Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I want to join a fraternity?
I can make friends fine on my own. Joining a fraternity is about much more than just making friends. While one of the biggest benefits of going Greek is that you form close, often lifelong friendships with the people you meet (who, like you, chose to go Greek, so you all have something in common that you are seeking), it also affords you many opportunities to meet people you otherwise wouldn't. There are nearly 5,000 students at the University of Hartford; all of them involved in classes, social activities and a variety of extracurricular activities, so oftentimes some freshmen are overwhelmed. Going Greek ensures you a large group of people to see and socialize with often, providing stability during a time of change for you. Moreover, the bonds you form with people in the fraternity (and other Greek organizations, such as sororities) are unique and special. You all join because of something that draws you to the Fraternity, and you will likely have more things in common than you would with the average person in your dorm or class.
I'm worried about my grades if I join; how are grades at Alpha Epsilon Pi?
It's a good thing you asked; we at AEPi are strong believers in the ideology that studying is a crucial part of college (sorry, but it is; without good grades, you might not be at the University very long, and then it's fun for no one, so we'd prefer to keep you around longer). We offer special Study Hours in the library where there are many desks,computers, study supplies and even comfy chairs so that brothers can always have a quiet place to go study at school. We also have brothers in practically every major offered by the University, ranging from Engineering to Entrepreneurship, History to Criminology, Interactive Information Technology and everything in between. We also have a large variety of Business majors, Psychology majors, Communication majors,Politics majors and, of course, some undecided who dabble in a little bit of everything (we also have many alumni who have graduated from the highly respected Barney School of Business and Hartt School). This means that whatever class you take, the odds are someone in the fraternity has taken it, so someone is always available to provide help, plus old books and notes. No one in AEPi feels afraid to ask anyone else for help,because everyone is very open and always willing to help each other out.
How are the dues at AEPi?
Very, very inexpensive. In fact, we often times pay you to join. Just kidding! But in all seriousness, the dues at AEPi are completely reasonable, and there are individual payment plans and payment schedules so that anyone who wants to be involved can join. We have heard that we are one of the lowest on campus but who really knows...
What if I'm unsure of rushing? Should I do it?
Stupid question. Of course you should. Why the hell not? What's the worst that happens? You get out and meet all these new people you never knew before and if you don't like it, you don't join, and that's that.
I'm really only joining a fraternity to get girls. What kind of social events do you have?
Well, it's great that you ask, because we understand that many people in college are very interested in a chance to meet people for the purposes of dating. We are very eager to help people meet other people that they would be interested in, which is why we have plenty of social events. Other than the normal weekends where brothers and friends get together to hang out, at the end of second semester each year we are very involved in spring fling which is a way to meet people that you may have never even seen around before. In the fall, we usually try to take a road trip to another chapter somewhere in the states surrounding Connecticut, and you can imagine how good it is being a brother from another chapter to the ladies they usually have. We have gatherings when we can with meet and socialize with many sororities and fraternities and other female groups on campus. Powder Puff and Greek Week are very big events where we are paired up with another sorority to compete in football and other competitive events. In the spring, we have our annual philanthropy event called Karaoke Idol, which brings out everyone on campus to see what exactly Alpha Epsilon Pi is up to.
How about pledging?
Alpha Epsilon Pi is a nationally non-hazing fraternity, and we at the University of Hartford uphold this standard and policy. No, seriously. We mean it. Pledging may involve a commitment of time, but at no point will we ever force or even ask you to do anything that is in any way dangerous, unsettling or that we ourselves wouldn't immediately do.Nothing dangerous, nothing gross, nothing sick, nothing strenuous, but just a commitment of time to learn about the ideals, the brotherhood and the brothers of AEPi. It is simply a time to get to know the brothers and your pledge brothers, and we would never force you to do anything physically or mentally strenuous. Also, just like rushing, if you decide it's not for you, you are always free to leave, and no one will fault you -- it's your life, it's your college experience, and you should do what makes you have the best possible time.
What kind of time commitment should I expect?
The time commitment, like most other aspects of the fraternity, is wholly up to you -- you can participate in as many (or as few) activities and events as you desire. Conversely, the amount of activity you put forth is directly proportional to the amount of enjoyment you will likely receive; the more active you are, the more fond memories you will have, the more people you are likely to meet, the more fun you are likely to have, and the more overall experiences you are able to enjoy.
How involved is Alpha Epsilon Pi on-campus?
Really, really ridiculously involved. Around campus we are involved in:
Student Government (several of our brothers have been and are currently heavily involved)
MARS - Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (yeah, stuff like this is pretty serious, one of our alumni brothers is a founding member.)
Chabad - You may not know what this but, brothers have ran for multiple positions and been deeply involved.
KAT - Kampus Activities Team (same thing, this is getting repetitive, but you get the idea)
RHA - Residential Hall Association (yes, we've had a number of people as RAís and other positions specifically within RHA and their respective Hall Councils)
Yearbook (even though it may not cover all four years, brothers of all years have made their way into leadership roles here including editor)
Tutor at the Magnet School (yes, in addition to a number clubs on campus, some brothers have made their way to help out at the magnet school)
Hillel - we have had many brotherís involved in Hillel over the years including FYSH Advisor and a past chapter President was also Hillel President, we also helped support the Hillel Bagel Brunch on Parentís Weekend and several other Hillel Programs.
FYSH - First Year Students of Hillel (most of you are probably aware of FYSH because you may have met some of us and some of your potential future brothers at FYSH events)
IFC (the Inter-Fraternity Council) - We are there every week to represent Alpha Epsilon Pi, also we have taken part in many programs put on by IFC as well as other fraternities and sororities
Athletics (yes, in Alpha Epsilon Pi we not only support our University's athletic programs, in the past and the present we have even had student athletes as active brothers of our chapter).
...just to name a few...
What else should I know about Alpha Epsilon Pi?
AEPi is one of the largest fraternities in the country and one of the fastest growing at the University of Hartford (it is, we have real numbers to prove it). In addition, it is one of the most active and involved fraternities on campus, involved in more activities, groups and other organizations than you could imagine. Joining AEPi, you get more than just a bunch of brothers, you get a family. The options of what you can do with your time here are limitless, and we seek to provide you with an even greater scope of things to choose from. You don't have to get involved in every aspect of the fraternity, but we try to provide every opportunity for you to get involved in the decisions, on-campus, and in other organizations. Most importantly, the brothers of AEPi are among the warmest and welcoming people in the world. The doors of our brothers apartments are always open (that's metaphorical, since its -47 degrees Fahrenheit in Connecticut during the winter; but obviously if you knock we will let you into the warm apartments), and the doors to every brother's room are always open as well. Do yourself a favor, come on out and meet us (during the summer, during the fall, during breaks, we don't care when), and we promise a more enjoyable and exciting college experience!
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