Sam Grand, Aaron Brown and Jeremy Rosenberg.

Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity will be rechartered and become an official chapter at Wayne State University on November 24.

Photos courtesy of Hillel Metro Detroit

By Jeremy Rosenberg, jewish@edu writer

In October 2017, the Xi Colony of the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Fraternity at Wayne State University was refounded and initiated its first brothers in more than 20 years. Elections for the executive board of the new fraternity were held promptly thereafter, and each of the nine new initiates sought a leadership position, setting the tone for a colony that will be rechartered and become an official chapter once again on Nov. 24.

Over the past two years, the brothers of the Xi Colony have proven themselves to be a group guaranteed to continue growing and flourishing in the heart of Detroit.

In addition to AEPi programming, which includes brotherhood events, sports outings, etc., the Xi Colony stays connected to the community around it. Through engagement with various Jewish programs through Hillel of Metro Detroit, Wayne State Students for Israel and Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit, just to name a few, the brothers remain engaged with and confident in their Jewish identities.

Joeseph Yusubov, Roi Golan and Alex McInnis.
Zach Roberts, Ben Plotnick and Joeseph Yusubov.

The brothers also hold community service events with numerous nonprofit organizations in Detroit, and a philanthropy event with the Detroit Pistons that gives attendees a chance to high-five the Pistons and shoot a free throw on the court after the game.

In addition to local engagement, the Xi Colony, with funding through Hillel of Metro Detroit, has sent nearly a dozen brothers to various conferences, including AIPAC’s Policy Conference, the AJC Global Forum, StandWithUs and J-Street.

The brothers of the Xi Colony pride themselves on not being like the negatively represented fraternities that people are so familiar with nowadays. Although they have no trouble taking down other fraternities in activities like Frisbee and volleyball, they also hold the highest GPA among all of Wayne State’s Greek Life, hold leadership positions in various Jewish, pro-Israel, political, musical and medical student organizations, and even have a brother serving as the president of Wayne State’s Student Senate.

The Xi Colony has more than most fraternities to be proud of, and this is only the beginning.

Moving forward, the Xi Chapter will continue to grow, continue to foster the Jewish, academic and professional growth of its members, and will contribute to the revitalization of Detroit as it continues its resurgence.

If you have a son, grandson, cousin, nephew or friend at Wayne State whom we haven’t reached yet, contact Jeremy Rosenberg at (586) 264-3800 or if you are an AEPi alum who was not reached by mail or email regarding the chartering ceremony, call Jeremy to RSVP for the Nov. 24 dinner and celebration.


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