It is the school that inspired the movie “Animal House,” that classic paean to fraternity hijinks. Its students are said to have invented the ubiquitous drinking game of beer pong. Last year, the college drew international attention for a former fraternity member’s sensational exposé on alcohol-fueled hazing.
And yet, Dartmouth College has in the past two years become a national leader in trying to reduce binge drinking, making many changes on campus, large and small, and founding a national collaborative to share ideas among dozens of campuses.
Even more striking, students have spurred some of the innovations, such as sending sober undergraduates to monitor parties for signs of trouble, and coming this fall, banning freshmen from fraternity parties for the first six weeks of school.