SEPARATE BUT EQUAL?

By SARAH K. BURDICK

Take a stroll through the Brower Student Center this time of year, and an array of colorful flags and flyers will more than likely meet your gaze, signifying that the ever-frivolous season of Homecoming has begun for fraternities and sororities. In total, there are 31 Greek organizations recognized on campus: 16 sororities, 14 fraternities, and one co-ed organization. Together, they comprise the TCNJ Inter-Greek Council, whose mission statement professes to “strive to exude and abide by the values of fairness, integrity, and loyalty so as to enable growth and for the betterment of the community.” Yet amongst the Greek letter artwork displayed throughout the Student Center, there is a noticeable absence of any advertisement of the multicultural fraternal organizations, of which there are 14 out of the total 31.

When asked the reason why the multicultural organizations are not represented in the BSC, Anthony Grullon, member of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, said that “flyers are posted, but a banner is not customary.” In fact, there are only four members of LSU, Grullon being one of them. This is perhaps the reason for the lack of publicity, for according to Grullon, “we can only do so much with the manpower that is in the fraternity.” He admitted that the non-multicultural organizations have more people, and that the numbers are a lot greater; however, this is “based on the demographics of the school.” Numbers aside, it is clear that the IGC at the College does not live up to its mission statement, in that the multicultural organizations are not represented in accordance with the “values of fairness.” I, personally, did not know of any other multicultural Greek organizations before conducting this interview with Grullon; and furthermore, I only knew that LSU existed due to the fact that Grullon lived on my floor last year. Indeed, Gary Bethea, a sophomore at the College, shares my lack of familiarity with these organizations, saying “I know there are Latin fraternities and sororities, but I couldn’t name them.”

The absence of any representation of these organizations is not only prevalent during pledge season; it is prevalent every day during Meal Equivalency, when the non-multicultural fraternities and sororities take to the couches of the Student Center, quite literally claiming them as territorial conquests. For example, AEPi sits in the left-hand corner, Phi Tau sits on the left-hand couches, AXP takes the middle cluster of couches, Phi Psi has a bench on the right-hand side by the Rat. And so on.

There are six multicultural fraternities and eight multicultural sororities recognized at the College, yet on the Spring 2009 Inter-Fraternity Recruitment page of the IGC website, not one of the multicultural fraternities are listed as having meet-and-greet dates. Only the recruitment dates for the eight non-multicultural fraternities are available. Similarly, out of the seven members who sit on the Executive Board of the IGC, only one member, Terry Oppong of Phi Beta Sigma, belongs to a multicultural organization. If all 31 organizations compose the IGC, why are the 14 multicultural organizations virtually unheard of, while the non-multicultural are so ubiquitous? What is the difference between the two?

“We’re not different,” said Grullon. “We’re just separate entities.” Let it be remembered that as part of the 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the “separate but equal” doctrine. Although this doctrine was repudiated in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, could it be that the ideology as per “separate but equal” is still prevalent upon campus?

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  1. ...,

    You are completely misinformed and prejudice. I take high offense to this article. Talk about supreme court, what about offensive libel. If you didn’t know that these multicultural organizations existed, you are an ignorant person and thus have no excuse to blame us nor are in any position to write such an article. Grullon even goes against your arguments- its the make up of tcnj, and their own organizations personal traditions rather then your claim that the other greek organizations are being unfair. I would check your facts before you go slandering the greek community which you apparently know nothing about.

    • Gary Bethea,

      I think most people around campus are generally “ignorant” of the multicultural organizations. If this ignorance is as widespread as it seems, then the author’s “ignorance” is clearly a function of some structural disadvantage for the the multicultural organizations, and this is all she’s trying to say. She didn’t slander anything. I would check the definition of slander before I left such an angry comment.

      • Lies and Slander,

        To begin with, just because you think something does not necessarily make it true. Maybe you haven’t heard about multicultural Greek organizations and some of your friends have not heard of them but that does not mean that others have not. If you were really that interested in joining one, you would search for the information on your own. Additionally, to accuse social Greek letter organizations for how the multicultural Greek letter organizations advertise is absurd. We have no say over how they recruit and they make their own decisions on the matter. What the author completely misses in this article is that social Greek letter organizations and multicultural Greek letter organizations recruit in completely different manners. If you were to approach any Greek, multicultural or otherwise, on campus, they would inform you of this.

