I am by no means a defender of fraternities. I am not a member of a fraternity. In fact, I hardly ever find myself on The Row.
With that said, however, the anger and insults directed at the entire fraternity system is overwhelmingly frustrating.
More than 35,000 students attend USC.
The campus attracts more international students than any other American institution for higher education.
And the university continues to climb in national rankings.
Clearly, we have a lot going for us, and our progress seems to be continuing.
But does that mean we are completely immune to incidents that might attract bad press?
Not at all.
Admittedly, most of the media coverage of USC in recent weeks has been negative.
Still, incidents involving a few students are not, and never will be, a reflection of the university as a whole.
By no means do I condone the content of the viral email linked to a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
I also do not think it is right for another member of the same fraternity associated with the email to climb to the top of Waite Phillips Hall for his sexual exploits.
Still, our own student population has blown these two occurrences out of proportion.
The best, and only, way to get past these issues is to deal with the individuals involved — not condemn the entire student body.
The Interfraternity Council took the correct actions by punishing involved students, but the larger USC student body and the media have chosen to make sweeping generalizations about the Greek community as a whole.
That most of the student body feels a sense of embarrassment at our school and its administration is a cringeworthy thought.
I am most definitely not embarrassed to be connected to the USC student population.
I am a proud member of the Trojan Family, and I think it is about time we all stop bad-mouthing ourselves and once again operate as a single, symbiotic entity.
When USC alum O.J. Simpson murdered his wife and got away with it, did the Trojan population suddenly lose faith in the school?
Did students go around saying, “I told my friends I went to USC and they asked me, ‘Isn’t that the school where people learn how to get away with murder?’” No.
When Reggie Bush had his Heisman Trophy revoked, did we all suddenly lose faith in our university? No.
Most likely, life at USC went on as usual.
Yet here we are, squabbling about the awful and indecent nature of our Greek system, as well as our entire student community.
Why is it these immensely more public issues failed to create such a stir within the USC community?
Do sports not carry as much weight as Greek social life?
In the same way, does violence not matter as much as sex?
I would like to ask the members of the recent protests regarding these incidents a question: Why do you insist on holding the masses responsible, when individuals are creating the problem in the first place?
Frankly, it’s a waste of time to wallow in self-pity for three weeks, angrily discussing just how awful and scandalous all USC students are, when the individuals responsible were already punished for their actions.
Choosing to label every Greek student as a misogynist is just another example of convenient stereotyping to send a message.
David Morris is a sophomore majoring in English (creative writing).