Dec. 2010 . XCVII . Issue 10
Cross & Crescent a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity publication Copyright © 2010 Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. All rights reserved.
Chapter News 1 Chapter news, alumni news, and report of death Fraternity News 22 North American Food Drive True Brother 24 Core Values in Aciton History 25 Chicago’s Gamma-Lambda
RITUALISTIC INSTALLATIONS Brother Xaiver Cortada explores how Lambda Chi Alpha played a role in his personal and professional development By Thomas Roberts (Edinboro)
BRIDGE BUILDING TOWARD EXCELLENCE Recipient of the 2010 Grand High Alpha Award, Iota-Phi at High Point University has produced many great brothers, including former Grand High Alpha Murphy Osborne Jr., Director of Chapter Services John Holloway, and Master Steward Todd Shoemaker. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
CELEBRATING 95 YEARS AT BUTLER With 68 brothers, numerous campus leaders and a 3.18 GPA, the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University is continuing in a long tradition of excellence. During its 95 years, the chapter has produced a Grand High Alpha, our current executive vice president, and many other notable brothers. By Dave Arland (Butler)/B.J. Lippert (Butler)
Publisher: Bill Farkas Editor-in-Chief: Tad Lichtenauer Asst Editor, Graphic Design: Thomas Roberts Photographer: Walt Moser Research: Jon Williamson Historian: Mike Raymond Editors: Jono Hren Bob McLaughlin
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Chapter News Chapter news, alumni news, and reports of death Akron (Gamma-Alpha)
Campus for the fourth year in a row.
Chapter brothers helped the Akron Rotary Club with their Annual Jazz/Wine Tasting event that took participants on a train ride from downtown Akron to Peninsula, Ohio, and back while enjoying jazz music and sampling various wines.
The chapter president was finalist for homecoming court. The chapter raised 10,515 pounds of for the Northeast Arkansas food drive.
Chapter brothers helped Campus Habitat for Humanity at the Akron vs. Gardner Webb home football game, raising money for their project M.I.S.S.I.O.N. that is attempting to fully fund a Habitat house for a needy family in the University Park area.
The chapter raised approximately $5,000 for charity with Miss Greek Goddess philanthropy and Run Crazy for CASA philanthropy.
Baldwin-Wallace (Kappa-Phi Colony)
The chapter elected new officers and held an Initiation Ritual for six new members.
Re-colonized in fall 2010, the colony participated in Greek Week and won three awards for having the best attendance of all fraternities on campus at three different events.
Nearly all of the brothers are involved with at least one other organization on campus. Jharell Watkins, Cory Treharn and Damon Pee were inducted into the Alpha Omicron chapter of the Order of Omega on November 6th 2010. Watkins was also elected as chapter president. The chapter won first place overall in intramurals.
Ball State (Iota-Alpha Colony)
P. Thomas Snow, head of Indianaâ€™s Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, has resigned. He took over the office in February 2009 and was a Wayne County Superior court judge prior to taking on this role.
Appalachian State (Sigma-Upsilon)
The chapter celebrated its 35th anniversary which included a reunion of founding chapter members who voted to adopt the Lambda Chi Alpha name from the Civil Collegiate Club.
A group of alumni brothers attended homecoming on October 23, 2010.
The chapter has six associate members and has an Ritual Exemplification planned for December 4, 2010.
Arkansas State (Iota-Theta)
The chapter was named as Best Men on www.crossandcrescent.com
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California-San Diego (Pi-Beta)
Central Missouri (Lambda-Pi)
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 11 new brothers; the largest class in seven years.
The chapter raised 2,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
The chapter raised nearly 10,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 11 new brothers on November 5, 2010.
Seventeen chapter brothers participated in Dance Marathon, a school-wide philanthropy that raised more than $1,600 for the Children’s Hospitals of Illinois.
Jeff De Chaves won the 2010 Mr. Chi Omega Pageant.
The chapter raised 20,000 pounds of food for the Licking County Food Pantry in conjunction with the North American Food Drive.
On November 20, 2010, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 24 new brothers and one honorary brother.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for David Calhoun, Will Black, and Dillion Wilson on November 13, 2010.
The chapter finished first in Greek Games.
The chapter won two awards at IFC/Panhel Grand Chapter Awards Ceremony. The chapter won an award for best semester GPA for spring 2010 with a chapter GPA of 3.24. Chapter President Michael Konieczny won the IFC Outstanding Chapter President Award. On November 6, 2010, the chapter brothers helped retired Denison professor and close personal friend Clark Morrow rake leaves, pot plants, and clean gutters -- a tradition that dates back several years.
Former chapter President Doug Boles has joined the staff of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as director of public relations. A motorsports businessman, attorney and former race team executive, he brings nearly 15 years of executive-level motorsports experience in the areas of team operations, marketing, sponsorship, and public relations. He started his new position on November 1, 2010.
The chapter operated a booth at Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Kappa Karnival, helping raise money for America Reads.
Charlie Wondergem was designated as a Distinguished First Year Student for 2009-2010.
Ed Sweeney, chief financial officer and director of operations for House of Hope for Alcoholics, was named by Columbus Business First to an honorable mention in the 2010 CFO of the Year competition for non-profits. Based in Columbus, Ohio, House of Hope’s mission is to provide alcohol and drug abuse treatment services to those who are most in need.
Antoine Perretta was selected to be a 2010 Pioneer. Brett McPherson is the vice president of student engagement and Daniel Rosenblum is vice president of student programming for the Undergraduate Business Student Association. Eric Berkley is the vice president of marketing for the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Club.
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David Puchi (1984) was presented with the Denver Kids, Inc.’s Service Award. Over his 20 years of service he has held numerous Board positions, including serving as Board president of Denver Girls, Inc. in 1992-1993 and Board President of Denver Kids, Inc. in 2000-2001. He is now taking his first breather from the Denver Kids, Inc. As a forward-thinker, David considered the long-term sustainability of Denver Kids, Inc. and was the driving force behind the organization’s endowment fund, putting extensive time and resources into the fund’s development and implementation, including a significant financial investment to get the endowment campaign up and running.
During Homecoming Week the chapter participated in a variety of community service activities and also participated in the IFC Service Saturday. The chapter won homecoming with Sigma Kappa sorority.
Eastern Iowa Area Alumni Association
On November 7, 2010, 19 alumni brothers and guests enjoyed the Eastern Iowa Alumni Association kickoff event held in the tasting room at Cedar Ridge. More quarterly events are planned for 2011. To register for future events, visit www.lcaeasterniowaalumni.com.
Des Moines Area Alumni Association
Eastern Michigan (Sigma-Kappa)
Approximately 11 alumni brothers attended the first Des Moines Area Alumni Association gathering at Fire Creek Grill in West Des Moines, Iowa. Representing six different chapters, the attendees discussed future events, dates and locations. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Dan Hartmann at email@example.com.
Drexel (Epsilon-Kappa Colony)
The colony brothers held an Open House to showcase their return to the chapter house at 3401 Powelton. Updates included recent painting work done by Mike Bonenberger along with additional fix-up projects done by other brothers living in the house. The colony brothers prepared food for more than 100 family members, friends, and guests who visited the house.
On October 22, 2010, the chapter Alumni Association held its 4th Annual Jimmie Wade Memorial Casino Night, which included a raffle for prizes at the end of the night. The event raised nearly $2,000 with a portion of the proceeds going to the University of Michigan Hospital Crisis Center in the name of Brett Festa (1995), who committed suicide 10 years ago.
Chapter brothers painted and tailgated for the first Drury women’s basketball game of the season, the first game played in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center.
On November 5th ten men were initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha. They included: James Arriola,
East Tennessee State (Iota-Omicron) The chapter raised 2,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
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Fifteen of the founding first 100 chapter brothers returned for the 2010 homecoming. These alumni brothers met with the 43-man fall associate member class and had lunch at the Chapter House on November 6, 2010.
Brenden Barton, Alex DeFranco, Luke Dolezal, Joshua Durham, Jared Kafader, Joseph Moese, Enrico Palandri, Alex Randazzo, and Francisco Silva. The chapter collected nearly 4,000 pounds of food as part of the North American Food Drive.
With the help of other Greek organizations, the chapter collected nearly 1,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
Florida Tech (Beta-Nu)
On October 31, 2010, chapter brothers dropped off thousands of paper and plastic bags in local neighborhoods as part of the North American Food Drive. The following week, the chapter brothers returned to collect the bags. The chapter participated in community service work by picking up trash along a stretch of road near campus. This past month, chapter brothers have worked to improve their image on campus by attending a wide variety of events, including homecoming.
Ferris State (Iota-Psi)
The chapter raised more than 1,500 pounds of food for the Salvation Army of Big Rapids, the highest amount of food raised in seven years.