        And the definition of slander is thus: “words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another” I am pretty sure that the author of this article falsely accused social Greek letter organizations of being racist with absolutely zero backing to her claims beyond one interview and what she believes to be the structure of how Greek life works. Calling several organizations racist is extremely damaging to their reputations, insulting, and completely inappropriate.

  2. Lies and Slander,

    1) I find this article misinformed and insulting. I heard about multicultural sororities before I had heard of any non-multicultural Greek sororities. I even contemplated joining one prior to going through formal recruitment and joining my current non-multicultural Greek organization. If a person has not heard of these organizations, it is through no fault of the organization as all of us advertise, just in different ways.

    2) Multicultural sororities and fraternities are a part of their own separate committee, the MGC. They conduct their own meetings during the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. As far as I know, there are no non-multicultural Greek organizations attending these meetings or sitting on the board. Additionally, to get on the board at IGC, you must nominate yourself (or give a letter of intent if unable to attend the meeting) so all of the responsibility is placed on the individual, not an entire organization.

    3) Banners in the STUD are paid for by each organization; therefore, if any organization does not pay the fee and supply a banner, it will not be displayed. This cannot be the fault of any other Greek organization, multicultural or not, beyond the organization wanting to display their banner. If they want a banner up, they have the freedom to do so.

    4) The process to join a multicultural Greek organization is completely different from those of the non-multicultural Greek organizations. Neither one is right or wrong in the correct way to do so; however, they are different, allowing for a variety of people to join Greek organizations. Not every organization is the same and therefore the processes should not be the same.

  3. Pissed off Greek,

    If you looked closer at the homecomming banners in the BSC, you would see that the multiculturals are represented on them. Usually, multicultural greeks team up with other greek orginizations to create a team. If you paid any fair attention to greek life you would notice this. Even non-greeks like team SASCO are represented in homecomming, and they won!

    If you actually came to any of the homecomming events, you would notice the multiculturals presence in the grand sceme of things. Sadly, your opinions are biased and clearly anti-greek. The entire essay is crap and you are a terrible journalist.

  4. Very Annoyed Greek,

    It is absolutely ridiculous that you are slandering the TCNJ Greek community like this. As a non-Greek, you have absolutely no idea about the happenings of IGC, and you have no idea for the reasoning behind why only one member of a multicultural organization is on the exec board. Did you ever stop to think that they chose not to run? Having been there for the elections, I know for a fact that there were no candidates for president, or treasurer, from multicultural organizations.

    Also, if you are going to be anti-Greek and spread this offensive article, have the decency to name the organizations by what they are, not what you call them: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Chi Rho, Phi Kappa Tau, and Phi Kappa Psi. You are not a Greek, nor do you even attempt to be friendly with Greeks apparently, so you do not have any position to be casual with the names.

    Please do the entire campus a favor, and the next time you write an article, do some thorough research before (and no, one interview does not count).

  5. Sarah Burdick,

    First and foremost, I want to thank the people who have responded to this and who have voiced their opinions. I was actually elated to see that responses and a sense of unity were elicited in order to defend TCNJ Greek Life. I’m disappointed that the comments were made anonymously, but oh well.

    This article was spurned from information which was presented to me concerning the “Meet the Greeks” day at the College. On the IGC website under ‘TCNJ Greek Terms’, the term “Meet the Greeks” is defined as “A program sponsored by the Inter-Greek Council that allows members of the TCNJ community to meet all 27 chapters at one time and location. This event normally takes place within the first 2 to 3 weeks of a semester.” The dates for the multicultural organizations are different from that of the non-multicultural organizations, yet no one could explain to me why that was. I can’t even find the “Meet the Greek” dates for the multicultural organizations on the website as it is. In regard to this dichotomy, I was presented with the answer, “It’s just how it works” or “That’s just the way it is”, which was troubling. And to address those who have made assumptions on how various information was gathered: interviews were indeed conducted from the ‘other side’. However, strict anonymity was requested, which I honored. The last thing I want to do is to create a Red Scare-type frenzy within the organizations.

    Lastly, I wish to remind everyone that this publication is called “The Perspective”, as in, this was my perspective. The title and the last paragraph were both left in the form of a question for a reason. Said questions were neither accusations nor assertions, but meant as a provocation, and to be answered with either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. It was purposefully left open-ended so that the idea presented in the question could be either qualified or challenged. Thank you again to those who did so, and please continue to write in with your opinions in future.

