The past and current brothers of Theta Deuteron gathered for their 115th annual Pig Dinner! The weekend started off great with a solid lunch in the basement of the Lodge early in the afternoon on Saturday. Sixty-some brothers (literally) squeezed in and enjoyed each others company, learning more about the current status of the chapter as well as exchanging all sorts of stories. As dinner came around at 5:30, brothers cheered on the new pledges, scarfed down a wonderful meal, listened in on President Rock Jones' campus update report which was then followed by an incredibly motivating speech from the evening speaker, Dan Glaser (CEO of Marsh & McLennan). The current brothers of Theta Deuteron later honored Don Maxwell as this year's Unsung Hero. This award is given to a graduate brother who has devoted productive time and assistance to the chapter under-the-radar, and has not yet been recognized. After dinner, the brothers enjoyed the rest the night conversing in downtown Delaware, OH. Needless to say, the current and graduate brothers of Phi Gamma Delta had a fantastic weekend and are already anticipating next years Pig Dinner! P!
Theta Deuteron completed its perfect spring season! While brothers Jarrod Ferstl and Adian Stout cheered on their brothers from the sideline, Adam Yingling went beast mode on his camera - capturing some great action photos and celebrations as the team fought their way to victory. The brothers fought hard all season, and secured the sought-after championship shirts through an epic buzzer beating goal as time expired! This extraordinary goal was executed from a cheeky pass from JB to Felipe as he finished the shot with the back of his heel. Aidan was very pleased to watch such an exciting event on his 22nd birthday!
The brothers came out in full force supporting our beloved pledges in their efforts at Delta Gamma's annual Anchor Splash event. Highlights feature a jaw dropping dance in which the pledges leisurely ripped through their tank tops, danced in perfect unison to Everytime We Touch by Cascada and topped off their performance by mouth-delivering fresh flowers to the judges - the DG seniors. Despite this stellar dance the boys took 4th place. Billy Luckett and Joe Brush are already back to the drawing boards for next years choreograph!
Yesterday, Theta Deuteron confirmed 12 pledges on Bid-Signing day!
New pledge member names: Ben Sobotka, Garrett Voigt, Jay Welch, Jose Matute, Louis Yank, Matthew Brault, Peyton Larkin, Phoenix Huron, Max Berry, Drew Wivell, Ryan Huelsman and Will Efkeman)
Our new pledges come from different sports such as Golf, Soccer, and Football. Others are involved in various clubs around campus such as the Economics Management Fellows Program. In addition, we have one international student, Jose Matute, who is from Spain! We are very excited about the new men in this pledge class and am looking forward to furthering their exposure to our brotherhood! Proud to be!
Many brothers and potential new members piled into the Lodge this past Sunday night to watch a very entertaining Super Bowl 52 (Patriots vs. Eagles)! Our Brotherhood Chairmen, David Robinett, scored big through a HUGE order to Jimmy Johns - supplying many subs, with enough additional mustard packages to last us the next 36 months. Most brothers were cheering on the Eagles as few Patriots cheered on the G.O.A.T. Highlights consist of SB MVP Nick Foles passing for 3 TDs and catching a TD! Justin Timberlake performed at halftime and absolutely crushed it - incorporating his awesome dance moves with his new and classic songs. Towards the end of his show he surprised a young boy in the stands - which lead to a funny meme (see below). The brothers enjoyed a constant thriller with few punts, lots of scoring and an almost remarkable "hail mary" at the end of the game to send the game into OT. Eagles come out on top 41-33. This night was definitely not for college days alone! Proud to be!
The Theta Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta hosted their second and final recruitment event on the 3rd floor of Edwards Gym! The brothers and potential new members had a great time hooping it up, playing knockout, kicking soccer balls around and getting to know each other more. To little surprise, brothers on the soccer and lacrosse teams never seemed to lose energy, while others ran out of gas sooner than expected - some were even seen getting that extra sweat in hooping like Hoodie-Melo in their sweatshirts and sweatpants! Bid-signing Day is just under a week away, and we are anxious to add onto our brotherhood. Proud to be! *Rocketship Emoji x3*
Brother Michael "Wadsworth" Wadsworth wins big in his first few battles vs. London's night life! Wadsworth's paparazzi has been keeping close tabs on him - capturing moments with a few hunnies, as well as his large abroad crew (featuring 5 Denison students). Brothers back in Delaware, OH are missing his absence, but are amped to see him enjoy his time in London thus far, and are excited to see what other updates come throughout this semester - stay tuned!
