I’m writing in response to the article entitled, “SAE claims ASF was unfair in Formal allocations,” written on May 4, 2001. My purpose in responding is to change the context in which my words were used. I have no problem with the article itself, but feel the way it was written softened its purpose too much.
Let me start by thanking Audrey [Griffith] for writing the article. It was good to see investigative reporting that addressed an issue we Greeks take very seriously. Piece by piece, I can take what was said in the article and tell you why ASF fouled up in their decision-making process. With regard to the Phi Delts, they know that I would not attack them as a group. I commend them for asking ASF to help fund their formal. I think, if anything, that having Ralph, Nick and Dan miss the meeting due to conflict of interest only hurt us. I trust those three guys and their decisions as if we had rushed the same fraternity.
I particularly enjoyed Yvonne Hernandez’s comment. Yes, Greeks are students too. If you are not aware, Greeks make up at least 15 percent of the school’s traditional undergraduates. We also make up a considerable amount of the leadership positions held on this campus. We are heavily involved. So why is it that we can’t receive funds for our events? Or should I say, why do only some of us deserve to receive money? That’s money we supply, as does every student.
Here’s a message to ASF: Don’t use one Greek organization as a representative for the rest of us. Saying that because Phi Delts got only four non-Greeks to attend their formal, it is justified for SAE or anyone else not to receive money is asinine. Greek or not, each individual guest is a student going to an event held by ULV students. If you wanted to check our guest list, half of our dates were non-Greeks, and non-SAE’s attended, not to mention alumni from ULV.
I hope those members of ASF whom I deem trustworthy do not take insult to this response. Congratulations should be extended to Dan Miyashiro and Joey Gill for an excellent year of intramurals. Some of you are excellent representatives for the students. Those that are not, including one who hopefully by now is no longer president, should view this as a wake up. I only wish I were allowed more words in print to express our, the Greeks’, opinion.
Junior, Sigma Alpha Epsilon president