In a recent article [Point of no return, Feb. 7], Phi Delta Theta President Ryan Fischer made this unfortunate statement: “Placing Phi Delt on campus would be a step toward returning Greek organizations to the noble principles they were founded upon, and moving away from the unfortunate stereotypes that have come to define them as a result of alcohol abuse.”

There are two implications here that should be noted and corrected.

The first is that the majority of Greek organizations have somehow strayed from their “noble principles” and that Phi Delt is coming to the rescue. Thanks Ryan, but there are many other chapters at UCF who need not be lumped with the unfortunate events at Pi Kappa Alpha.

Fraternity presidents should be sticking together and pointing that fact out – not buying face-time for their own chapter at the political expense of the rest of the Greek community.

The second is that alcohol is somehow a reasonable scape goat for poor chapter management. Certainly alcohol-abuse is an undesirable reality of student life – and I stress student.

In case you weren’t aware, drinking also happens outside the Greek community. However, the idea that somehow an “alcohol-free” house is an answer to any problem is absurd.

Those who believe in it will notice that the events surrounding PKA’s tragedy included allegations of cocaine possession. Last time I checked, UCF was running cocaine-free housing campus-wide.

What’s the point? Blaming alcohol is an excuse and a tool for lawyers and special-interest groups to rally around for their own nefarious purposes.

Those who actually care about the students should pursue more realistic and effective policies because alcohol is not going away. There is no substitute for sound chapter risk-management policies and credible leaders to execute them.

This is where everyone in the Greek community should be focusing their efforts. After all, if mandating alcohol-free housing worked, why not just bring “incident-free” housing to campus and save the world?