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Greek House Descriptions

 

Beta Rho Pi (Formerly AEPi):
Beta Rho Pi is a community based on Jewish values that embraces diversity within the brotherhood. If you have never stepped into our library for a game of Catan or to watch football in our lounge, had an intellectual conversation in our striped room, or played XBOX in our newly revamped kitchen, then you haven't experienced the strong core of BRPi brothers dedicated to making sure we all enjoy ourselves. Events like our annual Passover Seder and awesome Super Bowl party are brotherhood favorites along with brotherhood dinners, fireside chats with professors, and tons of other amazing activities. With Marcy House as our home, just a step from the Ratty and at the center of activity at Brown, our location can't be beat! BRPi is a place to come home to every day and members here know that no matter what else is going on in our lives, 50+ of our best friends will be beside us. But don't take our word for it - come by, have some fun, meet some of the brothers, and find out for yourself what BRPi is all about!

 Alpha Chi Omega:
Alpha Chi Omega was the first sorority on campus in 1979. Since then the sisters of the Zeta Theta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega have dedicated themselves to philanthropy, academics, and most of all, sisterhood. We are a dedicated and diverse group of girls whose interests range from child psychology to biomedical engineering, classics, to East Asian studies. At the end of the day we are all unique Brown Students who have been fortunate enough to find sisterhood. We look forward to meeting new people interested in the sorority. Feel free to stop by the house at any time! We are located in Sears building on Wriston Quad.
 
Alpha Delta Phi Society:
The Alpha Delta Phi Society is a co-ed Literary Society that seeks to build lasting, meaningful bonds between its members. The Alpha Delta Phi fraternity was the first fraternity to be established on Brown’s campus in 1836, and in 1974 we went coeducational. We have the best of both worlds — a Greek house and the tradition that comes with that, but also an open, accepting attitude. This is not your average Greek house. Our house sponsors poetry readings, game nights and unusually stylish parties in our clean and attractive house. In addition, we have a history of donating thousands of dollars to literacy charities in Providence and invite high-profile writers to speak on campus. But the Alpha Delta Phi Society is fundamentally about community — it’s about being a part of a group that we all feel is pretty special, and about friendships that last. So stop by, meet some people who want to have a good time, and see whether our house is a place for you!

Delta Phi:
Delta Phi at Brown has a great tradition to uphold that stretches back nearly 200 years. We believe firmly that the college fraternity is an intimate, personal experience best shared amongst the closest of friends. DPhi also has a deserved reputation for being an extremely close-knit, socially-oriented house, whose diversity is reflected in the collection of successful athletes, scholars, and leaders in the Brown community that are our members. Not only are our parties among the best on campus, but we also are active in a variety of community service pursuits, most recently including a mentoring program at a Providence inner city high school. But the most important thing Delta Phi offers are friendships that will last a lifetime. We hope you will stop by at one of our parties or open houses to meet the brothers who define what Delta Phi is today. Semper Ubique!
 
Delta Tau:
DTau’s membership reflects the diverse backgrounds from which we hail. We pride ourselves on our laid-back attitudes and our laissez-faire self-governance and the equality with which we treat one another stands testament to our ability to overstep the traditional social boundaries of fraternities. To those of you who have attended our parties and events, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves. To those of you who haven’t graced us with your presence, you should.

Beta Omega Chi:
Beta Omega Chi dedicates itself to service in ways that are not customary for any fraternity on any campus. Service is one of two general focal points of the mission of the fraternity (the other being the establishment of an undying brotherhood) and our commitment to it has been, is, and will continue to be at the heart of our agenda. This is not to say that other fraternities are not committed to service but our consistent service to the Brown community and the greater community thus far, without any money or any support from the University, should convey our willingness to go above and beyond.

Kappa Alpha Theta:
Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek letter fraternity for women, was founded in 1870 at DePauw University. Our four founders, Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Brant, Bettie Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Fitch Shaw, were quite the forward-thinking women when creating the first all-women fraternity modeled after male fraternities. Kappa Alpha Theta was founded at Brown University in 1897 as the Alpha Epsilon chapter. We have many sisterhood events and study breaks throughout the year, which increase our campus presence as well as bring us closer together as sisters! Our various activities each semester include Ratty dinners, study breaks, social events, attending sporting events, gym classes, community service activities, going out for ice cream, and movie nights. Study breaks include pumpkin carving, apple picking, picnics, ice-skating, BBQs, ballroom and swing dancing lessons, making s’mores, and cookie decorating! In joining Theta, you are choosing to be a part of a sisterhood that values friendship, scholarship, and leadership. On campus at Brown, Thetas stand out in academics, sports, clubs, volunteer organizations, and other extra-curricular activities such as SPEC, varsity and club athletics, and Meiklejohn advising. Each fall we host two campus-wide philanthropy events. Our chapter has been recognized nationally for our achievements by being awarded a “Bronze Kite” as well as a Risk Management award. Alumnae from our chapter have gone on to programs such as Teach for America, Harvard Law School, Americorps, Brown Medical School, the 2+2 Harvard Business School program, and other successful job opportunities.

