All That’s Fit to Print

The D finally runs a letter to the editor by yours truly.

Graduate student Mark Bubriski responds:

“One statistic you missed:

1 year of minorities barely pushing “overrepresentation” at Dartmouth

vs.

234 years of whites being overrepresented at Dartmouth

That’s progress.

Would you complain if the campus went, for example, from 45% female to 53% female in one year, after always being under 50%? It’ll even out in the end most likely. Yes, it’d be questionable if the numbers continued to increase because that wouldn’t make sense. But admissions is not a cut and dry process. It’s a lot of guesswork.

And, statistically minorities are counted as poorly as 1 out of 3 in some urban areas or possibly less because of the poor job the the U.S. Census does (they’ve tried hard to improve, it’s just really hard). So the numbers are fairly inaccurate.

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963

I dream of that day, too. But it’s not coming anytime soon.”