AEPi frosh approved housing status rewards discrimination
(Editor's note: The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey.)
It has come to my attention that you have granted status as Freshmen Approved Housing to the Mu Tau chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi.
I object to this because it rewards the Mu Tau chapter for its wrongdoings during the past year, it condones the actions of the national organization of AEPi, and the Interfraternity Council expressly voted against admitting the Mu Tau chapter into the IFC. I strongly urge you to reconsider.
Granting this status was a reward for the Mu Tau chapter. A reward which it did not deserve. You have rewarded the chapter for their very controversial rush practices this year, which some students have considered as harassing.
You have rewarded this chapter for acting against the requests of Neal Dorow, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups, during rush week last year.
Dorow asked the chapter to postpone their rush until after the main fraternity rush. Not only did they not wait, but the members of the chapter were wearing their letters at the freshman picnic, before rush even began. This is certainly not behavior consistent with a group that plans to respect Institute policy and the administration in the future, and this is certainly not a group worthy of being rewarded.
By granting this status to the Mu Tau chapter, you have subsequently sent a message to the national organization of Alpha Epsilon Pi that their actions in the past were acceptable.
This is an organization which kicked out 45 of its members, and refused to accept the input of the MIT administration during the process. There is strong evidence that the national organization of Alpha Epsilon Pi is a discriminatory organization, and does not belong at MIT.
A national representative can be quoted as saying, during an interview with a former brother of the Mu Tau chapter, "Don't worry, you're Jewish. You'll get into the new chapter." While the MIT administration has officially concluded that AEPi is not a discriminatory organization, you yourself concluded that "there was a hidden agenda" behind the reorganization.
By granting this status to the Mu Tau chapter, you have demonstrated your disconcern with the actions and attitudes of the Interfraternity Council.
You have not only destroyed the credibility of the IFC, but you have clearly shown to the MIT community that you do not care about the thoughts of the students. I believe that this is totally unacceptable for an administrator in your position.
I can think only of one reason for your actions. This is that you have chosen the path of least resistance, instead of acting on what you know to be correct.
I understand, from personal experience, that the threats of AEPi's lawyers are not an easy thing to deal with. I also understand the effects of constant communication from Alfred H. Bloom '50.
These things, however, are not valid reasons for making an administrative decision which carries such strong effects. I urge you to reconsider your choice.
If you will not rescind the status as Freshman Housing from the Mu Tau chapter, then I strongly suggest that you explain your actions to me, the IFC, and the MIT community, with whom you will have to work in the future.
Lawrence P. Lubowsky '92->