Delta Lambda Chapter
Richard Stockton State College
Founded: December 8, 1984
Richard Stockton State College opened in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1971. In twelve years enrollment grew to over 5,000, and the campus relocated to Pomona, New Jersey.
Beta Theta was formed in November 1982. By Fall 1983, the organization had twelve brothers and six new members. Contact with Alpha Sigma Phi Director of Expansion Jeff Schwind, Toledo '75, led to recognition of the Beta Theta group as an interest group. The group was officially recognized as Phi Gamma colony of Alpha Sigma Phi in ceremonies at Stockton State College on October 26, 1983. Grand Junior President Evin Varner, Presbyterian '58, presented the colonization certificate. "The Phoenix in the Pines" was the colony newsletter. The chapter was installed on December 8, 1984. Bob Super, Stockton '84, was the first president of the chapter. John Luckenbill, Stockton '84, was first Grand Chapter Advisor of the chapter, served as Grand Province Chief, and received the Delta Beta Xi Award.
On October 30, 1993 the chapter committed an FIPG violation involving kegs, underage drinking, illegal sale of alcohol, and acts of sexual harassment by members. Charter revocation procedures commenced in May 1994. The College concurred in the action. The charter was suspended December 7, 1993, and in violation of the terms of suspension on February 23, 1994, the chapter conducted an underground initiation ceremony with the knowledge of Chapter Preisdent Derek Van Dam. The charter was revoked and official chapter operations ceased on June 25, 1994. Chapter owed Alpha Sigma Phi, $6,275.20 at closing. Rumors abounded of an Alpha Sigma Local Fraternity operating since June 1994, when the Alpha Sigma Phi charter was revoked. Alumni of the chapter were advised that local activities by former members of Alpha Sigma Phi jeopardized any chances of Alpha Sigma Phi's re-entry to Richard Stockton College. The chapter initiated 172 men through April 1993. There have been ongoing contacts with the university and chapter alumni exploring revival possibilities
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