Take Care of One Another
October 11, 2018
To My Undergraduate Beta Brothers and New Members,
Cc: Beta parents, General Fraternity Officers, chapter advisors and house corporation volunteers
Fall is an important and busy time for Beta Theta Pi. No doubt, you and your chapter are already being pulled in 20 different directions. For starters, you need to study for midterms, plan homecoming, organize a fall formal, win intramurals, and recruit and educate the next generation of Betas.
Of course, as the old saying goes: If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. So, which of these gets top billing?
As General Secretary and chairman of the Board of Trustees, and most importantly a brother who cares for all of you, I want to be clear: Absolutely nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members and guests.
This message seems particularly pertinent now as the Greek community continues to struggle with several heartbreaking events across North America involving young fraternity men:
Alpha Phi Alpha new member Tyler Hilliard of UC Riverside died during a fraternity pledge outing, and police are now investigating whether hazing played a role in his sudden death.
Alcohol is believed to have been involved in the death of Dylan Fulton of Alpha Gamma Rho at the University of Minnesota, a dean’s list student with a 4.0 GPA, who was found unresponsive in his chapter house last month.
University of Kentucky Alpha Tau Omega new member Jacob Heil was arrested after a fraternity tailgate when he was involved in a fatal DUI crash that killed a four-year-old child.
Evan Hansen, Wabash ’19, left his family and Beta brothers in shock when he took his own life on September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day.
I sincerely hope that you consider Beta Theta Pi a safe environment where you can openly discuss incidents like these and issues you or your chapter might be struggling with. I am certainly open to talking with you about them, and your chapter advisors, regional/district chiefs and our Administrative Office staff are also here to help. If you don’t feel comfortable talking with your brothers or a Friend of Beta, consider campus or professional resources:
Greek Hazing Hotline
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse/Mental Health Helpline