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Making Strides in Brotherhood Development

The first few months of Fall 2017 have been eventful for Beta Rho.  As our latest pledge class settles in for their first full semester as brothers, Beta Rho has made great strides in our commitment to community service, social programming, and brotherhood development. Presenting a positive image and continuing to improve the chapter relationship with the local community are more important than ever.

Outreach & Respect
Community Service Chair Joe Dembik ‘18 has organized, and continues to organize many opportunities for the brotherhood to give back to the community at large and make a difference. Recently, Andy Chen ’20 and Gabe Brodsky ’20 donated their time helping out at a local soup kitchen, while Dembik and Conrad Mascarenhas ’18 worked hard to assist with homeless outreach program. Brothers also participated in the annual March to End Rape Culture. The event is a powerful experience meant to raise awareness and provide strategies and practices to prevent rape and sexual assault. One of Beta Rho’s main priorities at all times is to provide a safe and open environment for all visitors.

Development & Health
During the end of August, LEAD Chair Justin Bean ’19 organized a very successful LEAD retreat at Seaside Heights, NJ. Meetings were held and discussions were had on improving the fraternity at large, such as by improving Greek relations and revisiting the rush process moving forward. There was also a renewed focus on personal and professional development within the fraternity. During breaks, brothers enjoyed the nearby beach and boardwalk. It was a very productive and successful retreat for all who attended.  

Towards the end of September, Steward Shay Moon ‘19 initiated a trial run for a fraternity meal plan. Three homemade meals have been sampled by the brotherhood so far. In addition, Matthew Zwimpfer ‘18 and Chaplain Scott MacGuidwin ’19 introduced Sigma Swole: an intra-fraternity fitness competition. In teams of 4 to 5, brothers are vying to see which team will reign supreme by the end of the semester. We want to wish the best of luck to all teams.

Date Nights & Mixer
Beta Rho recently hosted a Beach-themed BBQ, and just had our first date night of the semester, as brothers and their dates enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the house. More social events are scheduled ahead for the coming months, including a mixer with Zeta Tau Alpha and a Winter Date night in December. Stay tuned as we share more details on the website and in our monthly eletters.

Things are really beginning to ramp up as Beta Rho preps for Homecoming and Spring Rush. We will keep you updated with our progress, and hope that you will stop in and visit the house!