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To the Lambda Phi Epsilon Duke Associate Chapter’s official webpage.  With 54 chapters, Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc. is the largest and most extensive Asian American Greek organization in the world.  The Duke Associate Chapter was established on November 23, 2003 and continues to exemplify the highest standards of Academic Performance, Social Experience, Service to the Community, and most importantly Brotherhood among its members. As an Asian Interest Greek organization, we strive to promote Asian American Awareness in our surrounding communities through the promotion of Asian American interest activities.

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Do you even bro?


As a 20-year old adolescent barely having started his foray into what some adults terrifyingly refer to as the “real world”, I have had minimal experience with truly important life decisions. But alas, in the bubble that is college, I am an upperclassman and I am old and wise. And it is for the youngins of the world that I direct my wisdom.

Rush. From the outside looking in, it seems like just an innocent tradition where college freshmen are suddenly the most popular demographic on campus, and every student involved in Greek life are devoting their efforts to promote their organization. But for some first year students, a daunting decision looms over them – to join or not to join?

Greek life is not for all, and it is not the focus for many. I for one never expected myself to one day be associated with the letters of a fraternity. I came to Duke to further my academic interests, be a boss, and move on. But the allure of rush was too strong, and I took a chance with Lambdas.

Since then, I have experienced too much to tell. Often however I was surprised how the stigma of Greek life sticks to it all. Too often others will wave us off as just a party organization, hold individual brothers to the reputation of the group, or even scoff at the “self-segregation” of an Asian-Interest fraternity. I hear you all, but this is not an advert for Lambdas, and today is not the day I address these points. What I have taken out of Duke Lambda Phi Epsilon is that I have learnt not to be selfish.

What do I mean by this? Was I a cold-hearted Scrooge in high school who never shared his tater tots? No (maybe) but in Lambdas nothing is ever done with a powerful sense of accountability. I have often let my bros down, and in those situations it has always been because I had mentally put myself first. When the fraternity fails it is because of the laziness of separate bros, but that’s not what others see. What others see is Lambda Phi Epsilon failing.

So boys and girls, remember that college is an avenue for many things, and one thing that you should value highly is personal advancement. Lambda Phi Epsilon always preaches for its members “to be leaders among men”. I’ve learnt that it’s not up to the letters themselves to make a leader.

- “Crocodile Humper” #48 Eta Class

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Motorcycle Dreams

Have you ever wanted to ride a motorcycle?

To most people the idea sounds crazy, but to some it’s a fantasy that has been around since childhood. I’ve always wanted to experience the thrill of riding a motorcycle, and the summer after my sophomore year at Duke I decided to make my dream a reality.

The first factor I considered was learning curve. What would I need to acquire the right skills to ride safely and how long would I need to become licensed? As it turns out, the process is very simple in most places. I earned my license by completing a three day course, which involved two training sessions in a parking lot, a driving test, and a lecture followed by a written exam. Even though I received my license in Oregon, it is legally valid in North Carolina as well as other states.

The second topic I researched was cost. How much money would I need to own and operate a motorcycle? I picked a beginner sport-bike with high resale value and contacted some dealerships. In the end, all fees included, I paid under $5000 for a brand new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250, which gets 60 to 70 miles per gallon. For safety purposes I also purchased riding gear, which was an additional $1000. Insurance for motorcycles is extremely low, and with a clean driving record minimum coverage can cost as low as $80 per year. Overall, I found that these costs were much smaller than those associated with buying and owning a car.

Third, I analyzed the practicality of owning a motorcycle given my current circumstances as a Duke student. Living in Lambda section on central campus, commuting to class has been very convenient; if the weather is fair, which is the case most days of fall and spring, I don’t have to wait for any buses and can wake up literally 10 minutes before class. Duke does not require parking permits for motorcycles, so I can leave mine pretty much wherever I want, whenever I want – all without worrying about parking fees, hours, or tickets. Sure, I can only take one passenger, but I also never have to take anyone to the airport or lend my vehicle to someone else.

Despite all these positives, the glaring drawback of motorcycles is an inherent reduction in personal safety while driving; one must accept and tolerate higher levels of risk. However, I decided that if I was going to achieve my dream, the safest environment for doing so would be Duke’s large and well-contained campus. To this day, whenever I hop on my bike and go out for a ride, the rush blows away all the worries in my life. It feels like I’m flying, and I’ve never looked back.

Written by K Squat

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Strange Stereotypes

Stereotypes are strange fruit.

My first year at Duke I gave a presentation during ASA’s annual political awareness series entitled “VOICES.” I spoke about stereotypes of Asian Americans–China Doll, Model Minority, the Kung Fu Master–and how they ebbed and flowed in relation to immigration flux. It was crazy, learning about and researching stereotypes. One of them always stuck with me though: Yellow Peril.

In the early 20th century the dominant caricature of Asian men was akin to modern day stereotypes about black men: violent, dark-skinned, brutish, and rapists (of white women). That’s a far cry from the tiny, calculator-wielding, kung-fu master caricatures of the 21st century. Why the change? Why the complete, 180 degree turnaround in stereotype construction? For the answer I’ll direct you to Edward Said’s Orientalism.

How others perceive us constitutes a huge part of our personalities. So for me, I often wonder what these stereotypes mean to other people. Do they assign me these little categories before ever getting to know me? How has that affected my life at Duke? How will it affect me in the workforce?

-Bojangles Jr.

Duke LPhiE

Spring ’11.

For more discussions like this, head over to TAASCON (hosted by Duke) in mid-April.

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MGC Lunar New Year PotLuck

Another successful Potluck from all of us in the MultiGreek Council. Shout outs to KPL, OPB, aKDPhi, DSI, and LUL – here’s to many more years of unity.

