Alicia Lu, a member of the Steering Committee of What Matters to Me and Why, a program that fosters dialogue of beliefs and principles, led a discussion in Taper Hall last night about the issues raised from the viral Kappa Sigma email, which has sparked controversy because it defined women in derogatory terms.
More than 20 undergraduate and graduate students attended the meeting to discuss ways to start a broader dialogue about sexual violence, misogyny and the university’s handling of the situation.
Corey Arterian, a senior majoring in English, said she was very happy with the turn out at the discussion.
“It was an equal mix of men and women,” Arterian said. “It makes me so happy as a woman on this campus to see so many men supporting this.”
Arterian said the group that met is still in its early stages, and students are deciding if the group should have a name and when the next meeting will be.
“This is about starting the conversation to facilitate more conversation and change on campus,” Arterian said. “We really just talked about how this email made us feel, what problems it indicates and how we can potentially help fix this problem.”
Kappa Sigma Fraternity released an official press statement Tuesday, denying that Mitchell Wilson, Kappa Sigma International Headquarter’s Executive Director, or any member of the Kappa Sigma Headquarters staff met with an anonymous female blogger, who insists she was ordered by Mitchell and others from Kappa Sigma not to speak to the Daily Trojan.
The blogger claims in the email to Jezebel that she was present when her roommate edited the viral Kappa Sigma email that has stirred controversy around campus.
The statement also said that Kappa Sigma would never tamper with an ongoing investigation.
“We would never allow any of our members to conceal any truths or impede the investigation, which we are conducting as expeditiously as possible,” Mitchell said. “Anyone who would believe otherwise is misguided and understands nothing about the nature of our organization.”
Mitchell also promised to continue the investigation into the origin of the email, and ensured that the writer of the email would be held accountable when discovered.