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FSILGs Serve Community

FSILGs Serve Community

The column by Stacey E. Blau '98 ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 27] caused a great disturbance among the Greek community at MIT. It portrays Greeks in an unfair manner, completely based on false assumptions and gossip. I am a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and as such, a member of the Greek system. Therefore, it is my responsibility to state all the positive points of our system.

Although, it was impossible to contact every single living group in a short time, I was able to obtain a list of many community service events in our Greek system including Lambda Chi Alpha's sponsorship of the North America Food Drive, Sigma Alpha Epsilon's help at the Bay Back Community Rally, and Alpha Phi's annual Alpha Phlea Market which raises money for local charities and Cardiac Care Research, to name just a few.

Besides organizing, volunteering, and participating in a great number of community service events, members of the Greek system are involved in a good number of clubs, sports, and civic groups. There is a true bond of sisterhood and brotherhood in our organizations. I guess it's difficult to see this if you haven't taken time to meet somebody in the Greek system. We have personalities, we care about our members truly, and we consider them a family.

On a personal account, I was in a bad car wreck a few days before rush and had to miss some days of it. There wasn't one day in which I didn't get a get well call from one of my sisters and even flowers sent all the way to Puerto Rico. I have experienced and witnessed the true value of respect and love that a sorority and fraternity has to offer.

There are many social events that the Greek system has, which don't include alcohol, like dry rush (yes, it exists already), Sigma Chi's weekly Tea social (open to everyone), and intramural sports. It hurts when people who aren't even acquainted with our system demoralize it with false statements.

Anna P. Orenstein-Cardona '99