House Happenings: Chapter President Sam Snemis
The Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Tau Delta had a great spring semester; it’s a great day to be a Delt! A new Executive Board took over motivated and ready to work and created a well-oiled infrastructure that included two Administrative Boards run by our Vice Presidents.
Spring rush was successful. Our sights were set on the quality of individuals, rather than quantity, and we welcomed 16 new members who were initiated close to the semester’s end. This brought us to a total population of around 170 brothers before the seniors graduated.
We held a formal in Chicago in April. Many brothers attended a Cubs game during the day on Saturday, and we all enjoyed a yacht dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, overlooking the Chicago skyline. It was a great night for all who participated!
Relations with IU and our national headquarters are strong; the house is not on any disciplinary probation. Though the outcome of Little 500 was unfortunate, we are proud of our riders, excited to remain one of the top competitors, and thankful to all the former riders and alumni who joined us for the event.
Philanthropically, the Beta Alpha Delts were involved in two events this past semester. The first, “Dropping the Puck on Cancer,” was a weekend of hockey. Delta Tau Delta played Kappa Sigma and Beta Theta Pi played Sigma Chi. Delts played first in spectacular fashion; down 6-3 with only 5 minutes left, our team came back to tie the game…a shootout ensued and we emerged victorious by a score of 7-6! In total, the event raised nearly $30,000 for brain cancer research! Our second philanthropy was our very own Powder-Puff Football event. In total, 400 women participated in flag football lead by their Delt coaches. Surprisingly, a freshman team took the title of Powder-Puff Champion!
Next semester looks promising. Delts Luau, Homecoming, and tailgating are always highlights of the fall semester. We are looking to add another philanthropy event in the fall, and plan to partake in a new Formal Recruitment process created by the IFC.
With high hopes for the addition of a new wing in the coming year, the undergraduate brothers voted to give $150,000 over five years to the new wing. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
It is always a great experience to get in touch with alumni; we enjoy the visits and look forward to seeing the men who made the house what it is today. Enjoy the summer!
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This is the season for family and friends, reconnecting, and sharing memories. At DTD, we are grateful to have a strong brotherhood between alumni and the undergraduate chapter. There are many reasons to take advantage of your alumni status and to remain active in DTD.
Thanks to our alumni relations program, you can get the most out of your alumni experience. Here are just a few benefits of a strong alumni relations program:
- We can host successful alumni events
Frequent communication helps alumni like you stay connected to DTD. You’re kept up-to-date on alumni events, and with your feedback, we can host an event that is truly memorable.
- You never lose touch with your brothers
We make a great effort to maintain communication and keep you up-to-date on what’s going on with your fellow alumni. Through our newsletters, e-letters, and alumni events, you can stay in touch with your brothers.
- You’ll always have a second home
Being part of DTD is a lifelong commitment. You can turn to your brothers in times of adversity, and you will always have a home to revisit.
Staying in touch and maintaining communication is what makes us one of the strongest fraternities on campus. We’re thankful to have brothers like you who remain active, share updates, and keep the DTD brotherhood alive and strong.
Winter is filled with easily recognizable holiday activities- from spinning a Dreidel, to gifting in the name of Santa Claus- everyone has a tradition that stands out. Delta Tau Delta is no different.
You may wonder where we are going with this… Our point is that although people from different backgrounds celebrate different holidays, we can all agree that traditions are important. Traditions foster a sense of community and timelessness among celebrants; taking part in traditions bonds us in unique and memorable ways.
Santa, one of the most recognizable figures in the world (next to the Air Jordan symbol that is), is based off the 4th Century Greek-Christian Bishop Saint Nicholas. This particular saint is known for his generosity to the poor and his dedication to his beliefs. To honor his generosity, it became tradition to give and receive gifts during the month of December, particularly on December 6th and 25th.
Celebrated by almost every fraternal organization in the country, Founders Day is very much our Christmas. It is a time to honor the members who started DTD- without them none of our experiences would be possible. We recognize these influential Brothers by reflecting on the original purpose and morals of the fraternity, similar to how people give gifts to honor St. Nicholas’s generosity.
If Santa’s gifting isn’t for you, you may be familiar with the popular Driedel game. Associated with Hanukkah, families gather around after dinner to play and celebrate the Holiday. Although there is some dispute over the origin of the dreidel, a popular explanation is that the letters represented on the game piece stand for, “a great miracle happened there.” This is in reference to the miracle that happened at the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem when oil that was supposed to light the menorah for one day lasted for eight days.
Much like families gathering to spin the driedel, as Brothers we participate in intramural sports. These games may seem like just a fun way to pass the time, but they accomplish so much more. Intramurals create memories and shared experience between brothers; they bond us. You will always remember that IM Soccer game you played in the rain that turned into a pseudo mud bowl, just like you might always remember that one time you were the reigning dreidel champion all through Hanukkah.
Traditions present an opportunity to reflect on the past year and they form ties that bind us together. While you reflect on your favorite holiday traditions, don’t forget to think about your other family- the Delts that were there for you during some of the best years of your life.
Wishing you a wonderful, memorable, and tradition-filled holiday season.