Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


OPINIONS

A profession of sincere gratitude

Searching for clariphication

Get movin' to the back

Searching for clariphication



Re: "Real phriends know better" Jan. 20

To the Editor:
I am hoping that someone from a fraternity or sorority could help clear up a few points because I seem to be a little confused after reading Mr. Bycraft's letter.

First of all, what exactly does an individual receive for a $900 yearly fee? It was mentioned that the $900 investment is a mere $25 per week which, as explained by Mr. Bycraft, is a negligible amount compared to what people could waste at bars every week.

Apparently, one doesn't know all the patrons in a bar and there aren't always five to 10 sober people who make sure you can get home safely. Indeed, these are very interesting points but, unfortunately, they don't do very much to dispel the drinking image of the "Greek system."

The issue of charity and the 40 "brothers" having collected 17,000 pounds of food also seems a little unclear, again mainly due to the issue of the $900 fee.

Let's say, for example, that 40 or so "brothers" got together and chipped in $900 each for the London Food Bank, wouldn't this money buy well over 17,000 pounds of food? In any case, these 40 guys should be congratulated but, at the same time, I also have to illustrate my point.

In French, there is an expression – "qui se ressemble s'assemble" – which essentially means that people who have things in common tend to gather together. The reason many people refer to fraternities and sororities as "buying friends" is, again, the money issue. In many people's eyes, having $900 isn't common enough ground to establish in-depth friendships. So, after all the individuals with social, mental, economic, or physical deformities are rejected after rush week, who's left?

Mr. Bycraft of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity puts it best: "I welcome the opportunity to test out my ideas and skills in the supportive environment that the fraternity provides, before I head out into this world." Yes, that's right, it's the elitists who are in need of support – that's who's left.

Denis Grigoras
Psychology II





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