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Welcome parents of all the current or potential members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity here at FAU!  Here at the Phi Alpha chapter we strongly value parental involvement.  We invite you to read some frequently asked questions about our values and missions stated just below!


What is Alpha Epsilon Pi?


Alpha Epsilon Pi is a male social fraternity founded with the mission of building the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. We are part of a thriving national fraternity that enhances the college experience both academically and socially.  AEPi strives to be involved in all campus activities, community activities, and alumni activities.

 

How does the Recruitment Process work?


A student can join the fraternity by first getting to know the members (a period called "rush" and then a period of new member education, commonly referred to as pledging.

The rush period is simply a few weeks where the fraternity hosts events that allow potential members to interact with current members and become familiar with the organization. Examples of events include dinners, sports nights, Shabbat dinners, and more. All events are alcohol free.

The pledge period is a program where new members learn more about the organization, meet all of the brothers, and get a feel for what it is like to be a full member.  Examples of programs include retreats, event planning workshops, study sessions, and tours of the campus in relation to other Greek organizations.


What about hazing? Isn't that part of the pledge program?

 

There is absolutely no hazing in Alpha Epsilon Pi!! All programs in the pledge process are designed to familiarize the new member with the fraternity and build positive bonds. Hazing is absolutely prohibited and if at any time members feel uncomfortable they can call our national headquarters at 1-800-BAD-AEPi and speak to our national staff. 

  

Does it involve financial obligations?


Yes, being in fraternity costs money. Much of these funds go to our national organization to support the many leadership initiatives, programming, and administrative costs including insurance.

The majority of the money stays with the local chapter and goes towards subsidizing programming and food. All money is budgeted before each term and the chapter reviews the allocations and votes on them before any money is spent. Chapter leadership also applies for many grants and scholarships to add to our funding without charging the brothers more money.

 


Why should my son join?


The answer to this question depends on the person, but in general being in a Greek organization enhances the college experience and continues providing a benefit long after graduation.

Judaism - Our chapter allows members to stay connected (or to connect for the first time) with their Jewish heritage and culture. All religious activities are optional and fun. We have members that are orthodox, conservative, reform, and secular. Our policy is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and enjoy their culture on their own terms. We host everything from rabbi lunch and learns to holiday dinners to fundraisers for Jewish charities.

Social interaction - Greek life offers the opportunity to meet hundreds of people from varying majors and ages that you would not normally meet.

Grades - The average Alpha Epsilon Pi member at FAU has a higher GPA than the all other IFC fraternities average. We provide tutors, study sessions, and time management workshops along with rewards for classroom achievement to help our members succeed academically.

Leadership - Alpha Epsilon Pi prides itself on bringing out the best in all of its members. Pledges and brothers set personal goals for themselves and are responsible for working towards these goals. Whether it is good grades, losing weight, or learning a new language we push our members to excel in every way. Our brothers learn to lead here and run many student organizations as a result of this experience.

Networking - Our vast alumni network allows for easier co-op placement and many job opportunities after college. No matter what your major we can help you get the job. We also host regular resume workshops and mock interview sessions to prepare our members for the world after college.

 

I'm still not completely convinced Alpha

Epsilon Pi is right for my son?  Isn't Greek

Life all about Parties and Drinking?

 

There are a lot of stereotypes about fraternities and Greek life in general. Alcohol, drugs, hazing and more are sensationalized in the media and in TV shows. This is not how it works at Alpha Epsilon Pi. We encourage anyone to contact our current Master Justin Gitterman at aepi.fau@gmail.com if you have any concerns about hazing, drugs or alcohol abuse, or grade disputes.