Eating houses at Davidson straddle the line between social organizations and fraternities. They offer the same social and dining opportunities as Davidson College fraternities, but unlike fraternities, eating houses do not have national affiliations.
Prior to 1972, only a few all-male eating houses existed. Most, such as the “Munchies,” were formerly fraternities who became disaffiliated with their national organization. In 1973, when women were accepted into Davidson, the all-male eating houses disappeared; some closed, but most went co-ed.
There was soon a rallying cry for an all-female eating and social venue on the Court. Opponents of an all female eating house usually feared the arrival of sororities. Supporters of such a house argued that the house would be non-selective and non-national. The first all-female eating house, Rusk, finally opened in 1977.
In 2006, the last co-ed eating house closed. Eating houses had become female-only.