Delta Sigma Phi
|Delta Sigma Phi|
|Org Founded:||1899 at City College|
|Motto:||"Better Men, Better Lives"|
|House:||531 W. 113th|
Delta Sigma Phi, known simply as Delta Sig, is a fraternity with a brownstone at 531 W. 113th Street. The Columbia chapter of Delta Sig is the Beta Chapter, the second chapter of Delta Sig. Although the chapter, founded in 1902, was inactive for most of the 20th century, it was reestablished at Columbia in 2001.
Delta Sig is one of the few (if not only) fraternities not implicitly affiliated with a sports team, with the possible exception of Beta. Brothers are, however, heavily involved in extracurricular activities; they are heavily represented in the Economic and Political Science societies, with many members writing for the CPR, the Helvidius society, and the Columbia Economics society. Their members also participate in a number of a-capella groups, such as Sharp and Uptown Vocal, and include many musicians. The members of Delta Sig at Columbia were also featured in the Style section of GQ, where they wore snooty blazers and bro-ed out.
Their membership is fairly large (about 80-85 members at any given time). They have received a reputation of accepting largely prep school kids, though Delta Sigs deny this as a defining trait of membership.
In the greek world, Delta Sig is close to all the sororities but is closest to DG and Theta. The fraternity consistently holds executive positions in the InterFraternity Council and Judicial Board, helping to shape greek formals and mediate the "War on Fun".
The fraternity of course has its secret rituals, signs, and symbols, and yet the chapter has established a few other unique ones. Beer Olympics, Alumni Beer & Wings, and Alumni Breakfast at Homecoming are a few ways for alumni to participate. The fraternity also plans ski trips to Killington and occasionally Vancouver. Members generally participate in an annual or semesterly pong tournament, casino night, and sorority dinner night. Members throw a New Years Eve party, with the host location varying year to year. Other traditions include DG-Delta Sig intramural soccer or volleyball.
Parties that kick off the new fall semester include the annual Green Party, Around the World, and mixers with each sorority. Pledges also plan an event; past pledge events have included secret crush parties. More recently, Delta Sig has co-hosted events with charities, corporations, TV/film, and energy drink companies. Delta Sig has also worked with neighborhood business owners to negotiate additional spaces for students aside from neighborhood staples like the Pourhouse-Canons-1020-Heights of MoHi. These locations have included: Mona (Pourhouse's precursor, closed 2006), Village Pourhouse (better suited to unoffical events), Il Cibreo (shortly after Pertutti, Campo's precursor, closed), Vareli (parties there are financially agreeable, but better suited to private events), and more recently, Mel's Burger Bar.
Its main campus philanthropic contributions include fundraising for CCO and Relay for Life. The fraternity holds one of the best fundraisers for CU Dance Marathon, which is the annual Date Auction held in Roone Arledge.
Real Estate Controversy
There was some speculation that the fraternity acquired its current home on 113th street due to the connections its members had with Columbia. Zeta Psi had been kicked out of the house by Columbia because of falling membership and improper maintenance of facilities, and nine applications, including Alpha Chi Omega, were sent in for review. It is alleged that Josh Milstein (DSP '10) and Jeff Witten (DSP '10), whose fathers are Trustees of the university, and whose families have made substantial contributions to Columbia, had some play in Delta Sig's real estate coup. At the time, it seemed miraculous that a brownstone would become available.
- ↑ http://bwog.com/2008/02/01/keepin-it-real-estate-part-two/
- ↑ http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2008/02/19/housing-shortage-irks-frats-sororities
|Greek life at Columbia|
|IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta Phi • Alpha Epsilon Pi • Beta Theta Pi • Delta Sigma Phi • Kappa Delta Rho • Phi Gamma Delta • Pi Kappa Alpha • Psi Upsilon • Sigma Chi • Sigma Nu • Sigma Phi Epsilon • Zeta Beta Tau|
|Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi Omega • Alpha Omicron Pi • Delta Gamma • Gamma Phi Beta • Kappa Alpha Theta • Sigma Delta Tau|
|Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota Alpha • Alpha Phi Alpha • Kappa Alpha Psi • Omega Psi Phi • Pi Delta Psi • Lambda Phi Epsilon • Sigma Lambda Beta|
|Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi Chi • Sigma Iota Alpha • Delta Sigma Theta • Kappa Phi Lambda • Sigma Lambda Gamma|
|Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon|