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ZBT UMass The official page of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

All of the info and updates about what Zeta Beta Tau is doing in the UMass-Amherst community.

Mission: The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT) is to foster and develop in our membership the tenets of our Credo: Intellectual Awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity and Brotherly Love, in order to prepare our members for positions of leadership and service within the community.

Want to go Greek? Come check us out any of the following rush events and learn why its great to be a #ZBT
01/27/2019

Want to go Greek? Come check us out any of the following rush events and learn why its great to be a #ZBT

Come get some cookies, milk, and hot chocolate tomorrow from 4-8PM in the Newman Cafe and help us raise money for Autism...
12/03/2018

Come get some cookies, milk, and hot chocolate tomorrow from 4-8PM in the Newman Cafe and help us raise money for Autism Speaks! We’ll have chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookies along with gluten free! 🍪🍪🍪

It was really great to see the UMass community come together for a good cause! Big thank you to @sunsetgrillandpizza, @u...
09/17/2018

It was really great to see the UMass community come together for a good cause! Big thank you to @sunsetgrillandpizza, @umass_kkg, and @iotagammaupsilon as well as everyone who came out to #GetOnTheBall with us! #ZBT #SocialResponsibility @ UMass Amherst

It was great meeting so many new students at the Greek Expo today. #GoGreek #RushZBT
09/09/2018

It was great meeting so many new students at the Greek Expo today. #GoGreek #RushZBT

Improve your grades. Serve your community. Become a leader. Join a Brotherhood for a Lifetime.
09/05/2018

Improve your grades. Serve your community. Become a leader. Join a Brotherhood for a Lifetime.

Our 2018 Executive Board: (Left to right, top to bottom) Tim Bement, Vice President of Internal Affairs; Jake Marcoulier...
05/01/2018

Our 2018 Executive Board: (Left to right, top to bottom) Tim Bement, Vice President of Internal Affairs; Jake Marcoulier, President; Austin Rossi, Vice President of External Affairs; Mike Boes, Financial Director; Marvin Vongkhankeo, Recruitment Director; Nick Meredith, Secretary; John Daley, Brotherhood Development Director; Jake Hayutin, Risk Prevention and Wellness Director #ZBT #PowerhouseOfExcellence

These past few weeks, the brothers of ZBT have been working hard alongside FTK and the rest of the UMass Greek community...
04/21/2018

These past few weeks, the brothers of ZBT have been working hard alongside FTK and the rest of the UMass Greek community to raise money for Baystate Children’s Hospital. We are proud to announce that we’ve exceeded our goal! We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this great cause.

Check out our newly updated website at zbtumass.org!
04/18/2018
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Check out our newly updated website at zbtumass.org!

The official website for Theta Alpha Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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04/16/2018

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We want to congratulate our brother Mike Kim (@mikekim723) on becoming an American citizen! 🇺🇸 #ZBT #USA
02/08/2018

We want to congratulate our brother Mike Kim (@mikekim723) on becoming an American citizen! 🇺🇸 #ZBT #USA

Always a pleasure when our alumni come to visit. Once a ZBT, always a ZBT. #BrotherhoodForALifetime
02/04/2018

Always a pleasure when our alumni come to visit. Once a ZBT, always a ZBT. #BrotherhoodForALifetime

02/04/2018
Less than a week til we’re back at it. Prepare for the new semester by checking out our upcoming rush events in our bio....
01/17/2018

Less than a week til we’re back at it. Prepare for the new semester by checking out our upcoming rush events in our bio. #ZBT

Improve your grades. Give back to the community. Build character. Join a brotherhood for a lifetime. Whatever your New Y...
01/01/2018

Improve your grades. Give back to the community. Build character. Join a brotherhood for a lifetime. Whatever your New Years resolution may be, consider attending our recruitment events at the start of the semester to learn how ZBT can put you on the pathway to lifelong success.