Chapter brothers launched a “gentleman’s campaign,” holding doors open for people walking in and out of the Student Union for a week. At the end of the week, the chapter handed out 200 carnations to women.
The chapter held a brotherhood Thanksgiving dinner on November 21, 2010. Chapter brothers are serving as bell ringers for The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign.
George Washington (Delta-Xi)
The Arizona Senate minority caucus, which is poised to see numbers shrink to nine members next year, has elected Rep. David Schapira (2001), a Tempe Democrat, as leader. Schapira said their strategy would be to reach out to the opposite party. Schapira joins the Senate this January after defeating Republican Wendy Rogers.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 11 new brothers. The chapter raised 200 pounds of food as a part of its Watermelon Bust.
The chapter won the Kappa Delta Golf Classic.
Robert E. Adams (1949) died September 2, 2010.
The chapter hosted a successful family/alumni weekend.
George Pilgrim (1962) died October 23, 2010.
Bill Mercer was awarded Adviser of the Year and Hunter Pattison won Greek Person of the Year and the Living the Ritual Award.
Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa)
The chapter won third place in homecoming display.
Florida State (Zeta-Rho)
The chapter won the IFC championship in ultimate frisbee.
The chapter participated in the Kappa Delta 5K, Tri Delta Dhop, Zeta 5K, and Alpha Gamma hot dog eating contest. The chapter also placed first in the Pi Beta Phi chili cookoff.
More than 70 alumni brothers and their wives and friends attended the biannual reunion of the late 1950s and early 1960s during homecoming weekend. The alumni brothers from the mid-1970s also held their biannual reunion and social event on October 15, 2010.
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He filled a variety of roles in the newspaperâ€™s upper ranks after arriving at the Blade-Tribune, a predecessor, in 1987. He served as business and Sunday editor, and editor in chief of the North County Blade-Citizen in Oceanside, and managing editor of the North County Times. In the mid 1980s he helped combine four local papers into the North County Times. He also worked for newspapers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The chapter hosted its inaugural Halloween philanthropy, A Nightmare on 3rd Street, raising $2,000 for Boys and Girls Club of America. More than 600 people went through the haunted house, and more than 400 pounds of canned goods were collected and donated to Hoosier Hills Food Bank at the event.
Iowa State (Alpha-Tau)
During homecoming on October 30, 2010, chapter brothers recognized alumni brother and Master Steward Kenneth Schultz for his leadership in assisting the chapter since 2002. He has served as both president and treasurer of the House Corporation. For his service, Schultz received both a wall plaque that will be displayed at the chapter house and an individual award.
On November 13, 2010, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for nine new brothers.
Chapter brothers participated in homecoming activities and placed third overall. The Chapter held two philanthropy events, one for the North American Food Drive and the second one for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The chapter participated in Gorevile Manor fundraiser, an annual haunted house fundraiser. Since 1970, the chapter has raised just more than $100,000 in total net proceeds from this project.
The chapter plans to host a suicide prevention and awareness event on campus and raise funds to benefit either the American Center for Suicide Prevention or the University of Maryland Help Center.
Kansas State (Gamma-Xi)
The chapter plans to host a retreat with its alumni board.
Darren Allison (2012) was voted by the student body of Kansas State University to be the male ambassador. Being the student representative of a 23,000-student university is a huge honor. Ambassadors travel to high schools to talk about Kansas State and what it offers.
The chapter is working on house repairs.
Maryland-Baltimore County (Phi-Delta)
The chapter participated in the North American Food Drive. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for new brothers. The chapter has the second highest GPA of all menâ€™s fraternities.
Massachusetts Inst. of Tech (Lambda)
On November 7, 2010, the chapter teamed with Alpha Phi sorority to run a charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament. A total of 20 teams participated and the event raised $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Dinkel (2011) was selected to serve on the Student Advisory Committee for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors. Rusty Harris (1976) retired as managing editor of the North County Times after more than 20 years with the newspaper. www.crossandcrescent.com
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completed projects include the Ginsburg Tower at Florida Hospital Orlando, Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and the new College of Medicine for the University of Central Florida. Chuck also joined the Board of the Educational Foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha in 2010.
The chapter won the overall homecoming competition, winning the top prize six out of the last eight years.
Methodist (Sigma-Theta Colony)
The colony hosted an Initiation Ritual for eight new brothers.
Michigan State (Gamma-Omicron)
The alumni chairman has created a new newsletter for distribution.
On October 24, 2010, the chapter held its fall semester event, Pumpkin Smash, which was very successful and had double the sorority participation from a year ago. Some of the events were a whipped cream pie eating contest, paint your coach, pumpkin smash, and tug-of-war.
The chapter will host a Christmas banquet on December 3, 2010, to celebrate the end of the semester.
Miami-OH (Zeta-Upsilon) The chapter has a new website.
Bill Decatur (1979) serves as executive vice president for finance and administration of Rhode Island School of Design. Previously, he was vice president for finance and administration, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Ohio University. Decatur has held executive leadership positions at the University of Toledo and worked at Georgia State University, Shawnee State University, and the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.
The chapter will hold an Inner Circle retreat on November 20, 2010. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for new brothers on November 18, 2010.
Mississippi State (Epsilon-Chi)
The chapter won the intramural dodgeball championship.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for five new brothers.
The chapter elected new officers: Jeff Burrowes, president; Tyler Nelson, vice president (internal); Nick Oâ€™Donnell, vice president (external); Brendan Gorta, secretary; Duke Levert, treasurer; Keegan Reid, risk manager; Mike Ballough, fraternity educator; Robert Smith, recruitment chairman; James Levingston, scholarship chairman; and Bill Neyman, alumni chairman.
The chapter installed new officers and celebrated with a Thanksgiving potluck dinner.
Chuck Cole (1973) was named one of the Most Influential Businessmen in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal. He was recognized as the most influential architect/ engineer. He currently serves as the president of HuntonBrady Architects, one of the most prominent firms in Orlando, having been in business for more than 63 years. His recently
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field event that included pumpkin pie eating, coach/captain modeling, the strainer game, and pumpkin carving.
On September 24-25, 2010, the chapter hosted its annual fall philanthropy event, Watermelon Bust. The event raised money for The Note-Ables, an organization that teaches children and adults with mental disabilities the art of music and the healing capabilities it holds. This year’s event raised more than $1,200 in charitable donations.
New Hampshire (Alpha-Xi)
Northern Michigan (Lambda-Upsilon)
The chapter held a car smash on campus to raise school spirits. The chapter held officer elections and the new officers were sworn in during the week of Thanksgiving. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for three new brothers.
The chapter collected more than 200 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
Old Dominion (Sigma-Iota)
Spec. William K. Middleton died November 29, 2010. He was killed when Afghan insurgents attacked his foot patrol in Kandahar province with a makeshift bomb, according to relatives and the military. Friends and military officials said Middleton was a decorated infantryman who had attended high school in Chesterfield, Virginia. He received a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, where he joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and studied film.
On November 6, 2010, chapter brothers participated in a beach cleanup at Seabrook, New Hampshire, with Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
North Carolina-Greensboro (Phi-Theta)
The chapter held officer elections with 40 brothers vying for 16 offices.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for three new brothers: Norrel Lipsey, Eric Spriegel, and Robert Steigerwald.
The chapter collected nearly 6,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive.
The chapter participated in the North American Food Drive. The chapter finished helping with Boulder Days, where all of the sororities competed in various games and activities.
Oklahoma State (Alpha-Eta)
Former chapter President Steve Holton (1970) donated $250,000 to the OSU Alumni Association, including $100,000 for the Homecoming and Student Programs Endowment, $100,000 for the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, and $50,000 for student scholarships. Holton serves as the CEO of Central National Bank in Poteau, Oklahoma. “We have an obligation to set an example for our younger alumni,” Holton says. “Hopefully, they will observe our generation giving back to OSU and they will be motivated to do the same.”
North Carolina-Wilmington (Delta-Sigma Colony)
The colony will be hosting an Initiation Ritual for its first 12 new brothers since re-colonizing. The colony men assisted during the National Make a Difference Day by helping to build an outdoor classroom for Murrayville Elementary School.
Oregon State (Alpha-Lambda)
North Texas (Iota-Zeta)
The chapter won Delta Gamma’s Anchorsplash.
The chapter held its first Pumpkin Bash charity event, raising cash and canned food donations for the North Texas Food Bank. The weeklong event culminated in a fun, outdoor
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Pittsburg State (Lambda-Chi)
Means Committee and is current chairman of the Economic Development Subcommittee and is Chief Majority Whip.
The chapter will be hosting the Ozark Conclave from February 25-27, 2011.
