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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:

AD Motto.jpg

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:

Rolling Stone AD Comp.jpg

[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.


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