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Beta Theta Pi Fraternity - Beta Alpha

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  1. 1. • P. 3: Get Connected with Beta Alpha• P. 4: Winter/Spring 2012 Beta Alpha Chapter Officers• P. 5 - 8: Beta Alpha Football• P. 9 – 11: Betas Abroad• P. 12 - 13 : Brother Profile• P. 14: Academic Excellence•P. 15: State of Beta Alpha• P. 16: How You Can Help• P. 17: Words of Departure• P. 18: Presidential Address• P. 19: Farewell Leg-bagels and the Beard• P 20: A Note from the Author
  2. 2. Beta Alpha on Facebook/ Beta Alpha on TwitterE-mail: betathetapi@kenyon.eduWebsite: Currently under construction
  3. 3. President: Tim Benner ’13 Rush Chairs: Matthew Lippert ‘12 and Nick Fletcher ‘12Vice President: Will Clements ’13 Social Chairman: Sam McQuiston ‘14Secretary: Stuart Brown ’14 Philanthropic Chairman: Darko Gligorovski ‘14Treasurer: Henry Smith ’13 Alumni Chairman: Brett Williams ‘13Risk Manager: Ian Watt ’13 IM Chair: Alex Traugutt ‘12Pledge Educator: Alex Traugutt ’12 Greek Council Delegate: Matthew Treuth ’14Fundraising Chair: Montreaux Rodgers Temple Chairs: Daniel Waters ‘14 and Andrew ‘14 Maurer ‘14
  4. 4. • Of the 26 active brothers of Beta Alpha, 16 brothers were members of the 2011 Kenyon Lords Football Team this fall.
  5. 5. Brothers Alexander Traugutt ‘12 and Michael Papagni ‘12 served as Team Captains for the Lords.Alex Traugutt ‘12 Mike Papagni ‘12
  6. 6. Beta Alpha FootballMike Papagni ‘12 Scott Forsythe ’12 Luke Ivey ‘12 Alex Traugutt ’12 Brett Williams ‘13 Will Clements ‘13 LB DB DL DL RB DB Cam Ash ‘13 Derek Barbato ‘13 Stuart Brown ‘14 Nick Ksenich ’14 Dan Muller ‘14 Sam McQuiston ‘14 OL WR DB DB LB RB Dan Waters ‘14 Andrew Maurer ‘14 Pat Brady ‘14 Brendan McGoldrick ’14 OL DL OL WR
  7. 7. Award Winners Although the football season did not end with a positive record for the Lords, several brothers were honored with post-season awards for their hard work on the field. Brett Williams ’13 Mike Papagni ’12 Scott Forsythe ‘12 Luke Ivey ‘12All-NCAC Honorable Mention National Football Hoad Lord Sportsmanship Bill Gross Sr. Effort Team Offensive MVP Foundation Scholar Athlete Award Award Award Team MVP
  8. 8. Rather than returning to Kenyon for the Fall semester of their junior year, brothers JoshAuerbach ‘13 and Tim Benner ‘13 spent the semester abroad studying in Copenhagen,Denmark and Rome, Italy, respectively.
  9. 9. • For the Fall Semester I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Even with the lack of daylight in December and the constant gray that lingered over the city, living in Copenhagen was a worthwhile and memorable experience for me. I took classes at an American school in Copenhagen, but I was able to meet Danes through playing on a Danish Ultimate Frisbee Team and participating in a buddy network that did activities such as paintball, ice-skating, and attending a Danish soccer game. My housing was conveniently located near the center of Copenhagen, close to a set of lakes that divides Copenhagen. I lived in a diverse neighborhood called Norrebro, which is filled with cheap shawarma restaurants that I visited way too much. It was also near the venue for Sensation White, so this worked out well when I attended this concert with Beta Brother Timothy Benner. During my study abroad experience I was also able to experience other parts of Europe in trips to Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, and Norway. -Josh Auerbach ‘13
  10. 10. Buon Giorno! This past semester, I studied abroad inRome, Italy. While studying abroad, I not only tookclasses at Roma Tre University, but I also spent anumber of weekends traveling throughout Europe.One of my trips led me to Copenhagen, where I wasreunited with a pledge brother of mine, JoshAuerbach 13, who was studying there. Josh was kindenough to let me stay with him and show me aroundthe city. In addition to visiting Copenhagen, I travelledto Milan, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence,Orvieto, the Almafi Coast and a few other places. Mytime abroad was definitely an unforgettableexperience as I made new friends, ate the best food inthe world, learned Italian and travelled all overEurope. I was also lucky enough to have mygrandparents come visit me in Rome, so I was able toshow them around for a change. While my timeabroad was amazing, I cant wait to get back toKenyon and see my Beta Brothers!!-Tim Benner 13
  11. 11. Although all of the brothers of Beta Alpha areextraordinary individuals, one brother’saccomplishments are of particular note.Darko Gligorovski ‘14 is highly active in theKenyon and Mount Vernon communities.Since arriving at Kenyon, Darko has loggednearly 150 hours of community servicethrough various projects. His main focus,though, is serving the homeless community.Last year, Darko founded Students AgainstHomelessness, a Kenyon student organizationfor which he is also President. His leadershipextends further than the Hill, however: healso sits on the board of The Winter SanctuaryHomeless Shelter in Mount Vernon. Darko hasdone all of these things while adjusting to lifein the U.S.: he is an International Studentfrom Macedonia.
