[internetworkers] problem with the neighbors and fighting city hall
listboy at clarux.com
Sat Aug 20 23:44:03 EDT 2005
A random story.
Back in my days at Ithaca College, I rushed Sigma Phi Epsilon. A lot
of the activities were fun, and they fed me all these lines about
having brothers and such if I would join. When I asked them about
what kinds of "brotherly love" I'd have to endure at the initiation,
they said it would be doing a bunch of silly stuff and being made fun
of a little. I wasn't dumb and I knew that part of getting into a
fraternity was doing some outrageous stuff, but I didn't think the
stuff I would be doing would end up being very harmful in the end.
Eventually, I had decided not to become a pledge because I had so
many other things to do and something about the fraternity seemed
kind of fishy, but I couldn't tell what it was. On a trip to the
college gym the following year, I noticed that a Sig Ep member who
was pumping iron wearing a sleeveless shirt had this puffy-shaped
mark on his arm that remarkably resembled the Greek letter sigma.
After talking with a member of different (and saner) fraternity, my
suspicions were right: Sig Ep branded their pledges. Silly and
harmless initiation my ass.
I could never call a person who lies to me and intentionally inflicts
bodily harm on me a "brother". Rather, I would call such a person a
sociopath. I don't know what practices the NCSU chapter of Sig Ep
engage in, and perhaps they don't brand their members, but it
reflects on the character of the entire Sig Ep organization as a
whole that at least at one particular school their would turn a blind
eye to what was going on.
If I had children, and these guys lived next door to me, I'd be
trying my damnedest to get them moved out, and by any means
necessary. But that's just my opinion.
On Aug 20, 2005, at 3:10 PM, Jim Ray wrote:
> i'm having a little run in with some unruly neighbors and wrote up
> a little note on the history:
> am i truly an old fuddy dud, or do i have a reason to beef? i hate
> bucking the mayor, city council and police captain.
> should i tone down the note before too many eyes see it? any
> suggestions on how best to remedy the problem other than shaming
> the city into taking action?
> i'm not one to be too politically correct at times :-)
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