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Facing The Facts On Alcohol

Every December, the children of the South Boston Boys' and Girls' Clubs come to MIT to participate in an event to celebrate Christmas. One can not begin to describe the glow that this party brings to the children's faces as they play games, create pictures of Santa and Rudolph, and craft their very own original ornaments for the Christmas tree. The party is topped off with a gift giveaway at the end of the day, something that any child would look forward to.

This year, though, the children did not come. There were no happy faces, no smiles, no gifts. The Boys' and Girls' Clubs did not let them come. Or perhaps it was the children's parents who were too scared to let them come. Why? Because the party is held by an MIT fraternity, something that has been branded taboo over these past few months.

In the midst of all the turmoil surrounding the MIT fraternities, we seem to have forgotten all of the good deeds they have done. Fraternities were not created to be a menace to society; otherwise, they would never last. Whenever a fraternity contributes something positive to the community, it rarely ever gets heard, and when it does, it is overshadowed by the all the bad news in the media.

Although some individuals have been caught breaking the law, just because they were members of fraternities does not make their whole house guilty, and it certainly doesn't make the whole fraternity system guilty. But the media has sure made it seem so. I live in a dorm now; in fact, I'm an executive officer. If I were caught serving alcohol illegally, I doubt that my entire dorm would come under scrutiny. Perhaps I'd be punished individually, but nothing more.

Let's face the facts. People in dorms drink. People in fraternities drink. People in colleges all over America drink. Does that mean that all college students should be abhorred by the rest of society? I sure hope not. So let's start thinking reasonably now and quit holding the fraternity system responsible for everything that goes wrong, so that we can solve the problem once and for all.

Danai Kuangparichat G