SigIPhi to become chapter of AEPhiBy Angela Liao
Starting this month, Sigma Iota Phi, a local sorority for the past two years, will become a chapter of the national sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi, according to SIP President Deena S. Disraelly '96.
"We look forward to being part of something larger," said SIP member Naomi S. Korn '96. A "national [organization] can give us more focus and a lot of support, especially during rush."
SIP started as a local MIT sorority in the spring of 1993 and has been an associate member of the Panhellenic Association since then. Panhel approved SIP's request for national chartership in November 1993.
The decision to obtain chartership from AEPhi was reached by the sisters of Sigma Iota Phi and Panhel, after AEPhi representatives visited the sorority, Disraelly said.
This year's Panhel President A. Rebecca Mallin '95 foresees a lot of restructuring for the sorority. Joining a national "means extra support and a chance for [Sigma Iota Phi] to get stronger," Mallin said. "I am nervous for them, and I hope thing go smoothly for the sisters of SIP."
"It was an easy decision for most of the sisters," Disraelly said. "AEPhi came in, answered our questions, and talked to us. I think that they impressed people with their openness and their willingness to answer questions,"she said.
SIP chose to affiliate with AEPhi because it was "founded on Jewish values, principles, and morals which are similar to ours." said SIP Vice President Ophira J. Segal '96.
The two sororities also have similar histories. Before becoming a national sorority, AEPhi started out locally at Barnard College with a sisterhood of seven Jewish women. SIP was started here at MIT, also by seven women.