By Spare Rib Staff
"In the interest of free speech and cordial, open dialogue, Spare Rib suggests the College make an expansive addition to the bulletin space in Baker Library."
On Friday, April 1, Spare Rib published the 22S Apparition edition, the seventh full-length magazine since its remote revival in 20X. The magazine has since seen over 180 members, 110 articles, hundreds of art pieces, and more — Bravo to all contributors! Announcing the spring publication, Spare Rib posted flyers linking to the website, including a large, beautifully hand-lettered banner on the Novack-FFB stairwell wall informing, “New Edition Out Now!”
Yet on Thursday, April 14, the Spare Rib banner was found bookended by two 8x11 posters advertising the Dartmouth Republicans’ upcoming speaker, James O’Keefe — grifter, philosopher, and professional misrepresenter, who founded the murkily funded disinformation NGO Project Veritas. Dissatisfied with the cramped placement choice, an unprompted observer removed the posters from the banner that evening.
To our collective surprise, the available wall space actually shrunk from one day to the next, compelling the O’Keefe/Network of Enlightened Women flyers to be rehung directly on the Spare Rib banner!
Given the significance of the ability to clearly disseminate and encounter information, Spare Rib staff decided the poster space crisis could not go unreported.
In the interest of free speech and cordial, open dialogue, Spare Rib suggests the College make an expansive addition to the bulletin space in Baker Library. Perhaps a few more columns in Novack, a third wall framing the stairs, or possibly a second stairwell altogether could ensure that all are able to display memos in community! If we’re investigating what truth is in 2022, the least we can do is give everyone the space to post about it.
Yours in renovational dreaming,