In response to Prince’s concern over the fair representation of the Gustavus Greek community, I would like to assure him that it was not my intention to exclude any interested or affected Greek members from contributing to the article.
Though the article by no means reflects the many diverse opinions of Greeks on campus, this is due to a lack of response from other chapters I requested interviews from, and an intentional focus on local chapters, who are experiencing their primary regulation by the Inter-Greek Senate.
I deliberately chose to speak with Greek members who could discuss their interaction with IGS on either personal or chapter level in order to report on personal experience rather than speculation.
When sending out requests for interviews, I sent one to representatives from both Omega Kappa and Nu Upsilon Gamma (the Grays). I thought these would be important voices to include, as both are undergoing transitional periods and need to incorporate IGS involvement into their new vision for their chapters.
Omega Kappa received recognition as an active fraternity this year after being inactive since 2006, and I thought it would be interesting to contrast their perception of communication with the other local Greek chapters that have been active more recently.
The Grays also seemed an interesting choice because they are currently an off-campus fraternity that has been working to get back on campus, so they have had a different experience as well. Unfortunately, however, neither of the members that I requested an interview with responded to my request.
The majority of chapters on campus are local and receive regulation by the College rather than national standards, so I believed this to be an important difference to emphasize. In my discussion with Megan Ruble, she explained that IGS often encountered fewer incidents/problems with national chapters during pledging, and therefore had less interaction with them on the whole regarding that aspect of Greek life.
So, it was a conscious choice to focus on local chapters and seek to express the opinions of the College, IGS and affected students in order to facilitate a dialogue using The Weekly as that venue; a goal which was communicated, understood and supported by all those who were interviewed.
Rebecca Hare, ‘14
Copy Editor and Reporter of Tensions arise in Greek system over communication issues