I am writing in response to the article in Friday's edition titled "CSU Greek Life On the Rocks." (online edition) I am a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and feel that the university's actions are an outrage. We feel that the decision made was a mistake and that placing our chapter on suspension is an indignity. There was no formal investigation and no concrete evidence has been brought to our attention.
Our chapter is most outraged that we cannot be involved with ANY community service or philanthropic events for the academic year. In the 2004-2005 academic year, our chapter raised over $42,000 for Push America, our national philanthropy, and contributed 1,849 man-hours of community service. There are many people and organizations that depend on us for help which we will not be able to give this year due to CSU's actions. We feel that CSU is punishing the people that are most in need; the people that we serve.
I also think that if the university wants to curb underage drinking they need to start on their own turf, the dorms. More students are sent to detox annually from the dorms than any other student-occupied housing. The university needs to realize that the dorms are full of mostly freshmen who are the most easily influenced students. A focus should be made on stopping underage drinking in the dorms so students learn early. The university needs to question their priorities and see that the problem begins outside of Greek life.
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity