After an announcement by the college president Thursday, students at Dartmouth now have a lot fewer places that they can do shots of Fireball. As part of speech today to students, staff, and alumni, Philip J. Hanlon, Dartmouth’s president, announced a ban on hard liquor “at events open to the public, whether the event is sponsored by the college or by student organizations.” And that, of course, means fraternity parties.
For anyone who knows the Dartmouth social scene, the Greek system accounts for a large part of it. In fact, according to the The New York Times, “The Greek houses tend to dominate Dartmouth social life; more than half of the students join a fraternity or sorority, and other spaces for social events are severely limited.” And while new policy doesn’t specifically target fraternities, the president did address them directly, stating “If the Greek system as a whole does not engage in meaningful, lasting reform, we will revisit its continuation on our campus.”
The hard alcohol ban will apply to any liquor that is 15 percent alcohol. Thankfully, my beloved boxed wine generally comes in between 12-14 percent, so it’s safe, as are almost all beers. However, I couldn’t find a single liquor under 15 percent when I did a search. So although “Dartmouth administrators cited the prevalence of “pre-gaming,” getting intoxicated before a party, often with shots of high-alcohol liquor” as part of their reasoning behind this policy, it seems as though this ban will only encourage students to pre-game their hard liquor before events, no? Hanlon states “Colleges and universities across the country face the issues I’ve detailed today. We are not alone in facing them. But we will take the lead in saying `no more.” Seems like a pretty stupid way “take the lead”, in my opinion..
[via The New York Times]