College Set to Expand Campus

Dartmouth is continuing its northward expansion with the pending construction of a 342-bed dormitory cluster north of Maynard Street and an as-yet-unapproved dormitory to house 162 students on Tuck Mall. While administrators often speak of these dormitories as “the end of the housing crunch,” the new rooms, when completed in 2006, may simply alleviate overcrowding in existing dormitories.

Some Greek members worriedly speculate that the construction could spell the end of the fraternity system, which houses approximately 500 students. Were the off-campus Greek facilities not needed to provide rooms to all students, they fear, the College could act with greater impunity to prohibit student residence in their own houses.

Administrators promise that the dormitories will not resemble the sterile “creative loner” housing in the East Wheelock cluster. Dean of Residential Life Marty Redman told the Student Assembly that residents could get “down and dirty” in special recreation rooms. Who knows? Those party rooms might be as fun as Fuel.