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Hello, This is a Robot Calling

Voting begins tomorrow on a new constitution to govern the relationship of Dartmouth alumni to the College.  (I oppose the document, fervently, because it would make alumni governance at Dartmouth less democratic, not more so, blocking the election of outsider trustees, such as yours truly, and cobbling together an unwieldy and undemocratic assembly.) 

The latest?  From the website of Joe Malchow, a current Dartmouth undergraduate:

“ALUMNI FOR COMMON SENSE” CALLS YOUR FAMILY AT DINNER

Many, many readers are e-mailing in to say that “Dartmouth Alumni for Common Sense,” the officious group which openly advocates 1) For passage of the controversial constitution and 2) For no petition trustee ever to be elected again, is placing robotic, automated telephone calls to all alumni at dinnertime, telling them to vote ‘yes’ on the constitution “because it is common sense”. I’ll have more as it develops, but there are already significant concerns. The Dartmouth Alumni Directory does not print alumni phone numbers. Where in the world did this Common Sense group get your phone number?

(They are calling numbers on the National Do-Not-Call Registry, as well.)

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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