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Beta Supports Friend’s Recovery: Suspends Operations at Wesleyan

Oxford, Ohio – 11 September 2014 – “As difficult as it may be at the beginning of the academic year for all of our undergraduate members to be moved by Wesleyan University out of the chapter house into alternative university housing, Beta Theta Pi undergraduates and alumni remain focused first and foremost on the recovery of the young woman who attempted to climb onto the roof of our chapter house this past weekend,” remarked Administrative Secretary Jud Horras. “She is a close friend to many undergraduate Betas and they are spending time in the hospital supporting her and her family. Initial accounts indicate this appears to have been a simple accident.”

“Beta Theta Pi has enjoyed 125 years at Wesleyan, but the chapter has been in the midst of an extensive period of self-renewal and reorganization following several years of challenging behavior. Moving forward and building positively on that reality, Beta Theta Pi must continue to accept responsibility for its members’ actions that have not lived up to the expectations of the University, community and larger General Fraternity. To that end, effective immediately, the Fraternity is downgrading the chapter’s status from “Probation” to “Suspension.” This will provide an opportunity for appropriate measures of collaboration to be acted upon as a result of examining the broader context of the chapter’s culture and its short- and long-term future. The University will receive Beta’s full commitment and cooperation during this process and will have an active partner in helping develop Beta’s future contribution to the student body and Wesleyan experience.”

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Known across the continent for its award-winning Men of Principle initiative, Beta Theta Pi ranks among the top 10 fraternities in number of chapters, undergraduate members and living alumni. This past academic year, the Fraternity achieved a 3.193 GPA, the highest mark in its 175-year history. Notable alumni include United States Senator Richard G. Lugar, Denison ’54, Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden, Purdue ’32, Wal-Mart Founder Sam Walton, Missouri ’40, Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, Oregon ’33, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Mike Schmidt, Ohio ’71, and Retail Guru Bruce Nordstrom, Washington ’55.

Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and consists of nearly 9,400 undergraduates on 131 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. The Fraternity serves more than 128,000 living alumni, some 1,500 volunteers, countless Friends of Beta and the parents of all undergraduates.

The Mission, Vision and Core Values of Beta Theta Pi

Mission: To develop men of principle for a principled life.

Vision: Every member will live Beta Theta Pi’s values.

Core Values: To build lasting bonds of friendship and brotherhood, Beta calls for:

  • Mutual Assistance – Betas believe that men are mutually obligated to help others in the honorable labors and aspirations life.
  • Intellectual Growth – Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement.
  • Trust – Betas develop absolute faith and confidence in one another by being true to themselves and others.
  • Responsible Conduct – Betas choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of their actions on themselves and those around them.
  • Integrity – Betas preserve their character by doing what is morally right and demanding the same from their brothers.