Hanlon Could Give Us All a Lesson (The Washington Post)


“If you are the proud parent of a Dartmouth student, you should send a thank-you note to President Philip Hanlon. Actually, if you are the proud parent of a college student anywhere, or one nearing college age, you should also drop Hanlon a line,” writes Washington Post opinion writer Ruth Marcus.

Marcus writes that while President Hanlon’s remarks last week about “extreme behavior” were aimed at the Dartmouth community, they apply to “colleges and college students anywhere.”

“Dartmouth has taken steps such as banning freshmen from fraternities for the first six weeks and “social norming” counseling that advises new students how much older peers actually drink. “Medical transports” for alcohol abuse are down from 36 in the fall of 2010 to seven last year.

“So Hanlon’s words are brave and important. Brave because they are honest about a problem that many college presidents would rather play down and because they risk cementing Dartmouth’s already bruised reputation. Important because they apply to college students far beyond the bucolic confines of Hanover, N.H.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 4/18/14 by The Washington Post.

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