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Article 9 Defeated: Yes: 1471; No: 1993
In an historic result that can only be considered a plebiscite on the fraternity system, Article 9 went down to defeat yesterday by a significant margin: 1471 (42.5%) students and townspeople voted in favor of the article and 1993 (57.5%) voted against it. The tally was only finalized at 2:45am:
The total turnout of 3,464 was unprecedented (usual Town Meeting turnout is in the 1,000 voter range), and a fair analysis of the voting can only lead to the conclusion that a significant portion of student voters — perhaps a third or even more? — voted against the article. And the voters knew what they were doing: all of the other strongly contested articles were approved with between 2199-2625 “yes” votes; Article 9 was the only one where “no” votes predominated.
The vote was a surprise to almost everyone. Several Selectboard members, having witnessed waves of students disembarking from buses that brought them from Webster Avenue, expressed to me that they felt sure that the article would pass with a huge majority. Only one bystander of my acquaintance — a Harvard alumnus, no less — offered the opinion that AD and SAE were considered to be outliers in the fraternity system, and that they were looked down upon for their antics by many students.
Options open to AD and SAE now appear highly restricted. Use of their houses has been limited by town ordinance — supported also by court interpretation in the case of AD — to residence by no more than three unrelated people. Through rumors suggest that the two derecognized houses have continued to pledge new members, without a physical plant of their own, the attractiveness of the fraternities is diminished.
The question is now open as to whether the Town of Hanover will begin enforcing its residency ordinance against the various private properties around the town that have been taken over by students — of which there are a goodly number that hold loud parties.
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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