By Molly Brewer
The Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), has taken the first step towards becoming a full-fledged fraternity on Loyola University Chicago’s Campus as the Lambda Rho branch, according to AEPi members.
AEPi was founded in 1913 “to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience,” according to the fraternity’s official website.
AEPi has been colonized, meaning that a fraternity or sorority hasn’t been officially established as a chapter on their campus yet, said Robert Frayman, 21, the next president for the Lambda Rho branch of AEPi.
“My freshman year [AEPi] came to me and said they’re bringing this new fraternity to Loyola and I already knew a bunch of guys in AEPi from other schools,” Frayman said. “I kind of wanted to bring something culturally Jewish to the fraternities.”
Bringing a fraternity of another culture to Loyola will add diversity and expand the horizons of students, said Shelby Tom, 18, a freshman finance major.
“I think it will bring a good change, diversity and an awareness of the Jewish community that we can learn from,” Tom said. “My sister goes to Tulane and is in a Jewish sorority. They incorporate different foods and traditions so it’s been really interesting to learn about the Jewish culture.”
The Lambda Rho branch will be continuously expanding on campus and reaching out to Loyola students for support next semester, according to Maxim Maron, 20, a sophomore molecular biology major.
“If we can build up our membership and make ourselves known, then we’ll have the honor of becoming an additional fraternity chapter on Loyola’s campus,” Maron said.
This process could begin as soon as the next semester.
Once the fraternity can fully organize itself on campus, it will make the recruiting and social aspects of a fraternity much easier, Frayman said.
“This semester we’ve been trying to get oriented because we haven’t been known to Loyola until now. Our goal for this semester was just to get the brothers oriented with their chapter positions and how those relate to Loyola,” Frayman said. “Next semester we have a few events lined up.”
Other Greek organizations are excited for the addition to Loyola’s Greek life, according to Gabriella Lowry, 20, a sophomore advertising and public relations major.
“The point of Greek life is that people can really find a group that they can call family and belong in,” Lowry said. “I’m really happy that the Greek community is expanding and becoming more of an integrated part of the Loyola community.”
The men of AEPi hope to not only increase the diversity on Loyola’s campus, but also to promote giving back to the community through philanthropic service, Frayman said.
“The practice of giving back is called “Tikkun Olam,” in Hebrew, or “Repairing the World,” in English, and it means contributing not only to the local community, but to the world,” Maron said.