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Safety Dance Defense Exhibits

Here are some of the defense exhibits from the Safety Dance sexual assault case: Exhibit E, Exhibit D, Exhibit C, Exhibit B, and Exhibit AA. From the last of these:


I realize that John Doe was probably an affirmative action admission at Williams, due to his ethnicity (Ecuadoran-American) and family income (low). But is it too much to ask that he get the quotation correct?! It is “like a woman scorned,” not “than a woman scorned.” Then again, perhaps we should be proud that accused-rapist Ephs are even educated enough to make a literary reference at all!

Does anyone have the energy to go through all 80+ pages of this document? Not me! But I can’t help quoting this section:


Throughout, the red text is John Doe’s comments. From the document:

“literally all I ever wanted was to dance with you is that’s too much to ask?”

From the lyrics to Safety Dance:

‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re no friends of mine.

I rest my case.

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#1 Comment By Dick Swart ’56 On February 23, 2017 @ 8:37 am


As I read through the the various reported happenings on campus, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to attend Williams in the period of 1946 – 1966. The Class of 1956 was dead-center.

Now as you can tell from my various posts over the years, I am a Democrat. I think Trump is a disaster. I am appalled by the Ali-Right.

Yet I offer these 10 reasons I am happy to have attended Williams when I did:

1. In the Berkshires
2. Small enrollment, All male
3. Fraternity system
4. Rooms cleaned, beds made
5. Coat and Tie for dinner. Served meals
6. Homogenous social norms
7. Required Chapel
8. No cuts
9. The Honor System
10. The Art History Major with The Trinity

While the perceived value of these 10 reasons has certainly varied with the times, the educational experience of that period has stood me in good stead through the years.

Dave, I know you “call ’em as you sees ’em” in this blog. So do I, but with more irony and detachment, Perhaps another quality of that 20 year period of the ‘silent generation’.