Brothers Matthew Seitel, Sam Haas, Ryan McDonough, Chris Wachter, and Nick Filzen participated in Delta Gamma's philanthropy event Anchor Splash. Overall, the team placed second showing strong performances in the relay race, Mr. DG, and synchronized swimming. Much improvement was made since last year's performance, but the brothers still look to win it all next year.
One of the biggest Philanthropy events at the University of Delaware, UDance, took place just a few weeks ago, and the Brothers of Sigma Phi Delta took no haste in helping out the cause. With a final $2,000 push in the last week, the team managed to far surpass their goal, and shock every one of us by gathering a grand total of over $10,000. The event has a very special meaning to many of the brothers, including myself, and many of the Brothers were able to attend. A warm thank you to everyone who supported us in reaching that goal, it was a day that will hard to erase from our memories.
February 22 marked the kickoff for UD's annual Engineering Week celebration and once again, the brothers of SPD were ready to whip up some liquid nitrogen ice cream. Skeptical glances at the nitrogen boiling off were met with pleased smiles as all who attended where impressed by our recipe that's been perfected over the past years. The brothers had a great time serving up some great ice cream and look forward to participating in the event next year.
Almost Had It
Sigma Phi Delta recently teamed up with their sister sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon, to form the feared co-ed flag football team Notorious ENG. Loaded with stars such as Sam Newton, OBJJ, and Tommy Football the team coasted its way into the playoffs with a strong defense led by Senior safeties Dorly Sharper and Kyle Kokjohn as well Junior pass rusher Max Prato (led the league in sacks). Notorious ENG’s high tempo offense was not limited by the early season ankle injury to Tommy Football as he battled through knowing that the backup, Sam Newton, was also suffering from an ankle injury suffered during a post-game celebration in the parking lot. The peak of the season came with a 44-0 win where TE Ryan Gronkowski made a leaping catch over defenders in the corner of the end zone followed by a 59 yard trick play TD pass to fellow lineman OBJJ. The team found themselves with a first round bye in the playoffs after going undefeated in the regular season followed by a hardnosed battle in the semifinals to land the team in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Shutdown cornerback Mike Dean is known for saving games in the spotlight but unfortunately he could not save the team from their second consecutive loss in the Super Bowl. It didn’t go without breakout performances from the young talent at the wide receiver position, Chris Wachter who reeled in two TDs and Matt Sietel who came up with some big first downs, making the future look bright for Notorious ENG despite the amount of stars retiring.
Engineers Attempt Golf
The brothers of Sigma Phi Delta recently participated in Pi Putt, a golf outing hosted by the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi to benefit their philanthropy the Ronald McDonald House. Though the brothers are hardly qualified for the tour, a Mr. Thomas Sharp dazzled spectators with golf cart driving akin to NASCAR. Perhaps this was a peak—we can never know. What we do know is that the engineers are long off the tee but their short game leaves something to be desired. Thus, they certainly aren’t Jordan Spieth but they are large enough to get the job done. And after hours of shanks, whiffs, and whips, the brothers enjoyed a feast and good times; it was an excellent affair and the brothers surely look forward to their next crack at the tour.
Resumes, Interviews, and More
Moving Back In, With a Little Help
After a long summer of work, research, traveling and well, WELL, deserved rest, the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta returned to campus this week to get ready for the new semester. On the 29th over 4,000 new faces arrived on campus to move in for their first day of college, and were met by several brothers who volunteered their time to be Blue Hen Helpers and lug bin after suitcase of luggage into the new rooms. It was a long day of work, but the new students, and their guests, greatly apprecieted the energy they were able to save.
After many long nights in Spencer Lab, uncountable hours of arithmetic and an impressive triumph in Greek Week the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta got a chance to relax in Ocean City, Maryland for the weekend. They started off feasting on food from both the land and the sea, and danced the night away. They then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying time with other brothers and their dates on the sandy beach, and even went for a midnight swim. The countdown to next year's Spring beach formal has begun!
Greek Week/Airband 2015
Greek Week 2k15 started off with physical challenges such as tug of war where the brothers came in 2nd place and a relay race in which brothers Magre, Kokjohn and Prato came in 1st out of all the fraternities. The week concluded with a Friday night dance performance at Airband, Sigma Phi Delta's first time performing at the event. After all the events were tallied the brothers were proud to take home the 2nd place trophy for Greek Week, after just a few years of starting to participate in the Greek Week activities.
