“It’s like they reduce you to a child in order to remake you,” says Lohse. SAE has a “boot room,” which is essentially a bathroom where brothers in the midst of a rigorous game of pong can stick their finger down their throat – the term is “pulling the trigger” – and then resume the game. Dues. Here’s why pledging a fraternity or sorority could be the coolest and craziest decision you make in college. Class of 1987 30th Reunion June 15-18, 2017 << Back to the Reunion page. Like most Dartmouth students, Lohse began his journey into this exclusive society just prior to the start of his freshman year, with a five-day wilderness orientation called Trips. He would love to see more students from the Dominican Republic at Dartmouth (the school said it … Williams College was the first to shutter its fraternities, in the 1960s, and many others have since followed suit, including Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby and Middlebury. As a result, Lohse – the only student to come forward voluntarily – may be the only student who is ultimately punished. For a Dartmouth kid to do what he did, he had to have been broken and hit bottom before he could break the code of silence.”, On February 22nd, his 22nd birthday, Lohse received a call from Dartmouth’s office of judicial affairs, informing him that, based on information he’d provided the college, they were pursuing charges against him for hazing. Counseled by his brother and his friends, Lohse decided to force the college’s hand by going to the media. But whistle-blowers are almost always complex, often compromised outliers. Copyright © 2021 Trustees of Dartmouth College. There is a YouTube video in which a Dartmouth student does this in less than 10 seconds, but even this feat may not be a record. Wright declined to elaborate on the conflict, other than to tell me there was “push back” from both alumni and fraternities over his proposal; by July 1999, he had backed off. The idea of an editorial came slowly; Lohse wrote between 15 and 20 drafts. “Or beneficial?”, The brother became even more enraged. brian.joyce@Dartmouth.edu 603 646 9007 Program Coordinator Jessica.C.Barloga jessica.c.bargloa@dartmouth.edu 603 646 0467 Office Manager Laura LaMontagne Laura.V.LaMontagne@dartmouth.edu 603 646 2399 Associate Director of Residential Operations Bernard Haskell bernard.w.haskell@dartmouth… These funds are used for brotherhood activities, house maintenance, and other services for brothers. There’s a level of violence at the heart of it that would be completely unacceptable anywhere else, but here, it’s just the way things are.”. Not long after he took office, Kim met with Dartmouth alums and reassured them he had no intention of overhauling the fraternities. Class Credit and Recognition . “It’s all a false sense of history,” says Lohse. “I ate the vomlet!” he yelled. A true bro, Lohse adds, can also drink inhuman amounts of beer, vomit profusely and keep on going, and perform a number of other hard-partying feats – Dartmouth provided the real-life inspiration for Animal House – that most people, including virtually all of Lohse’s high school friends, would find astounding. “No one has physically died at Dartmouth, yet, but the system destroys the souls of hundreds of students every year,” he says. The undergraduate chapter treasurer can give you specific information and explain how their dues system works. One brother recalls the night some of the pledges were served a scramble of vomit and eggs, known as a “vomlet.”, “Andrew kicked ass at pledge term, did everything required of him and then some,” one SAE brother says. “It’s all about the challenge,” says one of Lohse’s SAE brothers. A friend recalls walking into Lohse’s room one night to find a girl in his bed, alone, while Lohse was in bed with another girl down the hall. “You’re horrified at first, but then you get used to it,” says Lohse. Today, hazing is illegal in 44 states, including New Hampshire – and many colleges have aggressively cracked down on fraternity abuses. “Go!” Lohse chugged, but was only up to his third cup when time ran out. That left SAE. And the beer is free: Brothers pay for it out of their social dues, with houses sometimes blowing $25,000 per term on beer and other forms of entertainment. “I guess it started to dawn on me that most of the SAEs didn’t really like me,” Lohse says. I want to start by saying that Andrew Lohse, Ravital Segal, and all members past, present, and future of Dartmouth fraternities and sororities should never have to submit to the horrors of the hazing that Andrew and Ravi describe. Everyone knows that hazing goes on, but no one wants to discuss it – just like they don’t want to talk about racism, sexism, homophobia, classism.” She shrugs, apparently resigned to the situation. “The longer I stayed away, the less I drank,” he says, “and the less I felt like the person I was at Dartmouth.”