Palaeopitus has twenty-one members selected in their junior year on the basis of their demonstrated dedication to the College. Four of our members are ex-officio: the editor of The Dartmouth newspaper, the Senior Class President, the Intern to the President of the College, and the Student Assembly President (if he or she is a senior). The other seventeen members are selected by the previous year's delegation. Palaeopitus is classified as a senior society but membership is public knowledge, and thus via our events we can have a significantly larger impact upon the campus in general. We also operate under the Dean of the College rather than ORL (unlike the other senior societies), and so our membership often overlaps with some of the other societies.
The 2016 Delegation
Cunningham, Student Assembly President
Jaramillo, President's Intern
McKay, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Reitsch, Senior Class President
The 2015 Delegation
Casey Dennis, Student Assembly President
Lindsay Ellis, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Chase Mertz, Senior Class President
Valerie Zhao, President's Intern
Our Mission Statement
Palaeopitus is an organization that strives to:
- Organize specific events each term to bring the student body and administration closer together.
- Respond to campus events which threaten Dartmouth’s campus community.
- Advocate for student interests on a few issues each term as decided by the group. This will be accomplished in ways that the current delegation deems fit.
- Creating an environment in which leaders from across campus come together to bond with each other through broader campus leadership.
Palaeopitus was founded in 1899, a time before students had leaders representing them to the administration. For the next six decades, Palaeopitus served as the main body of student governance on campus. Palaeopitus worked with the administration on college policy, protected Dartmouth traditions, kept tabs on student parties, governed over student group constitutions, and was generally “in charge of the noise” on campus.
Initially, it did everything - picture Student Assembly, the Undergraduate Finance Committee, OAC, and COS all in one. Eventually, it turned into the executive committee of Student Assembly. Today, it serves as an independent senior society with ties throughout the college.In 1968, the student body voted to abolish Palaeopitus because it represented the kinds of institutions that students were fighting against in the ‘60s. In 1981, Palaeopitus returned to campus as part of an effort to revive Dartmouth traditions.
Since then, Palaeopitus has been whatever each year’s delegation wanted it to be. Past delegations have focused on themes such as staff appreciation, activism, and mental health. This year, Palaeopitus is focusing on student-administrator interaction and alternative social spaces. Additionally, Palaeopitus helps campus leaders from different corners of campus to collaborate with one another and provides feedback to top campus administrators."Palaeopitus" derives from the Greek word for "Old Pine."
Recent ProjectsFeedback to MDF Steering Committee
Campus-wide Google Moderator for MDF Plan Feedback
Town Halls on MDF Plan and Working Groups
Collaboration with DCAL on Classroom Engagement and Best Practices for Faculty
Collaboration with Dean of the College Office and ORL on New Residential System
Feel free to email us at Palaeopitus[at]Dartmouth[dot]edu
or contact any of our current members.
Last updated on May 28 by Valerie Z. Zhao
contributors: Jason K. Goodman, Jason A. Laster