Lighten Up!

by David Wolkoff | 11/12/03 6:00am

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to the recent condemnation of Keggy in the Nov. 10 letter "On 'Keggy.'" It seems to me that the majority of the student body loves Keggy (as is evident from them chanting his name every time he appears at an athletic event). Dartmouth is a college, not a corporation. Recently, many have forgotten that Dartmouth does not exist for publicity purposes, for potential recruits or for the administration. Dartmouth exists for its students, who happen to be mostly 18 to 22 years of age, and 18-22 year olds are often more edgy and vivacious than their 55-year-old critics. Keggy is the embodiment of that life-affirming attitude; something humorous that's a bit controversial. If the alumni dislike Keggy, that's a different story, given that they were once students and therefore have an intimate connection with, and investment in, the College. However, everyone else should respect the right that the Dartmouth student body has to color its own collegiate experience. This is college, lighten up.