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Alcohol Is Part of All MIT Life

Alcohol Is Part Of All MIT Life

The only thing I could do after reading the column by Stacey E. Blau '98 ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25] was hold my head in consternation. I was astounded that a girl, who openly claims never to have attended a fraternity party and whose only claim of fraternity contact was talking to two Zeta Psi brothers, could possibly expect the intelligent members of the MIT population to give any credence whatsoever to her polemic. She claims that she has never heard of anyone going to a fraternity party without the intention of drinking.

Welcome to MIT. A good percentage of people that I know go to frats not intending to drink the all-to-often served beer. I am not some super-social being that knows everyone on campus, so surely if Blau had put any time at all in to talking to people before she wrote her "column," she would have discovered this truth. Her statement that dorms can boast some personality whereas frats cannot is way out there and should be taken with a grain of salt.

What I cannot understand is the obvious problem she has with fraternities openly discussing mixers, socials, and other events to aid in meeting women. What is the problem here? Is there something wrong with a group of guys inviting women to their fraternity house to meet and greet them? Certainly, there are undeniable sexual overtones in doing so, but no one twists these young ladies arms' to attend these parties. The potential these mixers create to meet people at other universities is a hell of a lot better than sitting around Senior House staring at murals all day and playing video games all night wondering when all the girls are coming over.

And so what if former Interfraternity Council President Jason D. Pride '97 admitted that fraternity life is "based on alcohol"? Does Blau really suspect that MIT should do anything about this? She does point out that MIT needs the fraternity system due to inadequate student housing, but she doesn't really get the whole picture. MIT doesn't have to bat an eye at the frats, because MIT needs them. Drinking is a part of college life. The sooner she can swallow and understand this statement, the sooner we won't have to put up with unnecessary flame columns.

Although I am not a member of fraternity, my brother is. He had an enjoyable rush this past fall and very much likes his new house and brothers. I have been able to meet his brothers, and I think that they area great bunch of guys. This fact makes me even more indignant that someone so unfamiliar with the fraternity system feels it is her duty to write such an article to cheapen the fraternity experience. I can find some solace in the fact that my letter here is going to be one of many received by The Tech in angry response to the column.

John A. Modzelewski '98