Story by Hayleigh Syens
Walking down Greek street, many different houses display their letters proudly. The street seems complete. However, for Drake University students who were at the university during the 2009-10 school year, one house is missing.
During that school year, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity was asked to leave campus for five years after a pledge was sent to the hospital with a blood-alcohol level well above the legal limit.
The fraternity’s suspension will be up in the spring of 2014, and with the end of its suspension quickly approaching, one question remains: What’s next for Phi Delta Theta?
“The plan to re-colonize right now is in the fall of 2014 during the fall recruitment period,” Phi Delta Theta alumnus Nick
He and many other alumni are excited about bringing the chapter back to campus.
“All of us have had great memories from our times as a Phi Delt and think that any male student would have a great time as well,” Lund said. “We hold that part of our Drake experience close to us and would love to welcome more individuals to continue in our
Currently, Alpha Delta Pi sorority is renting the former Phi Delta Theta house. An Alpha Delta Pi bylaw prevents any members from speaking to the media about the chapter. It remains unclear what the sorority will do if Phi Delta Theta decides to take its old house back.
The suspension of Phi Delta Theta was seen as a scandal on campus, but its return does not seem to have any authority figures on campus nervous.
The Phi Delta Theta Director of Expansion, DeMarkco Butler, has contacted Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Brittan Williams about returning to campus, and Williams thinks the return will provide “more leadership opportunities for students.”
“In returning to campus, Phi Delta Theta has the opportunity to bring new influence and direction to our fraternal community,” Williams said.
Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari thinks the return will have nothing but positive
“I think a return can demonstrate how an organization can reinvent themselves and come back with a stronger commitment to their mission and their values and exemplify leadership and be a role model to other chapters,” Bakari said.
He thinks that the suspension was probably very beneficial for the chapter.
“For some chapters, having to take a couple of steps back will help them to move forward in a much more focused kind of way,” Bakari said.
Lund recognizes this and thinks the transition will be difficult, but worth it in the end.
“It will no doubt take some work, but we know that with both alumni and national support and the great group of individuals that Drake continues to bring in each year, Phi Delt will be a great asset for both Greek Life and the Drake community as a whole,” Lund said.
Bakari looks forward to the return and plans to welcome Phi Delta Theta back with open arms.
“I’m not going to interfere (with the return). I think the fraternity system is remarkable. I hope they do come back, and my office, (the Dean of Students’ office) will do our best to help them and support them.”