Media Coverage of President’s Moving Dartmouth Forward Plan


Members of the Dartmouth community were not the only ones paying attention on Jan. 29 when President Phil Hanlon ’77 presented his much-anticipated Moving Dartmouth Forward Plan to address high-risk behavior on campus and transform the student experience.

“Everything is possible for Dartmouth,” Dartmouth’s 18th president said during his Jan. 29 speech about his Moving Dartmouth Forward Plan. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

From the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire to Boston to London, in dozens of articles and editorials, the media wrote about what President Hanlon, in his speech, called Dartmouth’s “moment.”

“Everything is possible for Dartmouth,” Dartmouth’s 18th president told his audience, invoking the name of the 13th president, John Kemeny, who presided over the College’s transition to coeducation. “But our aspirations will never be realized if we fail to address a vital component: the environment in which our students live and learn. Like Kemeny, we must recognize a moment in time when change is necessary to reach our potential. Now is such a moment.”

The Washington Post’s headline summed up much of the coverage: “No Hard Alcohol, No Pledging, Dartmouth Plans Major Cultural Reforms.”

The Boston Globe put Dartmouth in the forefront of schools taking action to address high-risk behavior on campus: “The major overhaul, spelled out by President Philip Hanlon in a speech to the Dartmouth community, places the school among the leaders of colleges targeting binge drinking, sexual assaults, and other problems,” wrote the Globe on Jan. 29. “Hanlon warned Greek organizations that if they fail to make improvements, their future could be in doubt.”

Editorials in media large and small praised Hanlon’s decisiveness even while acknowledging a wait-and-see attitude toward a few of the plan’s major tenets, such as the ban on hard alcohol on campus and stricter standards for Greek organizations.

In a Feb. 3 editorial, The Boston Globe wrote that it is “up to students to solve the fundamental problems that are eroding campus life at Dartmouth. If Hanlon’s policies force undergraduates to re-evaluate the school’s social life, that is certainly for the good.”

And bringing the ambitious plan back to Hanlon and the vision he spoke of during his inauguration, the Valley News editorial of Feb. 1, “Mending Dartmouth,” praised the president’s approach and offered a possible explanation for at least part of Hanlon’s dedication to transforming the campus culture.

“Hanlon clearly grasps how the questions of academic and social life are inextricably intertwined for students, and how increased academic demands might address social issues,” wrote the Valley News.

“Maybe,” wrote the newspaper, “it’s just because he really does love the place.”

Below is a roundup of some of the news stories, editorials, and opinion pieces.

News StoriesEditorials and Opinion Pieces
Dartmouth’s Road to Reform: No Hard Alcohol Among New PoliciesValley NewsDartmouth’s culture must change Boston Globe
Dartmouth College Bans Hard Liquor: Can Booze Limits Improve Student Safety?The Christian Science MonitorEditorial: Mending DartmouthValley News
Dartmouth Announces Campus Ban on Hard LiquorSlateBeer Old DartmouthThe Wall Street Journal
Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On CampusNPRElite US college to ban spirits on campus in crackdown on rowdy partyingThe Telegraph
Hanlon’s Reforms at Dartmouth College Include Hard Alcohol BanValley NewsDartmouth College tackles campus drinking with a ban on hard alcoholThe Washington Post
Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor, Takes Steps to Prevent RapeABC NewsPhil Hanlon’s Sensible Proposals for DartmouthPower Line
In Response to Student Misconduct, Dartmouth to Ban Hard Liquor at PartiesThe New York TimesDartmouth’s new college tryThe Washington Post
Dartmouth College to Ban Hard Alcohol, Forbid Greek Life Pledging, Among Slew of Policy ChangesBoston Globe
Dartmouth Banning Hard Alcohol From CampusThe Wall Street Journal
No hard alcohol, no pledging: Dartmouth plans major cultural reformsThe Washington Post
Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campusReuters
Dartmouth Bans Hard Alcohol on Campus For AllTIME
Dartmouth bans hard liquor in effort to address ‘at-risk’ behaviorPBS NewsHour
Dartmouth Bans Hard Alcohol, Creates Program to Prevent Sexual ViolenceNBC Nightly News
Dartmouth bans booze, pledging to curb high-risk behaviorUnion Leader
Dartmouth bans hard alcohol on campusCBS News
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