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Posted on August 22 at 7 p.m.Suggest removal
When I first read this column, my knee-jerk reaction was to send The Daily a string of expletives and profanities, but I knew I’d regret it tomorrow. So after letting this sink in and getting feedback from others, my reaction now is this: Why? What on earth did you hope to accomplish by printing something like this? What good could it possibly do? Because all it’s done is made a lot of people upset, created unnecessary and uncalled for divisions among students and deeply, deeply hurt a very specific group of young women.
I am a recent alum of Alpha Phi, as well as Student Media and I am surprised and disappointed that a group that I used to be a part of would publicly defame and embarrass another student organization like this. I realize that it’s an opinion column, but if you’re going to make such strong accusations about racism and apply it to an entire organization, you better have some kind of facts. You may not need it legally because it says “opinion” at the top of the page, but just for the sake of the credibility of the journalist, I can’t believe this was printed.
And “Alpha Chi Omegas party hardest’? “Kappa Alpha Thetas are bible beaters”? Worst of all, “Alpha Gamma Deltas are recruitment’s leftovers”?? I know Ms. Ellisor said these were her impressions, but did she realize how hurtful printing those words would be? Talking negatively about the Greek system as a whole is one thing, but singling out houses like this and stereotyping them is another. She accuses sorority members of being mean-spirited, but this article has the exact same effect.
I’m sorry that Ms. Ellisor had a negative experience with our house and I’m not going to waste my time telling you the positive impact Alpha Phi has had in my life, but this column was uncalled for. Why would you not leave the houses nameless? Would it not still get her point across that Greek life isn’t for everyone? I appreciate her sharing her opinions and everyone is certainly entitled to theirs, but with this column, she very publicly hurt everyone connected to Alpha Phi to do so. She put a dent in our reputation as well as other houses and that’s something we can’t get back.
In the future, please consider the repercussions your columns might have on others before printing them.
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