The Dartmouth Debacle: Classes cancelled after protests at Dartmouth’s annual welcome show for prospective students
Classes have been cancelled at Dartmouth today. No, Hurricane Sandy has not been resurrected. Nor has a surprise blizzard blown its way into Hanover, burying the campus in snow and halting all meaningful work. The administration has cancelled classes because of a highly polarizing protest that has sparked anger, threats, and hatred throughout the campus.
Dartmouth hosts an accepted students weekend called Dimensions, which essentially the equivalent of ADOCH. In the middle of a Friday show for prospective students, around 15 protestors barged in, screaming “Dartmouth has a problem!” The students—holding signs with messages like “I was called a fag in my freshman dorm”—aimed to inform the accepted students about issues of homophobia, racism, and sexual assault on-campus. We could tell you more, but see for yourself:
The performers from Dimensions hid to avoid conflict with the protestors, who were eventually shut down when one prospective student started a group chant of “We Love Dartmouth.”