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SIHBITDIS: The Real Story
An AD brother from way back when reports:
In 1967 signs with block letter reading “sickness is health, blackness is truth, drinking is strength” appeared on bulletin boards around campus. They were posted by students writing for the Jacko, including one brother from AD. No one really knew what these signs meant, and in fact, they meant nothing. Just an Orwellian joke by the Jacko, but they resulted in some interesting conversations around campus for a few days. Within a week, the entire issue, and it wasn’t much of an issue, had died.
Two years later AD had broken its ties with our national, Alpha Delta Phi, and become a local fraternity. The brothers were creating symbols and a crest for the fraternity. The crest included a “star and eagle” and they were looking for a motto to put on/under the crest. Someone suggested taking the first letters of each word in the “sickness is health…” sign, translating those letters into their Greek equivalent and came up with SIHBITDIS. That is the origin of the word. Remember, this was the late ’60s when students were rebelling against authority and challenging the establishment. There was no serious meaning behind the development of the motto. Was not then. Is not now.
He was there!
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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