f Sigma Tau AEPi Fall 2010 Newsletter 2009 Pledge Recap Dear Brother, It is with great excitement and pride that I introduce the Chi Class. At fourteen members strong, this class is the largest in Sigma Tau’s recent memory. Rest assured, pledge still includes all your old favorites (like 24 and Shanghai), plus some new classics. I hope this newsletter finds you well and stirs up some nostalgia for the good ol’ days of pledge, when everything was simpler, the drinks were plentiful, and the names were ridiculous. Fraternally, Dean Schaffer Sigma Tau AEPi Brother Master Emeritus (Spring 2009) Stanford ‘10 Save the Date! Alumni weekend is October 22-25. Sigma Tau will host an alumni reunion on Friday, October 23. (Details to come soon!) Pledge Name Former Name Dorm Pumba Ari Atkins Branner Abe Lincoln Benamy Yashar Larkin Milkshake Chen Lossos Rinconada MC Hebrew Hammer Christian Smith Branner Shaggy Dakin Sloss Granada Smee Daniel Smith Loro Snowball David Kravitz Eucalipto Lemmiwinks Eric Karpas Rinconada Eeyore Isaac Bleaman Roble Deez…Nuts! Jacob Stern Branner Chastity Jeremy Goodman Roble Tum Tum Jeremy Keeshin Gavilan Major Goatscrotum Ram Sachs Branner Pom-Pom Zach Galant Gavilan Pledge Leadership Position Name Pledge Class President Milkshake Pledge Class Vice President Deez…Nuts! Exchequer MC Hebrew Hammer Scribe Chastity Pledge-at-Large Pumba Words from the Pledges Pledge Biography I am Milkshake (Chen Lossos), pledge class president. I was born in Israel in 1990 and resided there until 1998, but currently live in Miami. I have been a competitive swimmer since the age of six, and also enjoy reading and listening to music in my spare time. In the future, I hope to become a doctor (probably an oncologist) and conduct translational research for the development of patient- tailored treatment. Milkshake Deez…Nuts! (Jacob Stern) is a good-looking Jewish man from Los Angeles. He is the pledge class vice president and a member of the illustrious Stanford class of 2012, and as of yet has very little idea of what he will be studying. However, he does enjoy organic chemistry, history, and writing about food. In his free time, Deez enjoys swimming, playing squash, and chasing after non-Jewish Deez…Nuts! women. MC Hebrew Hammer (Christian Smith) is a rising sophomore in and is the pledge exchequer. He is from Newark, NJ, and graduated from the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey before venturing out to Stanford. Christian decided to join AEPi because of the camaraderie shown by the brothers from the beginning of rush, and he is excited for the upcoming year. His interests include electronic music, hip-hop, religious studies, and economics. Though undecided, Christian is currently considering majoring in Management Science and Engineering. MC Hebrew Hammer I go by the name Chastity, and I definitely carry the name well. I am also the pledge scribe. I currently enjoy doing research in a neurology lab with mice, working as a computer consultant at the library, playing various sports, and jamming on the guitar when I have spare time. I would like to major in Human Biology with an emphasis on infectious diseases among minority populations. Chastity Pledge Pumba is the pledge-at-large for the Chi class. In fact, he’s so large that he was just wayyyy too cool to write his own bio, consequently thrusting his alumni image into the hands of this devious writer. Pumba enjoys playing guitar, indulging in the hippy lifestyle, and being a vegetarian. He also hates to wear shirts and loves to show off his manly chest(hair). In his spare time, he avoids writing bios about himself for assorted newsletters. Pumba Tum Tum (Jeremy Keeshin) is a freshman at Stanford who lives in Gavilan in FloMo. He enjoys doing lots of random and goofy stuff. He does a weekly satirical newspaper called the Stanford Flipside and juggles in the juggling club, Down with Gravity. He has a very large and diverse hat collection (over 250 hats and growing), and enjoys writing in the third person. Tum Tum Hi, my name is Dakin “Shaggy” Sloss. I was born in Vienna, Austria, and I have lived in Saint Louis, Washington, D.C., and the Bay Area, where I currently reside. At Stanford I am studying physics, mathematics, and philosophy. I started a club called the Objectivists of Stanford to study Ayn Rand's philosophy from Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I also play tennis for the club team. In my spare time I like dressing up in rain boots and suit to attack AEPi brothers with water guns, pasta sauce, eggs, and rotten Shaggy hummus. I’m Major Goatscrotum (Ram Sachs), and I’m a pledge from Cupertino, CA. I’m really excited about AEPi this year, since it’s not with every group that you camp out at a random park near the frats at UC Davis. Other than AEPi, I’m also involved with Chardi Jawani, an Indian dance group on campus. Random Fact: My first tooth fell out when I was eight. Major Goatscrotum Eric “Lemmiwinks” Karpas hails from the distant galaxy of New Jersey, where the highways aren’t as pretty as they are in California. He loves going to rock concerts, rooting on the New York Jets, meeting new people, and studying environmental economics. He has a strong affinity for raspberries. He once was given a manuscript with the secret to time travel, but lost it in a series of events involving a catapult, a Bunsen burner, and a dachshund. Lemmiwinks I am Pom Pom (Zach Galant), and I am from Dallas, Texas. At Stanford I like to write for the Flipside, a satirical newspaper, and participate in the Ski Team, which is awesome because it lets me ski all the time. At home, I run my own business that I started six years ago—a summer camp where I teach kids to create their own video games. Pom Pom Isaac “Eeyore” Bleaman, or Reb Itsik as the ladies call