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Frats, Sororities and Dorms
The D’s uncommonly sensical Verbum Ultimum on Friday day plumped for the return of dorm continuity: giving students the option to return to a home dormitory each time they come back to campus. The surging popularity of fraternities and sororities (note: there is no truth to the rumor that Chief Giaccone will use the RICO statutes to declare them corrupt organizations) confirms students’ desire to live in cohesive residential communities.
This is a subject dear to my heart. I wrote in favor of restoring dorm continuity — I lived all four years in North Fayerweather — in The D in 2004 and 2005, and in Dartblog here and here. In fact, the idea makes such good sense that even the otherwise tone-deaf authors of the Student Life Initiative got it right (see pp. 9-11).
Note: Restoring continuous residential living will create the kind of communities in which students can organize their own fun. Dorm-based intramural sports and social events will return to prominence, and the College will no longer need silly/costly Community Directors.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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