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Fraternities Need To Address Problems

Fraternities Need To Address Problems

I would like to start off by saying I have been to fraternity parties.

But is that really an issue? If former Interfraternity Council President Jason D. Pride '97 makes the claim that "Even though [a completely dry rush] is a really beautiful idea, it would seem to me an idealistic goal to have the fraternities not based on alcohol," ["Frats Consider Dry R/O," Feb. 27, 1996] and this person supposedly represented the fraternal system at MIT, then there is an obvious problem. If his statement was so far from the truth, why wasn't he hung out to dry? Why wasn't there any apology made?

Anyone that has been through rush knows what role alcohol plays in fraternity life, and if someone makes a claim like that, I don't need the experience of a frat party to tell someone there is a problem. Now, obviously Stacey E. Blau '98 made some very outlandish accusations and generalizations in her column ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25], but does that mean we can't remove the message from the messenger? If Greeks are so outraged by Blau's column, why not do something about instead of just slamming her? How bought having a totally dry rush and prove her wrong? (Use the money from alcohol purchases and giving them to charity, perhaps?)

Obviously a lot of what Blau said was wrong and unfounded, but what about the truth of her article? Many times have I seen drunken hoards coming down Amherst Alley, without a clue of what's going on, looking no older than high school-age students. Since the standard at MIT is one of excellence, then why should it be any different in this case? This is a problem that shouldn't be so easily overlooked.

Marlon D. Shows '97