Greek Briefs

Tau Kappa Epsilon takes home awards, gets criminal law charge dropped

Tau Kappa Epsilon returned from its national conclave in July with five awards given to the top fraternities within the organization.

GW’s Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter received awards for outstanding recruitment, initiation rates, community service, extracurricular involvement and alumni relations.

“(Tau Kappa Epsilon) is committed to community service and philanthropy,” president Jordan Schwartz wrote in an e-mail.

Tau Kappa Epsilon holds annual events including the Turkey Bowl, in which sororities compete in a flag football tournament every November. Last fall, the event raised more than $1,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research, Schwartz said.

Last spring, Tau Kappa Epsilon was a sponsoring organization for the annual Turning the Page book sale held in Kogan Plaza. The event raised more than $7,000 for an organization that works to improve reading skills in D.C. area public schools.

In May, a sophomore member of Tau Kappa Epsilon apparently fell from the roof of the fraternity residence on 22nd Street after he had been drinking. While the student claimed responsibility for the accident, the University charged the GW chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon with a D.C. criminal law. The charges against the Greek-letter organization have since been dropped and the organization is now on temporary social probation.

-Brandon Butler and Rony Rothken

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