Greetings are sent from all the active brothers. December marked the end of a successful Fall 2007 semester, with much about which to be reported. Thanks to the dedicated recruitment efforts of last year, the semester started with the strongest in house presence of active brothers in recent years, and many rooms in the wings are doubles once again. We hope to keep this momentum going and continue to grow in size and stature.
The actives would also like to welcome the class of Fall 2007 into the circle of Zeta Psi. Congratulations are sent out to Joe Beck, Justin Persin, Craig Sauter, and Andrew Darst. Each of these young men will undoubtedly bring the quality and ambition that the Pi Chapter looks for in each and every brother.
With Rensselaer's clear intention to hold its recruitment period in the Spring in the near future, we are also in the process of transitioning our own bidding procedures and have established continuing relationships with many recruits. The actives have very ambitious goals for the Spring class.
The Pi sent three representatives to the Convention at the Omicron Chapter in Omaha, NE. Each representative was intimately involved in bringing the fresh ideas and training that they received back to the Pi Chapter for future use. We also received a Bronze Chapter Award at the LTI, as pictured in the last edition of The Circle.
House elections were held in December, and it was very exciting to see many of the younger actives step up to the plate and take leadership of the house. With this passing of the torch, the house is clearly positioned to continue strong operations in the future.
Over the course of the Fall 2007 semester, community service also became more of a priority, as the actives tried to give back to both the RPI and Capital District communities. Three brothers participated in the 5K Run to Remember, which honored lost Prisoners of War. Many brothers have also contributed both time and money to organizations such as the United Way and the American Cancer Society. We hope to continue and increase these charitable efforts in the future.
The chapter also continues to capitalize on our strong social presence within the campus community, and our parties simply cannot be rivaled. With that being said, the improvements made to the basement and the willingness to host parties there have greatly reduced our liability during social events.
We strongly encourage everyone who can make it to attend Alumni Weekend this year. All of the actives truly enjoy the weekend, love the camaraderie, and get a kcik out of hearing the legendary stories that form the unmatched tradition of the Pi Chapter.
Finally, thanks are sent out from all of the actives to the Pi Chapter to the Elders, who put substantial time and money into making key renovations to the house that will ensure its safety and aesthetics for years to come. The balcony was structurally rebuilt, and new gutters were installed with the hopes that they will allow the basement at the chapter house to be refinished in the future.
As the Pi Chapter continues to expand upon the legacy of Zeta Psi, we wish all the Elders and their families good luck, health, and prosperity in the present and future.
In Tau Kappa Phi, Sean Eosefow '08