Sarah Weinstein-Bacal understands that young men make mistakes.
She does not understand, however, why those mistakes should stop those young men from donating to charity.
At time of printing, 247 supporters have signed their name on a petition saying, essentially, they don't understand either.
The petition on change.org asks that UT's interfraternity council "allow fraternities on social probation to hold, participate in and donate to philanthropy events while on social probation."
As Fraternity Row faces increasing scrutiny, hazing charges have landed Lambda Chi Alpha and Sigma Chi on social probation.
The terms of social probation, as outlined in the university student handbook, state that organizations on social probation may not host social events, including mixers, date parties, formals and band parties. Social probation also prohibits student organizations from participating in university-affiliated activities, such as Homecoming.
The punishment on Lambda Chi Alpha prohibited the chapter from holding its annual "Watermelon Bust" to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. In 2012, Weinstein-Bacal participated in Watermelon Bust, running her sorority Alpha Chi Omega's team and personally raising $3,000.
This year, she raised no money at all.
"Okay, if you haze kids, if you do things you're not supposed to, I can totally understand punishing a fraternity," said Weinstein-Bacal a junior in supply chain management. "But allow them to still raise money."
She admitted that the fundraisers often have a social aspect, but pointed to the central focus of events like Watermelon Bust.
"Often philanthropy events are seen as a lot of fun, but the purpose is not to party," she said. "It's just really frustrating, because it comes down to, 'Oh, you want to take $12,000 from kids with cancer.'"
The figure she cited would have covered two days of in-patient treatment and represents last year's total donations from Watermelon Bust, one of several fraternity philanthropy fundraisers.
Most notably, Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Ace Miller Boxing Tournament consistently brings in approximately $100,000 for Knoxville's Golden Gloves gym.
Currently, SAE is not on social probation, so the spring bouts can go on as planned. And for Sorority and Fraternity Life Advisor Lindi Smedberg, staying off social probation is the simplest solution to Weinstein-Bacal's problem.
"I think our best case scenario would be that all the fraternities and sororities follow the regulations outlined in Hilltopics as proper student conduct," Smedberg said Tuesday, "and remain off of any type of disciplinary or social probation."
Weinstein-Bacal said she seeks a compromise and will take the petition to IFC once it has 1,000 signatures. She also plans to contact the charities of the fraternities currently on social probation and ask for letters of support from the organizations.
Some support has already arrived; Zac Hyder, junior in biological sciences and an SGA Senator, wrote to Weinstein-Bacal asking permission to adopt the petition as a bill in the Senate. Through SGA, he wrote that he hopes to "push the administration of UTK to recognize the importance of philanthropy in the UTK community."
For Weinstein-Bacal, permitting donations while continuing to restrict participation in the philanthropy events is not out of the question.
"If a fraternity on social probation has, let's say a $2,000 (philanthropy) budget, that's solely based for philanthropy events," she said. That money is just going to sit there and go to waste, or it will roll over.
"But donating money isn't going to hurt anyone. They are in fact taking money away from charities that haven't done anything wrong."