I am not a Greek. I am not a conservative. But I am getting a little tired of all this hypersensitive, ultra-liberal nonsense as well as these campaigns like "I Am." The aim of all those posters and all those "new labels" is rendered absurd from the beginning. Anything that can be applied to any group of people (like I am a scholar, I am a homosexual, I am a feminist) cannot be applied to a single group if the aim is to make that particular group standout. The whole thing is an ill-fated attempt on the part of the Greek community to change their image without changing their essence – as well they shouldn't.
Philanthropy on the part of the Greeks has always been a pretense – a reason for them to get together and fill in the time that they are not socializing. Some of the Greeks take their philanthropic duty very seriously and I commend them. But service and volunteering are not the reasons people join social fraternities; they join them to socialize and those who aren't interested in their mission should leave them alone.
As a student organization they do represent the university – or an aspect of it. That aspect is networking and social development. Take a random survey of all the Chief Executive Officers in the United States and I would bet a large majority were, at one time, boozing Greeks who are years later still benefiting from the connections they made in their fraternities and sororities. And if you say the university doesn't benefit from these groups then why don't you tell that to all the Greek alumni who give back donations. They now have little reason to do so, despite the fact those groups typically maintain a stout allegiance to their Alma Mater.
Simply put: the university is not the parents of these people, neither are you moral-crackpots and Pollyannas. If they want to drink and have parties I say eat, drink and be merry! If laws are broken and people need to be held accountable, we have the police – that is why they are there; and eyeing over the blotter lately, I reckon they probably have the time to do it.
Sterling R. Quinton
B.A. candidate for teaching licensure