Last Saturday, Pi Kappa Alpha, or ‘Pike’, hosted their Annual Fireman’s Challenge, which raised money for a great cause: ‘DC Firefighters Burn Foundation’. According to Pike’s website, last year they raised over $25,000, which is fantastic.
What isn’t so fantastic is the condition they left U-Yard in. Between their water hose fights and the slip ‘n’ slide, they managed to turn one of GW’s only green spaces into a brown space. The grass has gone, and mud covers much of the walkways. Not only does this ruin a great spot to study, get a sun tan, or play some Frisbee – it is also incredibly selfish and shows a lack of foresight on the part of the event’s planners. We currently have STAR guides who have to take prospective students around campus, and, unless we are recruiting sub-Saharan elephants looking for a watering hole, we doubt this will impress anyone.
For too long, Greek life has gotten away with similarly irresponsible acts. Earlier in the year, Pike demonstrated their lack of maturity, escaping with only a one-year housing ban. While Greek life does a lot of good for GW and the DC community, GW needs to be reining in what Greek life is allowed to get away with. Any other student organization that left a booked space in such poor condition probably would have been fined to cover the repair costs and banned from booking further events. Alas, that probably won’t be happening for Pike.
Both Tim Miller (Director of SAC) and Christina Witkowicki (Director of Greek Life) have so far not returned requests for comments. GW is left with the costs of cleaning the pathways and replacing the grass, and students are unable to hang out at one of the nicest places on campus and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Here’s to hoping that Pike will do a new (non-destructive) fundraiser for the repair costs of U-Yard.
A comment that encapsulates the issue pretty well:
I think the point is that the money could have been raised without the damage to U yard, nobody is criticizing you for helping the burn victims. Couldn’t you have put down sheeting or something else to protect the grass? Or at least budgeted for helping to replace the grass? Seriously, thanks for helping out our Fireman, they truly are the bravest people. But you guys should have prepared a bit better for the damage to the grounds.
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