Beta Brotherhood

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“As long ago as 1879, Beta Theta Pi announced as a principle that it would cooperate with college faculties to improve the conditions as to scholarship or otherwise of its members or of the colleges in which they were located. The Fraternity has been rarely fortunate in one respect. It has never been cursed with the evil of internal politics. Its affairs have been managed by high minded men who have won the admiration, respect, and thorough confidence of the undergraduates and alumni members, and although at its conventions the forms of elections have been gone through with, it is a notable fact upon which the fraternity is to be sincerely congratulated, that, with one or two minor exceptions, offices in Beta Theta Pi have always sought the man, and not the man the offices.” — William Raimond Baird’s 75th Anniversary Essay for the 1914 Convention (Beta Lore, pgs. 58-67; The Faithful Home of the Three Stars, pgs. 447-455)