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04/19/2007


Dartmouth College Approves Plan For $3.6 Million LGBTQIA 'Triangle' House

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Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution in Hanover, NH, has approved plans for a multi-million dollar housing complex created specifically for the school's LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendre, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Allied) community. The project, referred to as the "triangle" house, will house twenty-seven students and host a variety of college-wide events and activities. Just two years ago, Towleroad reported on a less-than-exciting gay development at the school: homophobic graffiti. Perhaps the "triangle" house will encourage and support more conversation and understanding around campus. 

Campus Reform reports:

The ‘triangle’ house is named after the triangle symbol gay men in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear during World War II, LGBTQIA adviser Reese Kelley told Dartmouth Now, a school publication.

According to Reese, the three points of the triangle also symbolize “community, knowledge, and action.”

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The triangle house will function as a living space and will also host programs on “sex, gender, identity and expression, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.”

JohnsonThe Dartmouth board of trustees made the official decision, but others are just as excited about what the new housing project could offer the school.

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson, told Dartmouth Now she is in full support of the measure.

“By engaging our students outside of the classroom, Living Learning communities such as affinity houses further enhance the core mission of the institution by tying what we learn in the classroom to who we are, what we do, and how we live,”” she said.

The triangle home will be part of Dartmouth’s affinity housing option, which provides students communal living spaces with peers who share a common language, culture, or religion.  Other affinity housing options include a sustainable living center and a gender neutral program.

What do you think of the new "triangle" house? Do you wish you had had a similar housing option in college? And what about the name; is appropriating the pink triangle a meaningful or divisive idea? Share your thoughts below.

Photo via Dartmouth College Offices of Planning and Design and Project Management.


Tim Andreadis Elected Dartmouth Student Body Prez

Dartmouth College, which for a long time has been seen as a bastion of conservatism in the Ivy League, has elected its first openly gay student body president, Tim Andreadis.

Dartmouth_1His election "signals a change" at the college according to the Boston Globe: "Dartmouth, the last college in the Ivy League to admit women and the home of the right-leaning Dartmouth Review, dealt quietly with sexual orientation for years. It was a place where some feared that coming out could spur negative reactions."

Not so any more. Andreadis was named on more than half the ballots in a four-way race.

Brian Ellner, who recently ran for Manhattan Borough President (employing a campaign ad that inspired both praise and controversy), was also elected student body president at Dartmouth during his education, and wrote a letter to the Dartmouth paper noting how times had changed.

Said Ellner: ''When I was elected student body president at the end of my sophomore year in 1990 it was widely reported that I was the first-ever 'non-Greek' to hold that office. It was never reported that I was gay. Sadly, winning that race as an openly gay candidate would not have been possible."

Andreadis says his goals are to "improve the retention rate of minority and women faculty, and...to decrease the number of sexual assaults on campus" along with lifting restrictions on same-gender housing, a move he thinks would make gay and lesbian students more comfortable.

Andreadis: "I wanted to make student government about changing social and cultural issues. I hope people see Dartmouth as not as conservative as they once thought."

Dartmouth was last on the pages of Towleroad almost a year ago as ESPN prepared to tell the story of Andrew Goldstein, the openly gay Lacrosse player whom ESPN called "the most accomplished, team sport athlete in North America to be openly gay during his playing career."

Out, and leading, at Dartmouth [boston globe]

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