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As Dartmouth’s Greek system faces heightened scrutiny from outside media and the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” presidential steering committee, some community members cite local and national philanthropy as one of the Greek system’s most positive campus contributions, with some noting houses might serve for that very purpose — to generate favorable news.
At a school and in a system that is predominantly white, race influences rush, understandings of community and conversations within Greek houses.
On a campus of about 4,400 people, more than 1,700 are not affiliated each year.
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.
EKT split from its national sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, after several years of internal struggle and disagreement. The national organization celebrated the Epsilon Kappa colony when it was founded in 1982, but relations between the two had soured by 1984, according to EKT’s website.
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.
High-profile scrutiny has hit other academic institutions, from Bowdoin College to Wesleyan University, regarding Greek life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am sick of the system that took away my agency.
The negative spin forced onto the Greek system is unearned.
A former editor reflects on fact-checking Andrew Lohse’s column on hazing.
Hold onto worthwhile aspects of Greek life and reject harmful traditions.
It’s time to think innovatively when we consider Greek reform.
Safety and Security is not imposing a curfew or changing its party-monitoring practices. A rumor circulating Wednesday and Thursday suggested that Safety and Security would shut down parties and require non-members to leave Greek houses by 1 a.m. on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends, but College officials have confirmed that this is false.