I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. Throughout my time at Dartmouth one of my proudest associations was being a brother of Beta. Coming into Dartmouth I was very excited about the diversity and culture Dartmouth provided. I had an older brother who was an 09 and I wanted to have a similar experience that he did. He was a founding brother of Beta when it was brought back on campus in 08-09. My first year on campus was spent mostly in my dorm room, the classroom, and at football. However, joining Beta my sophomore year changed my Dartmouth experience. Beta brought together leaders from all over campus and created one of the most diverse groups on campus. I was surrounded by young men that represented the entire campus. The people I became friends with was not limited to just Beta. Being in a fraternity allowed me to become friends with guys and girls from all over campus in other houses. Dartmouth fraternities are not just about drinking in a basement and the evidence shows that. Whether it is singing and dance groups performing at Beta on weekday nights, the amount of money TDX raises for the Prouty, and the vast amount of work Dartmouth Greek system provides not only to the college, but to the upper valley. Being in a fraternity was one of the main reasons I grew from a boy to a young man at my time at Dartmouth. Yes, there are a few bad apples that have caused turmoil within the system but that should not be a representation of how important Greek life is to Dartmouth. Dartmouth needs the Greek system. We hold ourselves to a high standard at Dartmouth but it would ruin the college that I love if the Greek System was taken away.
2014 / Beta Alpha Omega