From the monthly archives: May 2012

Following comments from the Lafayette community, Dr. Celestino Limas posted an announcement on behalf of the Implementation and Assessment Group on Greek Life (IAGGL) on Monday May 21st that revises the previous metrics as well as IAGGL’s first draft of the metrics for the remaining Board of Trustees objective of “Fraternities and sororities must provide open access and engagement opportunities to all students at Lafayette (non-discriminatory in selection of members).” See the draft metrics below the jump.

IAGGL’s final meeting was on Thursday May 24th. If you want to receive e-mails containing information on Greek Life at Lafayette College, send an email message to

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Congratulations to Gregory Baldwin ’12 of Delta Kappa Epsilon for winning the 2012 Aaron O. Hoff Award for Service Above Self.

You can view the photo gallery of the awards ceremony at this link, which shows Brother Baldwin (right) receiving the award.

We’d also like to recognize Phi Kappa Psi for winning the 2012 award for Outstanding Living Group. Their win comes on the heels of Delta Kappa Epsilon receiving the award in 2011.

Full award list for 2012 Hoff Award Winners.

This marks the 22nd Annual Hoff Awards, which are named for Aaron O. Hoff:

“On May 9, 1832, at nine o’clock in the morning, an African American student, Aaron O. Hoff ’36, had blown the horn that called 43 students and three teachers to their first class at Lafayette” (Gendebien, 1986).

Since 1991, the Office of Student Life Programs has been honoring Aaron’s legacy with an annual service and leadership recognition ceremony. Each spring, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members receive Hoff Awards for leadership, volunteerism, teaching, and service to the Lafayette community.

The Aaron O. Hoff Award is Service Above Self Award, presented to those “who best exemplify the qualities of caring and concern for others in service activities.”


If your e-mail address is on file with the College, you should have received the message below today announcing the publication of the Spring 2012 Rho News. Past issues of the Rho News are available in the archive.


Greetings from the Rho House Association of DKE! The Spring 2012 edition of the Rho News is available at this link. In an effort to go green, only alumni who do not have e-mails on record with Lafayette College will receive a paper copy. Check out the Rho News for the latest information in alumni, student, and campus news related to the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon.

Lafayette College reunion is fast approaching on June 1-3. Visit the reunion homepage for information about this year’s Lafayette reunion, and to register to attend. Additionally, DKE is keeping a running tally of the Rho Dekes registered for reunion at our website. Like last year, the DKE House will again be open throughout reunion weekend.

We invite everyone to come by the DKE House Saturday afternoon on June 2nd for the DKE Open House to Let the Lion Roar. Check Lafayette’s official reunion schedule of events for the DKE Open House, but please stop by the DKE House anytime throughout reunion. As usual, we’ll have composites available, the Melanges, and relevant DKE records for the class years ending in 2 and 7, and for the 50+ club reunion attendees. I hope to see you at the DKE House the first weekend in June!

In the bonds of brotherhood,

Michael De Lisi ’03
Rho House Association of Delta Kappa Epsilon



Once again The Lafayette published several articles touching on the topic of Greek Life at Lafayette College.

Brett Billings ’12 writes in the article The role of alumni in a changing college culture:

But the most vocalized angst over college changes has been, by far, the scrutiny under which Greek life finds itself.  Messick is also co-chair of the Alumni Interfraternity and Sorority Board (AISB) and estimates 60 percent of the alumni are Greek.  “The college has made it tough to be Greek,” he said over the phone.

The full article addresses websites and discussion forums where alumni hash over Lafayette related issues. It closes with me discussing the challenge of keeping alumni with diverse interests connected to the College long after graduation.

Brett also penned a farewell Letter from the Editor that posits the questions:

Why does anxiety exist in Lafayette’s Greek community?  Why are so many students hiding in Lafayette classrooms, right under their professors’ noses?  Why has the Patriot League strayed so brazenly from its commitment to academic excellence in pursuit of athletic fantasies?  Why an increased commitment to the arts, when engineering has been the historic backbone of the college?  Why does the institution promote itself as diverse and inclusive, when acts of ethnic intimidation and indifference persist?  Why does our Board of Trustees act in secrecy, with no regard for transparency, no regard for openness?  Why does the institution overpower the college?  Why is there a difference between the two?

If our answer is truly, Cur non?, then we have much with which to be concerned.  And the cost is far greater, the loss much deeper than words can here describe.

For details behind all of the cur non? references, see this Lafayette College explanation.

Finally, Eric Goldwein ’12 penned an editorial Three Fixes in response to a November letter to the editor Pard Pride. Mr. Goldwein writes one fix as Laissez Faire:

I am unaffiliated and believe that fraternities and sororities are based on traditions that are backwards and outdated. But that doesn’t mean they should be singled out, held to ridiculous subjective standards or forced to change into something they are not.

Staying the course – unjustly eliminating Greek organizations one-by-one – will prove costly to student and alumni morale. If this truly is a system that no longer belongs on a college campus, let it die naturally.

While I obviously disagree with Mr. Goldwein that the Objects of Delta Kappa Epsilon are backwards and outdated, I wholeheartedly agree that fraternities and sororities should not be targeted for elimination one-by-one as has happened over the past 25 years at Lafayette College or that the Greek community should face the threat of elimination due to ridiculous subjective standards. The latter troubles me especially because the College’s ratings on COMPASS over the past four years yielded a majority of chapter scores as “Excellent” with no remaining chapter receiving an “Unacceptable” rating. Hopefully more students and alumni can find the common ground Mr. Goldwein and I occupy.

This is the last issue of The Lafayette for this academic year. In a few short weeks we will welcome a new class of graduates as fellow Lafayette College alumni.

In case anyone has not already read the WSJ article 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You, I’ll leave you with #1:

Your time in fraternity basements was well spent.

The same goes for the time you spent playing intramural sports, working on the school newspaper or just hanging with friends. Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings. Look around today. Certainly one benchmark of your postgraduation success should be how many of these people are still your close friends in 10 or 20 years.

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