No Editors

That’s the only way I can explain how there are so many factual and even spelling errors in two paragraphs of this Daily Dartmouth article on the past four years in Hanover. The errors in the freshman issue just keep coming:

As the New Hampshrie [sic] Democratic primary neared in January 2003, the Dartmouth campus became occupied with national politics, with student leaders rallying support for several candidates. Democratic presidential candidates — including Sen. John Kerry, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Sen. John Edwaards [sic] — came to campus to rally support in the weeks leading up to the nation’s first and most-watched primary.

As the New Hampshire primary drew closer, four major Democratic candidates visited campus during spring of 2004. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the front-runner for much of the race, unveiled his national higher education plan in a November speech. Dartmouth also saw visits from Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and eventual victor Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

The chronology is all wrong. The New Hampshire primary was in January 2004, which was before the “spring of 2004.” Dean’s November, 2003 speech was neither in 2004, nor in spring, as the previous sentence would suggest. The second paragraph introduces Dean, Edwards and Kerry for a second time, including the areas they represent as if it were a first reference.

The rest of the article is also rather poorly researched. For example, staff writer Mark Henle ’07 writes that two members of the Board of Trustees retired this past year, when in fact only one member retired. Another spot was open because of the expansion noted earlier in the article. The article does get around to mentioning petition candidates Peter Robinson ’79 and Todd Zywicki ’88, who were the second and third anti-establishment candidates elected to the Board in just two years. The article did not mention the 2004 election of the first such candidate, T.J. Rodgers ’70.

The Daily Dartmouth is to be congratulated on this supreme effort.