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Breaking: Beta Theta Pi Will Remain in House for 2017-18

The Beta Theta Pi house. Photograph by Jackie Greisen.

The Beta Theta Pi house. Photograph by Jackie Greisen.

The Beta Theta Pi house. Photograph by Jackie Greisen.

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter

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Whitman’s chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity is expected to remain in its house for the 2017-2018 school year, and possibly beyond.

Betas received the news following a Sunday meeting between fraternity leaders and the board of the Gamma Zeta Association, which owns the Beta chapter house at 925 E. Isaacs Ave. The meeting came a week after Gamma Zeta sent members an email announcing that the house would be closed for the fall semester and possibly longer due to low membership and what they called “declining commitment to the traditions of Beta on the Whitman campus.”

The house will remain open with 14 members living in it, according to sophomore Jules Choquart, President of the chapter. Earlier this week, Beta members and Gamma Zeta “struck a deal” under which Beta could recruit a minimum of 17 residents in order to keep the chapter open, according to first-year Jack Taylor. That, Taylor said, would provide enough in rent and utilities money to keep the house running.

Taylor managed to talk them down to 14, still more than twice the house’s current count of six residents. The housing corporation will subsidize the remaining costs. His argument, he said, was that Beta should put quality over quantity.

“After taking a few days trying to get those seventeen people, our big problem was not so much that we could not find people… but that we could not find dedicated people,” Taylor said. “Beta’s slogan is ‘men of principle,’ and so they really, genuinely wanted us to have men of principle.”

The 14 members who will live in the house, Choquart said, fit that bill.

“[Those members] were very interested in making that commitment that was necessary to get Beta on an upswing and get better rushes,” Choquart said. “Which involves everybody taking officer positions and of putting in the work necessary to get the infrastructure back in place and get it going again.”

The hope, Choquart said, is that Beta will be able to attract enough new members next fall and spring to eliminate the need for the subsidy.

Beta will still be running lean next year, with almost all current members taking on leadership positions, Choquart said. Elections will be held at the next chapter meeting to fill 13 positions—meaning all Betas but one will hold positions, since Beta expects to have only 14 members next fall.

Taylor, though, is optimistic.

“We’re not dead yet,” he said. “We’re not dying. Period.”

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4 Responses to “Breaking: Beta Theta Pi Will Remain in House for 2017-18”

  1. Ben Thaddeus Pigmenton on April 30th, 2017 10:37 pm

    As an alum who has grown more and more dissatisfied with Whitman since leaving in the late 90s, this is deeply unsettling. Whitman should have already banned Greek organizations and expelled all Greek students, in my opinion.


    Natasha Reply:

    Perhaps if fraternities become academic programs they’ll have a better chance at cancellation. This administration has turned a blind eye to druggings, actual crimes, yet cancelled academic programs without beating an eye.


  2. Hon "B.H." Sanderson on April 30th, 2017 10:50 pm

    So…is this the real story or is it going to change in a week? All I hear from the Wire is LIES and ALTERNATIVE FACTS!!! What’s next Phi becomes Delta, President Murray is a reptilian overlord, Trump won the popular vote???

    TLDR: wear your tinfoil hat when you read the Wire!


  3. BH Sanderson on May 1st, 2017 12:02 am

    Woooooo Beta Let’s go Rush Beta


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