AEPi Readmitted to IFCBy Judy Kim
After two years on inactive status, Alpha Epsilon Pi was readmitted to the InterFraternity Council last Wednesday by a majority vote.
According to AEPi President Jonathan D. Rosenberg '94, the fraternity applied for IFC recognition on April 1. "There was no official process. I made a speech indicating to the council that we would be applying" for recognition, he said.
Rosenberg said the IFC held an "in-depth discussion" two weeks later, after which the fraternity was officially recognized.
MIT withdrew recognition of AEPi as an independent living group two years ago in response to the reorganization of the Mu Tau chapter by the fraternity's national organization. Interviews conducted during the reorganization resulted in the expulsion of 45 of the chapter's 55 members.
All 10 members invited to remain in the fraternity declined to do so, and the chapter automatically became inactive, according to former IFC President Miles Arnone G.
Former AEPi members formed a new fraternity, Delta Pi, a month after AEPi was dissolved. The new fraternity was immediately admitted to the Interfraternity Council.
"Our repsonse is one of apathy," said Adam T. Singer '92, president of Delta Pi. "We have our own future and that's the focus of our energy. [The decision] is not our concern."
Application rejected last year
AEPi applied for recognition a year ago, but was rejected by the IFC. "We support last spring's IFC resolution rejecting AEPi and asking that they reapply at a later date," Singer said.
Judicial Committee Chairman Eric A. Ask '93 said he understands that AEPi was initially denied IFC recognition because of the heavy emotional involvement of expelled AEPi brothers. Last year's IFC chose not recognize the new AEPi "out of respect for the old AEPi members," he said. Ask said that most of "the old AEPi's are gone."
The IFC decided that it would be "unfair to deny [the new AEPi] admittance since there is an entirely new set of people" in the fraternity, said IFC President James F. Miskel III `93. The new AEPi members had "nothing to do with the old situation" and it seemed "silly not to recognize them" at this time, he added.
Rosenberg said that time was a major factor in gaining official recognition. Two years after AEPi began the reorganization process, "people now see us as a new, full-fledged fraternity."
Rosenberg understands and accepts the reasons for the IFC's initial refusal. A year later, the IFC realizes that "we want to get on with our fraternity," he said.
While the national organization is historically Jewish, "AEPi is completely non-discriminatory," said Rosenberg. Although "most of our social, cultural, and philanthropical events center around Judaism," anyone who is "comfortable with us" can rush AEPi, he said.
Miskel said the arguments for and against granting AEPi official recognition "were not based on religion." He said that "most MIT fraternities are Christian fraternities. On the same token, AEPi is a Jewish fraternity."
MIT policy forbids campus organization from discriminating on the basis of religion.
Ask, who ran the council meeting, said IFC decisions are based on majority vote, and that two-thirds of the total IFC membership were necessary for a quorum. Voting was conducted by written ballot, Ask said.