To the Editor:
An article titled “Cornell fraternity on probation after a ‘pig roast’ contest to have sex with overweight women” recently appeared in the Washington Post. It would seem we’ll never, ever learn that the so-called, “Greek”, organizations are not about the culture of ancient Greece, but rather about the sort of tribalism that seems to have infected our country at large lately. I’m a Cornell alumnus, College of Arts and Sciences ’58, and I’m thoroughly ashamed to have this abomination attached to the place I once revered. To be sure I was a GDI, and proud of it. But I’d then thought of frats as more silly than criminal. I strongly believe that the days of fraternities and sororities should be ended, and I urge the Trustees of the University to take action to eliminate them.
Martin Mendelson ’58, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, School of Public Health
University of Washington, Seattle