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College Victory Over Hazing/Drinking

In what we can expect to be a series of articles orchestrated by the College’s PR machine, the administration is reporting that the new disiplinary measures against hazing and alcohol abuse are working. From an Associated Press article picked up verbatim by The Boston Globe and numerous other papers:

Dartmouth: So far, so good with new hazing policy

The college implemented several changes to its hazing policy this fall, including the random walk-throughs of Greek housing and dormitories, and more are on the way. And… college officials say the changes appear to be working…

For example, there were a record number of participants in Homecoming activities in late October, but the lowest number of alcohol-related incidents in years. And there’s been a notable increase in the reporting of hazing allegations, which is significant given that such activity occurs in the ”deep, dark recesses” of fraternities and other organizations, said Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson…

The walk-through policy did face some pushback by students, said Harry Kinne, director of Safety and Security, but most have come around.

”The anticipation was worse than the actual walk-throughs,” he said. ”We have heard from a number of organizations that it was not as bad or draconian as they thought it would be.”…

Most of the policy changes match what happens on other Ivy League colleges, Johnson said. [umm, not]…

In April, a judicial panel of students, faculty and staff found Sigma Alpha Epsilon guilty of hazing for driving blindfolded pledges off-campus in 2009, expecting them to drink shots of saltwater or alcohol and expecting them to enter a kiddie pool filled with condiments. But the panel said there was not enough evidence to back up the more egregious allegations made by former member Andrew Lohse, who went public in January with descriptions of the ”dehumanizing” experiences he said he witnessed at the fraternity…

Johnson said she believes most students understand the need for the reforms.

”Any time you start implementing change, you should expect pushback,” she said. ”But I have been impressed with the fact that so many students have really stepped up to the plate to find a way forward with the administration.”

So, hazing is over, drinking is way down, walk-throughs are fine, the College is just doing what the other Ivies do, and the students are behind Dean Johnson every step of the way. (Not that they are around at this time of year to be quoted, of course.)

And I have a lovely bridge in New York for sale cheap.


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