INDIANAPOLIS - Hours ago a number of insiders received a special email announcing the arrival of the electronic edition of THE TEKE. Now, we are excited to share the digital edition with all of TKE Nation before it hits your doorstep.
Apparent by the cover, this issue of THE TEKE is a special edition highlighting the new direction of Tau Kappa Epsilon as announced by Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich in September. Tau Kappa Epsilon is determined to eliminate "frat culture" on college and university campuses throughout the nation by being a leader in the fraternal world by actively working to hold members to a higher standard. View THE TEKE today by visiting theteke.org!
Chief Information Officer Alex Baker tackled the message of THE TEKE head on in his Editor letter.
In this special winter issue of THE TEKE, we took a fresh look at "frat culture" in Greek organizations, and more specifically, Tau Kappa Epsilon. In today's Greek community, search engines, social media platforms and news stories are riddled with a flood of headlines: [Fraternity] at [University/College] commits [Allegation]. In an abysmal series of events, the public perception of the Greek community has adjusted from fraternity men to frat boys.
Virginia Tech's $100,000 pledge to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Bucknell University's 10th Annual Reagan Run and Drexel University's 75th Jubilee are stories that ought to be making headlines around the nation. Instead, as a direct result of the numerous allegations against men and chapters of Tau Kappa Epsilon, media outlets are reporting on heinous and illicit allegations that are casting a black shadow on the virtuous actions by a majority of our Fraters.
As Fraters in the Bond, it's time that we hold each other accountable for our actions. The stereotypes plaguing our Fraternity are unacceptable, and in an effort to take a stand at the forefront of the Greek community, Tau Kappa Epsilon has dedicated an entire issue of THE TEKE to combating "frat culture."
In this issue, we provide candidates, collegiate members and alumni the tools necessary to establish a legacy that is respected by those within and outside the Greek community. Matters such as hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual assault are addressed with specific details on not only how to respond, but also how to actively prevent such instances from occurring. Additionally, in this special issue, we have temporarily replaced regularly featured departments such as #IAMTKE and Everyday TKE Heroes with stories of being Better Men for a Better World.
Fraters, friends and family, thank you for being an active force in eliminating "frat culture" from the Greek community. In this troubling time of incidents and allegations, we are presented with an opportunity to refine not only Tau Kappa Epsilon, but also the Greek community as a whole. Together, we can ensure that Frats Die and Fraternities Thrive.
Yours in the Bond,
Alex Baker, Editor