Reps speak of AEPi benefits
By Andrew L. Fish
Alpha Epsilon Pi's representatives at Tuesday's recruitment meeting told prospective members that joining could bring them useful contacts for life and access to sexual partners, as well as the more intangible feelings of fraternity brotherhood, according to students at the meeting. These promises were criticized <>
by Interfraternity Council President Miles Arnone '91, who said, "That's not what a fraternity is all about."
The meeting attracted approximately 15 students and was officiated by AEPi's Director of Chapter Services Andrew S. Borans. Members of the Boston University chapter also presented information. The meeting was not open to the press or the public.
According to students at the meeting, the BU pledge master, Mark Beckman, noted that brothers could stay at chapter houses while traveling around the country. He told the meeting that the brothers at those chapter houses would be happy to help visitors in many ways, and would even "get [them] laid."
Another BU brother then added, "Girls just love the letters <>
When asked about Beckman's remark, the new MIT chapter's lieutenant master, Steven H. Baden '92, consulted with others, then said the comment was made "in jest." Baden did not believe that other chapters truly engaged in this kind of activity, and <>
said, "No one joined because they were interested in that."
"It's not that we're not interested in getting laid," Baden added, but "I can't imagine anyone would join the fraternity for that reason." Baden explained that the visitation example was part of the BU brothers' attempt to show how supportive the members are.
While he felt the sexual remarks were inappropriate, Arnone added that the BU members "made some good points about brotherhood."
According to attendees, Borans told the meeting that a national fraternity provides members with the ability to "network" with alumni, who could help brothers in employment searches and provide recommendations. Baden said Borans was also trying to translate the abstract concepts of brotherhood into concrete terms and to show "that these people care about each other so much."
Borans also lectured the group on the history of AEPi and emphasized that "from the first day we have never been a discriminatory organization" and never will be.
According to students in the meeting, Borans said the MIT Mu Tau chapter was never closed, is still operating, and "will flourish."
Borans told the group that the national organization wanted freshmen to live in dormitories to develop outside friendships. However, because MIT derecognized the fraternity, freshmen cannot live in the chapter's house regardless of the national's wishes.
Borans told the students at the meeting that AEPi was going to try and regain recognition from MIT and the IFC.
After the meeting, Master David E. Borison '91 said BU brothers would occupy the MIT house next year. The MIT chapter would return the next year or the year after. He said the national had made "assurances" that the house would be available for the new MIT chapter.
The national organization has refused to comment on the situation. In addition, Borans told prospectives at the meeting that the national hopes its side of the story is never made public.