Fraternity flier sparks controversy

by Rob Strauss
Staff Writer

Scandal recently stifled Rush when it was brought to the attention of junior Joe Martinez, fraternity Rush coordinator, that a Delta Sigma Phi member had given a potential rushee a flier that portrayed a scantily-clad woman. The flier went on to discuss the partying credentials of Delta Sigma Phi.

“As far as I know, there is nothing I can do,” said Martinez. “There is nothing about publicity that falls under IFSC (Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council) guidelines. We are doing everything possible to make sure they are reprimanded.”

The flier states that “We [Delta Sigma Phi] like to party hard. We like to party a lot. We’re sure you’ve heard.”

Junior Tony Tong, a member of Delta Sigma Phi and president of IFSC said that there is nothing he can do because it does not violate any IFSC policies.

“Personally I don’t agree with it,” said Tong, referring to the flier. “After further investigation, Delta Sigma Phi has taken full responsibility.”

Melissa Jaunal, coordinator of student programs, said that she is “concerned” about the impact of the flier.

“It perpetuates some of the negative stereotypes about the Greek system,” said Jaunal.

Martinez feels that “there is a very good possibility that it can make fraternities look bad.“

Sophomore J.T. Hutchens is the member responsible for distribution of the flier. Hutchens would not comment.

“[Delta Sigma Phi] is just hurting themselves,” said Martinez.

Jaunal and Tong will both be talking with junior Mike Whipple, president of Delta Sigma Phi, in the future.

“I don’t blame the Delta Sigs,” said Jaunal. “It could have happened with anybody.”

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