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Leadershape Serves Worthwhile Purpose

Leadershape Serves Worthwhile Purpose

Stacey E. Blau '98 speaks of issues she apparently knows little to nothing about ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT," Feb. 25]. She calls Leadershape "idiotic" and insults all the participants by saying that it "promotes the silly cliches like unity and activism, managing to convince attendees that their unique leadership is making the world a better place."

I am not and have never been the member of any Greek organization. I also attended Leadershape with many people who were also unaffiliated with the Greek system.

Attendees of Leadershape are selected because of their expressed desire to help make a difference in their environment. They are selected because they have worked in organizations that promote service, education, and improvements. If there is a predominance of Greeks present, it is only because many of them serve their community.

The goal of the program is to help the leaders of fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations to better understand how they can help their fellow students solve the difficult issues that permeate their organizations and MIT life in general.

In all honesty, prior to attending Leadershape, I might have come a few steps closer to agreeing with some of Blau's arguments and conclusions because of the very real problems I had observed. Unlike Blau, I have attended quite a number of fraternity parties and know exactly what the environment there is like. But it was first at Leadershape that I had an opportunity to look beyond the negative side and to interact with members of the Greek community that strive to address many of the core problems of internal division, substance abuse, and miscommunication.

Never in my life have I shared thoughts and feelings with a broader-minded and more highly-motivated group of people than the people I met at Leadershape. Leadershape was a motivating and eye-opening experience for myself and many others who attended. To hear my classmates insulted and this program derided by someone who speaks without knowledge, experience, or clarity of thought deeply saddens me.

Ian S. Eslick '96