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Blau's Column Promotes Unfair Stereotypes

Blau's Column Promotes Unfair Stereotypes

In response to the column by Stacey E. Blau '98 ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25], if I were to say that all Tech opinion writers were bigoted, stupid, rabidly anti-fraternity hatemongers, I would be incorrect. If I were to use such a statement to support a claim that they were hypocrites in their writing practices, I might be approaching hypocrisy myself. Fortunately, I would not make such a statement, because I have actually bothered to gather some data myself, and have experimentally determined that not all Tech opinion writers are the same.

Many of us who live in coed or dry (or both) fraternities resent being called alcoholics who are only out to get laid. I assure you that my roommate at Epsilon Theta is not very happy at the insinuation that all she's after in life is to get drunk and bag a sorority chick.

As for not having personality, while I agree that not every fraternity can have a mural in Senior House, some of us manage to have murals in our own houses. What's more, some of us have managed to create a house personality that is a little bit more involved than some paint on the wall and which goes far beyond the surface that can be seen by someone who has never even bothered to visit one of the places that she bathes in vitriol.

Blau should remember that when she makes extremely broad comments, especially when she put as little effort into acquiring facts as she for her column, she will certainly catch some people who do not in any way fit the stereotype you describe. A wide variety of people live at MIT fraternities, and many of us are not the alcoholic, rutting animals she portrays.

And if Blau is looking for some intelligent conversation, sans drinking and fornicating, she should feel free to drop by one of my house's parties some time. If she truly believes what she wrote, she will be quite surprised.

Jay Muchnij '97