Prior to the Founders Day Dinner on March 23, 2024, the annual meeting of the Beta Pi Alumni Association and the Alpha Phi Delta Corp. took place at the Sheraton Hotel University City.

In attendance were:

Fred Bailey ’70  Morty Cohen ’65 Dave Edman ’73
Dan Keefe ’06 Steve Leventhal ’67 Harvey Mackler ’72
Richard Myers ’69 Kaden Stenger ’19 Mark Perna ’68
Rich Sussman ’69  Ross Weiner ’80 Bruce Wolfson ’71
Todd Wieseneck ’72  Paul Zaentz ’69 Justin Wang ’22
Jaume Pujadas ’22  Ernesto Baci ’23 Jasper Ip ’23


Beta Pi Alumni Association President Ross Weiner ’80 chaired the meeting. The meeting focused on the physical condition of the Chapter House and the need to satisfy the residency requirement set by Penn.

Justin Wang ’22, President of the active chapter, spoke of the difficulty to bring in enough brothers to comply with the Penn residency requirement imposed on Beta Pi. Maintaining a full house has been difficult since the University mandate that no sophomores at Penn may reside in fraternity houses. Nevertheless, they are working hard to resolve the problem by offering incentives to the upperclassmen brothers.

Bruce Wolfson ’71 stated that he is in contact with Pi Kappa Alpha Inter/National Fraternity (Memphis) to obtain PiKA Foundation funds, that our Beta Pi brothers have previously donated with Memphis, to subsidize rents at the Chapter House, thereby making it a more desirable choice of residency.

The undergraduate representatives to the meeting explained how recruitment (Rush) and maintaining a successful fraternity on Penn’s campus is problematic in the environment Penn has created. Recently, two fraternities, Sigma Nu and Tau Epsilon Phi, were unable to sustain their presence on campus and have had to close.

The undergraduate brothers were pleased to announce that 17 new members were initiated this academic year. This also pleased the alumni in attendance. There followed a lively discussion and exchange of ideas. Many suggestions and encouragement were offered.

After the Beta Pi/Alpha Phi Delta meeting was concluded, everyone was eager to join other alumni and undergraduate members who had started to arrive for the pre-dinner cocktail hour.