  12. 12. Darko’s outstanding work has notgone unnoticed. He has beenhonored with several accolades forhis efforts. He has been awardedthe Unsung Hero Award fromKenyon twice and an Award ofExcellence for OutstandingLeadership in the KenyonCommunity.The most impressive of Darko’s awards is an activity he was involved with at home. This pastsummer, he was a Selection Committee Member for the United World College (UWC) forMacedonia, which was chaired by Nelson Mandela and Queen Noor from Jordan. Darko’saccomplishments speak for themselves. He truly is a remarkable Beta.
  13. 13. The brothers of Beta Alpha performed quite well academically in the Fall of 2011.The GPA of 9 brothers Merit List (3.55 or above) -Chapter Cumulative: 3.15was .2 or more higher Stuart Brown -Semester Cumulative: 3.24than their previous Luke Iveycumulative: Henry Smith -Beta Alpha had the second best GPAPatrick Brady Patrick Brady of all fraternities and theCameron Ash Matthew Treuth 5th best of all GreekNick Fletcher Brett Williams organizations.Scott ForsytheAndrew Maurer -Beta Alpha tied the semester allMike Papagni mens GPA at Kenyon andAlex Traugutt surpassed the all BetaMatthew Treuth average GPA.Daniel Waters
  14. 14. • Right now, the chapter is currently on probation with the General Fraternity and on aconditional status with Kenyon. • We have completed the terms of our probation with the school, barring any future issues this semester we will be returned to a full “in good standing” status by year’s end. •Pending completion of the terms of our probation, we will return to good standing with the General Fraternity upon repayment of our debt. • We currently owe roughly $2,500 to the General Fraternity, having paid off over $7,000 of the original total • We are working towards paying off other expenses currently, including property taxes on the Temple and assorted bills associated with the Temple.• Chapter GPA is currently above the All-Beta average, at 3.24.• This semester, we hope to bring in 10 to 12 new members, making our fraternity thelargest on Kenyon’s campus. • We are graduating 6 members in the Class of 2012•Our Division Housing is completely full and there have been no issues related toDivision Housing thus far.•Brother Luke Ivey ‘12 spent the summer at Kenyon and completed significantaesthetic improvements on the outside area of the Temple; however there are severalissues that must be addressed relating to its interior.
  15. 15. • Contact Luke Ivey (, Tim Benner (, and/orBrett Williams ( ) for information about upcoming chapter eventsand any questions regarding the chapter’s current status, etc. • If you have any suggestions for philanthropy projects, please let any of the aforementioned individuals or Darko Gligorovski ( ) know •If you have memorabilia / composites / etc that you would like to donate to the chapter for display or to be archived, please contact either Luke Ivey or Mike Papagni ( ).•Contact Luke Ivey or Henry Smith ( ) if you would like to help thechapter financially in any way.
  16. 16. • 2011 was a challenging and exciting year for the Beta Alpha chapter. We recruited the largest pledge class in recent memory, increased our cumulative GPA and successfully resuscitated our image as men committed to upholding the values of Beta Theta Pi. We also spent the year dealing with a myriad of financial issues and a risk management incident that left the chapter on probation with Kenyon and the General Fraternity for the summer and fall of 2011. Weve made substantial strides towards repayment of our debts, however, we are not out of the woods yet. Were currently behind on the taxes for the Temple in the Woods and still owe a decent amount to the General Fraternity. As a result, weve transferred dues collection to BillHighway, an online bill collection service that makes paying dues and bills easier and allows us to more easily file our 990 tax forms. Dues have been increased to $350 a semester and weve appointed a Fundraising Chairman to help us find ways to increase the chapters income and pay what we owe. We were also victims of circumstance: our chapter advisor Dennis Murray had to resign because of a job change and we are currently working with our District Chief to find a suitable replacement. 2012 should prove to be a year of great upheaval and change in the chapter as we seek to recruit another class of outstanding new brothers, successfully meet our financial obligations and further strengthen our reputation as principled men living a principled life. It was a difficult and ultimately rewarding experience serving as Beta Alphas president and I have the upmost confidence that Tim Benner 13 will do an excellent job leading the chapter throughout the next year. _kai_ Luke Ivey 12
  17. 17. Beta Brothers,My name is Tim Benner and Im a Junior at Kenyon studying International Studies. I was recently elected to be the President of the Beta Alpha chapter of Beta Theta Pi and Im really excited about the opportunity. On the weekend of January 13-15th, I will attend The Miller Nichols Chapters Presidents Leadership Academy in Oxford, OH. I expect this conference to help me develop the leadership necessary to build upon the work that Luke Ivey 12 started before me. A few main goals of mine are to continue to get the finances of the chapter back on track, continue to increase the number of chapter members and work to get alumni more involved. Academically, we posted our best Chapter GPA for a semester with a 3.24 average for the Fall. Beta Alpha is ready for another great year! _kai_ Tim Benner 13
  18. 18. Sadly, two brothers from the 2011 pledge class have left Kenyon.Dylan Westerhold left us to Nick Ksenich is now attendingattend The University of Baldwin-Wallace College.Michigan. We wish both of our brothers good luck in their future endeavors and hope that they will return to Kenyon often and remain a part of the brotherhood.
  19. 19. Brothers, I am excited to present you this newsletter as my first real action as Alumni Chairman of Beta Alpha. Hopefully, you will be able to feel a connection with the active brothers through this quick peek into our doings. As Alumni Chair, I will be acting as the administrator of our Chapter’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. I want all to know that I am responsible for our Chapter’s appearance in the world of social media, and that I do not take that responsibility lightly. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with my contact information. I can be reached at if there are any concerns about Chapter goings-on or questions about alumni events. I am happy to answer any questions at any time. _kai_Brett Williams ‘13