Good evening, readers! Unfortunately, I failed in holding the promise I made to you in my last post, wherein I stated that I would be making updates every couple of weeks. My last post was made in early October; it is now December. Regardless of my shortcoming, the brothers of the Alpha Alpha Delta Lodge have been quite active. Shortly after my last post, 10 new brothers were initiated to the Alpha. Additionally, fraternity-wide elections were held, several date-nights and socials occurred, and Spring recruitment has commenced. This will be my last post as editor before passing on the torch to Brother Dylan Loveland, the newly-elected Lodge Historian. It has been a privilege and an honor to share with you all the events of the past year. Looking forward, the future of Chi Psi at the University of Georgia seems very bright.
On October 10, Alpha Alpha Delta initiated 10 new brothers to the fraternity. These young men, embodying what we feel to be all the characteristics of a Chi Psi gentleman, make up the largest pledge class since the Alpha’s re-founding. Additionally, the class had a 100% retention rate from signing. The new members are as follows: Dino Nguyen, James Hernandez, Henry Young, Marlin Wright, Dylan Loveland, Henry “Hank” Rittiner, Michael Waggamon, Jonathan DuPre, and Fabio Pagliarulo. Congratulations to all of our new Brothers!
On October 17, the Alpha hosted its annual ‘Merica Party. The event welcomed numerous students from across the UGA campus, including a number of Spring 2015 recruits. On October 31, the brothers of UGA Chi Psi traveled to St. Simon’s Island, Ga. for the 2014 renewal of “Frat Beach.” The families of Brothers Evan Brakefield and Robert Freese were very hospitable in welcoming the Alpha to their vacation homes for the weekend; much fun was had by all. The following weekend, the Alpha traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg, TN. for Mountain Weekend. The Brothers enjoyed the gorgeous mountain weather, while sampling some of the local fare; two weekends of much needed relaxation and bonding.
On November 14, the Alpha hosted an ‘Ice Dawgs’ date night at the Classic Center Ice Arena. The Brothers and their dates enjoyed a very exciting match between the respective clubs of UGA and the University of Alabama, and capped off the evening with a celebration in downtown Athens. The Friday before Thanksgiving, the Alpha hosted a social with the Sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Dressed as loggers (lumberjacks) and joggers, the members of the two organizations had the opportunity to mingle and strengthen inter-Greek connections. This past Friday, December 5, the Alpha hosted its last date night of the semester, when the Brothers and their dates danced the night away with a 1920’s swing dancing theme. This unique date night was a fun learning experience for all.
In addition to initiation, trips, socials and date nights, the Brothers of Chi Psi UGA enjoyed a number of brotherhood events, ranging from bowling to bonfires to basketball; these events were exclusive to active Brothers. However, the Alpha has also been hard at work hosting events pertaining to recruitment for the Spring semester. As I write, two recruits have signed bids; tonight, the Fraternity is hosting a bonfire, where we hope to add to our number of accepts. Again, my apologies for not being more frequent in my posting. I’ll be sure to nag the future editor every week or so to ensure more consistent updates. Happy Holidays!