Why must we steal ideas from one another?

Dear editor: A Greek-letter organization constructed a fantastic theme last semester, and the outcome was a first place standing. Before the step show was repeated on the campus of GSU, a different Greek-letter organization presented the same show in California.

Last weekend, the Monroe Civic Center hosted a step show in which Greek-letter organizations competed for a $1,000 grand prize. Recently, the same Pan- Hellenic organization delivered a step show that was based on the theme of a show presented in the spring. The show was so close in theme that it has prompted me to write this letter. Fraud had occurred.

According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, fraud is an intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value. The end result was that this organization won the $1,000 grand prize by duplicating previous material from another Greek-letter organization’s step show.

Pan-Hellenic and non-Pan-Hellenic organizations take great pride in creating and performing step shows of skill, and no one agrees with duplications of their unique material. These are treasures only for their organization, which displays significant and distinct differences from one another that makes each unique.

Any ideas or groupings should be the property of that organization, not brought to another organization to be duplicated to fit its own needs or future use.