Earlier this month, we were a mostly white newspaper creating a race issue. Today, we’re a mostly non-Greek newspaper creating a Greek issue.
It’s a reductive way of looking at it, and the topics are vastly different. But our reason for doing this issue is largely the same as it was then. For better or for worse, we’re responsible for documenting the issues at this University accurately and fairly.
And students involved in Greek life make up almost 20 percent of this campus.
Now historically, The Daily Tar Heel and Greek organizations have been at odds.
Some Greek organizations believe we don’t provide enough coverage. Others believe our coverage is meant to be antagonistic.
For these folks, my door and my inbox are always open. We do our best to cover Greek organizations equally and fairly — from hazing allegations to successful philanthropy events to the annual Bid Day celebrations.
I’ll be the first to say it. While I might not be intimately aware of the different governing procedures Greek organizations use, I in no way dislike Greek organizations. Rather, I appreciate the important function they serve in fostering lifelong friendships among college students.
But the fact of the matter is that Greek organizations have an entire department dedicated to overseeing them at the University. There are whole systems in place for adjudicating issues like hazing and the use of alcohol and drugs at fraternities and sororities. And, to zero in on the topic we explore on today’s front page and in our editorial, experts have repeatedly shown that members of sororities are assaulted at a much higher rate than those who aren’t.
And we have to cover that.