  6. I,

    Firstly, I’d like to make a point in saying that everyone in Greek life may not have the same opinion and writing their name or organization’s name in the “name” slot could cause negative attitudes toward their organization. Secondly, not only do I think that this article shows nothing more than ignorance among some of the non-Greek community, it should have been well-researched. Lambda Sigma Upsilon, as well as all of the multi-cultural organizations, HAS THEIR OWN BANNER IN THE STUD. EVERY Greek organization has a banner in the STUD. Also, many of the multi-cultural organizations form teams with the non multi-cultural organizations for Homecoming Spirit Week, and EVERY name of EVERY organization on that team is represented on the team’s banner. Thirdly, not every organization will publicize their interest sessions in the same way. Just because it’s not up on the “Meet the Greeks” site, doesn’t mean that they aren’t holding interest sessions, anyone with an iota of common sense would know that.

    I also agree and applaud the comments made prior to mine. I agree with the comment made about referring to the Greek organizations in a “not-so-professional” manner. In any article, it would be most appropriate to write the organizations’ names out in FULL, and if you’re going to bash them, you best be sure they wouldn’t take too keenly to you bashing them by their nicknames.

    Not only am I incredibly insulted by this article, but I also do not believe it was meant to be an “open ended” piece. I believe, Ms. Burdick, that once you saw the responses you were receiving were correctly contradicting your article, you chose to respond in a way that would be less defensive and more “friendly,” while there was nothing “friendly” about your article. As a Greek, I was furious to hear that an article like this was written, but not shocked. The Greeks here at TCNJ know that there is a large movement against us; however, I would have expected a sign of this movement to have at least been informed. Writing an article with ONE LEGITIMATE interview by ONE person in a multi-cultural organization just gives off a vibe of being too lazy to interview other people in multi-cultural organizations. Perhaps interviewing members of the non multi-cultural organizations would have given this article more accuracy. Even if the article is your “perspective,” you should actually look into a topic before publishing it. There is nothing professional about this article.

    I am very proud to be a member of Greek life at this school, and this article just allowed my pride to grow. This article was a complete attack without any legitimate backup, regardless of what Ms. Burdick may say. I believe that the Greek organizations contribute a lot to this school and do so much more good than what we’re given credit for. Anyone would know this if they stopped by our claimed, territorial “cubes” in the STUD during lunch time and asked us.

    • V,

      Oh, please. Movement against Greek Organizations? Don’t flatter yourself. At worst, you have a large percentage of the student body who find all of this cultish rhetoric mildly disturbing and, perhaps, amusing. Are you really that full of yourself as a Greek to think that your classmates care enough about you to start a “movement” against you?

      You guys need to calm down and realize that your fraternities are relatively insignificant. This article means nothing to your future. Get angry about something that matters. Not that some sweet, inquisitive girl wrote an article in a largely unknown magazine with relatively small distribution suggesting that a group you are in may or may not be doing something wrong; which causes you to become irate because of some bizarre, vague, and unfounded sense of community.

      I genuinely believe that your outraged comments are comparable to me lashing out on a person who says something bad about my dorm building.

      Just calm down and shut up.

      • .......,

        Being a non Greek, you clearly do not understand the frustration we often feel due to the attitude we receive from the rest of the campus. We rarely, if ever, get recognized for the amount of good we do on campus and off (examples include sustainability projects, alcohol awareness programs, events to raise money for local and national charities, philanthropy walks, and self-defense seminars just to name a few off the top of my head). How dare you tell us to “calm down and shut up” when we are being accused of something we are not guilty of doing. If Ms. Burdick has the right to make these unfounded claims about the TCNJ Greek Community, we surely have the right to defend ourselves. For a journalist who you claim is so inquisitive and talented I would have assumed that she knew how to read, in which case she would have seen that the Multicultural Organizations do in fact have banners in the STUD. If she had even bothered to fully research the Greek Community she would have seen that while the Multicultural Organizations and the Social Organizations are separate entities governed by different sets of rules and regulations we do get along and support each other in the large scheme of things. So no, we will not sit back and allow anyone to spread lies about us that will further detract attention from all of the good we do.

  7. Journalism/Greek Alumni,

    I’m sorry, your main source is a friend from your floor the year before?

    Really?

    As has been pointed out already, the MGC organizations are always included in homecoming, their names are featured prominently on the banners, and they all have banners in the BSC.

    Beyond that, when I was a member of the IGC Executive Board years ago, the MGC had a council seat, I believe the position was called Director of Multicultural Affairs. And while as has already been pointed out, the MGC organizations are not listed under the IFC page because they are not governed by IFC, there is no exclusion on the part of IFC.

