Frosh must learn about AEPi, DPi
Rush is over for most fraternities. But while brothers from most houses are resting, others are just beginning the recruitment process. Two fraternities which face controversy this fall are Delta Pi and Alpha Epsilon Pi. Both distinguish themselves from other fraternities because they each lack a house. The events which caused this should be made known to all students before they choose to join either organization.
Last year, the brothers of DPi were known as the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi. After years of disagreements between the undergraduate brothers and the national fraternity, the chapter was reorganized. During this process, only 10 of the 55 brothers were asked to return to continue the fraternity. All of the remaining brothers were made "instant alumni." Of the ten brothers who were asked to stay, only one accepted. This one was a senior who was to graduate in June. Everyone else was immediately evicted from the fraternity house on Bay State Rd.
The reasons given for this action were three violations of the insurance policy which covered the chapter. One was the possession of an empty keg. Another was the chapter's postering in order to publicize a party. The third happened on a trip, when several brothers stole a sign from a school in Ohio.
We, the former brothers of the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi, never denied any of our actions. We always took whatever actions were necessary to change our policies when we were made aware that they violated our insurance regulations. When we were told that the national organization felt
that our actions were extremely serious and required strong punitive action, we did not imagine the type of discipline that the national had planned. We agreed that action was necessary, and were very willing to be thoroughly educated about the insurance policy in order to avoid any further violations. The surprise expressed by the brothers regarding the decision to reorganize was only exceeded by the complete shock toward the decision to evict the brothers from the house.
Several other motives have been suggested for the actions of the national office of AEPi toward its chapter at MIT. The one which is most controversial is that of discrimination. AEPi is, nationally, a Jewish organization. A strong majority of its chapters boast a total or almost total Jewish membership. Of the 55 members of the Mu Tau chapter, only seven were Jewish.
Although we no longer have a house, the actions which have been taken against us have made us realize that our house did not make our fraternity. The bonds of friendship and brotherhood which existed between us will exist forever. This is the reason why we have formed a new fraternity, DPi. With the support of many alumni, we have decided to continue our fraternity in order to share it with others. We know that it will be difficult, but it is very important to us.
During the spring of 1990, the national organization of AEPi recruited several students from the dormitories of MIT. These students were quickly initiated into the fraternity and were to continue the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi. The brothers of DPi were extremely insulted by this. We understood this to mean that our fellow students agreed with the actions taken against us -- actions which we, and many members of the MIT community, considered to be unfair. When one of the officers of the new Mu Tau chapter resigned toward the end of the spring term, he apologized for his inconsideration to us.
DPi will rush later this fall. We feel that we need a little time to experience how our fraternity will exist within the dormitory system. This way, we can give potential members an accurate idea of what our fraternity will be like.
AEPi began its rush on Tuesday, Sept. 4. According to one brother, they rushed, bid, and pledged some students before their first day of rush had ended. While the new Mu Tau chapter is not recognized by the MIT Interfraternity Council, it has the right to seek new members for its organization.
If you are thinking about rushing or pledging any fraternity, especially one of these two, find out all you can about its history first. Get all of the facts by speaking to many people with different viewpoints. Only in this way will you get a clear picture and make an informed decision.
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