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Though the fraternity is just
getting back to campus this year,
Beta began a self-improvement
campaign about 14 years ago,
when the national fraternity "took
a real honest look in the mirror
and it didn't like a lot of the things
that it saw," Fernandez said.
Many of its chapters had seri-
ous risk management problems,
low academics and dwindling
alumni involvement. To combat
these issues, national Beta lead-
ers created the "Men of Principle
Initiative," which started as an
option for chapters but is now a
mandatory program for all the
"(The initiative) wasn't neces-
sarily something new," Fernan-
dez said. "It was just the same
things that we are supposed to be
about, but it was repackaged and
The national Beta organization
closed the University's chapter of
the fraternity three years ago, not
for any specific reason they say,
but because of a series of actions
that "didn't meet" or "align" with
the national organization's stan-
dards, Fernandez said.
"The guys weren't bad guys.
They were smart; they got good
grades," he said. "There were just
some things that the (chapter's)
culture holistically wasn't meet-
ing with some of our expecta-
Fernandez said the chapter had
repeated risk violations and failed
to comply with sanctions from
Fernandez said the national
Beta organization wanted to
return to the University because it
is home to "high caliber students."
In addition, Fernandez said the
fraternity has an extensive his-
tory on campus.
The chapter is recruiting new
members using both conventional
and unconventional methods, Fer-
LSA senior Brett Vasicek, vice
president of internal recruit-
ment for IFC, said he was "very
impressed" with Beta's presenta-
tion last night, adding that he sees
the fraternity becoming a very
Instead of having a traditional
recruitment process, the fraterni-
ty is using an application process,
whereby the fraternity contacts
specific students and asks them if
they are interested in joining. The
chosen students are then given
an application form and awarded
bids on a rolling basis.
So far 25 men have been given
applications and 10 have been
returned. Fernandez said officials
are planning to hand out the bids
by the end of this week and over
the weekend. Fernandez added
that the fraternity is in contact
with about 150 men and is con-
tinuing to contact more.
LSA senior Joseph Eisman,
who was at the meeting last night,
said he's involved in three student
organizations and co-chairs two
of them, but that he's still inter-
ested in joining the fraternity.
Eisman said one of the hard-
est parts of being a senior is find-
ing an organization that utilizes a
senior's unique role. He said Beta
provides this opportunity by
allowing him the chance mentor
LSA sophomore Hari Vutukuru,
another interested potential new
member of Beta who is involved
in four student organizations, said
the chance of a fresh start that the
fraternity offers is what drew him
"Having an opportunity to
leave a mark or a legacy on cam-
pus as well as distinguish our-
selves from other fraternities on
campus is what drew me," he said.
"I'm interested in being a part
of enhancing the Greek experi-
ence and shatter the stereotype of
Vasicek said once IFC's official
recruitment period ended, Fer-
nandez began actively recruit-
ing members. Once the chapter is
established with members, it will
participate in official recruitment
like all the other chapters.
Since the fraternity is start-
ing from scratch, all new mem-
bers will start from the same spot
regardless of their year. The exec-
utive positions will be filled by the
accepted numbers in a "hybrid"
form by another application pro-
cess, Fernandez said.
Fernandez added that one of
the main goals of the fraternity
is to bridge the gap between "the
university life and Greek life,
because sometimes, as we know,
they operate separately."
The organization is already
on its way to fulfilling the mis-
sion through creating an advisory
board featuring women, other fra-
ternity members and non-Greeks,
Another way Beta is looking to
connect to the University com-
munity is by offering a scholar-
ship to any male that is interested,
regardless of if he is involved in
"That's something I was
impressed with," Vasicek said.
In addition, Fernandez said the
fraternity is holding itself to much
higher academic standards and
requiring a minimum of 20 hours
of community service to make
membership more than "a mere
Additionally, members of Beta
are required to be part of at least
one other organization on cam-
pus, Fernandez said.
"Beta shouldn't define your
college experience," Fernandez
said. "It should be part of it, but it
shouldn't define it."
Fernandez said the house,
located on State Street where the
The Beta fratnerity house yesterday. Members are slated to move in this
current "Graduate House" resides,
was renovated last summer and
will undergo another renovation
this summer to give it a "classy"
appearance, adding that the house
will be completely substance-free.
"(The house) is a place where
hopefully men are proud to bring
their parents, proud to bring their
friends and their girlfriends," Fer-
nandez said. "It's a place where
(members) can study, where
(members) can have nice things
and when we have events with
alcohol we're going to do it with
Vasicek said Beta's decision
is part of a trend of fraternities
choosing to be substance-free.
housing keeps the focus on the
values of the national fraternity
as opposed to having big parties
at the house," he said. "They also
don't have to worry about some-
one getting hurt or having the
beautiful, historic and expensive
chapter house being destroyed."
Members of Beta will be mov-
ing into the house next fall. The
maximum capacity of the house
is roughly 60, but Fernandez esti-
mates it will probably have 45
members for the next few years.
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nience store in the area, 7-Eleven
will be a good business to have
"Students know they're getting
good products for a decent price,"
Engineering junior Cailtin
Cramer echoed Chaconas's sen-
timents, saying she was looking
forward to having more options on
campus for food and drinks.
"I'm excited to have new food
choices on campus, including their
Slurpees," Cramer said.
Benne said the 7-Eleven expe-
rience in Ann Arbor will be well-
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Jerome Kamano, owner of Diag
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340 South State St., said he doesn't
see the new 7-Eleven as competi-
tion because his business provides
good and fast service.
Kamano added that his busi-
ness has the advantage of having
an already established following.
Though convenience stores have
come and gone in the past, they
haven't affected his business,
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