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94-Year-Old Tennis Great Gardnar Mulloy, Order of Achievement recipient An Overachieverâ€™s Diary Louis Tharp, author and coach The Paedagogus, Part 2 LCAP Board Implements New Plan 2008 Winter Leadership Retreat February 2008 . XCV . Issue 2
Cross & Crescent a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity publication Features Chapter News 3 Chapter and Alumni News History 6 The Paedagogus, Part 2 Fraternity News 9 LCAP Board Implements New Plan 10 Fraternity News 2008 Winter Leadership Retreat
94-Year-Old Tennis Great Gardnar Mulloy, an Order of Achievement recipient and chapter founder, spent 14 years ranked in the U.S. singles top 10, achieving the No. 1 ranking in 1952. A World War II veteran, and a member of seven halls of fame, he also partnered with Bill Talbert during a 10-year doubles dynasty in the 1940s. Tad Lichtenauer (Butler 19887)
An Overachieverâ€™s Diary At age 45, Louis Tharp began transforming himself from an overweight, beginner swimmer to a World Masterâ€™s bronze medalist and eventually, swim coach of the U.S. Army triathlon team at West Point. He also cofounded TGI Healthworks and Global Healthy Living Foundation, both organizations designed to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic diseases. By Chris Barrick (Butler 2004)
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Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death Alabama-Birmingham (Sigma-Chi)
Grand High Zeta.
Joey Lepore (2009) graduated from NIC’s Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University.
Mike Sinsheimer (2009) was elected IFC president. During January 2008 formal recruitment, the chapter added 20 new associate members.
Angelo State (Beta-Alpha)
Chapter members, along with members of Delta Zeta sorority, volunteered at a charity fashion show held at Sunset Mall. The event raised money for the Meals for the Elderly program.
The chapter was approved to begin implementation of the inner circle journey for initiated members as part of the True Brother Initiative.
Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)
Three chapter members were selected as summer 2008 orientation leaders, six chapter members were chosen as admission ambassadors, and two chapter members were selected to Who’s Who Among Students.
Cal State–Sacramento (Phi-Pi)
The chapter was placed on financial suspension. At the 2007 Stead Leadership Seminar, the chapter was placed on financial probation and instructed to remain current on all billing and pay off a percentage of old debt by January 2008. The chapter has failed to meet this financial obligation.
At the Mr. Greek Goddess event, the chapter won every award, including the Mr. Greek Goddess, Mr. Congeniality, Best Toga, Best Skit, and the associate members were selected as “Best Men on Campus.”
Chapter President Bradley Hawse (2009) was elected Grand High Psi during the Council of Presidents meeting at the 2008 Winter Leadership Retreat. In addition to serving as the council’s vice chancellor, he also now serves as a director on the Grand High Zeta.
One chapter member was selected as one of only four global student leaders and he just returned from his experience in Chile and Argentina. Chapter members worked with the local Rotary Club and raised $1,000 for the local child development center. In addition, the members also raised $1,000 and presented St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a check.
Eastern Illinois (Phi-Alpha)
For 2007, chapter members completed 709 community service hours and raised $1,700 for charity.
Eastern Michigan (Sigma-Kappa)
The chapter earned a 3.16 GPA for the fall 2007 semester, tied for highest among of all fraternities.
Richard Pietroski (1980) was promoted to executive director for Gift of Life, the Michigan organ and tissue donation program. He has served as chapter fraternity educator, vice president, Alumni Association president and chapter adviser.
Paul Malmgren (1935) died 2003. Gene Schramm (1950) died 2007.
Kevin Piket (1997) began a new position as the central region account executive for Solutionz Conferencing. He also was appointed to the Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling Executive Planning Committee. Last Fling is a Labor Day festival that generates more than $250,000 for local charities.
The chapter earned a 3.23 GPA for the fall 2007 semester, better than the all-fraternity and all-men’s average.
Chapter President Andrew Jones (2008) was elected Grand High Nu during the Council of Presidents meeting at the 2008 Winter Leadership Retreat. In addition to serving as the council’s chancellor, he also now serves as a director on the www.crossandcrescent.com
Jimmie Wade (1979) died December 25, 2007. A Vietnam War veteran, he worked for the Ford Motor Co. for 35 years, retiring in 2000 as the quality control inspector. Wade served as chapter fraternity educator, Alumni Association president, and chapter adviser. Cross & Crescent February 2008
CHAPTER NEWS employed with Progressive Business Publications. Maryland-Baltimore County (Phi-Delta) Jason Pearce (1994) accepted a director position on the North Chapter News American Interfraternal Foundation’s board of directors in November 2007. Previously, he served on the College Fraternity For the second consecutive month, the chapter was recognized Editors Association board for nine years. by the National Residence Hall Honorary as the university’s Community Service Event of the Month for November 2007 in Evansville (Iota-Mu) conjunction with its efforts for the North American Food Drive. James Nash (2009), a member of the varsity swim team, was named the Swimmer of the Week for the Sun Belt Conference.
J. Barry Williams (1966) died January 3, 2008. He served with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and was retired from Vitro America.
Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi)
Christopher L. Hall (2004) was awarded two fraternal fellowships: the North American Interfraternal Foundation 2007 “Lloyd G. Balfour” Fellowship, and the Order of Omega 2007 Graduate Assistant Fellowship. He also completing his master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Miami, where he also serves as chapter adviser.
