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To Fox News,
On the evening of Thursday, July 10th, during a segment of “The Five”, host Bob Beckel called the Chinese “the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.” and said, “As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen, err, Chinese people, how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.” He went on to say “So, China..” and made a punching motion with an arm gesture that means “F*** You.”, thereby insulting 20 percent of the world’s population. Later in the segment, he says, “Doesn’t anybody worry about these people? There’s billions of ‘em. And all they do is hack into our stuff, they send us cheap toys, all of which got lead in ‘em and they’re killing kids.”
Beckel made similar remarks last year when he said of himself after going swimming his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”, and even said that we should restrict Chinese student immigration to the US “‘cause Chinese students are brought here, taught computers, go back home and hack us.”
Xenophobic and racist sentiments such as these promote misunderstanding and hatred, and are what led to the murder of Vincent Chin, as well as bullying and threats towards Asian Pacific Islander Americans today. While we applaud Mr. Beckel’s concerns regarding child product safety and our nation’s cyber-security, the pejorative terms ‘Chinamen’ and ‘Oriental’, which bring us back to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, when Chinese in this country were the only ethnic group barred from citizenship, are not only outdated, but deeply offensive. Also, the assumption that all those of Chinese descent are guilty until proven innocent is un-American, and the exact kind of thinking that led our government to force more than 100,000 loyal Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.
Albert Wang, Bay Area chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association said: “Chinese-Americans play a pivotal role in the development of U.S. advanced technology, making up half of Silicon Valley’s scientists and engineers. They were deeply hurt by Beckel’s words.”
As an Asian American Greek organization that seeks to combat racism and spread cultural awareness, we join Congressmembers Mike Honda and Judy Chu, State Senator Ted Lieu, and other Asian American organizations to call for Mr. Beckel’s resignation and apology.
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.
07.24.2014 Beckel Statement_Signed
Convention XII will be held from Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, conveniently located next to Newark Airport. All Chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents, as well as Neophytes must attend, but all Brothers, including Alumni, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This year’s convention will be our biggest convention yet, as it is our Fraternity’s 20th Anniversary, also known as the Year of the Torch, and we have secured a discounted convention rate ($140 for the entire weekend, includes: national meeting, all meals, workshops, banquet, convention t-shirt, banquet souvenir). We also have a discounted room rate of $124/night. Many of our Founding Fathers will be in attendance. Come join us in celebrating 20 Years of Excellence Through Brotherhood this Year of the Torch.
Bring your banners…and your stroll face.
Renaissance Newark Aiport Hotel
1000 Spring St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
For photos and additional venue information, or to book accomodations, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/ewrnr-renaissance-newark-airport-hotel/
Banquet with National Toast, Awards Ceremony, Banner Showcase, and Stroll Competition
We are pleased to announce that the iOS version of the Pi Delta Psi mobile application is now ready. If you search “Pi Delta Psi” in the App Store, you will be able to find it.
If you have logged in and registered to the restricted web site (http://www.pideltapsi.com/restricted/), your username and password will work. If you haven’t you can register using the mobile application, which will essentially work the same as registering for the restricted web site.
The mobile application has limited functionality currently, but we wanted to get the app online as soon as possible to encourage brothers to pre-register before we launch the new restricted web site sometime this fall. We plan on adding more features to the mobile application, so stay tuned for more updates!
Currently, the mobile application has the following functionality:
-New User Registration (same as the http://www.pideltapsi.com/restricted/)
-Users can update their own profile
-First, Last, and Line Name
-Education (Most recent)
-Email (also used for login)
-Link to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
-Change their password for login
-Search for Bros by:
-First & Last Name
-Advanced Search filters
-Location (City, State)
-Crossing Year and/or semester
-Leadership (E-Boards, 17 total positions)
-Every user can edit the E-Board for their own chapter
-Search for other Chapters’ E-Board
If you find any errors, please take a screenshot of the error (hold the power button and the home button at the same time) and email it to Andrew Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Android version of this application is still under development, and as of yet, we do not have an ETA for the launch, but it will be sometime soon hopefully!
As a founding member of the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), Pi Delta Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce that Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. has joined the Association as its 14th member organization. The Fraternity was approved for membership in April and is being formally seated on May 4th, 2014.
Pathik Patel, Beta Chi Theta’s National Vice President of Financial Affairs, commented, “Beta Chi Theta, is a fraternal organization that prides itself as an organization of gentlemen who believe in the values of community. These values, go hand in hand with those of NAPA. We deeply believe in the advancement of both NAPA and Beta Chi Theta through deeply rooted relationships, and mutual cooperation.”
Beta Chi Theta was established in June 1999 at the University of California Los Angeles, and now has chapters stretching from coast to coast. Beta Chi Theta is built upon the pillars of Tradition, Service to Humanity, South Asian Awareness, Academic Excellence, A Unified Nationwide Network, and above all else, Brotherhood.
Prashant Kher, Beta Chi Theta’s National President, commented, “We look forward to a successful and fruitful relationship with NAPA and all of the member organizations. We strongly feel that by working together, we can make cultural Greek organizations a major player and stakeholder in the Greek industry in the next 25-50 years.”
NAPA Executive Chair Brenda Dang welcomed Beta Chi Theta stating, “The Association is pleased to announce the addition of an organization to our membership that has developed strong roots in the fraternal community. Their membership reinforces the diverse interests of collegiate men across the country. We are confident that they will play a critical role in the growth of the cultural Greek movement. Fraternities and Sororities are the largest leadership development organizations on collegiate campuses across the country and we look forward to Beta Chi Theta’s collaboration with our member organizations in our effort to advance the cultural Greek movement.”
NAPA was founded in 2005. NAPA serves to advocate the needs of its member organizations and provide a forum to share ideas and resources within its members. NAPA supports the development of positive relations through open communication with inter-fraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience.