to the Editor
am writing you in regards to your article Frats
try to avoid fines in the Jan. 30 issue of the
Skiff. I, as a member of Phi Gamma Delta, feel dumped
on once again by the Skiff.
Im not sure how dated your sources are regarding
the situation, but allow me to give you the facts. Yes,
we were fined $20,000. No, we do not still owe that
amount. Phi Gamma Delta has already paid off half ($10,000)
of that amount to TCU, and we are in the process of
paying off all debts. In addition, there is no guarantee
that we will owe more after this semester. The way you
wrote the article implies that we currently owe $20,000
to the university and that we will owe more. That is
not the situation.
Also, we are known as FIJI, not FIGI.
It is hard for me to comprehend the fact that you did
not do enough research to know the correct spelling
of one of the largest fraternities in the nation, even
with one of the editors of your paper being a member
of the fraternity. This, in itself, brings into question
the validity of your articles content.
To me, the most disturbing aspect of this article and
previous ones by the Skiff is the propensity to single
out Phi Gamma Delta. It is true that we screwed up last
semester and were punished for that. It is also true
that we are doing all that we can to get back into the
good graces of the TCU community. I hope that this trend
does not continue because all it does is further the
prejudice that many have developed against my chapter.
I said before, I understand that this situation is newsworthy.
I also understand the itch that many writers on your
staff have to do investigative reporting. There is more
going on than just this. I can tell you that there has
been little to no resolve regarding the thousands of
dollars worth of possessions stolen from our house,
and there seems to be no resolution in sight. In the
time since your first report on the thefts, members
of my chapter have had more things stolen from their
rooms. I know at least one police report has been filed.
If you want to do some investigative reporting, please
look into why it is taking so long for this matter to
be taken care of.
In closing, please take what I have stated here into
consideration the next time you decide to write an article.
Before writing it, please have all of your facts straight.
Phi Gamma Delta has a bright future ahead and we hope
that the Skiff will help us in restoring our public
image rather than continuing to highlight the problems
that we have encountered.
Julius Eric Junker, senior marketing major