Furthermore, Delta Chi has developed the Eleven Basic Expectations of each member, as a way to embody and employ these principle values. It is our actions that make Delta Chi, which is why the key words are the verbs instead of the nouns. This list has not always been the accepted one. Even those on the list had differing opinions as to who deserved such recognition. The school year of began with conversations of starting a new law fraternity, but, as school work increased, the idea was put off until the spring semester.

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Furthermore, Delta Chi has developed the Eleven Basic Expectations of each member, as a way to embody and employ these principle values. It is our actions that make Delta Chi, which is why the key words are the verbs instead of the nouns. This list has not always been the accepted one. Even those on the list had differing opinions as to who deserved such recognition. The school year of began with conversations of starting a new law fraternity, but, as school work increased, the idea was put off until the spring semester.

Two incidents have been credited with providing the impetus for renewed interest in the founding of what was to become Delta Chi. The question of who first conceived the idea of a new fraternity will probably never be answered.

According to Frederick Moore Whitney there were probably two or three groups working on the idea that spring. It is not clear how these two groups came together, or even in which month, though there seems to have been some individuals who had attended both groups. Crandall did remember approaching Sweetland about the concept of the new fraternity and how excited he was, and how he had joined right in. Sweetland said he always had considered the founding of Delta Chi to date back to when he had unfolded the whole idea to Crandall.

While the class officer elections and the Law School Editorship incidents may have provided the initial incentives for organization, it soon became clear that those involved were looking for much more. Realizing a common desire for fellowship and intellectual association, they sought to enrich their college experiences by creating among themselves a common bond; a bond that would materially assist each in the acquisition of a sound education; a bond that would provide each enduring value.

As with any important commitment, there must be time for contemplation and planning. Over the summer, many of the details of the organization were worked out by Crandall, who had stayed in Ithaca until after school opened.

In regards to the adoption of the constitution, Albert Sullard Barnes wrote the following in his Quarterly article:. Gorham, Thomas J. Sullivan, F. Stephens, A. Stillman and the writer, together with Myron Crandall and O. The naming of chapters varies from fraternity to fraternity with school names, Greek alphabet, Greek alphabet within state and Greek alphabet and numbers being the most common.

From the spring semester of until October 13, , there existed, in effect, a fraternity which had no chapters. This was confirmed in conversations with Barnes, Crandall and Thomas, but met with opposition from some of the remaining Founders.

The prime reason for denying his recognition seems to be the fact that the did not return to Ithaca in the fall of , even though he was actively involved in the inception of the fraternity during the school year when it, at least on an informal basis, actually came into existence. The authenticity of this role was strongly supported by Crandall.

It is interesting to note that Crandall also did not return to school in the fall of , although he did work in Ithaca until early in the fall semester when he left for Utica, N. Despite this, Crandall was listed as an active charter member of the Cornell Chapter on October 13, It was at his insistence, with it is assumed, the support of the majority of the members present, that Frank Thomas was listed as an honorary member. Sweetland was listed as an honorary charter member. Several of the Founders were working on their masters of Law degrees when the Fraternity was being organized.

Up until the publishing of the Directory the list of our Founders did not include the name of Crandall. It is interesting to note that, in , Whitney sent to the Cornell Chapter a composite of the nine men who he then believed to be the Founders of Delta Chi with an enlarged picture of Sweetland in its center. He later had that composite removed when he determined that he had left out one or two men.

The choosing of the name for the new fraternity is difficult to credit to any one person. In a letter dated November 7, , Crandall claimed remembering having a conference with Sweetland during the summer of concerning the naming of the fraternity. Sweetland further said that he submitted the design and drawing for the first badge which was made by Heggie, an Ithaca jeweler. There seems to be no doubt that Barnes obtained the first badge which he lost at a class reunion 25 years later and that the second badge was made for Whitney but purchased by Sweetland.

Barnes also claimed to be the chairman of a committee on designing the badge. The badge that Barnes owned had gold letters and a diamond in the center. This badge was worn by the Founders and frequently borrowed by the other members for special occasions, and while having their pictures taken. An early description of the badge stated that the Delta was jeweled or enameled to suit the owner with a diamond usually surmounting the center.

The Chi was jeweled with one garnet on each arm. The main work of composing the Ritual was done by Stillman, either during the summer or early fall of Supposedly the Ritual was read at a meeting when it was still incomplete and was submitted shortly thereafter at a meeting on October 20, , where it was adopted. Since a committee on the Ritual composed of Stillman, Barnes, and Stephens was appointed on October 13, , it seems probable that it was originally read at that meeting, and that Stillman was given some help in completing the Ritual.

The principal ideas are almost as old as civilization, and it was my idea that an entirely new ritual would be prepared. A rehearsal was held on November 14, , and on November 26, , Albert T.

Wilkinson who later introduced Kimball to the Fraternity , Frank Bowman, and George Wilcox were initiated in short form. It was not until December 3, , when Frederick Bagley was initiated, that the full initiation was used.

