Recolonization Under Way for SAEBy Jina Kim
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter at MIT held its official recolonization ceremony this past Saturday, and has been recognized as a “colony” by the national SAE organization.
Nine pledges participated in the ceremony on Saturday. It was conducted by alumni of the former SAE chapter at MIT and officials from the national SAE organization. “Colony” is the official SAE term for a fraternity chapter in its beginning stages.
The pledges will eventually be initiated into brotherhood with the help of alumni and other local SAE chapters at Harvard, Emerson, and Boston University.
“It’ll be six to twelve months before we’re a chapter,” said Matthew W. Adkisson ’05, one of the nine pledges.
IFC recognition next step for SAE
MIT currently views the SAE chapter as an interest group on campus, said David N. Rogers, assistant dean and director for fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Rogers said that MIT and the Interfraternity Council have been working closely with SAE in the process for IFC recognition.
The SAE chapter must convince the IFC that there is a need for its presence on campus, said Rogers.
SAE has been allowed to return to MIT since Fall 2002, after being shut down in 2000 for allegedly serving alcohol to a 19-year-old Wellesley College student who was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Rogers said that the SAE alumni and national SAE members were not ready to reform the MIT chapter at that time.
Recolonization of the SAE chapter has been under serious consideration “since the beginning of the summer” of 2003, said Adkisson.
SAE hopes event will draw notice
SAE will not participate in spring rush this school year, but it is “selectively recruiting” more members, said Adkisson.
Rogers said that buying and moving into a house will take between three to five years and would require at least twenty-five members.
In the meantime, SAE has been advertising a costume party at the Big Easy, co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Institute of Pharmacology.
The Boston University, Emerson, and Harvard chapters of SAE jointly hosted a successful party at the same location last month, said Adkisson. He said that he hopes this event will help “set our name out” and also provide the chapter with experience in planning large social events.
Steps for IFC recognition
IFC recognition involves a number of rigorously outlined procedures. Groups must first submit a petition that includes a statement of purpose, a constitution, and a no-hazing pledge.
The IFC President’s Council then votes on whether to award associate membership status to the group or not. Associate members are able to participate in IFC activities, but do not vote in the President’s Council.
After another vote, a group can then become a probationary member for at least one academic term. The chapter is recognized as a fully-privileged member of the IFC after a final vote.