I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. As a past member of a Dartmouth Greek organization, I can attest to the fact that it was and still is lacking in positive elements. Being from teh south and well-versed in fraternities and their culture, I was surprised to find that Dartmouth fraternities had devolved into more of a social and drinking club rather than any true “brotherhood.” Don’t get me wrong, once my expectations adjusted to the reality, I had a really good time and formed lasting friendships. That being said, I think the current crop of leaders in the Greek organizations on campus is doing a great job to address their shortcomings and find a happy medium between what the vocal minority, the faculty and the administration want on the one hand and what the students and members want and can offer on the other. Given the isolated location of the school and the nature of college students to find social outlets as an important part of the college education, it is imperative that both sides of this debate find a compromise wherein the Greek organizations are more open, accepting, accountable, etc. and the faculty and administration understand that they cannot remove the one viable social outlet for all students.
1996 / Beta Alpha Omega