Chapter members earned a cumulative 3.18 GPA for the fall 2007 semester, better than the all-fraternity, all-men’s, and allcampus averages. Alumni News
The colony recruited 22 associate members, the first group to join as a part of the Fraternity’s recolonization efforts. Chapter members from High Point University performed the Associate Member Ceremony for the new associates on January 19, 2008. The High Point chapter also has volunteered to serve as the colony’s big brother chapter and will conduct the Initiation Ritual in the coming weeks. Of the new associate members, four are legacies, including one who is the grandson of former Grand High Alpha Murphy Osborne (High Point 1958).
Jim Battles (1966) works for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Washington, D.C., directing research in the area of patient safety and medical error. He previously was a professor of medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Alex Allain (2009), Ben Cain (2009), Luke Darby (2009), Edgar Meyer (2010), Brian Mitchell (2009), Evan Parker (2011), and Jonathan Webb (2008) traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, with the college’s Campus Ministry Team to perform relief work in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Webb was one of three co-chairs in charge of the group, and the trip was organized by Allain.
Illinois State (Beta-Omicron)
Alumni Association members hosted their second annual alumni reunion on January 26, 2008. Multiple generations of alumni attended, including many of the chapter’s founders.
New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha)
George H. Caughey (1949) died August 2, 2007. A World War II veteran, he spent 19 years with International Harvester Company, rising to manager of Motor Truck Finance. In 1969, he joined Saunders Leasing System in Birmingham, Alabama, as a national salesman and was later named vice president of marketing. Two of his grandsons, Jeffrey Randa (Troy 1998) and William Randa (Troy 2002), are Lambda Chi Alpha legacies and Caughey attended their Initiation Ritual.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for seven new members on December 14, 2007. The new members are Jonas Dominique (2010), Samuel Neel (2010), Stev Anderson (2009), Charles Helmke (2008), Nicholas Fuselier (2010), Dominick Maggio (2010), and Stephen Kaup (2010). In addition, Dominique was named Associate of the Semester. Chapter members participated in the Delta Zeta’s Disc-Go Ultimate Frisbee Tournament and placed second overall and first among Greek organizations.
Brad Hamlen (2009) graduated from NIC’s Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University.
North Carolina-Wilmington (Delta-Sigma)
On January 12, 2008, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for nine new members.
The chapter held an Associate Member Ceremony for 17 new members on January 27, 2008. The number of new associate members recruited was the most of any fraternity on campus, as well as a chapter record.
The chapter was placed on financial suspension. At the 2007 Stead Leadership Seminar, the chapter was placed on financial probation and instructed to remain current on all billing and pay off a percentage of old debt by January 2008. The chapter has
Robert D. Curry (2004) died December 21, 2007. He was www.crossandcrescent.com
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failed to meet this financial obligation.
Texas A&M-Kingsville (Beta-Epsilon)
The chapter was placed on financial suspension. At the 2007 Stead Leadership Seminar, the chapter was placed on financial probation and instructed to remain current on all billing and pay off a percentage of old debt by January 2008. The chapter has failed to meet this financial obligation.
Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)
Chapter members earned a 2.96 GPA for the fall 2007 semester, better than all-university, all-Greek, and all-men’s averages.
Penn State (Zeta)
Texas State-San Marcos (Lambda-Phi)
Chapter members earned a 3.40 GPA for the fall 2007 semester, highest among all fraternities.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for new members, which included the initiation of the chapter’s 1,000th brother.
The tradition of shooting pool returned to the Doty Room at the chapter house on December 11, 2007, with the eagerly anticipated arrival of a new pool table. Chapter members encourage alumni to stop by for some friendly competition and to see the ongoing renovations being made to the chapter house.
Jerry Carter (1986) has accepted a position as director of media and technology for First Baptist Church in Millington, Tennessee.
Philadelphia Area Alumni Association
More than 15 alumni from the Philadelphia Area Alumni Association attended a reception held on January 11, 2008, at Taylor’s Bar and Grill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The alumni association, which now has 60 members on its Yahoo group listserv, is presently looking for additional members who are interested in participating. For more information, contact Jeff Glauser (Jacksonville 1999) at email@example.com.
Chapter members recruited 26 new associate members, more than any other fraternity on campus, and 10 more than last year.
Steven Franz (1991) was inducted into the American Martial Arts Alliance Hall of Fame as master of the year for 2007. The honor was given to him for his dedication, integrity, and honor as one of the nation’s leading martial artists and school owners.
Sam Utley (2009) was elected IFC president, Michael Kraft (2009) was elected IFC director of philanthropy, and Tyler Thompson (2010) was elected IFC director of academics.
On January 13, 2008, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 13 new members. As a part of that ceremony, Jimmy Morrissey (2011) became the chapter’s 2,000th initiated brother. In conjunction with the chapter’s 90th anniversary and new brother milestone, undergraduate and alumni members attended a banquet during which Glenn Perry (1946) presented his jeweled Fraternity badge from 1944 to Morrissey.
South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi)
Charles “Tuna” Mancini (1966) died December 26, 2007. He was a self-employed entrepreneur.
Southern California (Zeta-Delta)
“Bud” Roy F. Davidson (1947) died January 17, 2008. A U.S. Air Force captain and World War II veteran, he worked in the pharmacy industry for 50 years and retired in 1988 from the U. S. Department of Labor and Industries as a pharmacy consultant. As chapter president, Davidson was instrumental in helping blend new chapter members from high school with veterans returning from World War II. An Order of Merit recipient, he remained involved with the Fraternity until the fall 2007, serving on the House Corporation, participating in annual Founder’s Day events, and attending alumni gatherings.
Brian Hamilton (2002) is a U.S. Navy lieutenant currently serving a year tour of duty in the Baghdad area of Iraq on a special assignment as a headquarters company commander for the 360th Army Civil Affairs Brigade. This is his third tour into the Iraqi region.
Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma) F. Douglas Allday (1971) died.
Richard Curtin (1971) died November 20, 2007. A former member of the Ohio National Guard, he served as president of American Alliance of Creditor Attorneys, and was formerly an assistant prosecutor in Franklin County, Ohio.
Kenneth F. Schilaty (1948) died December 21, 2007. A World War II veteran, he served as a combat officer in the U.S. Army’s 103rd Infantry Division in Europe, and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Schilaty held numerous jobs and community service positions, and at one point operated his own real estate company, Ken Shilaty & Associates. He retired from real estate and became the owner of Puget Sand & Gravel Co., before retiring again, and then returning as owner of NW Sand and Gravel.
Texas-San Antonio (Phi-Upsilon)
Former Fraternity staff member Shane Foley (2002) facilitated a session of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute at Indiana University. He also received his appointment to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Training Academy and completed his master’s degree in public affairs at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis. www.crossandcrescent.com
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The Paedagogus, Part 2 A reference guide to the first 50 printings of our educational manual. Pity Young James Burnham (Massachusetts) and Roy Norcross (Massachusetts 1926), who were about to graduate having never seen a copy of The Paedagogus, as the first edition did not appear until the fall of 1926.
ByJono Hren (Florida Tech 1975)
While billed as “a unique booklet in fraternity literature,” the abovementioned article on manners, entitled Good Taste, was credited to the pledge manual of Delta Sigma Phi. For the most part, the advice is as valuable today as it was in the 1920s and 1930s. Additional articles, both original and reprinted from other sources were added at this time. Certain features, such as the timeline and photos of our chapter houses, begun in 1927, continue to the present, while others were either updated or deleted. 1940s Tozier Brown (Denver 1936), later to be elected Grand High Pi and Grand High Alpha, joined the Fraternity staff in 1936, and wrote extensively for the The Paedagogus.
Even more, pity those aspirants who were issued the first edition, and faced with 31 pages of questions they had to complete. For later printings the questions increased to 40 pages or more, including the owners’ freshman through senior records and the dates they received their initiation degrees, which at that time were commonly done on three different days.
The 1940 edition, while modern in format and materials, was also decidedly Greek — an eclectic mix of the new and the ancient. Portraits and signatures of the Grand High Zeta, including the newly incorporated representatives of Theta Kappa Nu, graced two pages while the following two pages illustrated a “kylix” (cup), originally signed by Douris circa 490–480 B.C., and entitled Boy with Seated Paigagogos.
As daunting as all those pages of questions must have seemed at first glance, however, in reality it was more of an open book exercise. Pledges were to hand in their responses on separate sheets of paper, and were later provided stock answers from the instructor’s manual, which they copied into their books. The Concept
In the section “Ideals Picturized,” Fraternity emblems such as the coat of arms, seal, flag, badge, pledge button, recognition button, High Alpha’s Service Pendant, Order of Merit Pendant, Quarter-Century Pendant, and other emblems were illustrated and explained in detail.
The concept of a pledge manual for new Lambda Chi Alpha members arose at the 1925 General Assembly in Cleveland, Ohio, and was based on educational programs already in place at our University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania chapters — the latter developed by Arthur F. Gerecke (Pennsylvania 1921). The earliest editions were primarily developed by Ernst J.C. Fischer (Cornell 1910), John Mason (Pennsylvania 1913), and Bruce McIntosh (DePauw 1916). The 1929 Expositor described the first The Paedagogus as having “sixtysix pages including a blank record for the individual pledge owner, an article on manners, 240 pledge questions, a chronological table of events in the history of the Fraternity, condensed data regarding the subordinate zetas, illustrations of the emblems of Lambda Chi Alpha and the badges and pledge buttons of other fraternities.”
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Pledge questions in the 1940 edition were limited to 26 perforated pages and included five crossword puzzles. By 1945, questions had disappeared from the series and, aside from the usual updates, few other changes were made before the series ended in 1960.
Lambda Chi’s First Darling
Margaret Truman Daniel died January 29, 2008. The only child of President Harry S. Truman (Missouri-Columbia HON), she enjoyed successive careers as a concert singer, actress, and writer.
1960s A nearly complete rewrite in 1961 also featured the first casual photographs, both posed and candid, in black and white. Photos of fraternity and sorority badges appeared instead of illustrations. Although the first two printings were not called The Paedagogus, the books ushered in a new era. Gone were the reprinted articles of earlier issues.
In 1945, at a special banquet in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Truman was voted Lambda Chi Alpha’s “first darling” by the University of MissouriColumbia chapter members. In attendance at the dinner were undergraduates of the Missouri chapter, members of the Kansas City Alumni Association, and representatives from several other Midwest chapters. As a token of the occasion, Ms. Truman, a member of the Pi Beta Phi chapter at George Washington University, was presented with a bronze plaque, which she reportedly received with a sincere expression of appreciation.
Laws of the Fraternity appeared as a new section and included an anti-hazing statement in 1961. “Lambda Chi Alpha was one of the first to take a strong stand against sophomoric antics which were once thought to be a part of fraternity life. Hazing of pledges or members shall not be permitted at any time whether on or off fraternity premises. Hazing is degrading, dangerous and contrary to what your Fraternity stands for.”
