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Reponse to "ATO reponds to community pressure"

(Editor's note: The Tech received this response on Sunday.)

We, the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, would like to address the issues surrounding the T-shirt made for our "Heaven and Hell" party held on Saturday, Feb. 24.

First and foremost, we realize the damage the T-shirt has caused. The design printed on the T-shirt is clearly offensive, with dangerous suggestions and implications. We recognize that rape, date rape and violence against women have been caused by sexist attitudes such as these. This way of thinking does nothing more than propagate sexism in our own fraternity and in the community. The brothers of ATO do not condone or encourage any forms of rape or violence against women. Accordingly, as a response to the strong and damaging message made by the shirts, we have formally condemned them. Furthermore, we have taken strong action by deciding -- as a group -- to destroy all of the shirts.

As a house, we are taking a significant financial loss of nearly $1000 by destroying these shirts. But we believe that the costs to us are small compared to the damage which the T-shirts would have continued to inflict on the community and on our fraternity. We realize that much damage has already been done, yet hope that our actions will succeed in minimizing the harm which we would have caused.

The design of the T-shirt was not made with the approval or consent of the house as a whole, but is being paid for by all the members of Alpha Tau Omega, not only from our pockets, but with our tarnished image. We sincerely regret our mistake and the bad judgment which led to the present situation, and plan to take steps to prevent such an incident from happening again.

Ivan Cheng '91->

President, ATO->

Other members of ATO->