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Parking Up the Wrong Tree (3/3)

The first two parts of our parking exposé dealt with the increased costs of parking at Dartmouth for students and the reduced availability of spots for everyone who needs to leave a car at the College. But A-Lot and the other spaces scattered around campus are not the only two parking possibilities for vehicle owners — fraternity lots offer a significant number of spots every year. As it turns out, this fact has not escaped the College in its attempt to crack down on a problem that does not need to be cracked down on. Administrators want to know exactly who is keeping a car on fraternity property. The only problem is that the big bad frats aren’t playing nice:

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A member of the Interfraternity Council has a theory:

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The fact that the College wants to be able to identify drivers who break the rules — unnecessarily restrictive as they may be — seems fair at first. However, there are multiple fraternities on campus which own their own houses, including the attached parking lots. Anyone who’s paid any attention at all to College news in the past few years is aware that the administration seemingly has it out for the Greek system, so the infringement detailed above isn’t too surprising, but it does cross a line nonetheless.

What fraternities do with their own property is their own business, assuming that nobody is being put into any sort of danger. Obviously nobody is getting hurt because Dartmouth is unable to levy fines on certain students who put their cars in the wrong places from time to time. The foregone revenue may annoy administrators, but that alone does not pass muster when it comes to violating private property rights.

I would encourage the fraternities withholding information to stick to their guns — someone needs to remind the administration that Dartmouth students are, in fact, adults to be trusted, not children to rule over. If doing so means that the new parking department’s coffers are a bit less full at the end of the day, even better.

Perhaps we’ll get lucky and the College will come up short on the funding for its sorely needed reinforcements. Do you think that S&S alone will be able to stop the tide of chaos that would surely result from the absence of a dedicated parking Gestapo? I do.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


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