There's a teambuilding structure which is useful to people who confuse "team" with "democracy"
and "equal say."
Let's keep to sports for a metaphor...
Whether the a coach or QB calls the play... It Is Called! It
is not up for discussion in the huddle. And, if an audible needs to be called at the line -- ONLY ONE person calls it!
Again, there is no discussion... only a decision.
The team executes the play... not the decision.
Input is helpful, but not necessarily actionable.
Now let's expand to real life examples...
The above mode is also analogous to the concept of team building in a fire, or where a person is
hemorrhaging. There is no time for collaboration; it's time for a leader to walk everyone out of the fire, or stop
So it is with this mascot matter...
The College is and has been "bleeding" royalties, loyalties, and credibility for years.
There never will be a concensus; then again, there is no need to have it. What is needed is a decision...
by the leader, The College... and execution.
With skill, The College will even "curve-fit" clusters of desparate concensus. If DeBeers can sift tons of earth to find a half-caret of diamond, One should be able to sift creatures
and concepts to replace a mascot /symbol and culture.
For eight year, I have done so. From that effort, emerges reindeer (caribou) and the culture
around these animals. The research, presentation, and justification is presented herein. It is up to The College
As mentioned elsewhere, regarding mascots, not all college leaderships make decision; they go
with the custom.
Notwithstanding, most colleges boast that they build leaders. Therefore based on such a proclamation
it is incumbent that the college leads from the front... not from a pocket veto.
Dartmouth got to the present position through assimilation of students, alum, and the entire Dartmouth
Let's put it on the line. No one entity owns The College.
Yes, students think that they do when they are here (I did), but they do not. Further future
entering classes will have a different idea based on the times.
Yes, alums feel that they own The College through post graduation valued added reputation and the
support/donations that they give to the school.
Yes, academics feel that they own The College for without their excellence, The College would not
be, well, excellent.
Yes, the administration feels that they own the school through the execution of policy.
Yes, the trustees feel that they "own" The College, or at least they own the responsibility
for its care and keeping.
And so it goes down to even the Hanover community and surrounds.
Clearly, there will never be concensous for enternity with groups that remain in flux.
THAT IS UNLESS THAT CONSENUS IS BASE ON BEDROCK UNDERPINNING / VALUES WHICH ENCOMPASS THE COLLEGE
FROM IT FOUNDATION... TO PRESENT... AND PREDICABLE FUTURE.