Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Voicing diverse ideas a necessity

Exhibition lacking coverage

Look beyond first two chapters

Get to know a sister

Recycling the real issue, not hurt feelings

Drink milk, hate life

Would not change a thing

A valuable life lesson well-learned

Journalistic integrity with a dash of silliness

The last word

Get to know a sister



Re: Solutions in a bottle, March 30

To the Editor:

I opened The Gazette on March 30 and was shocked to find that the editorial staff had chosen to utter derogatory remarks about sororities.

Unfortunately, it's become all too familiar. I seem to remember reading several comments in November: "if we had $1 million we'd install an indoor beach over Concrete Beach so that the poor sorority girls wouldn't be confused about what to wear in the winter."

For some reason I chose to refrain from commenting at the time, as hard as it was not to point out that all of the sororities on campus were in the midst of a week-long drive to raise funds for cancer with the Sigma Chi fraternity. However, I feel compelled to reply to The Gazette staff's assertion that sororities turn "even the sweetest girl into a stuck-up, platform wearing, Gap shopping blonde."

The membership within the six sorority houses on campus is incredibly diverse. The women in the sorority I belong to are absolutely wonderful, intelligent and friendly people. They are currently contributing to campus life in such diverse areas as the Salsa Club, the Jewish Students' Union and the Huron Literary Society.

Several members are in the midst of organizing a drama group for young children so that mothers will have affordable, educational daycare for their children. They have volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Women's Community House to name only the organizations I can think of off the top of my head.

All of this occurs along with their schooling, jobs and sorority obligations. And while I realize I can't speak for the other sororities without being a member of their organizations, I believe most of the women in those houses would issue the same laudatory remarks.

I have formed friendships which have helped me through some of the rougher times of my university career. It saddens me to think I only have one year left with these incredible women. I can only speak from the perspective of one individual but I see so much in these women which is deserving of respect.

I invite the members of The Gazette's editorial staff to come and get to know some of us "sorority girls." You might be surprised what you discover when you let go of your biases.

Nancy Edgar
English III


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