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Jabs at Greek stereotypes were disrespectful and disappointing 

Panhellenic VP Special Events, Cal Poly

My name is Elisa Forcey, and I am on the Panhellenic Student Council, which is the governing body of Cal Poly Greek Life. I was very appreciative that you chose to include the Greek community and our humanitarian efforts during Greek Week in the column about graduation (“Cougars and Mustangs,” June 9). This year, I was the head of the executive board that organized Greek Week, and, as I said, I have been so pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten from the community and local news organizations, yet I felt it was extremely inappropriate and disrespectful to include comments attacking Greek life stereotypes.

I felt the article was well written, and I have always been more than impressed by New Times. As a three-year resident here, I have been a loyal reader; however, I felt including the comments “sounds fantastic, but call me crazy for not being so excited about getting a transfusion of a frat guy’s O-negative” and “I wonder if they explained the finer points of nursing the morning’s mind-splitting hangover” belittled the efforts of all fraternities and sororities involved, as well as the executive board’s work entirely. These comments shifted the article’s focus from the positive perspective on graduation it was aiming for, and I wanted to express how extremely disappointed I am by them.

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