IFC votes 23-4 not to recognize AEPi
By Joey Marquez
The Interfraternity Council voted Wednesday night not to recognize the reorganized chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. The vote came a year after the disbanding of the Mu Tau chapter and the formation of a new fraternity, Delta Pi, by the 45 members asked to leave the chapter last April. The vote was 23 to 4, with five abstentions.
A decision to recognize AEPi would have made the MIT chapter a non-voting member in the IFC for one year. Such a trial membership is subject to suspension by a simple majority vote. Trial members must pay half of the normal dues and give the IFC a list of all activities, officers and financial statements.
Discussion held before the vote brought forth differing opinions from members of both the reorganized AEPi and DPi.
Keith Mackay '91, president of DPi, commented that AEPi is a fraternity that is "uncomfortable with people who don't follow Jewish ideals all the time." He also said that a statement given by AEPi to all living groups indicated that AEPi, although not directly stating that they would like an all-Jewish fraternity, indicated that the chapter was biased toward Jewish members.
Another IFC representative said that the former members of AEPi, who are now members of DPi, were treated unfairly and suggested that the IFC and the Institute should wait to rerecognize AEPi until all DPi brothers have left MIT.
David E. Borison '91, president of the reorganized AEPi,
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said that IFC members should "not be voting whether one likes AEPi." He stated that voting not to recognize AEPi would not be hurting the fraternity's national organization, but would hurt the members and the incoming freshmen.
Borison also added that the members should not base their votes on information reported by The Tech, and told IFC members that The Tech "sensationalizes everything they print."
Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups, insisted that the administration was not involved in the reorganization of AEPi and that they were dismayed when they heard that the national was reorganizing the MIT chapter.
Dorow also said that AEPi does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race or religion, as some former members of AEPI had charged.
IFC must release statement
Dorow and IFC president Holly L. Simpson '92 told the IFC that a statement giving the reasons for the decision must be written up for James R. Tewhey, associate dean for student affairs.
Dorow explained that a statement is needed because people outside of the MIT community, including the Mu Tau Corporation, AEPi national, and alumni, have deep interest in what is happening on campus. Some representatives said they felt that the IFC vote was a message to nationals that they should help brothers change their mistakes rather than interfere in or break up fraternities.
Another IFC representative cited a rumor she had heard that members of AEPi had badgered Jewish freshmen to join during this year's rush, and that she believed this behavior was unacceptable.
Simpson said that at the present time "a couple of presidents are summing up the reasons" given for the vote and that all of the IFC's member organizations will have the opportunity to review the statement and decide if it is what the IFC wants to present. Simpson added that the statement is necessary to "explain reasons" for the decision and to "make [the IFC's] position clear."
Dorow said that he "wished the [IFC] had voted differently." But he also added that the "IFC had some legitimate concerns about how AEPi national dealt with the reorganization" and said that he "respects" their decision.
Dorow and Tewhey both supported the recognition of AEPi at the last IFC meeting in March.
Tewhey could not be reached for comment yesterday.