I support of the Greek proposal provided to the Steering Committee although I continue to be troubled by what seems to be efforts to hold fraternities and sororities responsible for the illegal, or at a minimum ill-mannered, behavior of students at the college. The Greek proposal seems to address the areas in which the organizations can lead and discourage anti-social behavior but I don’t see that dormitories, athletic teams, or student activity groups should be held any less accountable for the behavior of their members. I assume the college, were it to ban Greek organizations would also be banning senior societies since these, too, are fraternal organizations and operate in the same manner. But, in all seriousness, as a 5th generation Dartmouth student, I am deeply disturbed by the consideration of such drastic action that would end what probably is most responsible for turning out the well-rounded, self-sufficient, socially adept leaders Dartmouth is famous for. Lastly, Dartmouth’s GLOs as a group are open to all, committed to advancing the academic as well as social interests of its members as well as the entire college, and fulfill the needs of individuals to bond more intimately with a smaller group of peers over time with a stable physical location to call home than is provided through any other means at the college. Mess with that and you are messing with what Dartmouth has been, is, and should be.
1978 / Chi Heorot