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Letter to the Editor: There is unity and cooperation among greeks


Recruitment to greek fraternities/sororities at the U is a concern to all those who are associated with the different greek houses.

Numbers certainly have been declining in the past few years, which have caused some alarm. It has unfortunately lead members of individual chapters to compose slanderous articles about their fellow greeks, and other student

organizations on campus.

Nick Macey’s article (“A greek house divided will not stand,” Feb. 1) was wholly unfounded, horribly researched and contained only his own opinions and feelings, which are hardly factual.

If Macey’s goal is to achieve a healthy greek system and to develop a partnership between all greek chapters and the LDSSA, then why did he submit an article in which he publicly incriminates and criticizes them?

That is no way to achieve

peaceful cooperation, and ultimately sheds a negative light on the Greek Row that he professes to adore.

Instead, he should voice his concerns through the proper channels-that of his house officers, the Inter-Fraternity Council, and the Office of the Dean of Students-all of which are not deaf to suggestion and comment. Would it be nice to have a unified recruitment with all greek houses? Of course. That does occur at the beginning of each semester. Is it against regulations in any way for an individual chapter house to engage in an informal recruiting process? No. Each house is encouraged to make recruitment a year-round priority, inviting those recruited to pledge at the beginning of a given semester.

Sigma Chi was not in violation of policy, but have been an

example of being proactive in boosting Greek Row’s numbers.

Whereas I do agree with Macey that there should be a better-coordinated recruiting effort between Greek Row and LDSSA, I find no reason to blame

LDSSA. They obtain generous enrollment numbers in the same way Sigma Chi did a week ago: by being proactive.

Also, LDSSA’s fall recruitment handouts included not only their “faux-greek” student group information, but on the reverse side could be found the “real greek” recruitment information, displaying that there was some degree of cooperation between the two.

Macey’s fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, is a large and historical fraternity on campus that holds their own during recruitment. Their pledge classes dwarf the size of many other fraternities, yet Macey still complains. His article stunk of jealousy, telling me he should spend more time writing advertisements for his fraternity and less time publishing non-factual articles.

Ben Goates

Inter-Fraternity Council


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