    I was the second recognized IFC Chairman on the IGC Council, and made a point of holding meetings along with the MGC fraternities and trying to coordinate our events together. Most of those admittedly did not come to fruition, but that was because of a lack of funding, not because of any fundamental bias or racism.

    Beyond that, I am an alumni of Alpha Psi Chi, one of the social organizations. We do not maintain a cube or “territorial conquest” as the writer of this article so ridiculously labeled them. Like many of the multicultural organizations on campus, we are also small in number and thus we don’t hold a spot in the cubes. Last I checked, we aren’t victims of racism.

    Alpha Psi Chi also holds a long-standing bond with Lambda Theta Phi, an extremely small Latin fraternity on campus, and we have been close friends with their alumni and actives for decades. A former LT Phi president actually roomed in our organizations house for a year, living amongst our brothers.

    Bias? Racism? This is utterly ridiculous.

    I am also a Signal alumni, and currently work at a daily newspaper in New Jersey. I won’t lie, at first glance, I was glad to see that a rival newspaper had sprung up because, if nothing else, it might push the Signal to work harder on stories and features just for the sake of competition. I’ve kept quiet for a few weeks and given the Perspective a chance to get off the ground, even staying silent with their criticisms of the Signal’s style of journalism. While I don’t agree with them, there is nothing wrong with voicing your opinion.

    But honestly, if you are going to make unfounded, baseless and ludicrous accusations of racism against the Greek community based on interviews with what could loosely be referred to as a “source” who is really just your former floor-mate, you guys need to drop the arrogance with which you attack your competition.

    All of you , Burdrick first and foremost, need to visit Professor Lounsberry’s Introduction to Journalism class and stay for a very long time. Until then, I’d stop criticizing your rival paper and worry about putting something other than low-grade slop in your own, because if you handed this mess in to one of my editors, to Professor Lounsberry, or even a Signal editor, you would have been failed, fired, or sued depending on the situation.

    This is NOT an attack on the Perspective at large. I still applaud the idea of a second publication on campus as it should spur better work from both parties, Perspective and Signal. And while I rarely agree with Mr. Tracey or Mr. Seidel’s “perspective,” I will admit they have a decidedly raw talent and writing style that over time could develop into something special.

    But Dear God, Burdrick, this is actually nauseating. Criticize the Signal, call for the managing editor to apologize for an off-kilter remark in an editorial? Fine. But fix your own ship before you try to sink the competition.

    • Thanks for your interest in this article and The Perspective. I will be frank: upon an initial reading of this article, I was skeptical of Burdick’s claims, and weary that the “separate versus equal” charge may too heavily insinuate a charge of racism. However, I did not feel that Burdick truly meant to allege that racism is rampant among Greek organizations — rather, she intended to call attention to structural issues that might create the perception that multicultural organizations are not as visible on campus as their non-ethnic counterparts.

      But I understand and sympathize with the concerns that many members of Greek life have raised about the article. In hindsight, I should have asked for further evidence of her claims. Upon initial readings, the article did not strike me to be as controversial as some have clearly found it.

      That being said, I think we should operate under the good-faith assumption that neither party here is a racist, or charging that racism is being perpetrated. Whatever problems (or alleged problems) exist, they should not be attributed to prejudice.

      As editor-in-chief it is not necessarily my place to agree with every charge put forth in The Perspective. Although I found Burdick’s claims tenuous, I felt she had a right to make them. Everyone is encouraged to submit content. If you can present a well-reasoned and substantive argument, you will more than likely be included in our publication. Yes, I realize that whether this article was well-reasoned and substantive is up for debate. We have done our best to provide the campus community with a fresh, interesting take on the world — but we are not perfect. In hindsight, I should have realized that the article would have this impact.

      The Perspective is not inherently opposed to Greek organizations. You’ll notice that elsewhere in this issue there was quite a flattering story about one fraternity’s new dog. However, like any other institution, we will not hesitate to question its practices.

      Lastly, I have invited members of the Inter-Greek Council to join Burdick and myself for an off-the-record conversation, so motives can be clarified, and a new way forward can be chartered.

      Thanks,

      M.C. Tracey

  8. Non-Greek,

    While I understand the point of this article, I question the validity of its claims and the overall tone used.

    As far as journalism goes, this article struck me as poorly researched. Prior to reading this, I believed it was general knowledge (or at least that students were vaguely aware) that there were two systems for social and multicultural frats and sororities, since their pledging and recruiting practices are completely different.

