Amarna Deserves Recognition

by Meredith Cook | 11/16/05 6:00am

To the Editor:

A recent Dartmouth Mirror article ("The Co-Eds," Nov. 11) contained a substantial omission, as it failed to include Amarna, one of Dartmouth's two undergraduate societies. Unlike the other co-educational societies, Amarna did not evolve from a fraternity, but was founded in 1994 by a group of students in pursuit of an open, inclusive social option.

Amarna is both a social and residential space, where members and friends gather to relax and speak their minds. It is host to a number of campus events, from weekly dinner discussions with professors (Mondays at 6:30 p.m.) to its signature Wine and Cheese party each term.

The house itself, which is college-owned, was renovated over the summer and houses 12 students. Along with Panarchy, Amarna is not part of the Greek system and hence is classified by the college as an undergraduate society. It has no rush or pledge period and open meetings are held Wednesdays at 10 p.m.