I applaud the efforts the Greek community has made to deal with issues facing Dartmouth. Excessive drinking is an issue Dartmouth owns, not the Greek system. As an alum, and as the parent of a female ’18, I believe I have a unique window on some of the social issues facing the Dartmouth student population. My wife and I have been struck by the amount of excessive drinking that occurs outside of the Greek community: in the freshman dorms, among sports teams, club meetings of all kinds. It seems that every gathering of students necessitates a game of pong. Abolishing the Greek system will not resolve this issue, and will likely exacerbate it. In fact, the only “dry” events my daughter has attended as a freshman have been at the fraternities.
1981 / Alpha Chi Alpha