    Even if someone didn’t know this, I’m sure it could be easily explained by a member of any Greek organization in an investigative interview.

    The quotes used were mildly supportive to the claim. I would urge you to interview the minorities in social fraternities and sororities, as well as whites who choose to join multicultural organizations.

  9. jt$,

    This is honestly the least important article I have ever encountered in my existence (and I’ve encountered a lot considering I was once a Journalism major.) Why anyone would waste any amount of time pondering such a frivolous nonsense blows my mind. I call it nonsense rather than “issue” because it doesn’t deserve the title owing to the fact that nobody cares. This isn’t equal education we are talking about. We don’t blow people from non-white races into our classrooms and as you mentioned in your poorly thought out article some one from a different race was even on your floor. Who cares about flags in the student center? Not me. As I am a greek alumnus, I do actually have some stake in the situation but still, let me be clear, do not care.

    For God’s sake, find something important to write about. Meal Equivalency seating arrangements? If that is the best you can come up with you need to retake your investigative journalism class.

    With that let me leave you with a quote from one of the most inspiring films to ever have been made that applies to this article:

    “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” -Billy Madison

  10. Lindsay Sharvert,

    I understand where your coming from, the problem is that it stems from a place of misinformation. Before writing an article I would recommend doing research. The entire Greek community is angry with both the editors and the writer because it just shows a lack of journalistic integrity and depth. Your article has very little research/real evidence. I would recommend to the editors that they figure out if an article is somewhat valid before they just publish it. Otherwise your no better then a Nazi publication!

  11. aytle,

    I LOOKED AT MY ASSHOLE IN THE MIRROR TODAY, IT BLEW MY FUCKING MIND.

    I have watched retarded kids dry hump each other on a basketball court and felt more intellectually stimulated then when I wasted 5 minutes of my time reading this drivel.

  12. B,

    what a terrible article. you should research topics before you write about them. and by research, don’t just read websites and talk to one guy you happen to already know. If you put in any effort before preparing this piece, you would have seen that there was no need to even write this article.

    You’re article has a very racist-calling tone toward the social organization (really? citing Plessy v Ferguson in an attempt to prove a point?), but if you actually looked closely, you would ironically find that most of the large social organizations are more racially diverse than the multiculturals.

  13. “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.”

    -Plato

  14. I,

    V,

    You’re probably one of the people who dislikes Greeks more than anyone else on campus. Get a life, get informed, and you shut up. The end.

    • V,

      I do dislike Greek life. I think it’s kind of silly. But that wasn’t my point.

      The extremely hyperbolic assertion that there is a large “movement” against Greeks is absurd and self-aggrandizing.

      I am well-aware of the “good” that Greeks do on campus. I never insinuated that Greeks don’t do good. Or even that Greek life is bad.

      I think that getting so worked up about this article is unnecessary and is not proportional to whatever threat you feel this article poses to your organization.

      So, again. Calm down and shut up.

  15. IN DEFENSE OF BURDICK

    The fanatical backlash Ms. Burdick has received from her feature – presumably from the Greek life community – has been unfair and unwarranted. It has come about by way of inferred, deduced, and concluded ideas rather than from explicit statements she made.

    Critics have misinterpreted her words as an accusation of IGC or IFC racism. The fact is, her piece was an observation of a phenomenon she feels deepens de facto segregation at our school.

    There is no doubt about it — at TCNJ, people from different cultures and ethnicities gravitate towards each other. Her feature was intended to be an observation: Greek life is factionalized here at our school.

    I don’t find the “This is how the national organizations are set up,” argument to be especially convincing. The way the TCNJ Greek system is set up allows for accepted segregation.

    The Multicultural Greek Council, the Inter-Fraternity Council, and the Panhellenic are separate entities; personally, I believe this perpetuates the cultural divide here at the College.

    Let me make this plain: I am not blaming one group or one organization for this school-mandated de facto segregation. I believe Burdick’s article simply pointed out a fact about the College’s Greek system. Those who inferred from the piece that Sarah was attacking the IFC or the IGC did so mistakenly.

    Many have doubted our contributor’s research into Greek life. I can assure you that we have interviewed a slew of brothers and sisters; and that most have avoided speaking on the record. Does that not signify a Greek unwillingness to speak out publicly about Greek life? Why is it that only one person spoke to the Perspective on the record for this story?

    I have full faith that Burdick made every attempt to obtain comment from all parties involved in the Greek system.

