Institute should not rerecognize AEPi
I find it necessary to express my disappointment in the ready acceptance of the Alpha Epsilon Pi national organization by some parties in the MIT administration only one year after their poor treatment of MIT undergraduates and their disregard for the MIT administration ["AEPi seeks IFC recognition," March 8].
Although there is little question that the members of the fledgling AEPi organization on campus are motivated and have done some fine philanthropic work this year, there are still many reasons to be leery of allowing the AEPi national organization a foothold at MIT again.
Following the reorganization
of the Mu Tau chapter at MIT
by the national organization (in which 45 of 55 brothers were asked to leave allegedly for three violations of the chapter's insurance policy -- possession of an empty keg, postering for an open party and theft of a sign from
an Ohio school during a pledge trip), the Interfraternity Council voted 28-0, with one abstention, to withdraw recognition of the national organization on MIT's campus.
Although there were no questions about the seriousness of the accusations, many -- including the administration, the Undergraduate Association and the Interfraternity Council -- questioned the motives for the reorganization or took umbrage at its severity and lack of involvement with the Institute.
We think that it is very telling that none of the 13 members of the new AEPi organization were part of the old -- none of them were involved in the situation sufficiently to realize its gravity.
By that same token, we would encourage this new core of a potentially strong and productive organization to either choose a different national with more respect for MIT undergraduates or begin their own local fraternity from the ground up.
We are quite happy to note that they are recognized by the Association for Student Activities, because the undergraduate part of the organization reflects well on MIT.
Nevertheless, choosing a national with a history of confrontation with the MIT community seems an ill-considered idea. Waiting only one year before readmitting the national organization onto this campus is simply insufficient.
Aside from being an affront to those of us who were asked to leave last year, it does not send a sufficient message to the outside world that we at MIT care about the way our undergraduates and administration are treated.
We strongly encourage the IFC to consider these issues and to deny the national organization of AEPi recognition on this campus at this time.
Keith J. MacKay '91->