Presentation of the plaque was made by Tom Bear (Missouri-Columbia 1946), on behalf of his chapter. Dr. Ben Jenkins (Georgia 1943) was the toastmaster and Ms. Truman’s escort. The speakers were then Grand High Pi Dr. George Van Feist (Drury 1920) and Roger S. Jewell (William Jewell), a prominent attorney at the time in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to the plaque, Ms. Truman also was presented with a Lambda Chi Alpha sweetheart pin, which she proudly wore with her Pi Beta Phi badge.
Another law, which had been adopted by the undergraduates for all chapters, provided that, “No alcoholic liquors shall be permitted on the premises of any Subordinate Zeta, nor shall any alcoholic beverages be served at any entertainment given in the name of the Fraternity.”
1970s A further rewrite that today might be termed an extreme makeover began in 1973, and was aimed at a new generation of students. Gone were the many pages on rules, manners, and study habits. One page, Our Emblems then...and Now, looks to be the only one reprinted exactly from 1970. Also lost were the depictions of badges and pledge pins of other fraternities and sororities and the statement regarding membership selection. Of the 50 volumes covered within the scope of this article, our non-discrimination policy appears to have been spotlighted in only the 1970 edition.
But the heading “Drinking” in 1961 was changed in 1970 to “Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs.” The outright ban on alcohol was relaxed to conform to “institutional, state, and local policies,” and measures added to “prevent and, where necessary, to eliminate the use of illegal drugs.”
The focus in 1973 was turned more toward the concept of brotherhood itself, with the opening pages starting off with ideals and the most extensive history of the Fraternity to date. The sections that followed outlined chapter organization, the General Fraternity, Fraternity for life, and democracy in the chapter room. In 1975, the first color photographs — those of the new headquarters at 8741 Founders Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, and of McIntosh and the coat of arms panels he painted — appeared in The Paedagogus, and remained through 1992. The practice of crediting the editor, contributors, and photographer
Such changes reflected the drug culture sweeping the country during the 1960s.
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HISTORY Early versions of The Paedagogus — the Chronology serving as the history section — state that on November 2, 1909, “Three law students founded Alpha Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at Boston University, Boston, Mass.” Cole is mentioned in the section Men of Service as having “served as national president, first known as Supreme Eminent Archon and later as Grand High Alpha, from Nov. 15, 1911, to Jan. 2, 1920, and prior to Nov., 1911, had been president of Alpha.” In 1929, a line in yet a third part of the book read, “First members belonged to Alpha Mu Chi and Cosmopolitan Law Club (1909).”
began in 1973, and continued through 2003, with the exception of the 1990 edition. Capsule histories of our zeta, which from the start had been spread across two pages, were reorganized into paragraph form. The chronological roll of chapters was preserved. 1990s
A more detailed history appeared in 1940, again crediting our founding to “a little group of law students” at Boston University. “One of the first three to participate in the movement after entering college had his taste of Greek-letter organization whetted by admission into a national law fraternity.”
In 1992, the 44th General Assembly approved a resolution that adopted 13 basic membership expectations in Lambda Chi Alpha. In the 1995 The Paedagogus these expectations, comprising chapter one, were enumerated, then discussed at length in the ensuing 30 pages. Included were revived and updated sections dealing with etiquette and personal budgeting.
Cole was not named as the individual referred to. In 1961, 1962, and 1964, the little group of students had been elevated to “persevering” and “ambitious,” but the basic story remained the same through 1970.
The 1995 edition was the first to actually be divided into numbered chapters, and the first to feature the creed of Lambda Chi Alpha. Chapter three was devoted to the standards for chapter excellence, chapter four to the international Fraternity, and Chapter five to interfraternal brotherhood, which added a listing of NIC, NPC, and NPHC member organizations. Portions of this edition were credited to Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Zeta Beta Tau, Kappa Delta, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Finally in 1973, five years after his death, Cole received recognition for his accomplishments. “To see and to understand the times he lived in, to have the vision for the founding of an uncommon fraternity when it seemed that the field was already filled, was the genius of Warren A. Cole, principal founder of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.”
But adding this new material, while limited to 30 fewer pages than in 1992, meant something had to go. Lost was the page of emblems showing the Theta Kappa Nu badge, pre-merger pledge button, and development of the coat of arms, as well as McIntosh’s panels and the chronological roll of chapters.
The 1977 The Paedagogus went one step further with the statement that “Lambda Chi Alpha became the only fraternity to exist and develop in its early days almost entirely in the mind of a single individual. This man was Warren Albert Cole.” This account was also the first to include the names Clyde Nichols and Percival Morse who, along with Cole, are supposed to have belonged to the high school fraternity Alpha Mu Chi, and to reveal that Cole “gave November 2, 1909, as the date of his first effort, but in later years said that this date had no significance.” By 1992, the story of our founding filled two pages in The Paedagogus.
While six early leaders were highlighted, the account of our founding was severely abbreviated. The 1995, 1997, and 2000 editions were printed in black and white. 2000s The 2003 The Paedagogus saw a return to color, and was the only volume to include the constitution and statutory code in its entirety. It also brought back the 12 Lambda Chi Alpha ideals, not mentioned since 1970. The intervening books listed four ideals — loyalty, truth, industry, and courage — although “courage” was not one of the original 12.
From 1995 through 2000, however, it had dwindled to five paragraphs, and in 2003 and 2005, just two. These two paragraphs are essentially the same as those in the 1940 The Paedagogus and were lifted virtually word for word from the 1961 edition. There is no mention of Lambda Chi Alpha’s founding by Cole, except in his personal biography five pages later.
The most recent volumes, published in 2003 and 2005, are virtually identical to one another and follow closely those from 1995 through 2000.
Collective Contributions It is impossible in this short article to adequately sum up the contributions of the many, many devoted brothers who in the course of 80 years have published 50 editions comprising nearly 7,400 pages.
