To criticize Dartmouth's frats, which date back more than 150 years, is tantamount to criticizing Dartmouth itself, the smallest and most insular school in the Ivy League.
"One of the things I've learned at Dartmouth – one thing that sets a psychological precedent for many Dartmouth men – is that good people can do awful things to one another for absolutely no reason," he said.
"Fraternity life is at the core of the college's human and cultural dysfunctions." Lohse concluded by recommending that Dartmouth overhaul its Greek system, and perhaps get rid of fraternities entirely. At a college where two-thirds of the upperclassmen are members of Greek houses, fraternities essentially control the social life on campus.
In 1986, conservative students armed with sledgehammers attacked a village of symbolic shanties erected on campus to protest South African apartheid.
More recently, students assailed members of an Occupy vigil at Dartmouth, heckling them with cries of "Faggots! ""Dartmouth is a very appearance-oriented place," sophomore Becca Rothfeld tells me when I visit the campus in February.
"As long as everything is all right superficially, no one is willing to inquire as to the reality of the situation.