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Wednesday April 14th

Letter: Don't promote binge-drinking fundraisers

TO THE EDITOR:

Last Thursday night, Carolina Kickoff (CK), a Campus Y organization, held their annual fundraiser “Blackout Night” at The Library Dance and Nightclub. 

This title is distasteful, problematic and reveals a gaping double-standard between how the Carolina community treats and judges clubs that are tangentially associated with social justice versus explicitly social fraternities and sororities. 

I don’t need to explain the double entendre of the title “Blackout Night.” CK shrouded itself from scrutiny by posting an image of a blacked-out moon on the flyers for the events, and if that didn’t work they could hide behind wearing all black clothes to the event. 

And besides, it’s for scholarships for kids! How could one possibly criticize this most noble of organizations? 

Let’s be real. This isn’t your typical UNC football game “blackout.” 

It’s at a bar, with all undergraduate students, from 9PM-2AM. 

And if this circumstantial evidence is not adequate, consider that myself and others heard frequent jokes leading up to the event about ‘getting blacked out.’ 

I don’t know, maybe they were just talking about dressing in all black!

CK is encouraging binge drinking, turning something the Center for Disease Control considers a public health crisis into a title that gets a cheap laugh. 

Would we be this comfortable and silent about a fraternity on campus hosting a “Blackout Party” or “Blackout Cocktail?” 

How does encouraging binge drinking align with the Campus Y’s mission?

Lucas McCallen

Economics and Religious Studies

Senior

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