“The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is to foster and develop in its brotherhood the tenets of its Credo: Intellectu...
12/29/2017

“The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is to foster and develop in its brotherhood the tenets of its Credo: Intellectual Awareness, Social Responsibility, Integrity and Brotherly Love, in order to prepare its brothers for positions of leadership and service within their communities.” #ZBT

On this day in 1898, Dr. Richard Gottheil led fifteen college men in creating a society that would one day become the po...
12/29/2017

On this day in 1898, Dr. Richard Gottheil led fifteen college men in creating a society that would one day become the powerhouse of excellence known as Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Each and every day we strive to continue the legacy that these men put into motion 119 years ago.

Don’t settle for mediocrity. Learn the values of leadership, integrity, service, and academic excellence as a brother of...
12/17/2017

Don’t settle for mediocrity. Learn the values of leadership, integrity, service, and academic excellence as a brother of Zeta Beta Tau.

Gotta support the team.
12/16/2017

Gotta support the team.

Several weeks ago our brother Jonathan was one of two UMass students that fell ill due to a Meningitis B outbreak. Many ...
12/03/2017

Several weeks ago our brother Jonathan was one of two UMass students that fell ill due to a Meningitis B outbreak. Many people tend to think “it will never happen to me”, but that simply isn’t true. Please take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this horrible disease by visiting UHS’s Vaccination Clinic in the Student Union this Monday and Tuesday from noon to 6PM. 💉 #GetVaccinated

Thank you to everyone who came out to ZBT Crush 2017!
11/17/2017

Thank you to everyone who came out to ZBT Crush 2017!

We’d like to give a huge shoutout to the wonderful people of Sunset Grill & Pizza (@sunsetgrillandpizza) for helping us ...
11/16/2017

We’d like to give a huge shoutout to the wonderful people of Sunset Grill & Pizza (@sunsetgrillandpizza) for helping us raise money to support Jonathan!

11/15/2017
Sunset Grill and Pizza

Order some pizza tonight or tomorrow and help us continue to raise money for our brother Jonathan!

$ 70.00 in tips to ZBT drivers via online or cc .. not including cash donations in 2 hrs . Please order tonight or tomorrow ! ZBT umass will also be getting a percentage of sales to donate to Jonathan's family !!! #zbtumass #loveourcustomers #amherstma #universityofmassachusetts #amherst

Black cards, black cars, all black everything
11/05/2017

Black cards, black cars, all black everything

Our brother Jonathan is fighting vigorously through this unfortunate situation. We are continuing to ask for your suppor...
11/04/2017

Our brother Jonathan is fighting vigorously through this unfortunate situation. We are continuing to ask for your support to help his family through these difficult times both financially and emotionally. Please consider clicking the link in our bio and donating whatever you can to help out the Townsend family. We love you Jonny, stay strong. 🤝

This Halloween, the brothers of ZBT lent a hand to the UMass Theatre Guild to put together the most terrifying haunted h...
11/01/2017

This Halloween, the brothers of ZBT lent a hand to the UMass Theatre Guild to put together the most terrifying haunted house Monkey Bar has ever witnessed. Be sure to check out the Theatre Guild's production of Peter and the Starcatcher this Thursday as well as the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee next weekend. 🎃 #ZBT

UPDATE: As of this morning, Jonathan is awake and following commands! His Enzymes are indicating that the tissue/cell de...
11/01/2017

UPDATE: As of this morning, Jonathan is awake and following commands! His Enzymes are indicating that the tissue/cell death is continuing to drop and he hasn’t had a fever since yesterday afternoon. His breathing tube has successfully been removed and he is beginning to talk.

Jonathan’s family and fraternity brothers would like to thank everyone who has supported him. We’ve surpassed $1200 raised in less than a day! Despite these positive developments we do ask that people KEEP DONATING and continue helping Jonathan’s family with the medical bills they are facing. They are understandably going through so much emotionally, and even a small contribution helps to ease the financial stress that is being dumped on top of everything.

