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IFC votes to admit Delta Pi fraternity

By Andrea Lamberti

Delta Pi, the fraternity recently created by some former Alpha Epsilon Pi members, was admitted to the Interfraternity Council Wednesday night, by a vote of 17-0, with one abstention.

The IFC admitted the new fraternity as "a member with full privileges and responsibilities," according to a proposal submitted by the brothers of Delta Pi.

The fraternity will "not actively participate in fall rush," but will rush this summer "in anticipation of a delayed rush during the spring term, 1991," and will have an information booth present during Residence/Orientation Week.

In addition, Delta Pi's membership will be "subject to a final review and evaluation by the IFC in one year," according to the proposal.

Delta Pi decided to postpone its rush until the spring to allow time for the group to gain character within the dormitory system, according to President Lawrence P. Lubowsky '92. "Without having existed as a fraternity in the dormitory system, we don't feel we can give freshmen an honest opinion on what it will be like to be in our fraternity," he said.

IFC president Miles Arnone '91 also commented that the fraternity probably needs "to do a little soul searching and decide what their identity's going to be."

The process by which Delta Pi was admitted to the IFC was unique. There are set policies for admitting new independent living groups, for example, and for readmitting ousted ILGs, Arnone said. But because the new fraternity is made up of former members of AEPi, which was reorganized by the AEPi national organization earlier this semester, Delta Pi "falls between the cracks," Arnone said.

Advisor to Fraternities and Independent Living Groups Neal H. Dorow welcomed Delta Pi to the IFC at the meeting. In reference to public discussion on the reorganization of AEPi, Dorow said, "Let's just quiet down about this. . . . Some parts of the Jewish community [feel] that this may be an anti-Semitic issue."

Dorow emphasized that MIT's decision to derecognize the fraternity was a result of the "way [the national] went about removing members from the organization," and was not based on any "religious" or "discrimination" issues.

"We believe the charges [the national] had against the chapter were valid, we just don't agree with the way they responded," he added.

During a meeting yesterday between Lubowsky and Rabbi Daniel Shevitz, Shevitz "expressed his concern that anti-Semitism could be interpreted from the situation," Lubowsky said.

But Lubowsky said that "as far as we're concerned, there are no anti-Semitic motivations within our house."