I recently received this year’s Dartmouth calendar, whose cover reads “Learn by Doing”. In the midst of this great debate over Greek Life at Dartmouth, upon seeing these words, I was immediately overcome with feelings of support for the Greek system. I participated in many extracurriculars as an undergraduate, and my experience at PhiDelt was without out a doubt the greatest “learn by doing” experience I had at Dartmouth. The process of self-governance inherent to Dartmouth’s greek system is one of the most powerful experiences available to Dartmouth students. When I think about what makes Dartmouth Alumni on average palpably more confident and capable than Alumns of other schools, I think about what it meant to feel responsible for the culture, reputation, and basic functioning of a significant organization soon after arriving on campus. The Greek System is at the heart of Dartmouth’s strength as an institution and I support this proposal for its reform.
2008 / Phi Delta Alpha