Five brothers decided to jump in the pool and participate in Delta Gamma's philanthropy event, Anchorsplash, an event filled week concluding with a relay race swim event. Even though they were not the fastest in the pool they made up for it with their perfect synchronized swimming performance to the song "Trap Queen" by the one and only Fetty Wap. Another year coming up empty handed only drives the team to work harder to win the golden shark next year!
For the Spring 2015 semester the brothers decided to participate in UDance, sponsored by the B+ foundation. The brothers raised money in a fight against childhood cancer. Through aggressive canning on Main Street (resulting in an injury to Dan Grindle) and raising money personally, the Psi chapter was able to raise $3,255, exceeding expectations. As a whole, the University of Delaware raised $1,282,103.30, a tremendous feat celebrated with a 24 hour long dance marathon held at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center. The Psi chapter had a great time helping out the B+ foundation and looks to contribute again next year!
White Clay Creek State Park Cleanup
On April 12th, the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta visited White Clay Creek State Park to volunteer and put their muscles to work. All their manpower was put to work to remove the invasive bamboo that was taking over the habitat for the spice bush. The brothers bonded and shared stories over six hours of cutting, chopping, and tossing the bamboo. It was a great experience and a fun time for all. Their efforts helped to better the local environment and clean up a widely used state park just a few miles from campus.
Engineering Week Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Another year, another Engineering Week in which the brothers made liquid nitrogen ice cream for the College of Engineering's opening carnival. After participating in this tradition for many years now, the brothers have perfected the recipe and are looking to scale up their production. The Psi chapter was glad to participate in the carnival and looks to participate again next year, with more ice cream and more flavors.
This November the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta participate in the Movember Philanthropy to raise money for men's health. The brothers collected and gave donations towards this great cause while growing manly mustaches to let the world know they are working to change the face of men's health. From the horseshoe to the handlebar, the brothers displayed their hansom hair to the world and raised a total of $910. Now that November is over all that's left to do is say goodbye to their flourishing facial hair and wait till next November to participate again.
Mobility Challenge 2014
The brothers of Sigma Phi Delta's Psi Chapter participated in a campus wide Mobility Challenge sponsored by the Assistive Medical Technologies Club. The brothers pledged to wear mobility reducing straps that limited their arms' range of motion all day in order to raise awareness for mobility disabilities. While wearing the straps, the brothers photographed themselves doing everyday tasks that the straps made incredibly difficult. Simple things like stopping on the side walk to tie a shoe became a five minute ordeal, putting on a backpack required serious planning, and doing pushups became nearly impossible. At the end of the day, the brothers were awarded a 1st place for being the most active group in the challenge. For their efforts they won a 1st prize trophy and a pizza party. Nothing motivates Psi Chapter like free pizza but at the end of the day they learned just how fortunate many of us are to be fully mobile. Overall it was a fantastic event that they are eager to participate in again next year.
Flag Football with Gamma Phi Beta
Sigma Phi Delta paired up with the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta to play intramural flag football. Unsurprisingly, the team excelled and was able to make it all the way to the finals with the help of Tom Sharp (also referred to as Tommy Football). Great defense was played all year but a high number of pick sixes by Max Prato carried the team through the playoffs. Blood, sweat, and spray paint was had in the finals where the team played their heart out only falling short by one score. The team was cheered on all game by the lovely ladies of Gamma Phi Beta as well as some brothers who decided to spray paint their chests and scream at the top of their lungs. The brothers look to compete again next semester to finish the job.
Psi visits Beta-Iota
On October 10th the brothers of Psi Chapter took a road trip down to the Beta-Iota chapter at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. The last time these two chapters met was two years ago so there were some familiar faces and many new. Quality brotherhood bonding was had and the night capped off with a mass order of calzones and a slap bet heard around the world. Psi hopes to host Beta-Iota in Newark in the near future.
