The Founding Fathers of USF ΔΧ...
The original idea of starting a fraternity began among 4 dormmates in the old Iota parking lot. Of the four, three gave up on the idea during the fall semester and later went on to join Sigma Chi. The fourth, Jarrett Hood told the idea to his roommate, Jason "Polio" Poleyeff, and his suitemate, Jason "Krez" Krzyzanowski.
Jarrett and Krez met with the Greek Life Coordinator, Jeff Fisher, who provided them with a book of fraternities from across the nation. Jarrett, Polio, Krez, along a few of the other dormmates, went through the book during the fall 1997 semester, narrowing the choice down to two, ultimately choosing Delta Chi over Theta Chi.
By the end of the fall semester, Jarrett contacted Delta Chi to get the ball rolling on becoming a colony; however, during the semester break, Jarrett left the university, leaving Krez, Polio, Jeff Conley and Randy Moss to continue on.
As the spring semester started, Frank Stahl, Justin Chaloupka, Mike Tomasetti, Scott Semanision, Jorge Bernales, Marcelo Rodriguez, John Davison joined the remaining four to form the official interest group. We then met with Leadership Consultants, Mike Arrilaga and Chris Gardner. With their help, we recruited the remaining 8 founding fathers, who are Josh Anderson, Dave Hendry, Bevan Edwards, Jeremy Swiger, John Toombs, Jakub Kowalczyk, Darshan Bakriwala and Richard Walther.
On February 21, 1998, these 19, traveled to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach with Chris (leadership consultant) and BB Emeritus "Doc" Underwood, to be initiated into the bond.
Points Of Interest...
Founded: February 21, 1998
Chartered: April 20, 2000
- As the story goes, Bevan wasn't sure about joining and was almost late for the AM Ceremony due to work. As such, he wasn't dressed properly and Jeff Fisher (Beta Theta Pi/Greek Life Coordinator) gave him the shirt off his back so he could go through the ceremony.
- The original executive board was formed with help from the leadership consultants and they chose our leadership roles: Josh as "A", Dave as "B", Krez as "C", Bevan as "D", Jorge as "E" and John (Davison) as "F".
- Eric Ross was a longtime friend of a couple of associates and unsure about joining a fraternity at the time of Alpha initiation. He would join the brotherhood a year later and go on to be the chartering president.
Back in the Day...
- Betty Castor was President of USF.
- USF football had completed its 1st season the previous fall.
- The land where Greek housing now sits was occupied by "The Village", which were 1-story dorm efficiencies.
- There were parking lots in front of Delta and Iota Halls (to the North) and Beta and Andros Halls (to the South).
- The Marshall Center didn't look like it does today. The bull topiery is where the Special Events Center once stood.
- President Clinton was in the middle of his second term in the White House.
- Lawton Chiles was Governor of Florida.
- Ireland and United Kingdom finally agreed to peace terms over Northern Ireland.
- Alan Greenspan was still the federal reserve chairman.
- "Nice & Slow" from the album "My Way" by Usher was number 1 on the Billboard Top 100 on February 21, 1998.
- The artists holding the remaining 9 top positions of the Billboard Top 100 on Feb 21 were (in order): Janet, Savage Garden, LeAnn Rimes, Puff Daddy (pre-P Diddy), Uncle Sam, Boyz II Men, Destiny's Child, Spice Girls, Mase.
- Ska was pretty popular at the time and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones played on the "College Television Network" in the cafeteria over by Beta Hall.
- Primus, Powerman 5000 & Buck O'Nine performed in the Special Events Center.
- Released the week of February 13-20, 1998 were the movies "Blues Brothers 2000" and "The Wedding Singer".
- Titanic won 11 Oscars including Best Picture at the 1998 Oscars.
- Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became instant stars as a result of "Good Will Hunting".
- "From Dusk til Dawn" was a favorite among the Iota crew.
- Seinfeld ended its run later in the spring of 1998.
- King of the Hill was in the middle of its 2nd season.
- WWE wrestling was still WWF. Watching was a weekly event on the second floor of Iota.
- France won the World Cup.
- The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII 31-24 over the Green Bay Packers.
- Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke the home run record; McGwire with 70 and Sosa with 66.
- Cal Ripken Jr.'s streak finally came to an end at 2,632.
- The New York Yankees won the World Series over the San Diego Padres.
- The Chicago Bulls won NBA Finals over the Utah Jazz.
- Kentucky won the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship over Utah.
- Tennessee won the first ever BCS National Championship over Florida State.
- Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500.
- No one in the Alpha class owned an iPod when we got initiated. They didn't exist.
- Most of us had just gotten our first cell-phone. It was relatively close to the length and width of iPhone, but was probably closer to 1.5-2" thick. The extended battery added a vibrate feature when the ringer was in silent mode. Vibrate was not a standard thing then.
- Windows 98 was so much better than Windows 95.
- Swing dancing was experiencing an intense but short lived revival at the time. There was a club in Ybor called the Sugar Palm that we used to go to.
- Mr. Dunderbaks was still in University Square and University Square was still a pretty nice mall.
- We were a regular presence at the Village Inn, Hooters and Rocky's.
- Yuengling was $5 a pitcher at Coppertop.
- Sink-or-swim Thursday nights in Ybor for $5.
- Josh, Toombs and Rich all still had full fluffy heads of hair.
- Jakub became Chuck.
- Fat guy sunbathing was in.
- We had no idea what we were doing.