“Greek Wars” does not reflect chapters accurately

To whom it may concern,

 

Let me begin by acknowledging that theft and vandalism are serious issues, and by no means do I condone these actions. As a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, I have dealt with theft and vandalism of our property as well as dealing on a grander scale with these issues as Interfraternal Council (IFC) Vice President.

Keeping all that in mind, I believe the presentation of a center-spread entitled “Greek Wars” was completely unnecessary and detrimental to the greek community as a whole.

As greek organizations, our chapters and individual members do an incredible amount to benefit the university.  More specifically, our chapters accounted for more than 13,000 service and philanthropy hours as well as raising nearly $115,000 for philanthropic efforts in the spring 2013 semester alone. It is a shame that there is no center-spread acknowledging these statistics.

However, when the greek community faces a problem of any nature regarding social policy or theft and vandalism, it warrants significant coverage.

Our greek community at Bradley is not without flaws; however, we are growing in number and represent 30 percent of Bradley’s campus because of our positive impact.

In specific reference to “Greek Wars,” though theft continues to be a problem, I have seen an improvement of chapters’ treatment towards each other, especially in regard to fraternities since my freshman year.

Our system will never be perfect, but I have seen an increase in people from different organizations being friendlier, and there has been decreased animosity.

As a whole, our greek system is much more connected and stronger than your publication portrayed it.

Our greek system is not at war; rather, we are attempting to deal with longstanding issues in our community. While we attempt to solve these issues, please feel free to publicize all of the wonderful things that members of our greek community do every single day.

 

Best,

Brock Berenato

Senior sports 

communication major