Bard College, formerly known as St. Stephen's College, had fraternities on campus for over 80 years. It is a surprising fact for many people who hear it, which makes the existence of these societies all the more interesting. The fraternities at Bard only lasted as long as the values of both school and the societies were aligned and this ensured that the fraternities were all disbanded by the end of the 1940s. Dissolving the fraternities was a means of committing to the new progressive goals and values of the college rather than keeping with the old ideas and beliefs of the fraternal system.
Olivia Eschenbach-Smith ('15)