A ‘History’ of our History As The Paedagogus traces our history, it also reveals the “history” of our history, particularly as it pertains to the founding of Lambda Chi Alpha. Keep in mind Warren A. Cole’s (Boston 1912) departure from the Fraternity in 1920, and the attitudes of our leaders subsequent to that event, even after his reinstatement in 1957. Cole died on December 29, 1968. www.crossandcrescent.com
We can be proud that our The Paedagogus was among the first, and remains one of the best fraternity manuals produced anywhere.
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LCAP Board Implements New Plan Fraternity best served by ending property ownership and management portions of LCAP. At the july 2007 Grand High Zeta Meeting, held at the 2007 Stead Leadership Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee, new members were elected to the board of directors of Lambda Chi Alpha Properties, Inc.
groups, those affiliated with the chapter at Shippensburg University and the chapter at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, have indicated that they are not interested in purchasing their properties. LCAP continues to be working with the alumni groups for the chapters at Butler University, Ferris State University, Miami University of Ohio, Michigan State University, University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, University of Rhode Island, and University of South Carolina.
The LCAP directors are Eugene Dunham (Ohio 1964), Kent Rollison (Butler 1989), Tom Larson (California-Los Angeles 1974), Bob Koch (CaliforniaBerkeley 1971), Phil Parker (Florida Atlantic 1973), Executive Vice President Bill Farkas (Butler 1988), Mark Perks (Ohio State 1980), and Michael Smith (Denver 1976).
For those properties that are not being purchased by alumni groups, LCAP will make an effort to sell the properties to another fraternity or sorority. Only after those possibilities have been eliminated will a property be listed for sale with a commercial real estate broker.
The new board of directors, after studying the financial condition of the properties owned by LCAP and analyzing LCAP’s overall financial position, made a decision that the best interests of Lambda Chi Alpha are best served by terminating the property ownership and management portions of LCAP.
The focus of LCAP’s liquidation plan is to accomplish two purposes: first to eliminate the need for Lambda Chi Alpha to continue to fund ongoing operating losses of LCAP and, second, to pay off the millions of dollars of debt that LCAP has accrued in its years of operations. While LCAP is in the process of liquidating its properties, it will continue to honor all leases with its undergraduate occupants. And as LCAP approaches the leasing season for the 2008–2009 school year, LCAP will continue to operate each chapter house property as it has in the past. Any sale of a chapter house property to an alumni group will, of course, leave all undergraduate leases in place. A sale of a chapter house or property to a new owner will be made subject to all undergraduate leases that are in place.
A plan for disposition of each of the properties has been adopted by the board of directors of LCAP and presented to the Grand High Zeta. Each LCAP property has been offered for sale to the alumni groups affiliated with the chapters at the various LCAP locations. All of the alumni groups have now engaged in substantive discussions with LCAP about the purchase process. Each alumni group has been provided with information about its chapter house to aid in their analysis.
Both the chapter services staff and Director of Housing Nick Kallin (North Florida 2004) have been in direct communication with the chapters whose chapter house properties are being sold by LCAP. Those chapters will continue to receive additional support during the transition period.
Only if the alumni group is unable to purchase a property will a property be offered for sale to third parties. Two of the alumni www.crossandcrescent.com
By Mike Smith (Denver 1976)
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2008 Winter Leadership Retreat Nearly 400 undergraduate and alumni members attend Celebration of Brotherhood. The T Bar M Resort & Conference Center in New Braunfels, Texas, hosted the Fraternity’s 2008 Winter Leadership Retreat from January 24–26, 2008.
By John Holloway (High Point 1993)
demanding and rewarding life on the road of being a Fraternity ELC. After dinner, initiated brothers in attendance were treated to a fascinating talk by Grand High Pi Lynn Chipperfield (Drury 1973) about the history, changes, and evolution of our ritual.
Nearly 400 undergraduates, alumni, and Fraternity staff members attended this sold-out Celebration of Brotherhood. The retreat provided a unique setting for the undergraduates to experience the magic of our brotherhood and to learn necessary skills to help their chapters or colonies continue to grow.
The next event of the evening was the Conclave Meet & Greet in which chapter members attended their respective session to meet brothers from nearby chapters to share experiences and to develop future events and relationships.
Fraternity staff and alumni held many interactive, engaging, and educational workshops and programs to honor the attendees’ commitment to the Fraternity.
The night’s final activity was a brotherhood first: a massive competition of capture the flag. Teams were divided by conclaves, which further encouraged inter-chapter team building.
The retreat serves as a large-scale version of a chapter retreat, with all of the activities providing an opportunity for attendees to strengthen their bond of brotherhood with one another and to further develop their knowledge of Lambda Chi Alpha, its teachings, applications and possibilities.
Day Two Highlights The retreat officially began with the Opening Kickoff & Welcome session on the morning of the second day. Executive Vice President Bill Farkas (Butler 1988) shared a personal story reinforcing to the attendees the lifelong importance and impact of the Fraternity’s teachings.
Attendees spent the weekend further strengthening their respect for the Fraternity and reinforcing the lifetime of brotherhood we all share. Many of the important learnings at the retreat occurred when participants just spent time talking with other brothers from other chapters and colonies. By taking this action, attendees were able to fully experience the true power of Lambda Chi Alpha and brotherhood.
Farkas then introduced Texas state Rep. Joe Driver (North Texas 1971), the morning’s featured speaker, who showed a recorded video greeting from Texas Gov. Rick Perry welcoming the attendees to Texas. Driver then had all of the attendees stand and recite an oath to become honorary Texans during their stay.
