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New Year Brings Greater Efforts to Serve the Community and Connect with Alumni

By Aaron Lai ’18, Alumni Relations Chair

Carrying On Our Legacy of PhilanthropyFrom recruitment and community service to social events and on-campus involvement, the brothers have made great strides this semester, and the chapter has a lot to be proud of.

Rush and Recruitment
The brotherhood had an extremely successful rush week at the beginning of the semester, with events like Top Golf, Casino Night on the Ben Franklin Yacht, and dinner at Marrakesh, earning rave reviews from rushees. After several rounds of deliberations, we are proud to announce that we recruited 17 gentlemen. With pledges from Hong Kong and Zimbabwe to El Salvador, this year’s class is one of the strongest and most diverse yet.

Leadership
LEAD Chair Conrad Mascarenhas ’18 organized a brotherhood retreat just prior to the start of the semester. Topics discussed included reflections on internal culture and a review of our new member education program. In addition, Brother Mascarenhas and Eminent Commander William Archer ’18 recently co-founded the Greek Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and have been hard at work with the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life to promote diversity in Greek life at Penn.

Community Service
Under Community Service Chair Joe Dembik ’18, we have been involved in homeless outreach in Center City, bringing necessities like food and winter clothing to those in need. This semester’s plans to give back to the community include a clothing drive for Philly AIDS Thrift, a Red Cross blood drive at the Chapter House, and working shifts at a local soup kitchen.

Social
Social Chair Drew Boyette ’19 has worked hard this semester to organize successful and well-received mixers with Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Sigma Psi Zeta. Several more mixers are in the works for the rest of the year.

Alumni Involvement
As a reminder, we encourage all alumni to visit the house and see our fraternity’s progress firsthand! We have free Beta Rho Alumni hats for any alumni who drop by in person.