Sabrina Peric


How does single-sex Greek system fit with coeducation?

When Dartmouth began to admit women in the 1970s, sororities were formed to give female students an alternative to the long-existent fraternities, a space where women could share their experiences and build leadership skills. In the 30 years since, questions about the role of single-sex Greek organizations within a coed student body have reflected the College's changing, and at times conflicting, gender politics. The issue has been particularly relevant at Dartmouth, where roughly half of eligible students are members of single-sex Greek houses. In 1973, the year after the first coed class matriculated, six fraternities--Alpha Theta, Foley House, Gamma Delta Chi, Parmington Foundation, Phi Tau and the Tabard--decided to include women in their membership. In 1978, Casque and Gauntlet senior society also went coed. Dartmouth's first sorority, Sigma Kappa, was founded in 1977 as a way to give women a greater hand in the College's social options.

Seniors discuss summer plans

Although by next fall the graduating seniors will be strewn across the world, many of them will spend the summer right here in the Upper Valley. "My Dartmouth friends are staying mostly in Hanover," Andreas Stavropoulos '02 said.

GRE will include writing assessment

The Graduate Record Examinations services announced this week that they would be radically altering the existing format of the GRE test by replacing the analytical section with a writing assessment this October. The change comes in the wake of a more general call to make standardized testing less focused on multiple-choice questions -- especially with the recent demands that the SAT I include a writing section. "We were really excited about the opportunity to allow students to express their analytical thinking in their own words ... rather than relying solely on multiple-choice questions," said Thomas Rochon, executive director of the GRE Program. Rochon said that the recent turn away from multiple-choice testing was an effort to develop a fair way of evaluating incoming students.

Non-trad. piercings flourish

More than 50 percent of college students have non-traditional body piercings and 23 percent have tattoos, according to a study published in this month's issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "Oh yeah, [piercing] is getting more and more mainstream," Bruce Bernier, owner of TLC Body Piercing in Fairlee, Vt., said.