In answer to B Mack and all others who have questions, a letter was mailed out by the General Fraternity last Friday, with a special note from Vince Mikolay, Psi class of 2000. Please feel free to contact me at the Psi Diamond Assocation if you would like a personal response to the issues.
The House was locked up 10 days or so ago because [the membership was not meeting] the financial operating obligations...
There has been a series of meetings and conference calls over the last few weeks between a number of Psi alums and the Dean of Students, Dean of Greek Life and the President of the College, as well as representatives of the General Fraternity. More information will be distributed as things become clearer during the week. It's been a trying time and its taken much effort, but we're working through the issues.
Bill Young '47, alumnus and former Bethany College professor, died late last week. He had been living in Jacksonville, Fla. Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Chambers Funeral Home in Wellsburg, W.Va. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Bethany Memorial Church.
I received a call from brother Bill Young's son last evening. He informed me that Bill had passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2002. Bill moved from Bethany to Jacksonville, FL about a year and half ago. He died in Jacksonville.
Bill was 80 years old, a member of the class of 1947, a veteran of WW2, wounded in combat, retired as department chair of the history and political science departments of Bethany college, board member for many, many years of the Psi chapter house Corp, Brooke county library and many other boards and organizations and a loyal Beta to the end.
Arrangements are pending at, Chambers Funeral Home, 1030 Main Street, Wellsburg, WV 304-737-3551. Obituary information is available at 304-737-1705.
A funeral service will held Saturday, January 4, 2002 in the morning at the Bethany Memorial Church, Bethany, WV.
I will handle flowers from the alumni. Either e-mail or call me @ (w) 304-547-0101, (h) 304-242-1262.
Here are a few details of our 12/3/02 meeting held at the Berkman Room (cafeteria back meeting room). The three "In-Town Fraternities" (title of the meeting) were represented.
Beta Theta Pi: Art Musicaro, Art Bertol, Dr. Robin Cole, House President Pat
Whitmore, Officer Adam Beyers
At this meeting for the college were: Dean John Cunningham, Joe Kurey, Mark Chernenko - counsel for the college and current board member; and Brian Cunningham - head of campus security. President Poteat also stopped by for this meeting and voiced her campaign to address binge and underage drinking problems at Bethany College.
John Cunningham offered that the fall freshman class was the largest in three decades at 358 students. A policy to "require" that Greek students live in their respective houses was suggested. Not discussed in this meeting but voiced prior to and after the meeting in private discussion was the desire of the school to place independent students in houses that are not to capacity. Cunningham reported that IFC is not a very strong organization and that needed to change - Panhellenic on the other hand is much more organized and effective. The school has adopted a policy to comply to FIPG - The Fraternal Information and Programming Group, the leading national organization addressing risk-management education and policies for fraternal organizations.
Town mayor, Sven DeJung also spoke - explaining problems that he has encountered with late night intoxicated students - some from Bethany, many from other schools. Garbage collection, grass cutting, noise, open containers, public urinating, vandalism, littering and combativeness were among the issues. Leadership building program was proposed as was a "Greek Day" idea whereby Greek organizations could join in with the town to conduct an improvement project (cleanups, fixing, building, etc.). The town of Bethany has recently implemented a tax on town buildings: 3 cents/square foot that will raise to 4 cents / square foot in two years.
Brian Cunningham spoke on fire safety. During this past summer there was a fire at the Sigma Nu house that had it not been for the sprinkler system, a major catastrophe may have occurred. This system though had not been properly tested/inspected in several years. Security does daily walk throughs for all campus housing and has an outside service check alarms twice a year and the sprinkler systems each quarter. He offered that school security would be willing to conduct daily checks of our houses as well as conduct a fire safety training program as requested. Brian also offered that the school has a "no smoking" policy in all college owned buildings and suggested that our houses should adopt the same.
Joe Kurey spoke briefly about the possibility of resuming the service of billing off campus students' housing costs. Issues that were voiced concerns that by collecting rents the college would be viewed as more liable for student actions should some incident arise; and the stipulation that no bills would be paid to the housing units until the money was first collected from the students. A review of tuition payment to the school by the off campus housed students showed an average of only about 50% on time payment at present. The implied proposal was that if the houses would concede on some items (such as security access to the houses, drinking policy adopted, etc.)
This is the information I have collected since we last talked:
1)We have a formal chapter meeting set for December 17th.
*denotes living in the house
4)GPA for house wont be released till next semester.
I hope this information will help you see the Psi Chapter is making strides in the positive direction. [If you have] any questions, please call me at 829-9806.
Yours in _kai_,
I'm sorry to inform you I will not be attending Bethany College for Various reasons next semester. I have given JR Kapanyko all the information I have compiled and all the tasks that needed to be completed. I have informed him how to use the reporting forms on the Beta Theta Pi web page. [Please contact JR for any additional information.]
Thank you for your time and devotion. I've tried my hardest to help the Psi Chapter to succeed. My departure is at a crucial time and I have stressed to the brothers the importance of persistence and finding a stable ground.
Bethany's homecoming weekend strengthens bond; Web site under construction
The rainy weather didn't keep the alumni from showing up at Bethany College's homecoming weekend. The muddy condition didn't stop the arrival of more than 50 Psi brothers.
"This was also a great time for our actives to really get in touch with some of our great alumni," reported Patrick Whitmore. "I felt the weekend was a great success and that the bond between our alumni and us really grew."
"I thank them for a great weekend and hope to see more of them in the future," added Whitmore.
At homecoming, Byron Shindler '77 volunteered to build a new web page in an effort to improve communication among the brothers. The web page is already under construction and should be ready to "go live" soon. Among other things the web page will include updates from House Corporation and PSI Diamond as well as how the active chapter is doing and what their needs are.
"We had what I felt was a very productive meeting and I think the web page will be one of the first results we'll see from that meeting," reported Bob Mackenzie.
Active chapter membership: 12
2002 Rush Results
Thanks very much to Pat Whitmore, the active chapter president, for making a real effort to make us feel welcome (and for the coffee and doughnuts).