What is Epsilon's policy on alcohol?
Beta Sigma Psi - Epsilon Chapter is a restricted fraternity by definition and has a strict policy with respect to underage drinking. We have a "21 is 21" policy that says if a member is 21 years or older, they may possess and consume alcohol in a responsible manner in the chapter house. As for the people who are under 21 years old, there is zero-tolerance to the possession or consumption of alcohol on chapter property.
Does Beta Sigma Psi Haze?
No. Beta Sigma Psi was founded as a national Lutheran Fraternity, and as such we do not harass, abuse, violate, degrade, or humiliate our members. We would be going against our ideals as a Lutheran Fraternity if we hazed.
Beta Sigma Psi follows a no hazing policy in accordance with our national by-laws, our chapter by-laws, Interfraternity Council (IFC) by-laws, Iowa State University rules and regulations, local laws, and state laws.
I'm interested in joining Beta Sigma Psi but I already signed my dorm contract. What are my options?
No problem! If you join Beta Sig, we can help you break your dorm contract without the fines normally associated with it, even during the summer! If you have penalties associated with the breaking a residence hall contract, we can even help cover that cost! If you want to live in the dorms your freshman year or first semester, we even have out of house membership which allows you to be a member of Beta Sig while not living at the facility! Talk with our recruitment chairs and they can help you through the process.
When can I move in?
Although move-in date varies from year to year, it has traditionally been the Wednesday prior to the start of classes. This gives you plenty of time to settle in, get to know the guys in the house, and get prepared for classes to begin.
Are there hidden costs?
We have a contracted amount that covers all of the areas of the house that is necessary for one to live here. Extra things are not in the contracted amount, such as members choosing to go out to eat instead of having a meal at the house. Other extra expenses may include things like t-shirts, apparel, and other items that are optional for members to buy or not. None of those things are required for any member.
What is the process for joining?
First, our process is almost always informal. This means the Recruitment Chairs will give you a tour of the house (if you are visiting or live in Ames), take you to eat, and get to know you. During that time, we will tell you more about Beta Sigma Psi. You can ask any questions you want, and we will answer them for you. If you seem like a good fit for our fraternity, we will schedule further visits to discuss your potential membership. Throughout the summer the Recruitment Chairs will also host events to give you a chance to meet other Beta Sigs. During these events many active Beta Sigs will be present to give you perspective on what it is like to live at Beta Sigma Psi if you accept an invitation to join.
Do I have to move my possessions out of house during breaks?
Over fall, winter, and spring breaks members are free to leave all their possessions at the house. If they need to retrieve anything, the house will be available to them. During the summer, members have the option of continuing to live at the house. If they decide to move out for the summer, they are allowed to leave two boxes in storage and any large furniture, as space allows. Again, if they need to retrieve any item, the house will be open and available to them.
Facts About Fraternities
-There are over 9 million Greek members nationally
-Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
-85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
-40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
-76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
-Every U.S. President and Vice President, except two in each office, born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
-63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
-A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men’s scholastic average on their respective campuses.
-A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sororitiy graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
-Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues. (U.S. Office of Education)
-Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
-1st Female Senator was Greek
-1st Female Astronaut was Greek
-All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek
-Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
-The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year
-71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity
-As Alumni, Greeks give approximately 75% of all money donated to universities
-There are 123 fraternities and sororities with 9 million members total
-There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada
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