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AD Decision: The End of Greek Life?
Are the Greeks all but dead? If Hanover’s zoning ordinance remains as it is, the decision handed down on Wednesday by the NH Supreme Court in the case of Dartmouth Corporation of Alpha Delta v. Town of Hanover sure sounds like the death knell of fraternity life at the College:
In essence, the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the Town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment ruling says that following the College’s derecognition of AD, its building is now just like any other Hanover residential property: no more than three unrelated people may live there.
With AD now deprived of the ability to generate revenue by renting out its two dozen or so beds on Wheelock Avenue, and with the College covetous of dormitory space, AD’s re-recognition is not likely any time soon.
Of course, the College’s faltering capital campaign might interfere with the implementation of that decision, but more likely is it that the administration will soon find pretexts to derecognize other houses. We can expect the fraternities that own their own plants to fall like nine-pins, probably at an ever-accelerating pace.
Don’t underestimate the resolve of the Hanlon administration. Phil and Carolyn Dever are diversity-obsessed to the marrow, and supposed bastions of white privilege like the frats are their bête noire. I bet that they lose sleep scheming about ways to do in the Greeks. The whole effort is part and parcel of their long-term goal to transform the College from a place focussed on undergraduates and old traditions into a research university — sort of a little Michigan or Vanderbilt. Undergraduates will be but a sideshow in a larger effort to garner prestige.
Today, I would not bet against them.
Addendum: SAE’s litigation is currently being heard by New Hampshire Superior Court Justice Lawrence A. MacLeod, Jr., the same justice who heard AD’s case. If SAE loses before Justice McLeod, it will appeal to NH Surperme Court, the same court that just handed down the decision adverse to AD. SAE asserts that it is offering a different factual record than AD, but it is hard to hope that the Court will see the matter differently.
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)
Part 1, Part 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…
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…
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