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Baden, AEPi's vice president, resigns

Over the past few weeks, the reorganization of the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter on our campus has been a source of concern and distress for many members of the MIT community. As a principal actor in the construction of the new chapter, I would like to convey to the community some of my thoughts about what has transpired.

When I first heard that AEPi was reorganizing, I thought it would be a good idea to have a secular Jewish social group on campus. With this goal in mind and the support of several of my friends, I contacted the AEPi director of expansion, Andrew S. Borans. In our initial meeting, Borans made the idea of joining a national fraternity very appealing. Sold on the idea, we began working to form a new chapter. We believed that AEPi could have a very positive influence on this community.

After we had already become involved, we began to hear the other views on the reorganization. Increasingly, we have been flooded with information from many sides, learning "facts" from each that seem to contradict the others. That is why, <>

at the Undergraduate Association meeting, I was unwilling to defend the national, and felt that I might change my mind at any moment. On the one hand, I did not want to miss a great opportunity; on the other hand, I did not want to ally myself with an organization whose behavior I found reprehensible.

Having given the matter much thought, I have finally come to a conclusion, and I feel secure that it is the right one. I have come to agree that the reorganization of the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi was handled poorly, without proper consideration for the students involved, or for using the appropriate channels of action. I further think that at this time the existence of an AEPi chapter on this campus is an insult to the expelled brothers, the MIT Greek system, and the MIT community at large. In this spirit, I announce my resignation from the office of vice president of the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi, and dissociate myself from any further actions of AEPi.

In the last few days, I have spoken with almost all of the members of the new chapter. At the time of this letter, all but <>

four or five have expressed their agreement with my position, and have abandoned the fraternity. I expect that by the time this issue of The Tech is printed, this whole episode will be little more than an unpleasant memory.

As the person who initiated this objectionable endeavor, I want to apologize for my insensitivity to my fellow students, to the Interfraternity Council, and especially to the expelled brothers of AEPi.

Steven H. Baden '92->