Discourse / Editorials / Greek Task Force / April 10, 2008

Are you happy now?

I hardly know where to begin discussing the flawed arguments and inaccurate statements made about Greek life in the column “Middleton the Panderer: Problems with the President and Greek Life,” which was published in last week’s TKS. The writer of the article began by challenging the current Student Senate president’s use of the word “we” because Middleton could not possibly speak to every Knox student on the matter of Greek life. Well Brad didn’t speak to everyone, but he did convey the thoughts of the general assembly of student senators, which had approved a resolution supporting Greek life. Last time I checked, student senators are elected representatives of the students to do what? Oh yeah, they speak on behalf of the students in matters that effect large parts of the student community. If someone has a serious problem with the resolution that was passed, he or she should ask a senator why they did or did not vote to support it.

Also, I’m still somewhat puzzled over the statement “[Brad Middleton] should have slightly higher interests in mind (rather than following the views of the minority constituency that got him elected).” How does a minority get someone elected? Is it simply that the number of Greeks who voted was sufficiently high to exceed the votes of non-Greeks? If that’s true, don’t blame the Greeks or Brad because some people choose not to vote. The only other way he got elected is if a significant portion of non-Greeks voted for him as well. If that is the case, the only reason to be upset is because a bunch of people elected not to vote your way.

The writer later asserts that Middleton mistakenly assumes Knox students are competent adults because we wouldn’t be in college if we were competent adults. Brad, you unconscionable bastard, how dare you assume that I or any other Knox students are competent adults. Was the writer serious? I really have to ask, “What the hell does competent adult even mean? Competent in what sense?” Well, I suppose a Knox student is responsible enough to choose their college, accept financial responsibility for the loans they need for this $130,000+ education and choose their area of study in order to potentially shape their career path, but they are insane to think they can choose what clubs/organizations to join or what to do with free time. To the original statement I ask, how much more competent can someone be? Is there some standardized test I should be looking into to get my competency at being an adult in society measured?

The writer also made some statements about Greek life in general including, “If one wished to challenge [other members] views on a consistent basis, they would find this troublesome in Greek life.” I will say this as clearly as possible. The writer has no clue what they are talking about. Don’t make assumptions about something you’ve never spent time getting to know. You apparently dislike us, much less want to get to know us, so seriously, you shouldn’t be commenting about what our lives are like, ever.

I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to congratulate those people who both secretly and openly despise the Greeks and the Greek system. Tuesday was a big victory wasn’t it? The result of Monday’s faculty meeting was a cap on the number of Greek organizations until October, nothing more. Sure, there’s supposed to be some more “investigation” into the effects of Greek life. There is no intention for the faculty to try and remove any current Greek group, keep dreaming though. The current Greek organizations are still here and trust me; we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

Please take a moment to really see what’s happened. Two groups of women who have worked very hard to try and create a group they can call their own have been denied the opportunity to seek out a national affiliation which would link them to groups like themselves on other campuses. So, to the women of WOI and ATP, who did not even get to attend or send a representative to the faculty meetings, I say congratulations on all the work you’ve done to prepare for a possible national affiliation and I can’t wait to see ten national Greek fraternities/sororities on campus next year. To those students who are apparently overwhelmed by the Greek presence and the faculty members who feel philosophically opposed to the Greeks, I ask: are you happy now?

Alex Argyelan

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