We are praying for you Jonny. Keep on fighting.

#ZBT

Please join us in supporting our brother Jonathan who was recently diagnosed with Meningococcemia and Purpura Fulminas a...
10/31/2017

Please join us in supporting our brother Jonathan who was recently diagnosed with Meningococcemia and Purpura Fulminas and is undergoing serious medical treatment. It is painful to know that such a selfless and caring person now faces such a dangerous situation. We hope you will join us in returning the undying Brotherly Love that Jonathan has shown all of us since the moment we met him. Visit zbtumass.org/Jonathan to learn more about Jonathan’s condition and to donate money to help his family with the financial burden they now face. #ZBT

We want to wish a happy birthday to our brother Jonathan Townsend, who fell ill earlier this month and is fighting hard ...
10/30/2017

We want to wish a happy birthday to our brother Jonathan Townsend, who fell ill earlier this month and is fighting hard for a speedy recovery. Jonathan is a shining example of all the values that make a ZBT a ZBT, perhaps none more so than his undying commitment to his brothers. We love you and are thinking about you every hour of every day. Get well soon, buddy.

Another monumental weekend. #ItsGreatToBeAZBT
10/29/2017

Another monumental weekend. #ItsGreatToBeAZBT

Come talk to us about Israel! 🇮🇱 #ZBT
10/18/2017

Come talk to us about Israel! 🇮🇱 #ZBT

Our brothers had a great time at ΣΔΤ Crush over the weekend. Big thank you to @umass_sdt! #ZBT #SDT
10/15/2017

Our brothers had a great time at ΣΔΤ Crush over the weekend. Big thank you to @umass_sdt! #ZBT #SDT

Big shout out to the ladies of Alpha Epsilon Phi (@aephi_umass) for supplying some quality grilled cheese sandwiches for...
10/12/2017

Big shout out to the ladies of Alpha Epsilon Phi (@aephi_umass) for supplying some quality grilled cheese sandwiches for a good cause. #SayCheese

Brotherhood for a Lifetime. #ZBT
10/09/2017

Brotherhood for a Lifetime. #ZBT

The brothers took to upstate New York this weekend for our 2017 Mountain Weekend. #ZBT
10/08/2017

The brothers took to upstate New York this weekend for our 2017 Mountain Weekend. #ZBT

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10/07/2017
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Brotherhood for a Lifetime

Zeta Beta Tau was founded on December 29, 1898 at the City College of New York by Richard J. H. Gottheil, a professor of languages at Columbia University and a leader in the early American Zionist movement. It was originally intended to serve as a fraternal body for Jewish students who had been excluded from joining existing fraternities due to their beliefs. Not yet a fraternity itself, the society was called Z.B.T., which referred to the first letters in the Hebrew phrase "Zion Be-mishpat Tipadeh", which translated means "Zion shall be redeemed with judgment". By 1903, the continuing need for a Greek-letter fraternity open to Jewish students prompted Z.B.T. to change its raison d'etre, structure and emphasis and to become Zeta Beta Tau.

The fraternity expanded rapidly over the next 6 years, reaching a total of 13 chapters throughout the Northeast as well as a 14th chapter in New Orleans. By 1918, Zeta Beta Tau had chapters on the west coast as well as a chapter in Montreal. In 1954, delegates of ZBT met at the National Convention to amend Zeta Beta Tau's Constitution and practices in order to eliminate sectarianism as a qualification for membership, opening up the fraternity to men of all religions. The history of mergers in the Zeta Beta Tau Brotherhood followed a pattern of linking common traditions. In 1959, Phi Alpha merged into Phi Sigma Delta, and in 1961 Kappa Nu merged into Phi Epsilon Pi. Through 1969-1970, Phi Sigma Delta and Phi Epsilon Pi merged into Zeta Beta Tau, growing the fraternity like never before.

