Letter to the Editor: ‘Rushing through rush week’ misguided

January 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Dear Editor,
While this letter was inspired by your “Rushing Through The Week” article, this is not a direct response to Mr. LaSalle, as I’m sure his portrayal of the Greek community was in good humor. I can’t imagine that he would speak of his fellow classmates in such a demeaning manor.

Anyhow, “Rushing Through The Week” comes not even a year after the GTSNP Virus article had campus in an uproar after attacking the way sorority girls dress. Now it’s the guys’ turn.

As a business major and fraternity man alike, I feel that “dressing like [I’m] going to a wedding” means looking sharp everyday. In the business world, first impressions can make or break job or business venture. I’m sorry that I don’t look like a bum while I’m on campus, you never know who you’ll come in contact with. I’ve yet to see an article in The George-Anne commenting on the cargo shorts and wife-beaters I see many people wear on a daily basis.

The last time I checked, this is America, and everyone is free to wear clothing of his or her choice. That’s right, you have the right to wear cargo shorts and Vans just like I have the right to decline.

The negative stereotypes surrounding Greek Life as a whole are becoming absurd. Let’s do a quick fact check. The GSU all-men’s GPA last semester was a 2.6, the all-men’s fraternity average was 2.7, and my fraternity led the way with a 3.11 GPA. On average, Greek males have a higher GPA than non-Greek males. In politics, 48 percent of U.S. Presidents were in a Greek organization. Barack Obama is the first non-Greek or non-Masonic affiliated U.S. President since Jimmy Carter. Elastic straps for sunglasses are called croakies. Thirty percent of all Fortune 500 companies have Greek CEOs. Out of all of these statistics, only 3 percent of Americans are Greek. Are the 3 percent the new 1 percent? Time will tell.

I’m not a legacy, I don’t flash Daddy’s money, heck I don’t even have an expensive vehicle. But I wear my letters with pride just like every other member of our community. If you don’t like the way we dress, fine. If you don’t like the way we act, fine. This is a free country and you are entitled to your own opinion, however, those statistics don’t lie.

I look forward to seeing your name on my payroll in the near future.
Bowen Flowers
junior finance major
Williamson, Ga

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