Sigma Phi Delta Spring Formal 2014
The brothers of Sigma Phi Delta went down to Ocean City, MD for the 2014 Spring Formal. The brothers decided to make a beach weekend out of the event and rented out a motel right along the beach. The formal event was only a short walk from the motel and there was plenty of delicious food and horrible dancing. Other notable events were a massive football game on the beach and a trip to an all you can eat crab shack. The brothers of Psi said it was hands down one of the best weekends of their life and they plan on turning this beach weekend into a tradition.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
The long standing tradition between the College of Engineering and Sigma Phi Delta continued this year at the Engineering Week Carnival where the brothers of SPD made liquid nitrogen ice cream. Ryan McDonough, Pete Burtone, and Vito Casuga put their aprons and their goggles on for this cool demonstration of an alternative way to freeze ice cream. Many people were skeptical at first thinking that nitrogen might be poisonous (seeing the white fog coming out of the ice cream) but once they were reassured it was indeed safe they all agreed it tasted just like real ice cream, maybe even better. Some might even argue it is a strong competitor with the UDairy Creamery on campus. Sigma Phi Delta would like to thank the College of Engineering for inviting them to participate in the carnival year after year and we look forward to participating in this event next year.
For the month of November, the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta put down their razors and picked up their bottles of testosterone pills in a effort to grow mustaches... for science! The brothers, now with a sweet collection of upper lip hair, raised money to go towards research of prostate and testicular cancer as well as research in men's health. They raised money through the Movember Organization and competed in the Big Moustache On Campus challenge which raised $955,749 countrywide, just short of one million! Towards the end of the month questions like, "Why is that cat sleeping on your mouth?" were common as the men traveled about campus. However, like all good things it had to come to an end. As December came, the brothers suffered heartbreak as they had to part from their glorious (some futile) moustaches. Until next Movember!
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
SPD Dives in to Second Place at Anchor Splash!
The brothers of Sigma Phi Delta cleaned off the dust from their goggles and relived the glory of their high school swimming days when they wrecked havoc in the pool at Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash 2013. Led by their fearless leaders and team captains, José and Chelsey, the men were able to pull off a second place overall finish after winning all of the relay races in the pool. The fun filled day was capped off by the synchronized swimming event where the brothers completed an interpretive dance to the song, "What Does the Fox Say?" by the renowned composer Ylvis. Training for next year's Anchorplash is underway as the men of Sigma Phi Delta have their eyes on winning the Golden Shark.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Nuclear Power Plant Visit
On the 15th of May 2013 Sigma Phi Delta took a field trip down to the Salem-Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant. The picture depicts us standing in the operator’s room which controls the entire Nuclear Power Plant. We don’t know why they trusted us, even if it was just a simulation room, in their but we were thankful for the experience. Thanks goes out to Austin Hollingshead for organizing the trip and toward the kind tour guides that showed us around the nuclear plant.
Friday, September 7th, 2012
Lehigh Colonization Weekend
On Friday September 7th the brothers of the Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity gathered in Bethlehem, PA to begin the colonization of the Beta-Iota chapter at Lehigh University. Both active brothers and alumni traveled from around the country for this joyous occasion. The first night everyone got introduced or reunited over wings and baseball. The festivities were carried on at the hotel where the brothers were able to meet and get to know all the new pledges. The following day the official ceremony took place to start the colonization of the Beta-Iota chapter. The pledges where eager to prove their worth and we will look forward to seeing them at their colonization weekend. Unfortunately the brothers of Psi chapter had to leave before the dinner ceremony but it is safe to assume many good times were had.
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Whoever said philanthropy was the dullest part of Greek life has never seen how Psi Chapter does it. This year, the Psi chapter continued its tradition of supporting the annual RamJam concert, an event supporting the efforts of Engineers Without Borders. The event is a day long benefit concert featuring local bands such as Spokey Speaky, Mad-Sweet Pangs, and 61 North. For those volunteering, it means that their shifts were covered by live music, which in this writers opinion is the best way to spend a work day. Sunburns, acoustic guitars, and bonfires are of course the mandatory way to end such an event. This writer would like to give a shoutout to Alumnus Porkchop for organizing another successful RamJam.
Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Some Greek organizations choose to complete their community service with bake sales, or mile walks, but Psi Chapter does not do philanthropy by half measure. We choose to participate in the annual Plane Pull competition for the benefit of Special Olympics Delaware. Teams from all over Delaware compete to overcome the static and kinetic friction between an AC-130 and the ground. This Historian is proud to report that the Psi chapter managed to generate a greater force per member this year than the Delaware ROTC team. We would like to thank Alumni Toone, Harbison, and Parkhurst for attending and supporting the endeavour.