Chapter brothers participated in Up Til Dawn, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
South Carolina-Aiken (Pi-Alpha)
The chapter won the inaugural Pumpkin Olympics hosted by the university and the Mid-night Madness games.
Chapter brothers volunteered for the Greek Leaf Rake.
Chapter brothers participated in Code Blue to raise awareness about arthritis.
The chapter hosted a charity event, “Spooky to be Hungry,” where brothers traveled to a local neighborhood asking for can goods and/or charitable donations. The event was a huge success!
The chapter conducted an Initiation Ritual for 17 new brothers.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 16 new brothers.
The administration at Rollins College has invited Lambda Chi Alpha to re-colonize in the spring 2011. Originally installed on October 11, 1924, as Florida Alpha of Theta Kappa Nu, the chapter has been dormant since 1970. Rollins is a small, private college in Winter Park, Florida.
Southeast Missouri (Delta-Phi)
Chapter President Ben Hooe won the university’s Man of The Year Award. He is the fourth brother to win in the last five years.
President Zach Owens and Treasurer Clay Menefee teamed up to win Samford’s 8-Ball Intramural Pool Tournament. Formal was held at the historic Woodrow Hall.
The chapter added five upperclassmen as associate members. Chapter brothers are making plans to celebrate the chapter’s 50th anniversary next spring.
South Carolina (Epsilon-Psi)
The chapter worked with the Boy Scouts of America for the North American Food Drive. Last year they collected more than 63,000 pounds of food and are hoping to exceed that goal in 2010.
The chapter added 17 associate members: Christian Busch, James Carry, Chace Corbett, Daniel Corbett, Michael Foulds, Matt Gentile, Joseph Giraldi, Erik Graff, Charlie Grocott, Merrick Hicks, Thomas Landzert, John Lindner, Elliot Loncar, Patrick Looby, Mason Sabo, Stefan Schwartz, and Nick Silvano.
Steve Backer was elected IFC president.
Bill Herbkersman (1981) was elected to his fifth term in the South Carolina House of Representatives. His district includes Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Dafuskie Island. Herbkersman serves on the Ways and
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Southern California (Zeta-Delta)
Tarleton State (Phi-Rho)
Chapter brothers held their annual trash pick up in Bluff Dale, Texas. The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 13 new brothers. The chapter hosted a Greek potluck dinner for Thanksgiving.
On November 7, 2010, chapter brothers hosted a barbecue at their chapter house for more than 35 children from The Friendship Circle, a local nonprofit that provides support and assistance to children with special needs. The event included arts and crafts, basketball, soccer, pool, video games, and lots of food. The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma supported the chapter and assisted with the event.
The chapter has a newly-formed Alumni Advisory Association, which has already raised a large amount of money toward a permanent chapter house. An Alumni Reunion was held on November 13, 2010, with more than 150 alumni brothers in attendance.
The chapter held an Initiation Ritual for 19 new brothers.
Texas-El Paso (Zeta-Epsilon)
Travis Robinson was elected chapter president.
The chapter added 29 associate members.
Southern Methodist (Gamma-Sigma)
The chapter is the reigning Greek Week champion.
C. Douglas McDonald was mistakenly listed as a deceased brother in the fall 2010 issue of the Educational Foundation’s Purple, Green & Gold magazine. We apologize for this error.
With the help of the sororities, the chapter held a food drive on November 13, 2010, as part of the North American Food Drive.
Texas Christian (Iota-Pi)
Spring Hill (Delta-Delta)
Wide receiver Bart Johnson was named to the Academic All-American 2nd team.
On October 13, 2010, chapter brothers collected trash at the campus apartments. On October 20, 2010, chapter brothers assisted at St. Mary’s, an orphanage near campus.
The chapter won the Presidential Homecoming Cup, which is awarded to the student organization demonstrating the most outstanding service during the past academic year.
Greg Jones (1966) plans to retire from optometric practice at the end of 2010. He is co-founder and partner in Spectrum Eyecare in Jamestown, New York. After retirement his plans include spending summers on Chautauqua Lake in New York and winters in Mexico.
The chapter collected food for the North American food drive. The chapter submitted a proposal to the university to build a volunteer run greenhouse that would produce fresh produce for food pantries. Chapter brothers volunteered at the former chapter adviser’s annual church fish fry.
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Western Michigan (Lambda-Tau)
Approximately 19 alumni brothers who graduated in 1960 held a 50th reunion celebration during the 2010 homecoming.
The chapter added 12 associate members.
Washington & Lee (Gamma-Phi)
The chapter held a dinner for alumni brothers.
A. Prescott Rowe (1960) was named a distinguished alumnus on May 1, 2010. In 1970, he joined Ethyl Corp., the Richmond-based fuel-additive company and became director of corporate communications. He retired in 1998 as corporate vice president of external affairs. He continued to serve Ethyl as a consultant in international government relations until 2004. In 1994, Rowe was named to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Public Relations from the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2009.
Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Association
Forty-four alumni brothers from the Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Association have enjoyed three recent social networking events held within the metro area. Venues included Clydeâ€™s Gallery Place, Jacksonâ€™s (Reston), and Regional Food and Drink of D.C. Save the date now for the annual Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Reception at the JW Marriott on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. To register now, please visit http://www.lambdachi.org/events/alumni.aspx.
Worcester Polytechnic (Pi)
On October 31, 2010, the chapter held an Initiation Ritual for two new brothers, Jonathan Rapp and William MacDonald. Thanks to strong alumni brother support, a crew of 21 alumni brothers performed the Ritual. The chapter raised more than 100,000 pounds of food for the North American Food Drive with additional help and support from alumni brothers and potential new associate members. The effort was led by chapter Vice President Daniel Roberge.
Washington State (Tau)
The chapter plans to hold an Initiation Ritual for 23 associate members. The chapter held a Watermelon Bust, a traditional event that had not been held for several years. The winning sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, earned the watermelon trophy and received a ride home on the fire truck, which the chapter has restored.
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Ritualistic Installations Brother Xaiver Cortada explores how Lambda Chi Alpha played a role in his personal and professional development By Thomas Roberts (Edinboro) Lambda Chi Alphaâ€™s most prominent symbol, the Cross and Crescent, teaches about continual growth and always striving for the highest achievements and values. Brother Xavier Cortada (Miami-FL 1986) lives this lesson not only in his service to our Fraternity but also in his professional art installations. Cortada works in an advisory capacity to the Epsilon-Omega chapter while simultaneously creating artwork that encourages global and social responsibility.
(Four Elements Installation at the Frost Museum of Art)
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and the idea of living and working together is what Cortada says immediately attracted him to join. His move to the Fraternity house came immediately after the Associate Member Ceremony.
Cotada’s story is a reminder of the power of diversity. His own life and development span multiple states and countries. Cortada’s parents, at the time Cuban refugees in their 20s, arrived in the United States in 1952. His birth followed a few years later in 1964 in Albany, New York. He has lived in Miami, a place he has grown to call home, since age three.
The Epsilon-Omega chapter was fortunate to have Cortada serve as recruitment chairman in what was a crucial time of rebuilding the chapter. As the son of Cuban refugees, he stressed the importance of recruiting diverse brothers and building a chapter that would separate itself from many of the stereotypes surrounding other fraternities.
His time in Miami continued as an undergraduate at the University of Miami. He shuffled through majors as he began to develop and learn more about himself. Cortada had been a biology, religion, chemistry and English major before graduating with a degree in psychology.
“Sadly, there are many fraternities that are pretty monolithic, where you try to cater to and be friends with people who look just like you. I thought the greatest strength of our Fraternity was its diversity..... We tried to create a microcosm of the United Nations in our Fraternity”
He currently holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business, and School of Law.
His service to Lambda Chi Alpha and the chapter at Miami did not stop with the completion of his undergraduate degree. When he returned to Miami for graduate and law school, he served as the chapter’s graduate adviser. This would round out seven years of service to the chapter while enrolled as a student at the university.
Life in Lambda Chi Alpha “I was raised in Little Havana. All of a sudden, I was living with... all of these other guys. “
His role as a graduate adviser set the scene and prepared him when he was called upon to serve as the chapter adviser (High Pi). He watched the chapter grow from a very weak chapter on the University of Miami’s campus to a strong competitive chapter that has embraced his ideas on diversity.
This brother’s journey started much later than the traditional path traveled by many of our brothers. Cortada joined Lambda Chi Alpha as a first semester junior in 1984, and was initiated in the following year. After developing a valuable friendship with Brother John
Cortada’s Giving Spirit
We tried to create a microcosm of United Nations in our fraternity.
Brother Cortada has created art installations throughout the world that encourage social and ecological responsibility. His artwork extends beyond the aesthetic value of art and creates awareness for many of the issues currently affecting our society. His installations span multiple locations from the North and South Poles to South Africa, Miami, and many other places across the globe.
Campbell, by way of the school’s biology labs and Student Senate, he was invited to the chapter house. This invitation set him on a path of multiple years of service to our Fraternity. Fellowship www.crossandcrescent.com
He created installation pieces at the Earth’s poles to increase awareness of global climate change. In response to attempts by many of the world’s nations to raise their flags over newly opened 12
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waters to claim the natural resources that lie beneath them, Cortada planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature, and in so doing launched a global reforestation eco-art effort.
“It would be really meaningful to me if chapters would follow this brother’s ritual and download the PDFs online. In the chapter room have 24 guys come together and do the Longitudinal Installation. Have them get a sense of our global neighbors and how much we are all affected by global climate change, whether in Rwanda or Rhode Island. At the same time, how powerful to have every chapter house plant a tree, a green flag, a native tree to help show and lead a model that hopefully other chapters and other commuters on campus will do as well. Planting trees in areas that are going to cast shade upon someone, years after someone graduates, those are rituals that grow and take on a life of their own.” The Longitudinal Installation Cortada’s Website
Cortada’s multitude of other projects include: coastal reforestation efforts in Miami (2006), and an urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg (2009).
Parallels of Art and Lambda Chi Alpha This Epsilon-Omega brother has been commissioned on projects for the White House (2002), the Florida Supreme Court (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), the Museum of Florida History (2003), the World Bank (2003), and the Frost Art Museum (2008). “One thing I must tell you is a lot of the stuff that I did at the North and South Poles are very closely related.... They’re called ritualistic installations.” Cortada admits that his art and installations are ritualistic experiences in themselves. His art utilizes a shared experience by the viewers to teach a lesson and encourage activism in a manner very similar Lambda Chi Alpha’s Learning Model (experience, reflect, make meaning, and shareTM), pre-Initiation, and Initiation Ritual. “Some people may ask why we have to engage through ritual. Why can’t we just read through the ritual book? There’s something about repetitive meditation -- these processes where you solve and reflect and act on things that are important. I think it helps remind you and helps create a memory that you can wrap an idea around.”
The closing of one of Xavier Cortada’s latest exhibits on a late November night was immediately followed by a 7 a.m. flight to the Mexican Riviera. Not for business or art, this sacrifice of normal sleeping patterns was for the marriage of one his Fraternity brothers. This sense of fellowship and brotherhood Cortada has held close to his heart since the day he moved into the chapter house and began this lifelong journey of True Brotherhood.
Cortada asks his fellow brothers to learn more about his “ritualistic installations” and to even take part as a group or chapter. www.crossandcrescent.com
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Bridge Building Toward Excellence
Recipient of the 2010 Grand High Alpha Award, Iota-Phi at High Point University has produced several very influential brothers. by Jon Williamson (Maryland)
Our article begins with a need for a social organization at High Point College in 1928. T. Olin Matthews, Glenn Perry, Coy Williard, and Harvey Young founded Delta Alpha Epsilon to fill that need. Professor Dr. J. H. Allred, who would become dean of men, was selected as their chapter adviser.
for 12 years, with the last four as Board chairman. In his career in higher education, he was a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida, where he assisted in the establishment of our chapter and served as her first faculty adviser, and also at the University of Tennessee. Returning to High Point University, he served as vice president of student affairs and acting president.
During the next 26 years, 194 men became members of DAE and these men began a tradition of excellence in scholarship and leadership. By 1952, the local fraternity saw the need to seek national affiliation. The feeling within Lambda Chi Alpha is that we have been fortunate to have had the right person in the right position at the right time, and this would be no exception.
During the past 20 years, two brothers have played pivotal roles in the life of the Iota-Phi chapter.
William T. Kern (Oklahoma City 1952), a Lambda Chi traveling secretary, visited the campus and made contact with the group. With the endorsement of the college president at the time, Dr. Dennis H. Cooke, a Lambda Chi (North Carolina), the men voted unanimously to affiliate with Lambda Chi Alpha. By the time of their installation in 1954, Lambda Chis held the top two positions in student government, with L. C. Ellis (1954) as president and T.G. Madison (1954) as vice president. Don McNeill (1954) was president of the day-student organization and Rod Morrison (1957) was freshman class president. In addition, the chapter finished at the top of intramurals and enjoyed the highest GPA.
Reflections from Brother Holloway John Holloway (1993) has served as director of chapter services for Lambda Chi Alpha since 2004. He joined Iota-Phi shortly after the chapter received its second Grand High Alpha Award.
Lifetime Brother Murphy Osborne Just four years after its founding, the chapter was enjoying unprecedented success with the recruitment of 29 men. Leading the chapter as president was Murphy Osborne Jr. (1958). In 1978, Osborne became a member of the Fraternity Board on which he served
â€œThe chapter and Greek community had great appeal to me. The men in the chapter had been working for the previous three years to be a Grand High Alpha chapter. Gary Cooper (1977) was the High Pi and the driving force in the chapter. During the
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first weeks and months after I joined, I observed the degree of loyalty and unwavering commitment to one another and he stood out to me. The men were very diverse; it was a melting pot of socio-economic backgrounds and they worried about one another and took care of the brotherhood. Many of the things I was taught are now being taught, such as being your brothers’ brother. I joined and maintained my grades, established a great relationship with my big brother and fell in love with the Ritual. I held the position of ritualist for two and a half years. The Ritual was the cornerstone of everything we did in the chapter. Through it we built a rich tapestry of traditions that made us unique as a chapter.”
Notable Iota-Phi Brothers • Glen E. Anderson Jr. (1960), senior vice president with Smith Barney, member of chapter alumni board. • Dr. Christopher S. Berman (1998), doctor of pharmacy • Jimmy Brown (1955), magistrate, State of North Carolina • Terry Buker (1978), pilot with DHL • Dr. David Caldwell (1976), physician with Danville Hematology & Oncology • Gary Waykne (1977), regional vice president with SunTrust Mortgage, former executive director of the Fayetteville, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce • Floyd T. Craven (1959), CPA, member of the High Point University Board of Trustees • Dr. Christopher V. Davis (1989), associate professor at Garner Webb University, Shelby, North Carolina • Jimmy L. Davis (1983), commercial pilot • Laurence B. Davis (1987), general manager with Stonewall Vineyards, Inc., Concord, Virginia
After you graduated and began your career as a police officer, what brought you back to service with Lambda Chi?
• Richard F. Davis (1991), former deputy chief of staff for Congressman Sam Gejdenson • Samuel A. Davis II, president and chief COO of American Momentum Bank, Tampa, Florida
“I struggled with the question of, ‘How do I give back to the Fraternity?’ I missed my relationship with the alumni and, of course, the Ritual. When I returned I found that some of the traditions had become contaminated by the use of alcohol and that our strict adherence to the Ritual had slipped. In essence, the chapter had adopted the dysfunctional behavior of our peer groups on the campus. I began working with the officers on ritualism and fraternity education. Dr. Ramke (1970), who was our High Pi at the time, went to work overseas and I became the acting High Pi. From there I became more fully engaged, not only with the chapter, but nationally as well, becoming an IMPACT leadership coach. Although I loved police work, I found that I loved Lambda Chi Alpha more. I joined the international staff six years ago. It is very challenging but the greatest part is working with the undergraduates and I am very proud to protect those things we hold dear. Our undergraduates have an abiding belief in the sense of timeless brotherhood. My motivation for taking the position of director of chapter services was knowing that I am responsible for our legacy of those who will come after us. I am proud when I see undergraduates walking across campus wearing our letters. Three chapter brothers in particular have had a significant impact on my fraternity life. I have thought back to when I was 18
• William D. Fallin (1964), former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation • Gerald F. Fennell, president of Datum Corp. International, Osprey, Florida • Christopher M. Fetner (1995), senior director of channel production at BBC America • Dr. Bruce David Finagin (1986), dentist in Lexington Park, Maryland • Richard O. Fulks (1976), director of general services of the Freedom Forum and Newseum, Washington, D.C. • Dr. Richard Gilbert, physician with the Burlington Family Practice, Burlington, North Carolina • Dr. A. Paul Gratiot, recipient of the Order of Merit of Lambda Chi Alpha, former High Pi, faculty member at High Point • Dr. Garland Greene (1979), physician with the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia • Christopher R. Heenan (1984), personnel coordinator with Duke University • John F. Holloway (1993), director of chapter services with Lambda Chi Alpha • Dr. Herald H. Hughes (1974), dentist, Laurinburg, North Carolina • Jason A. Jodon (1992), pilot and chief warrant officer with the U.S. Army • Dr. Charles R. Johnson (1960), psychiatrist, Butner, North Carolina • Dr. James F. Jones, retired professor emeritus at Appalachian State University, previously featured in the Cross & Crescent • David F. Lawrence (1977), pastor with the Bethleham United Methodist Church, Waxhaw, North Carolina • Phillip E. Layne (1975), postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service, Aberdeen, North Carolina • T.G. Madison Jr. (1954), retired principal and school superintendent of one of the largest counties in North Carolina • Mark D. Mashburn (1984), pastor with the Trinity United Methodist Church, King, North Carolina
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Notable Iota-Phi Brothers Continued • Dr. John S. May (1977), assistant professor of surgery/otolaryngology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina • Dr. William J. May (1941), OB/GYN professor emeritus at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine • Dr. William McDonald (1980), vice president for Student Affairs, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee • Dr. Richard McDowell (1965), former president of the University of Pittsburg at Bradford • Daniel R. Miller (1996), recipient of Outstanding Young Alumnus Award of High Point University, Emmy-winning TV anchor/reporter in Indianapolis • Robert A. Mitcheltree (1984), aerospace engineer with the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia • John N. Norton (1983), biomedical researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee • Dr. Murphy M. Osborne Jr. (1958), former Grand High Alpha of Lambda Chi Alpha • Dr. James R. Pritchett (1971), assistant professor of history and political science at High Point University • Dr. Ronald G. Ramke (1970), professor of sociology at High Point University, former High Pi
and first met Murphy Osborne and I have shared with him, ‘You taught me everything I needed to know about being a gentleman.’ He had that quiet way that taught me dignity and honor and respect and it will never leave me. Gary Cooper served as our High Pi for about 25 years. He was consistent, supportive, loving and maintained a stern presence. He provided a clear definition of how real brothers act and that is how I have lived my entire life in brotherhood. Todd Wesley Shoemaker (1993), known as “Big Red” (we covered his dorm door with Big Red Chewing Gum wrappers), spent time together knowing we were committed to the same thing...brotherhood. I have never hesitated to call upon him if I needed help and he was a great supporter for me when I was High Pi.”