Day One Highlights The first day was the arrival day for attendees. Early Bird Workshops included how to effectively facilitate a chapter officers’ retreat, how to properly report chapter membership, and a glimpse into the
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FRATERNITY NEWS Next, the late morning session was a Chapter Code Workshop, also divided into smaller breakout sessions. This workshop taught brothers how to use the Fraternity’s Seven Core Values of True Brotherhood to develop a specific code they can take back to their chapters.
The remainder of the morning consisted of workshops about the True Brotherhood Initiative, the Neville Alumni Advisers College, and the Cole Recruitment Institute — all led by a combination of alumni master stewards and ELCs.
Advisers College also was held for chapter advisers, and lunch was again sponsored by the Grand High Zeta. The afternoon included breakout sessions around Exoteric Mysteries that discussed the pre-initiation activities that are conducted in chapters prior to the Initiation Ritual. The key message was to make sure to focus on the purpose and intent of these experiences and ensure that the associate members understand what they are learning during the events.
Following lunch, one of the afternoon sessions consisted of a second brotherhood event: a high ropes course, plus a team building maze in which participants were given a series of problem solving experiences that physically engaged them to develop and execute a plan. Meanwhile, chapter advisers attended the Advisers College, while chapter presidents held their first Council of Presidents session during which chapter President Andrew Jones (Butler 2008) was elected Grand High Nu, and chapter President Bradley Hawse (Cincinnati 2009) was elected Grand High Psi.
Advisers College was held again in the afternoon, and the Council of Presidents met for their second session to discuss some hot topics and issues with which they are confronted. The closing events of the retreat included the Celebration of Brotherhood Final Dinner and the Chapter on Trial presentation. Farkas and Grand High Alpha Dr. Ed Leonard III (William Jewell 1979) both spoke after the dinner.
After a dinner sponsored by the Grand High Zeta, Farkas made a few additional remarks encouraging the undergraduate members to spend time reflecting on what activities they have in their lives and chapters that are of great importance versus ones that are of lesser importance, and to make every effort to give the important ones greater priority. Attendees then participated in an interactive presentation entitled Sex Signals, which was an informative light-hearted skit to raise awareness about the serious issues regarding sexual assault among college students. The performance comfortably portrayed the severity of the subject through audience participation and improvisation of the actors.
Leonard, who was named the president of Bethany College on August 1, 2007, entitled his remarks, “Everything I Needed to Know to Be a College President I Learned as High Alpha.” He explained to the attendees how enlightening this discovery has been nearly 30 years after serving as chapter president.
The rest of the evening included a second breakout session for conclaves, a chapter adviser roundtable, and finally a third brotherhood event: a highly-entertaining and competitive game of conclave team dodgeball.
Farkas then spoke about our Fraternity’s amazing 100-year history, while also emphasizing that he is extremely motivated about seeing what exciting events the next 100 years will bring. He also encouraged the undergraduates to reflect on what they had learned and to pick a few top ideas to take back to their chapters and work with the members to determine an effective and successful implementation plan. The after dinner session, Chapter on Trial, (created by Dave Westol, former Theta Chi executive director) was based on actual court testimonies and cases where a chapter was on trial for sexual assault. Undergraduates experienced what it would be like to be questioned by a prosecutor and to understand the real consequences of not following the risk management policies.
Day Three Highlights The early morning session on day three centered around the Call to Brotherhood program, which was organized into breakout sessions to encourage more interaction and discussion. The sessions focused on the importance of associate membership in determining how each brother will develop in Lambda Chi Alpha. Undergraduates discussed the role of the big brother and how this impacts an associate member’s development. www.crossandcrescent.com
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94-Year-Old Tennis Great Gardnar Mulloy, an Order of Achievement recipient and chapter founder, spent 14 years ranked in the U.S. singles top 10, achieving the No. 1 ranking in 1952. Ask 94-year old Gardnar Mulloy if he can still play a competitive game of tennis and he’ll admit that he may have lost a step or two since his prime.
By Tad Lichtenauer (Butler 1988)
Winning Wimbledon His most stunning win may have been the Wimbledon doubles in 1957, at age 43, when he partnered with Budge Patty and the unseeded team won Wimbledon, a tournament that Mulloy considers to be the most prestigious of them all.
“Instead of running after the ball, I shuffle now,” Mulloy (Miami-FL 1936) says. “I enjoy it. I play in tournaments in my age group and I can still win them because all I do is drop shot and lob (my opponents) and chase them around so I don’t have to run.” Mulloy still travels occasionally to play in senior pro celebrity tournaments to raise funds for various charitable organizations. He attributes much of his health and longevity to his commitment to eating just two meals a day, being a vegetarian, not smoking or drinking alcohol, daily exercise, and good night’s sleep. Tennis Career At his prime, Mulloy was ranked in the top 10 singles nationally between 1939 and 1954, and he was No. 1 in 1952, the year he also was a U.S. Open finalist.
In his 1960 book, The Will to Win, Mulloy wrote about the tremendous relief of winning a Wimbledon championship after being a finalist six times. “Game. Set. Match. I cannot remember whether or not I actually heard the umpire say these words,” he wrote. “There seemed to be a second of suspended time between the fact and the realization. Dimly I was aware of cheering crowds as I stood on the baseline, relaxed my limbs, flexed and unflexed my toes. My glasses were steamed and blurred from my exertions in the blazing June sun....Then it hit me. With Budge Patty I had at last won a title at Wimbledon and I was forty-three years old. That, I thought, would give them something to put in the record books.”