At the November 14, meeting, Gorham, Stillman, and Sullivan presented the grip and passwords for adoption. The emblem of the Fraternity changed greatly in the early years. This was adopted prior to the NYU installation. Founder Alphonse Derwin Stillman was probably responsible for the battle-ax and scimitar that were included in an early design. The rock wall design was submitted by Founder Peter Schermerhorn Johnson.

Being the earliest known emblem of the Fraternity it is now worn at official functions on a special medallion by past and present international officers as well as members of the Order of the White Carnation.

The original is on the Alhambra at Grenada, Spain, and signifies the grasping of the race for knowledge, for God, for eternity. The key unlocking the gates to all. The hand reaching to attain its end. The owl, interlocking Delta and Chi, and the Oil lamp, which appeared on some of the early charters, may have been the work of the committee on charters that was formed in the spring of Rhodes decided to design a coat of arms for the young fraternity. In regard to the alterations made on their original design, Roy V.

Rhodes had this to say:. One of these changes was the addition of a lot of what appear no be rivets around the edges of the shield and which do not, in my opinion, improve the appearance.

Another change was the placing of the martlets in profile instead of from a front view in flight. I believe we adopted the front view because that is the way they are shown on the arms of Sir Edward. For practical reasons we omitted the usual helmet and united the crest and helmet in one great insignia of the fraternity — the Greek letters, Delta and Chi, with the torso between the shield and the crest instead of in its usual position above the helmet. The Founders, as students of the law, were greatly influenced by the writings of Sir Edward Coke.

An English barrister, judge and, later, opposition politician, Sir Edward Coke is considered to be the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

Born into a middle-class family, Coke was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, before leaving to study at the Inner Temple, where he was called to the Bar on 20 April As a barrister he took part in several notable cases. Following a promotion to Attorney General he led the prosecution in several notable cases, including those against Robert Devereux, Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Gunpowder Plot conspirators.

As a reward for his services he was first knighted and then made Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. The final resting place of Sir Edward Coke is symbolic of his place in history. Few individuals throughout the centuries have had such a profound impact on so many throughout the generations and gone so unnoticed.

His fingerprints can easily be traced to many of the fundamental principles used to establish the systems of laws and governments which countless counties currently enjoy. As Attorney General, Speaker of Parliament, advisor to three monarchs, and even political prisoner in the Tower of London for speaking out for empowering commoners, Coke has been disserved by history through its lack of properly recognizing his contributions to humanity. Coke passed away on September 3, Coke is buried in a 15 th century stone Church, St.

Mary, behind the alter to the left in the small town of Tittleshall near his last home in Godwick in Norfolk, England.

If you are able to visit Coke, be sure to sign the guest book in the rear of the church and look through how many other Delta Chis have stopped to pay their respects to the spiritual founder of the Delta Chi International Fraternity.

On his tombstone above the life-size carving on his marble coffin is the following inscription:. A famous Pleder of sound counselie. To both a faithful servent for there mastes for theire Safetys.

By King James conflitvted Chief Jvstice of both benchs svccessfully. In both a jvst, in both an excepleary jvdge. One of his majestys most honorable prive covncil. In Eire of all his forces, chases and parkes. He had two wifes, Bridge, his first wife, one of the davghters of John Hasten, Esq.

He had liffue seaven Sonnes and Davghters. He has liffue two Davghters. The lack of enrollment at the school and the fact that the Phi Delta Phi Chapter there was doing poorly, delayed expansion to that school until later.

Building Delta Chi into a true national fraternity began during the spring of He was initiated into Delta Chi that night and was sent back to prepare his associates for induction. Although Stillman remembers Tucker who was a member of Delta Upsilon coming to find out about Delta Chi, Wilkinson tells the story with more confidence:.

Wilkinson were elected. At tha may 23 meeting, the motto, grip, challenge, and the colors were adopted by the fraternity. One solution to the confusion is the possibility that Delta Chi was originally founded as a national fraternity, but with the pressures of school work and the chapter at Cornell to keep them busy, the Founders allowed the national organization to take a back seat.

When Tucker appeared the next spring, the national organization had to be reorganized in order to accommodate the applicant from N. As it turned out, Tucker played a significant role in the development of the Fraternity.


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Delta Chi strives to promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education. Delta Chi was founded on the principle of bringing together men of similar interests to work towards a common good. Character is good sportsmanship. Character is academic success and integrity. Character is holding yourself and others to a higher standard. Character is doing the right thing.


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First Edition, Twenty-Third Edition, Copyright , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , The Delta Chi Fraternity, Inc. Iowa City, Iowa. Preamble We, the members of The Delta Chi Fraternity, believing that great advantages are to be derived from a brotherhood of college and university men, appreciating that close association may promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education, do ordain and establish this Constitution. This manual is dedicated to the men who are sharing the great experience which caused Founder Peter S. Basic Expectations of a Delta Chi History of the Greek Movement The Insignia

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