. “He launched into a tirade about how I was a traitor,” Lohse recalls. Almost 22, he is a handsome kid with tousled brown hair and a polite, almost self-effacing manner. Chapter dues go toward the programming and chapter operating expenses. Fraternity and sorority presidents and financial officers will tackle the mandate in the coming term to make sure dues remain manageable for all while making membership more attainable. Lohse understood that to enter this privileged class requires one to make the appropriate connections, and he immediately set about trying to forge them. Lohse was grossed out. I’m just a regular kid from Nowhere, New Jersey.”, In some ways, Dartmouth’s own history centers on the concept of identity. Dartmouth’s four local sororities have expressed concern about the affordability of their insurance plans. Chapter or "house" dues — programming and chapter operating expenses. By the end of his pledge term, Andrew Lohse had vomited so much that the enamel on his teeth had largely burned away. “I would argue that making these issues front and center is a very positive thing to do.”, Telling none of his friends or fraternity brothers that he was in Hanover, Lohse presented the school officials with a “dossier of fraternity-hazing and substance-abuse-related­ information.” For well over an hour, he detailed his experiences and even named names; at one point, he showed the administrators a photo of his pledge class standing in front of a table holding more than 550 cups of beer, explaining that evening’s mission: to consume all of it. “The hypocrisy in that bothered me,” Lohse says. “Don’t forget who you are and don’t be consumed by who you think you are becoming,” he wrote. Make sure to leave a little room in your closet on move-in day. People do incredibly bad things to one another here, because they know they’re going to get away with it.”, That attitude of inherent entitlement often carries over after graduation. He was told that, acting on the information he had provided about SAE’s upcoming “Hell Night,” the last and traditionally most intense night of the pledge term, the Hanover police were preparing to stage a sting operation in the hopes of catching the fraternity breaking the law. Off-Campus Programs Office (603) 646-1202; PE Course Fees. One night in October 2009, early in his sophomore year, Lohse was studying in his dorm room when he heard someone pounding on his door. On Friday it was announced that Alpha Delta, the Darmouth fraternity that partly inspired the film “Animal House,” had lost its appeal to maintain recognition by the college. Students are always notified in writing before the fine is charged. Dani Levin is the president of the Sigma Delta sorority, and a peer sexual-assault counselor. But at the last minute, Lohse backed off. “I can walk wherever I want to walk,” he told the guard. Moreover, most houses have spectacular financial aid, so even paying house dues is not an issue! Five leaders of the Darthmouth Panhellenic Council are boycotting rush week because they feel recruiting tactics used by sororities unfairly consider race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Sign up for our newsletter. He told himself the move was in the fraternity’s – and Dartmouth’s – best interests. Why did he need to debase himself like this just to belong to a group? On the most basic of human levels it is disgusting. He also began to develop his “rush strategy” to prepare for joining a fraternity. Why Are Country Music Wives Pushing Baseless Conspiracy Theories? The more conservative members of the house were strongly opposed to Lohse, who had quit The Dartmouth Review midway through his freshman year and had gone to write for its rival, the liberal Dartmouth Free Press. Is the ‘QAnon Shaman’ From the MAGA Capitol Riot Covered in Neo-Nazi Imagery? After being diagnosed with uterine sarcoma two years ago, Maia and her husband, Clark Youmans, orchestrated their Orcas Island (WA) wedding, Class Webmaster; 03.01.2007; In Memoriam; Read more Karen Avenoso. If you take your academics seriously, you’re not one of us. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. “One of the things you learn as an anthropologist,” he said, “you don’t come in and change the culture.”. Follow me. (This same ritual, with the addition of tying the pledge’s hands and feet with zip ties, led to the death of Cornell sophomore George Desdunes, the SAE pledge who died last February.) “He told everyone he’d traveled the world and was a changed person,” says a former friend. It was in Sig Ep’s basement where Andrew, then 16, first encountered pong, Dartmouth’s signature drinking game, played with sawed-off paddles and “about five times as much beer as you play with at other colleges.” Fraternity basements, legendary for their grottiness, are elevated to a whole new level at Dartmouth. And those numbers are likely just a fraction of the actual count: One study showed that 95 percent of all sexual assaults among college students are never reported. © Copyright 2021 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Want more Rolling Stone? Brothers aren’t the only ones injured by this unspoken pact around fraternity life. They also drank heavily: One cherished facet