Reprint: Alpha Sigma Phi returns to university
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 23:09
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Alpha Sigma Phi, a new fraternity on campus, is currently working to recruit members and build a membership base in order to be officially chartered some time in the next year. Junior Jordan Naft, who has been working with Alpha Sigma Phi’s national office to bring the organization to campus, said at the end of the day, he wants to come back to the university knowing he made a lasting legacy.
“I want an opportunity to take charge of something, make it my own and bring it forward,” Naft said. “This is a great opportunity to take a fraternity and really bring it to fruition at our school.”
The fraternity was first founded at Yale University in 1845 and is the tenth-oldest fraternity in the nation, Matthew Humberger, the national vice president of Alpha Sigma Phi, said. The fraternity is the fastest-growing Greek organization in the nation, and it used to have a chapter at the university until about 20 years ago, Humberger said. Once the expansion of a fraternity takes place at a university, it becomes what is called a colony, he said.
After the group accomplishes thirteen goals, the fraternity then becomes a chapter, which Humberger thinks should happen by next fall, he said. Alpha Sigma Phi is very intentional with the universities it chooses to establish colonies at, he said.
“I think we’ve got a strong amount of alumni in the area, and it’s a place where we used to have a chapter,” Humberger said. “Restarting a dormant chapter is really important to us.”
Adam Cantley, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, stated in an email message that Alpha Sigma Phi was selected to join the Greek community as a part of a long-term expansion policy. The Inter-Fraternity Council adopted the policy more than five years ago, he said.
The university has been in contact with Alpha Sigma Phi’s national office for more than a year regarding the expansion at the university, Cantley said. He has been working with students hoping to start a chapter in a variety of ways to ensure a successful transition here at the university, which includes providing rooms and other resources, he said.
“All recognized Greek organizations at Delaware must be nationally affiliated, have at least six members and provide the necessary insurance requirements outlined by the Office of Risk Management,” Cantley said. “Each Greek governing body sets the other expectations and requirements.”
The fraternities that have been approved to come to campus for the fall of 2013 are Alpha Sigma Phi for the Inter-Fraternity Council and Pi Alpha Phi for the Multicultural Greek Council, Cantley said.
There will be staff on campus helping the group between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 to recruit founding fathers and students who want to leave their legacy on campus, Humberger said. Staff will help the group in the spring semester as well, he said. Naft said he is interested in being a member of this fraternity because he likes leadership positions.
The fraternity wants to make an impact in every facet of Greek life, including charity, Naft said. He said he wants the fraternity to start off with a bang as a way to make a good first impression with other students on campus who may consider rushing in the future, as well as other Greek organizations.
“Especially as a new organization on campus, you’re going to want to excel,” he said. “You’re going to want to make sure that you’re coming out and not disappointing right away, and to make sure you’re striving.”
Some interested students met with former alumni of Alpha Sigma Phi last week, Naft said. The group included an alumnus who was a founding father when the fraternity was initially founded on campus. Alumni from as far as two and a half hours away came to encourage the students to continue their work on bringing Alpha Sigma Phi to campus, he said.
Interested students are organizing events before nationals comes down so they can get to know each other, Naft said. On Thursday, they met at Buffalo Wild Wings in order to become more acquainted with one another. Naft said the group thinks familiarity is a key to being successful in starting a fraternity.
Sophomore Chris Soto said he tried rushing last semester but thought it wasn’t really for him. However, when he heard about Alpha Sigma Phi, he said he was excited at the thought of joining a new fraternity on campus.
“So far, we’ve just been trying to show people who we are,” Soto said. “We’ve been told that starting the fraternity will require a fair amount of work, but right now they’re just trying to get people interested in it. Mostly we’re just trying to keep in contact, like through Facebook. They have a little group where we’re just talking about ourselves.”
Naft said getting involved in Alpha Sigma Phi will be a really great opportunity for anyone at the university.
“The fraternity’s looking to get a really good group of young men that want to get a group together on campus, and it’s great to be a part of that,” Naft said.