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Tech rush article insensitive

I was shocked and appalled when I read a recent article ["Fraternity rush slightly down," Sept. 3]. While the article clearly describes many happenings of this year's Residence/Orientation week activities, I was extremely dismayed to see the inclusion of sensitive, private information about specific fraternities' rushes. What was worse is that the specific statistics printed were attributed to a source that did not give them out!

I am specifically talking about printing of the pledge goal numbers and actual numbers of pledges for a number of fraternities across campus. This information, while available from the fraternities themselves, is considered to be some of the most sensitive information during Rush, save only the privacy of the freshmen.

In speaking to Advisor to Fraternities and Independent Living Groups Neal H. Dorow and Senior Office Assistant Eliot S. Levitt '89, both from the Residence and Campus Activities office, I confirmed that neither of them allowed the release of the information that was printed. Cognizant of the fact that neither I nor my staff released the numbers, I am left to assume that either The Tech called the fraternities themselves and misreported the origin of the information, or The Tech blatantly broke into the Clearinghouse database and stole the information.

In either case, I believe that Tech editors should have shown a little more responsibility in their editing of articles, and think about what they are printing before they print it. For a newspaper to be trusted in what it does print, it needs to be trusted in what it does not print.

I would like to add that the statistics printed were not only an invasion of privacy, but they were also incorrect. I hope The Tech takes this as a learning experience of what not to do in the future. Maybe a course in newspaper writing would be in order.

Derek A. Atkins '93->

Clearinghouse Co-Chairman->

(Editor's note: The Tech stands by its story.)