of the Wheelock myth is that he “tamed” the Indians with New England rum. As with all fraternities, drugs were by no means uncommon at SAE, but coke had a particular cachet; one of the seniors most fond of the drug would promote it to his brothers as a sign of one’s elitism. Fan Page for the Dartmouth College Class of 1985! Sexual assault is rampant at Dartmouth; some female students say they circulate the names of men considered “dangerous” and fraternity houses viewed as “unsafe.” Between 2008 and 2010, according to the college’s official statistics, Dartmouth averaged about 15 reports of sexual assault each year among its 6,000 students. One fraternity reportedly beat their pledges; another was said to place them in dog crates while the brothers vomited on them. Lohse was charged with cocaine possession and witness tampering – a charge that he incurred for pouring a cup of beer on Aubart’s door and allegedly spitting on him in retaliation. Lohse remembers the intimidating feel of shirtless male bodies standing around him as he was interrogated in a brother’s room, where he was ordered to drink three shots and recite SAE’s three cardinal rules: What happens in the house stays in the house. Lohse doubts it. Unlike many schools, Dartmouth students don't rush until Sophomore year. Kim – who was recently nominated by the Obama administration to head the World Bank – was initially seen as a potential challenge to the status quo. Each chapter collects chapter dues from every member. Lohse, it was decided, was “disgruntled” and a “criminal.” His “blanket and bitter portrayal of the Greek system” was not only false, complained one alumnus, “but offensive to tens of thousands of Dartmouth alumni who cherished the memories of their fraternities.” Another alumnus put it this way in a mock letter to a human-resources manager: “Dear Hiring Manager, do yourself a favor: Don’t hire Andrew Lohse… He will bring disgrace to your institution, just as he did when he embarrassed Dartmouth and SAE.” The consensus, as another alum put it: “If you don’t want to be initiated, don’t pledge.”, Though two of Lohse’s SAE brothers have confirmed his allegations are generally on the mark, the fraternity has turned on Lohse, portraying him as a calculating fabulist who bought into the Greek system wholeheartedly and then turned against it out of sheer vindictiveness. Gender-Inclusive Greek Council . Title: The Dartmouth Freshman Issue 2020, Author: The Dartmouth Newspaper, Name: The Dartmouth Freshman Issue 2020, Length: 26 pages, Page: 8, Published: 2020-09-11 . At last, he and the other whale shits were escorted to the basement, where they were formally baptized as SAE pledges in a kiddie pool filled with a noxious sludge. So internalized did these rituals become that even long-graduated brothers reflect on Dome, and other games, with fondness. Statistics show that roughly a quarter of each graduating class find jobs in finance and business – a figure many students consider low, given Dartmouth’s prominent ties to its Wall Street alumni, who often come back to campus to recruit. Chapters may also charge social dues. Finally, one day in January, he sat down and “just crushed it out.” After submitting it to his editors, who fact-checked his allegations thoroughly, he phoned his three closest brothers at SAE. Fraternities can also exert greater autonomy if their own plant is owned and managed by them. Their precise pungency is hard to describe: urine, vomit, stale beer and sour food, all combined in layers of caked sludge, which emits a noxious odor that can linger on your skin for days. His late grandfather, Austin Lohse, had played football and lacrosse for Big Green, and both Andrew and his older brother, Jon, a Dartmouth junior, idolized him as the embodiment of the high-achieving, hard-drinking, fraternal ethos of the Dartmouth Man, or what Lohse calls a “true bro.” A Dartmouth Man is a specific type of creature, and when I ask Lohse what constitutes true bro-ness, he provides an idealized portrait of white-male privilege: “good-looking, preppy, charismatic, excellent at cocktail parties, masculine, intelligent, wealthy (or soon to become so), a little bit rough around the edges” – not, in other words, a “douchey, superpolished Yalie.”. On January 25th, Andrew Lohse took a major detour from the winning streak he’d been on for most of his life when, breaking with the Dartmouth code of omertà, he detailed some of the choicest bits of his college experience in an op-ed for the student paper The Dartmouth. While Dartmouth has an equal ratio of men to women, she says, it often feels as though nothing has changed since the 1970s. He accused Dartmouth’s storied Greek system – 17 fraternities, 11 sororities and three coed houses, to which roughly half of the student body belongs – of perpetuating a culture of “pervasive hazing, substance abuse and sexual assault,” as well as an “intoxicating nihilism” that dominates campus social life. “Sink Night,” when new initiates affirm, or “sink,” their commitment to a fraternity, was particularly