Palaeopitus has between seventeen and 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 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.
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, student-administration interaction, and mental health. 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."
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.
Mental Health Resources Sheet on DartHub
Collaboration with Dean of the College on Student Q&A Sessions with the Administration
Collaboration with the Housing Communities to Create ClubHouse Events
Collaboration with the Committee on Instruction to Discuss Initiating Half-Credit Courses
Student Representatives for Call to Lead Campaign Kick-Off Events
Feedback 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.
The 2021 DelegationNai-Lah Dixon
Miles "Mac" Battle
Jared Cape, Senior Class President
Cait McGovern, Student Assembly President
Rachel Pakianathan, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Liza Begunova Hamza Kasumba
The 2020 DelegationSahil Abbi, President’s Intern
Jessica Campanile Zachary Cherian
Anjali Chikkula, Senior Class President
Luke Cuomo, Student Assembly President
Hyemin Han, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
The 2019 DelegationAnisha Ariff
Zachary Benjamin, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Emily J. Chao, President’s Intern
Danny Li, Senior Class President
Yadira G. Torres
Monik Walters, Student Assembly President
The 2018 Delegation
Kelly ChenOliver Edelson, President's InternJeffrey Fastow
Matthew Goldstein, Senior Class President
Saemi HanJonah Kelly
Connie LeeRay Lu, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Clare MathiasMenaka Reddy
Garrison RoeIan Sullivan, Student Assembly President
The 2017 DelegationTsion Abera
Rebecca Asoulin, Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth
Nicholas Harrington, Student Assembly President
JP Olinski, President's Intern
Dillon Rich, Senior Class President
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
Last updated on Feb 21 by Nai-lah S. Dixon
contributors: Jason K. Goodman, Jason A. Laster, Valerie Z. Zhao, Palaeopitus