You may have heard of the controversy surrounding AEPi and Rho Epsilon Pi’s joint petition to be considered for a spot as a program house. Essentially, 230 Washington, previously Interfaith house, is opening up to become a new program house. Anyone can propose a new theme, given that you get signatures of interested peoples to live in it. Applications are due to ResLife this Friday, November 30.
The issue is that Roth has unilaterally banned AEPi & Rho Ep from applying and presenting their proposal to the committee of students and administrators. Regardless of their specific missions, AEPi and Rho Ep feel that “this is discriminatory and a violation of the program housing application process.” (Full quotation from petition after the jump.)
I reached out to President Michael Roth ’78 for a comment on the controversy, and he responded briefly:
I do want to note that I have not banned anything. The university has had a long-standing policy (in place before I became president) not to expand residential Greek life on campus. I agree with this policy and see no reason to change it.
What does Wesleyan think? Is all Greek life created equal? Is Roth justified in banning AEPi/Rho Ep from presenting before the committee? How would this effect the campus socially, Roth politically? Sign the petition here, or join the Facebook group.
Full disclosure: I am a brother of AEPi, and I also happen to write for Wesleying; naturally, I volunteered to write this article when it came time to get the word out. I beg pardon if you feel that I’ve engineered my article in any way manipulative.