To the editors:
As a brother of Harvard’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, I am
deeply offended by Nicholas F.B. Smyth’s derogatory use of
“fraternities and sororities” in his comment (“The Plympton Street
,” Nov. 16). Smyth’s incorrect usage of the Greek terms stems
from his illogical tautology that “excessive drinking and drunken
behavior” define fraternal culture. Smyth’s association of rowdiness
and drunkenness with the Greek system is completely ignorant. Across
the nation, fraternity and sorority members collectively give hundreds
of thousands of volunteer hours per year. They also consistently
maintain very high scholarship ratings on college campuses. With regard
to social scenes, many colleges across the nation rely on the Greek
system for an active nightlife.
While Final Clubs consist only of men, they are not fraternities in the Greek system.
JONATHAN M. HYMAN ’08
November 16, 2005