I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. Eliminating the Greek system is NOT the answer. I have a son at Bates, and a daughter at Bowdoin. (Neither one wished to apply to Dartmouth, because of the foolishness represented on campus by the occupation of President Hanlon’s office, but that is a topic for another day). Bates and Bowdoin have both abolished their Greek systems. Both schools continue to have problems with binge drinking, sexual assaults, and inclusivity. Absolutely nothing has been gained in the transition, except some “brownie points” for pandering to the vocal anti-Greek elements of the faculty. Bates and Bowdoin lack a meaningful social “scene”, offer limited recreational opportunities for non-athletes, and are frankly pretty boring places to spend one’s college years. There is still recreational binge drinking, but it’s gone “underground”. And unlike Webster Avenue, there are precious few affinity groups on campus (unless you are a Polar Bear or Bobcat athlete), to provide a sense of belonging, and emotional support during times of stress. I very strongly suspect that, if there was some objective measure of mental health, you would find colleges and universities which have abolished the Greek system, have student bodies that are more stressed, more depressed, and far less mentally-healthy than Dartmouth today. Please have the intellectual integrity to do some real-world “market research” of your peer institutions, rather than just succumbing to the harping and griping of a small, anti-youth and anti-“fun” segment of your student body and faculty. Have the intestinal fortitude to do what is right, rather than simply following the path of least resistance. Doing so would go a long way toward restoring my faith in my alma mater.
1976 / Zeta Psi