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A Movement Against Frats
The Atlantic Monthly has published a 15,000-word piece by Caitlin Flanagan, a former staff writer for the New Yorker, that seems to have as its goal to prove the perniciousness of fraternities (she does not cast her gaze even for a moment on sororities). The focus shifts repeatedly: how often students fall from the upper stories of frats; how the houses defend themselves against litigation; the influence that the Greeks and their alumni have on institutions of higher learning; the incidence of sexual assault (though the only example cited is of a frat house guest assaulting a freshman). Regrettably, not a statistic is to be found in the article: for example, it would be interesting to compare how many accidents occur in fraternities with how many similar events occur in dorms.
I guess that the goal of such impressionistic writing is to leave the reader with the impression that frats are bad, very bad. That assertion may well be true, but Flanagan doesn’t prove her case.
Beyond that point, why did the Atlantic’s editors devote so many pages to a rambling piece like this? Might we take their decision as an indication that there is something of an ongoing groundswell against the Greeks?
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…