Defeat by Isolation

Defeat by Isolation

The chapter sought new directions with mixed success during the years immediately following Phil Hanna’s graduation.

That year saw half of the chapter (13 members) graduate.

Once again, the composition of the chapter shifted to a younger group of men, many of whom came from British Columbia, at the other end of the country!

These men experienced mixed success in their efforts to manage the chapter,

and by 2000, Epsilon Xi was once again in debt to the General Fraternity.

This had happened far too many times in the chapter’s history.

The time had certainly come to solve the problem by putting in place a system which would prevent overspending of the chapter’s budget.

All of these efforts were well-intentioned, but proved only one thing: there is no substitute for effective alumni guidance on the spot.

And this was the one thing which the Bishop’s chapter could not get.

There simply was no incentive for any Bishop’s graduate to remain in Lennoxville,

unless it was to join the faculty of the University.

Such advisors as the chapter was able to get were always located in Montreal, or further away.

Those alumni who did visit came rarely, usually for social events such as homecoming, and did not remain long.

When things began to slip a little, there was no one close at hand to spot the change taking place.

When the downhill slide  became more drastic, it was a reasonably simple matter for a few brothers to “cover up” the situation quite effectively.

By this time, a few Beta chapters – but only a few – were experimenting with the use of non-Beta volunteer “Friends of Beta” as chapter advisors.

This has since become a common practice, and has proven a worthwhile and successful solution to the perennial problem of finding enough alumni advisors for chapters.

But the idea was too new in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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