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Latino-oriented fraternity gains deans' approval

The University officially recognized the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Tuesday, making it the first Latino-oriented fraternity on Grounds.

The Office of the Dean of Students made the group of men a fraternity by approving its Fraternal Organization Agreement, which outlines the relationship between the University and the fraternity.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda will be the third member of the Fraternity-Sorority Council, an umbrella organization created in September for Greek organizations who do not fall under the auspices of the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council or the Black Fraternal Council.

Asst. Dean of Students Aaron Laushway, who has worked closely with the five founding members since August, said he is impressed with the students' organizational skills.

"There was a measure of seriousness that these men had," Laushway said.

"They have identified ways in which they can serve the University in addressing the diversity issue, particularly with respect to the Latino community," he said.

Cameron DeBerry, third-year College student and chapter president, said although the fraternity is Latino-oriented, it is not limited to Latino students.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda is looking to work closely with other Hispanic and Latino student organizations on Grounds to increase the number of Hispanic and Latino students and faculty members at the University, said Eduardo Gonzalez, a third-year Engineering student and chapter community service chairman.

Now there are six members of the fraternity - the five founding members, who all are third-year students, and a third-year student at Virginia Commonwealth University.