• Stephen Sharman (1979), professional model • Brian L. Shipwash (1993), clerk of superior court for the State of North Carolina • Todd W. Shoemaker (1993), current chapter High Pi, member of the High Point University Alumni Board • Ray Starrette (1960), member of chapter alumni board. • Eddie Stratton (1968), executive director of the United Way of Waynesboro, Virginia • Dr. James E. Surratt (1965), superintendent of the Klein Independent School District, Klein, Texas • Dr. Charles Teague (1968), former president of Spartanburg Methodist College • Artie G. Tertzagian, former physical education teacher/coach at High Point University • William Thompson, president of the Lighthouse for the Blind in Palm Beach, Florida • Dr. Oscar Vanauken, professor at the University of Texas @ San Antonio • Kenneth Vereen (1965), former commercial airline pilot • Richard
Reflections from Brother Schoemaker Todd Shoemaker is the current High Pi at High Point. He is known as “Chunky” to friends and brothers alike. “I swore I wouldn’t join a fraternity, but that changed. My favorite memories are working on the philanthropic projects. Each year we held the Rock-A-Thon, and a group of four to six of us took the graveyard shift from midnight to six or seven in the morning. Some of the best conversations of my life took place then, just hanging out with brothers for a great cause. I love giving back to other people. We also had what we called Wednesday night activities and
there was no drinking. The brothers got together and did something as a brotherhood such as capture the flag, ghost hunts, or we would go to the gym to play pickup games. Great memories!” How did you get reconnected with the Fraternity after graduation? “I left the High Point community and returned home to Virginia. After being there for a year I realized that my home was really in High Point so I moved back. John Holloway, ‘Biff,’ got me re-involved. He was High Pi and I began to assist him. After he became director of chapter services, I became High Pi. The chapter was on Level 3 probation at the time and an Alumni Control Board had been established. I met with the brothers and told them I would work with them for six months and I asked them to commit to me and I would commit to them. I had brothers who bought into my program, which was essentially Lambda Chi Alpha. The chapter had lost sight of what Lambda Chi Alpha was and they didn’t know how to get it back. We set up a six-year strategic plan where we would work on three specific things each semester. Our goals were to go from below average to average to above average and finally to achieve excellence. Winning the Phoenix Award that first year of the plan was very eye-opening to the chapter. Even though we went through a short period of apathy after winning the Phoenix Award, the brothers realized that their hard work was paying off and they continued to strive for
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excellence. Gary Cooper was my mentor. I want to be perceived and come across like him and emulate him as best as I can. Murphy Osborne is an unbelievable support system. He offers help and guidance and friendship and he has helped me grow as a person. Biff is a source of inspiration for all of the things he has done and I can’t ask for anything more...a great friend. I was blessed with many great mentors growing up, especially my dad, and I believe that it is essential to have that mentorship growing up. I am reminded of the Bridge Builder poem. I believe that you build that bridge for the next person to come and help them like someone once did for us and we have taken an obligation to do that as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.”
friends. We are active in making friends and teaching them about our ideals and principles. Our GPA of 3.1 is the highest among fraternities and we have won back-to-back flag football championships as well as winning ultimate frisbee. We didn’t really set the goal of winning the Grand High Alpha Award. We weren’t searching for an award, but feel we have been recognized for our hard work. We haven’t celebrated it; instead we feel humbled by it and a responsibility to maintain it. We are now focused on repeating our success in three years. Without our High Pi, Chunky, we wouldn’t have become a Grand High Alpha chapter. He provides a level head. He knows our chapter history and traditions and leads us to be better.”
The Ritual was the cornerstone of everything we did in the chapter.
Building a Bridge Each of our chapters is unique and special. We wonder what it is that propels them to exceptional performance. Holloway may have captured it best when he said, “There is something that happens in the Ritual room at High Point. It is as though you receive a message signed by the entire brotherhood that wears the badge telling you this is the way you are going to live your life. You can walk 1,000 steps away, but when you need it, just turn around and they are there.”
Current Chapter Status Angelo Rizzi (2011) is the current chapter president: “We have 42 actives and four associate members. Jason Parr is the president of the IFC and Tony Kurilla is the IFC chairman of recruitment. Josh Du Coudray plays varsity soccer. Even though we have deferred recruitment at High Point we work 24/7 and utilize Cole Recruitment to take that first step in successful recruitment: making new www.crossandcrescent.com
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Celebrating 95 Years at Butler With 68 brothers and numerous campus leaders, the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Butler University is continuing in a long tradition of excellence. By Dave Arland (Butler) and B.J. Lippert (Butler)
It all started late on Friday night in the Fischer family kitchen. Seventy-five years ago, the Alpha-Alpha chapter began with the induction of a few Butler College men by two Lambda Chi Alpha alumni who decided to forget the formalities and initiate the group anyway.
Just over 300 students had signed up for classes at Butler College in the idyllic Indianapolis suburb of Irvington in the fall of 1914. The three existing fraternities on the Butler campus were little more than social clubs, and a small group of men decided to form an alternative to the established organizations.
The snap decision—made by founder Warren Cole (Botson) and Ernst Fischer (Cornell) in Indianapolis on Friday night, December 10, 1915 — would create a unique twist to the founding of two Indiana chapters. Within a week, both Butler College and Purdue University would have new chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha.
The Collegian, the campus newspaper, took several months to discover this new upstart group, but from the beginning the society was poised to succeed. The membership was diverse. “They are represented in athletics, debating, and orchestra,” wrote the newspaper, “and are making a strong bid for scholastic honors.” By semester’s end, this new organization had won top campus honors in academics.
The group had a competitive eye on the other fraternities, which had been established at the school for some 40 years. One man’s father was a Beta Theta Pi, and a petition was prepared for consideration.
In the six years after Cole founded the first chapter of our Fraternity in Boston, Lambda Chi Alpha had grown remarkably fast. Cole was scouring the country for good prospects. His search turned up a small local society that had grabbed headlines in the school newspaper: Delta Alpha Phi.
