Incident leads to TKE's loss of charter

By Adam J. Babinat
On October 21, 2011

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Last month, Tau Kappa Epsilon, known simply as TKE, was reported to have had its charter suspended by international headquarters, after an incident where $2,000 and a gun were allegedly stolen from the fraternity's house.

TKE brought the incident to the attention of Durham police.

TKE is one of two fraternities to lose recognition in the last few weeks after nearly four years without a fraternity being suspended. Alpha Tau Omega was the other UNH fraternity suspended recently.

"TKE had a pending hearing scheduled then in the middle of September," said Adam McCready, the former coordinator of Greek Life UNH who left for a similar position at MIT at the end of September. "There was another incident and the international organization elected to take action and temporarily suspended the fraternity."

This stance has been confirmed by UNH, which unrecognized UNH's local chapter of TKE upon hearing that the fraternity was no longer recognized by its headquarters. However, TKE has a long way to go before returning to some state of normalcy. According to Mary Anne Lustgraaf, director of the MUB, the organization will have to start over completely.

"They [TKE] are eligible to come back as a colony in the future if they meet student organization and Greek Life recognition requirements," Lustgraaf said in an email. "They will be starting over as a new student organization and eventually as a new Greek organization not re-recognized as a continuing student organization."

The response from the TKE regional staff echoes something very similar. They released the current situation with TKE at UNH, and look to improve it as best they can. The organization, in an emailed release, has announced that they are working with UNH to return TKE to a colony status.

"We worked with the university to develop a plan that would bring our chapter to colony status," Pete Dawson, northeast regional director of TKE, said.

Another aspect of TKE's revitalization effort here at UNH is to bring on new members and staff who look to change the perception of TKE here on campus. This involves allowing members who do not wish to be a part of this effort to move on.

"Members of the chapter who chose not to be a part of the new direction of TKE were granted inactive status until graduation," Dawson said. "Upon graduation they will be alumni members of Tau Kappa Epsilon."

Yet another important aspect regarding the revitalization effort proposed by national TKE is in regards to the property TKE has rented at 35 Madbury Rd.

After much debate, the organization has decided to no longer identify the property as a TKE house. The students currently residing in it will be allowed to stay until June, but they will no longer be able to hold TKE meetings within the property. This was due to TKE coming to the consensus that the house had become more of a liability for the group.

As both UNH and TKE's regional staff continue to work on resolving the issue in order to seek the best for both parties, it remains clear that TKE is looking to put this issue behind them and look towards rebuilding themselves as a fraternity at UNH.

"TKE at UNH will be based on the values of the fraternity rather than being based at a physical house," Dawson said.


A previous version of this article stated that marijuana was stolen from the house. That did not happen.

By Adam J.

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