In his prime, he was known for his complete game, including his volley and overheads skills, and his unique ability to master both singles and doubles.
After they won the match, carpets were rolled out on the court and within moments Queen Elizabeth II of England approached them to congratulate them and present the trophy.
Mulloy and doubles partner Bill Talbert became one of the finest teams, winning the U.S. Open title four times (1942, 1945, 1946, 1948), as well as being finalists in 1950 and 1953. They also won the decisive point in the 1948 Davis Cup victory over to Australia.
“This was the moment of my life,” he wrote. “For a tennis player the apex of achievement is a Wimbledon Championship; to win one and be presented with the trophy by the Queen is a twin event which takes a bit of beating.”
Mulloy also was on the U.S. Davis Cup team six other years, helping the team win the cup in 1946 and 1949, and serving as the winning player-captain in two other zone matches in 1952 and 1953.
World War II In 1941, Mulloy’s tennis career took a brief hiatus when he was drafted to serve in the military during World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy, became a lieutenant, and was assigned as the commanding officer in charge of a landing ship tank, which included 13 officers and 154 men, assigned to the North African and European invasions.
On the honor of being selected to play Davis Cup, Mulloy says: “Oh that’s another ultimate. You’re representing your country and not representing yourself....It’s like a hero in a war.” www.crossandcrescent.com
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During one of his ship’s many tense missions, he orchestrated a dangerous rescue of a stranded allied ship that was in peril and about to be smashed against some rocks. His act of heroism earned him the U.S. Navy Medal of Commendation.
Tennis was now a successful sport at Miami even though there weren’t any university tennis courts on which to practice. “We practiced on those loaned to us by the Biltmore Hotel a mile away,” Mulloy says. “I felt the time was now precipitous to do something about this, so I again approached Dr. Ashe. We were a small struggling school in those days and to my question of why couldn’t we have our own courts, he replied that the college was broke.”
Of the 36 ships that sailed with his fleet at the start of the war, only five -- including Mulloy’s, survived the enemy and the elements. During his four years of active duty, he experienced many tragedies and acts of heroism and he recounts many of them in his book.
That being the case, Mulloy decided to raise the money on his own. He held raffles, organized football pools, and wrung dollars and dimes out of friends, acquaintances and complete strangers...and the new courts were soon built.
Upon his return home, Mulloy was promoted to lieutenant commander, and shortly thereafter was discharged from the military in 1945.
“Suddenly, we were petitioned,” he says. “Several fraternities went after the M Club because we had a pretty good organization to become a fraternity. And we liked Lambda Chi Alpha the best. We had several meetings and that’s the one we voted on, or accepted their request, and that’s how we became Lambda Chi Alpha.”
When Mulloy first attended Miami, he and some of the athletes formed an organization called the M Club, which eventually became the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter.
Miami & Lambda Chi Born on November 22, 1913, in Washington, D.C., Mulloy has lived almost all of his life in Miami, Florida. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Miami, and he also organized, coached, and played No. 1 singles on Miami’s first tennis team.
Mulloy was then a charter member of the chapter, and later as an alumnus he also helped form the Miami Area Alumni Association, often hosting receptions at his home. In 1964, he was presented with the Fraternity’s Order of Achievement in honor of his tennis career.
Originally given an athletic scholarship to play football, which he had played in high school along with tennis and baseball, Mulloy quickly had a change of heart. After taking several poundings as a member of the freshman football squad, he went to university President Dr. B.F. Ashe and asked if he could assemble a tennis team and change his scholarship to tennis.
Second Book In 1972, Mulloy was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Florida and Miami halls of fame, as well as several others.
Ashe agreed, and Mulloy then asked and received six additional tennis scholarships so he could recruit and assemble a competitive team. From the day he formed the team, Mulloy was focused on winning the college championship, and in 1936 the team achieved that goal. The team traveled up and down the East Coast, beating all of the top college teams and claiming the national prize.
Nearly 50 years since writing his first book, Mulloy is now working on a second book in which he plans to share more insider stories about his tennis days, as well as share a few additional war stories and some of the letters he has received from U.S. presidents and other foreign leaders.
“I became the manager, coach and No. 1 player,” he says. “We scheduled matches against teams up in the East. We had the advantage because we are a sunshine state and we could practice all year round and they could only practice in the spring. We packed in a car and drove up there. We had the advantage because they weren’t in shape and we were. Because of that we claimed the national championship.”
The book also will compare today’s athlete with athletes from his era, with Mulloy’s preference for his generation. The current title for the book is As It Was.
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An Overachiever’s Diary At age 45, Louis Tharp began transforming himself from an overweight, beginner swimmer to a World Master’s bronze medalist and eventually, swim coach of the U.S. Army triathlon team at West Point. Louis Tharp began writing at the age of 13. When he began college at Butler University in January 1969, he planned to study journalism.
By Mike Raymond (Miami-OH 1967)
had fired me, they had to honor the terms of my contract and owed me my full salary.” Tharp tried negotiating with the company to keep him on since he was being paid regardless but they eventually just wrote him a check. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
“I went to Butler because of John Baron, who was the head of the department and well known at the time,” says Tharp (Butler 1972). “I also loved cars and my dream was to work at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
“I just set up shop, started my own company, and that was the last full-time job I had,” he says. He was working technology PR right as the technology boom hit and was able to create a profitable business. He took equity positions in companies and worked to get them bought or merged. Their stock price would rise and he would cash out.
