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Greeks Council severs ties with Chronicle

The U Greek Council has cut relations with the student newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, after members said they felt they were unfairly represented in a recent article.

The council members, who represent the U sororities and fraternities, refused to speak with The Chronicle about their decision and directed questions to Lori McDonald, U greek adviser.

McDonald said the council told her they would no longer communicate with reporters from The Chronicle because they felt an article published last Friday about the relationship between the houses on Greek Row and their neighbors was biased.

“They felt misinformed and (that they) were not told upfront about the intent or direction of the story,” McDonald said. “One of them was told the story didn’t involve greeks at all.”

McDonald said the greek officers said they were not given the opportunity to comment about some of the complaints made by neighbors.

In the article, “Neighbors voice concerns about relations with greeks, U” (Nov. 3), by Chronicle reporter Victoria Johnson, neighbors described their conflicts with the greeks on issues such as parking, late-night noise, drinking and littering.

Greek Row runs along 100 South on the north edge of campus. Several chapters are located further north in the neighborhood.

The Council’s decision does not apply to the individual greek chapters–they can decide whether or not to maintain ties.

Danyelle White, Chronicle editor in chief, said reporters from the paper will continue to cover Greek Row.

“I’d be happy to talk to (the council members) if they want to share an open dialogue,” White said. “While it’s unfortunate that a significant portion of the greeks have chosen to respond to the neighborhood committee story in this manner, they should be aware that we will still cover their events.”

Elections for Greek Council will be held in December. McDonald said the council’s new members will decide if they want to restore relations with The Chronicle.

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