Volume 91, Issue 64

Thursday, January 22, 1998

Smoked


OPINIONS
 

Fundamental frat

Re: Baaad Press, Jan. 20

To the Editor:
The editorial admonishing fraternities was surprising and exhibited considerable naivety on the part of The Gazette editorial staff. The rights of The Gazette and Delta Kappa Epsilon are protected under the same article in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as a Fundamental Freedom. We promote secret societies because we choose to and this choice is protected. Basic economics dictate that if no one wanted to belong to a secret society, they would not exist. The existence of non-secret societies and clubs are a testament to the fact that secrecy is not for everyone and we respect that right. What we ask in return is that those who choose not to belong to a secret society respect the rights of those who do.

We do have internal bylaws for our Fraternity and the four men involved were disciplined because they broke them. Any fraternity brother can attest to the crucial role alumni play in the operation of a chapter.

Unfortunately, our position is sometimes compromised when these older brothers come to visit us in a somewhat misguided attempt to relive "the good old days." Some of these brothers forget that while a prank may have been overlooked in their day, this is no longer the case.

Delta Kappa Epsilon was the InterFraternity Council philanthropy award winner for 1996 and a brother of our fraternity was elected IFC philanthropy chair for this year. This rush week alone, we have donated and organized the donation of hundreds of dollars to charity. These are by no means secret events and none of them involved alcohol. We do not expect praise for our actions, but we would like them to be included on our record when we are being judged in front of the general public. Once again, we would like to extend our deepest regrets to Sigma Pi for the unfortunate incident.

John Duncanson
Sergeant-at-Arms
Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity



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