General Information about Item:
- Verbal folklore
- Informant R.C.
- Date Collected: 05/18/2020
- The informant is a current Dartmouth student. He is a member of the class of 2022 and is affiliated.
- Cultural Context: When rushing a fraternity, there is a sense of pride and community associated with the house and its members. Members are seen as “brothers” and the house is the “home” of its members. The singing of a song honors these two traditions.
- Social Context: The collective act of singing together has always been associated with the idea of community. The singing of a house song is a social activity new and old members participate in to foster this principle.
- There is a song made up by the fraternity members, that is sung to honor the house and its members. This is meant to help new members feel welcomed during the rush process (or directly after).
- The use of a song to help new members feel part of a new community is not uncommon. I thought it was interesting to see the same type of welcoming folklore displayed in this process.
Collector’s Name: Charlie Wade
- Verbal Folklore
- Fraternity Rush
- New Members