Isn’t this what racists used to call separate but equal? What will happen if a Christian student decides to apply for housing in the new gay dorm? What could go wrong?
The Dartmouth Now blog reports.
Trustees Approve Creation of LGBTQIA Affinity House
During its fall meeting on September 22, the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees approved the construction of The Triangle House for the College’s LGBTQIA students. The vote affirmed the Board’s commitment to the Affinity House, which was previously stated at its June 7, 2013, meeting.
“The Triangle House will be a welcome addition to Dartmouth, and a tangible sign of the Board’s commitment to increase the diversity of social, intellectual, and residential options on campus,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “It is also part of Dartmouth’s continuing commitment to having a campus that is inclusive, respectful, and engaged.”
Located at 4 North Park Street, The Triangle House will be a 27-bed facility with a two-bedroom apartment for an adviser.
“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,” says Dartmouth’s Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson.
The project will reconfigure eight townhouse-style rental units currently on the site into one integrated house. The renovation will include the construction of a communal kitchen, bedrooms, and space to accommodate academic programs and social activities. The construction cost is $3.6 million and work is slated to begin in October 2013 for occupancy in fall term 2014.
The Triangle House’s name carries historic and cultural meaning, explains LGBTQIA adviser Reese Kelly. “LGBTQIA communities often use the upside-down pink or black triangle in reclamation of and reference to the badges gay male inmates were forced to wear during the Holocaust.”
Trustees Approve Creation of LGBTQIA Affinity House (Dartmouth Now)