Everyone wants to be a part of something special, something that will make him or her stand out from the crowd. That is what college, and life are all about. The young men of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Quinnipiac University do just that. They take the phrase, “United we stand, divided we fall,” to a new and greater level, going above and beyond their call of duty.
This fraternity, which was established at Quinnipiac University in April of 1991, has the concrete basis of elite excellence and integrity. Loyalty to their brothers and the causes for which they fight, makes Delta Sigma Phi shine above and beyond.
Some events hosted by Delta Sigma Phi during the year consist of an Annual Bowl-A-Thon, Field Day, sausage and peppers for Parent’s Weekend, and Columbus Day Dinner at Mount St. Carmel Church. They are always working for their appointed philanthropy, which is the March of Dimes, and are in full support of numerous events on campus.
These events allow the brothers to build new bonds and strengthen old ones, while being of service to the community and their fellow classmates.
Dan McCabe, the Vice President of Delta Sigma Phi is a senior at Quinnipiac University and has been a very active member since the second semester of his freshman year. “I eagerly joined the fraternity my freshman year in search of broader horizons. I felt as if I did not know many people, and I thought that it would be a good way to do just that. Speaking from experience, I now know that it is an amazing way to meet new people and form strong friendships,” McCabe said. Greek Life helps to formulate an identity. McCabe continued, “At the rush events, I was enthralled by the idea of seeing so many guys bonded together by three Greek letters. They were easily spotted, and it was as if they were a family. After I was in the fraternity, I realized that the bond was so much more than that. Yes, it is family, but it goes much deeper.”
Being in a fraternity teaches an abundance of life skills. Having been in the fraternity for the majority of his college career, as well as being a part of the prestigious E-Board, McCabe is well aware of these skills. “Having been on E-Board for the majority of my time as a Delta Sigma Phi brother, I have acquired many useful leadership skills, as well as the value of time management.”
He went on to say, “The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity has changed my life. I am a better person due to the causes in which we fight for. I am more involved in the community and the lives around me than ever before. This has given me the ability to build a successful foundation for my future.”
It may be perceived that these favorable feelings are acquired only over a long period of time, after the people become acquainted and familiar with one another and the organization. That idea is quite to the contrary of how the members of Delta Sigma Phi feel.
Shawn Cooper, a sophomore at Quinnipiac was initiated into the fraternity only one semester ago, in the spring of 2001. “The fraternity has changed my life from day one. My brothers and I have created bonds and memories that will last a life time, even in the small period that I have been involved,” said Cooper.
He went on to say, “There is no distinction between those that have been a part of the Delta family for a few months and those that have been in the family for years. The whole basis of the fraternity is equality in the brotherly bonds to facilitate the greatest good for our causes.”
Socials with the Greek sororities on campus are a regular occurrence. Furthermore, Delta Sigma Phi hosts a variety of different functions that are open to the entire campus.
Greek weekend is another large event in which Delta Sigma Phi participates. During this weekend, all four Greek organizations congregate to enjoy barbeques, and games, such as capture the flag and relay races. Delta Sigma Phi also has an annual Carnation Ball that is held in January. Although these are some of the fun activities that Delta participates in, the real fun eminates from the wonderful causes that these activites support.
Delta Sigma Phi, like other Greek societies, is an active and positive organization to consider getting involved in and a great outlet to meet new people. “It is a huge group that bonds people. This is clearly seen on and off campus by the way they interact with one another. It is a way to make new friends and find the person inside of you,” McCabe said.
Three Greek letters classify them as one and the same, but it is the unity and brotherhood that helps them stand divided from the rest.