College That Inspired ‘Animal House’ Bans Liquor on Campus

In a case of life coming full circle, the college that inspired the film Animal House, Dartmouth College, will ban hard alcohol on campus due to what Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon called “extreme behaviors,” adding that “it is hard alcohol — rather than just beer or wine — that lands students on a hospital gurney.”

Animal House, largely based on the experiences of writer Chris Miller at the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth, follows the experiences of the fictional riotous Delta House, led by Eric “Otter” Stratton, as it does battle against its enemy, Dean Vernon Wormer.

Hanlon spoke Thursday morning to the students that in addition to the alcohol ban, six residential communities will be formed using a cluster of residence halls as a home base. He said each community will “organize and host social and academic programs… will have dedicated space for study and social interaction… will have a faculty advisor and graduate students in residence.”