GREEK BΣΔΤS scandal

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In fall 2013 SDT's annual GREEK BΣΔΤS talent show fundraiser raised over $5,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America.

Nonetheless, Bwog was very excited to use the event as an opportunity to report on some pretty irrelevant and minor drama. Bwog never reported on the fact that the event raised over $5,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America.

GREEK BΣΔΤS is an annual "talent show" hosted by SDT as part of their charity work, because that's how Greek life works. The dubiously named event is held to support the prevention of child abuse, supporting Prevent Child Abuse America.

In 2013, the brothers of Lambda performed Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's destined-to-be-a-classic hit "Holy Grail." While rapping Jay's verse, one of the brothers allegedly used the n-word, which is part of the lyrics, though some souls argued that he just said "neighbor" and everyone misheard. Attendees were quite upset, notably dance group Onyx. There was a "face-off," as Onyx tried to get SDT to disqualify the group. However, the SDT talent show judges had already submitted the scores for Lambda's performance and, like, GREEK BΣΔΤS is a really serious event with strict rules so once those scores were marked they could not be disqualified.[1]

Since the event all parties involved have worked together to increase cultural awareness and education among both their organization and community as a whole.

According to a reporter who was not at the event and most likely never spoke to anyone who was there, "lots of people on all sides of the issue were crying."

Then, as has been the trend, both Lambda and Onyx released statements both calling each other out and apologizing, but mostly calling each other out[2] SDT was saved from having to make a comment by national rules--they cannot say anything publicly without explicit permission from the national organization.

According to a reporter who was not there and most likely did not speak to many people involved, "lots of feelings were hurt."

Results of the Event

Since the event all parties involved have worked together to increase cultural awareness and education among both their organization and community as a whole.

In March an event was co-hosted between Lambda Phi Epsilon and Onyx Dance Troupe entitled "No Harm Intended: A Discussion on Microaggressions and Their Unintended Consequences". The event included award-winning speaker and microaggressions expert Prof. Kevin Nadal, who spoke about forms of discrimination that are difficult to address because they are: subtle, which makes them hard to recognize and easy to trivialize; unintentional, which leads offenders to believe they have done nothing wrong; and so ingrained in our media and culture so as to have become unnoticeable.

Campus news sources did not publicize this event.


References

  1. http://bwog.com/2013/11/12/greek-beats-causes-a-stir/
  2. http://bwog.com/2013/11/12/greek-b%CF%83%CE%B4%CF%84s-words-from-onyx-and-lambda/
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