Writer of GAMIT Article Did Not State Relevant Facts
It is our understanding that in journalism a journalist should take special care in writing and thoroughly investigating the story on which he is reporting. In the case of the article entitled "GAMIT Booth Struck with Ketchup, Mayo," [March 14] we do not believe that this ideal of journalism was attained or attempted.
In the article, the writer discusses the incident very thoroughly, and also lays out several allegations surrounding the case. However, the article seems to have some underlying tones and implications that are unnecessarily biased.
The main dispute with this article is that Mr. Stevenson interviews everyone except those that are implicated. He called several fraternities and even the Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee chair, yet failed to call anyone or talk to anyone from Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Mr. Stevenson failed to state some relevant information. Whether he knew this information or not, he left out several facts. It was his responsibility as a reporter and journalist to research and include any relevant facts in his article.
First of all, SAE has not been involved in any Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Friends bigotry or hate crimes for nearly 20 years. And, although there are no SAE brothers who are members of GAMIT, we respect them as an organization, and to our knowledge, have no disputes with them.
Secondly, in the flyers GAMIT handed out on Wednesday, March 15 to promote their response to the apparent bigotry, they described the alleged attacker as "white male, blond hair, medium height and build ... and was wearing a fraternity cap." We would like to note that, when wearing a hat, no brother of any fraternity with medium height and build can necessarily be distinguished as having a certain hair color since a baseball cap often covers noticeable hair.
Therefore, we would like to ask that in future reporting, instead of printing a story as quickly as possible to deliver just what the public would like to hear, please respond with accuracy and journalism of professional quality.
Nicholas Bollweg '95, President
Christopher M. Yanney '97, Vice President
and the 60 brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.