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Social houses still seeking identities, three decades later

Tavern’s guiding theme has historically been community service, although some students seem to have a different perspective of the house.


November 14, 2019

The social house system was implemented in 1991 as a more-inclusive alternative to fraternities. The five social houses each have distinct missions, but some students and staff question the extent to which they have served their intended purpose.

Hazing Violation Suspends KDR

Residents of the Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) social house were forced to move out after KDR was suspended for hazing on March 24. The house, pictured here, will remain unoccupied until the fall. (Ivan Valladares/The Middlebury Campus)

By Joe Flaherty

April 8, 2015

The College suspended the social house Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) on March 24 after it concluded KDR members had violated the College’s hazing policy. KDR residential members were required to move out of the house by April 6. The house will remain unoccupied for the remainder of the semester. A statement ...

Council Decides to Disband Delta

Prescott house, located in the Ridgeline woods area of campus, houses members of Delta. (Courtesy)

By Claire Abbadi

March 20, 2013

  On Monday, March 18, Community Council went into executive session to continue the discussion from last Tuesday on whether to accept the Social House Review Committee’s recommendation to disband Delta, the social house organization currently residing in Prescott house. By 5:50 p.m. the Counc...

Council Tables Decision on Delta

Students pack into the Community Council meeting on Tuesday March 12. (Kathryn DeSutter)

By Claire Abbadi

March 13, 2013

  On Tuesday, March 12, Community Council met to vote on the fate of Delta, formerly known as ADP. After a 30-minute open meeting and an hour of deliberation in executive session, during which only members of the Council were present, the motion to vote came to 8-8-1, thereby tabling the decisio...

Delta House to Face Council’s Vote

Prescott house, located in the Ridgeline woods area of campus, houses members of Delta. (Courtesy)

By Kathryn DeSutter

March 6, 2013

  The Residential Life Committee, a subcommittee of Community Council, has recommended that Delta house be disbanded due to failure to comply with Inter-House Council (IHC) and college regulations. On Tuesday, March 12, Community Council at-large will vote on the passage of the report that...

New Policy Admits First-Year Pledges

By Emma Eastwood-Paticchio

February 27, 2013

After the Community Council approved two proposals introduced by the Inter-House Council in December, social houses will change their admittance policies. Starting in the fall of 2013, second-semester first-years will be able to pledge social houses and first-semester sophomores will be able to live...

Pledge Events Suspended After Incident

By Middlebury Campus

October 31, 2001

Following an episode during last Saturday's football game half time show, campus social house pledge events were suspended for two days and are slated to recommence Wednesday evening. The episode, which has been deemed by administrators and some current social house members as an exhibition of poor...

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