Craig M. Aronow '95

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Making TKE Leadership the Law - Craig M. Aronow '95

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Why did you join Tau Kappa Epsilon?
To be part of an organization that promoted unity, leadership and fun.

Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
There are many, but Order of the Pig and Spring Week '95 are probably at the top of the list.

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
The leadership skills learned during my time in the House have been invaluable as have the debating skills honed at House meetings. Learning to handle adversity in the House led me to chair and preside over many organizations in law school. My little brothers are still some of my best friends.

With whom do you still stay in contact? Who would you most like to find?
Brian Gibbons '97, Toby Zimmerer '96, Kevin Greiser '98, Karl Stabenow '95, Jason Atzert '95, Rich Wolfgang '94 and Mike Coyne '95 are the fraters I communicate with most frequently.

Tell us about your family.
I am engaged and will be married on September 13, 2003. My fiancée is a prosecutor in Hudson County, N.J. We met in law school.

What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
Primarily TKE, but I also volunteered at several local organizations that helped kids. Stormbreak Runaway Youth Shelter was one of those organizations. While at TKE, I was very active in intramurals and served as hegemon and crysopholos.

What is your nickname, if applicable, and how did you get it?
Meat, a.k.a. Meathead. The nickname was coined by Bill Henley '93, who lived next to me on the third floor. Chris Dyke '93 and I were regarded as the House Meatheads since we ejected unruly partygoers from the House.

Did you live in the house? If so, who were your roommates? Tell us about a memorable time with them.
I lived in the House and had a single both years, but some of my best times were spent in the rackroom playing foosball with Karl Stabenow and Rich Wolfgang. Football and whiffle ball games on the front lawn before dinner were a blast, as were the parties we threw with great bands like Diamond Grime. Winning control room with Jason Atzert was also a highlight in my senior year.

What do you do for a living?
I am an attorney. My primary area of practice is the defense of architects and engineers who are accused of professional malpractice. However, I am associated with a 60-attorney firm that provides almost every form of legal services.

What affiliations do you currently have and/or public service do you participate in?
I am very active in the American Bar Association and am presently chairing several committees in the New Jersey Young Lawyers Division Chapter. Our focus is on public service and community education on the applicability of laws both in the family and in schools. We also prepare position statements on important state and federal legislation, i.e. military tribunals for terrorist trials, etc. Recently, I joined the TKE Pi Chapter Board of Trustees/Advisors.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
While I am not good at either, I enjoy golf and play basketball regularly with several guys from my law firm. Up until recently, I played organized rugby too.

What are your goals for the next few years?
My goals are to become a partner with my law firm, have a successful marriage and help TKE Pi Chapter return to the top of the fraternity mountain at PSU.