Mr. Fick, a Dartmouth graduate who applied to graduate school after leaving the Marines, describes getting a call from an admissions officer.
“ ‘Mr. Fick, we read your application and liked it very much. But a member of our committee read Evan Wright’s story about your platoon in Rolling Stone. You’re quoted as saying, “The bad news is, we won’t get much sleep tonight; the good news is, we get to kill people.” ‘ She paused, as if waiting for me to disavow the quote. I was silent, and she went on …. ‘Could you please explain your quote for me?’ …
‘You mean, will I climb your clock tower and pick people off with a hunting rifle?’
It was her turn to be silent.
‘No, I will not. Do I feel compelled to explain myself to you? I don’t.’ ”