In Defense of Greeks

After reading the article “Bringing Safe Sex Back” in the Feb. 20 edition of The Vermont Cynic, I was appalled, hurt and felt extremely used. In order to raise money for the first Relay for Life at UVM, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the Greek community brainstormed some ideas and decided on hosting a rendition of the popular early 90s MTV show, “Singled Out,” for which the proceeds would go to Relay for Life at UVM. The sarcasm and attitude towards Greek Life was both uncalled for and unnecessary. The point of this event was not to humiliate Greek Life and plan a “spectacle,” but was to raise awareness during Sexual Respon-sibilities Awareness Week while providing an entertaining event that raised money for the American Cancer Society. Prior to the event, I received several e-mails from interested students. The participants of “Singled Out” were volunteers from a variety of communities which included Greek Life, Free to Be, Relay for Life and the UVM student body. The event was sponsored by the Interfraternity/Panhellenic Councils and Free to Be, therefore I do not understand the rel-evance of stating multiple times that most of the people working the event and attending the event were members of the councils and Greek Life. Lastly, I feel as though this article took advantage of a Greek event and attacked Greek Life as a whole. I didn’t realize that raising money for the American Cancer Society was going to lead to an article that accused Greek Life of being a cultist organization and would make our efforts to raise money seem simply amateur. Before pointing fingers and describing “Singled Out” as both a spectacle and “imbued with a cultist atmosphere,” have the de-cency to research both the event and Greek Life in more depth. How can one have the audacity to turn a philanthropic event in which over $550.00 was raised for cancer research, into an attack on Greek Life?