Brother Retreat 2010
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Everyday TEP Life
Throughout America, there’s a horrible stigma surrounding fraternity life. With hazing lawsuits popping up around the nation, poor movie depictions (you may have seen Animal House), and concerns about academics falling behind, it’s not surprising that many incoming college students would be hesitant to join Greek life. It’s even less surprising that even more parents are hesitant to let them. However, Tau Epsilon Phi boasts a long line of dedicated men, bonded by our three ideals of friendship, chivalry, and service.
As a past Interfraternity Council member, I’ve seen the pros and cons of Greek Life at Rensselaer and can say with conviction that our school gives a whole new meaning to being a ‘frat guy’. Between deep alumni networks, a strong Greek and college community, and a GPA that consistently matches or surpasses the RPI average, any young man can easily find a promising home with a lifelong group of friends he can rightfully call ‘brothers’.
But why choose TEP? With nearly thirty other fraternities, what makes Tau Epsilon Phi the best? Well, although clichéd, we’re not like other fraternities. Throughout the house, brothers have many diverse interests. They range from motorcycles to video games, cooking to crafts. We also have many brothers participate on our chapter’s intramural sports team, the Heaving Spleens. In addition to this, our alumni network extends back to 1958, with many brothers and alumni in the engineering and computer science fields. Academically, each brother pursues their discipline to a full, comprehensive knowledge, in both class and in real-world contexts.
However, the defining trait of Tau Epsilon Phi that makes us stand out is the closeness our brotherhood has. Many brothers will say the reason they decided to join TEP was the closeness they saw throughout the fraternity, despite very different personalities. Because of the proximity to campus, being just past the Student Union, many brothers are by the house on a regular, if not daily basis. In my personal experience as a brother, I can recount only great times spent with this fraternity, and I’m proud to say that I am a Tau Boy. TEPs are Tops!
Dave "Dan Queed" Cass
Class of 2013
Welcome to the official website for the Epsilon Iota chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi. Tau Epsilon Phi boasts a very tight-knit brotherhood, not only at RPI but also with our other chapters around the country. We are always welcoming to other TEP brothers, no matter where or when they joined. A wide variety of majors and backgrounds, with an even broader spectrum of interests, can be found in the house. The brotherhood currently consists of 14 active brothers who are all dedicated to upholding our ideals of Friendship, Chivalry, and Service.
The chapter house located at 1991 15th Street provides boarding for twelve. Some notable rooms in the house include a furnished balcony and an industrial kitchen which was built just a few years ago.
TEP was founded at Columbia University on October 19, 1910 by ten Jewish men seeking a brotherhood free from exclusion based on race, religion, or creed. TEP was first founded at RPI in 1957 and was re-founded in 1988, after a struggle with low membership felt by many fraternities in the 1970s. Due to events in the mid-1990s and 2000s, the Epsilon Iota chapter temporarily broke away from the national organization and founded Tau Epsilon Pi on October 19, 2009, dedicated to preserving the customs, traditions, and ideals of the fraternity the chapter loves. Following the removal of a corrupt national officer in 2010, Tau Epsilon Phi is now back on its feet and on June 1, 2011 the Epsilon Iota chapter rejoined the ranks of our fellow Tau Boys. An extended history and more information on the national fraternity can be found at the TEP National website: www.tep.org.
For more information on the members, rush, and contact information, be sure to check out the rest of the site and feel free to come by the house any time. TEPS are TOPS!
Zachary "Mad-Eye" Hayes
Each spring, the brothers of Tau Epsilon Phi here at RPI participate in three main philanthropy events.
One of these events is a blood drive. The past two years we have co-hosted this event with Pi Beta Phi sorority, and we plan to do so again next year.
During GM week, TEP hosts the RPI's Favorite Fraternity competition. People vote for their favorite fraternity on campus by placing money in a cup with the fraternity's letters on it. At the end of the week, the winning house is announced. The proceeds from this event are then donated to charity. For the past two years this event's charity has been 15 Love, an organization that provides after school programs for underpriveleged children. More information about them can be found out at: www.15love.org.
Every spring RPI holds a Relay for Life event which the brothers of Tau Epsilon Phi proudly participate in. Leading up to the event brothers ask for donation from family, friends, and alumni in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Then during the event brothers host an onsite fundraising event in an attempt to raise more funds. The last two years' events were bake sales.
Every fall around Thanksgiving, the brothers of TEP cook a meal and bring it down to St. Joseph's House, where brothers then serve food to the homeless citizens of Troy.
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