brutal. Although first-years had access to dry events hosted by Greek organizations prior to the end of the ban, most events hosted by fraternities and certain sororities will now be open. Best 1. We let the pledges’ imaginations get the best of them.” Lohse, for his part, hasn’t backed down. This year, the College is piloting a new recognition program … “That’s an inappropriate analogy,” she says. “I mean, I cut school to go to a John McCain rally.” But he knew he’d have to master his aversion to alcohol to gain any kind of traction. Trust the brotherhood. Be silent.” The boys dutifully did as they were told, grabbing ties to wrap around their eyes and following the older brother down the stairs and into a waiting car. Please discuss all fees and charges with the chapter treasurer or alumni/ae advisor before you make any decisions. 2 talking about this. Kim, whose three-story mansion sits on Fraternity Row, is a strong supporter of the Greek system; he has suggested on several occasions that fraternity membership may have health benefits, citing studies that show that people with long-standing friendships suffer fewer heart attacks. Some organizations, particularly national organizations, also have a one-time initiation fee, plus termly or yearly national dues. Alpha Phi Alpha was founded as the first historically black fraternity at Dartmouth College in 1972. Notable alumni include all-star NFL running back Reggie Williams and the MLB’s head of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon. “By that point you are really, really drunk – which is the point, because if you weren’t, you’d never get in it,” says Lohse, who was later told that brothers had peed, defecated, vomited and ejaculated into the pool. She’d been invited to a fraternity by one of its members. “Apparently, security found me in front of the house. While the brother busted with Lohse went on to graduate, Lohse was suspended from Dartmouth for a year. After being out in the “real world” and traveling in Asia, which he describes as an “awakening,” he now had trouble taking Dartmouth seriously, with its petty fraternity politics and drinking culture. But it wasn’t really me. By Christmas, he’d recovered sufficiently to decide that he was ready to take the action his brother and friends had long advocated. “The difference between Andrew and his fraternity brothers was that most of the other brothers would try to justify their actions to themselves. “I made other pledges eat it! And that corporate milieu mirrors the fraternity culture.”, On a warm February afternoon, I visit Andrew Lohse at his mother’s house in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Thursday night of homecoming is SAE’s annual champagne formal, which Lohse attended, already drunk on red wine. “One step toward redemption is making amends,” says Bill Sjogren, a 1967 graduate of Dartmouth. It’s not inconceivable that it could happen – people get hurt all the time at Dartmouth. Spalding, Lohse says, “was aghast.”, But Lohse “still clung to the idea that things could be different without me having to be truly public” – in part, he says, to protect himself from the kind of retaliation Aubart endured after informing on Lohse and the other SAEs. One senior, who I’ll call Lisa, was “curbed” in this manner the second night of her freshman year. The first such society at Dartmouth, the Social Friends, was formed in 1783. Instead, Dartmouth became a college for wealthy white boys who adopted the Indian as their mascot and “Wah-hoo-wah!” as their war cry. For many in the Dartmouth community, this data-driven approach falls short. “They pick those who look like them,” he said. “We don’t expect to have solutions,” says Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson, “but what we will have is a ton of data and ways to measure the results.”. But one by one, I think a lot of his friends just gave up.”, By homecoming weekend, Lohse had descended to the darkest place he’d ever known. “If someone dies in a hazing incident next year, my saying ‘I told you so’ is not going to bring that person back. But Lohse also began to complain, quietly at first, to a few sympathetic older SAEs. He then proceeded to drink almost two bottles of champagne, followed by lots of bourbon and multiple beers. as in any rental housing arrangement. And the outcome will be what it is.”, Dartmouth has recently formed a new task force on hazing, the most recent addition to the multiple committees already addressing problems on campus. In reality, Kim is one of the only officials in a position to regulate the fraternities. Fraternities (unlike sororities, most of which are dry) also happen to be the only campus entities that serve alcohol to minors, which about 70 percent of Dartmouth undergrads happen to be. Roger Stone Opens Up About Russia, Mueller, Trump and What’s Next. Lohse, who was still a sophomore, pleaded no contest to the charges and received a $750 fine. It was MD 20/20, known as Mad Dog, the toxic beverage whose high alcohol content – 13 percent – and cheapness has made it popular