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Notable Alpha-Alpha Brothers
• Mark B. Alexander (1978), dentist, Indianapolis • Jerry Armstrong (1965), former vice president of UPS • James D. Barr (1965), executive vice president/ treasurer of Crestar Financial Corporation • Addison M. Beavers (1932), former Circuit Court Judge, State of Indiana • Cecil I. Blackaby (1938), captain of the 1937 Butler University football team, played in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame • Leonard P. Bochicchio (1965), commercial airlines pilot • Stephen A. Briganti (1964), president/CEO, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation • Dr. Robert K. Brown (1980), professor of economics at Texas Tech University • Dr. Rolla D. Burghard (1937), physician and former Chief, Community Hospital, Indianapolis, Order of Merit winner • Dr. Todd S. Burry (1993), surgeon, Evansville, Indiana • Dr. Robert A. Campbell III (1993), surgeon, Indianapolis • Dr. Meredith L. Carter (1960), Chancellor, Ivy Tech State College • Robert A. Claycombe (1944), attorney, Indianapolis, member of Grand High Zeta from 1972 to 1980 and from 1982 to 1984 • Barry Collier, current athletic director at Butler University, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame • Dr. Andrew D. Dick (1978), physician, Indianapolis • Richard L. Dullaghan (1966), 1964 and 1965 conference football MVP; first coach to win Indiana High School Athletic Association state football championships with two different high schools, 1991 National Football Coach of the Year, coach of 5 state football championship teams, member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame • John B. Dunn (1977), former president and owner of Cummins Rocky Mountain, former chairman of the Butler Board of Trustees • William C. Evans (1985), Emmy-winning and chief news photographer, WGNO-TV, New Orleans • William T. Farkas (1988), executive vice president of Lambda Chi Alpha • Robert H. Fine (1955), director of pharmacy of Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee, Illinois • Dr. Joe E. Forgey (1970), dentist, Noblesville, Indiana • Thomas R. Freas (1974), executive vice president of Bank One Texas, Austin, Texas • Oral Hildebrand (1930), pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Indians, Yankees and Browns with an all-time record of 83–78, member of the ’33 All Star team and pitched in the World Series, member of the Butler University 1929 NCAA championship basketball team, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame • Ralph Iula (Honorary) – Order of Merit recipient
• Arthur L. Logsdon (1975), president Indiana Health Care Associates, Indianapolis • Dr. William C. Lubawy (1966), associate dean, University of Kentucky • William M. Lynch (1976), former head football coach, Indiana University • Dr. Mark A. Macke (1970), surgeon, Marshalltown, Iowa • Marvin D. McLaughlin (1952), senior judge, State of Indiana • Floyd McMurray, chapter charter member, later serves as the state’s superintendent of public instruction and president of Indiana University Southeast. • Dr. Kent B. Mecum (1952), professor emeritus of Spanish, DePauw University • Thomas Julian Meeks (1963), former senior director of rules/competitions for the U.S. Golf Association • Dr. Frederick G. Miller (1955), professor at Western Illinois University • Dr. Kevin Robert Murphy (1975), pediatric pulmonologist, Omaha, Nebraska • Julian T. Peebles (1968), president of Cathedral High School, Indianapolis • Lewis A. Plourd (1951), former Grand High Alpha of Lambda Chi Alpha • Dr. E. Browning Roche (1961), associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center • Dr. Nicholas L. Rohrman (1959), professor of psychology at Colby College • Kent A. Rollison (1990), partner at Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis • Charles R. Schwanekamp (1978), high school teacher and football coach leading Bishop Chatard to be the Indiana state football champions in 1983 and 1984, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame. • Ray A. Sears (1935), holder of the 1934 American record in cross country, member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame • Howard L. Shearon (1961), partner at Ernst & Young, Indianapolis • Reed F. Shields (1942), retired judge of Probate Court • Gary E. Smith (1964), associate director of bands at the University of Illinois • Dr. James R. Stainbrook (1959), professor emeritus at Ball State University • Ralph Stych (1934), Order of Merit recipient • Karl Stipher (1936), partner at Baker & Daniels, Order of Merit recipient • Dr. Richard A. Tewksbury (1986), professor in the School of Justice at the University of Louisville • Dr. John C. Van Vactor (1958), professor emeritus at the University of Nevada @ Las Vegas • Frank White (1929), member of the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame and captain of the 1929 NCAA championship basketball team • Fred Wolff (1916), composer of the Butler Alma Mater “In the Gallery of Memories”
explained years later. Fischer’s parents lived in Indianapolis, and he would frequently stop in the railroad capital as his business took him to Chicago and fraternity affairs took him west. After describing the local to members of other Lambda Chi Alpha chapters, to assess the potential for expansion (as was then the practice), Cole and Fischer moved ahead to make Delta Alpha Phi the 25th chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha—after Purdue University’s Aeolian Club, which had already won approval to become chapter number 24.
Ambitious Building Plans Alpha-Alpha chapter marked its 10th anniversary with a celebration at the downtown Columbia Club. The chapter boasted a membership of 45, and registration at the school had tripled since the chapter
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began. The central office of Lambda Chi Alpha had also moved to Indianapolis in December 1920. Butler was beginning to feel the need to expand. It had outgrown its beautiful, but small, campus on the east side of the bustling Indiana capital. An ambitious building program began, following the purchase of a large park six miles from the city’s center. Using the technology developed to build steel bridges, a huge fieldhouse was constructed (to this day one of the largest gymnasiums in the country — and featured in the 1986 movie “Hoosiers”), and an old gravel pit was dredged out to become the Butler Bowl, the playing field for the mighty Bulldog football team. Lambda Chi Alpha moved right along with the changes. The chapter purchased a lot adjacent to the mammoth fieldhouse, and the cornerstone was laid on Sunday, November 11, 1928 (Armistice Day) at two o’clock in the afternoon. The architect was Virgil Hoagland, one of three returning alumni from World War I. Hoagland had already designed several structures, including the chapter house for Xi Zeta at DePauw University. His stately brick Tudor mansion, with a castle-like turret front and limestone details, would soon rise on the edge of campus. Alpha-Alpha chapter became the first fraternity to purchase a lot on the new campus, and the first organization to finish its chapter house. The $60,000 home was completed just as the nation’s stock market tumbled the
country into the Great Depression.
Lean Years The depression years devastated everyone, and college fraternities suffered greatly. Alpha-Alpha had heavy monthly mortgage payments and a rapidly diminishing income. The alumni took over and the AlphaAlpha House Corporation was created in 1936. The precarious financial position of the Butler chapter had forced it into a “friendly receivership.” The Lambda Chis were noted for having the liveliest dances on campus. “While a good portion of the coeds refused to speak to us during most of the school year, they did start treating us nice when word got around that we had scheduled a dance,” wrote Art Madison, in a history of the organization that was published when the mortgage was finally paid off in 1954. “The dances were unusual in that we never invited a faculty chaperone until we were sure that he or she could not attend. In fact, the dean’s office, thanks to us, finally instituted the procedure of inviting all chaperones for campus affairs. After that, our dances become as dull as the events at others’ houses.” On Initiation day in December of 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Don Jenkins remembers it well. He was one of the aspirants who was going through the initiation ritual. “All at once, someone broke into the room with the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor,” Jenkins recalls. “It really stunned us, because there were some brothers who were already in the service. Those guys were in the Pacific,
and in the Navy, and you didn’t know what was going to happen next.” It would be several months before Jenkins himself signed up to fight in World War II, just before the chapter house itself was enlisted into war duty. The Lambda Chi house, like other fraternity houses on the Butler campus, was rented to the university for use by the 52nd College Training Detachment, an air crew that helped fill the empty Butler classrooms. Without a house, the small membership of the chapter continued to meet on campus. After the war the brothers returned to find their prize chapter home ransacked by the servicemen who had moved in. The chapter refinanced the mortgage, retiled the bathroom, installed a new roof, replaced the furnace, and refinished the third-floor dormitory. Alumnus Ralph Iula Sr., an Indianapolis interior decorator, helped to refurbish the house. He even repainted the colorfully-stenciled elements of the fraternity coat of arms that had graced the living-room ceiling for many years.
Change and Renewal The early 1970s signaled a significant change in philosophy for Lambda Chi Alpha. Indianapolis sports medicine doctor Andy Dick remembers a chapter that was adept at athletics, and strong in numbers, during the mid-1970s. “I think it was basically a period when the people were as good as any other time, but there was very little financial support. The physical plant of the chapter
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house was beginning to wear out,” Dick said. “We had nearly 70 members, but the house was falling down around us. Showers and plumbing had to be redone. There was a boiler problem that required an overhaul, and a new heating system installed on the first floor. The livingroom floor fell in, and so did the roof over one of the rooms in the older part of the house. But despite the problems, we still managed to live through it.” The financial problems dragged the chapter down in the late 1970s. Water pipes froze and did tremendous damage to the older, steam-heated part of the house. Membership dropped off, and so did academic performance. As the 1980s began, the chapter’s undergraduate membership had fallen to under 30 men. Parts of the chapter house had been sealed off during the winter months to save money, because there were more rooms than members. But as fraternities began to gain in popularity, Alpha-Alpha chapter began to change. Membership grew. Mortgage payments were made. Grades improved and a new house corporation was formed.