Credo

We, the brothers of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, believe that the development of the individual as a responsible, mature member of society is the primary goal of the university today. We believe that fraternity offers to the university community a unique, desirable and successful means of achieving this goal. In fulfilling the purposes of fraternity, we dedicate ourselves to the principles of:

INTELLECTUAL AWARENESS Fraternity creates an atmosphere conducive to the expansion of the individual's intellectual horizons, the interchange of ideas within the academic community and the pursuit of scholastic excellence.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Fraternity requires the individual to commit himself and accept his responsibility to participate.

INTEGRITY Fraternity generates a standard of personal integrity – a framework for the individual to maintain honesty, exhibit loyalty and retain a sense of self-discipline.

BROTHERLY LOVE Fraternity inspires and expresses the interrelation of the individual with his fellows, his pride in the institution and respect for the wisdom of its tradition.

A Fraternity Without Pledging

During the 1980's, every Greek-letter group continued their efforts to stop hazing. Despite ZBT's best efforts, hazing continued and increased in frequency and severity. ZBT concluded that all efforts to reform the institution of pledging had failed; pledging was the problem. This was because pledges were considered second-class citizens, with no rights and no chance to refuse even the most outrageous demands of a Brother, unless he quit the Fraternity. In 1989, in a last-ditch effort to eliminate hazing, ZBT eliminated pledging and all second-class status from the Fraternity.

Giving Back

Service and philanthropy activities are important to the overall development of each of us as members of our communities. Not only does helping our communities benefit those in need, but it also contributes to our personal growth. ZBT is committed to giving back to the surrounding community, and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Theta Alpha chapter takes pride in its involvement with charitable events and organizations within and around the university such as the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, Get On The Ball, and many more.

Theta Alpha’s History

Zeta Beta Tau's Theta Alpha chapter was founded on September 25, 2011 by a group of strong-willed University of Massachusetts Amherst students. Brothers of Theta Alpha chapter study a wide range of fields from business to engineering, to psychology. We pride ourselves on retaining one of the highest average GPAs for any UMass fraternity, as well as on our consistently superiority in intramural athletics.

Theta Alpha Chapter provides a variety of opportunities for brothers to take on leadership roles within the fraternity and enact real change. Whether serving on our Executive Board or as one of our many other Chapter Officers, our brothers acquire the leadership skills necessary to excel in any and every other aspect of life. Theta Alpha alumni have gone on to work on Wall Street, in Big Four Accounting firms, and in many other prestigious firms and industries.

ZBT is always seeking men of good character to initiate as brothers. Recruitment occurs at the start of each semester, when those interested in exploring the opportunities that ZBT offers can attend a wide variety of events in order to familiarize themselves with the fraternity, the chapter, and its members.

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Younger ZBT bros- 1 spot open for our ZBT UMASS Fantasy football league. We have all ZBT alumni in the league but opening it up this year to a younger bro, if interested. Send me a message or respond to this post if you want IN. Cheers💯
PSA: to anyone who follows this, my phone went MIA in the basement of ZBT november 2nd. If you find an iphone 6 with a black case and probably out of battery, please contact me directly on facebook, or at the very least share this out to your friends on campus if you know of people that come to our parties. The manhunt is on! and thank you for your time!
Hey guys, I lost my phone at zbt. Pleeeease let me know if you come across it. My UCard is inside the phone case.
Please fill out this spreadsheet regarding Mountain Weekend logistics as soon as possible so that we can make adequate preparations. A few reminders: The event is two nights, from Saturday, October 7th through Monday, October 9th. We will aim to leave around 1 PM on the 7th. The address of the house is 94 Brookside Dr, Tannersville, NY 12485. (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14775492) Brothers are welcome to bring girls, but it's by no means a requirement. We need drivers so please indicate if you are able to and how many seats you have available. Drivers will be reimbursed $30 for total transportation expenses. Unlike Montreal, the entire trip is covered by dues.