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Frats Have Not Yet Begun to Fight

SAE and AD, both of which own their physical plants, seem unwilling to go quietly. The Town of Hanover is trying to limit the number of brothers who may remain in the derecognized houses, but the brothers are fighting back. The Valley News reports:

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As we have previously noted, the brothers are arguing that their right to remain in their respective houses stems from the houses’ use as fraternity residences prior to the enactment of the Hanover zoning ordinance (which limits the number of unrelated parties in certain types of dwellings). Both SAE and AD are contesting the Town’s ruling: SAE via the Town’s own Zoning Board appeal process; and AD in New Hampshire Superior Court (having lost its appeal with the Town by a 3-2 vote).

If the fraternities prevail, and there is a strong likelihood that they will do so, then both SAE and AD might continue to function as Greek houses, but entirely outside the oversight of the College. Oh, joy.

Addendum: If AD prevails in courts, might all of Dartmouth’s Greeks — or at least the ones owning their houses — choose to dis-affiliate themselves from the College on the ground that is it better to dis-affiliate now than be de-recognized later on a flimsy pretext dreamed up by Czarina Ameer.


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