I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. I wholeheartedly support the continued existence of the GLOs at Dartmouth. I commend the efforts of the organizations to continue improvement in the areas mentioned in their proposal. In the area of sexual assault, please remember that these crimes are committed by individuals, and in my opinion, casting blame on an entire organization or culture for a violent act committed by a criminal is counterproductive. When I was in school, sexual assaults happened and were routinely ignored by the college. We confined discussion of these crimes to meetings and workshops where speakers cast blame on “the system” which supposedly encouraged and coddled these criminals. Even then, I thought, “these are crimes inflicted on members of our community. Who are these guys doing this? Let’s stop talking about culture and go get those creeps.” When a rapist rapes, name him and shame him, and throw him out of school. He is a violent criminal. Let the legal system deal with him. If, and I think that’s a big if, there is a culture of approval of sexual assault in a fraternity, it will die a quick and well deserved death. In the area of binge drinking, remember that your students represent a sliver of the most driven and accomplished students anywhere in the world. They did not come to Dartmouth to get C’s and D’s. They came to excel, just as they did when they were earning that coveted admission. Make them work. No more gut classes. The teaching at Dartmouth when I was a student was courteous, respectful, and too easy. Those professors who were determined to find out if I had done the work of preparing for class got my attention quickly, and my weeknight plans changed accordingly. I wish there had been more like that. Load them up with work, and watch them make the same choices that they made to get in to Dartmouth. Those who don’t will soon be gone. Students will still binge drink on occasion, but those occasions will be by necessity rare. Thanks for listening.
1993 / Phi Delta Alpha