We are pleased to announce that Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim has been elected Editor-in-Chief of the Jack-o-Lantern. In our recent elections, Kim defeated incumbent editors Kenny Baclawski ’12 and Mike Gillis ’12 along with fringe candidates Dr. Seuss’ Ghost, former editor Dan Smolinsky ’11, and Ron Paul. Even though Kim was elected solely on write-in votes, the Jacko has a strong commitment to democracy and insists that it will stand by the group’s decision.
Jim Yong “Jimmy-Kimmy” Kim co-founded Partners in Health in 1987 and has worked for decades developing health programs in developing countries before becoming president of Dartmouth College in 2009. His experience in humor is less extensive, though we hear he did say something funny at Brown once. Nevertheless, the Jacko remains optimistic that his skills will translate well to college humor and pranks.
Kim’s election is not unprecedented. In 1977, United States President Gerald Ford had a surprisingly successful run as Treasurer, somehow increasing the Jacko budget to tens of millions of dollars. Less successful positions include the 1983 election of the Collis Center building to Secretary and the 1991 election of a vacuum to Social Chair. Though to be fair, the vacuum did keep the meeting room in Robinson Hall very clean.
We look forward to a new term of humor, pranks, and improved health in poor countries.
The Jacko Staff