Letters to the Editor

Thanks for bail

The weekend of Oct. 16 was a typical one for the fraternities and sororities on campus. It included the mixers and date parties we all are known for. However, it also included two philanthropic events: the Alpha Delta Pi Jail and Bail, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Pumpkin Fest.

The ADPi Jail and Bail raised almost $2,000 for our national philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Inc. We were able to raise this money through the efforts of the entire GW community, but commendations must go to the Greek-letter organizations. Almost every fraternity and sorority recognized by GW participated by throwing their respective presidents and members in jail for half an hour for a $2 fee and $10 bail.

Kappa Sigma had the most brothers in jail (five) and Sigma Alpha Mu raised the most money – $245. We would like to send out a special thank you to Shim Stein of Sigma Alpha Mu for raising $185.

ADPi would like to thank the following people for their contributions and time: Mike Gargano, who raised $200; Tracie Anzaldi; Mike Walker; Jesse Strauss; the GW cheerleaders and dancers; George the mascot; Brian Nathanson; Emily Katz; Damian McKenna; Jared Hosid; Eddie Lara; and Marc Shaller. We also would like to thank everyone who either threw a friend – or several – into jail, and those who spent time in our jail.

ADPi is excited by the turnout for our event. It demonstrates the excitement the GW Greek-letter community, and the GW community as a whole, has for philanthropy and for getting involved to help. These events often are overshadowed by reports of drinking and social activity, and therefore do not get the attention they deserve. We hope everyone continues to participate in philanthropic events on campus, especially those sponsored by the Greek-letter community.

-Beckie Merrill
ADPi founding sister

Straightening things out

It seems The GW Hatchet wrote an editorial without researching the facts. In “Contraceptive cop-out” (Oct. 19, p. 4), The Hatchet denounces Congress for killing a provision regarding the coverage of FDA-approved birth control for federal employees.

A bill regarding contraception did in fact pass in the omnibus bill. If you read the Oct. 21 issue of The Hill, you will learn that “several female House members held a press conference on Friday to announce the passage of a bill that allows 1.2 million women to receive contraceptives under the federal employee health insurance program.”

While women appreciate The Hatchet noting the continuing problem of gender inequity in health care issues, it is important to get the facts straight. The real editorial should have been one praising Congress for finally recognizing women’s needs and for taking the first step down a long path to equality.

-Heather Rothman

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