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Lambda Phi Epsilon - ΛΦΕ
Image:LFE Crest.jpg
Founded February 25, 1981 (1981-02-25) (age 26)
UCLA
Type Social
Scope National
Motto To be Leaders Among Men ΗΓΕΜΟΝΕΣ ΕΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΙΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ
Colors Royal Blue and White
Chapters 46
Nicknames Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE
Headquarters 105 Kerckhoff Hall
Los Angeles, California, USA
Homepage Lambda Phi Epsilon, Inc

ΛΦΕ (Lambda Phi Epsilon, also known as Lambdas, LPhiE, LFE) is a nationally-recognized Asian-interest fraternity based in the United States. Lambda Phi Epsilon is dedicated to servicing the community through various philanthropies, increasing Asian awareness, promoting academic scholarship, and strengthening the Asian American voice on campus. Lambda Phi Epsilon is the largest Asian-interest fraternity with a total of 46 chapters in the United States and Canada, and continues to expand to other campuses every year.[citation needed] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... Royal blue is a lighter shade of blue. ... This article is about the color. ... The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC), (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate mens fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ...

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History

Founding Fathers

Not satisfied with the single Asian fraternity on the campus of University of California, Los Angeles, principal founder Mr. Craig Ishigo and a group of eighteen other dedicated men decided to form Lambda Phi Epsilon on February 25, 1981. Noting that Asian fraternities and sororities at the UC campuses were recognized only as service organizations due to their memberships focus on specific Asian groups and to the exclusion of other ethnic groups, the goal of the founders was to transcend this limitation. The founders hoped to set new and higher standards of excellence for all Asian-interest organizations to follow, while feeling a need to offer a fraternity that would be recognized by the IFC and the Greek system. While the original charter focused on Asian-Pacifics, people from all ethnic backgrounds were welcome to join and support the brotherhood of Lambda Phi Epsilon. Their vision was that the members would eventually become the leaders of their respective communities and bridge the gaps that divided the Asian American community through an affiliation with a common organization. Mr. Craig Ishigo and Darryl L. Mu signed the charter as president and vice-president, respectively.[citation needed] The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • Mr. Hunter Chang
  • Mr. Randy Fujimoto
  • Mr. John Hanvey
  • Mr. Craig Ishigo
  • Mr. Jeff Kaku
  • Mr. Bobby Kawai
  • Mr. Dean Kumagawa
  • Mr. Jim Lee
  • Mr. Bruce Mau
  • Mr. Ted Mihara
  • Mr. Neil Miyazaki
  • Mr. Darryl L. Mu
  • Mr. Kelvin Sakai
  • Mr. Kevin Shida
  • Mr. Albert Sun
  • Mr. Weyton Tam
  • Mr. Jamie Watanabe
  • Mr. Bennett Wang
  • Mr. Fred Wong

National Expansion

Ever since its founding at the University of California, Los Angeles, Lambda Phi Epsilon has continued to grow and establish presence at campuses all over the nation. Within a few years, the fraternity had chartered to the University of Texas, Austin (Zeta Chapter), the State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter), and the University of Michigan (Xi Chapter). In 1990, the organization was recognized by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, being the first Asian Interest fraternity to do so. The fraternity has since expanded to all corners of the United States and beyond. The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... It has been suggested that The Poetry Collection be merged into this article or section. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC), (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate mens fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. ...


State University of New York, Buffalo (Nu Chapter) was Lambda Phi Epsilon's first chapter to be chartered on the American East Coast. Starting as Delta Gamma Tau, on September 15, 1992, this fraternity merged with Lambda Phi Epsilon (effectively taking on Lambda Phi Epsilon's letters) to unify organizations with identical purposes and to strengthen the Asian American voice in the campus community. It has been suggested that The Poetry Collection be merged into this article or section. ...


