New fraternity in the works

May 5th, 2011

Got Greek?

At John Carroll, the answer to this question just got bigger and better.

The three current fraternities at John Carroll, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon, will welcome a new fraternity brother during the fall 2011 semester: Lambda Chi Alpha.

Lambda Chi Alpha is “one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 270,000 initiated members” and nearly 200 active chapters at colleges and universities, according to its website.

“The fraternities on campus already draw certain types of people,” said JCU sophomore and Beta Theta Pi member Spencer German, who served on the expansion committee. “This fraternity will add a new sect and new people to the JCU Greek life family.”

They will include those who embrace Christian values, according to German. The fact that they adhered to Christian values appealed to junior Nick Tribuzzo, who also served on the committee.

“It’s something that they really brought to the forefront,” he said.

According to Tribuzzo, the committee started with a large number of fraternities vying to have a chapter on campus. The group then narrowed the fraternities down to three that were invited to campus to give presentations.

“They [the committee] were just looking for that fraternity to fit the cause [to expand Greek life],” Tribuzzo said.

Lambda Chi Alpha was founded in 1909 by Boston University student Warren Cole. According to the fraternity’s national website, Cole founded Lambda Chi Alpha “with the expressed objective purpose of bringing about the association of college students of good moral character in the various collegiate institutions within the United States and Canada.”

Cole also wanted the organization to foster Christian life filled with academic excellence and true friendship in its members, among other things.

Additionally, Lambda Chi Alpha offers “a co-curricular experience to complement higher education by providing young men with opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and lifelong friends,” according to the website.

According to German, this new fraternity will not only help Greek life to grow on the JCU campus, but will also be “a great opportunity for students to get involved and do something meaningful.”

According to the website, Lambda Chi Alpha is not only unique in its commitment to Christian ideals, but also in its avenues to membership. It was “the first fraternity to eliminate pledging in the early 1970s, and it remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, drugs and other challenges facing today’s college student.”

Lambda Chi Alpha chapters already exist at universities such as Auburn University, Arizona State University and the University of Southern California. The fraternity has 12 active chapters in the state at Ohio University, Baldwin-Wallace College, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Denison University, Ohio State University, Marietta College, Wittenberg College, Miami University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University and Wilmington College.

Its notable alumni include Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN, country musician Kenny Chesney, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and William Dillard, the founder of Dillard’s department stores.

Recruitment for the John Carroll chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha will begin the week of Sept. 19. Prior to this, advertisements will be placed around campus to attract potential founding fathers for the fraternity.

Interested students can check out the fraternity’s website at