In the fall of 2012, Binghamton University was publicly criticized for its hazing issues among fraternities on and off campus. New York Time’s writer, Peter Applebome, wrote an article heavily condemning Binghamton. As a proud Binghamton student and an opinion columnist for Pipe Dream, I had to write something to contradict his negative words toward Binghamton.
“About a week ago, Binghamton University made the front page of The New York Times. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for commendation. Heading New York’s most-read newspaper, Binghamton was condemned. Apparently, among everything going on in the world, our Greek Life issues were deemed some of the most important…”
“…Greek Life is a great campus contribution, but its members only make up about 10 percent of our student body. Why has The New York Times published only negative articles about Binghamton? And why have so many of our accomplishments gone unrecognized? In Sept. 2011, Harpur’s Ferry was awarded the Collegiate EMS Organization of the Year. Harpur’s Ferry also won this award back in 2005, making Binghamton the first organization to win it twice. Where’s Applebome’s article on that?”
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Mr. Applebome and I actually had a little back and forth on Twitter after my article was published. It was very exciting.