The Professional Fraternity combines the desirable features of general fraternities,technical societies, and honor societies to prepare its student members for the engineering profession and the lifetime ahead. By making a gift to the Theta Tau Educational Foundation, you are creating a lasting legacy and investing in the future of your son or daughter as well as the future of engineering leadership. "These robots are extremely artificially intelligent. A general fraternity can organize only the social life of its members, but as a professional fraternity, Theta Tau offers more: a common bond of interest in the pursuance of engineering in its various branches. CAMBRIDGE, MA—Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which one robot remains missing and two others are in critical condition with extensive circuitry and servo-motor injuries, sources revealed Monday. Hazing is illegal; therefore it has no place in the Fraternity. Most of all, Theta Tau encourages personal and professional growth. We will never force you to do something against your free will, and we respect your right to not participate in something you don’t feel comfortable with. A fraternity offers its members a lifelong bond of brotherhood and activities to promote their educational objectives. The third robot, a tread-driven 38-inch-tall rover, is feared drowned after being forced to consume over 40 terabytes of data and then swim across the Charles River with a burning candle stuck in its rear port. Should you feel pressured for any reason to do things you are unwilling to do, contact me immediately. The fellowship, academic support and personal growth our Brothers find in Theta Tau makes all the difference in their personal and professional success. Fraternity members generally have a higher GPA and are more likely to graduate than the overall student body. In protest, human-emotion-simulator robot Kismet, a respected member of the MIT community, announced that it will only display an expression of disapproval—refusing to smile, show fear, or raise a curious eyebrow—until those responsible receive appropriate punishment. We are proud now to have held fees and dues constant now for over two decades making membership affordable to virtually all students who may be interested in Theta Tau. Theta Tau has strict guidelines for hosting any social event, and chapters are expected to provide a safe environment at all times for members and guests. They wouldn't willingly subject themselves to this sort of abuse without extreme levels of peer pressure or even downright reprogramming.". ___Home About Students Alumni Foundation Friends and Visitors Online Community, ___Donate Submit a Form Update Info Shop Login, ___ Make a Gift Event Registration Event Calendar Membership Volunteer Discord, Theta Tau © 2020 | Powered by Red Room Creative. Theta Tau expects its members to obey all laws and to abide by the Fraternity’s policies and standards. Engineering is advancing so fast that technical knowledge is becoming obsolete at an ever‐increasing rate, but professional character remains regardless of an engineer’s career path. Hazing activities are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether located on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Social events often include picnics, parties, trips to other chapters, and intramural sports. Each Theta Tau chapter has fixed expenses including national and local dues, new member fees and housing fees (determined by the chapter). "We will thoroughly investigate this matter, and take strong disciplinary action," MIT Dean of Students Geraldine Knight said. I understand that under certain circumstances it is very difficult to say no. Not only is Theta Tau interested in developing academic skills, but it is also deeply involved in developing character. Theta Tau holds its members to the highest possible standard, and no chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. On another occasion, a robot was locked in a room and forced to calculate pi to the 1083 decimal place in what officials called one of the worst cases of binge-thinking they'd ever seen. A second robot, a biped from MIT's Leg Laboratory, was allegedly forced to replicate "the same humiliating hopping algorithm" 200,000 times, and is currently in critical condition in the laboratory's emergency-repair room. Theta Tau differs from other organizations to which our members often belong. We call that undisputed value The Theta Tau Difference. If any policies are violated, Theta Tau will investigate and ensure that additional education and appropriate disciplinary measures are instituted to ensure policy adherence. "They showed us they were willing to do anything to be Theta Tau brothers. We DO NOT promote hazing! Among those detained for questioning were Theta Tau chapter president David Kovis, treasurer Charles Leung, and fraternity members Lee Berger, Andy Ockridge, A. Muduthanapally, and Chen Kwan Tan. This latest incident comes in the wake of a February episode in which an ambulating chatbot device created at Caltech was programmed to repeat the phrase "I am a faggot" while locomoting across campus. A general characteristic of fraternities is that membership is by invitation only, membership is for life, and a ritual proclaiming the ideals of the organization is revealed to its members upon initiation. Theta Tau’s chapters provide a program of activities to meet the social and professional needs of its members. CAMBRIDGE, MA—Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which one robot remains missing and two others are in critical condition with extensive circuitry and servo-motor injuries, sources revealed Monday. A professional development program generally includes plant tours, speakers, workshops, and interaction with alumni. In addition to the desirable attributes of a general fraternity, Theta Tau offers a common bond: an interest in the pursuance of engineering in its various branches. Theta Tau holds its members to the highest possible standard, and no chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. ", A spokesman for the Theta Tau fraternity claimed that the "fun just got out of hand," and that the robot pledges were "100 percent cool with the initiation.". Your generous tax-deductible gift in the name of your son or daughter will help Theta Tau Fraternity continue to flourish and provide scholarships to students and leadership training to all members.