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FSILG Brotherhood Not Hypocritical

FSILG Brotherhood Not Hypocritical

I think that the column by Stacey E. Blau '98 in Tuesday's issue ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25] was a personal insult to every member of an MIT fraternity. To say that brotherhood doesn't exist is an outright lie. Maybe if Blau had taken some time to talk to fraternity members, rather than letting Java applets at fraternity homepages do our talking for us, she would have discovered this.

Brotherhood is a very real thing. I know because I've been a part of it and continue to be to this day. Sadly, I no longer live in a fraternity, but in the four years that I did, I lived with over 80 different people. Some I didn't get along with, and some became my closest friends. But I'm proud to call all of them my brothers. If one of them needed me for anything at all, I wouldn't hesitate to help him out. To suggest that brotherhood is no more than "parties, drinking, and sorority chicks" is absurd. Those guys are my family, as much as any real brother would be.

When I first came to MIT, I never even thought about living in a fraternity. I was just looking for a place to live. But what I found was a home. I fear that Blau will never understand that, mainly because she has made no attempt to try. She hasn't been to a fraternity party and apparently hasn't been inside many fraternities at all if she really believes that the dorms have more character. To criticize fraternities and the idea of brotherhood without first attempting to understand us is like me claiming that PMS doesn't exist even though I've never menstruated. You've got to experience it to know what it's like. And you've got to talk to someone who's been through it to even hope to understand it.

Adam Wilson '96

Theta Delta Chi alumnus