No attempted good deed goes unpunished.
The title of a philanthropic event held this week by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, in collaboration with all 12 Cornell sororities, caused some students, professors and administrators to criticize what they called its sexist overtones and resulted in the fraternity changing the name of the event.
The event –– which was advertised with the title “Which Sorority Has the Best Water Jugs on Campus” –– encouraged each sorority to decorate a large water jug, which was then displayed Monday in the Robert Purcell Community Center and the Terrace Restaurant in the Statler Hotel. Passersby were encouraged to choose their favorite water jug and drop change into it to benefit Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropic organization, Push America, which is dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities.
The name was changed to “Penny Wars” after numerous objections. It is much shorter than the original title and does not make me think of breasts at all. Guess that’s the point.
You’re more than welcome to read the lengthy article about the debate published by the school’s student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. But it reads just like every other controversy du jour we’ve stumbled across.
Here’s hoping the event raises a tremendous amount of money and fired-up people on both sides of this IMPORTANT ISSUE somehow find a way to stop worrying about it long enough to get some sleep.