The Fraternity Today

Your Fraternity today is preparing itself to thrive in the new millennium. The battle is being fought on many fronts. Together with men from other fraternities, we have been fighting the problems that can ruin fraternities and destroy men's lives: alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, sexually demeaning acts, racism and insensitivity to others and poor academic priorities.

Since 1986, DU has taken a new attitude toward its chapters. On one hand, more DU staff members have made visits to chapters than ever before; thus more help is available to you and your chapter.

On the other hand, your Fraternity will be far less tolerant of chapters whose conduct threatens the good name of Delta Upsilon, and charters will be suspended or revoked, and men expelled from DU, if needed to uphold our standards.

But these are the minority of cases. It is far more prevalent to see DUs leading the charge in improving the entire Greek system, and their chapter as well.

The focus is on quality and excellence, which includes: high grades; campus involvement and community service through volunteer work; respect for women on campus; good relations with faculty and administration; absolutely no drugs or hazing; responsible alcohol policies; and cooperation and enthusiasm for all student activities, Greek or non-Greek. These are the ways to build success for DU and your chapter.

An expanded Regional Leadership Academy and the summer Leadership Institute give more chapter leaders a chance to learn what they can do for their chapter and DU.

The Assembly, which had met each year in New York, now meets each year at the Leadership Academy. Thus, it has been created a new training ground for the alumni who advise chapters through the Alumni Chapter Program.

You are coming into DU at an exciting time in our history. Now you have a chance to be a part of building its future. Your actions, and those of your chapter, will forge the DU history that pledges will read 50 years from now.

The challenges to a modern fraternity are many. You'll have a chance to deal with them in your own chapter, as an associate member and as a member, but with these challenges come many opportunities to prove your mettle as a leader. That is precisely the experience you need to have early in life, to pave the road for a lifetime of achievement.

As the decade of the 1990s began, the Fraternity's commitment to expansion brought about successful revivals of the Kent State, Pennsylvania, Western Michigan, Rochester, Cal Poly, Denison, and Minnesota Chapters. In addition, Delta U added three chapters in Canada at McMaster, Victoria and Calgary, and in the United States at Iona College, Texas A&M University, Arizona State, Carthage College, St. Norbert College, Pace University, University of Central Florida, Shippensburg, Albany and the University Northern Arizona.

The '90s also saw efforts strengthening towards alcohol-free initiatives in order to keep up with society's demands and negative publicity. Delta Upsilon established the McQuaid Commission to review the Fraternity's focus on the alcohol-free policies. Led by then-Fraternity President James D. McQuaid, Chicago '60, the commission devise a plan whereby chapters can voluntarily become alcohol-free, or must maintain a certain standard of excellence in order to not be considered such. Any chapter falling below the minimum standards would become alcohol-free. In addition, any expansion, either to a new or returning chapter, would be installed as an alcohol-free facility.

As the new millennium began to rise, bringing a close to the 20th century, Delta Upsilon continued to maintain its status quo. In addition, in March of 2000, the Fraternity installed its southernmost chapter at the University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, TX, followed by the triumphant return of the Ohio, San Diego, and Washington State Chapters. 2001 saw the installation of Delta Upsilon's 150th Chapter with the installation of the Northwestern State Chapter in Nachitoches, Louisiana.