Friday, April 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:43 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

In light of the recent events concerning the University of Missouri Greek Week 2004 Blood Drive, I am writing this to offer my most sincere apology. I failed to consider the consequences of my actions in suggesting that members lie about important health issues in order to earn points for our chapter.

I want to specifically apologize to the American Red Cross, an organization that is dedicated to saving lives. I am very sorry for the waste of resources that may have resulted from my irresponsible email remarks. I also regret that it created concern about the safety of donated blood and required the American Red Cross to defend its policies and procedures.

To the University of Missouri, I apologize for potentially jeopardizing our good relationship with the Red Cross, as well as our reputation. I ask the administration, faculty, staff and my fellow students to forgive my error that put us in the public eye for such a negative act.

I realize that I have embarrassed the Greek community and tarnished a proud tradition. Greek Week competition is meant to serve the community and present a positive image of sororities and fraternities at the university. I do hope that this well-deserved image will soon be restored.

Finally, I want to express my profound regret for violating the high standards of my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. For over 130 years, their mission and values have reflected a commitment to scholarship, service, sisterhood and integrity. I will do my best to live up to those standards and pass them on to my sisters.


Christie Key

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