General Info

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 2012-2013 Delegation:

Vaidehi Mujumdar  
Marina Villeneuve 
Stella Safari 
Millen Abselab  
Richard Asala  
Sam Lewis
Cole Adams  
Remington Franklin  
Damaris Altomerianos  
Joseph Tanenbaum  
John Henry Boger  
Sarah-Marie Hopf  
Duncan Hall  
Brendan Woods  
Anneliese Sendax  
Chris O'Connell  
Kristen Clifford
Emily Fletcher
Georgia Travers
Suril Kantaria
Reilly Bertasi

The 2011-2012 Delegation:

Amrita Sankar
Anna-Kay Thomas
Blythe George
Christian Brandt
Christopher Dooley
Danielle Levin
Dennis Zeveloff
Emma Fidel
Hikaru Yamagishi
Jason Goodman
Javed Jaghai
Jeremy Guardiola
John Rutan
Julius Bedford III
Kelly McGlinchey
Mary Cromwell
Max Yoeli
Nishreen Ali
Ryan Tincher
Tyler Melancon.
Xiaolu Li

Our Mission Statement

Palaeopitus is an organization that strives to:
  1. Organize specific events each term to bring the student body and administration closer together.
  2. Respond to campus events which threaten Dartmouth’s campus community.
  3. Advocating 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. Ultimately, Palaeopitus will publish a summary of the progress made in this area, to be presented to the broader Dartmouth community at the end of the spring term.
  4. 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."


Student Social Spaces

Student Social Spaces: This group is working on issues of social space on campus and evaluating what changes are needed to make the current social spaces on campus more open and available to the broader student body. We hope to present the administration with qualitative and quantitative research gained through interviews with the student body and comparisons with our peers so that the college can address the current issues with social space for positive change.

Student-Administration Communication

Google Moderator Forum
Palaeopitus is fielding questions for Dean Johnson from students using Google Moderator, a tool that allows users to submit questions and vote up or down on others' questions. The forum's goal is to provide students with transparent answers to their most pressing questions on student life at Dartmouth.
See the questions here: 
See Dean Johnson's answers here: 

Student-Trustee Interaction

This subgroup investigates the ways in which students interact with Trustees at Dartmouth’s peer institutions and explores new ways for Dartmouth students to interact with Dartmouth’s Trustees.

Institutionalization of Student Interaction

This subgroup seeks to map out the points of interaction between the Dartmouth administration and student body in an effort to demystify the administration for students and to discover opportunities for better student-administrator communication.

Student Perspectives

This subgroup is collecting student perspectives on various campus issues for publication to the Dartmouth community.


Feel free to email us at Palaeopitus[at]Dartmouth[dot]edu or contact any of our current members.
Last updated on May 22 by Jason K. Goodman
contributors: Jason A. Laster