The process of rebuilding began. In 1984, at the 75th anniversary of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Butler chapter won recognition for steady progress. As winner of a Phoenix Award, AlphaAlpha was singled out for its reversal of a declining membership trend and for restoring a strong associate member program to one of our oldest chapters.
Alpha-Alpha Today The chapter is financially stable, is comprised of leaders both on campus and in the community, and is recognized at the highest levels by the General Fraternity. In 2010, the chapter earned recognition with an Campus Involvement Award, Website Development Award, Membership Recruitment, the Grand High Alpha Challenge Award, and the Tozier Brown Public Affairs Award for its Teeter-Totter Marathon to raise money for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
actives and our goal is to associate 20 to 25 quality men in the spring, with an emphasis on freshmen and sophomores. We utilize two High Delta team captains and each team has four or five brothers on it. We are fortunate in having several alumni who actively assist us in the recruitment process and who attend a number of dinners. We have several brothers who are active in organizations on the campus: Josh Phelps is captain of the lacrosse team; Dylan Harmison is captain of the tennis team; Brent Mackey is captain of the volleyball club team; Michael Hernandez (a member of the psychology honor fraternity) and Karsten Hamilton-Smith (in the business school and current High Delta) have been inducted into Order of Omega. Although we are proud of our current 3.18 GPA our goal is to do better academically.” Beyond being recognized through awards, the chapter has earned an additional distinction with the appointment of Dr. Elgan Baker (DePauw), Alpha-Alpha’s chapter adviser, to the Grand High Zeta.
Current chapter President Zach Springler adds: “We currently have 68
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2010 North American Food Drive Results
Since 1993, Lambda Chi Alpha’s chapters have raised more than 35 million pounds of food for the needy. by Tad Lichtenauer (Denison)
The following are just a few of the chapters who were recognized by the local media for their contributions related to this year’s North American Food Drive:
Central Michigan Chapter Staffs Food Drive Since 1993, Lambda Chi Alpha has been coordinating an international philanthropy project that has now raised 33,502,825lbs of food for the needy across North America. Although individual chapters had been doing their own local food drives for many years, 1993 was the first year that the International Headquarters announced a cohesive North American program. Called the Lambda Chi Alpha North American Food Drive, this annual event is arguably the largest single-day philanthropic project sponsored by a collegiate organization.
Cold, windy weather didn’t keep donors away as volunteers from The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Central Michigan University stood in the truck, taking bags and boxes of donations. Jennifer Cutter stopped in the parking lot a Ric’s Food Center in Mt. Pleasant to drop off food and cash for the Central Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross Food Pantry. Cutter, who meets with a group with three other people once a month to pick a cause in which to donate, met with thanks from WCZY, 104-FM staffers who were on hand to promote “Fill a Mayflower.” Matt Collins, a radio personality at the radio station, was broadcasting live, urging people to bring non-perishable foods, frozen foods, diapers and other baby items to fill the moving van donated for the event by Sidney Sowle and Sons.
With half the participating chapters reporting, Lambda Chi Alpha collected 1,236,164 pounds of food this year. It is expected when all chapters report, that Lambda Chi Alpha will again raise more than 2.5 million pounds of food.
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Food collected by chapters directly supports the hungry and needy within their local communities. Participating chapters typically gather money or canned food and donate all proceeds to a local food bank, shelter, or charity.
Elmhurst Chapter Sponsors Food Drive The Elmhurst College chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, a philanthropic fraternity, will again take part in the annual North American Food Drive. All chapters of the national fraternity participate in the event each year, and the Elmhurst College chapter is asking the Elmhurst community to assist in this effort. Paper grocery bags will be dropped off on Saturday, November 14, on porches or front steps of homes throughout the Elmhurst community. The fraternity brothers ask that they be filled with nonperishable food items. On the following Saturday, November 21, the filled grocery bags will be picked up (from porches) and delivered to Yorkfield Presbyterian Church’s food pantry.
For some shelters, Lambda Chi Alpha’s food drive is the single-largest source of charity they receive, and they rely on our chapters every year. Each can of food collected not only Top Reporting Chapters • Florida Southern (Epsilon-Xi) - 430,120 pounds feeds someone in need • New Orleans (Lambda-Alpha) - 200,000 pounds but also raises the • South Carolina-Aiken (Pi-Alpha) - 109,390 awareness that helping pounds those in need is a • Incarnate Word (Pi-Epsilon) - 100,572 pounds cornerstone of what • Georgia Tech (Beta-Kappa) - 96,555 pounds Lambda Chi Alpha is • Millsaps (Theta-Eta) - 63,269 pounds committed to doing. • Nebraska-Omaha (Iota-Delta) - 48,986 pounds “Brothers Feeding • Montevallo (Sigma-Epsilon) - 27,232 pounds Others” is more than a • Coe (Zeta-Alpha) - 26,342 pounds slogan. It is the • Murray State (Lambda-Eta) - 21,660 pounds embodiment of the • Butler (Alpha-Alpha) - 20,345 pounds • Rensselaer (Epsilon-Eta) - 20,069 pounds true principles upon • Missouri (Gamma-Kappa) - 20,028 pounds which our Fraternity is founded. www.crossandcrescent.com
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UTEP Chapter Helps the Hungry With the holidays fast approaching some UTEP students decided to give back. Members of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity were at intersections across the city asking for canned food donations and spare change. Other organizations including sororities and student government joined in, all in an effort to help out those in need. “We all get caught up in school and we get caught up in family and we forget that there’s other people out there that need help, We have this philanthropy especially for that, especially to help people that are hungry,” Steve Garmon said. Link to Article
Florida International Chapter Hosts Food Drive Benefit The College of Arts & Sciences joined forces with the gentlemen of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Nov. 8 to fight hunger in South Florida. Ken Furton, the dean of CAS, climbed into a dunk tank on the Graham Center lawn, in his suit and tie, to help raise money for the North American Can Food Drive. Link to Article
Western Michigan to Hold 48-Hour Sit-in for Charity Western Michigan University’s Lambda-Tau chapter will be holding a 48-hour sit-in at the flagpoles collecting monetary donations for the 16th annual National American Food Drive from noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to noon on Friday, Oct. 22. “The main goal for this 48-hour sit in is to collect monetary donations, but we are also accepting cans,” said Justin LaLonde, Lambda-Tau’s philanthropy chair. This is an annual local event Lambda Chi Alpha hosts at WMU in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes of Kalamazoo for the holiday season. Loaves and Fishes is a local organization that is also the largest provider of emergency food aid to hungry people in Kalamazoo County. “The slogan for this year’s philanthropy is ‘Brothers Feeding Others,’” said Mike Dill, secretary of Lambda Chi. From Nov. 1-6, members of Lambda Chi will be passing out plastic bags all over Kalamazoo with a note explaining their purpose. Then on Nov. 6, between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., they will go out and collect donations of non-perishable food items or monetary gifts to donate to Loaves and Fishes. Link to Article
Nevada-Las Vegas Chapter Collects Food for Charity Members of fraternities and sororities as well as non-affiliated students set out last week to have a melon-smashing good time in the name of charity. The fourth annual Watermelon Bash, organized by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was held on campus Wednesday. Organizers gathered more than 8,000 pounds of food to donate to Three Square, a local food bank. Each semester, donations are made through the North American Food Drive, Lambda Chi Alpha’s designated philanthropy. “Our organization has been really involved,” said Ryan Norris, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and a first-timer at the annual Watermelon Bash. “The turnout for sororities is also really good, but there are also a lot of people that aren’t in [fraternities or sororities].” Link to Article
Oklahoma State Hosts Charity Event On a giant tarp covered in broken pieces of watermelon, girls competed in games such as tug-of-war and wheelbarrow races during the Lambda Chi Alpha Watermelon Bust field day Thursday. “We get to compete together as a sorority and have fun and get messy,” said Felica Holland, an early childhood education sophomore and member of Alpha Delta Pi. The field day is the final event in a weeklong canned food drive. “The (canned food) goes directly to families in the Oklahoma area,” said Lambda Chi Vice-President Aaron Lowe, a biochemistry and molecular biology senior. Each sorority dressed up a Lambda Chi, who then participated in a pageant on a tarp covered in watermelon juice. The competition among the sororities then began with high-pitched cheering and lots of excitement. Link to Article
South Carolina Conducts Food Drive The fourth week of the semester was marked by a series of first exams, new homework assignments on which to procrastinate and a whole lot of watermelon. Lambda Chi Alpha’s USC chapter began its weeklong Watermelon Bash benefiting the North American Food Drive on Tuesday with a T-shirt launch party at its fraternity house at 7 p.m. The Bash will end tonight with a public field day event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Davis Field. “All week we’ve been having a canned food drive, accepting money donations and selling t-shirts,” said secondyear fraternity member Alex Waelde. “It’s a completely non-profit event; all the proceeds go to charity.” Although Lambda Chi Alpha has recently been involved in helping local charity organizations (last semester they raised $2,000 for South Carolina Friends for Juvenile Justice), this week’s Watermelon Bash has been their first national charity project of the year. Link to Article Cross & Crescent December 2010 23
Core Values in Action
Iota-Alpha brothers at Ball State University host event about sexual assault awareness. By Chris Robbins (Ball State) Core Values form the foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha’s approach to brotherhood. As a part of the TRUE Brother Initiative, our Seven Core Values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service & Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage -once learned and internalized, equip each Lambda Chi Alpha undergraduate brother and associate member with a clear moral compass, always orienting him, no matter the environment or consequences, toward making ethical decisions. For Lambda Chi Alpha, it is not enough simply to know how to do things the right way; more important, it is to do the right things, for brotherhood and leadership are ultimately about action, about doing.
