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A ‘Humble and Sincere Invitation’

In my opinion, The Tech is a good publication, especially when compared with most other college newspapers with which I am familiar. But never have I been emotionally affected by something I read in its pages.

Until last Friday.

Last Friday, a lot of people were angered by an article entitled “The Cult Factor.” They were angry (as was I) because the author vehemently and viciously -- and without any apparent provocation or justification -- attacked their very way of life. The author ridiculed ideals that are passionately believed in and fiercely defended by almost half of this school.

Based on what? Based on “facts” that range from out-of-context to blatantly false.

I am not angry anymore. I am saddened, and I feel disappointed.

Because if the author of “The Cult Factor” feels the way she does, then others do too.

Prejudices and stereotypes such as these are engendered by ignorance and closed-mindedness, and are sustained and nourished by rancorous responses. Immature retorts only exacerbate the problem.

In the words of Dr. Theodore Geisel:

UNLESS someone like you

cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.

It’s not.

I want to break free of this pattern. Rather than getting angry, I want to try showing people what fraternities are all about. I therefore offer to the author -- and anyone who shares her views -- a humble and sincere invitation. Please contact me. Visit my house and meet my brothers. Maybe you will change your mind, maybe you won’t.

I do not join groups easily. I take loyalty very seriously, and I do not pledge it without great caution and extensive thought.

At least give us a chance to show you why we pledged.

David Reinharth ’03
Sigma Nu