Sigma Chi:
A force in the world of college fraternities for over 150 years, Sigma Chi has been a prominent organization on Brown campus since 1914. Whether at our annual Black & White, Christmas and Disco Inferno parties or during our legendary Spring Week festivities, like Steak & Lobsters and our formal at the Belcourt Mansion in Newport, you can't go far without running into a Sig. Over 70 Brown undergraduates from all across the United States and a dozen foreign countries – athletes and actors, writers and musicians, leaders, and above all, gentlemen and friends all call Sigma Chi their home. Since its creation in 1855, Sigma Chi has striven to instill in its members a deep regard for the ideals of Friendship, Justice, and Learning. Based on the theory that "friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal, and possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions…is superior to friendship among members having the same temperaments, talents, and convictions," Brotherhood in Sigma Chi is a lifelong bond shared among men of all walks of life.
 
Theta Alpha (formerly Theta Delta Chi):
The brothers of Theta Alpha share one common bond: we all like to have a good time. From the west coast to the east coast, the brothers add diverse backgrounds to the already established melting pot community of Brown. While many brothers currently study economics or the business tract of COE, we have brothers concentrating in the History of Art and Architecture, History, English, Engineering, and Neuroscience. Some Thetians are involved in Brown athletics, and others enjoy the numerous intramurals that are offered. The doors in Theta Alpha are always open if you have any questions for a brother during rush regarding the process or just a question about the benefits of being a Thetian. We all encourage you to attend some of our events to meet and experience the closeness and unity of the brothers of Theta Alpha.
  
Zeta Delta Xi:
Zeta Delta Xi is a co-ed fraternity that brings together many different individuals from disparate backgrounds. We are thinkers, doers, models, engineers, artists, scientists, linguists, musicians, and most of all really fun people to be around. Some of us are guilty of watching way too much television (whether it be Game of Thrones or Keeping Up With The Kardashians) in our one-of-a-kind stadium seating TV room, others admit to staying up at ridiculous hours to play games of fooz or pool, others still can be found dancing on tables (or resting under them) in the bar while Beyoncé plays at full blast. Whether studying in the lounge, cooking dinner in our fully stocked kitchen, our brothers take pride in the rewarding experiences that Zete has to offer. In breaking away from our all-male national 20 years ago, we made sure that this amazing community could be experienced by people regardless of gender, and we have evolved into a fraternity of friendship, community, and good dance moves. Not to mention, in the spirit of having a good time ALL the time, our parties are epic and even debaucherous at times. You’re all invited! Come, stop by Zete, and experience the family that we share and the world in which we live. We’re the fraternity on the corner of Patriot’s Court, next to the Ratty with the big, blue swings.

Kappa Delta:
Kappa Delta was officially installed here at Brown in spring of 2013 and is the first KD chapter in Rhode Island! We take pride in having a community of diverse and accomplished women. We have sisters in prestigious programs such as the Program for Liberal Medical Education (PLME) and a variety of rigorous academic tracks, from Classics to Engineering. The women in our chapter have accomplished so much throughout their time in Kappa Delta: some women in our chapter have raised thousands of dollars with their own philanthropic causes like Make a Wish Foundation, others have started their own businesses, one became an internet sensation with her successful twitter account “Feminist Taylor Swift," two of our sisters have won Miss Teen America titles in their home states, and we’re also proud to have a sister who is competing for the Summer Olympics. Our various interests and accomplishments make each woman different, but we are also diverse in that our girls come from different parts of America---and of the world!  There are women who hail from England, Ghana, China, Germany, South Korea and Hong Kong. In the spirit of Kappa Delta’s philanthropic attitude, we raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America by throwing “Dunk and Dodge” (a fun dodge ball tournament and paint party mash-up) and look forward to continuing this tradition every spring. We also do activities with our local Girl Scouts troop to help instill confidence in young girls. To tighten our sisterhood bond, our women get together for activities such as movie night, pumpkin picking, and group yoga. We also host an International Women’s Friendship Month event every year to celebrate our friendships within our chapter and with other sororities on campus. For our social and fun-loving side, Kappa Deltas love attending our formals and mixers with fellow fraternities.

