Dartmouth Anti-Apartheid Shantytown Damaged
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Fifteen Dartmouth College students wielding sledgehammers today damaged shacks that had been built on the campus green to protest South Africa’s racial policies, a college spokesman said.
Rick Adams said campus police prevented the removal of the shanties by a group calling itself the Dartmouth Committee to Beautify the Green Before Winter Carnival. No arrests were made and no disciplinary action is contemplated immediately, Adams said.
College spokesman Alex Huppe said the group issued a statement saying it acted for aesthetic rather than political reasons.
It was signed by three students, including Frank Reichel, who said the three were members of the Dartmouth Review, a conservative student newspaper not affiliated with the college. However, he said, the group was not a part of the newspaper.
Sledgehammers were used to knock down the walls of three of the four shanties, but the shacks remained upright, Adams said. Two students sleeping in the fourth shack were not injured, he said.
Will Horter, a spokesman for the Dartmouth Community for Divestment, a group of students, faculty and Hanover residents, said it will rebuild the shacks. They were put up last fall to symbolize the poverty of blacks in South Africa and to protest college investments in companies doing business with that nation.
Reichel’s group said the committee ″was not formed to address the conflict in South Africa.″
″We are merely picking up trash off the green and restoring pride and sparkle to the college we love so much,″ the statement said.
Two weeks ago the anti-apartheid group moved the four shanties from the center of the green to the edge to make room for a giant ice sculpture being carved for the Dartmouth winter carnival Feb. 7 and 8.