Delta Omicron Chapter
Illinois State University
Founded: April 9, 1988 April 20, 2013
Ideal Chapter Size: 60
President - Beau Grzanich
Vice President - Michael Carlo
Recruitment Director - Tyler Townsend
Alumni Director - Idan Rafalovitz
Grand Chapter Advisor - Joseph Dehn
Alumni Association President - None
Illinois State was founded in 1857, and it banned Greek letter societies until 1968. By that date, there were a number of local filling the social role of fraternities and sororities without standards or national organizational support. Between 1969 and 1979, 13 fraternities and eight sororities were established, and one fraternity had entered and become inactive. From 1974 to 1979, new organizations were forbidden, but two more fraternity chapters closed. In 1980, growth was once again authorized, and three fraternities established colonies. In 1981, four new colonies and one chapter restoration came on campus.
In November 1986, an interest group of 12 men was formed as the Evin Varner Society through the efforts of Bob Cabello, Eastern Michigan '70, and John Kim, Illinois '86. Membership in the interest group grew to over twenty in the first six weeks. The initial Pledge Ceremony took place at Eta Chapter on November 14, 1986. The group increased to 24 men and was formally recognized as Phi Eta colony of Alpha Sigma Phi in ceremonies on April 4, 1987. Grand Senior President Robert Sandercox, Bethany '51, presented the colonization certificate. John Kim, Illinois '86, served as president of the colony. In April 1987, Phi Eta petitioned the Illinois State Inter-Fraternity Council for recognition, but was refused. Phi Eta petitioned again in Fall 1987, and was again rejected. The first chapter house was obtained for Fall 1987 at 9 Delainey Street, Normal. By 1994, Bob Cabello, Eastern Michigan '70, had relocated from Illinois to Florida, the first colony president John Kim, Illinois '86, had relocated away, chapter membership had dropped from 40 undergraduates to five, and the chapter was unable to retain its house for the 1994-95 academic year. University enrollment was declining, and the chapter felt unable to operate a successful program. On February 3, 1994, the membership voted to cease operations and surrender the charter. "Alpha Sig Sentinel" was the colony's newsletter.
Initial efforts to re-start Delta Omicron Chapter began in the fall of 2011. Initial struggles and lack of recognition around campus by the student body led to another stint on campus by Fraternity Staff the following spring. The efforts of Enzo Pivirotto, Chico State '11 yielded 17 new members and the group would become recognized as a colony on February 25, 2012. These men were officially added to the Delta Omicron roster after their Initiation on April 28, 2012. The group was motivated to grow and become the premiere organization on campus; they got involved in service projects and with other organizations on campus. In the fall of 2012 the colony nearly doubled in size as they welcomed a new member class of 16 men.
With a strong presence among student life at Illinois State and becoming a positive force for Greek Life on campus, the colony recruited an additional 10 men in the spring of 2013. They were approved for re-charter, and were officially re-installed as the Delta Omicron Chapter on April 20, 2013.
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