ALPHA EPSILON PI (Α Ε Π)
RHO DEUTERON CHAPTER
FOUNDED: 1913, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
ORIGINALLY CHARTERED AT DELAWARE: 1925
AEPI CHARTERED AT DELAWARE: 1948
COLORS: GOLD & BLUE
SYMBOL: LAMP AND LION OF JUDEA
LOCAL WEBSITE: http://www.rdaepi.org
NATIONAL WEBSITE: http://www.aepi.org/
Chapter Statement: "Alpha Epsilon Pi, like other fraternities with a Jewish heritage, was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by adapting to change. We are a group of brothers who live together, eat together, work together, and spend quality time together. We are men who seek to enhance our college experience, complimenting our academic pursuits by providing a fun and supportive environment that allows us to thoroughly enjoy everything that the University of Delaware has to offer.”
National Statement in Brief: Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the community and serving as a link between high school and career.
Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance. The role of Alpha Epsilon Pi has expanded since its inception in 1913. Initially, the Jewish fraternity served as a brotherhood of young men who came from similar religious backgrounds and who had experienced the same prejudices against their religious beliefs. Alpha Epsilon Pi soon broadened its role to include serving as the living quarters for some of its members. The fraternity became a home away from home, providing the same stabilizing and guiding values that students previously gained from their families. Armed with these values, Alpha Epsilon Pi faced changing conditions on the college campus and survived. Today, Jewish students search out Alpha Epsilon Pi because it is a Jewish fraternity. In the fraternity's 95-year history, over 77,000 men have worn the badge of Alpha Epsilon Pi and each year, over 2,100 undergraduates perform the Ritual of Initiation, which remains the same ritual adopted decades ago.
Throughout our history, the fraternity setting has served as a "learning laboratory," a testing ground for young men who later become leaders in business, education, government, religion, and science. A goal of our fraternity is to help each student to develop character, to learn responsibility, and to develop a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood. Alpha Epsilon Pi prepares young men for their role in life as responsible citizens.
Therefore, our basic purpose is to provide the opportunity for a Jewish man to be able to join a Jewish organization whose purpose is not specifically religious, but rather social and cultural in nature. Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity, though non-discriminatory and open to all who are willing to espouse its purpose and values.
Information taken from http://www.aepi.org
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