Beta Theta Pi - University of Minnesota

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Beta Pi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at the University of Minnesota

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A P u b l i c A t i o n o f t h e b e t A t h e t A P i S o c i e t y o f M i n n e S o t A the betA Piper SPRING 2018 Board of Trustees Amends Housing Policy All Beta Theta Pi Chapter Houses to Be Alcohol-Free by 2020-21 T he spring has been an exciting semester for Beta Pi. With 18 brothers newly initiated and 11 more men pledging, our chapter is growing in size and influence. We will be intentional and proactive in future recruitments to ensure we continue attracting the best men at the University of Minnesota. BQP BOARD OF TRUSTEES DRY HOUSE MANDATE Over the winter, BQP's Board of Trustees passed an amendment to the fraternity-wide housing policy, mandating that all 36 remaining "wet" houses become dry by the 2020-21 school year. Though this policy is a significant change and affects our members, we are thankful that our brotherhood is not built on alcohol, but on core values, shared experience, and genuine care for one another. SECOND-HIGHEST FRATERNITY GPA AT U OF M Last fall, our chapter performed strongly in academics, earning the second-highest GPA of the 30 fraternities on campus with our 3.36! Our intramural teams are also performing well, scoring a second-place win in the Greek broomball league during winter. ALUMNI AND FAMILIES VISIT CHAPTER HOUSE Beta Pi alumni returned to the chapter house on Friday, February 23, for food and fellowship before the Gopher basketball game. Brotherhood weekend was held at the home of Vail Baumer '20 on Lake Minnetonka, and included rounds of mafia, video games, and football. Our Parent's Day was held Saturday, April 7, giving Beta Pi families the chance to visit our chapter house and enjoy some social time and dinner with the chapter. SUPPORTING THE AURORA CENTER As of fall 2017, our philanthropic efforts now support an on-campus service known as The Aurora Center—a treatment center that provides support, resources, outreach, and education to students regarding sexual assault and relationship violence. This is an important issue within our chapter and on campus, and sadly, budget constraints have affected The Aurora Center's services. BROTHERS' CAMPUS COMMITMENTS Beta Pi members are committed to their involvements both in and outside of the fraternity. Several brothers participate in the snowboard and ski club, the volunteer tax assistance program, People Serving People, Jazba (an Indian dance performance), and TEDx (an independently-hosted TED Talks event). SPRING JAM AND SOCIAL EXCHANGES We will be paired up with Phi Mu, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Triangle, and Delta Upsilon for Spring Jam this year. Our members will participate in a variety of events, including Ballyhoo, a group dance competition, and Greek Beats, a battle of the bands event. We have a slate of social exchanges with sororities planned this semester, including bowling, yoga, and service events. Our chapter is always eager for Homecoming in the fall and the chance to connect with some of our seasoned alumni. The active chapter is always appreciative of opportunities to meet with alumni and thank you for your support. Because of you, members' collegiate experiences are enriched. Please feel welcomed to stop by the chapter whenever you're in the area. Yours in __kai__, David Bock '19 Chapter President (612) 968-4275 The 2018 executive team at the Keystone Regional Leadership Conference. Shane Claffey '19 and Nick Gionet '20 represent Beta in a campus charity hockey tournament.

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