On December 5th 2004, Lambda Phi Epsilon established a chapter at the University of Toronto, thereby granting Lambda Phi Epsilon unofficial status as an international fraternity. The University of Toronto (U of T) is a public research university in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Philanthropy

For a patient living with leukemia or any other blood disorder, the odds of finding an appropriate match are already slim; their best chance of finding a matching donor lies within their own ethnic community. Unfortunately, Asian donors make up just a small fraction of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Because of this, every chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon hosts several bone marrow drives in conjunction with the Asian American Donor Program, the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation, and Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, to inform, educate, and recruit potential marrow donors for the NMDP. By increasing the number of Asian donors in the national registry, Lambda Phi Epsilon hopes to better the chances of Asian patients finding donors that they are compatible with. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that operates the largest national registry of volunteer hematopoietic cell donors in the United States. ... The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that operates the federally funded registry of volunteer hematopoietic cell donors in the United States. ...


In addition to hosting bone marrow drives on a national level, individual chapters of Lambda Phi Epsilon participate in their own local philanthropies including Habitat for Humanity, AIDS walks, beach clean-ups, and assisting the elderly community. Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building quality, low-cost, affordable housing. ...


In Canada where bone marrow drives are not as well known, brothers partipate annually in Relay 4 Life, a 12-hour walk or run marathon hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2007, Lambda Phi Epsilon at the University of Toronto raised over $1500 in support of funding cancer research. In additition to Relay 4 Life, brothers have partipated in the blood drive along with weekly sandwich runs throughout the summer.


Chapters

Chapter locations in North America.

Lambda Phi Epsilon has a total of 46 chapters in North America, with more than half of its chapters concentrated in California, New York, and Texas. A complete list of Lambda Phi Epsilon's chapters and links to their websites can be found at the link given above. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... A list of chapters of the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. ...

West Coast

  • California (13)
  • Washington (1)

The South

  • Georgia (1)
  • Texas (4)
  • Florida (1)

The Midwest

  • Illinois (3)
  • Indiana (1)
  • Kansas (1)
  • Michigan (2)

East Coast

  • Maryland (1)
  • Massachusetts (2)
  • New Jersey (1)
  • New York (8)
  • North Carolina (1)
  • Ontario (1)
  • Pennsylvania (3)
  • Virginia (2)

National Convention

Every year, Lambda Phi Epsilon holds an annual convention during Memorial Day weekend at various locations around the nation. Convention is a national event for members to get together for business and pleasure, and is one of the largest Asian American gatherings in the United States. Parties and after-parties are held all weekend as well as Brotherhood showcases where members from their respective chapters can perform a dance or step. The winning chapter is awarded a sword called "Keight," a figurative trophy passed down from the previous year's winner. Meetings are held to elect national board members and review current policies, and career development workshops are set up to help current members develop skills used in the professional world. The weekend is closed off with a final banquet. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). ...


In 2006, Lambda Phi Epsilon's UCLA chapter hosted Convention XVII which marked the twenty-fifth (silver) anniversary of the fraternity and was held in the fraternity's founding city, Los Angeles. Over 90% of the original founders were confirmed to attend.


Lambda Lil Sis

Most Lambda Phi Epsilon Chapters have an established Lambda Lil Sis (Little Sister) Program. The Lambda Lil Sis Program offers an alternative social and family network for its members, while expanding the 'Lambda Family' through promoting a close relationship resembling that of real siblings. The organization holds the Lil Sis program as an extension of Lambda Phi Epsilon, in which the main focus is on family and support with the brothers. Lambda Lil Sises receive a big brother from Lambda Phi Epsilon and are invited to the National Convention where they compete against other Lil Sis from other chapters in dance and step. The program acts as a mentorship program and does not retrict members of Lambda Lil Sis to join other Greek Lettered Organizations. Many members of the Lil Sis programs are in fact members of the Greek community as well.


Controversy

San José State University

In January 2003, Lambda Phi Epsilon member and junior at SJSU, Alam Kim, was killed in a fight between members of Lambda Phi Epsilon and Pi Alpha Phi. Alam Kim was an alumnus of Lowell High School in San Francisco, California, where he commanded the Lowell Boys Drill Team. Friends say Alam was trying to stop the fight between the two fraternities before he was killed by getting stabbed through his heart. Although a homicide suspect has not been singled out, a $1 million warrant was issued for Long Duy Tran, a 20-year-old San Jose man who is considered a major suspect in the incident.[1][2] Pi Alpha Phi (ΠΑΦ) (PAPhis or Pineapples) is an American university-level fraternity. ... Lowell High School (San Francisco) Lowell High School, a public magnet school in San Francisco, is the oldest public high school west of the Mississippi. ... San Francisco redirects here. ...


