HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth College's official song has been renamed 'Alma Mater,' a neutral gender title that replaces 'Men of Dartmouth' to reflect the presence of women on the Ivy League campus since 1972.
Heeding campus criticism and a two-year study by Dartmouth students, the school has banished male-only references in the 100-year-old lyrics.
'Men of Dartmouth,' sung on the the rural campus since 1926, joins in exile another Hanover tradition: the Dartmouth Indian. The mascot was dropped in the mid-1970s amid increased sensitivity about racial stereotypes.
'This is a simple transition from the old lyrics, yet the new version celebrates the presence of women and men as a single community on this campus,' Dartmouth President James O. Freedman said in a statement Monday.
Eight changes were made to the lyrics. The new version replaces the opening phrase 'Men of Dartmouth' to 'Dear old Dartmouth.' 'Stand as brother stands by brother' is now 'Stand as sister stands by brother.'
Other coed changes include 'ones' for 'sons' and 'undying faith' for 'chivalric faith.'
Last year, the Dartmouth Student Assembly Alma Mater Committee and the Alumni Council endorsed changes in the song.
The Alumni Council, representing Dartmouth's 44,000 alumni, asked the administration to make 'minimal modifications' to the lyrics to make the song 'more inclusive and representative of the men and women of Dartmouth College.'
'Alma Mater' will be sung at next month's commencement.