In the end, of course, the problems of Delta Alpha finally caught up with the chapter, and it had to be closed.
The way those final events unfolded, though, came as a great shock to many of the men who remembered the chapter’s earlier and prouder days. I
n March 1994, management consultant Conrad Hametner, Texas A&M ’92 made an official visit. His report pulled no punches.
“The product which the chapter must sell is the brotherhood, the alumni network and the academics. The chapter must realize that the new student population is not looking for parties.
The new students are concerned about the job market and doing well enough in school to get a job.”
These blunt statements were then followed by a lengthy and detailed list of suggestions
and ideas for every officer in every department of the chapter’s operations.
The list strongly suggests that Hametner’s overview was accurate, and that the chapter was not doing anything much except holding parties.
His next visit report in November 1994 wasn’t any friendlier and cut even closer to the bone.
“The interior of the house has been disintegrated by years of neglect and giant parties.
The kitchen is horrifying and should be condemned. Additionally the basement/chapter room is also in deplorable condition.
The chapter has a lack of furniture and the furniture which does exist is filthy.” Official visit reports had traditionally been tactful in language when addressing shortcomings of chapters.
The End of the Line This kind of hard-hitting language was exceptional, and clearly points out the desperate condition of the chapter house.
The basic problem was that the chapter house was seen, by Betas and non-Betas alike, not as a true chapter house but as a party headquarters.
The dominance of social life over all other aspects of university existence at the University of Western Ontario was pushing Delta Alpha closer and closer to the brink.
The End of the Line Another sign of this growing irresponsibility was the chapter’s debt to the General Fraternity, which by 1998 had ballooned to more than $10,000.
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