Core Values in Action: Integrity & Personal Courage Brothers and Friends, My name is Chris Robbins and I am the current chapter president of the Iota-Alpha colony at Ball State University. Recently a close friend of our chapter was drugged and raped. Obviously this had a profound effect on our chapter, and as a result we decided to take action in two ways: To get in contact with the sexual assault center on campus and provide them with assistance with promoting events and offering manpower for whatever else they may need. By looking out for those close to us. In order to accomplish this second task we invited approximately a dozen girls to our next chapter meeting to let them know that we would like to help them by making sure they did not go to parties alone, checking in with them while they were out, and offering them rides to get them home safely. Two hours later a Facebook group was created by a girl we know, inviting others who felt unsafe on campus to our chapter, with over two hundred invitees pending. In order to accommodate this sudden interest we sought the cooperation of many organizations on campus including the sexual assault center, campus police, the office of student life, and the office of victim advocates and reserved one of the largest venues on campus to hold a panel discussion on sexual assault awareness. Around two hundred people participated and, from the positive feedback we received, we have decided to make this an annual event. We are also working with the sexual assault center in developing programming that will work to inform its participants on warning signs to look for and ways to prevent sexual assaults from happening. The initial focus of this training will be toward fraternity houses and those that complete the training standard will be recognized as “safe houses.” We are working with the office of student life and, once this programming is complete, it will be added into the accreditation standards at Ball State. The focus will then go toward sororities and then on to other groups. This will make a lasting impact on our campus and hopefully we will protect others from the same tragedy that our friend has suffered. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or questions. In ZAX and friendship, Chris Robbins Chapter President, Iota-Alpha, Ball State University firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chicago’s Roaring ‘20s Only 17 years in operation, Gamma-Lambda at the University of Chicago produced some truly outstanding brothers. By Jon Williamson (Maryland)
I’m a huge genealogy buff. I like nothing more than searching through old records to find my family lineage and wandering through cemeteries to see a crumbling tombstone of my great great great relative. Writing this article is a bit like genealogy, finding the histories of our brothers who came before us. The University of Chicago was formally incorporated in 1890, and three years later, the first fraternity was founded on the campus. At the time of Lambda Chi’s chartering, there were 25 other inter/national fraternities on the campus, 10 of which survive today. The Gamma-Lambda chapter is not among them, having shuttered their doors in 1937. Glimpsing back into history, World War I had ended and the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Prohibition had been established and the era of the Roaring Twenties had begun. In the midst of all that, the Phoenix Club was formally chartered by the degree teams of our Alpha-Iota chapter at Northwestern University on October 9, 1920. Grand High Alpha E.J.C. Fischer (Cornell) and Administrative Secretary Bruce McIntosh (DePauw) had direct charge of the installation. An informal reception was held at the fraternity house at 5721 Blackstone Avenue. Dr. Frederic M. Thrasher (DePauw) was the faculty adviser. William J. Murphy was the Ritual candidate and the first chapter president. Samuel K. Allison was the vice president; William C. Harder was the secretary; Walter E. Landt was the treasurer; Guy Runyan was the social chairman; and Paul E. Crowder was the Ritual chairman. The chapter adviser was C. M. Towers (Illinois).
in academics (2nd among 25 fraternities) and involvement in student organizations. Murphy was captain of the first American track team in France; Runyan was a member of the varsity basketball squad; Harvey Harper was on the football team; and Allison was a varsity swimmer who held three inter-collegiate records.
Only 156 Total Initiates
Twenty seven undergraduates were initiated, along with three alumni, including Jacques Grassin who was attending college at the University of Paris. Six of the founding brothers had served in World War I.
Over the course of the next 16 years, 156 men were initiated, including several faculty members. In 1923 the chapter won first place in the University All-Sing. That year the chapter was supportive of the national Fraternity when 18 of the brothers assisted with the hosting of the General Assembly in Chicago.
As I dig deeper into the old files from more than 75 years ago, I find exceptional accomplishments and involvement of this brotherhood. The chapter began with a tradition of excellence www.crossandcrescent.com
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Throughout their existence, 10 percent of the brothers were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. There was a balanced mix of varsity athletes and art/theater majors. Perry Miller and Joe Pondelik Jr. were pledge brothers initiated over the same weekend; both performed in theater while undergraduates. Two biological brothers were orphaned at a young age in Gary, Indiana, Daniel Gray and Otto Earle Gray, and both went to college. Daniel attended Butler University and joined Lambda Chi Alpha and Otto attended the University of Chicago and also joined Lambda Chi Alpha, serving two years as chapter president. Both became medical doctors. In 1926, seven brothers were on the wrestling team, with Giles Penstone the captain. During the same year, Delmar Olson was on the varsity water polo team and swimming team. In 1929, the chapter finished 1st in scholarship and adopted a German police dog. Unfortunately, that same year membership had fallen to 13 actives and seven pledges. Time passes on; the stock market crashed on Black Tuesday in 1929 and the
Great Depression followed. The chapter continued as best it could. In 1931, George T. Van Der Hoef (1932), was captain of the fencing team and one of the country’s finest sabre men. He was also appointed a class marshall, one of six at the university.
Falling Membership By December 1932 membership had fallen to nine actives and five pledges. By the end of 1934, the house at 5729 Woodlawn Avenue could no longer be sustained. What made this chapter special, considering that it became dormant at the beginning of 1937 and has not been active since? In a word...quality. The University of Chicago was a top tier institution in 1920 when we were chartered, so it is no surprise that the men joining were excellent students who would achieve occupational success. I was excited to read the updates of each of these men. You can see from the sidebar the successes of these brothers from long ago. We all leave our footprints for others to follow.
So Why Did It End? Discovery in our archives gives one simple answer...extremely low retention of pledges. We were initiating only 40 percent of our pledges and that, coupled with the severe economic conditions of the time, doomed the chapter. The lesson learned applies to us today as we celebrate the distinctions of those brothers.
Notable Gamma-Lambda Brothers • Samuel K. Allison, physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, director of the Enrico Fermi Institute of Nuclear Studies • Dr. Earle Baumle, medical doctor • Dr. Donald F. Bond, Phi Betta Kappa, recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, professor emeritus of English at University of Chicago • Myron B. Chapin, graduate of Art Institute of Chicago as well as University of Chicago, served in World War I, painter, director of Michigan Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago, donated original works to chapters at Chicago and University of Michigan • Dr. Ruel V. Churchill, Phi Beta Kappa, professor emeritus of mathematics at University of Michigan • Dr. Alexander Davis, medical doctor • Clarence W. Emshoff, CPA and author on statistics • William A. Geer, actor, president of the Gargoyles as undergraduate, nominated for eight Emmy Awards, received one for The Walton’s, recipient of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement • Dr. Theodore Geiger, medical doctor • Dr. William Gillesby, medical doctor • Dr. Douglas L. Hunt, professor of English at University of Chicago • Dr. Forrest A. Kingsbury, professor at the University of Chicago • Frank R. Lillie, 13th president of the National Academy of Sciences, founder and 1st president of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute • Dr. Edward B. Logan, professor of social sciences at University of Pennsylvania • Perry Miller, awarded the Pulitzer Prize • Dr. George Musgrave - surgeon • Dr. Charles D. Parker, medical doctor • Joe Pondelik, Jr., All-American in football at right tackle • Dr. Robert T. Porter, medical doctor • Dr. James S. Rich, medical doctor • Dr. William B. Sheldon, professor at Brown University • Lowell C. Wadmond, served in World War I, high profile attorney in New York City, award named in his honor in the Music Department at the University of Chicago, president of the Metropolitan Opera
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