him, was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. At Stanford, you might find him rehearsing with the Stanford Symphony or the Stanford Klezmer Band, at Green Library with his head buried in Yiddish novels, at Hillel overseeing “Jewish Life” with the JSA Board, or in his room sleeping in. His relatives always tell him how smart, talented, and charming he is, but he never lets any of that get to his Eeyore head. Daniel “Smee” Smith is from Denver, Colorado, and is a freshman looking to become an engineer over the next few years at Stanford – whether this may be electrical, computer, or otherwise, he is unsure. He plays the guitar and loves his hometown, the mountains, and anything spontaneous. He is enjoying college, and is excited for sophomore year – looking forward to no IHUM, and a good time. Smee Hi. My name is David “Snowball” Kravitz, and I'm from Sacramento, CA. I have two parents (as most do) and two younger brothers. You can always find me playing or listening to music. I’m majoring in computer science, but I try to get some sunlight at least a few times a week. I’m excited to be a member of AEPi. I look forward to the good times ahead! Snowball Mausoleum and Pledge Party: Keeping with traditions of years past, pledge began with blindfolds, car rides, abuse, and, ultimately, champagne at the Mausoleum. Pledges were, of course, thrilled with their temporary names (“left nut” and “right nut” being very common), and happy as always to down their obligatory bottle of bubbles. Afterward, brothers threw a small party at Mars to celebrate the pledges’ induction. Sorority Serenades: Sometime in the last few years, the age-old a capella pledge tradition was modified to include an ambassadorial role to Stanford’s sororities—our Romeos-in-training trek to every sorority and woo them with their extraordinary musical ability during dinner. This year’s set list included the Flight of the Concord’s “Prettiest Girl in the Room,” the 4 Seasons’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and Hanson’s “MMMBop.” High-def videos of the serenades for Pi Phi and Theta can be viewed on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/n3zh6f (Pi Phi) and http://tinyurl.com/l7pmw7 (Theta). (We recommend the first video.) Needless to say, the girls were blown away, unable to prevent themselves from showering free beer and fellatio on every AEPi pledge. Philanthropy—SPOON and Challah for Hunger: This year, we made community service a focus of pledge from the start, hoping to instill in our pledges the value of giving back to the Stanford and Palo Alto communities. To this end, pledges participated in two charitable events: SPOON and Challah for Hunger. SPOON (Stanford Project on Hunger) is a program which feeds the homeless and hungry in Palo Alto. Pledges gathered at ZAP on a Monday night to prepare fruit, eggs, hash browns, juice, pancakes and more for the following morning, when pledges finished up the cooking and served the prepared food at a distribution center in Palo Alto. Challah for Hunger is a nationwide program which recently spread to Stanford, established by several good friends of Sigma Tau. Volunteers bake fresh challah, sell it the next day in White Plaza, and send the proceeds to charity. Pledges and brothers met at Synergy to bake challah with AEPhi, and we sent the proceeds (about $300) to a variety of charities, including Chai Lifeline. Chai Lifeline is one of AEPi National’s official charities, and it supports families with terminally ill children. SPOON Challah for Hunger Sigma Tau is proud of pledges’ efforts to benefit those less fortunate than us. AEPiety: Charged with the task of throwing AEPi’s big spring party, the pledges brilliantly created the theme of “AEPiety,” which lends itself to all sorts of clever puns and catchphrases (see flier, at right). The party featured Jägerbombs (and plenty of Red Bull, thanks to company sponsorship) and was held at Jerry (Lambda Nu, for you old-timers). Never at a loss for ladies, Sigma Tau invited the girls of TriDelt to preparty with brothers and pledges alike before the party opened to the drunken masses. Aside from the hugely successful preparty, the highlight of the evening came near the end, when Pledge Master Solly Mirell ’10 elevated AEPi to superhero status by helping police apprehend a suspect inside Jerry after he stole an iPod and several hundred dollars in cash from an unlocked room. Solly cornered the suspect in the bathroom until officers could place him under arrest. Sure, the dirtbag may have gotten into the building due to our half-assed security measures, but we caught him in the end! Initiation: Our six weeks of pledge culminated in initiation morning on Saturday, May 30, at the old Hillel building. (Two pledges were absent for reasons too complex to explain here, and they will finish in the fall.) Initiation was followed by the traditional brunch celebration, this year at Stacks in Menlo Park. k Thank you for reading this spring’s newsletter. If you’ve liked the pledges you’ve met (or know a goat they should meet), visit us online at aepi.stanford.edu or drop us a line sometime: Alpha Epsilon Pi PO Box 19612 Stanford, CA 94309 The past few years have seen tremendous growth for Sigma Tau, and we hope to continue this trend in the years to come. One of the best ways for us to plot a successful course through the future is for us to hear about the amazing successes (and hilarious failures) of the past, so keep in touch! Fraternally, Dean Schaffer PS: If you’d like to see the shenanigans we’re up to in full, living color, visit our NEW photo site at www.fotki.com (username: “aepi” | password: “pizzle” (without the quotes)). Feel free to upload any old AEPi photos you have that you’d like preserved for posterity. ESPONDA!
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