 

Program Houses


St. Anthony Hall:
St. Anthony Hall is a national, coed literary fraternity located in King House at the corner of Hope and Benevolent Streets. As a literary society, St. Anthony Hall values curiosity, passion, creativity, and understanding as tools used to learn and build a community of friends, both inside and outside the house. A national organization, this community extends down the East Coast to chapters at a number of colleges and universities. Members have a large variety of academic and nonacademic interests ranging from arts to hard sciences, and covering almost everything in between. Despite the name, St. Anthony Hall is not associated with any religious organizations.


Harambee House:
If you would like to live a vibrant community with robust programming and events, then Harambee is the place for you! Harambee House is very diverse and welcomes all students to join us in our celebration of Black culture. In Harambee, Black scholars and their allies work together to build and maintain an economic, residential, and social system that supports the Black community’s endeavors, programming, and unity.  Secondly, our residents organize and participate in many social, cultural, and educational events for the House and broader Black community.  Lastly, our residents benefit from leadership opportunities on the House's executive board, a welcoming environment, and strong community bonds.

Buxton International House:
Buxton International House houses sixty residents, approximately 30 percent from the United States and 70 percent international. The objective of the house is to bring together enthusiastic, internationally-minded people under one roof. The house seeks to promote cultural exchange through numerous events, such as dinners, study breaks, community service, and parties. Applications and more information will be available during several information sessions in February. 


Technology House:
Technology House is located in the west end of Harkness House on Patriots' Court. Tech House offers a welcoming and supportive community that will assist you in your pursuits. Whether its building trebuchets, playing board games, or whatever your interests may be, others in our community will likely share your enthusiasm. We pride ourselves on our rich, on-going history of projects and events, including SciLi Tetris and Javaspook (our annual Halloween party). Members enjoy access to our in-house server and their very own Tech House email address, as well as our various common spaces, including a well-equipped kitchen, a workspace for house projects, a library and multiple lounges. Anyone interested is welcome; for more information, please visit techhouse.org.

Environmental House:
West House and 111 Brown Street are the environmental program houses at Brown and its residents are a cheerful mix of people committed to environmentalism, social activism and the arts. At any given moment, the houses are bustling with activity and you can always find people cooking food, making tea, playing music and discussing how to bring change to the world. Unlike dormitories, the houses are small communities of 14 (West House) and 12 (111 Brown St) residents. This provides the residents with a space where it is comfortable to develop new relationships with one another and to discover one's self while having a blast. Located on the corner of Brown and Meeting streets (West House) and Brown and Cushing streets (111 Brown St), the houses are small and cozy with balconies, living rooms and gardens.

 
French House:
Situated in one of the most beautiful houses on campus, French House is a community of Brown students interested in the language and culture of the French-speaking world. House activities open to the Brown community consist of parties, "pain et fromage" gatherings, film screenings, and cultural events. In-house activities include study breaks and optional co-ops. Each member helps to make French House a community by taking an active part in house management. All Machado house residents have access to kitchens, an elegant dining room, a game room, several lounges, a piano, and a beautiful terrace and yard. If you are interested in the French language and its related cultures and want to live in an intimate, friendly atmosphere, then French House is a great opportunity to enrich your college experience. A conversational level of French is helpful but not required.

Casa Machado:
Bienvenidos a La Casa Hispánica, the house with more flavor than any other place at Brown! We are a community made up of sophomores through seniors with an interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Members are encouraged to speak Spanish with each other. Hispanic House residents participate in and help organize activities such as study breaks, Sabores, Tertulias, ciclos de cine (themed movie screenings), community service projects, and our notorious dance parties. We encourage members of the Brown community to come to our events to meet new people and practice their Spanish with us (regardless of proficiency)! 


Social Action House:
The Social Action House is a program house dedicated to social activism in all of its forms. It mixes and blends all concentrations and interests to form a hub for social activism on campus. Sharing four floors of Diman House in the center of campus, members spend their time outside of activism doing terribly important things, like building emergency pillow forts for Hurricane Sandy and hosting 90’s Nickelodeon character theme parties (so, so hip). Outside of Diman, members manage the Brown Venture Launch Fund and host community dinners to bring attention to important activism topics. Most members are involved in a public good organization, like the Food Recovery Network, BRYTE, Health Leads, Design for America, and over a dozen more. Originally founded as a gathering place for activist friends torn between Pembroke and Perkins, the Social Action House, whether through hallway conversations or impromptu parties in the suite, unites all those interested in building a better world and an awesome Brown experience.