LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It's not about the clothes we wear

Saturday, September 22, 2012 | 5:09 p.m. CDT

The Panhellenic Association Executive Board has so much respect for a paper that works around the clock to put out great coverage of the Columbia community. However, we were deeply concerned about some of the recent tweets (here and here) directed at the Panhellenic community prior to Mizzou’s first SEC game. The tweets were directed at a few of our campus’ chapters asking for photos of our members’ outfit choices for Mizzou’s inaugural SEC football game.

The Panhellenic Association is the governing body of the soon-to-be 15 Greek sororities on Mizzou’s campus.

What members of our Panhellenic community choose to wear to a football game is not what our organizations are about. Instead we should be recognized for our amazing achievements on this campus, not targeted for our choice of game-day attire. We understand the intentions of the tweets may have been harmless, but they perpetuated a stereotype that is not in line with our community’s values. There is more to us than the clothes we choose to wear.

We have a positive influence on Mizzou’s campus. We are proud that our community’s GPA is consistently higher than the university’s all-women’s GPA. In spring semester 2012, our community raised $42,295 for our organizations’ various philanthropies. We have Greek leaders represented in organizations across campus, including Tour Team, NCAA athletes, Summer Welcome leaders and Missouri Student Association Executive Board, to name a few. Our community strives to improve our campus daily. The fact that we were targeted for the clothes we choose to wear on game day is a misrepresentation of the Greek community as a whole.

Furthermore, one’s outfit choice to an SEC football game is not related to the organizations to which he or she belongs. Last Saturday in the jam-packed stadium, we weren’t divided by Greeks and non-Greeks. Instead, the Georgia fans saw a sea of black and gold that cheered loudly for its beloved Tigers.

In the future, we would like to see the Missourian hold itself to a higher standard so as not to tarnish the credibility it routinely maintains.

Julie Dingledine is president of the Panhellenic Association Executive Board at MU. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.

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Jimmy Bearfield September 25, 2012 | 11:35 a.m.

"There is more to us than the clothes we choose to wear."

If you want people to believe you, end the tradition of getting T-shirts made to commemorate every party.

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