As I was reading an article in last week’s paper [“Rock defaced; vandals unknown,” March 21], I came across the quote, “Most Greeks are followers and all of FTC are leaders.” Being a Greek myself, I was naturally offended by this statement. Let me just state some facts: over 825,000 hours of service have been volunteered by fraternity and sorority members per year; of the top 50 companies in the U.S., 43 have CEO’s who are Greek; and finally, there have only been three U.S. Presidents since 1825 who have not been Greek. Let me talk about Greeks on campus. More than half of ASF are Greeks, one-third of the OWLS are Greek, and there are numerous faculty that are also Greek, including the president of the University. Now the obvious question is, what about FTC members? To my knowledge, there is not a single member of FTC in ASF, OWLs or a member of the faculty. So what makes FTC members such leaders when they don’t hold any position in any organization except their own (which isn’t even a recognized organization).
I have another problem with the statement; how can one say that most Greeks are followers when there are Greeks in FTC? Greeks on campus have a much higher graduation rate and G.P.A. when they graduate then any other organization. This is also the case on a nationwide scale. I fail to see anything that makes this statement even somewhat true. Greeks have been around for almost 200 years. How long has FTC been around?
On March 15, a variety show was held by AASA and Who Dat Productions. At the end of the night AASA asked for all of the ULV participants to approach the stage so that the cash prizes can be presented to the winning acts. This is where the discrepancies began. First place and $400 went to the AASA dancers. Second place went to Cory Cofer and third went to the rap act FTC. How AASA wins a variety show it throws. How ethical is it to win the show and charge $3 at the door and $1.50 for the afterparty. We understand, they also stated that if the complaints were so bad, they should have kept all of the money. How do you keep money that does not belong to you? The $700 of the prize money was ASF’s to give. Was there an ASF official there to see that things ran fair? This was not fair for the other acts. The fact AASA can get away with this is a travesty. It has also come to our attention that many of the acts did not know there was a prize for first place. Knowing that there is a cash prize for the three places, is it not ethical to disqualify yourself because of your involvement with the event? AASA should not have the right to take $700 from ASF. All of the acts with the exception of the AASA dancers were robbed of an opportunity to be judged fairly.
Carl W. Caston II
J. Anthony Rudolph