Friday, March 09, 2007

Blame The Frat, Not The Media

The Frat Boy News Daily College Column
By David Asman, The University of Georgia's Red & Black Mailbox

If any organization does not wish to be associated with the actions of select members, it is the responsibility of the organization to disband its ties to those members.

In light of the recent drug allegations surrounding the three University students who all are coincidentally members of the same (AEPi) fraternity, I can understand the outrage and outcry of those members who have done nothing wrong.

That being said, their attention should be directed not toward the media, but rather at their own brotherhood for not having taken preemptive action to avoid the inevitable spotlight.

The risk management policy of AEPi Fraternity, Inc. that is sworn to by the members of the executive board to enforce and uphold states, "The possession, sale or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances while on campus premises or during a fraternity event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity is strictly prohibited."

One of the charged students is alleged to have been in possession of "illegal drugs" on campus. The other two students, while not on campus or at a fraternity event, live in a house fully occupied by members of AEPi.

As an "observer," I associate their living arrangements with the fraternity, in accordance with their own policy.

Unfortunately, because the fraternity failed to take action against the accused brothers in an effort to distance itself from the possible tarnishing of its name as a whole, it is forced to suffer the consequence of a besmirched reputation.

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