Following graduation, Tharp served six years in the Indiana National Guard. During that time, he worked coal strikes and natural disasters, but just as important to Tharp, he attended the Defense Information School of Journalism at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Changing Lives As Tharp’s career blossomed, he decided he wanted to help change people’s lives, starting with his own. “I made the change in my own life at the age of 45. I decided that I was tired of being overweight; I stopped drinking and smoking and decided to become a swimmer.”
Work Tharp started his professional career working at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. At the same time, he wrote for Auto Week magazine, Car and Driver magazine, did photography for UPI at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and did freelance writing for The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News on automobile racing.
Tharp had never been involved with athletics, let alone been a swimmer. He lost 75 pounds and became a competitive swimmer in the masters division. Tharp won a bronze medal in the 1998 World Masters in the 400 individual medleys. He also earned two gold and two silver medals at the 2006 Gay Games.
Tharp went on to work for Indiana Bell and then Caldwell Van Riper, an Indianapolis-based advertising agency. Realizing that because he was gay and that Indiana in the early 1970s wasn’t a place he could be himself and advance his career, he moved to New York City in 1978. He began work for Burson-Marsteller, which at the time was the second largest public relations firm in the world.
By 2000, the technology market dropped, Tharp was 50 years old and looking for something new professionally. “I had an intern working for me who was 17 years old and he had been diagnosed with arthritis at age 13,” says Tharp. “He talked me into starting TGI Health Works.”
“It was a huge jump in my career and was one of the two best jobs I have ever had,” says Tharp.
TGI Health Works is contracted by pharmaceutical companies to create an environment where people with chronic diseases can change their quality of life. They do so through diet, exercise, and psychological help.
He worked for a couple other agencies in New York and spent time as a writer for The New York Times. In 1989, Tharp had his first book published by Dow Jones, entitled The Complete Manager’s Guide to Promotional Merchandise. It was one of the top business books of the year. About the same time, his agency was bought out and he was laid off.
“If you get people to change their core identity away from this heavily depressing companion they have to live with their entire life, it can bring about dramatic change in the way they view their role in life, position in the world, and their view of themselves,” explains Tharp.
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In 2006, Tharp founded a non-profit organization, the Global Healthy Living Foundation with a similar objective to that of TGI Health Works but the company doesn’t market drugs. The company instead reaches out about how to improve the quality of life, how to avoid becoming a chronic disease sufferer, and providing ways to increase longevity that don’t cost a lot of money. The company also is beginning a 20-year study on the affect of health on a community. “We believe that living a healthy life, especially in a group will dramatically change that community in an emotional, psychosocial, religious, and business aspect.” Coaching Total Immersion At the same time Tharp was working to creating to create a healthy living, he was swimming and training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his practice one day, there was a cadet swimming beside him whom Tharp describes as horrible swimmer. Tharp stopped the cadet and helped him with his stroke mechanics. The cadet improved quickly. “The next day there were two cadets there, and after about a week they said you should really coach our triathlon team,” says Tharp.
FEATURE tell them to do something they will overachieve it, so we started calling the emails the Overachievers Diary.” Tharp’s coach urged him to post these workout wrap-ups on the internet, which he initially refused. In March 2007, Tharp finally gave in and began working on his second book, The Overachiever’s Diary. “It was open for discussion. I was told by my coach these are pretty good, I don’t know of any other coach who does this. People don’t tend to wrap up workouts. He said that they are proprietary and we are in a national collegiate battle here. He kept talking to me about putting this in a book and in March 2007 I decided to do it. I have been writing my whole life, so it wasn’t much of a stretch.” “The whole book is those emails,” says Tharp. The Overachievers Diary is divided into three section: mechanics, which deals with technique; math, which deals with quantitative assessments, speed index, and efficiency index; and motivation.
When Tharp began with the team they were 16th in the nation. Last year the men’s team finished third overall and women were fifth.
“West Point is a very demanding institution that is steeped in tradition and ritual. So it is very important to encourage the use of the ritual while we are training these kids. One of the ways we do this is these emails so they can focus on it and do absolutely their best.”
“Obviously, it is swim, bike, and run, so I don’t take all the credit,” says Tharp. “But it was an opportunity for me to contribute to a team effort since I was at Lambda Chi Alpha at Butler.”
Fraternity When Tharp got to Butler University, Lambda Chi Alpha was instantly the fraternity he wanted.
A unique coaching tool Tharp uses is sending an email to all the cadets about what practice will entail, including why the team is doing it, how it is done, and its benefits.
“I liked it because there was mix of smart guys and guys in sports which added to the reputation of the Fraternity. It seemed to me to be a friendlier place,” says Tharp
“We were in spring training in Clermont, Florida, and I was riding with a couple of officers talking about if you tell a cadet to do something they will overdo,” says Tharp. “I made the joke that if you
He served the chapter as kitchen steward and as fraternity educator.
Tharp had reservations because he had never coached before and his sexual orientation may have caused conflict at the military academy. He consulted officers at the academy and got the go ahead and became the swim coach of the West Point Triathlon Team.
“Kitchen steward was a rewarding experience. I don’t think there is any job more demanding then dealing with hungry people,” says Tharp. Tharp says he has many great memories of the partying at the chapter. He admits there were reckless times, but attributes the success of parties to the level of comfort.
“I really remember the extremely comfortable environment that I was able to live in because of the shared values of all the people in the house. You find your comfort level through intellectual stimulation and diversity. The parties, the dances, the sorority dinners couldn’t have happened with any level of success without it,” says Tharp. “We call it brotherhood, but brotherhood is an overused word, because it more than simply putting your arms around someone and knowing a secret handshake.“ Cross & Crescent February 2008 15