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Lohse Spoke to WGST 80 Course
Lohse described avenues for changing the nature of fraternities. Among his suggestions for reform:
+ First, the College needs to honestly evaluate the physical, emotional, and psychological health effects of hazing, the molten core of the school’s dysfunctional culture—not solely in its literal form, but how it bleeds outwards into other behaviors such as sexual assault, alcoholism, drug abuse, and a culture of classist entitlement.
+ JYK’s argument that withdrawing recognition of the fraternities would drive hazing practices “underground” was/is fallacious. Perhaps male to male hazing would persist in some form (as it does on sports teams and in musical groups), but dereifying the power of these fraternity spaces is, in the interim, the only way to make them safe.
+ Until, of course, a suitable alternative can be devised. If such an alternative is possible, the only way I’d see it functioning is by making social houses coeducational and highly regulated.
+ Following my membership at SAE, I was also a member of a coeducational undergraduate society at Dartmouth, Panarchy. Men and women respectfully coexist in Panarchy’s space. Though binge drinking and drug abuse occur there, those practices are not driven by a highly organized patriarchal program; they are matters of personal choice. Hazing does not occur in Panarchy.
+ Sexual assault is significantly less prevalent in coeducational spaces.
+ We do not live in a single sex culture. Fraternities stunt the development of the male psyche at a particularly vulnerable age, in some cases completely warping young men’s view of sexuality, power, dominance, and substance abuse.
Additionally, Lohse detailed heretofore secret aspects of fraternity life:
The entire presentation may be downloaded here.
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)
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 interviews, a review of…
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…