This letter is regarding your recent front page story from the April 26 edition, “Students allege Hazing”. As a Journalism major, to say that I am concerned with your papers’ bias against the Greek system would be a understatment.
First off, anonymous reports of hazing are very questionable to begin with. Anyone could walk into your offices and say they are a former pledge and give you a ton of, well, bullcrap. Did you check to see if they actually were pledges? Did they have any proof? If not, you already are hitting a gray area – and are apparently not considering the severity of these charges. If this turns out to be false – you could be facing a lawsuit. Hazing can shut down fraternities, and apparently whoever made these claims knows that.
Second off, did you ask these students if they have reported it to the authorities? I have a feeling they did not – and instead opted to tell you everything. In fact, in your story, GA Domenic Mingacci says they have not – so really, is this news yet? I question your motives in publishing this story. Two words -journalistic integrity – which your paper is not showing much of by publishing a story based on rumors. You really don’t have any official word in here – such as police, etc.
Finally, where were you when we did the Broad Street Sweep? Or any of the Greek philanthropy events that go on through the year? Apparently you all are too focused on reporting that bad about the Greek system. And I though a new Editor-in-Chief would end that. I guess not.
Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
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