Delta Chi reestablishes at Iowa State

Members of Delta Chi Fraternity gather for their weekly meeting Sunday, Nov. 4, at Carver Hall. The new fraternity recruited 61 new members this fall.

Lindsay Hostert

A new chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity is re-emerging here on campus, and the members of Delta Chi are excited to get involved in the greek community.

John Lieser, junior in mechanical engineering and president of Delta Chi, said the last chapter of Delta Chi decided to remove themselves from the greek community back in 2002. This past year, Lieser and a friend decided they wanted to re-establish the fraternity here on campus and founded the latest chapter.

The Delta Chi fraternity is a “colony,” meaning they do not have a house on campus.

Lieser explained that they went to the National Headquarters and began the process of creating a new chapter of Delta Chi here at Iowa State.

“All of the resources were there, and we just needed to utilize them,” Lieser said.

Although it was a process, Lieser said, “The alumni were incredible through everything.”

The men began recruiting potential members. “We were looking for people who wanted a leadership position,” Lieser said. “We wanted gentlemen who could potentially be great leaders.”

Drew Sikkema, senior in chemical engineering and recruitment chairman for Delta Chi, explained the process of becoming a new member.

“First, it starts with a one-on-one meeting, where the details about Delta Chi and the expectations of the fraternity are discussed,” Sikkema said.

Sikkema went on to describe that if a prospective member is generating enough interest, then he will be “invited to hang out with the guys and get to know them.”

If the prospective member seems to be a good fit with the other members, then the last step of the recruitment process is the men of Delta Chi extending an invitation to that member to join the fraternity.

Currently, there are 56 members in Delta Chi, and they are eager to see where the year will take them.

“I am excited to see the growth as a group with the guys that we have now and in the future,” Sikkema said.

One of the things Lieser and Sikkemma are most excited about is educating people about the The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the organization Delta Chi fundraises for.

“Cancer has affected everyone at some point in our life, whether it is family, friend or role model,” Sikkema said.

The large event they are having this year to raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research is Earthball.

Earthball is a tournament within the sororities on campus that is similar to soccer but instead uses a large, oversized ball. This unique philanthropical event is generating a lot of buzz.

“We were very impressed with the openness and help from all the fraternities and sororities on campus,” Lieser said. He said he was very enthused with the way the men of Delta Chi were accepted into the Greek community.

“A huge thanks to them,” Lieser said, regarding all the help they have received from everyone who helped generate interest within the greek system.