Asian Sorority Interest Group will not lead to segregation

by Souvan Lee - University student

In Derek OlsonâÄôs letter in the Oct. 3 Minnesota Daily, âÄúSecond Asian sorority could lead to separation of students,âÄù he unpleasantly suggested that the transition of the Asian Sorority Interest Group into a sorority âÄúcould lead to further segregation.âÄù Olson makes disingenuous and unsubstantiated claims.

OlsonâÄôs first argument is that the creation of an Asian interest sorority could lead to segregation. If I follow his logic correctly, the creation of sororities and fraternities with a cultural interest leads to segregation. Instead of greek life, these students should create clubs, according to his logic. If thatâÄôs the case, then I suppose the creation of all the other multicultural sororities and fraternities have led to more segregation on this campus and they should all become student groups.

I daresay the members of Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Lamda Gamma and all the other multicultural greek organizations would support the claim that their presence on our campus has led to more segregation. And if it has created more segregation, I would like to see this evidence. If anything, these greek groups have lead to more integration and cooperation between different cultures.

Secondly, Olson claims that ASIG is âÄúopen to all students on paperâÄù but is âÄúdesigned specifically for Asian students.âÄù This is also misleading. There is acknowledgement that ASIG would become an Asian interest sorority, but no evidence whatsoever demonstrating the claim that itâÄôs âÄúdesigned specifically for Asian students.âÄù

Furthermore, the example of the Daily Sept. 27 headline, âÄúSecond Asian sorority may come to campus,âÄù is not evidence. The fault is in advertising ASIG as a group specifically for Asian students lies with the Daily, not with ASIG. There is little evidence, if any, to suggest that ASIG will segregate our campus.