PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

More Information on the Reestablishment of Beta Theta Pi

Beta Theta Pi House - 220 North Burrowes Rd.
Beta Theta Pi House - 220 North Burrowes Rd.

First, let me clear something up: there is no Schreyer “takeover” of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi. After the previous members of Beta were asked to leave last year, the alumni leadership of Beta Theta Pi began developing a unique vision for the social fraternity.

Dean Christian Brady of the Schreyer Honors College was asked and agreed to be part of a team of mentors and advisers to new members. Students are being recruited from the Honors College to join Beta 2.0, but other campus organizations including Cru, Lion Ambassadors, and UPUA are being reached out to as well.

The new Beta Theta Pi will feature an alcohol-free chapter house and a hazing-free pledge education program. While the chapter will still have a healthy social life, the alumni (read: Don Abbey) hope that the focus will be on traditions, values, leadership, and character development. The fraternity will offer a Leadership Program (funded by the Abbey Leadership Program) to supplement the pledge education program and extend real world resources to members through the entire experience.

Having a dry house does not mean that Beta will be a dry fraternity. The brothers will still be allowed to host socials involving alcohol at bars, restaurants, hotels, and through partnerships with other fraternities. There won’t be much opportunity to break the dry rule either. The house now has a security system featuring security cameras covering internal and external common. The system’s purpose is ostensibly to safeguard the property, its residents, and their guests… but considering the house’s history, it might also be intended to protect the property from its residents.

Those involved with reestablishing Beta hope that it will create a precedent for other fraternities at Penn State in confronting the issues that most affect the Greek community: stereotypes about who Greeks are; negative views on the recruitment process; and suspicions of obscene alcohol consumption.

Jeff Rundle, the Reestablishment Director for the local chapter, explained in an email,

We realize that Beta Theta Pi is in a unique position to provide an undergraduate experience that connects great men with all that Penn State has to offer. We are recruiting men who are already leaders within the university community and who seek an opportunity to help build and shape the future of Greek life on this campus. Our chapter will build a brotherhood based on shared values of service, academic excellence, and mutual respect. Through strong partnerships with the University, student organizations, the Greek community, and our alumni, we can return to the true reason fraternities began – namely, to help men of character grow and succeed through the development of life long relationships.

The chapter is still recruiting its first group of brothers, who will be allowed to live in the house starting next fall.

About the Author

Dennis

Dennis is a rising junior majoring in IST with a minor in Supply Chain. Outside the classroom, Dennis is an ITS Lab Consultant, a member of the Penn State Blue Band Drumline, and the current President of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. Check out his website at www.DennisSiller.com

Comments

More by Dennis

NRC Graduate Program Rankings

The National Research Council (NRC) released its 2010 doctoral program (graduate school) rankings on Tuesday. The NRC does this type of release every 10 yrs, though the last release took place in 1995. This data is taken very seriously by many firms that judge our institutions. Let’s see what the report says…

Your Penn State Web Space

Panhellenic Pride Week

Athletics

Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend