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Editorial lacks proof

Your editorial opposing Interfraternity Council recognition of Alpha Epsilon Pi was way off base ["Do not recognize AEPi," March 19].

For some reason, you have insisted on repeating old charges of discrimination as if they were fact. MIT's derecognition of AEPi had nothing to do with these calumnious charges of religious discrimination, as has been made clear by the administration several times.

To offer them up again without qualification, and then to base your opinions on them as if they were substantiated, is a disservice to integrity.

The brothers of the old AEPi, now members of Delta Pi, are angry at their national organization, and you seem to have fallen into an uncritical identification with their desire to punish their fellow students. They do have a case: Their national was heavy-handed in enforcing its rules and in imposing sanctions without coordinating with the Dean for Student Affairs.

For its part, the national AEPi felt that its MIT chapter was an embarrassment. Their infractions were neither trivial nor infrequent, and they had distanced themselves from their national organization's mission.

All this is history. The current reality is that a group of well intentioned students has reconstituted the chapter in accordance with the national's identity as a Jewish fraternity. The brothers of Delta Pi have their own, recognized fraternity, closer to their identity than their old one. They are certainly entitled to this, since they are now trying to play by the rules.

So are the new AEPi brothers -- there is no defensible reason not to welcome them.

Rabbi Daniel R. Shevitz->


MIT Hillel->