Greeks need to police themselves better


After reading your article on Jan. 9 regarding the termination of Phi Delta Theta at the U, I couldn’t help but feel sad that the greek system at the U is in such demise (“Phi Delta Theta charter terminated for hazing”). While something had to be done to punish those at fault in this matter, the termination of a chapter is the last thing I would wish on any greek member.

I was the chapter president of Kappa Sigma when we lost our charter in 2002 after a party at our house.

I know firsthand the feelings of hurt, resentment and even hatred that current Phi Delts and alumni alike are experiencing.

While these feelings are probably directed at the pledge in question, U administration and even their nationals, the only people to blame are the active members who were involved in this unfortunate incident.

As hard as it is to face, sometimes active members are a chapter’s own worst enemies. Yes, I know emotions run high during initiation-but if a pledge was actually kicked while on the ground on his hands and knees, then something had to be done.

Some of the best times I had during my three years living on Wolcott (aside from my own house’s infamous parties) were at the Phi Delt house. I have a lot of good friends who are Phi Delt alumni, and my heart goes out to them as they deal with this unexpected loss.

I had hoped the termination of the Kappa Sig house would be enough of a reminder to keep current fraternity members in check, but apparently a couple of tough-guy actives forgot that the rug can be yanked out from under you at anytime.

Have fun explaining your actions to your fellow brothers and alumni who now don’t have a place to call home.

Reed Sutton