I am responding to Jon Ackerman’s article in the Oct. 3 issue of the Collegian, “Note to Utah.”
I firmly believe that researching the whole story before deciding to bash someone for no apparent reason is a foundation of good journalism. This is in reference to Ackerman’s comments about Tau Kappa Epsilon’s alumni and active softball teams. Last time I checked, the tournament was called “Frats at Bat” not “Fraternity Active Members Only at Bat.” As I am sure, we were not the only team with alumni members playing. I can say however, we were the only team that asked the ladies of Delta Delta Delta if an alumni team would be appropriate. Our alumni only wanted to help out the charity and have a fun weekend with their active brothers.
The real story that Ackerman forgot to mention is that he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, which lost a hard fought game against the TKE alumni team 28-21 (hardly a blowout).
Instead of going after our active members because a bunch of 25- to 30-year-old out-of-shape men won a softball game, do the right thing and give a real shout out to the ladies of Delta Delta Delta, who with their annual “Frats at Bat” raised over $6,000 for Children’s Cancer Charities. If winning this event is the primary concern, then our alumni team can sit out next year and Delta Delta Delta’s philanthropy can forfeit our donation. If there is anything else that the alumni of Tau Kappa Epsilon can do to improve the community or improve the sportsmanship of Mr. Ackerman, please let us know.