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AD Defunct? Or Will It Fight on?

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Word around campus is that both SAE and AD are alive and kicking. They have new pledge classes and off-campus houses. No news yet, however, on the fate of their dark physical plants.

Addendum: A well informed AD alumnus writes in:

A correction on your post regarding Alpha Delta.

With the graduation of the ‘17 Class, AD does not have any current undergraduate members. We were told in our discussions with the College that if we recruited new members from the classes of ‘18 or ‘19, then the issue of recognition would be off the table.

Since our goal was to regain recognition, we refrained from recruiting new members. We trusted that the College was dealing with us in good faith, but given the decisions of the Board of Trustees in March, and Phil Hanlon in May, our trust was clearly misplaced.

We were particularly disappointed with President Hanlon’s decision not to offer recognition to the proposed “new organization” that met, and in fact exceeded, all the criteria set down by the Board of Trustees. Requiring the new organization to be coed was, in my opinion, a bridge too far. Coed houses are fine; the serve the needs of their members, as they should. But the history of coed houses a Dartmouth is one of struggling for viability, and failure in at least two cases. The students vote with their feet and they overwhelmingly prefer single sex fraternities and sororities.

One final note regarding Alpha Delta. Below is an email sent to the AD Alumni Board regarding the AD Class of 2017:

Attached is a copy of the ad that appeared in the Commencement edition of the D.

In addition, three ADs graduated Phi Beta Kappa - Chris Brown, Jordan Gershman, and Drew Field. Nine others graduated either Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude. Fully one third of the AD Class of 2017 graduated with honors.

Brendan Barth was the class marshal at the commencement ceremony and the recipient of the Timothy Wright Ellis Award. Chris Brown was the recipient of the Economics Department Outstanding Achievement Award, and Malachi Price won the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Prize.

Nearly every ‘17 has a job waiting for him, or has been accepted to graduate school (2 med school, one law school).

Not bad for a group that the College would rather just disappear.

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AD ad in The D:

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“The alumni of Alpha Delta Fraternity congratulate the AD Brothers, Class of 2017, for leading all other teams in fund-raising for the 2017 Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. This was the third consecutive year that Alpha Delta has been the top team in the Relay for Life.

We are extremely proud of your dedication and accomplishments. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, and best wishes in all your future endeavors.”

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