Letter: One Way to Change Greek Houses
To the Editor:
Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon and Forum writer Tony Roisman (“Plenty of Fun in Hanover,” Nov. 27) have, unfortunately, chosen not to speak an essential problem at the college — the failure of Greek organizations to deal with problems of elitism and how they select their members. “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” might be one way to go about solving this problem. I wonder how willing the Greeks might be to open their membership to less fortunate students? The best course of action would be to remove these organizations from campus, as many leading universities have done. Barring that, however, how about a more equitable selection of new members with the development of real empathy and understanding that new, less fortunate students might have qualities that would enhance these groups?