Selective Reading

Column by Connor JaschenFeatures Editor

There is a  stigma about every single organization on campus, from the residential colleges to the individual clubs.

These stigmas are propagated even further when the headlines in papers such as these are liked, shared or retweeted because “that darn organization is at it again.”

These stereotypes fall especially hard on Greek organizations, or at least they seem to. Every other day, it seems a new Greek organization is getting in trouble for hazing or having a little bit too good of a Friday night. Greeks are under an immense amount of pressure to evolve into a more liberalized organization that may seem foreign to some of the old school members.

I get it completely. I’m a fraternity man myself. The Greek system does immense amount of good in their respective communities, whether it be donating money, time or just the spreading of culture.

Based upon their values, fraternities and sororities are amazing in all the good they do.

To the hundreds that help maintain our system, it seems like news organizations tend to sensationalize the bad, rather than the good.

“You guys only ever report the bad! What about the thousands of dollars we donate to charity? Why don’t you do a story over that?”

Yup, I’ve heard it all before.

And trust me, I’m not going to use the “you-should-be-doing-that-anyway-it-isn’t-news” argument. That downplays all the good works we all do and makes it seem like it goes unappreciated.

But the whole selective reporting thing just isn’t true.

For the Sept. 25 issue, The News covered Kappa Delta’s Laser Tag.  We covered when the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi brought a speaker in for women’s empowerment.

We were planning to cover Watermelon Bust – as we always do – but there wasn’t enough notice that Lambda Chi Alpha would be able to put the event on to actually be able to cover it.

In short, we do cover the stories that show the good you do for the Murray community. You just don’t read them.

Yeah, I know, I’ll be crucified here for saying anything negative about the “oh-so-perfect” Greek system, but let’s just be real here.

Nine out of 10 people in your organization don’t read anything in the news until it’s negative about that organization. Then, all of a sudden everyone is up in arms about that front page story, when they could just turn to the Features section and realize we wrote about their philanthropy.

We care about both sides. You just don’t care to read it.

And until you are willing to pay attention to the stories over your good deeds, how can you expect anyone else to?