(Top row: Will Sharer (Wilbur), Trey Olsen (Lane Shark), Jack Shadoan, Zach Niswonger, Jared Hileman
Bottom row: A.J. Outcalt (Xander), Eli Rajote (Meter Master), Paul Heithaus, Ronnie Gwinn )
9 Courageous brothers persevered through the frozen tundra of Delaware, OH and absolutely crush mad bowling pins at Colony Lanes. Highlights consist of A.J. Outcalt's field-high score of 155 in the last of their 3 game circuit. The owners of Colony Lanes anxiously watched and were rumored to believe that Outcalt's performance reminded them of the clutch-ness the witnessed when Kryie drilled "The Shot" in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Wilbur put up a solid fight falling just short of the Ice Man posting a score of 153. Colony Lanes was lacking tunes, but thankfully Soundcloud came to the rescue. Brothers jammed out to Two Friends' Big Bootie Remix #9 and logged scores on the old-school 1980's computers. Needless to say it was a great event, and many more pins will be crushed in the future!
Brothers Adam Yingling (Recruitment), Aidan Stout (Recording Sec.), Duncan Copeland (President), A.J. Outcalt (Historian ) and Jarrod Ferstl (Community Service) attend the 43rd Fiji Academy in St. Louis, MI. Throughout the weekend each brother attended different meetings learning the ins and outs of becoming a courageous leader, as well as helpful initiatives to improve their respective positions. Brothers also enjoyed networking with graduate brothers and other Fiji's from across the nation. A.J. Outcalt woke up with the early risers to join 14 other brothers on the Fiji Fun Run at 6:45 am Saturday morning to run to The Arch and back. Jarrod Ferstl got stranded in St. Louis for multiple days as is car broke down on Sunday morning! The OWU brothers had a very motivating and informative time, and are looking forward to spreading their learnings to the rest of the Theta Deuteron chapter.
Be sure to check out pictures from their weekend below!
Proud to be!
(Lucas Farmer, Tyler McTauge, Joe Brush, Pete Mihok, Jack Dugan, Jared Hileman, Mike Barr, Rob Gossett, Duncan Copeland, David Robinet, John Keller (Darth Vadar), Eli Rajote, Felipe Duarte, Ronnie Gwinn, Brad Marcotte, Billy Luckett, Sam Miller, Ben Whitbourn (Panda), and A.J. Outcalt)
(Top Row: Jordan Brown, Jared Hileman, Zach Niswonger, Paul Heithaus, Jack Shadoan, A.J. Outcalt, Nick Braydich. Bottom: Pete Mihok, Joe Brush, Adam Yingling, Drew Riggle)
Addison Stern '(19) was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Tom Courtice Greek New Member of the Year Award. This award is given to the new greek member who has a profound impact on his fraternity and campus. Proud to be!
When the Theta Deuteron chapter at OWU was rechartered, Dan Bennington took up the mantle of Purple Legionnaire. Through all his contributions to the fraternity, this chapter has thrived and grown to one of the most respected groups on campus, among both faculty and students. When contemplating the question "What does it mean to be a FIJI?", one need not look further than to Dan for the answer. From all Theta Deuteron brothers to Dan, THANK YOU for everything you've done and continue to do for this chapter!
Although Dan recently passed the torch of Purple Legionnaire to the rechartering president Ryan Kaplan, he has kept busy by searching for the BEST BURGER in the United States. While the actives are on campus working hard at academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and community building, Dan is living life to the fullest, all the while searching for the perfect burger along the way. Here is a look at his most recent burger experience.
"Wednesday Hamburger Quest. Duffy's Sports Grill. Estero, FL- No. 165
Estero, Florida is the home of the Koreshan Historic Site, where Dr. Cyrus R. Teed, alias Koresh brought his followers in the first decade of the last century.
