The Dartmouth Review Celebrates 25 Years:

The Dartmouth Review celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and to honor the occastion, ISI Books will be publishing an edition of the Review's greatest hits. James Panero has more (HT: Dartmouth Review). Love 'em or hate 'em, The Review not only has shaped much of many of Dartmouth's culture controversies for the past 25 years, but has in many ways transformed the face of student journalism across the United States, first among conservative imitators, and later through liberal responses.

As a personal note, it is often assumed that I must have written for the Dartmouth Review while in college--I did not. I was on work-study, and my Freshman year I was hired by a couple of my dormmates to be an advertising salesman for The Dartmouth (the main student newspaper at Dartmouth), which not only was fun, but also took the place of my job washing dishes and mopping floors in the cafeteria. Eventually, I became Advertising Manager of The Dartmouth, then still later, I covered Dartmouth football as the football beat writer my Senior year. (BTW, sports writing is great training for anyone who wants to learn how to write in a lively and active manner--a skill that I fear years of lawyerese has beaten out of me). So I was involved with The Dartmouth all the way through college, which was one of my most pleasant and memorable experiences at Dartmouth.

Anyway, for those interested in such things, Panero promises a rolling feast of The Review's greatest hits on the New Criterion blog over the coming months. The one he has up today is quite amusing.

"The Review not only has shaped much of Dartmouth's culture for the past 25 years..."

overstatement alert.

The Review was distributed on Saturday nights, I think. Free copies at the door of every dorm room. (Gotta give them credit -- they always had money to spend.)

The school would come clean my dorms on Tuesdays. Most copies of the Review were still sitting in the hallway. If it was winter, they'd be all muddy and torn up. If it had been a good weekend -- Green Key, Homecoming, or just a good 80s night at AD -- maybe someone would have thrown up on or near his copy.

Dartmouth is probably the most apolitical Ivy (competing with Cornell and Penn for the title). And that's a good thing.
11.18.2005 9:32pm
SomeJarhead (mail):
I didn't go to Dartmouth and, if given the chance to do it all over again, I wouldn't want to. That said, I did revive and successfully run a conservative newspaper at my very liberal university, and not without some dramatic antics worthy of publication.

However, I am not impressed by the Dartmouth Man who spends his career fighting the administration and blustering his way through a great experimental journalism phase. Tuition with room and board at Dartmouth currently stands at $41,355 per year, or $165,420 for four years assuming the school ceases its practice of raising that amount by approximately 5% each year (and ignoring the cost of books, entertainment, and summertime).

To a 20 year-old graduate, $165,000 earning an average of 6% per year is $2.2million at the retirement age of 65, assuming no further additions of capital.

With the affinity for hard work and god-given aptitude that characterizes most Dartmouth Review types I would have expected better decision-making from them. I certainly expect better from their children.

Or maybe I'm better off pointing out the old saying: There's a sucker born every minute.
11.19.2005 9:39am
Please stop posting. No one likes you.
11.20.2005 10:12pm
James Kabala (mail):
Am I the only one who finds Dartmouth Review alumni a little too infatuated with the Review and with themselves as alumni of it?
11.21.2005 2:26pm