University of California, Irvine

In 2005, the UC Irvine chapter was officially suspended due to an open investigation surrounding the death of a Cal Poly Pomona pledge. On August 8, 2005, pledges attempting to establish a chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon at Cal Poly Pomona were participating in a football game with actives from UC Irvine. One pledge, Kenny Luong, was injured and died in the hospital on August 30, 2005. Police reported they had no evidence of any criminal activity that led to Luong's death, but still decided to conduct an investigation.[3] In April 2007, Luong's family sued Lambda Phi Epsilon and the University of California, although no criminal charges have been filed in the case.[4] The University of California, Irvine is a public research university primarily situated in suburban Irvine, California, USA. Founded in 1965, it is one of ten University of California campuses and is commonly known as UCI or UC Irvine. ... California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is a public, nationally-ranked, coeducational university situated at the western corner of the city of Pomona, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, and is adjacent to the Kellogg Interchange. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A participant described the incident as "a hazing disguised as a football game."[5] According to two witnesses who participated in the football game, the football game consisted of forty Lambda Phi Epsilon alumni and active members against ten pledges. The pledge team was also significantly smaller and less physically fit than the bigger, more numerous UCI Lambdas. Players wore no helmets or pads, and were allowed access to water only at halftime."[6] After the incident, the remaining pledges decided to forego the plans for a new chapter and instead started a campus community service group in honor of Luong.


University of Texas at Austin

In December 2005, Phanta Phoummarath, a new member of Lambda Phi Epsilon, died at the University of Texas at Austin due to alcohol poisoning. Reportedly, it was the night of "installation," a post-crossing celebration. After ingesting large amounts of alcohol (the medical examiner reported his blood-alcohol content was more than five times higher than the level needed to prove intoxication in Texas), other party-goers defaced his body with anti-gay epithets and obscene drawings. According to a probable cause affidavit, Phoummarath died after a heavy night of drinking in which fraternity members chanted for him and six other new members to finish as many as eight bottles of vodka, whiskey, rum, and other drinks being passed around. The university suspended Lambda Phi Epsilon's status as a registered student organization until December 19, 2011. Phoumarrath's family is also suing the fraternity.[7] University of Texas redirects here. ... In United States criminal law, probable cause refers to the standard by which a police officer may make an arrest, conduct a personal or property search or obtain a warrant. ... An affidavit is a formal sworn statement of fact, signed by the declarant (who is called the affiant), and witnessed (as to the veracity of the affiants signature) by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In December 2006, one year after Phoummarath's death, after an investigation, a Travis County Grand Jury charged former President Benny Chan and former Pledge Captain Andrew Nguyen each with 7 counts of furnishing alcohol to minors, as well as 22 and 14 counts of hazing respectfully. Former hellmaster Kamal Pulukari was charged with 14 counts of hazing, while the fraternity itself was charged with 5 counts of hazing. While it was concluded that hazing did not directly result in the death of Phoummarath, the subsequent investigation suspects that new members were forced to exercise and food-hazed, all in violation of Texas hazing laws.[8]


References

  1. ^ Tony Burchyns (2003). Warrant issued for suspect in fraternity fight (English). Spartan Daily - San Jose State University. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Chronicle Staff Writers (2003). Fraternity feud's unlikely victim (English). SFGate.com. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Associated Press (2005). Irvine police probing whether student's death linked to hazing (English). SIgma Pi Fraternity. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  4. ^ Brandon Miller (2007). Luong Family Sues UCI (English). New University Online. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  5. ^ Asian Week.com (2005). Irvine Police Probe Possible Hazing Death (English). Asian Week.com. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  6. ^ Brandon Miller (2006). Pledge Death Witnesses Break Silence (English). New University Online. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  7. ^ Associated Press (2007). Body of teen who died during frat hazing defaced with anti-gay epithets (English). Fox News.com. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  8. ^ Tony Plohetski (2006). Three fraternity members indicted (English). ajc.com. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.

External links

  • Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc
  • Asian Amercian Donor Program
  • Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
  • Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation

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