FRATERNITY NEWS

FridayPiday: Brad Meltzer (Michigan, 1992)

Brother Brad Meltzer’s (Michigan, 1992) biography reads like the background of one of the characters from his bestselling novels: both his fiction and non-fiction books have made the New York Times Bestsellers List (his most recent thriller, The Escape Artist even debuted at #1); he’s won worldwide acclaim for his children’s books; his comic book, Justice League of America, has won the prestigious Eisner Award; his new cartoon TV show based on his children’s books will debut on PBS on November 11; he hosts TV shows on H2 and the History Channel; and, he’s also responsible for helping to find […]

Voices: How Sukkot Changed My Life

Ben Selzer (West Virginia, 2017) When I first arrived at West Virginia University, I didn’t know many people. I was looking for friends, I wasn’t part of a community. When I met my roommate and he introduced himself as Jewish, I was surprised because Morgantown, West Virginia is the last place I expected to meet other Jewish students. Aside from participating in BBYO my junior year of high school, I was not very involved in the Jewish world, so I was slightly hesitant when my roommate told me about celebrating Sukkot at the Chabad House. In hindsight, attending that event [...]

FridayPiday: Bryan Ruef (Cal State – Fullerton, 2020)

For first responders, getting there fast is everything. Mere seconds can be a matter of life or death in emergency situations, which is why Brother Bryan Ruef (Cal State - Fullerton, 2020) was surprised to learn how inefficient some emergency dispatch solutions can be. A California native, Brother Ruef grew up in Mission Viejo, California and is currently studying engineering at California State University, Fullerton where he joined the Chi Phi chapter of AEPi. In high school, he volunteered as a Police Explorer with the local Sheriff’s office. It was through those experiences that he developed his interest in law [...]

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FridayPiday: Brad Meltzer (Michigan, 1992)

Brother Brad Meltzer’s (Michigan, 1992) biography reads like the background of one of the characters from his bestselling novels: both his fiction and non-fiction books have made the New York Times Bestsellers List (his most recent thriller, The Escape Artist even debuted at #1); he’s won worldwide acclaim for his children’s books; his comic book, Justice League of America, has won the prestigious Eisner Award; his new cartoon TV show based on his children’s books will debut on PBS on November 11; he hosts TV shows on H2 and the History Channel; and, he’s also responsible for helping to find […]

FridayPiday: Bryan Ruef (Cal State – Fullerton, 2020)

For first responders, getting there fast is everything. Mere seconds can be a matter of life or death in emergency situations, which is why Brother Bryan Ruef (Cal State - Fullerton, 2020) was surprised to learn how inefficient some emergency dispatch solutions can be. A California native, Brother Ruef grew up in Mission Viejo, California and is currently studying engineering at California State University, Fullerton where he joined the Chi Phi chapter of AEPi. In high school, he volunteered as a Police Explorer with the local Sheriff’s office. It was through those experiences that he developed his interest in law [...]

FridayPiday: Alex Goldmeier (Vermont, 2016)

What started as another day on the slopes in February 2018 quickly turned into a life-altering event for Brother Alex Goldmeier (Vermont, 2016). After losing control on a patch of ice, he hit a tree and suffered catastrophic injuries. His thoracic spine punctured his aorta, his face was shattered, he had broken nearly every bone in his body but miraculously lived. Unfortunately, survival came at a cost. Brother Goldmeier was left paralyzed from the chest down. He has no mobility, functionality or feeling in his legs. “Now my hands are my legs, they’re how I get around to do everything. [...]

FridayPiday: Jewish Programming Associates

They call the chapter every two weeks. They help chapters submit grants. They will occasionally come to help with recruitment. They are the Jewish Programming Associates (JPAs) of AEPi. When chapters need programming support, the JPAs are always a phone call away. The work they do is what makes AEPi a Jewish fraternity. For this week’s special #FridayPiday, we interviewed each associate to let you put a face to the voice on the phone and hear their stories. Sebastian Feldman - West Coast & Lake Ontario Regions Hailing from Anaheim, California, Brother Sebastian Feldman (California State - Fullerton, 2019) attended [...]

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Voices: How Sukkot Changed My Life

Ben Selzer (West Virginia, 2017) When I first arrived at West Virginia University, I didn’t know many people. I was looking for friends, I wasn’t part of a community. When I met my roommate and he introduced himself as Jewish, I was surprised because Morgantown, West Virginia is the last place I expected to meet other Jewish students. Aside from participating in BBYO my junior year of high school, I was not very involved in the Jewish world, so I was slightly hesitant when my roommate told me about celebrating Sukkot at the Chabad House. In hindsight, attending that event [...]

Voices: When is it Okay to Posthumously Initiate?

Written by Avi Schwimmer (UCONN, 2016) When is it okay for us to honorarily initiate someone into AEPi? Every year, the fraternity asks that question and approves a select few men to become part of the greatest fraternal organization on earth. To be considered, an in-depth nomination and approval process generally ensues within the Supreme Board of Governors. There are a number of factors that determine when a candidate is deemed an appropriate choice for the honor - maybe they wanted to join but no chapter existed at their school, or they have an extremely close working relationship with the [...]

Voices: We Could All Use Just a Little Bit More Humility

For the last week, Alpha Epsilon Pi International has been celebrating AEPride by featuring articles about and voices of our fraternity Brothers who are allies or members of the gay community. This final article in this series is written by Past Supreme Master Rabbi Stanley Davids (Case Western, 1961) and incorporates much of our beliefs that, as the world's leading Jewish fraternity, we can make a difference on our campuses in our world. While this concludes AEPride week, it does not conclude our support for all of our Brothers. We could all use just a little bit more humility. Life [...]

SUBMIT FRATERNITY NEWS

AEPi is always looking for good news and stories about our undergraduates, alumni and partners. We feature such stories on this site’s weekly #FridayPiday section and in our quarterly publication, The Lion. Send us some news!