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As a member of Zeta Phi Beta, I am very disgusted with how some of the members of Greek-letter organizations feel that they must treat pledges inhumanely to join our organizations (“Greek Tragedy,” 6/18). This is not the purpose of the organizations, and not actions that any real member of any of the Greek-letter organizations embrace. These incidents represent less than 10 percent of what happens to pledges joining our organizations. These stories seem to always hit the newspapers, while there is nothing that highlights the community service that our organizations promote. We are not just organizations that people join in college; we are a lifelong commitment to service.

I am president of the Washington, D.C., graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. My chapter consists of more than 100 women who are committed to performing service to the community. Each year, we award nine scholarships to area youths. We currently have a book drive for the D.C. public schools. As of today, over a one-year period, we have donated over 6,000 new books to the schools. We operate a stork’s-nest facility at the Hunt Place Clinic in Northeast. Here we provide new layette items to mothers in exchange for the mothers’ agreeing to have prenatal and postnatal examinations. The members of my chapter participated in Walk America, Race for the Cure, and the projects sponsored by the Child Legal Defense Fund, to name a few.

While I hate to read what stupid and immoral actions are occurring on the college campus, I would like just once for the news media to do a story on the good work that Greek-letter organizations perform. This is not my first time requesting this. It appears that negative publicity is all that sells, and no one is interested in positive stories.

McLean, Va.

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