Picture this scene: It’s the beginning of the week. You get a Facebook invite to some random party being thrown next Thursday. Not only does the theme rub you the wrong way, but you scope out the invite list and it’s seemingly full of losers. Do you, A) send out a scathing 1,100+ word manifesto to all the invitees announcing your ransom-demanding butt won’t even consider attending the party until certain changes are made, or B) simply press “reject” and move on with your life as other people do their thing? It’s the latter, right? And why? Because you’re not a head-in-the-clouds douchebag who thinks that all activity should come to a stop until the wheel is reinvented overnight.
That scenario, in a nutshell, is what unfolded at Dartmouth last week, as top Panhel execs threatened, via a TL;DR campus-wide bitchy email, to boycott the upcoming winter recruitment until changes were made. The proposals include:
• Standardized dues for every house
• Requiring that dues be either free or be included in tuition
• A permanent endowment securing financial inclusivity
• All sex offenders found guilty of rape must be expelled from Dartmouth
• Every academic class syllabus should include sexual assault prevention resource phone numbers
The rest of the campus’s sorority leadership voted to carry out winter recruitment as scheduled at Dartmouth next week.
God, I hate IFC and Panhel. What a bunch of over-achievers. You have ONE JOB, and one job only: pretend to serve as a supervisory body.
Apparently, the emails did prompt some change. In what had to be a popular move, sorority song-and-dance recruitment routines have been replaced with financial aid presentations.
Look, Dartmouth Panhel. There is a right way to do things, and a wrong way. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that’s over in commie Europe so I wouldn’t know much about that. What I do know is that the radical changes you seek take time to implement, and hoping to essentially shut down the government until you get your way is not only downright irresponsible, but potentially irreparable if you were actually successful. That kind of self-serving BS masquerading as hardball is simply not the American way. After all, you’d never see anyone working on the debt ceiling engaging in those kind of tactics.
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