The Beta Way (or Beta Epsilon Way) is a solid, concrete walkway that cuts through the Academic Oval (Acad Oval) to connect the College of Engineering building (Melchor Hall) to the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy building (Palma Hall) in the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus. It measures 240 meters long and 1.58 meters wide. The Beta Way is one of many contributions of the UP Beta Epsilon Fraternity, the oldest fraternity in the College of Engineering and one of only three organizations in the University to receive the Vinzon Award for the creation of the Beta Epsilon Way. Back in 1952, the walkway was originally paved with gravel and marked by Beta Epsilon but it was eventually replaced by concrete in July 1961. In 2004, the renovation and rehabilitation of the Beta Way was completed by the same fraternity.
Euclid, in his work in Geometry, stated that the shortest distance between two points is a line. For students of the College of Engineering, that law rings very true whenever they have to use the Beta Way. Indeed, it is the shortest distance that they can walk to get from their Engineering to their Arts and Sciences classes, especially if there are only 5 - 15 minutes break between classes.
UP 100, 1908-2008: The University of the Philippines Centennial Planner, 2008