Alpha Delta is not a house at all. It is a houseboat. Long before the
days of Eleazar Wheelock, Hanover lay at the bottom of the ocean, an ocean
of foamy beer. The other fraternities were just learning how to coagulate
with phytoplankton. Meanwhile, the precocious brothers of AD had already
mastered the fine art of yachting, and were in the process of inventing
the sextant with some Caribbean mermaids who'd come along for the ride.
For centuries the Adelphian, as the schooner was called, enjoyed smooth
sailing and free cable, until one day a bit of ocean floor algae that
had evolved into a college dean pulled the plug, so to speak. The ocean
drained into the Connecticut, and the Adelphian plummeted to its current
site, only the quarterdeck remaining above ground. Alpha Delta may not
look much like a boat anymore, but it's still been known to rock every
Alpha Delta Fraternity was established at Dartmouth College in 1846, making
it the 3rd oldest fraternity on campus. It was originally a chapter of
Alpha Delta Phi International, but in 1969, under the leadership of Douglas
(No Phi) Reynolds ’69, AD broke from the International. We take
great pride in the fact that since its founding in 1846, Alpha Delta has
never had a discrimination clause in its charter or constitution. Alpha
Delts also take great pride in the contributions of our brothers to Dartmouth
College and the nation. Among the prominent alumni of Alpha Delta are:
Chief Justice of the United States Salmon P. Chase (Class of 1826), Pulitzer
Prize winning poet Richard Eberhart (Class of 1926), Former CEO of NBC
Television Grant Tinker (Class of 1947), Former Publisher of Time Magazine
Richard Thomas (Class of 1953), Dean of the Faculty at Dartmouth Michael
Gazzaniga (Class of 1961), author of Animal House Chris Miller (Class
of 1963), President of Saachi & Saachi U.S.A. Michael Keeshan (Class
of 1973), Former CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Scott Blackmun
(Class of 1979), Senior Writer for ESPNMagazine Ric Bucher (Class of 1983).
Our current membership is involved in a wide variety of activities, ranging
from athletics and student government to dramatics and the Tucker Foundation.
We value the principles of leadership, scholarship, service and philanthropy,
diversity, accountability, and brotherhood – and are looking for
new members who hold those same values. These are the principles around
which the fraternity is organized. We take these principles seriously,
and expect all new members of Alpha Delta to embrace them, to add value
to the fraternity experience, and to contribute towards making the Dartmouth
community a better place for all people.
Alpha Delta may not look much like a boat anymore, but it’s still
been known to rock every so often.