the positive, and nothing more, Ms. DeLorenzo wrote. Where other people choose to donate their money is their decision and I fully respect their right to make it. She could not be reached for comment.
Carolyn A. Pelzel, senior vice president for advancement at Dartmouth, said the university trained student volunteers who managed the fund-raising effort, adding that the publication of Ms. DeLorenzos name was highly inappropriate.
At Cornell, pressure to contribute to the senior gift was applied through the sorority system, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which reported on the issue in its latest edition.
Erica Weitzner, a Cornell graduate who is now in medical school, said she received two or three phone calls and a few e-mails from sorority sisters saying they knew she had not donated.
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Thanks to Laura A. DeLorenzo for having guts. That quality seems to be more common in women as men nowadays.
That is a brave girl. This reminds me of a couple of things...
1) Being required to volunteer, in order to graduate high school. Even the sentence is an oxymoron.
2) The way ‘all’ of the workers donated their Saturdays to their employer (i.e., worked), for the good of the revolution, in the Soviet Block.
lyn A. Pelzel, senior vice president for advancement at Dartmouth, said the university trained student volunteers who managed the fund-raising effort, adding that the publication of Ms. DeLorenzos name was highly inappropriate.
Grammar flexible can be.
I still get calls from the state school from which I graduated; I tell them to call the minorities & women in their literature they distribute. The callers have second grade language skills; I suspect they are diversity students in the Masters program.
When Charity is mandatory, it becomes Servitude.
When you see why, it is hard not to feel respect for this woman. Over the years, she has clearly seen that Dartmouth has become a liberal fever-swamp, like all of the other Ivy League colleges.
Bully to her for refusing to fund an institution that does not have the best interests of this country at heart.
“1) Being required to volunteer, in order to graduate high school. Even the sentence is an oxymoron.”
How many “volunteer” hours are REQUIRED of them to graduate from high school?
What ever it is, it DEFEATS their intention by REUIRING it.
We were pressured to donate to relief efforts for Haiti by one of our resident socialists at church the other day.
I walked up to the pastor and informed him
1. it was our choice not something he could order us to do
2. that the donations were being sucked off by corrupt Haitian government anyway and
3. that it was unconscionable that 2 years later the people hadn’t started to clean up the mess
This idea that one is naughty if one doesn’t cough up donations to the current cause has got to be resisted
In Montgomery county MD (Freak State) they require 60 hours of “volunteering” which they refer to as community service in order to get your diploma. A lot of the kids get their community service for helping the so-called overworked and underpaid teachers do mundane things. They have created a servant class of students. Also political activism is community service. Guess which political orientation gets the most community service?
yeah at the school my kid attends it is the same song for the Honor Society. “Community Service” before you get to be a member. So conceivably you could get in with so so grades and a penchant for showing up at every “volunteer” project for your stoned Democrat wild eyed “teacher”.
I worked in an IT department of a university once. The PHB-ette commie lib boss knew that I was related to a sort of prominent local family. Every other week at least there would be a flyer for the “family fund” which promptly went in the trash each time. I was the only one in there that got it.
She would make periodic speeches about sharing the wealth that I ignored also.
The funny thing was that her assistant and galpal who probably still runs a retail operation from her desk never got one that I saw. The retail thing is common knowledge to most everyone.
I guess Dartmouth has stopped turning out leaders. The graduating class probably about 800 had the backbone to stand up to thuggery. One leader, 799 thugs and followers.
What? The outrageous tuition isn’t enough? They have to beg the graduating class for more money?
The Leftists at these bastions of group-think feel entitled!
She cost them $100K that’s why they are PO’ed.
Dartmouth doesn't have an extensive graduate program, so the undergraduates have access to a lot of financial aide.
If this girl paid her own way I guess it's OK if she wants to make a statement. OTOH, If she took some kind of financial aide she should have given a buck or had someone donate in her name.
Nobody cares what she says about the school. That $100,000 could help some other kids down the road. There are kids there who are not rich and appreciate any help they can get.