AEPi lowkey doing some discriminatory shit according to the Brown chapter president Ben Owens. The historically Jewish fraternity’s national organization is reportedly not living up to the chapter’s values — a surprising, and disappointing change of pace. According to Owens, the chapter takes issue with the “demeaning way that some representatives of AEPi National treated our non-Jewish brothers.”
Like most other historically Jewish Greek chapters, Alpha Epsilon Pi prides itself on Jewish values, but does not discriminate on the basis of religion…theoretically. But in practice, it’s not as clear.
“A national representative told one of our presidents that a non-Jewish person could never be his brother,” Owens wrote. “In addition to the attitude such a comment seems to underpin, we took issue with their singular focus on the number of Jewish brothers in our chapter. In one particular instance, our National sent us an email with stereotypically Jewish last names to search for during the rush process.”
Owens said the fraternity intends to retain its Jewish identity.
“This is a house that will be shaped by Jewish values and traditions, but will never discriminate on the basis of religion,” he said.
In addition to the unprofessionalism with regard to religion, the fraternity was disappointed in the sexual assault program which focused on risk management rather than prevention.
The fraternity will now be called Beta Rho Pi. The chapter can not disaffiliate as a whole, so each member will need to do so individually.
That shit ain’t Kosher..
[via The Jerusalem Post]