I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. While at Dartmouth, I found the Greek system to be an extremely inclusive institution. I cannot think of any other school at which everyone is welcome at nearly every Greek event, regardless of their affiliation with that house, another house, or no house at all. My biggest worry over the restrictions that have recently been instituted (such as last year’s ban on first-year students entering Greek houses) has been that they would destroy that sense of community which was such an integral part of my Dartmouth Experience. Placing all blame for the misconduct of individuals on Greek houses fosters a strong disincentive for them to invite others into their space – or said differently, a strong incentive to become exclusive – a shift that would be harmful to the Dartmouth community. However, I see in this proposal a real desire to go above and beyond to protect current and future Dartmouth students, regardless of their affiliation. The Greek system leadership have taken on enormous responsibility here to create change. I believe that this proposal upholds Dartmouth’s unique spirit and tradition while addressing the concerns of administrations, alumni, and students as the entire Dartmouth community strives to grow and better itself.
2011 / Alpha Phi