with homeless men and hard-partying college boys everywhere. “Do you think all the stuff the house did, like the vomlet, was good?” he asked. In response, 1,000 irate students marched on Wright’s house and held protest rallies in which they accused the once-popular president, himself a Dartmouth alum, of treason. But instead, he’s proven to be just the opposite. Fines and damages may not be charged via college billing. “I saw my role as a reformer,” he says. “I was standing under this dripping pipe, looking at people drinking this watery Keystone Light beer, and I felt cheated,” he says. At Dartmouth, Adam was a major contributor and writer for the Dartmouth Review. In a way, he was relieved. The family and … “It’s depressing coming of age here,” says Deanna Portero, a senior from New York. … Occupy my asshole!”, “Dartmouth is a very appearance-oriented place,” sophomore Becca Rothfeld tells me when I visit the campus in February. Another frat ordered its new members to crawl between the legs of a line of naked brothers, “with, you know, their ball sacks flapping on their heads.” A fourth was rumored to require its pledges to have sex with a frozen turkey. Why did smart, decent people who were supposed to be “brothers” have to do this to one another? But Lohse still desperately wanted to pledge. The college has also charged 27 other members of SAE, stemming from events in the 2011 pledge term. May 11, 2015. There are t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and, heck, probably even socks—all with your chapter’s letters on them. The stuff tasted like Lysol. Most of the formal “hazing” was reserved for meetings and challenges: Pledges would be required to perform endless “quick sixes,” recite SAE’s creed, “The True Gentleman,” while lying in a kiddie pool full of ice, or take shots of mystery alcohol while being quizzed on arcane fraternity lore. Aubart called Dartmouth security, who notified the police. Dartmouth was one of the last of the Ivies to admit women, in 1972, and only in the face of fierce resistance from alumni. In the story he tells of this incident, Lohse was walking across the college green, near a roped-off area where the annual homecoming bonfire would be held the next night. Founded in 1769 by a Congregational minister, Eleazar Wheelock, its initial mission was to educate the local Abenaki Indians, a dream that was never realized. But Dartmouth, whose unofficial motto is “Lest the Old Traditions Fail,” has resisted that transformation, just as it has stood fast against many other movements for social and political progress. Yet that same brother later hazed the next class of pledges. Greek Fraternities and Sororities with chapters recognized by Dartmouth College. Dartmouth’s policy states that there will be no repercussions on either the students who made the call, or the student for whom the call was being made. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as whether you live in or out of a chapter house. The letters Think of all the Greek life swag you’ll get! “I never saw it as ‘narcing’ on them.”. Nearly every woman I speak to on campus complains of the predatory nature of the fraternities and the dangers that go beyond drinking. “Andrew does not have clean hands. Lohse channeled some of his rage by becoming a columnist for The Dartmouth, where he took on subjects like Dartmouth’s culture of corporate recruiting, describing it in one op-ed as having “siphoned off some of our great minds into a dead-end field that sanitizes the intellect, offers almost nothing to human society and conditions people to act in ways that are decidedly inhuman.” At the same time, he clung, albeit tepidly, to his identity as a “true bro.” Last October, right before fall rush, he wrote a column extolling the fraternal experience: “I must concede that, happily or tragically, many of my most poignant experiences here have dealt with fraternity life [and] I’ve been trying to come to terms with them all – and with how I let those experiences become too tightly entwined with my identity.” His advice to those who pledged was to support one another. Lohse returned to Hanover last summer, to prepare for his junior year. Lohse recalls the evening in hazy images: lit candles, blacked-out windows, a relentless pounding on the walls of the elegant pool room of the SAE house, where the pledges­ spent more than an hour standing in a circle around the pool table in total silence, as brothers burst in and out of the room, forcing them to down bottles of Mad Dog. More recently, students assailed members of an Occupy vigil at Dartmouth, heckling them with cries of “Faggots! Besides, say many at Dartmouth, the chances that the school will actually change its approach to fraternities seems slim. Typically, students choose to live in a Greek chapter house in sophomore summer, for their senior year, and for part of their junior year, space permitting. Aubart ultimately moved out of the fraternity, severing his ties with SAE. Rumors about hazing abounded. 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