Cyrus Reed Teed (October 18, 1839 – December 22, 1908) was a U.S. eclectic physician and alchemist turned religious leader and messiah. In 1869, claiming divine inspiration, Dr. Teed took on the name Koresh and proposed a new set of scientific and religious ideas he called Koreshanity, including a unique Hollow Earth theory that posits the Earth and sky exist inside the inner surface of a sphere.-Wikipedia
If I remember correctly, when Dr. Teed died, his followers placed his body in a bath tub and awaited his return from the dead. After a couple of weeks, the stench, decomposition and lack of movement convinced the faithful that he wasn't coming back and the movement pretty much disbanded.
Tonight, Swany and I went to Estero and Duffy's Sports Grill with good friends Tom and Jan A Kisting and Linda Gordon. All together we had the Cheeseburger, the Cheeseburger Sliders and the Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger. I don't think any of us would claim it was a religious experience, but we all agreed that the burgers were excellent."
PROUD TO BE!
In a controversial outcome, the 2017 pledge class takes 2nd place in DG Anchor Splash. The most important event, the group synchronized dance, was indeed won by the pledges. The group danced to "Backstreet's Back", absolutely shocking the audience with their artistic ability and the emotion instilled in every "synchronized" move. Proud to be.
The FIJI brothers welcome 27 exemplary men into the esteemed Theta Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta for the spring 2017 semester. This group of well-rounded men is one of the strongest pledge classes in chapter history. With 6+ sports represented, majors in more than 4 different departments across campus and a multitude of other unique traits too numerous to list, this class has the potential to push both the fraternity and the university in a positive direction. We are excited to see what this semester has in store for our new members and look forward to grooming them into true FIJI gentleman.
Spring pledge class of 2017
- Adam Yingling
- Aidan Stout
- Antonio Romanelli
- Aunders Erickson
- Ben Loeper
- Conner Brown
- Drew Riggle
- Duncan Copeland
- Eli Rajotte
- Felipe Duarte
- Jack Dugan
- Jared Hileman
- Jarrod Ferstl
- Joe Brush
- John Keller
- John Sotos
- Jordan Auriemma
- Josh Sherman
- Martin Dioli
- Nick Braydich
- Nolan Norman
- Pete Mihok
- regis O'Neil
- Samuel A Miller
- Tyler Mctague
- William Luckett
- Zachary Niswonger
Proud to be.
Brothers Ronald W. Gwinn, Paul Heithaus, Addison Stern, Michael Barr, and Robert Gossett attend the 42nd annual FIJI Academy in Saint Louis, MO. The lodging was provided by Saint Louis Union Station hotel. It was a jolly good time and a great success. Brothers met with Archon President Brian Douglas and spoke with him about the Theta Deuteron chapter in great detail. Jim Link spoke to the cabinet after his moving speech to the academy attendees. Proud to be an OWU FIJI
Thanks to the generosity of the chapter graduate brothers, the chapter website was born. Robert Gossett ('18) created the website so that the chapter may benefit from its use for years to come. It will prove to be a great tool for the fraternity, and the chapter is forever grateful for it.
The first annual brotherhood calendar fundraiser was a great success. With brothers featured in glorious partially clothed fashion for all of the months, the brotherhood calendar tradition was started. The only shortcoming of the event was the misspelling of the word responsible on one of the pages. To salvage the situation, buyers were told the french spelling of the word "responsable" was used. This is a great tradition that brought the brothers closer, and it will hopefully continue for years to come
The Theta Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta comes to an agreement with OWU to amend the housing contract such that Brothers abroad, and brothers working for OWU as RA's, count toward the occupancy requirement for the lodge (100%). Daud Baz met with Dwayne Todd, while Ronnie Gwinn, Paul Heithaus, and Robert Gossett met Wendy Piper and Dana Behum to resolve this issue which long plagued the chapter.
Brother Alex Widman Participates in Delta Zeta's hot dog eating contest for their philanthropy Hot Dogs for Hearing. Brother Widman lost miserably after almost dying from choking on his first hot dog, which he took an enormous bite out of. After stepping away to evacuate the contents of his stomach, Alex returned to continue on in a valiant effort.