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AD: The Bad Boy Frat
So what does the yellowed string of Greek letters stand for? — the ones that you can see under the name Alpha Delta on the open letter from AD’s Board:
The Dartmouth Folklore Archive and various informants note that it is short for:
Sickness is health, blackness is truth, drinking is strength
Oh, the naughtiness! How could they? I’m sure Carolyn Dever, Rebecca Biron and their army of staff members have their knickers in a twist.
Addendum: Around the time that Andrew Lohse was just a gleam in his parents’ eye (how’s that for a gender-neutral metaphor?), Rolling Stone had turned its attention to AD with an article dated September 17, 1992: The Fall of Animal House, For Dartmouth’s infamous fraternity, the choice is change or die:
[Curiously the caption to the RS photo refers to Rauner Library, whose construction did not begin until 1997]
‘Twas always so.
Eric Konigsberg is a ‘91.
Addendum: AD and RS seem to have a special relationship. In an August 28, 2013 article by Blaine McEvoy entitled The Most Out-of-Control Fraternities in America, AD was ranked #2.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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