Delta Pi Recharters Sigma Nu ColonyBy Brian Rosenberg
Local fraternity Delta Pi is no more. On Dec. 21, its members accepted an invitation to join Sigma Nu, a national fraternity. As a result, DPi has become a colony of Sigma Nu.
Sigma Nu "offers us a lot of support and resources -- the strength of a national organization, other chapters to go to around the country," said Keelan K. Yang '94, president of the SN colony.
Yang and the approximately 10 other colonists hope to recharter the Epsilon Theta chapter of SN. The chapter was active from 1922 until 1974, when it began admitting women and broke off from the SN national organization to become the independent living group Epsilon Theta.
ET Commander Albert S. Fischer '94 said ET found out about SN's recolonization last week. "Our reaction is basically, `Congratulations'," he said. "They have a lot of work ahead of them," he cautioned. Fischer commented that his title is a relic from ET's days as an SN chapter.
DPi members first considered joining a national fraternity in early 1991, only a year after they banded together following their expulsion from the Mu Tau chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. This year, "the younger brothers who didn't have the bad experience with AEPi thought it would be cool to try a national" organization, Yang said.
In September, William J. Park '93, then DPi president, met with Neil H. Dorow, adviser to fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. "They indicated they were thinking about affiliating with a national, so I gave them names of groups that had previously had chapters at MIT as well as some background about them," Dorow said.
Park said Dorow focused on Sigma Nu. Dorow explained by saying that SN "had contacted our office off and on indicating a desire to come back to campus." Dorow said SN also offered the former DPi chapter the advantage of alumni from MIT who "could potentially be a source of support."
Representatives of SN's national organization came to campus in late October and met with members of both DPi and the fraternity's corporation.
"We decided to go with them because of their somewhat laissez-faire attitude, plus they can provide us with a lot of valuable support and resources," Yang said. "With them, we'll have other chapters to go to and the security of being part of a larger organization."
The national extended an invitation to Delta Pi in early December, and the chapter accepted on Dec. 21.
Yang described the current situation as "an engagement -- each of us can see if it's really a good match, if we get along." Yang said he did not know how long the colonial period would last. "It depends on what we can get done as far as establishing a constitution and proving that we are a strong chapter," he said.
Yang said he hoped becoming a colony would make it easier for the fraternity to obtain housing; DPi did not have a house. "The situation in Boston is still tough, though," he said.
"Housing, whether from the Institute or independently, is easier to obtain if a group is stable," Dorow said.
The InterFraternity Council approved a resolution on Wednesday night granting the colony full recognition and membership. Yang said the colony plans to rush this semester.