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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Pupil Meeting, You Don’t Communicate for Us

Final week, The Solar revealed that George Rocco DeLorenzo’s ’24, former president of the Interfraternity Council, influential Pupil Meeting member and govt vp runner-up, deliberate to bar criticism of Greek life from the S.A. flooring and block resolutions on girls’s well being and gender points. In conversations with Pedro Da Silveira ’25, who was elected president of the meeting in Could 2023 however ousted moments later over a Title IX allegation, DeLorenzo constantly condemned various expressions of gender id, Cornell’s Plan B merchandising machine and Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition’s initiative of offering free menstrual merchandise in restrooms. 

Whereas Cornellians assume that assaults on girls’s rights occur elsewhere — in esteemed legislatures and gilded courts — DeLorenzo’s actions remind us that lots of the assaults on reproductive freedom and gender equality happen on campus. Much more so, they’re the alternatives of a choose few. Sexism pervades the S.A., hindering its potential to successfully characterize all college students and undermining the ideas of equality and inclusivity that our establishment claims to uphold. As such, it’s time to reform the S.A. and create new methods for cooperation, engagement and accountability. We want mediums for our voices to be heard.

To the Pupil Meeting: We not solely want investigations of bigoted S.A. members but in addition modifications to the construction of how the S.A. is run. An excessive amount of occurs between closed doorways — or in textual content messages of shut buddies — for a clear and simply use of energy. When the S.A. attracts a singular sort of individual, it doesn’t characterize the range of opinion on campus. Moreover, because the S.A. has many members blatantly opposing reproductive justice, it’s essential to set guidelines and resolutions in place to make sure girls’s equality and freedom on campus. Wield your energy appropriately for as soon as.