On Monday, alongside my column on the school’s speech codes, the Daily’s editorial board wrote a scathing condemnation of campus fraternity Delta Upsilon for hiring a bunch of midget wrestlers to do whatever it is they do as part of a rush event. Can you say, violation of the hazing rules?
Here’s a notable sentence from the editorial: “And midget wrestling is not something with which this university should be associated.”
On Tuesday I awoke to see the last paragraph of my column quoted in a letter to the editor from the fraternity, lashing out against the criticism. To them, my argument evidently meant their actions violated no rules.
I think it would have been wiser for them to say: Of course we violated the rules. But you can’t even show the Will Ferrell flick “Old School” without hazing. (See letter #1.)
I don’t mean to say I condone the fraternity’s hiring of midget wrestlers — the objectification of disabled individuals absolutely concerns me, and I would never want to participate in it. But another part of me says this is just college students being college students, using their money to do something politically incorrect and morally questionable. Perhaps that’s something they deserve the right to do.