‘Lights on facts’
Interfraternity Council responds to Fox column
Rodney Kimlin | guest writer
On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Greeks of Pittsburg State opened their copy of The Collegio expecting to read what was portrayed to those interviewed as a positive, informative article about Greek life.
Upon opening the issue however, we found a review that was less than desirable, to say the least.
Fox’s claims inaccurate
The article was very light on facts and real information.
Fox did not portray the Greek culture of community service accurately.
As a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, I am committed by bylaws to perform 20 hours of service per semester.
Even if other chapters only require 10 hours, it does not mean they do not go above and beyond those required hours.
We have standalone members who put in more than 50 hours per semester within just the Pike chapter, and we are not an anomaly.
Fox vaguely mentioned that many chapters put together two or three community service events per year. Once again, Fox failed to put this into perspective.
Those of you who walked through campus this week will have noticed that Phi Sigma Kappa spent 72 hours in the Oval, raising $2,300 for the Special Olympics.
Another major event held this past spring held by the men of Sigma Chi, “Derby Days,” raised more than $40,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.
The men of Lambda Chi will be hold their annual Watermelon Bash soon.
This semester, you will see “Boobie Bash,” “Mr. Cinderfella,” and further in the year “Pitt State Live,” along with a host of other events too numerous to list.
Greeks are leaders
You will find Greeks comprising a large percentage of the membership of several student leadership positions, even though as Fox pointed out, we are the 8 percent.
That’s because we are leaders.
We all know the negative stereotypes: “Greeks are just partiers,” “Greeks are elitists,” and the list goes on.
This opinion piece plays to those stereotypes and thrives on them, which I find disheartening when it comes from a fellow Greek.
Not once has Fox attempted to come to a Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, or Greek Council meeting to voice his opinions. He would be more than welcomed to.
We do not shy away from our duties as Greeks. We hold our members and chapters accountable.
Standards exist, are enforced
Fox discussed grades and probation, and while I will admit the overall Greek grade averages haven’t always been the best, we hold our chapters to standards.
There are chapters this semester who have been put on probation and are working with the Greek Adviser towards higher chapter GPA’s.
Fox discussed the need for a three-strike policy, but if he were to examine the Greek portion of the Pitt State website or a copy of the IFC Constitution or Panhellenic Constitution, he would find that we have this policy.
Among the Greeks there are flaws, there are mishaps and there are mistakes, which become learning experiences.
As Greeks we seek to hold ourselves to a higher standard and we welcome those who want to be leaders to join our ranks.
However, baseless claims and opinion pieces that skirt the facts are not something I as a Greek am willing to tolerate.
Rodney Kimlin, Interfraternity Council public relations chair, Pi Kappa Alpha external vice president and graduate student in business administration, may be contacted at 913-980-8903.