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Panhell Axes Plan for New Sorority
So, according to The D, the sorority leaders in the Panhellenic Council have chosen not to endorse the idea of authorizing an additional sorority. Some facts:
● 413 girls entered rush last month; only 280 had bids by the end; almost one third of participants did not find a house;
● Some Dartmouth sororities have as many as 150 members; there are currently 15 frats and only eight sororities on campus — though about as many men and women are Greeks;
● Students endlessly — at the very least since I was a student in the 1970’s — lament the need for more student-controlled spaces and the need to break the fraternities’ quasi-monopoly on serving alcohol.
And yet the sisters voted no because:
● Some presidents did not want competition in filling their pledge class; an additional house would complicate an already busy rush schedule;
● Others did not see a group already in place that could form a new house;
● Some felt that present Greek institutions should be reformed before new ones are allowed on campus;
● And other presidents wanted greater efforts to support unaffiliated students;
Geez, this is how Washington works these days, too. Petty politicians advance their own conflicting, limited agendas; the end result is gridlock, and our problems continue. The nation loses.
Dartblog has long supported the creation of additional sororities, among other measures, to counterbalance the frats’ control of social life. The predominance of fraternities is corrupting for everyone involved, even the brothers; it furthers the excesses that harm students and the College’s reputation.
The only way to change this long-enduring state of affairs is by allowing structural change: competitive alternatives like local sororities that can serve alcohol and provide, one hopes, a safer, supportive environment for all students. Until then, the Greek system will lurch from crisis to crisis, as it has for many decades.
The discussion we should be having would involve authorizing at least four or five more sororities, perhaps by splitting in two some of the current mega-houses. Then the College could finance with cheap loans the construction of a Sorority Row, perhaps on Park Street. Why do we just nibble at the edge of the current problem? Oh, I remember now. We have no leadership.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…