As a proud Dartmouth and Tri-Delta Alumna, I am writing in support of the Greek System. The networking opportunities, national name recognition, and social outlet values of the Greek system at Dartmouth are three of the many reasons I believe that the Greek system should remain at Dartmouth. All of my closest friends at Dartmouth rushed different houses. In doing this, we did not drift apart and separate as one might expect, but instead had the opportunity to join in the social events, cocktail hours, semi-formals, formals, and other events of all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. Some of my close friends did not rush a house, and they were ALWAYS welcome to join in to Greek social events, and almost always did join in. The social and charitable events offered by the Greek houses are a way for students to interact in a social setting, bond with their peers, and form relationships that will last into their professional careers. The mission of fraternities and sororities is one of positive action in the community and of creating a network of students and alumni. I attended the Tri-Delta national conference while in college, and connected with women from around the country (including from my own high school). After graduation, I made contacts in a new city through sorority alumnae events. I have been asked in multiple job interviews about my sorority connection, and have found mentors, colleagues, and friends who shared my Greek affiliation. I know many Dartmouth alumni who have found jobs and gotten started on their career path through the help of alumni of their Greek affiliation. Further, I met my husband at a Fraternity cocktail hour, and he and his fraternity brothers have treated my female friends and me with nothing but respect in the almost 10 years that I have known them. In fact, I have never had a negative experience in a fraternity. In my experience, Greek men are caring individuals who would look out for other students, male and female, and make sure that everyone was safe and happy. There were times in college when my friends and I drank too much, and I can recall many instances in which fraternity brothers helped us get home safely, and checked on us the next day. I realize that there are outliers in this system, and that unspeakable things have happened on campus through the years. However, I firmly believe that abolishing the fraternity system will not fix this problem. Abolishing the fraternity system will take away the safe environment for underage drinking (because undergraduates are going to drink). Dartmouth should be fostering a safe environment for students in which they can turn to Dartmouth for help in a crisis, not hide their alcohol usage, which could have deadly consequences. The Greek system is a safe environment, where undergraduates can grow up and share their experiences with one another. The most wonderful thing about Dartmouth is its people–professors, students, and staff. In my time at Dartmouth, the Greek system welcomed everyone on campus to share in the camaraderie of Greek life, and I hope that Dartmouth continues to show it’s welcoming attitude toward students, both Greek and non-Greek, and does not treat the Greek system as a scapegoat for the negative press that Dartmouth has received in recent years.
2009 / Delta Delta Delta