April 10, 2003
||The Brothers of Psi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi
||Deno P. Emili, President, Psi Diamond Association
||FAQ / Q & A
In [an] attempt to give an overview of the recent occurrences and
future plans for our beloved chapter, please allow me to take a brief minute from your day
to address the FAQ.
Q: Why did we do what we did?
A: A group of brothers, including myself, very close to the situation, felt that the
grades, financial status and comportment of the chapter had deteriorated to the point
where it reflected badly on those of us who had gone before, depreciating our financial
and spiritual assets. This was the
report as of last summer:
Recruitment: The chapter
currently stands at six members in accordance
with the records of the general fraternity.
Finances: The chapter currently owes $3,638.46 to the general fraternity and
approximately $7,700 to the Psi Chapter House
Academics: The chapter is currently 19 of 19 amongst student organizations on campus.
Pledge Education: Suspected hazing continues in the chapter, including
line-ups, physical and mental abuse, alcohol use and the Shep Test.
Risk Management: In the past two years, reported incidents have included kegs and marijuana use in the chapter.
Q: Is the mortgage on the house
A: Yes, the Psi Diamond Charitable Foundation
saw fit to do that at last years homecoming meeting.
Q: Is the house being used now?
A: No, it is unoccupied and locked up, but
there will minimal ongoing operation expenses such as repairs, utilities, security
Q: What can we look forward to?
A: We have a commitment from Bethany College
president Patricia Poteat to support our return in 2-4 years, with the assistance of the
general fraternity, based on its Men Of Principle initiative.
Q: What happens to the house
in the meantime?
A: Although there will be no active chapter in
the next few years, we are investigating possible uses for the house from now until then,
including as a general college residence.
Q: What can I expect at
A: The house will be closed [during] alumni
weekend, but I will be at the facility from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to greet returnees.
Q: What are the current
charitable foundation, house corporation and Psi Diamond Association account balances?
|House Corporation *
* Current receivables (rents from spring and fall 2002) total over
$10,000.00, while current miscellaneous payables are around $1,500.00
Q: What can I do to help?
A: Although we will continue to encourage and
welcome financial contributions, more critical will be a highly visible presence, through
our body of alumni and its organizations, of Brothers committed to spend the time and
effort necessary to bring Beta Theta Pi back to Bethany.
Q: Who do I contact?
A: You can always visit the Psi Net site for
information. I can be reached at:
Deno P. Emili
545 Clemson Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Vince Mikolay, a former chapter President now working for the general fraternity, can be contacted at 1-800-800-BETA. Checks for the reduction of
the chapters outstanding balance to Oxford of roughly $1,600.00 (down
from an initial amount of over $3,600, as a result of alumni contributions to date)
can be sent to Vince. Psi Diamond donations
can be forwarded to me. Dean
Lesiak (class of 73) is the contact for the foundation.
Thank you all again for your concern.
Deno P. Emili, 1100, class of 1978