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Break with Tradition (How political correctness ends traditions at Dartmouth College)
The Dartmouth ^ | January 25, 2011 | Roger Lott

Posted on 01/25/2011 6:36:56 PM PST by JohnRLott

While listening to a ’62 reminisce over Christmas dinner about the spirited traditions and rustic lifestyle he had known at Dartmouth, I couldn’t help but share in some of his nostalgia. It was saddening to appreciate that while Dartmouth has made great strides, it has also thrown away much of what made it special.

In 1993, Dartmouth ended a more than century-old tradition in which graduating seniors would smash long clay pipes on the stump of the old pine tree in the BEMA. The custom, based on the smokers’ habit of breaking off part of the pipe’s stem after it had become befouled through use, symbolized students’ “clean break” from the College. However, Native American students complained that the tradition was disrespectful of Native American rituals involving sacred pipes, and in ’93 mugs were substituted, only to later be done away with after seniors incurred minor injuries from clay shards.

The demise of the pipe-breaking tradition is a reflection of a broader over-vigilance for anything potentially offensive to Native Americans, and the undebatable nature of Dartmouth’s Indian mascot propagates a false notion that all indigenous peoples are offended by it and similar symbols. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at thedartmouth.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: dartmouth; ivyleague; politicalcorrectness; tradition

1 posted on 01/25/2011 6:36:59 PM PST by JohnRLott
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To: JohnRLott

Is it even legal to talk about this subject at Dartmouth? ;-)


2 posted on 01/25/2011 8:33:08 PM PST by kiryandil
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To: JohnRLott
Despite good intentions, the College acts like a micro-managing parent when it tells young adults they have to stay 50 feet from the bonfire or can’t swim in the Connecticut River.

Last night, I awoke in a cold sweat: Somewhere, someone was doing something without government supervision...

Loved the comment from the panties-in-a-twist little PC girl who decried Roger 'deciding he is a spokesman for all native Americans', then appointing herself as spokestwit-in-chief for the Abenaki. Paris Hilton probably has a greater in-depth knowledge of the Abenaki culture than does Angie Z...

3 posted on 01/25/2011 8:45:29 PM PST by kiryandil
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Last night, I awoke in a cold sweat: Somewhere, someone was doing something without government supervision...

That would have been me.

4 posted on 01/25/2011 9:21:16 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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