Zeta Nu Chapter
Montclair State University
Founded: September 7, 2013
In November 2009, Ryan Priedel contacted Alpha Sigma Phi Headquarters to express an interest in starting a chapter at Montclair State University. Ryan was a legacy as his brother was initiated at Albright College. Director of Expansion and Growth Matt Humberger, Bowling Green '03 contacted Stephanie Wright, Greek Life Advisor, at Montclair State University, and was told that Alpha Sigma Phi was not permitted to expand. Not deterred by Ms. Wright's refusal to allow a group to be formed at a public institution, Ryan and others proceeded.
Eventually, Ms. Wright indicated that we could form a group if Ryan recruited at least 20 people with no assistance from the national organization and without displaying any flyers or utilizing any on-campus space. Despite these barriers, 22 men indicated an interest in joining the group. Josh Franke, Otterbein '06, traveled to campus in February 2010 to make a presentation to the Greek Council. That meeting was cancelled.
Over the course of the next two years, the Greek Council, under the advisement and encouragement of Ms. Wright, repeatedly voted by secret ballot to not recognize Alpha Sigma Phi. The Dean of Students, Mary Howell, was contacted seeking assistance to help the group and the Fraternity was told by Dean Howell, "I can't help you." The men in the group alleged harassment, intimidation, and hazing by members of the Greek Council, and the Fraternity hired an attorney to represent the members and sue the Greek Council and University to be recognized under the guarantee of Freedom of Association. After years of trying to get recognized, a settlement agreement was reached in June 2012 in which the Colony would be fully recognized and not have to pay Greek Council dues for two years as a result of the injustice that occurred.
The group was officially colonized on February 19, 2010 and the first Initiation Ceremony was held on November 18, 2011. The Montclair State Colony officially chartered on September 7, 2013 as the Zeta Nu Chapter.
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