Sororities and fraternities were pretty pissed on social media outlets about an opinions column in our last issue.
A few hours after the column’s online publication, which criticized the aimless agenda of greek life, EC’s private facebook group was riddled with outraged greek life members disputing our legitimacy as a news source. Angry tweets targeted the credibility of the column’s writer and an alleged private facebook group was also started to form a rebuttal against our columnist’s views.
While an attack on greek life’s image inevitably invites backlash, we can’t help but wonder why this uproar wasn’t reciprocated in meetings held for ECIC tags’ system on Wednesday, March 29? Or why no one seemed to care about the fact that students aren’t going to be refunded for their damaged property following the Dinkmeyer flood?
Many students are forced to take an extra year of college due to the current ECIC tags’ system. Dinkmeyer residents are facing the loss of instruments, laptops, and have even been forced to move due to the flood damage. Yet, greek life seems to be more concerned with the mockery of their symbols, their blatant self promotion, and their social media presence.
Since when did saving face become a priority over these pressing issues?
Only two students, both of whom are members of SGA, took part in the meeting that discussed proposed changes to the ECIC tags’ system. There were so few people in attendance that The Leader’s managing editor had to remove himself as a member of the media in attendance in order to contribute to the meeting. Thus, we are leaving the impression that no one truly cares about the students that are facing an extra year of college.
Changes will not happen overnight and these issues are arguably not as black and white as it seems. However, it takes as little as voicing a concern to fuel a progressive change.
Frustratingly enough, recieving letters to the editor is a rare occurrence which reflects the utter laziness towards pivotal policies, the current political climate, and the well being of our neighbors, all of which we have discussed in our prior issues.
The extent of the student body’s apathy has reached to the point where very few people even bother to lift a finger to reach out to us.
We are not delegitimizing the concerns and opinions of greek life. Rather, we are questioning thelack of fervor and activism surrounding issues that heavily impact members of our community.
As students, we have the responsibility to be engaged members of our college community regardless of which groups we identify with. Each and every one of us bears influence on how decisions are made within our very own campus.
Choosing to remain silent is the ultimate weakness of our society. We witness this apathy in voting rates, political involvement and job satisfaction. However, as the educated, we have the responsibility to live up to the ideals of the liberal arts and to be engaged members of our community.