Fraternity returns after 19-year hiatus
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 04:09
Delta Tau Delta rejoined the university's Greek community earlier this month, bringing the fraternity back to campus after nearly two decades of absence.
The university's chapter, which has 46 members in its founding class, will revive the legacy of its former establishment while adopting its own identity, according to Delta Tau Delta president Dan Andrusko.
"I'd just like this group to become the product of all of its members," Andrusko said.
Delta Tau Delta was active on campus beginning in the 1940s, until the group went on a 19-year hiatus in the late 1990s, according to junior and secretary Zachary Sidrane.
Sidrane said he has no record of why the fraternity left campus. He said that the national fraternity wanted to establish a presence at the university and dispatched colony coordinators to meet with potential members of their founding group. After they received approval, Sidrane said they made arrangements for formal initiation and began planning rushing events.
Approximately 100 national alumni, including Tom Carper (D-Del.), gathered for the chapter's formal initiation on Sept. 10 at the Trabant Multipurpose Room to welcome the incoming members.
Despite not having an official house, the fraternity has hosted several Rush events at brothers' houses and one at Grotto Pizza. The chapter will add 15 new members this fall.
"Members are generating ideas for fundraisers that will be popular with the students," Andrusko said.
Delta Tau Delta philanthropy chair Adam Sedaka said the fraternity plans to partner with a local high school and tutor students, work with the American Cancer Society and plan a Wounded Warriors project.
Sedaka said he hopes fraternity brothers will continue to look for charitable causes.
"If somebody in or outside the fraternity has an idea for a good cause, then we'll definitely try to work with that person to get it set up," Sedaka said.
Sophomore Dom Brockaway, who is rushing Delta Tau Delta, said he wanted to join the fraternity because he knew many of the current brothers. Brockway said if he becomes a brother, he hopes to go to the fraternity's social events, make well-rounded friends and gain networking opportunities.
"These are the type of people I get along with most," Brockway said. "They have a good balance between having fun and being good, nice kids."