    I find that this comments section on our web site is only further evidence that there are still members of Greek life who feel hesitant to speak openly about their Greek affiliations. Does that not sound a little suppressive? To me it it’s reminiscent of the mafia’s omertà code of honor and silence.

    I am willing and glad to go “point-to-point” with Mike Wampler, an Alpha Chi Rho brother, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Burdick’s piece. His op-ed piece, printed in The Signal, declared: “My fellow Greeks and I are angry, with good reason.” Let’s see if he and his contingent have good reason to be angry.

    1. Calling homecoming “frivolous” is not such an outrageous crime. There are probably just as many people at this school who find the weeklong celebration silly, shallow, and superficial as those who find it meaningful.

    2. The whole banner issue has been taken out of context; Anthony Grullon simply said that homecoming banners are not customary for Multicultural organizations.

    3. Mike, please stop whining about Greek alumni not being allowed to judge Homecoming events. Of course it wouldn’t be fair allowing them to judge — they would obviously have a conflict of interest assessing events in which their organizations participated. This is a moot point, Wampler.

    4. “…This process is neither mandated nor supported by the IGC, as Burdick’s article SEEMS TO SUGGEST.” You SEEM to have misconstrued Burdick’s message.

    5. She “IMPLIES it is racist…” Wampler’s op-ed lacks hard, concrete evidence of her accusing an organization of being racist. Again, Burdick simply made an observation about the MGC, the IFC, and the Panhellenic. I still feel it is a noteworthy and newsworthy observation.

    6. From the IGC web site: “CUBE — A set of couches in the Brower Student Center atrium that a particular fraternity or sorority has unofficially claimed as their own.” Does that not sound territorial?

    7. “The last paragraph of Burdick’s article is the one that has made us most angry. Seriously? She’s going to bring Plessy v. Ferguson into it?”

    I’m still somewhat ambivalent about defending her choice to invoke the 1896 case, but I can understand how one could connect Grullon’s, “We’re not different… just separate entities” quote to Plessy v. Ferguson. We knew that including the historical allusion would make the piece more controversial, but because we are indeed called The Perspective, we decided it would only be fair to include Burdick’s full opinion about Greek life.

    Wampler demands a formal retraction of Burdick’s “provocative article.”

    My staff and I will make no such retraction of the piece.

    We started this publication so that people would start speaking about issues we feel are worthy of conversation. I believe this article has brought about thoughtful and captivating discourse between many people — folks who might otherwise be bantering about the last time they were “like, really, really drunk” or about the next time they’ll be blessed by the presence of the social lubricant.

    I am not pointing out one, two, or 31 groups. I’m just defending Sarah Burdick’s perspective. I believe her premise – which she may have inadvertently made muddy – is a sound one and one I agree with.

    I call all those who have criticized Burdick for her lack of research to think about the reason she was able to include only one “on the record” response from the Greek community.

    I commend Mr. Wampler for taking initiative and voicing his opinion, and I applaud The Signal for publishing an opinion piece about the Perspective in their own publication. We at The Perspective are appreciative of the Signal’s willingness to promote an active dialogue, and hope they continue to do so in the future.

    I will end by reiterating Sarah Burdick’s observational question and premise; you as a reader can decide whether or not her words accused any one organization of racism.

    The MGC, the IFC, and the Panhellenic are themselves separate, distinct, autonomous entities. Does that not sustain and reinforce de facto segregation at The College of New Jersey?

    What do you think? E-mail us at mail@tcnjperspective.com.

    • Dan Enden,

      I feel like I must be missing something if this article warranted such an extreme response. It seems pretty perceptive to me; hardly critical at all. Seems to me like more of an observation than a condemnation. This is just yet another example of the things people on this campus choose to dedicate their time to complaining against. As far as I’m concerned, such a drastic reply to this article is akin to the overly-dramatic uproar over the balls. Good lord.

  16. angelina,

    The reply may be drastic and exaggerated~ But in reality the people who stand against this article are right. The observations are poorly observed and clearly not valid. I’m not getting crazy with yelling but more research is required if this is going to be a real paper!

  17. DAN ENDEN!,

    The thing that I don’t understand is what need there is to repeat the same thing over and over, comment after comment. We get it, Sarah made members of the Greek community upset. So, a few Greeks came in and made their perfectly valid, well articulated points. Why (it seems) has half of the Greek community found a need to come in and post length replies saying absolutely nothing new. This is really just…taking too much offense and making something bigger than it is.

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