New Hampshire Governor Candidate Wants To Reopen Animal House Fraternity At Dartmouth

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The basis of most political campaigns is that the candidates tell the constituents what they want to hear. It’s been that way since the beginning of time, and it’s not any different in the great state of New Hampshire. But what is a little bit different is what one Democratic gubernatorial candidate is saying — not about the economy or any of the other important issues that are at stake this election. Instead, he’s talking about re-opening a shuttered fraternity.

Businessman Mark Connolly is one of the leading candidates in the New Hampshire governor’s race, and is also an alum of the Alpha Delta fraternity at Dartmouth, AKA the chapter that was the basis for the legendary 1978 movie. According to The Boston Globe, Connolly sent a fundraising email to his brothers earlier this month that included his thoughts on re-opening the chapter, which was closed in 2015 after several conduct violations, including branding the asses of pledges and urinating on a woman from a second-floor balcony at the chapter house.

In his email, Connolly said:

“I understand the position the college was in and that some of the students were not fully cooperating, but I don’t think hurting past generations and preventing future ones is the best course,” Connolly wrote in a fund-raising pitch that was obtained by the Globe. “In the coming months and years, I would hope to see AD back up and running and have its status restored.”

And it turns out, if Connolly is elected governor, he may be in the position to do something about it – the state’s governor is automatically an ex-officio member of the Dartmouth College board of trustees. And while Connolly told the paper that “as governor, I will take my work as an ex-officio member of the board of trustees seriously, which I believe precludes special treatment for any one group,” and Diana Lawrence, Associate Vice President of Communications at Dartmouth College, said that “Derecognition is permanent.” I’m seeing a tiny glimmer of hope for the brothers of Alpha Delta.

Take that, Dean Wormer.

[via The Boston Globe]

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