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Greek Leadership Retreat

Every year Duke’s OFSL (Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) has two executive board members from each Greek organization go on a weekend leadership retreat. This year we learned about the many different aspects of leadership (i.e. which color are you?). We also learned how to support one another; in the photo below we see our very own Daniel Piao (this year’s VPI) assisting his pledge bro Ian Zhang (MGC president) with archery.

Thanks to Duke’s OFSL for taking us out of the Duke bubble and allowing us to see a different side of Greek life from the perspective of its leaders.

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Bone Marrow Drive 8/29/2013

A little over a week ago Duke Lambdas held one of its most successful bone marrow drives yet! We tabled at the Marketplace on Duke’s East Campus and were able to get 103 new registrants. Thank you to all the actives who came out and pitched the mission of the National Marrow Donor program with all their hearts and efforts. Another big thank you to Miss Betsie Letterle from the Be the Match Foundation for helping to set everything up and for being there throughout the entire drive. We couldn’t have done it without all our great players. Look out for us in the future, we’ll definitely we doing this again!

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Fall 2013 Rush

DUKE LAMBDA PHI EPSILON FALL RUSH

The Largest, Fastest Growing, and Only Internationally Recognized Asian Interest Fraternity.

The brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. will kick off a rare Fall Rush. We cordially invite men from every walk of life to join us in our Rush Week and explore the vast social, philanthropic, and professional opportunities that our brotherhood has to offer.

As part of an international fraternity, you will have the unique opportunity to network and form close relationships with driven and successful individuals all across America, and beyond. Lambda Phi Epsilon offers boundless advantages to enrich your college experience socially and professionally.

Ever since our foundation in 2003, we have heralded a reputation as a group exemplifying the highest standards of Academic Performance, Social Experience, Community Service, and Brotherhood.

Above all, rush week is a fun and exciting opportunity. We will be hosting a number of events where you can come and see if the brotherhood is for you. Meet the brothers of Duke Lambda Phi Epsilon at any of the free-of-charge events listed.


September 9, 2013 | 6-8PM
Dinner and Games with aKDPhi at *K4*

September 11, 2013 | 8-10PM
Basketball with the Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma at *Brodie Gym*

September 12, 2013 | 7-9PM
Information Session I at *Carr 240*

September 14, 2013 | 10PM-2AM
DISOREINTATION House Party at *201 Alexander.* Live DJ’ing all night! (check out his talents). Event details here.

September 16, 2013 | 8-10PM
Monday Night Football at *201 Alexander.*

September 18, 2013 | 7:30-9:30PM
Poker with the Brothers of LPhiE at *201 Alexander*

September 19, 2013 | 7-9PM
Information Session II at *Carr 240.* Dinner will be provided.

Please take a look at our Rush Schedule and our Rush FAQ section on our website for more information. Also, feel free to contact our Rush Chairs at any time if you have any questions.


**KEEP IN MIND**
* If you’re “attending,” feel free to invite your friends that you think might be interested!
* Keep in mind that we are not Asian exclusive. We have had a diverse membership for many years and hope to continue our legacy with those who share our vision.

**Rush Chairs**
Andrew You | (516) 547-4412
Dennis Park | (919) 451-2184

Want to know a little more about us? Visit our Facebook page.


ΛΦΕ Associate Chapter Durham, NC Est. 2003
57 Chapters, 3 Letters, 1 Brotherhood

LAMBDA PHI EPSILON
OFTEN IMITATED NEVER DUPLICATED
UPHOLDING STRENGTH, HONOR AND BROTHERHOOD SINCE 1981.

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Activities Fair

At the beginning of every academic year Duke hosts an Activities Fair on East Campus (for those of you who don’t know, Duke is split into three campuses and East is where all of the freshman live). If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for our listserv leave a comment below or contact one of our rush chairs:

Andrew You (516) 547-4412
Dennis Park (919) 451-2184

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Spring 2013 Rush

DUKE LAMBDA PHI EPSILON RUSH

The Largest and Only Internationally Recognized Asian Interest Fraternity.

The brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. will kick off our annual Spring Rush. We cordially invite men from every walk of life to join us in our Rush Week and explore the vast opportunities that our brotherhood has to offer.

Lambda Phi Epsilon is the largest and only international Asian-Interest fraternity in the world. However, we are not Asian exclusive. Our diverse members seek to to exemplify the highest standards of Academic Performance, Social Experience, Community Service, and Brotherhood.

As part of an international fraternity, you will have the UNIQUE opportunity to network and form close relationships with driven and successful individuals all across America, and beyond. Lambda Phi Epsilon offers BOUNDLESS advantages to enrich your college experience socially and professionally.

Above all, rush week is a fun and exciting opportunity. We will be hosting a number of events where you can come and see if this is the brotherhood for you. Meet the brothers of Duke Lambda Phi Epsilon at any of the free-of-charge.

Please take a look at our Rush Schedule and our Rush FAQ section on our website for more information. Also, feel free to contact our Rush Chairs at any time if you have any questions.

Yang Pan: (919) 428-0313

Eddie Li: (919)-433-7289

54 CHAPTERS 3 LETTERS 1 BROTHERHOOD

LAMBDA PHI EPSILON
OFTEN IMITATED NEVER DUPLICATED
UPHOLDING STRENGTH, HONOR AND BROTHERHOOD SINCE 1981.

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Convention XXIII and Associate Status

On May 27th, 2012, the Duke Chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon achieved Associate Status at National Convention XXIII in Houston. We would like to thank our alumni, our Southeast Governor: Michael Le, the National Expansion Team, and all our brothers worldwide for supporting us and giving us this wonderful opportunity to advance our chapter. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Pi Chapter: University of Houston for hosting an amazing National Convention.

Duke Associate Chapter at Convention XXIII

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