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Editorial: Fraternity issues

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 14:10

Homecoming almost didn’t happen- for IFC fraternities anyway. About two weeks ago, there were cases of thefts and vandalism at four of the fraternity houses. For those unaware of the cases, the story can be found in this week’s paper or online at www.utmpacer.com.

Due to an Interfraternity Council policy, all of the fraternities were suspended from Homecoming events. According to Chancellor Tom Rakes, the policy itself is being questioned.

As of 3 p.m. on Oct. 2, there was insufficient documentation provided by the Office of Greek Life to determine that the IFC followed proper procedures approving the document in question. At that time, Chancellor Rakes lifted the suspensions since the university reserves the right to intervene in situations concerning the safety and fair treatment of the individuals involved.

Let this serve as a lesson to all student organizations at UTM. Especially when it comes to adopting new policies, follow the proper procedures and keep the appropriate records. You never know when those records may need to be referenced.

The original issue lies with those individuals who committed the crimes. As far as we know, only two individuals have been charged with damaging the trophies at one of the fraternity houses. We aren’t sure that all of the individuals are a part of the same fraternity, although many seem to think that.

Whether they are or aren’t in a fraternity, those items should have never been stolen or damaged. We are in college. In the real world, those who commit crimes get punished. There is a certain time to grow up and follow that golden rule that we have been taught since we were children- Treat others as you would want to be treated.

While pranks can be hilarious, and we do appreciate a good prank, there is a time that a prank can go from innocent fun to ridiculous. That happened with the damaging of the trophies.

This is the time in our lives that can make or break us. If we can all treat each other fairly then our college experiences can be more beneficial than those that come from damaging each others’ belongings.

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