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.
Robert Gossett dominates every other greek organization in a jello eating contest at Kappa Alpha Theta's Casa Carnival.
Brother Ronald W. Gwinn destroys Belly Flop along with his face. His hand spring off of the diving board earned him a 10/10 from all judges. He was not victorious on the day. Brother AJ Outcalt wins money in a side game.
FIJI and DG held their philanthropy Anchor Bowl benefiting Service for Sight and Joining Forces which helps the blind and the visually impaired. The two teams in the final game of flag football were the Chi Phi/ FIJI hybrid team, and the Men's lax team which FIJIs were on. The Varsity Men's Lacrosse team won.