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I don’t know about you guys, but 17W's Dartmouth Idol was probably the highlight of my day/week/month/year/life not only because of the insane talent, but also because of a couple cuties who, I swear, were singing directly to me. The life changing experience prompted the thought: What other reality TV shows could potentially thrive at Dartmouth?
Are you more of a Webster Ave. person than an East Wheelock St. person? Does your heart skip a beat when you see mac n cheese bites? Create your Saturday night and we’ll guess what your major is.
The Dartmouth asked campus an open-ended question: “What do you want the world to know about Dartmouth Greek life?” Their written responses follow:
“Coed fraternities were not considered by me to be a part of the Greek life system until I decided to join one.
Last winter, 1,165 men and 1,146 women were members of Greek houses, so more than two-thirds of eligible students had rushed. The sheer force of numbers — seen across campus in letters sewn on sweatshirts, imposing architecture of the houses’ physical plants, emails sent to the campus Listserv advertising parties — can convince even the skeptical to participate in the recruitment process.
Leslie Gordon ’79 founded the College’s first sorority — Sigma Kappa sorority, now Sigma Delta sorority — during her sophomore year in 1977, only four years after Dartmouth started admitting women.
As alumni flock back to the College this Homecoming weekend, the bonfire will not be their only destination — many will return to the Greek houses they spent countless hours in as students. These organizations, they recall, provided tight-knit groups of friends that last to this day.
This fall, average dues for men are $342 and average dues for women are $308, not including additional new member dues, national dues or social dues, according to the Greek Leadership Organizations and Societies website.
High-profile scrutiny has hit other academic institutions, from Bowdoin College to Wesleyan University, regarding Greek life.
With all of the passion, history and testosterone that come with the fraternity debate at Dartmouth, it’s hard to remain impartial and not be swept up in the issue’s politics and intricacies. Although for me, I suppose it’s a little easier not to generate too many opinions when I’m not actually allowed in.
Panhellenic Council president Rachel Funk ’15 has taken her position at a time marked by significant changes to Dartmouth’s sorority system, as well as to the Greek system as a whole.
As the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” steering committee prepares its recommendations for College President Phil Hanlon and the Board of Trustees, we urge its members to think boldly and keep in mind the College’s history. For too long, we have wavered in fear of declining donation rates or an angry student body. But the time for cowardice is over. Let’s do what needs to be done, the only action in line with our principles of community, and abolish the Greek system.
Printing a front-page editorial was not a decision that I took lightly, especially because of how deeply I care about objectivity in journalism.
Pressure from administrators has ruined the best aspects of the Greek system.
A "Sibling House" program could solve Greek woes.
The negative spin forced onto the Greek system is unearned.
Hold onto worthwhile aspects of Greek life and reject harmful traditions.
It’s time to think innovatively when we consider Greek reform.