The lift, which took place on Monday, was welcomed by many freshmen as an opportunity to fully integrate into the campus culture.
The six-week “frat ban” for the class of 2025 was lifted last Monday. The ban is a directive of the Greek Leadership Council and prohibits freshmen from entering Greek homes, with the exception of pre-approved drying events.
Since his implementation In 2013, the frat ban – officially known as the “Greek First Year Safety and Risk Mitigation Policy” – maintained a safe social environment for freshmen, according to Greek Leadership Council Chairman Brandon Zhou ’22.
“We try to enable freshmen to make community and friends before they are introduced to Greek spaces,” said Zhou.
Chithra Singareddy ’22 said that she actually felt that the ban on connection allowed her to connect with people before they entered Greek rooms.
“I think the ban is important because you have to find your friends before you go out,” Singareddy said. “You need to experience more of the campus and see more people in a non-drinking context before you see them go out.”
Sophie Kodak ’23 said she hopes freshmen can enjoy Dartmouth’s social scene more than if they didn’t have the fraternity ban.
“I think it’s really important for people to experience college and move to Dartmouth without that extra Greek life because there is so much beyond,” said Kodak. “If you go to college and have immediate access to these spaces, I think that would potentially limit your exploration of other social spaces on campus.”
Many 25s were excited to finally attend the brotherhood parties.
Eiha Patnaik ’25 said she looks forward to being fully part of the campus culture.
“I’m glad the connection ban is over because it allows us to actually do something at night,” said Patnaik.
Patnaik added that the weekend activities hosted by Collis After Dark – including miniature golf, roller skating and movie screenings – were “fun” but she believes the lifting of the ban will help integrate freshmen into the wider Dartmouth community, such as it is common in Greek areas play a large role in the social life of the upper class.
Gabriella Silva ’25 similarly said that she is looking forward to stepping into Greek rooms for the first time.
“I’m relieved and excited that I can get to know more people,” said Silva. However, she added that she recognizes the benefits of other social spaces.
“The connection ban was useful in that it forced the 25s to interact with each other and forge stronger connections,” noted Silva. “It really prepared us for frats too, in the sense that we have a group to go with and we know what to expect.”
The 2021-22 academic year is unique in that many members of the Class of 2024 first entered Greek rooms this fall as COVID-19 safety guidelines outlawed large gatherings last year.
While the discussion of a changed ban on connecting to the current second class was briefly discussed, it was not in place, said Zhou. He explained that while Greek houses were discussing what a class joining ban could look like by 2024, the houses did not want to enforce it.
“[A frat ban for the Class of 2024] was something we discussed collectively between all of the Chapter Presidents, but we decided we didn’t want to implement one, ”said Zhou. “Especially considering the rush this year for [sororities and fraternities], it didn’t make a lot of sense. “
Singareddy agreed to the decision not to enforce a connectivity ban for the 2024 class.
“The 24ers do not need the ban because they had all freshmen to make friends,” said Singareddy. She added that there Sorority and Brother hurry Completed on October 6 and October 16, respectively, the sophomore year students would have been connected before the elevator.
Many members of the 2024 class were grateful that they didn’t fall under the ban as second graders. Danny Armella ’24 said she was surprised it was even considered.
Armella added that given that fraternities and sororities are closed to the public and the class of 2024 is largely isolated from the college community throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, it is difficult to get any perspective on Greek homes win before deciding to rush.
“I think we got the worst freshman year overall,” said Armella. “By coming back and being able to take part in everything, I really felt more comfortable here.”
Sasha Kokoshinskiy ’22, a member of the Zeta Psi Brotherhood, said ending the ban on joining on a Monday was “confusing” as many freshmen tried to enter Greek homes that weren’t partying on the night of the elevator.
“I think that created a lot of confusion on campus, so I think it would definitely be a good idea to maybe reconsider, to end on another night just to improve safety and community “Said Kokoshinskiy.