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Fraternity Friendships Can Last a Lifetime

I am an MIT alumnus, and I had the great displeasure of reading the column "Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT" [Feb. 25] by Stacey E. Blau '98.

She begins her column with the question, "Is it really true that frat life is about service, brotherhood, and friendships that last a lifetime?"

Well, I can comfortably say yes. While I agree that alcohol and parties were an integral part of my social life at Delta Kappa Epsilon while I was an undergraduate, I can also say that I maintain very close friendships with at least a dozen of my fraternity brothers today. I converse with perhaps eight or 10 of my Deke brothers by e-mail daily. And even though they live in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Florida, and Boston while I live in Atlanta, we still manage to see each other at least once a year, if not more.

So I can tell you from personal experience that fraternity brotherhood does last a lifetime. Maybe not in every house, but it does for me and my brothers.

Carlos S. Moreno '86